Basketball (W)

Bradley Hosts Tennessee Tech Wednesday In WBI
Release: Thursday 03/12/2012 
by BradleyBraves.com

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Bradley women's basketball team will welcome Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Tech to Renaissance Coliseum Wednesday (7 p.m.) for a first round game in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) announced Monday night. 

The #3 seed in the East Region, the Braves received a post-season bid for the second time in three years and will host a post-season contest for the first time in program history when the #6 seed Golden Eagles make the trip to Peoria for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. 

The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to face the winner of Friday's opening round contest between #2 seed Minnesota and #7 Charleston Southern. 

Tickets for Wednesday's game are $8 for adults and $4 for children (K-12) and available at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office Tuesday morning starting at 9 a.m. 

Bradley has won three of the last four games and enters the 2012 WBI with a 17-15 record after suffering a 58-54 loss to Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion Missouri State in the quarterfinals of last week's State Farm MVC Tournament.  During the Braves late season push, BU posted an 86-69 win against the Lady Bears in Springfield, Mo., winning at Missouri State for the third time in the last four years.

BU's 17 wins are tied for the fifth best season total in school history and Bradley has matched a school record for wins away from home with 10 (eight road wins and two neutral site victories).

Tennessee Tech finished the regular-season with a 17-16 overall record and was fourth in the OVC regular-season OVC standings with an 11-5 league mark.  The Golden Eagles defeated Eastern Illinois in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament before falling to UT-Martin in the championship game. 

Tennessee Tech will be the third Ohio Valley Conference opponent for the Braves this season.  Bradley dropped a 59-58 decision to Eastern Illinois at Renaissance Coliseum in the second game of the season and posted a 66-60 win at SIU Edwardsville on Dec. 6. 

Bradley took part in the inaugural WBI in 2009-10, topping 2009 NCAA national runner-up Louisville 69-59 in a first-round matchup at Freedom Hall before falling at College of Charleston (66-76) in the quarterfinals in the team's first-ever post-season tournament. 

Now in its third year, the WBI is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament.  All games will be played on campus sites with first round matchups taking place March 14 or 15.  The championship game is tentatively scheduled for March 24 or 25.  Appalachian State won the inaugural WBI title in 2010 with UAB earning last year's championship.

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