Fresno State Opens NCAA Tournament in LA
March 17, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team quickly learned its seeding in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championships during Monday's Selection Show on ESPN, and happily learned they would be staying close to home too.
The Bulldogs drew the No. 13 seed in the NCAA Lincoln Regional and will face No. 4 seed and 13th-ranked Nebraska on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Los Angeles. The first-round matchup that is being held in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
At the top of the hour on ESPN's Selection Show unveiling the tournament field, Fresno State's name was called right away in the first regional shown to the delight of everyone watching with the team in the Josephine Theater of the Duncan Building.
"It was great that it happened so soon," senior guard Bree Farley said of seeing Fresno State's name early during the selection show. "I think last year or the year before that it was towards the end, so it was kind of a shock."
Fresno State (22-10) enters what is its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament as the automatic qualifier from the Mountain West by winning its conference tournament. The No. 13 seed is the second-lowest the Bulldogs have drawn in their seven all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, trailing the No. 12 seed Fresno State had in the 2011 and 2012.
"A No. 13 seed is well deserved, I think that is a great credit to our conference and the parity that is in our conference," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "It is a great advantage for us that we get to be close to home and is great for a few of our girls that are from this area. We're just really excited."
Fresno State's streak of seven-straight tourney appearances is tied with Iowa and Texas for the 14th-longest active streak in the nation.
Joining the Bulldogs and Huskers in Los Angeles is No. 5 seed North Carolina State and No. 12 seed BYU. The winner of that game will meet the winner of the Fresno State-Nebraska contest on Monday, March 24.
The Bulldogs are be looking for their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory and with an experienced group led by seniors Taylor Thompson and Farley, the 'Dogs know what to expect come Saturday.
"That would history-making for Fresno State, so that would mean everything for us, especially us seniors," Thompson said when asked what it would mean to get a win in the tournament. "We've worked so hard this year and I would love to do that for this team."
Fresno State and Nebraska have never met before in women's basketball.
"It's just going to be a great opportunity for our team," Pebley said of the matchup with Nebraska. "I know we're probably as unfamiliar to them right now as they are to us."
There are travel options available for fans looking to go to the game. If interested, please contact Tim Schiller at (559) 225-3164 or E-mail at email@example.com to secure your spot on the bus trip down to Pauley Pavilion.
All session ticket prices are set at $28 for reserved seats and $18 for general admission for adults and $20 for reserved and $15 for general admission for students.
Single-game tickets run at $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission for adults and $12 for reserved and $10 for general admission for students.
For more information on tickets or to make a purchase, please call the Bulldog Ticket Office at 559-278-DOGS or visit GoBulldogs.com.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.