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IU women secure program best No. 3 seed, will host first two rounds of NCAA Tournament

Indiana women’s basketball will appear in its third consecutive NCAA Tournament.  And they’ll do it this year on their home court.

The Hoosiers were selected as an at-large berth into the field on Sunday night. They will be the No. 3 seed and will host NCAA First and Second Round action at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Their No. 3 seed is the highest in school history, improving off last season’s No. 4 seed.  IU will host No. 14 seed Charlotte on Saturday (1:30 p.m. Eastern / ESPN2) in the first round.  The tip-time was not announced as of this writing.

For the first time ever, NCAA women’s basketball tournament games will be played inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with potential second round foes No. 6 Kentucky and No. 12 Princeton also set to face-off in Bloomington on Saturday.

Charlotte is the Conference USA Tournament and regular season champion with an overall record of 22-9. The two teams have met just once before, a 72-61 win for the Hoosiers on Nov. 27, 2009 in the Junkaroo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.

The Hoosiers will play in their eighth NCAA Tournament in school history. Indiana (22-8) is 6-7 all-time in the event.

IU is coming off its first Big Ten Tournament championship game appearance in 20 years, making a run in the league’s postseason tournament as the No. 5 seed. Last season, Indiana advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in program history which also included upsetting top-seeded North Carolina State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kentucky’s appearance in Bloomington presents an intriguing second round matchup.  Indiana defeated the Wildcats 88-67 in November.

Both N.C. State and UConn loom in IU’s region as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively.

All-session and single game general admission tickets will go sale on Monday (March 14) at 10 a.m. ET through the IU Ticket office. A select number of reserved seats will be available later this week.

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