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Women's Basketball

UC Davis Takes On Stanford In First NCAA Tournament

Files associated with this release:
10-11 WBB Release 18

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2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket


UC Davis is headed to Palo Alto, Calif., as the No. 16 seed in the Spokane Regional in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as announced by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Selection Committee.

The Aggies, who participated in the WNIT in 2008 and 2010, are making their first appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

The Aggies are set to battle top-seeded Stanford on its home court, Maples Pavilion, Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. The Cardinal and Aggies have met three times over the past four regular seasons, with the Cardinal coming out victorious each time, most recently earning a 76-51 win in Davis on Nov. 22, 2009. The winner of the UC Davis-Stanford showdown will face either No. 8 Texas Tech or No. 9 St. John's in second round action. Both games will be televised by ESPN2.

UC Davis (24-8), posting back-to-back 20 win seasons, nabbed the conference's automatic bid to the tournament after winning the 2011 ampm Big West Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. The fourth-seeded Aggies ran past No. 5 UC Irvine and No. 3 UC Riverside before upsetting No. 1 Cal Poly, 66-49, in the finals to claim their first Big West Tournament championship.

The Aggies are led by All-Big West First Team selection Paige Mintun, who paces the squad and ranks sixth in the conference in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Mintun also excels on defense, ranking second in the league in blocks (1.8) and 11th in rebounds (5.7).

Stanford (29-2) earned a berth into the tournament as the Pac-10's automatic qualifier following the capture of its eighth Pac-10 Tournament title. The regular season and tournament champion is making its 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 25th overall.