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NCAA women's hoops tournament: UConn could play in Albany

NCAA women's hoops tournament: UConn could play in Albany

Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

The Associated Press reports the Bears, who lost just one game all season (31-1), instead get a No. 2 seed in Lexington, a region that includes top-seeded Louisville, Tennessee and Stanford. The Women's Final Four games and the championship game will be played in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame is another team to look at, as they came within single digits to CT when the teams played earlier in the season. However, Irish junior forward Jessica Shepard, who has never played at the NCAA tournament in her two previous seasons at Nebraska, said there would be plenty of time for looking at the Sweet 16 if the Irish can make it past the opening rounds. This might be one of coach Muffet McGraws finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season.

Aside from the favorite to win it all, the Huskies, 63 other teams will try to do what the SC did past year and cut the nets down in Columbus. Notre Dame has been a top seed the past seven years.

The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach.

"If we are fortunate enough to go back to Spokane where I spent so many unbelievable years at Gonzaga, that would be incredible", he said.

"The assistants will be scouting; they're going to be watching as much film as they can get their hands on", McGraw said.




"A great reward for this team for what they've been through. playing the toughest schedule and getting a No. 1 seed", McGraw said.

The Irish are the #1 seed in the Spokane region and will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 5pm at Purcell Pavilion against 16th seeded Big West Conference champion, Cal St Northridge. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional.

"Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the others on the list the NCAA released Sunday of the final eight under consideration. "We seed the teams and then we place them in the bracket using that "S" curve and geography is one of the things that we consider and one of our principals".

"Our fans will travel very well, because it's right up the road", said QU coach Tricia Fabbri.

The first round of the women's tournament begins on Saturday. UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens against 16th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday morning. "The growth of our program at this time previous year, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".


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