K-State women get No. 8 seed in NCAA tournament

By Joshua Kinder

The Kansas State women’s basketball team is going back to Connecticut for the NCAA tournament.

K-State was selected as a No. 8 seed and will play No. 9-seed Princeton on Saturday at 10:20 a.m. in Bridgeport , Conn. , with the winner likely meeting No. 1 seed Connecticut in the second round on Monday.

This is the second straight NCAA tournament and third appearance in the last four seasons for the Wildcats, who lost to No. 1-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 tournament semifinals last Friday in Kansas City . K-State will be making its third visit to the state of Connecticut for the NCAA tournament in the last five years, as well, including last season’s first-round exit in Storrs and a second-round appearance in Bridgeport in 2008.

K-State, which has advanced to nine NCAA tournaments under coach Deb Patterson, enters the tournament with a 19-13 overall record and posted a top-20 RPI, while playing the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule.

Princeton won the Ivy League and registered the program’s first-ever ranking in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 24. This is the third straight appearance for the Tigers, who are 24-4 on the season and currently riding a 17-game winning streak.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 (Ch. 34) and ESPN3.com.

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