Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Six ACC Teams In NCAA Women's Tournament

For the ninth straight year, the ACC will be represented by at least six teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Field of 64. The ACC is one of only two leagues (Big East) to place six or more teams in the 2011 Big Sadie Hawkins Dance, while all six ACC teams selected were tabbed top five seeds – a first since 1996.

Duke, which won the school’s seventh ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship and its second-consecutive, finished 29-3 and earned a No. 2 seed in the Philadelphia region.
Joining the Blue Devils  are the Florida State Seminoles, which own a 23-7 overall record and an 11-3 mark in ACC action, and the Miami Hurricanes, which advanced to the WNIT Championship game last year.

Entering the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 is Miami (27-4), which earned a No. 3 seed and will face No. 14 seeded Gardner-Webb in Charlottesville, Va. The 2010-11 Hurricanes shared a piece of this year’s ACC regular-season crown with Duke after recording a 12-2 league mark – completing the ultimate turnaround from one year ago.  

Maryland returns to the NCAA Tournament for the program’s 19th all-time appearance as the No. 4 seed in the Philadelphia region. The Terrapins, which won the 2006 National Championship, finished this season with a 23-7 record, including a 9-5 ACC mark.  

Duke's Jasmine Thomas, left, Krystal Thomas (34), Karima Christmas (13) and Tricia Liston (32)
Georgia Tech, which won 23 games for the second-consecutive season, a mark that again ties the school record for wins in a regular season, claimed a No. 5 seed in the Dayton region. The Yellow Jackets posted their fifth straight 20-win season en route to making their fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh overall. Georgia Tech finished the season with a 23-10 overall record, 9-5 in league play.

North Carolina was named a No. 5 seed for a league-best 23rd time in program history. The Tar Heels finished the regular season with a 26-8 mark, including a 3-1 run to the 2011 ACC Tournament final.  UNC will face No. 12 seed Fresno State, the Western Athletic Conference’s automatic qualifier, in the Spokane region. 

To see the bracket, click here. 

(Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

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