Connecticut, Baylor, Notre Dame, Stanford earn No. 1 seeds in women’s NCAA
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The University of Connecticut has booked its 25th straight NCAA tournament ticket as the top seed in the Bridgeport Region, joining fellow No. 1 seeds Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford.
The Huskies (29-4), an at-large selection from the Big East, will start their quest for an eighth national title Saturday against Western Athletic Conference tournament champion Idaho at Gampel Pavilion.
If they hurdle Idaho, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, St. Joseph’s (Pa.) or Vanderbilt will be waiting in the regional semifinal Monday.
The Huskies, who earned a No. 1 seed for the seventh season in a row, are in a collision course with Notre Dame if both will to make it to the Final Four.
For the second year in a row, Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in the Bridgeport Region, followed by North Carolina and Maryland.
“It is still exciting to see where we are going to be and what other teams are going to be in the other bracket, so it is always exciting to see all the potential matchups that could happen,” UConn junior center Stefanie Dolson said. “It is an exciting time for any team.”
Aside from UConn, defending national champion Baylor (32-1), Notre Dame (31-1) and Stanford (31-2) also earned the No. 1 seed after winning conference titles in the Big 12, Big East and Pac-12 Conferences, respectively.
Tennessee has earned a berth for all 32 women’s NCAA tournaments while Stanford is making its 26th straight appearance.
Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the championship and the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large.
First- and second-round games will be played at 16 sites Saturday through Tuesday with the 16 second-round winners moving on to the four regional sites.
The Bridgeport Regional and the Spokane Regional will be played on Saturday and Monday while the Norfolk Regional and the Oklahoma City Regional will be held Sunday and Tuesday.
The four regional winners will advance to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four April 7 and 9 in New Orleans at New Orleans Arena.
In the history of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, 14 schools have captured the national title. Tennessee leads the way with eight championships followed by Connecticut with seven.