Other notable teams among the Field of 64 include first-timers Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle, as well as the only team to make every women's tournament in history - Tennessee.
Kevin Ollie was recently fired as head coach of the Huskies' men's basketball team with the program now being investigated by the NCAA for possible rule violations.
"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett. 'Notre Dame did have the top strength of schedule in the country and they did have the best strength of schedule in the country and they had nine more top-50 wins than Baylor and those were the reason that the committee put Notre Dame on that one line and Baylor on that two line'.
'We've won a national championship as a two seed, we've won it as a one seed, ' she said. That streak was snapped when they were defeated by SC, but that doesn't make what Mississippi State's women have done this year any less remarkable-and the seed reflects that. In last year's championship game, she was the star who scored 23 points on 15 shots, and grabbed 10 boards.
OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012. All three won their conference tournaments. If were in the position where we have to play them, were going to play them. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.
While the men's team has uncertainty surrounding its head coach for the long term, the UConn women's team has no such problems. Obviously not, SC coach Dawn Staley said. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed Oregon. The 32-0 team will open play Saturday in the Albany Regional against 16-seed Saint Francis (Pennsylvania). With most of their players back from last seasons runner-up finish including Morgan Williams, who hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off UConn the Bulldogs hope to make another deep NCAA run. We saw that a year ago.