MORGANTOWN, WV — (WIVB) – UB women’s basketball lost to host West Virginia Thursday at the WVU Coliseum in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Mountaineers beat the Bulls, 81-64.
WVU led the whole game. However the loss ends one the program’s best seasons in the last decade.
“I am incredibly proud of our women’s basketball team and all that they’ve achieved throughout an outstanding season,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “Tonight’s game caps off an outstanding season for our women’s basketball team, as only the second trip to a postseason tournament in program history, and its first-ever trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
“I was thrilled to be here tonight cheering on the team as they took on a Big 12 rival and held their own every step of the way. It was a game I’ll remember for a long time to come. Congratulations to Coach Legette-Jack and the entire team on all their success over a truly great season.”
Sophomore Joanna Smith had 11 rebounds and a team-high 18 points for her first career double-double. Freshman Stephanie Reid added 11 points.
“I thought our young ladies did a tremendous job of continuing to fight. They were outmatched when it came to physical skill sets, but their mental toughness and their ability to carry on was evident,” said third-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “I’m really humbled to see how this team grew from nothing to something. Now they believe that they’re supposed to be in fights like this. I’m excited about what the future holds.”