SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Orange women (21-10) are in the NCAA Tournament once again. For the fifth year in a row, Syracuse will play in the Big Dance. This year, however, may be their most daunting task.
Syracuse earned the eighth seed in the Bridgeport Region. The number one seed in that bracket? Undefeated and defending national champion Connecticut Huskies. In order to set up a rematch of last year's title game, the Orange must first knock off the ninth seeded Iowa State Cyclones.
That game tips at 1:30pm Eastern on Saturday.
Iowa State finished the season 18-12 and were fifth in the Big-12. They have an impressive win at then No. 6 Texas, the marquee win on their schedule.
The Cyclones are led by guard Seanna Johnson, who averages 15.6 points per game and is shooting 35% from beyond the arc. Not far behind are guards Bridget Carleton and Jadda Buckley, at 15.2 and 14.0 points per game respectively. Both are also dangerous outside shooters.
Another key player for Iowa State is Utica (N.Y.) native Emily Durr. She played in all 30 games this season, starting 12. Durr averages nearly nine points per game and is second on the team in three-pointers made.