The Stony Brook University women’s basketball team will appear in a national postseason tournament for the sixth time in the program’s Division I era when it visits Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on March 18 at 6 pm. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
The Seawolves went 25-3 overall and 14-4 in America East, finishing the season tied for the league lead in wins and recording 20 wins in a season for the eighth time in program history and the third time in the last four years. However, all Stony Brook athletic teams were ruled ineligible for conference tournaments by America East after it was announced that SBU will be joining the Colonial Athletic Association this fall. As a result, the Seawolves were unable to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Championships, and were not chosen as an at-large team for that tournament.
The Seawolves have received votes in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll in five out of the last six weeks. They were ranked No. 20 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 Poll, and have been ranked as high as No. 7 in the poll. Graduate forward India Pagan and senior guard Anastasia Warren claimed All-Conference honors following the regular season. Warren earned All-Conference First Team honors, while Pagan was tabbed to the All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team.
VCU is 15-11 overall and finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 standings. This is Stony Brook’s third NIT appearance and first since 2014. The Seawolves made the NCAA tournament last season.