March 18, 2008

Lady Cagers Will Face No. 1 UConn in NCAA Tournament

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Updated: 11:51 p.m.
The women’s basketball team will face top-seeded and No. 1 nationally ranked UConn in the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA announced this evening. The game will be played in Bridgeport, Conn., this Sunday at 7 p.m. Cornell received a No. 16 seed in the tournament, having won the Ivy League’s automatic NCAA bid with a win over Dartmouth this past Sunday. That game was the final contest in a playoff for the Ancient Eight’s NCAA bid after Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard all tied for the Ivy League championship, winning 11 league games apiece.

It is Cornell’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Red (20-8) set a school record for wins this season, and had the most successful campaign in its history, winning the program its first-ever league title. No. 1/1 UConn (32-1) has received an invitation for 20 consecutive seasons and has claimed three of the last six NCAA titles. It is the Huskies’ 11th time earning a No. 1 seed. UConn was a No. 1 seed last season, but fell to LSU in the Regional final, 73-50.