VU Women get No. 2 seed

NASHVILLE-- The 27-5 Vanderbilt women will compete as a No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Commodores will face No. 15 seeded Delaware State (20-12) in East Lansing, Michigan at 11 a.m. CST on Sunday.

The winner of the Vanderbilt-Delaware State game will then play the winner of the No. 7 seeded Bowling Green (29-3) versus No. 10 seeded Oklahoma State (20-10) on Tuesday, March 20.

Vanderbilt players, coaches, selected invitees and media gathered at Memorial Gym to watch the selection show. Players celebrated after Vanderbilt was named in the same region with No. 1 ranked Duke.

Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb commented later on her team's seeding, "I didn't care where we were going, I was just looking for a No. 2 seed, I didn't care where we got it, winning 10 out of 11 and finishing up strong is important supposedly, beating the teams we beat down the stretch, quality wins, and I thought we had good strength of schedule so I thought we'd be right there and I think the committee recognized those three things," said Balcomb.

This will be the Vanderbilt women's 20th time participating in the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt is 31-19 all-time in the tournament. The Commodores have made the tournament field every year since 1989 with the lone exception of the 1999 season.

Delaware State won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on March 10 by defeating Morgan State, 55-42. This will be the Lady Hornets first time ever participating in the tournament.

The Lady Hornets have never met the Commodores, and the teams did not face any common opponents this season. Delaware State University is a public institution of higher learning located in Dover, Delaware with a total enrollment of 3,722.

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Vanderbilt sophomore forward Christina Wirth visits with some young Commodore fans during a gathering to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday evening (VM/Whitney D.)

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