Like the BYU men’s team, the Lady Cougars fell in the championship game of the WCC Tournament to Gonzaga last Tuesday. The Cougars were left waiting their post-season fate, like their male counterparts.
The Lady Cougs heading into Selection Monday appeared to be a lock to receive an at-large bid at 26-6 on the season. It was a lot tighter than anyone was expecting. The Jimmerettes, as we like to call them around here, were one of the last teams in the field of 64. BYU received a 12-seed in the Lincoln regional. Will face NC State in the first round.
BYU had a one year hiatus from the big dance last year, but now they are back in and look to play spoiler. The Cougars were expected to receive an 8 or 9-seed but in the Women’s game, getting a lower seed is much better. The #1 seed in BYU’s region is the undefeated UConn Huskies. You’re not getting past the 2nd round with them looming. As a 12-seed, you can put together a magical run and maybe advance to the second weekend in the women’s game.
BYU will open on Saturday in Los Angeles. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was a handful of BYU fans that show up for the game. Plays to BYU’s advantage that it is closer. While NC State has to go cross country in an unfamiliar part of the country.
In the other game is 4th seed Nebraska. What’s interesting about the Huskers being a potential 2nd round opponent, if BYU can find a way to get past NC State, is that they host the regionals. BYU could be the ultimate spoiler to all Lady Husker hoop fans.
Get it done ladies!