March 15, 2010
SEATTLE - The NCAA Tournament Field is set for Bank of America Arena, and the first & second-round draw has a decided Pacific Northwest flavor.
On Monday, the NCAA announced that Gonzaga and Portland State will make the short trip to Seattle, along with perennial tournament entrant North Carolina and Texas A&M. All four participants are grouped in the Sacramento Region, which is headlined by No. 1 seed Stanford.
In the early matchup, the No. 2 seeded Aggies (25-7) will tip off Saturday, March 20, against the No. 15 Vikings (18-14), who gained access to the postseason with a championship run in the Big Sky Tournament, at 5:00 p.m. Gonzaga (27-4) earned the No. 7 seed and will play the No. 10 Tar Heels (19-11) in the nightcap, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Gonzaga was also an automatic qualifier after capturing the West Coast Conference title. The same with the Aggies, who swept all three games of the Big 12 Tournament for the title, their second in three seasons. The Aggies' run included a win over previously undefeated Nebraska. North Carolina was selected as an at-large team.
Neither the Bulldogs nor the Vikings will have to travel far to reach Bank of America Arena. GU is based in Spokane, 280 miles from Seattle, while Portland State is located just 173 miles south on Interstate 5. Additionally, Gonzaga has several Seattle-based players on its roster and will be playing a postseason event in the Bank of America Arena for a consecutive year. Last year, the Zags were a 12 seed and reached the second round before falling to Pittsburgh.
On Friday, March 19, all four teams will each hold a 60-minute practice session at the Bank of America Arena that is free to the public. The practice schedule begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets for all games are still available for purchase via phone at 206-543-2200, online at GoHuskies.com or in person at the Husky Ticket Office. This is the fourth time in seven years that the University of Washington has hosted preliminary rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Washington also hosted the West Regionals in 2004.
2010 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
NCAA FIRST ROUND
Saturday, March 20
GAME 1: No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 15 Portland State, 5:00 pm PST (ESPN2)
GAME 2: No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 North Carolina, 7:30 pm PST (ESPN2)
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Monday, March 22
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6:30 p.m PST (ESPN2)