Courtesy of BGSU Athletic Media Relations
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team is heading back to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in seven years. The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller are a number-12 seed in the 2011 tournament, and will face fifth-seeded Georgia Tech in first-round action in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday morning (March 19). Tipoff for the game will be 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time, and it will be televised by ESPN2.
St. John Arena will serve as the venue for Saturday's two games in the Dayton regional. The second game of the day will pit the #13-seeded University of Central Florida (UCF) against the #4 seed, The Ohio State University. The UCF-OSU game is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the BGSU-Georgia Tech contest.
The two winners will advance to Monday night's (March 21) second round, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. at St. John Arena. The winner of Monday's game heads to Dayton, Ohio, the following weekend for the 'Sweet 16.'
BGSU, 28-4 overall, is appearing in the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in program history and, as mentioned, the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Falcons have an all-time record of 3-10 in NCAA tourney games. Last season, BG was also a #12 seed, and lost a 72-62 decision to fifth-seeded Michigan State in Louisville, Ky., in the first round.
The Falcons went 13-3 in Mid-American Conference regular-season play this year, earning a seventh-straight divisional title. For the first time since 2004, the Falcons were not the top seed for the MAC Tournament, but BGSU won three games in Cleveland to capture the tourney title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. BGSU has won 11 consecutive games heading into Saturday.
Georgia Tech is 23-10 on the year, and the Yellow Jackets went 9-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Georgia Tech earned an at-large bid out of the ACC, and the team is making the seventh NCAA Championships appearance in program history. The Yellow Jackets have a 2-6 record in the tourney to date.