Cal, Fresno State, South Florida Join Texas Tech In Lubbock|
March 18, 2013
The NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee announced the full slate of 64 teams that will compete for one of four coveted spots in New Orleans and ultimately the national championship earlier this evening in a live broadcast on ESPN.
As expected, the Lady Raiders will begin their path to New Orleans right here in Lubbock as Texas Tech was awarded a No. 7 seed and will face No. 10 seed South Florida at 5:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at the United Spirit Arena. No. 2 seed California and No. 15 seed Fresno State will also head to Lubbock and that matchup will tip at 3 p.m. CT. The winner of Texas Tech/South Florida game will face the winner of California/Fresno State at 8:30 p.m. CT on Monday. The advancing team from Lubbock will head to Spokane, Wash., for a Sweet 16 date against the winner from Baton Rouge. The Spokane Regional will be played at Spokane Arena on March 30 and April 1.
The California Golden Bears will bring a 28-3 overall record to Lubbock and a No. 6 national ranking by the AP and USA Today/Coaches poll. California shared the 2013 Pac-12 regular season championship with rival Stanford. The Pac-12 title was the first for California in program history and head coach Lindsay Gottlieb became just the fifth coach in conference history to win a league title in her first two years as a head coach.
Also making the trip to Lubbock from California will be No. 15 seed Fresno State. Fresno State is 24-8 overall after securing the Mountain West's automatic bid by virtue of a 76-70 win over top-seeded San Diego State in the championship game on Saturday. Fresno State, in its first season in the Mountain West, has won its conference tournament championship in five of the last six seasons and will be taking part in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders will be making their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years and will be the No. 7 seed. The Lady Raiders are 21-10 overall after dropping a Big 12 quarterfinal game to Oklahoma State back on March 9 in Dallas. Texas Tech is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its 1993 national championship team, led by National Player of the Year Sheryl Swoopes.
Rounding out the tournament field in Lubbock will be the lone east coast team, South Florida. The Bulls stand at 21-10 overall after suffering a heartbreaking 75-66 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship. South Florida held a four-point lead with under 11 minutes to go but the Irish made a run to avoid being the first top-seeded team to fall in the Big East quarterfinals since the tournament started in 1983.
Full session (all three games) prices are $25 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under)/seniors. Individual session passes will go on sale Wednesday, March 20 and are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under)/seniors.
Texas Tech students with a valid Tech ID will receive free admission courtesy of the Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle, Student Affairs and Student Union and Activities.
Parking for the event is free in the west lots of the arena on game day and a limited number of ADA spaces will also be available.
To purchase tickets by phone please call (806) 742-TECH or visit the athletics ticket office in its temporary location in the lobby of the West Stadium Building at Jones AT&T Stadium.