Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Four Women’s Hoops Squads Dancing

(Edited ACC release) Four ACC teams are among the 64-team field for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament announced Monday evening.

ACC champion Maryland (28-4) and ACC regular season champion Duke (24-5) were selected as No. 2 regional seeds. Miami (25-5) is a No. 3 seed while Georgia Tech (24-8) received a No. 4 seed. All four teams are ranked among the top 15 of the latest national polls and among the top 14 of the latest RPI report released by the NCAA.

Maryland returns to the NCAA Tournament for the program’s 20th all-time appearance and will be seeded No. 2 in the Raleigh Region. The Terrapins own a 28-18 NCAA Tournament record and captured the national championship in 2006.  The Terps play Navy (18-13) in the opening round. 

Duke (24-5), which will be appearing in the NCAA postseason field for an ACC-best 18th consecutive year, drew the No. 2 seed in the Fresno Region. The Blue Devils will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for their opening-round game against No. 15 Samford (20-12) on Sunday, March 18.  

Earning its second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth is Miami, which grabbed a No. 3 seed and will face No. 15 Idaho State (24-7), the Big Sky champion, on March 17th in Spokane, Wash., in the Kingston Region. The 2011-2012 Hurricanes finished the season in second in the ACC with a league mark of 14-2 and an overall record of 25-5.

Georgia Tech, which reached the final of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 1992, tied a program record for wins in a season and earned a spot in the tournament as a No. 4 seed in the Raleigh region, the highest seed in school history. The Yellow Jackets posted their sixth-straight 20-win season en route to making their sixth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth overall. 

Georgia Tech, which finished the season with a 24-8 overall record, won a school-record 12 games in conference play opens against No. 13 Sacred Heart (25-7) on Sunday, March 18 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the Des Moines Region.

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