Hoyas Earn Fifth Seed in NCAA Tournament
March 12, 2012
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad continued its season Monday evening earning its fourth NCAA bid in program history and the third in as many seasons. The Hoyas received the fifth seed in the Des Moines region scheduled to face 12th-seeded Fresno State University in the opening round on Sunday at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
"We're excited to be back in the tournament and excited to be playing in Chapel Hill," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I told the girls at the beginning of practice today that it didn't matter where we were going or who we were playing, I just wanted to play."
Georgetown is 22-8 overall after earning the fourth seed in the BIG EAST Championship, before falling to West Virginia. The Hoyas have been in the national rankings all season currently sitting at No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue & Gray has had three wins over nationally-ranked opponents and two over top-10 opponents. The team has defeated four NCAA Tournament squads.
The Blue & Gray has been to the NCAA Tournament three times prior to this year with an overall record of 5-3. Last season, Georgetown tied a program record advancing to the Sweet 16 after defeating No. 12 Princeton University in the opening round and the fourth-seeded University of Maryland on the Terps' home court at Comcast Center in the second round. GU narrowly fell to top-seeded Connecticut, 68-63, in the Sweet 16.
Two years ago, the Hoyas earned the fifth seed and played in Berkeley, Calif., defeating No. 12 Marist University before falling to the No. 4 Baylor University Bears who eventually advanced to the Final Four.
During the 1992-93 season Georgetown earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. It was Williams-Flournoy's first season as an assistant coach with the Hoyas. Georgetown fell in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament, but advanced to the Sweet 16 finishing the season with a record of 23-7.
The Bulldogs (28-5) are making their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Fresno State is coming off its WAC Tournament title win, an 89-61 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev. The `Dogs swept the WAC titles after posting a 13-1 conference mark in regular-season play.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs is WAC Player of the Year, Ki-Ki Moore, who averages 16.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.9 steals.
"Fresno State is a talented team with a lot of tournament experience, so it should be a good matchup for us," said Williams-Flournoy.
The Hoyas are 0-1 all-time against the Bulldogs with the lone meeting coming on November 20, 1999 in the season opener at the Regal Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. In that meeting, Fresno State came from 15 points down in the second half to best the Hoyas 57-56. Katie Smrcka-Duffy scored 15 points for the Blue & Gray in the game.
The winner of the Fresno State-Georgetown game will play the winner of the No. 4 Georgia Tech/No. 13 Sacred Heart game on Tuesday.
Tipoff at Carmichael Arena is scheduled for 12:20 p.m., on Sunday afternoon. The game will be available on ESPN3.com and in select markets on ESPN2. Ticket information will be available in the coming days at www.GUHoyas.com.