March 15, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight year in a row. The Bulldogs learned Monday they were headed to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face Georgetown on Sunday, March 18 at 9:20 a.m. PT. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcasted on ESPN2 790 AM.
The `Dogs (28-5) earned a No. 12 seed, while Georgetown is the No. 5 seed. Fresno State is looking for its first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
Bulldogs Dancin' Again!
Fresno State earned an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament after winning the WAC Tournament title. The Bulldogs defeated the Louisiana Tech 89-61 in the champion¬ship game. The 28-point win over the Lady Techsters is the largest margin of victory for the `Dogs over La Tech in program history. The Bulldogs are headed to their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Fresno State vs. Georgetown
The Bulldogs and Hoyas have met once in program history. The `Dogs are 1-0 against Georgetown after beating the Hoyas 57-56 at the Minnesota Tournament on Nov. 20, 1999.The Bulldogs came back from a 15-point second half deficit to win their first game of the Regal Classic.
Scouting the Hoyas
Georgetown is led by Sugar Rodgers, who averages 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Hoyas fell in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament and earned an at-large berth with a 22-8 record.
Also in Chapel Hill
Also playing in the first round at Chapel Hill is Georgia Tech and Sacred Heart. The winner of the first and second rounds in Chapel Hill heads to Des Moines, Iowa for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.
Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech earned its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament at-large berth and are ranked 15th in this week's Associated Press poll and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Yellow Jackets are 24-8 overall and won a program-best 12 ACC games on their way to the conference championship game, where they fell to No. Maryland.
Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart enters the tournament field with a 25-7 overall record and is coming off its third NEC Championship in the last seven seasons. Head coach Ed Swan¬son's team features the NEC Player of the Year in senior Callan Taylor and NEC Rookie of the Year Gabrielle Washington.
`Dogs In the Big Dance
The Bulldogs are making their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. Fresno State has an 0-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. The `Dogs faced Baylor in 2008, Cal in 2009, Baylor in 2010 and North Carolina in 2011.
Bulldogs Reach New Heights
Fresno State reached new heights during the 2011-12 season. After defeating Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament Championship game, the Bulldogs earned their 28th win of the year, which is the most wins in a season in program history.
Looking Back at the WAC Tournament
Fresno State won the 2012 WAC Tournament with an 89-61 win over Louisiana Tech. It is the second year in a row where the Bulldogs defeated the Lady Techsters for the tournament title. Ki-Ki Moore was named the Tournament MVP and Rosie Moult led the team with 23 points in the championship game. She also earned a spot on the WAC All-Tournament team. It is the fourth WAC Tournament title for the `Dogs in the last five years.
Four `Dogs Earn Conference Honors
Sophomore Ki-Ki Moore snagged the top honors from the WAC. Moore was named conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson earned spots on the All-WAC second-team and Defensive All-WAC teams. Madison Parrish was named to the WAC All-Freshmen team after her first season.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs are headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The `Dogs face Georgetown on Sunday, March 18 at 9:20 a.m. Listen to the game on ESPN2 790 AM with Guy Haberman or watch on ESPN2.
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