The Savannah Invitational, introduced last year by the Savannah Sports Council, returns to the Savannah Civic Center on Nov. 21-25. The event features six NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs, including Savannah State, and four men’s teams.
Here’s a look at the Stetson Hatters women’s squad:
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Head coach: Lynn Bria (10th season, 178-115). The ASUN Coach of the Year also was a head coach at Texas Woman’s University (1993-96), UCF (1996-99) and Ohio (99-2006).
2016-17 record: 26-7 (13-1 ASUN, first)
Key players: G Brittney Chambers (sr.), G McKenna Beach (jr.), F Kennedi Colclough (so.)
• Opened the season at home on Nov. 10 with a 92-41 win over Thomas, then lost at No. 2 Texas 95-59 on Nov. 12. Hosts Chattanooga on Wednesday.
• Through two games, four players are average in double-figure scoring: Colclough (team high 18.5 ppg as well as 6 rpg), Chambers (13.5 ppg), Michelle Pruitt (12.5) and Beach (10).
A season for the ages in 2016-17:
• The 26 wins were the second-highest single-season total in school history
• Won the ASUN regular-season championship for the first time
• Qualified for postseason play for the seventh year in a row
• Received votes in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time
• Set single-season school records for highest win percentage (.788), highest free-throw percentage (.791), and lowest opponent scoring average (57.5).
Nov. 21 — 2 p.m., Stetson vs. Wright State; 4:30 p.m., Florida vs. Richmond; 7 p.m., Providence vs. Savannah State
Nov. 22 — 2 p.m., Richmond vs. SSU; 4:30 p.m., Wright State vs. Providence; 7 p.m., Florida vs. Stetson
Nov. 23 — 2 p.m., Richmond vs. Wright State; 4:30 p.m., Providence vs. Stetson; 7 p.m., SSU vs. Florida
Nov. 24 — 5 p.m., Loyola Chicago vs. UNC-Wilmington; 7:30 p.m., Valparaiso vs. Kent State
Nov. 25 — 5 p.m., Loyola vs. Kent State; 7:30 p.m., Valpo vs. UNCW
All tickets on a per-day basis. Group, college and military discounts available. Information: www.savannahinvitational.com, 912-651-6550 and #savhoops