Playoffs finally await Penn women's basketball again
Quakers earn WBI bid, will play Thursday at home in first postseason since 2003-04
March 19, 2013, 12:54 am·
Elizabeth Schwartz | DP
After posting their first winning regular season since the 2004-05 season, the Quakers are not quite done yet.
The Red and Blue will play in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) when they host Howard at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Palestra.
Penn (16-12, 9-5 Ivy) finished third in the Ancient Eight to conclude a regular season highlighted by a 77-72 victory over second-place Harvard on Feb. 15.
The last time the Quakers played a postseason game was in 2004, when they were defeated, 91-55, by No. 2 seed Connecticut in the First Round of the NCAA tournament.
The Howard Bison (20-11, 14-5 MEAC) head into the game after having lost the MEAC Championship game to Hampton, 59-38, on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Penn’s regular season ended with a 60-44 defeat at the hands of Ivy League Champion Princeton on March 12.
The Quakers will be counting on a pair of guards — junior Alyssa Baron and freshman Keiera Ray — as they vie for their first-ever postseason victory. Last week, Baron was unanimously named first-team All-Ivy, while Ray got an honorable mention.