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WACO, Texas - The top-ranked Baylor women's basketball team earned its first-ever back-to-back No. 1 seed and will play in the Des Moines Regional as they face 16th-seeded UC Santa Barbara (17-15) on Sunday, March 18, at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, the NCAA announced Monday night. Joining Baylor and UC Santa Barbara in first-round action in Bowling Green are eighth-seeded Ohio State (25-6) and Florida (19-12), a No. 9 seed.
The Ohio State/Florida game will tip at 11:15 a.m. (CT), while the Baylor/UC Santa Barbara contest will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. (CT). Both games will be televised on ESPN2.
Baylor is 34-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll. The Lady Bears will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year and 11th time in the last 12 years, while UC Santa Barbara will be making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, its first since 2009. The Gauchos, under first-year head coach Carlene Mitchell, won the Big West Conference Tournament and earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.
Florida and Ohio State are making their 13th and 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, respectively. Florida is an at-large selection from the Southeastern Conference while Ohio State competes in the Big Ten Conference and also received an at-large bid.
First-round winners will face off in second round action on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. (CT), and the winner of that game will advance to Des Moines, to play either Georgetown (5), Fresno State (12), Georgia Tech (4) or Sacred Heart (13) on Saturday, March 24.
Baylor is 22-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, all coming under head coach Kim Mulkey. Baylor has won its first-round game in each of the last eight NCAA trips.
The 2012 Women's Final Four will be played April 1 and 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
2001 - 0-1, lost to Arkansas, first round (Durham, N.C.)
2002 - 1-1, lost to Drake, second round (Waco, Texas)
2004 - 2-1, lost to Tennessee, Sweet 16 (Norman, Okla.)
2005 - 6-0, NCAA Champion (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2006 - 2-1, lost to Maryland (NCAA champion), Sweet 16 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
2007 - 1-1, lost to North Carolina State, second round (Raleigh, N.C.)
2008 - 1-1, lost to Pittsburgh, second round (Albuquerque, N.M.)
2009 - 2-1, lost to Louisville (NCAA runner-up), Sweet 16 (Raleigh, N.C.)
2010 - 4-1, lost to UConn (NCAA champion), Final Four Semifinals
2011 - 3-1, lost to Texas A&M (NCAA champion), Elite Eight (Dallas)
NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDS - SITES
2001 - No. 8 - Durham, N.C.
2002 - No. 2 - Waco, Texas
2004 - No. 4 - Albuquerque, N.M., Norman, Okla.
2005 - No. 2 - Seattle, Wash., Tempe, Ariz., Indianapolis, Ind.
2006 - No. 3 - Tucson, Ariz., Albuquerque, N.M.
2007 - No. 5 - Raleigh, N.C.
2008 - No. 3 - Albuquerque, N.M.
2009 - No. 3 - Lubbock, Texas, Raleigh, N.C.
2010 - No. 4 - Berkeley, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., San Antonio, Texas
2011 - No. 1 - Waco, Texas
2012 - No. 1 - Bowling Green, Ohio
NCAA TOURNAMENT BY SEED
No. 1 - twice (2011, `12)
No. 2 - twice (2002, `05)
No. 3 - three times (2006, `08, `09)
No. 4 - twice (2004, 2010)
No. 5 - once (2007)
No. 8 - once (2001)