Women's Basketball Receives No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in program history, receiving a No. 5 seed in the Stanford Region. The Spartans, who appear in the tournament for the sixth-straight season and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons, will face No. 12-seed Hampton (28-4) on Sunday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Also in the Stanford bracket in Chapel Hill, N.C., will be No. 4 -seed North Carolina (24-9) and No. 13-seed UT Martin (24-7).
Michigan State has compiled a record of 16-13 in its previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 10-2 record in the first round. MSU and Iowa are the only two Big Ten schools to have earned a bid to each of the last six NCAA Tournaments.
It is the first time that MSU has appeared in six-straight NCAA Tournaments.
It is head coach Suzy Merchant's seventh NCAA Tournament selection, having led MSU to the tournament in each of her last six seasons, and Eastern Michigan to the NCAAs in 2004.
The Spartans won their fourth Big Ten regular-season title this season, tying Penn State at 13-3 in the conference standings. MSU is 22-9 overall on the season, and is ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll and 24th in the USA Today coaches poll.
It is the fourth time that the Spartans have been a No. 5 seed, including three of the last five seasons.
This will be the first meeting between Michigan State and Hampton.
Tickets can be purchased through the Michigan State or North Carolina ticket offices. All session reserved tickets are $32 for adults and $22 for college students. Single-session reserved tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for college students and $6 for groups of 10 or more. The MSU ticket office can be reached at 517-355-1610 or 1-800-GO STATE, while the UNC ticket office is 1-800-722-4335.
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