WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (26-6) received a 14-seed and will visit third-seeded UCLA (24-7) in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. This is the program's second NCAA Tournament berth in four years.
The game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET tip-off on Saturday, March 17, and will be broadcast on ESPN2. The pairings were announced by the NCAA in a selection show on Monday evening.
Sixth-seeded Iowa (24-7) will face 11-seed Creighton (18-12) at 6 p.m. ET in the other first-round game on Saturday at UCLA. The winners of the first-round games will play on Monday, March 19.
The Eagles have had a historic 2017-18 season, culminating in the program's second Patriot League Tournament title in four years. Led by the Patriot League Coach of the Year Megan Gebbia and Patriot League Player of the Year, senior Emily Kinneston, AU earned a new program record with its 26 wins and went undefeated at home for the first time since the 1970s at 16-0.
UCLA is led by Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, senior guard Jordin Canada. The Bruins were knocked out of the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament by Oregon on Saturday, 65-62. They hold a 24-7 overall record, 14-4 in the Pac-12, and are 13-2 at home in Pauley Pavilion.
NCAA TICKET INFORMATION
All fans interested in purchasing tickets should go to AUEagles.com/Tickets now to submit their NCAA Tournament ticket request. Ticket requests will be processed on a first come, first serve basis, allotted using the below priority criteria. Please note that due to NCAA policy, the amount of NCAA tickets provided to AU is extremely limited. A two-ticket limit may be instituted at the discretion of American University Athletics.
All Session: $30.00
2018 AU Women's Basketball NCAA Ticket Priority
Priority to purchase NCAA post-season tickets is as follows (in ranked order):
1.) Eagles Club members who have made lifetime gifts to Athletics in excess of $10,000 and are current Eagles Club members
2.) Eagles Club members who donate $2,500 or more to the athletics annual fund
3.) Eagles Club members who donated $500 or more to the athletics annual fund
4.) 2017-18 Eagles Club Members
5.) American University Alumni/Faculty/Staff
6.) American University Fans/General Public
Note: Donors to the women's basketball program and basketball season ticket holders will receive the highest priority in each category above.
For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.