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Binghamton Women's Basketball heads to Youngstown State for WBI First Round Game

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The Binghamton women's basketball team has earned a bid to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI), a 16-team Division I national postseason tournament that selects teams based on their current RPI, record, conference standings, end-of-year performance, and quality wins and losses. The Bearcats begin play with a first-round game at Youngstown State on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

This marks the first time Binghamton has received a bid to a national postseason tournament since the program moved up to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 2001-02 season. Currently, the Bearcats are 19-11 and have a RPI of 161 out of 349 NCAA Division I women's basketball programs. The 19 victories ties Binghamton's highest mark during its 17-year NCAA Division I era.

"The tone of the team right now is really good, they're very positive. they're energetic, they've practiced hard the last couple days" head coach Linda Cimino said. "Everyone's just really embracing this opportunity."

Senior Imani Watkins stated, "The hardest part for me after our loss to Hartford was taking my shoes off and taking off that uniform, that was difficult, I don't want to experience that again.

Playing in the Horizon League, Youngstown State is currently 16-15 and advanced to the semifinals of its conference tournament. Two years ago, the Penguins advanced to the WBI semifinals. This will mark the first-ever meeting between Binghamton and Youngstown State in women's basketball 

Binghamton represents the fifth school from the America East Conference to take part in the WBI. UMBC earned a bid the past two seasons while Stony Brook advanced in 2015 and 2016. Maine played in the 2014 tournament while New Hampshire took part in the 2012 event.

Courtesy: BU Athletics Department