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UK women play NCAA waiting game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After another banner season under head coach Matthew Mitchell, the No. 17/16 Kentucky women's basketball team will undoubtedly be making its seventh overall and second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the women's selection show is announced Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.

The Wildcats (24-8, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) have compiled an outstanding resume again this year which includes their second straight 20-win season, a school-record tying 11 wins in the SEC and a second-place finish in the league standings for the second consecutive year. UK also had an impressive showing in the SEC Tournament last week, earning a first-round bye for the fourth time in the last six seasons. The Cats defeated LSU and Vanderbilt en route to its second consecutive SEC Tournament championship game appearance vs. No. 4 Tennessee. UK fell to the Lady Vols, 90-65, and senior All-America candidate Victoria Dunlap (Nashville, Tenn.) was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 19.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in the three games.

UK, which has a current RPI of 14 according to the NCAA, has appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments, including two in a row. Last season, the Cats earned a No. 4 seed and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight for just the second time in school history. UK defeated Liberty and Michigan State in the first and second rounds and upset top-seeded and No. 9 Nebraska in the Sweet 16. Despite a 13-point advantage in the first half vs. Oklahoma, the Cats fell 88-68 to third-seeded Sooners in the Regional Finals. Overall, UK holds a 7-7 record in the Big Dance.

UK's highest seed was in the 1982 NCAA Tournament. The Cats received the No. 2 seed in the Midwest and went on to advance to the Elite Eight vs. eventual national champion Louisiana Tech.

More information on all of the possible first- and second-round sites can be found at www.ncaasports.com. The sites are:

First and Second Rounds
March 19 and 21, 2011

The Pit / Bob King Court Albuquerque, N.M. (800) 955-HOWL -Tickets

St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio (800) GO-BUCKS -Tickets

Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, N.C. (877) 375-DUKE -Tickets

Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tenn. (800) 332-8657 -Tickets

Huntsman Center Salt Lake City, Utah (801) 581-8849 -Tickets

McCarthey Ath. Center Spokane, Wash. (509) 313-6000 -Tickets

Maples Pavilion Stanford, Calif. (800) STANFORD -Tickets

Bryce Jordan Center University Park, Pa. (814) 865-5555 -Tickets

March 20 and 22, 2011

Auburn Arena Auburn, Ala. (800) AUB-1957 -Tickets

John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, Va. (800) 542-UVA1 -Tickets

Cintas Center Cincinnati, Ohio (513) 745-3411 ext. 7 -Tickets

Comcast Center College Park, Md. (800) 462-TERP -Tickets

CenturyTel Center Shreveport, La. (800) 745-3000 -Tickets

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Conn. (877) AT-UCONN -Tickets

Ferrell Center Waco, Texas (254) 710-1000 -Tickets

Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, Kan. (316) 755-SEAT -Tickets

Elite Eight & Sweet 16
March 26 and 28, 2011

Dayton - Univ. of Dayton Arena Dayton, Ohio (937) 229-4433 -Tickets

Spokane - Veterans Memorial Arena Spokane, Wash. (800) 325-SEAT -Tickets

March 27 and 29

Philadelphia - The Liacouras Center Philadelphia (800) 298-4200 -Tickets

Dallas - American Airlines Center Dallas (800) 745-3000 -Tickets

Final Four

April 3 and 5

Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis (866) 208-0048 -Tickets


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