|RMU Accepts WBI Bid; Travels To Manhattan|
Moon Township, Pa. -The Robert Morris University women's basketball team will be making its first appearance in the Women's Basketball Invitational Wednesday, March 14, when they travel to Riverdale, N.Y., to take on the Manhattan Jaspers in a 7:00 p.m. game. The Colonials are 18-13 on the season while the Jaspers sit at 16-15.
Since 2007, Robert Morris has made four postseason appearances. The Colonials played in the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Tournaments and participated in the 2010 Postseason WNIT. This Wednesday marks the team's first trip to the WBI - and event which was first played in 2010.
RMU head coach Sal Buscaglia spent five seasons as the head coach at Manhattan from 1998 through 2003. He guided the Jaspers to an NCAA Tournament in 2003 before leaving the school for Robert Morris.
"We're excited about playing in the postseason," said Buscaglia. "Obviously our goal was to make the NCAA Tournament as we have in the past. However, this is certainly an opportunity that we welcome. Most of the teams in the national are done with their seasons and we are still playing, so we look at that as a positive thing."
The Colonials are led by All-Northeast Conference First Team selection Artemis Spanou (Rhodes, Greece / Nea Smyrni (Greek National Team)) who is third in the nation with 20 double-doubles. She averages 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and is one of only 21 players nationally to average a double-double.
Senior forward Mary Durojaye (London, England / Barking Abbey (British National Team)) needs five points to reach 1,000 for her career while averaging a career best 12.8 points per game this season. She tacks on 8.1 rebounds. Junior point guard Briannica Tye (Aurora, Ill. / West Aurora (Mineral Area)) tallies 12.8 points and dishes 5.2 assists per outing.
The Jaspers, who finished third in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 10-8 record, are led by All-MAAC Second Team pick Lindsey Loutsenhizer. A product of Norwin High School, Loutsenhizer averages 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
The winner of the Manhattan-RMU tilt will take the winner between New Hampshire and Holy Cross.