The Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team will continue play this March, as they were selected for the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Vols come into the tournament as the number 5 seed in the Oklahoma City Region. This year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament features the top seeded UConn Huskies team. The Huskies come into the tournament on a 107-game winning streak. The remaining number 1 seeds in the tournament are Notre Dame, Baylor, and South Carolina.
The Lady Vols (19-11) first game of the tournament will be played on Saturday, March 18th, at 4:00 P.M. EST against the Dayton Flyers (22-9). The Flyers come into the matchup as the 12th seed in the Oklahoma City Region. The game, being played in Louisville, Kentucky, will also be televised on ESPN2.
This will be the Lady Vols 3rd all-time meeting against Dayton. UT is 2-0 in the previous two meetings. This is also the 36th time the Lady Vols have made the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Vols are the only team in women’s college basketball to have made every single NCAA Tournament since its beginning in 1982.
Lady Vols’ head coach Holly Warlick commented on the team’s reaction to the Lady Vols seeding in the tournament and on Dayton’s style of play, saying, “They were excited… excited for a five seed. Dayton, they do shoot the three; they double our 3-point shooting attempts. That’s what I know. I know they were co-champs of the Atlantic 10 Conference. After this, I’ll go home and watch (some of their games) and get a better feel for them. I’ve seen them on TV. They play hard, they’ve got a big kid inside and they shoot the three, so it’s going to be a big challenge for us.”
In the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, Tennessee made it to the Elite 8. There they fell short to Syracuse, who made their first ever final four appearance in women’s basketball. Overall, the Lady Vols are 123-27 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
Tennessee played 12 of the 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament during the regular season. Those 12 games included wins over 1 seed Notre Dame, 1 seed South Carolina, 2 seed Stanford, 2 seed Mississippi State, 4 seed Kentucky, 6 seed Missouri, 8 seed LSU, and 15 seed Troy.
If the Lady Vols take care of business on Saturday against Dayton, they would play the winner of the (4) Louisville vs. (13) Chattanooga game next Monday in Louisville.