After two years of co-hosting a tournament with Marquette, the 2012 season finds UWM again action as sole host for the Panther Invitational. This will be the 14th Panther Invitational, an event that dates back to 1995. The Panthers have won their own event four times, while the list of other champions includes Wisconsin, Alabama and Iowa State.
This year's field features a number of familiar faces. Western Michigan has been a regular Panther opponent over the years and played in the 2009 Panther Invitational. SEMO is coached by UWM alum Julie (Yankus) Folliard. Plus, ECU head coach Pati Rolf was formerly the head coach at Marquette and still has most of her family in Milwaukee.