Robert Morris Colonials women's basketball

The Robert Morris Colonials women's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Northeast Conference.[2]

Robert Morris Colonials
2018–19 Robert Morris Colonials women's basketball team
UniversityRobert Morris University
Head coachCharlie Buscaglia (3rd season)
ConferenceNortheast Conference
LocationMoon Township, Pennsylvania
ArenaCharles L. Sewall Center (1985-2017)

North Athletic Complex (2017-19)

UPMC Events Center (beginning in 2019-20 season)
NicknameColonials
ColorsBlue, White, and Red[1]
              
Uniforms
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2007, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1988, 1991, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference Regular Season Champions
2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019

Program History

Robert Morris began its women's basketball program in 1970, and rattled off 11 straight winning seasons from 1978-79 to 1988-89.[3] Under RMU Athletic Hall of Fame head coach Dan Swalga,[4] the Colonials achieved their first 20-win season in 1981-82 at 20-8, won the Pennwood West Tournament after a 23-5 campaign in 1983-84, and captured their first ECAC Metro (now Northeast Conference) Tournament championship in 1988. Swalga led RMU to a second NEC Tournament title in 1991, but the program then fell into a 16-season championship drought.

After winning just seven games over a three-season span, the Colonials hired Sal Buscaglia from Manhattan to turn around the program. RMU went 3-24 in Buscaglia's first season, but rebounded with a 20-10 record in 2004-05 - marking the third-largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Another 20-win season followed, then the Colonials won their third NEC Tournament championship and advanced to the program's first NCAA Tournament in 2006-07.[5] RMU added a second NCAA Tournament berth the next season,[6] and earned a Postseason WNIT berth in 2009-10 after going 17-1 in league play.

Following an injury-plagued 2012-13 season, RMU reached the peak again in 2013-14 with its fifth NEC Tournament title and third NCAA Tournament berth. Two years later, Buscaglia added another NEC Tournament crown and NCAA Tournament bid in his final season on the bench, before handing over the reins to his son, Charlie Buscaglia, prior to the 2016-17 season.[7]

Coach B, as he is respectfully called, has continued to raise the standard for the program. In his first season, the Colonials made it back-to-back NEC Tournament championships and played in their fifth NCAA Tournament, then followed that with a school-record 25 wins[8] and Postseason WNIT berth in 2017-18. This past season, RMU went 16-2 in league play - including a program-best 11-0 start[9] - winning their eighth NEC Tournament and sixth NCAA Tournament bid.

In the classroom, the Colonials ranked in the top five of NCAA Division I women's basketball in cumulative grade point average, finishing second in 2016-17[10] and fourth in 2017-18.[11]

Overall, RMU has captured eight NEC Tournaments, seven NEC regular-season titles, and played in nine national postseason tournaments (6 NCAA, 2 WNIT, 1 WBI). The Colonials have won 20 or more games in 12 seasons.

Postseason results

NCAA Tournament results

The Colonials have appeared in the NCAA Tournament six times. Their combined record is 0-6.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2007#13First Round #4 N.C. StateL, 52-84
2008#15First Round #2 RutgersL, 42-85
2014#16First Round #1 Notre DameL, 42-93
2016#16First Round #1 ConnecticutL, 49-101
2017#16First Round #1 Notre DameL, 49-79
2019#16First Round #1 LouisvilleL, 34-69

WNIT results

The Colonials have appeared in two Women's National Invitation Tournaments (WNIT). Their record is 0-2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2010First RoundSt. BonaventureL, 50-76
2018First RoundDrexelL, 44-57

WBI results

The Colonials have appeared in one Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). Their record is 0-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012First RoundManhattanL, 54-77

Award History

NEC Player of the Year: 6[12]
- Last: Anna Niki Stamolamprou, 2016-17
NEC Rookie of the Year: 2
- Last: Ashley Ravelli, 2012-13
NEC Defensive Player of the Year: 2
- Last: Nneka Ezeigbo, 2018-19
NEC Coach of the Year: 6
- Last: Charlie Buscaglia, 2018-19
NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: 2
- Last: Anna Niki Stamolamprou, 2016-17
NEC Tournament MVP: 8
- Last: Nneka Ezeigbo, 2019
All-NEC First Team: 21
- Last: Nneka Ezeigbo, 2018-19
All-NEC Second Team: 20
- Last: Nneka Ezeigbo, 2017-18
All-NEC Third Team: 1
- Last: Megan Smith, 2016-17
All-NEC Rookie Team: 16
- Last: Isabella Posset, 2018-19
All-NEC Tournament Team: 24
- Last: Nina Augustin & Nneka Ezeigbo, 2019

References

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