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. While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances. Cardinal matchup as Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen (13.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg) would take on Stanford's Brittany McPhee (17.0 ppg).
Marquette is 14-12 in 26 previous meetings with the Flyers and have claimed 12 of the last 14 matchups in the series.
The 2-seed in the Lexington (Kentucky) region is Baylor, which at 31-1 was a team some believed had an argument to be on the one line. The program has never advanced past the second round. The loss broke a 111-game winning streak for UConn and ended a string of four consecutive national championships for the Huskies.
Mississippi State almost pulled off the Cinderella story a year ago after ending UConn's 111-game win streak to advance to the national championship game, before having the glass slipper swiped away by SC.
For those looking for a UConn-Mississippi State rematch, those two are on opposite sides of the bracket, so we could get just that in the national championship game.
"We definitely want to learn from that loss", junior guard Amani Wilborn said.
Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional.
"What a great opportunity for our young players to gain even more postseason experience and for our seniors to continue their great season".
As the regular season came to a close for Louisville women's basketball last week, they now know where they'll end up in the NCAA Tournament. The 2018 Women's Final Four will be held March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game.
Barring one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport, UConn will play the victor of that game Monday at Gampel.
Senior Saniya Chong, not Dangerfield, was on the court when Mississippi State's Morgan William hit the overtime game-winner in Dallas. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in. "But we've got a long way to go between now and then".
The Boise State women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament, but it's not the kind of invitation many expected.
Mississippi State, which won 32 straight games before losing to SC, opens play on March 17 against 16-seed Nicholls State.