Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UConn Top Seed in Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament

UConn Top Seed in Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament

The No. 1 seeds were fairly obvious beforehand and the committee didn't surprise us: UConn is the top overall seed, while Mississippi State, Louisville, and Notre Dame all command their own regions.

Like the Huskies, the Irish are a No. 1 seed again. The loss to Louisville in the ACC Tournament final was thought by some to be too much to overcome. Because the one has to play the two.

It's the 15th time in school history that UConn is No. 1 in final poll of the season.

Irish faithful know - without a doubt - that head coach and USA Today Coach of the Year Muffet McGraw will have the girls read yot make a run at the title. The Texas native went 126-108 in seven seasons as the head coach at Fresno State, taking the Bulldogs to the postseason three times and winning the Mountain West Conference tournament in 2016, when Terry led the team to 25 wins. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game. OR is the 2-seed in Notre Dame's region, Ohio St is the 3-seed, Texas A&M the 4-seed and DePaul the 5-seed. The Atlantic Coast Conference was next with five in the Top 25. The Ducks made one of the great runs past year reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

"We spent nearly seven hours on that decision of who those last four teams in and first four out were", NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett said.


Bennett said Oklahoma's strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.

The Gophers (23-8) received a 10 seed in the tournament Monday, and they'll square up against 7-seed UW-Green Bay at 4 p.m. Friday.

The Irish are the #1 seed in the Spokane region and will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 5pm at Purcell Pavilion against 16th seeded Big West Conference champion, Cal St Northridge. The Huskies (32-0) enter the NCAA Tournament as the lone unbeaten team and went wire-to-wire as the unanimous top team.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey, center, and players react after they hear their seeding during an NCAA college basketball selection show Monday, March 12, 2018, in Waco, Texas.

The women's NCAA Tournament field of 64 teams has been revealed, meaning it's time to fill out those brackets.

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