The Stanford women’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will head to Norfolk, Va., to play No. 16 Hampton on Saturday, the NCAA unveiled Monday.
Stanford earned an automatic berth in the tournament by winning the Pac-12 Conference tournament, and their 31-1 record helped earn the favorable seed.
The Cardinal got an extra gift by being placed in the Fresno Regional, meaning they’ll play relatively close to home if they advance past the first two rounds.
“We’re very excited to be going to Old Dominion, playing Hampton and being in the west bracket in Fresno,” said coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team earned its ninth No. 1 seed in school history.
“We have major incentive to win down there and come back and play here,” she said.
Senior Lindy La Rocque shared her coach’s excitement to be in the west, and said she had some added motivation for her final NCAA Tournament.
“There’s a maximum six more games for me,” she said, “and I want them all to be wins.”
Including the Pac-12 tournament, Stanford has won 28 games in a row. Hampton finished its regular season with a 26-4 record and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
Across the Bay, the Cal women earned a No. 8 seed in the Raleigh Regional and will face No. 9 Iowa in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday. Coach Lindsay Gottleib said seeing their name on the selection show was a big high for the team.
“It’s such a nervous anticipation, and then you see your name,” she said. “It’s a jubilation unlike any other feeling in sports. The best part for me is watching our kids celebrate because they deserve it. They have worked hard. To know that the work they have put in and to see them so happy, that is the best part of the job.”
Cal finished with a 24-9 record and fell to Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament championship game. It would likely face a tough game against top-seeded Notre Dame in the second round if it advances.
Bay Area teams
WHEN: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ted Constant Convocation Ctr., Norfolk, Va.
WHEN: Sunday, 9:10 a.m.
WHERE: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Ind.