TriCounty Bradley’s first berth in a women’s postseason basketball tournament was a long time coming.
The program got its start in 1975-76. Under Paula Buscher, the seventh head coach in BU women’s basketball history, the Braves finally reached the postseason last March when they appeared in the inaugural Women’s Basketball Invitational.
Bradley won at 2009 NCAA runner-up Louisville in the first round, then lost at the College of Charleston in the quarterfinals to finish 17-14 overall.
The Braves made their case for a postseason berth with a third-place tie in the Missouri Valley. The conference finish was the highest in Buscher’s first 10 seasons at BU.
Bradley’s first berth in a women’s postseason basketball tournament was a long time coming.
1976 Manual Football Team
Row 1: Manager Greg Cox, Rob Kessler, John Cowan, Richard Anderson, David Haste, Rick Aibritton, Dale Reeser, Marvin Neal, Roosevelt Henderson, Marty Houlihan, Ernie Baldock, Alan Allen, Mark Dismuke, Jay Moton, Manager, K. Daniels.
The 1976 Rams were led to an undefeated Conference Championship by All-Staters Alan Allen, Jeff Stokowski, and Alfred Moton. Key victories were a 28-0 win over Spalding and a last second 8-6 win over Central. They began the state play-offs with a 26-14 win over Normal Community before losing to Danville.