Iowa Women Play Host to Georgia Tech

The Iowa women learned on Monday night that they will be playing host to Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

Iowa has received an at-large berth into the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Championships. A total of five teams (Iowa, Auburn, Maryland, Montana and Ohio State) will be making their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. The 18 NCAA appearances are the eighth-most of any tournament team this year.

Iowa enters the tournament with the identical record it did a year ago, 21-10 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes tied Michigan State and Purdue for second place in the Big Ten standings.

This marks the second-straight year Iowa earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and third time in the last four years. This year's senior class will have played in three NCAA Tournaments (2006, 2008 and 2009), only the second class under Coach Lisa Bluder to accomplish the feat.

Iowa is 16-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including a 7-3 record in first round games and a 5-9 mark in the second round.

Iowa (21-10) earned a No. 8 seed and will meet ninth-seeded Georgia Tech (21-9) in the first round. The other first round game in Iowa City pits top-seeded Oklahoma (28-4) against 16th-seeded Prairie View A&M (23-10). Iowa is 0-1 all-time against Georgia Tech, falling 76-57 on Nov. 28, 2007 in Iowa City. The meeting came in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Iowa is 2-1 all-time vs. Oklahoma, most recently playing on Nov. 25, 2005 in the Odwalla Classic in San Francisco, CA. The Sooners beat the Hawkeyes 85-68. Iowa has never played Prairie View A&M. Prairie View A&M, who won the SWAC automatic bid, is located in Texas.

The last five NCAA Tournaments the Hawkeyes have competed in has been as a nine seed three times (2002, 2004, 2008), a No. 10 seed (2006) and a No. 8 seed (2009) once. This marks the first time Iowa has ever been a No. 8 seed in any NCAA Tournament.

Here is the game schedule for the NCAA Tournament games played in Iowa City, IA (CDT).

Sunday, March 22

#1 Oklahoma vs. #16 Prairie View A&M, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

#8 Iowa vs. #9 Georgia Tech, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, March 23

First Round Winners, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tickets for the first and second rounds can be purchased over the phone (1-800-IA-HAWKS), in person at the UI Ticket Office or over the Internet (hawkeyesports.com). There is a $3 surcharge for Internet orders.

Fans may watch all four teams practice Saturday afternoon, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, for free. Below are the assigned practice and press conference times (CDT).

Saturday, March 21 Practices Press Conferences #1 Oklahoma Noon-1 p.m. #1 Oklahoma 11:20-11:50 a.m. #16 Prairie View A&M 1:05-2:05 p.m. #16 Prairie View A&M 12:20-12:50 p.m. #8 Iowa 2:10-3:10 p.m. #8 Iowa 1:20-1:50 p.m. #9 Georgia Tech 3:15-4:15 p.m. #9 Georgia Tech 2:20-2:50 p.m.

This year marks the 12th year Iowa City and Carver-Hawkeye Arena will host NCAA Tournament games (1986-90, 92-94, 96-98, 2009). The UI and Carver-Hawkeye Arena have entertained the regional finals four times and first and/or second rounds 10 times. The last time Iowa City hosted a first and second round was in 1998. Iowa defeated Massachusetts in the first round, but lost to Kansas in the second round. The Hawkeyes boast a 9-4 record in NCAA Tournament games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder, who is a two-time Big Ten and WBCA Regional Coach of the Year, has guided the Hawkeyes to post-season tournaments eight of nine years (six NCAA and two WNIT) while coaching the Black and Gold. Last season, the Hawkeyes lost to Georgia 67-61 in the NCAA Tournament first round at Norfolk, VA. Iowa last advanced to the second round in 2002, when it defeated Virginia in the first round, but lost to Connecticut (in Storrs, CT), a team that ultimately won the national championship.

For updated information, quotes, notes, live stats, etc. throughout the tournament, fans can visit the tournament central page located at hawkeyesports.com.

A total of five Big Ten teams made the NCAA Tournament (Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota). Three of the five Big Ten teams are first and second round site hosts. Purdue and Minnesota are the only schools not hosting this season.


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