"The growth of our program at this time past year, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".
Albany is slated to host regional semifinals and finals the weekend of March 24-26, and if the seeds hold, UConn would meet SC for a spot in the Final Four.
The Gamecocks are the No. 2 seed in the Albany Regional in which the undefeated Huskies are the No. 1 seed.
As for Cal, the Bears are slotted in as a No. 7 seed in the same region as UConn and SC.
Colson got the scoring going in the final quarter before the Pirates hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the gap a bit with one coming from Marrow and the other via guard Lysander Bracey. Belmont is a trendy pick to pull of the upset over five-seeded Duke.
At the end of the day, however, it will take a lot for the Elite Eight not to feature the top two seeds. The game time will be determined following the first round games.
OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012.
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"We have really stepped things up as a team", Walz said.
"I'm just super excited to get another opportunity to play in the tournament", Marquette junior guard Natisha Hiedeman said. "Then when we get to the Final Four, he said it's three, and then his text to me was 'and then when you finish second, it's three, ' so our goal is to finish first and then I'll send him three".
UConn's remarkable streak of 10 consecutive Final Four appearances is at risk this season, since SC is one of the premier programs in the country and possesses a top player in forward A'ja Wilson. The 2-seed in the Albany (New York) region is SC, the reigning national champions. This might be one of coach Muffet McGraw's finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season.
Tennessee continues its appearance streak and remains the only school to participate in all 37 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championships since its inception in 1982. "I think this team made a decision to get better and chose to dig in".
Bennett said Oklahoma's strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.
The Boise State women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament, but it's not the kind of invitation many expected. Ohio State earned a No. 3 seed and will play host to No. 14 George Washington in the opening round Saturday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m.