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Season will continue for University of Maine women's basketball

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The University of Maine women's basketball season ended when they fell against Hartford in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament.

At least that is what most people thought.

The season will continue for the Black Bears when they host Bucknell at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).

Maine (16-14) is the number seven seed in the east bracket.

The Black Bears will host because of conflicts for second seeded Bucknell.

It is the first appearance in the postseason for the Black Bears women's basketball team since they appeared in the WNIT in 2005.

It is the 11th postseason appearance overall for Maine.

A total of 14 conferences will be represented in this years 16 team WBI tournament.

This means that senior standout Ashleigh Roberts will get to continue her outstanding college career for at least one more game.

Roberts is averaging 13.7 points per game (ppg), 5.8 rebounds per game (rpg), and 2.1 assists per game (apg).

Liz Wood is averaging 12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 2.9 apg.

The Maine/Bucknell winner will play this weekend against the either third seeded Bryant or sixth seeded Fairfield.

Detroit won the 2013 WBI championship when they defeated McNeese State in the title game.

Minnesota, UAB, and Appalachian State have also captured WBI championships.

Maine joins Albany and Stony Brook as women's basketball teams from the America East conference that will be playing in the postseason.

Albany won the conference championships earning the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.They will play West Virginia in the first round.

Stony Brook earned the automatic bid to the Women's NIT by finishing as conference runner up. They will play at Michigan in the opening round.

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