ALBANY — It may not be the Big Dance, but it’s better than being a wallflower.
The University at Albany women’s basketball team accepted a bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Monday night, and will play Pennsylvania in the Palestra in Philadelphia on Friday in the first round.
“We’re looking forward to extending our season and playing in the WNIT,” said Great Danes coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “Penn is a well-rounded team, and it should be a good matchup.”
The Great Danes, making their first-ever appearance in the WNIT, are 24-7 overall. UAlbany was the No. 2 seed in the America East tournament and defeated Vermont in the first round before losing to Hartford in the semifinals. The loss to Hartford snapped UAlbany’s streak of 18 straight America East Tournament victories and six straight conference tournament titles.
Penn goes into Friday’s game with a 21-8 record. The Quakers advanced to the Ivy League championship game before losing to Princeton by 29 points.
The Quakers are led by 6-foot-3 senior Michelle Nwokedi, the Ivy League Player of the Year.