March 16, 2009
WACO, Texas - Baylor's women's basketball team, the No. 2 seed in the Raleigh Regional, will face 15th-seeded UT-San Antonio (24-8) on Sunday, March 22 in United Spirit Arena at Lubbock, Texas., the NCAA announced tonight. Joining Baylor and UTSA in first round action are seventh-seeded South Dakota State (31-2) and TCU (20-10), a No. 10 selection.
The game will be televised on ESPN2 and will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the TCU/South Dakota State game which begins at 6 p.m. Central.
Baylor is 27-5 on the season and ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll. The Lady Bears will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and eighth time in the last nine years while UTSA will be making its second NCAA Tournament appearance. The Roadrunners, winners of nine straight contests and 15 of their last 16 games, earned an automatic bid after beating UT-Arlington in the championship game of the Southland Cnference Tournament.
First round winners will face off in second round action on Tuesday, March 24 and the winner of that game will advance to Raleigh. N.C., to play either Louisville, LSU, Green Bay or Liberty on Saturday, March 28.
The 2009 Women's Final Four will be played April 5 and 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
""We had a great crowd here today and the game is within driving distance. You will have three Texas schools in Lubbock and I know West Texas loves their women's basketball. We need to encourage everyone in West Texas to come out to the games. At this point I don't know much abut UTSA other than I know who the coach is but by time tomorrow and by the end of this week I will know a heck of a lot more about them," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
"As far as our seeding goes, As you study this game, the results and the RPI, I thought there were three or four teams that could get that last number one seed. I thought Louisville was one, I thought Baylor was one and I thought Stanford or Auburn was one. I can live with a two seed. I thought it was very fair. We are going to a place where our fans can attend. I was extremely happy. I was very concerned with Danielle's (Wilson) absence that we would be shipped off and be one of those last number two seeds that would have to play UConn. I am very much a believer that you acknowledge that UConn is the team to beat. It is going to take a tremendous effort for anyone to beat them."
Those wishing to purchase tickets to the games in Lubbock may contact the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at Floyd Casey Stadium on Tuesday, March 17 at 254-710-1000 or 1-800-BAYLORU. Tickets are also available from Texas Tech by calling 806-742-4412. First and second round tickets are $35/adults and $15/students and are for two games on Sunday and one game on Tuesday, for a total of three games. The $15 student price applies to those 18 years of age or younger.