USC Opens Galen Center For NCAA Action

March 16, 2009

2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Bracket

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - For the second time in three years, USC's Galen Center will be home to first- and second-round competition in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Four teams will touch down in Los Angeles this week to open action with first-round play on Saturday (March 21) and the second-round game set for Monday (March 23). Receiving tickets to the postseason play at the Galen Center are No. 4 seed California playing No. 13 seed Fresno State at 5 p.m. on March 21 and No. 5 seed Virginia facing No. 12 seed Marist a half-hour after the conclusion of the first game. Saturday's winners will face at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Fourth-seeded California (25-6) earned an at-large berth after a run to the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals last weekend. The Bears are making their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, having reached the Second Round last season. The Bears enter the postseason ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN and No. 13 according to AP.

Fifth-seeded Virginia (23-9) earned an at-large berth after reaching the ACC Tournament quarterfinals last week. The Cavaliers reached the NCAA Second Round last season. UVA enters the postseason ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN national poll and No. 24 according to AP.

The No. 12 seed in the group, Marist (29-3) has qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years and five out of the last six. The Red Foxes won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament to earn an automatic berth in the postseason. Marist has been receiving votes in both national polls.

No. 13 seed Fresno State (24-5) received an automatic berth as the WAC Tournament champion for the second straight season. The Bulldogs fell in the NCAA First Round last season.

To purchase tickets for the Los Angeles First-and Second Rounds at the Galen Center, CLICK HERE

All-Session Tickets (includes two sessions/three games)
$27 - adult
$17 - child/senior citizens

Single-Session Ticket (includes one game)
$15 - adult
$10 - child/senior citizens

GAME SCHEDULE (Los Angeles, Calif. - Galen Center)

First Round - Saturday (March 21)
Game 1: No. 4 California (25-6) vs. No. 13 Fresno State (24-8) -- 5 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 5 Virginia (23-9) vs. no. 12 Marist (29-3) -- approx. 7:30 p.m. PT

Second Round - Monday (March 23)
Winners -- 6:30 p.m. PT

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