The women’s basketball team was included among the 64-team field selected for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, which was announced Monday night.
The team’s inclusion in the tournament marks the first time it will take part in postseason play since the 2011-12 season.
Temple needed to win five of its last six games of the regular season in order to guarantee itself a .500 record and become qualified for postseason play.
The Owls’ first-round loss in the American Athletic Conference tournament put some anxiety in the team as a win over the Pirates would have put them in a more favorable postseason situation.
Sitting at a 16-16 overall record, the team was unsure if it would receive an invite to the WNIT.
The last time the team reached postseason play was in Williams’ freshman year when it also played in the WNIT. The Owls, then in the Atlantic 10 conference, finished with a 23-10 record that season.
They advanced two rounds in the tournament with wins over Quinnipiac University and Harvard University before losing to Syracuse University.