BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University women’s basketball team is headed to a national postseason tournament for the fifth time in the last eight seasons, as the Cardinals (22-7) accepted a bid to compete in the WBI. LU will travel down I-10 to face the Rice Owls at the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We’re excited to be able to play in the postseason,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We have a very young team, and this will be a great opportunity for them to gain some valuable experience.”
This marks LU’s second appearance in the WBI. The Cardinals competed in the 2013 WBI, advancing to the second round with a 70-48 win over Presbyterian before falling to South Dakota 71-48.
The Cardinals last appeared in a national postseason tournament in 2014, dropping a 75-60 decision at Southern Miss in the first round of the WNIT.
LU’s other postseason appearances were berths in the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 2010, and a WNIT spot in 2011.
Lamar University holds a 22-8 edge in the all-time series with Rice, with the Owls winning the last three meetings, most recently in the 2014-15 season. LU’s last victory over Rice was a 61-54 decision at the Montagne Center on Jan. 2, 2012.
Should the Cardinals win on Thursday, LU would host a second-round WBI game on the weekend. The date and time have yet to be announced.
The WBI is a 16-team postseason tournament that started in 2010. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have won the past two tournaments.