Fifth-Seeded Hoyas Open NCAA Tournament on Sunday
March 17, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The fifth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad participated in the NCAA Tournament's media opportunity and open practice on Saturday as a lead up to Sunday's first-round matchup between the Hoyas and the 12th-seeded Fresno State University Bulldogs at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Blue & Gray will tipoff against the Bulldogs at 12:20 p.m., on Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
"I can't tell you how excited we are to be here for the third year in a row," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "It's very exciting for our seven seniors. It's great for them to go out strong and just as hard as they came in. I think we've had a really good year and what better way to begin our postseason play than in the NCAA Tournament."
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. GU 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 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.
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.
Tipoff is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins on the call and Stephanie White doing color. It will also be available online on ESPN3.
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.