Huskies Receive NCAA Bid, Set To Face Iowa State In First Round Saturday
March 12, 2007
SEATTLE -- Washington was awarded an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament and as a No. 11 seed in the Dallas Region will face No. 6 seed Iowa State in the first round, Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m. PT, in Minneapolis, Minn. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2.
The winner between Saturday's first round game between UW and ISU will face the winner of the Georgia (No. 3 seed) vs. Belmont game (No. 14 seed), Monday, March 19, in Minneapolis. Single session tickets can be purchased for $26 by contacting the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or visiting GoHuskies.com. The deadline to purchase tickets is noon on Wednesday, March 14.
'We're just thrilled, we're excited,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'We knew that we were in it after the tremendous preseason we played and all we did in the Pac-10. Our seniors are being rewarded with another opportunity to play for a national championship in the NCAAs. We're excited about it. We know a little bit about Iowa State. We saw their last couple games in their tournament. Bill Fennelly is an excellent, excellent coach. They're a team that really plays hard. They shoot the three incredibly well, they defend, get out and run. So it's going to be a great challenge for us. We're looking forward to it.'
The Huskies are making their second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament after advancing as far as the second round last season. This year marks Washington's 16th trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history and sixth under 11-year head coach June Daugherty. Washington finished out the regular season with an 18-12 overall record and placed fourth in the Pac-10 conference with an 11-7 league record. The Huskies have won five of their last seven games heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Iowa State enters Saturday's contest with a 25-8 overall record and advanced as far as the finals of the Big 12 Championship before falling to No. 11 Oklahoma, 67-60. The Cyclones were ranked 24th according to the final Associated Press Poll.
Washington leads the all-time series with Iowa State 2-0. These teams met in back-to-back seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Washington edged Iowa State, 64-63, in the first meeting in Seattle on Dec, 22, 2002, before defeating the Cyclones 76-55 in Ames, Iowa, Dec. 21, 2003.