What: WNIT First Round | Bucknell (22-9) at West Virginia (21-11)
Where: WVU Coliseum (Morgantown, W.Va.)
When: Thursday, March 15 (7 p.m.)
Webcast: WVU All-Access
Radio: 90.5 WVBU
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: WVUSports.com
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Kyi English (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg)
G: Rachel Dumiak (2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.7 apg)
G: Kate Walker (12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg)
F: Kaitlyn Slagus (12.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg)
F: Catherine Romaine (5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)
With a Win Over West Virginia, Bucknell Would ...
• improve to 23-9 overall.
• improve to 2-2 all-time in the WNIT.
• improve to 11-5 on the road this season.
• improve to 1-3 in the all-time series with the Mountaineers.
• improve to 1-6 all-time against current members of the Big 12.
How They Got Here
• Bucknell earned an automatic bid to the WNIT with a second-place finish in the Patriot League regular season standings. The Bison advanced to the semifinal round of the conference tournament where they saw their 12-game winning streak come to an end with a 68-62 loss to third-seeded Navy.
• West Virginia just narrowly missed a spot in the NCAA Tournament, being listed as one of the first four teams out by the committee. The Mountaineers received an at-large bid to the WNIT after a sixth-place finish in the Big 12.
• Bucknell will compete in the WNIT for the third time in program history and the second time under head coach Aaron Roussell. In 2016, the Bison recorded the first WNIT victory in Patriot League history with a 74-70 win at Akron.
• The Bison are in one of the two main postseason tournaments for a third consecutive season. They played in the WNIT in 2016, the NCAA Tournament in 2017, and are now in the WNIT again this season. The team had played in just three combined NCAA and WNIT events prior to this stretch.
• Five Bucknell players received conference honors at the end of the regular season. Kate Walker was a First Team All-Patriot League selection, while Kaitlyn Slagus made the Second Team and Kyi English made the Third Team. Catherine Romaine was voted to the All-Defensive Team, while Abby Kapp landed a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
• Romaine added another award just days later as she was voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
• The Bison have used just two starting lineups this season. It has been the same -- English, Rachel Dumiak, Walker, Slagus, Romaine -- for the last 26 games. The team posted a 20-6 record during that stretch.
• Needing 24 points to become the 23rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring milestone, Slagus scored a career-high 25 in a 75-55 win over Army West Point in the regular season finale. She has since upped her total to 1,031 points. At her current pace, Slagus would become just the third player in program history to total over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds.
• The Bison have had a double-digit winning streak in three consecutive seasons. They won 10 straight during the 2015-16 season, 12 straight during the 2016-17 season, and 12 straight this season.
• Bucknell has played 10 Power Five teams during Aaron Roussell’s six seasons as head coach. The Bison have played Pitt twice, Michigan twice, Maryland, Rutgers, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Virginia Tech
About West Virginia
• West Virginia is 21-11 overall after falling to second-seeded Texas 68-55 in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Mountaineers entered the tournament as the sixth-seeded team.
• The Mountaineers went 10-6 at the WVU Coliseum this season, but two of those losses came against nationally-ranked teams.
• West Virginia is making its 12th straight postseason appearance. The Mountaineers are making their fifth appearance in the WNIT and first since 2015. They made the WNIT title game in 2005 and 2015.
• Three West Virginia players earned honors from the Big 12 this season. Senior forward Teana Muldrow was a First Team selection, junior guard/forward Naomi Davenport made the Second Team, and senior guard Chania Ray was an Honorable Mention.
• Muldrow is the Mountaineers' top player, ranking in the top 10 in the Big 12 in numerous categories. She is fourth in scoring (18.9), fifth in rebounding (8.7), sixth in free throw percentage (.819), sixth in blocked shots (1.4), and fourth in minutes played (35.9).
How to Get the Game
• Thursday's game can be seen online on WVU All-Access.
• The game can be heard online via BucknellBison.com and on the radio on 90.5 WVBU, with Justin Antweil calling the action. The pregame show begins 15 minutes before tip-off.
• Live stats can be accessed at WVUSports.com
Bucknell vs. West Virginia Series Notes
• Bucknell and West Virginia will meet for the fourth time. The Mountaineers have won each of the first three games.
• The teams have not played during Aaron Roussell's time with the Bison. The last meeting was in 2011, a 70-32 win by the Mountaineers.
• West Virginia won each of the first two games played in Morgantown between the teams.
Bucknell vs. the Big 12
• Bucknell is 0-6 all-time against current members of the Big 12.
• The Bison have played three games against West Virginia, which was a member of the Big East at the time, one against Oklahoma, one against Oklahoma State, and one against Baylor in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Where Do They Rank?
• Bucknell is 91st out of 351 teams in the latest RPI. The Bison are receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25.
• West Virginia is 64th in the RPI. The Mountaineers are reveiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.
Career Highs Set Last Game
• The winner of Thursday's game will advance to the second round, where they will play the winner between Seton Hall and Saint Joseph's