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
April 3 and 5
Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis (866) 208-0048 -Tickets