March 12, 2007
WACO, Texas - Baylor's women's basketball team, the No. 5 seed in the Fresno Regional, will face 12th-seeded UT-Chattanooga (25-7) on Sunday, March 18 in RBC Center at Raleigh, N.C., the NCAA announced tonight. Joining Baylor and Chattanooga in first round action are fourth-seeded North Carolina State (23-9) and Robert Morris (24-7), a No. 13 selection.
The game will be televised on ESPN and will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the N.C. State/Robert Morris game. The Baylor/Chattanooga game will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. (CDT).
Baylor is 25-7 on the season and ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll. The Lady Bears will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and sixth time in the last seven years while Chattanooga will be playing in its eighth NCAA Tournament. They earned an automatic bid after winning the Southern Conference tournament title.
"It's fun to sit there and know you're in the tournament. We've sat there before not knowing if we're getting in or not. I don't know a lot about Chattanooga but I know from years past, that guy (head coach Wes Moore) can coach. His teams are always very competitive and we'll have our hands full," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
Of course there's the potential of playing North Carolina State in Raleigh. I have so much respect for Coach Kay Yow, she has cancer and her team is really responding to her. She was an assistant on the Olympic Team that I played on in 1984.
However, Chattanooga is who is on our minds now, not N.C. State or Robert Morris, I've seen that guy coach and know his team is very good.," Mulkey added.
First round winners will face off in second round action on Tuesday, March 20 and the winner of that game will advance to Fresno. Calif., to play either Connecticut, UM-Baltimore County, Wisconsin-Green Bay or New Mexico on Saturday, March 24.