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.
|2018 Tri-County male athlete of year|
Jace Punke (Washington High School): Won class 2A state heavyweight title (285 lbs) despite wrestling at 245 pounds. Finished 45-4, ranked 10th nationally. Helped Panthers win a third consecutive state duals title. In the summer he won the Greco-Roman title and was freestyle runner-up at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Nationals at 220 pounds. Punke was a starting offensive and defensive lineman for 11-1 state football quarterfinalist.