March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

Notre Dame star Matt Farrell

Despite playing the majority of the season with just seven scholarship athletes after injuries to four players, the Notre Dame women's basketball team earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time in school history.

This year's Final Four is in Columbus, Ohio and will take place on March 30. UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens against 16th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday morning. The Albany regional will likely be the most stacked of the bunch, and the fact that either SC or UConn will be out heading into the Final Four is an interesting wrinkle-and allows for better odds that a new team might take home the title this year.

If Notre Dame wins its first two games, they will head west.

Albany could soon play host to a national championship-caliber women's college basketball game.

The Irish will face CSU-Northridge out of the Big West Conference on Friday at 5 pm EST. OR is the 2-seed in Notre Dame's region, Ohio St is the 3-seed, Texas A&M the 4-seed and DePaul the 5-seed. The loss to Louisville in the ACC Tournament final was thought by some to be too much to overcome. The Irish are a No. 1 seed for the seventh straight year. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the third and fourth seeds in that region. The Cardinals open up against Boise State and are one of eight A.C.C. teams in the field. The SEC has seven teams in the tournament, and the Pac-12 has six.

"We wouldn't be in that kind of position if we didn't have a great year and we hope to keep that going", OR coach Kelly Graves said. While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances.



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