BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s basketball team received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament as the tournament field was announced on Monday night. The Hoosiers are a No. 9 seed in the Lexington regional and will take on eighth-seeded Georgia in South Bend on Saturday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Indiana will play in its fifth NCAA Tournament having made previous appearances in 1983, 1994, 1995 and 2002. The Hoosiers receive their first at-large bid since 1995 as IU was the Big Ten’s automatic qualifier in 2002 after winning the Big Ten Tournament title.
IU’s No. 9 seed is the program’s third highest seed ever in NCAA Tournament play. The Hoosiers were a No. 8 seed in 2002’s tournament.
The top 16 seeds in the field of 64 play host to the first and second rounds of the tournament. Notre Dame, the No. 1 seed in the region, will be the host school for Indiana’s destination. The Fighting Irish will take on the North Carolina A&T, the No. 16 seed.
IU and Georgia will meet for the third time in NCAA Tournament play as the Hoosiers and Bulldogs matched up in 1983 and in 1995. The 1983 tournament game was played in South Bend. Georgia won in each of the previous NCAA Tournament meetings. The two schools last met in November 2010 in regular season play in Athens.
Indiana (20-11, 12-6) earns a bid after winning a school-record 20 regular season games with wins over three ranked opponents and the program’s second-most Big Ten victories (12) in a single year. The Hoosiers finished fourth in the conference standings, the school’s best Big Ten finish since 1997-98.
Head coach Teri Moren was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for 2015-16,becoming just the second Indiana coach to earn the award (Maryalyce Jeremiah, 1983). Sophomores Tyra Buss (First Team) and Amanda Cahill (Second Team) received All-Big Ten nods. Buss became the first IU player to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors since 2006.
All NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament games will air on the ESPN family of networks.
Tickets can be purchased through Notre Dame the host school. Ticket link below.
South Bend First and Second Round Tickets: und.com/buytickets