Vandals will start 2013-14 against Zags in WNIT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Idaho women's basketball team will face Gonzaga in the opening round of the 2013 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, as the first round pairings were announced today.

The Vandals and Bulldogs will tip off the 2013 season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Spokane, Wash. Idaho and Gonzaga have met in each of the last four seasons, with GU winning each time. Idaho holds a 19-14 lead in the all-time series against Gonzaga. Both teams -- and 10 of the 16 teams in the tournament field overall -- are coming off NCAA Tournament appearances.

Idaho is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years after winning the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in 2013. The Vandals have all five starters back from that team, which went 17-16, the most wins for the program since 2004-05. Gonzaga returns four of five starters from a team that went 27-6 overall and won the West Coast Conference with a 15-1 league mark last season. GU has reached the NCAA Tournament in five consecutive seasons.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. Second-round games will be played Nov. 10 and 11 and sites will be announced following the first-round results. Semifinals will be Nov. 14 and the championship will be played on Nov. 17 and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

The winner of Idaho-Gonzaga will face the winner of Tennessee-Martin and Georgia State. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 15 and 16. All games are hosted by participating schools. The consolation bracket will be redrawn to form new matchups based on geography, who can and cannot host, and recent history of teams.