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WVU Women’s Basketball Makes NCAA Tournament as 10 Seed



Madisen Smith

The West Virginia women’s basketball team (19-11, 10-8 Big 12) is going dancing alongside the men’s team as announced during the NCAA’s selection Sunday bracket reveal show on CBS.

The women’s basketball team earned a 10th seed in the Greenville 1 bracket and will take on seventh seeded Arizona (21-9, 11-7 Pac-12) in the first round. This happened in Dawn Plitzuweit’s first season on the job in Morgantown as the head coach of the women’s basketball team.

Prior to coming to Morgantown, Plitzuweit was the head coach at South Dakota, where her team made a Sweet 16 run just last year as a 10-seed. That tournament run included a win over two-seeded Baylor.

She qualified for three consecutive NCAA tournaments to end her tenure at South Dakota, though only participated in the last two due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this is her fourth consecutive admission to the tournament, it is only West Virginia’s 14th such appearance.

The Greenville 1 bracket has South Carolina as the No. 1 seed, but the winner of West Virginia’s game won’t have to go through the Gamecocks until the Elite Eight, if either were to make it that far.

If West Virginia were to defeat Arizona, then they’d likely face the bracket’s No. 2 seed Maryland (25-6, 15-3 Big Ten), who takes on Holy Cross (23-8, 13-5) in their first round game. Maryland is also the men’s first round opponent, making a possible interesting edition to the two state schools’ historic sports rivalry.

West Virginia and Arizona will play this Friday with a time and broadcasting channel to be determined. They will face off in College Park, Maryland.

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