Montgomery, W.V. – The top seeded Robert Morris Women's Basketball team was upset by second seeded and hosts West Virginia Tech by the score of 74-71 in the A.I.I. Tournament championship game on Sunday, March 3rd. With the win, West Virginia Tech advanced to the NAIA National Tournament while the Eagles, who are now 18-13, have a slim chance at an at-large bid when those teams are announced on Wednesday, March 6th.
The Eagles stayed close with the Golden Bears early on and held a 12-8 lead with 12:57 to play in the first half. However, West Virginia Tech went on a 12-4 run to close out the half and took a 40-29 lead into the locker room.
The Golden Bears stretched their lead to 13 points to open the second half but RMU cut that deficit to 55-54 with 10:19 to play on a bucket from Yolanda De La Torre. West Virginia Tech came back and put together an 11-2 run to lead by 10 points with 6:06 to go. The Eagles answered back with a 9-0 run of their own to trail 66-65 with 2:45 left on the clock but the Golden Bears stretched their lead back up to five points and led 74-71 with only ten seconds to go. RMU had one last opportunity to tie the game as Celeste Jones brought the ball up the length of the court but her last second three-pointer was just off the mark and the Eagles fell 74-71.
Jones scored a team-high 15 points and Uniqua Hampton added 14 points. Also scoring in double digits was Yolanda De La Torre with 13 points and Mary Colon with 10. De La Torre was also named to the A.I.I. All-Tournament team.