Vanderbilt's opponent for the first round will be the #13-seed Montana Grizzlies, who won the automatic bid from the Big Sky Country. This will the second time in four years that Vanderbilt has played Montana in the first round of the tournament. In 2005, the Dores defeated the Grizzlies 67-44 in Seattle, Washington, when former stars Abi Ramsey and Ashley Earley were seniors.
The other two teams in Vanderbilt's subregional are the #5-seed West Virginia Mountaineers, who received an at-large bid, and the #13-seed New Mexico Lobos, who secured the automatic bid from the Mountain West Conference and who will be playing on their home court.
The Mountaineers and the Lobos willl meet in the first game of the evening session at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday followed by the game between Vanderbilt and Montana 30 minutes after the first game is over. The winners of those two games will meet on Monday to determine which team will advance to the Regional Finals in Spokane, Washington, the following weekend.
The other subregional being held in Albuquerque features four more teams from the Spokane Region. In the afternoon session, #3-seed Baylor will play #14 seed Fresno State, followed by the game between #6-seed Pittsburgh and #11-seed Wyoming.
In all five SEC teams received bids to the Big Dance. The Tennessee Lady Vols are the #1 seed in the Oklahoma City Region, and the LSU Lady Tigers are the #2 seed in the New Orleans Region. Georgia will also be in the New Orleans Region as the #8 seed. The Auburn Tigers make their first NCAA appearance since Nell Fortner took over as head coach in 2004 as the #11 seed in the Greensboro Region.
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