Elon Earns Women’s Basketball Iinternational Bid; Set to Host Eastern Kentucky Wednesday

ELON, N.C. – After an impressive 18-13 season that included program-best 14-6 record in the Southern Conference and an appearance in the conference tournament semifinals, the Elon women’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Women’s Basketball Invitational.

Fourth-seeded Elon will host fifth-seeded Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the WBI on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym. If the Phoenix advances, the quarterfinals will take place on March 23 or 24.

This marks Elon’s second appearance in the WBI after making its first Division I post-season appearance in the tournament in 2011. Elon was given a No. 3 seed and a first-round home matchup against sixth-seeded USC Upstate. The maroon and gold claimed a 103-72 win over the Spartans before falling to eventual WBI champion UAB in the quarterfinals.

The WBI is a 16-team, single elimination tournament that was created in 2010 to address additional post-season opportunities for women’s college teams who did not make the NCAA tournament field. The WBI tournament bracket is an East/West format with each side seeded 1-8. The semifinals, or third round, will be played March 27/28 with the 2013 WBI Championship game set for March 30 or 31.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game can be purchased through the Elon Ticket Office at elonphoenix.com or over the phone at 336-278-6750.