COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 14th-ranked Texas A&M women's basketball team earned a No. 3 seed in its seventh consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship as the field of 64 was announced on Selection Monday.
A&M (22-10), which hosts the first and second rounds, is making its ninth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and was one of 33 at-large teams selected for the 2012 championship. A&M is one of only four teams to be selected as a No. 4 seed or higher for six straight years.
The Aggies will face 14th-seeded Albany (23-9) in the first round of the Raleigh Regional to be held on Saturday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The winner will move on to the second round and meet either sixth-seeded Arkansas (23-8) or 11th-seeded Dayton (23-6) on Monday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Both games will be held at Reed Arena.
A&M was one of seven Big 12 Conference schools to dance in March along with top-seeded Baylor, sixth-seeded Oklahoma, eighth-seeded Kansas State, ninth-seeded Texas, 10th-seeded Iowa State and 11th-seeded Kansas. The Big 12 was the league with the second-most teams in the tournament, next to the Big East and the Southeastern Conference with eight teams each.
The Aggies will meet Albany for the first time in the 38-year history of the program. Arkansas leads 20-2 in the all-time series, while A&M would also face Dayton for the first time. Albany is one of just three teams to make its first trip to the Big Dance in this year's tournament field.
The Aggies hope to having leading scorer Tyra White (pictured) back for the NCAA tourney, after sitting out the last three games with a sore foot.
The Aggies got a favorable NCAA seeding, earning a No. 3 seed despite 10 losses, 5 of those to ranked opponents. The top two seeds in A&M's bracket are No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 2 seed Maryland, likely future opponents if Texas A&M makes it past the first weekend and continues to progress. Notre Dame is probably the worst of the four No. 1 seeds and Maryland suffered a disappointing home loss to a 7-23 Virgina Tech side.
Fans are asked to request ticket information for the first and second rounds and for regional games through the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center online at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com or by phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE.
TEXAS A&M ALL-TIME NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (9)
2012 - TBA (No. 3 seed)
2011 - NCAA National Champion (No. 2 seed)
2010 - NCAA Second Round (No. 2 seed)*
2009 - NCAA Sweet 16 (No. 2 seed)
2008 - NCAA Elite Eight (No. 2 seed)*
2007 - NCAA Second Round (No. 4 seed)
2006 - NCAA First Round (No. 6 seed)
1996 - NCAA First Round (No. 7 seed)*
1994 - NCAA Sweet 16 (No. 13 seed)
* NCAA Automatic Bid