UMBC Women’s Basketball Accepts Bid to WBI Tournament; Will Host Brown on Thursday

The Retrievers will host Brown on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Retrievers will host Brown on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball is once again heading back to postseason play, competing in the WBI (Women's Basketball Invitational) Tournament for the second straight year. The Retrievers will take on Brown this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the RAC.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to play in the postseason for the second straight year and be a part of the WBI. Our young ladies have been through a lot of adversity due to injuries this season and I'm so happy they have been rewarded for all their hard work," head coach Phil Stern said Monday night.

The 16-team WBI is in its eighth season, and will take place over two weeks with all games being played on campus sites of the highest seed.

This will be the fourth time that UMBC will participate in a postseason tournament, and the second in as many years. Most recently the Dawgs played in last years WBI, defeating Fairfield 61-49 at the RAC, before falling to Youngstown State 67-48. In 2011 UMBC played in the WNIT (Women's National Invitational Tournament) against Florida. UMBC fell 59-47 in that contest. The other postseason appearance came back in 2007, where UMBC took the America East Tournament crown, earning a date with top-ranked UConn in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Retrievers finished the regular season at 15-15, going 10-6 in America East play, finishing in third place in the league. In the America East Tournament, the Retrievers fell to No. 6 Hartford 74-40. Senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led the team averaging 13.4 points per game, grabbing 4.5 rebounds and dishing out 4.6 assists per game earing First Team All-Conference honors. Junior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and senior Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) each averaged over ten points per game at 11.5 and 10.4 respectively. Castaldo was named All-Conference Third Team, while Wilson earned a spot on the All-Academic Team.

Brown finished the regular season at 16-12, going 7-7 in the Ivy League. The Bears finished in a tie for fourth with Cornell, earning the tiebreaker to earn a spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. There, the Bears fell to top seeded Penn, 71-60.

"I am thrilled that our four seniors get to wear the Black and Gold again. I would like to thank Tim Hall and Jessica Hammond-Graf for giving us the opportunity to play at home during the first round," Stern went on to say. 

Tip-off with Brown is slated for 7 p.m. at the RAC on Thursday, March 16. Should the Retrievers advance, they would play on Saturday or Sunday, March 18 or 19.