NCAA Dayton Region Breakdown
Dayton Region Breakdown by ESPN Analyst (Peck, Lawson, Lobo & Burke)
- The ladies of St. John (NY) return to tournament play for only the second time in 22 years.
QUEENS, N.Y. – In a season filled with milestones, the No. 15/17 St. John’s women’s basketball team added another to the list as it earned an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm earned the No. 6 seed, its highest in history, in the Dayton Region and will face Ivy League champion and No. 11 seed Princeton on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 12:21 p.m. St. John’s will take on the winner of the Florida State-Louisiana Tech matchup if the team advances to the second round.
“I am really excited that we were selected to the NCAA Tournament,” coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “I am so proud of the team and their accomplishments this year. We have worked extremely hard to get where we are at, and we look forward to bringing that intensity to the Big Dance. We have a young team, and this is going to be a great experience for everyone. I am especially happy that our seniors will have an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. Their hard work and determination has been a staple in our program for the past four years and they deserve an opportunity to showcase St. John’s to the rest of the country.”
This year’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament is the fifth in history for the Red Storm and the second for Barnes Arico at STJ. The last appearance for the Red Storm was during the 2005-06 campaign, which marked the first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly 20 years. St. John’s opened the tournament with a 78-68 win over California and then lost a close contest to eventual national champion Maryland, 81-74, in the second round.
The Red Storm is enjoying one of its best seasons in history, posting a 24-6, 12-4 BIG EAST mark. The 24 wins are the most in 26 years (24 in 1983-84). The 2009-10 edition of the Red Storm tied for the third-fastest in history to reach the 20-win plateau, and the 20-win season is the 11th all-time.
- Louisiana Tech with new Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon return to tournament after a 3-year absence.
RUSTON — Louisiana Tech will play in its first NCAA Tournament since 2006 and ironically enough the Lady Techsters will play Florida State — the last time it faced in the Big Dance.
Tech’s contest against the Seminoles will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT and televised on ESPN2.
Florida State defeated LA Tech 80-71 in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Denver, Colorado.
Quotes from NCAA Tournament Selection Show Party
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon
On the future of the Lady Techsters:
“We want to continue to do what we do. Our kids are doing great things because they want it and that’s the key. They want it and believe in it and those are the things that people look at your program and want to be a part of. They want to play for the joy and camaraderie that we have and the togetherness that we play with. People want to be a part of those things. They are only going to get better. We want to continue to climb the ladder.”