SPOKANE REGION FIRST ROUND BRACKET: Albuquerque, N.M. - Saturday, March 22, 2008 4 Vanderbilt (23-8) vs. 13 Montana (25-6) 5 West Virginia (24-7) vs. 12 New Mexico (20-12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 20th-ranked Vanderbilt women's basketball team has earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will open postseason play on Saturday, March 22, at the Pit (Bob King Court) in Albuquerque, N.M., against Montana.
The Commodores (23-8, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) are making their 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their ninth consecutive trip to the Big Dance.
As the No. 4 seed in the Spokane (Wash.) Region, the Commodores will face Montana in Saturday's first round. The winner of that game will face either No. 5 West Virginia or No. 12 New Mexico in Monday's second round. The winner of Monday's game will advance out of the Albuquerque pod to the Sweet 16 in Spokane, Wash., March 29-31.
Vanderbilt is 2-0 all-time against Montana. The two teams met in 2005 for an NCAA First Round in Seattle, with the Commodores winning, 67-44. Maryland, Stanford and Baylor make up the top three seeds in Spokane Region.
Vanderbilt set a school record with 11 conference wins this season, finishing third in the SEC before advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament.
Head Coach Melanie Balcomb invited staff and media to attend Monday night's watch party inside Memorial Gymnasium, where the team gathered for ESPN's broadcast of the NCAA Selection Show.