LEXINGTON, Ky. (WJHL) – The Lady Bucs will have another shot on the court in this 2022-23 season, as ETSU has been invited to participate in the 2023 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).

The Blue and Gold will be one of eight teams competing for a WBI championship this coming weekend in Lexington, Kentucky.

“We were anticipating it last week and were practicing to be in postseason,” ETSU head coach Brenda Mock Brown said. “But, to finally find out, there was that sigh of relief.”

ETSU will face Florida International (12-18) in the quarterfinals at 12 p.m. on Friday in the Clive M. Beck Center on the campus of Transylvania University.

“I know today there will be a different feeling in practice – we know who we’re playing on Friday,” Mock Brown said. “This is just borrowed time to get better and prepare for next year, but also put an exclamation point on this season.”

“You know, there’s still work to be done and a lot of opportunity,” she continued. “I mean, it’s three games and so you’ve got a lot of opportunity there to get experience for younger players, but also get three more wins, if possible

Mock Brown and company will look for a single-season, record-setting 24th victory against the Panthers. The Bucs also pulled off the largest turnaround in all of Division I women’s basketball this season, finishing with 16 more regular season victories than in 2021-22.

New Mexico State, UIC, California Baptists, North Dakota, Georgia Southern and Northern Illinois will also compete in the event. All teams are guaranteed three games, regardless of their outcome this weekend.