Top-seeded in Seattle: Lady Gamecocks hit West Coast

Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINASouth Carolina (27-4) earned the program’s first No. 1 seed in its 11th berth in the NCAA Tournament and will face 16th-seeded Cal State Northridge (18-14, 12-4 Big West Conference) on Sun., Mar. 23, at 5:30 p.m. ET, with the contest set to be televised on ESPN from the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash., in the event’s opening round.

The Gamecocks are in the Stanford Region. Eighth-seeded, Middle Tennessee and No. 9 seed Oregon State will square off in the other game at the site with the winners meeting on Tues., Mar. 25, with the time for that contest to be announced. South Carolina owns an 11-10 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The meeting between the Gamecocks and Matadors on Saturday will be the first all-time between the two schools.

This is the third-consecutive season the Gamecocks will participate in the NCAA Tournament, marking the longest streak for South Carolina since the four-year stretch 1988-91. South Carolina reached the Sweet 16 in 2011-12 for the program’s best finish since the 2001-02 team advanced to the Elite Eight. The Gamecocks have played in four Sweet 16s in their previous 10 appearances in the event.

South Carolina enjoyed its best regular season in school history, claiming the program’s first SEC regular-season championship, amassing a school-record 14 SEC wins and 26 overall regular-season victories. Ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation – the program’s highest mark since coming in the same spot Jan. 10, 1982 – the Gamecocks spent 12 weeks ranking in the Associated Press top 10, including four in the top five.

Tickets for the first and second rounds will go on sale exclusively to Gamecock Club members, University faculty/staff members and season ticket holders on Tuesday at 10 a.m. by logging into their account through GamecocksOnline.com/tickets, by phone through the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office at 803-777-4274 or in person at the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office at Colonial Life Arena.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. using the same methods. All tickets sold must be picked up at the NCAA Tournament game site by the purchaser showing a valid ID. A limited number of tickets are available through the South Carolina Ticket Office, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the ticket office is sold out, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through the University of Washington ticket office.

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