Stanford Earns #3 Seed, Will Play Southeast Missouri in NCAA Opener on Saturday
March 13, 2006
Stanford women's basketball will travel to Denver for the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, as announced today by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. The Cardinal, ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and 14th in the USA Today/WBCA poll, was awarded a No. 3 seed in the San Antonio region and will travel to Denver to play 14th-seeded Southeast Missouri.
Stanford (23-7, 15-3 Pac-10) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face the automatic qualifier from the Ohio Valley Conference, the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (22-8), this Saturday at 8:30 p.m., MST at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The Redhawks scored a 71-50 victory over Tennessee Tech in the 2006 O'Reilly OVC Women's Basketball Tournament in Nashville on March 4 to earn the program's first-ever bid in the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the first match-up between Stanford and Southeast Missouri, and the first-ever match-up between Stanford and a current Ohio Valley Conference member.
Stanford is 43-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament action and is making its 19th consecutive appearance and 20th overall. The Cardinal advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons. Stanford has won the NCAA Championship twice, in 1990 and 1992.
If Stanford advances past the Redhawks, the Cardinal will face either #6 Florida State or #11 Louisiana Tech in the second round.
Tickets are already available for purchase to all three sessions. Fans can call the Stanford ticket office at 800-STANFORD. Tickets are $60 for adults between the baselines, or $50 for endcourt seats, while youth, students and seniors pay $30 for between the baselines or $20 for endcourt seats.
The Schedule for Saturday's first round is as follows (All Times MST):
#15 Pepperdine vs. #2 Oklahoma, 11 a.m.
#10 Iowa vs. #7 BYU, 1:30 p.m.
#11 Louisiana Tech vs. #6 Florida State, 6 p.m.
#14 Southeast Missouri State vs. #3 Stanford, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, March 20 - Session III: 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Which match up will get which time slot has yet to be determined.