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From Howard Athletics Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Howard University Lady Bison have been invited to the 2013 Women's Basketball Invitational to play the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palestra.Howard University

This is the second year, Howard heads into post-season action, while this is the squad's first appearance at the WBI.

Thursday, HU and Penn meet for the second time in school history, with the mighty Lady Bison leading the series with a 77-59 win, on March 4, 1978.

After three days of competition during the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in Norfolk, Va., Howard took second place and holds an overall record of 20-11, 14-5 in the conference, 10-8 on the road, and 10-3 at home.

During the MEAC Championship game against Hampton, senior Kara Smith tallied the only double figure outing of the contest with 12 points, while Saadia Doyle notched nine points and Cheyenne Curley-Payne pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

In the loss, Howard shot 61 percent from the free-throw line, 21 percent from the field and 16 percent from three-point range.

The University of Pennsylvania welcomes HU with a record of 16-12 overall, 9-5 in the Ivy League, 8-6 at home and 6-6 on the road.

Penn concluded the season with a 60-44 loss to Princeton on Tuesday, March 12 on their home hardwood.  In the 18-point loss, Alyssa Baron topped game with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, as Keiera Ray added 10 points to the contest.

The Ivy League opponent shot 47 percent from the free-throw line, 29 percent from the field and 14 percent from behind the arc.


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