March 18, 2013
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team has earned its 14th straight NCAA Tournament bid, including its 11th in as many seasons under Head Coach Melanie Balcomb. The Commodores are the eight seed in the Bridgeport Region and will face ninth-seeded St. Joseph's (Pa.) on Saturday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. CT.
The winner of the game between Vanderbilt and St. Joe's will advance to face the winner of a contest between the host and region's top seed, Connecticut, and 16th-seeded Idaho. Both first round games and the second round game will be played at Connecticut's Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies and Vandals will tipoff 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
The team that advances from Storrs will move on to the Regional Semifinals in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday, March 30.
The site will feature two of the only eight programs to make each NCAA Tournament since the year 2000 in Vanderbilt and Connecticut. Along with Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee, they are the only programs to make the last 14 tournaments.
It marks just the second eight seed in Vanderbilt's rich NCAA Tournament history. The Commodores were last seeded eighth in the Cleveland Region in 2006. That team defeated Louisville in the first round in Nashville before falling to North Carolina in the second round.
It marks the first time Vanderbilt will play in the equivalent of the East Region since 2009 (with Bridgeport adding to Raleigh and Greensboro since the regions switched to site names in 2005). Vanderbilt advanced to the Sweet 16, defeating Western Carolina and Kansas State before falling to Maryland.
Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's have met twice, including a meeting in the postseason. They met in the 1989 NCAA Tournament, with the Hawks taking an 82-68 first round decision in Philadelphia. Vanderbilt returned to the City of Brotherly Love in 2009 and took a 59-46 decision. Elan Brown, Tiffany Clarke and Gabby Smith all played in the game, scoring two points each.
Tickets for the first and second rounds will be on sale through the Vanderbilt ticket office starting on Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m. To purchase, stop by the McGugin Center Ticket Office or call 615-322-GOLD. All tickets will be allocated by National Commodore Club Priority.