LOS ANGELES – UCLA is hosting the First and Second Rounds of the 2014 Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament on March 22 and 24. Game one pits #4 Nebraska (25-6, 12-4 in Big Ten) against #13 Fresno State (22-10, 13-5 MWC) on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2. The second game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. (PT) tip-off on ESPN2 and features #5 NC State (25-7, 14-2 ACC) and #12 BYU (26-6, 14-4 WCC). The winners of the first two games will advance to play on Monday at 6:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2 to reach the "Sweet Sixteen." For up-to-the-minute information on the NCAA Tournament at UCLA including an notes, quotes, live stats, recaps and ticket information click here.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
Arena Capacity: 13,800
Dates: Mar. 22 & 24, 2014
Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst)
Tournament Central: www.uclabruins.com
Saturday, March 22
Noon - Doors Open to the Public
1:00 p.m. - 1st Rd. Game 1 (#4 Nebraska vs. #13 Fresno State)
3:30 p.m. - 1st Rd. Game 2 (#5 NC State vs. #12 BYU)
Monday, March 24
5:00 p.m. - Doors Open to the Public
6:00 p.m. - 2nd Rd. (TBD vs. TBD)
#4 NEBRASKA CAPSULE
The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the second-highest seed in school history, claiming the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Lincoln Regional. Nebraska's No. 4 seed ranked second only to its No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in 2010. That Husker team advanced to the school's first NCAA Sweet 16. The Huskers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid as the conference tournament champion. The Big Red (25-6, 12-4 in Big Ten) will begin their NCAA Tournament run by battling No. 13 seed Fresno State (22-10 Overall, 13-5 Mountain West) on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2. Nebraska is led by senior forward Jordan Hooper (20.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and sophomore guard Rachel Theriot (14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg). Also facing a homecoming of sorts is junior guard Tear'a Laudermill, out of Riverside, Calif., and Canyon Springs HS (11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg).
#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE CAPSULE
For the 22nd time in its history, the 16th-ranked NC State women’s basketball team (25-7, 14-2 ACC) is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The No. 5 seed Wolfpack will take on No. 12 seed BYU on Saturday, March 22 (3:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2). NC State’s first season under new head coach Wes Moore has been a resounding success. The Wolfpack has posted a 25-7 record, a top-20 RPI rating, finished fourth in the ACC despite being picked 10th, and has spent 10 straight weeks in the AP and USA Today top-25 polls. NC State also achieved its first AP top-10 ranking since 2001 and posted four wins over AP top-20 opponents throughout the course of the season. The Wolfpack are led by senior center Markeisha Gatling (17.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and senior forward Kody Burke, out of Northridge, Calif., and Notre Dame HS (15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg).
#12 BYU CAPSULE
The BYU women's basketball team will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history. The Cougars (26-6, 14-4 WCC) earned an at-large berth as the No. 12 seed in this year’s Tournament. BYU will battle No. 5 seed North Carolina State, Saturday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. This NCAA appearance marks the sixth time BYU head coach Jeff Judkins has guided the women’s program to the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Cougars were in the NCAA field of 64 was during the 2011-12 season when they received the automatic bid after clinching the West Coast Conference championship with a 78-66 victory over Gonzaga. The Cougars are led by senior center Jennifer Hamson (18.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.0 bpg) and sophomore guard Lexi Eaton (16.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
#13 FRESNO STATE CAPSULE
Fresno State (22-10, 13-5 MWC) enters what is its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament as the automatic qualifier from the Mountain West by winning its conference tournament. The No. 13 seed is the second-lowest the Bulldogs have drawn in their seven all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, trailing the No. 12 seed Fresno State had in 2011 and 2012. The Bulldogs will face #4 Nebraska on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2. Fresno State's streak of seven-straight tourney appearances is tied with Iowa and Texas for the 14th-longest active streak in the nation. The Bulldogs are looking for their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, led by senior guards Taylor Thompson (14.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Bree Farley (13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg). FSU also has a former Bruin making her return to Pauley Pavilion in sophomore guard Moriah Faulk (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg), out of Santa Monica, Calif. (Santa Monica HS).
STERN NAMED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The UCLA Bruins, in conjunction with the NCAA’s community service efforts that surround the Women’s Basketball Championship, has named William “Billy” Stern of Topanga, Calif., as the Southern California Volunteer of the Year. Stern spends 20 hours a week (about 1,000 hours per year) serving as a tutor and mentor at the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center in Santa Monica, Calif.
Stern tutors middle and high school math at the Teen Center. For him, it’s all about seeing that “light” go on in a young person’s eyes. The ability to figure things out (mathematical or otherwise) is a fundamental tool for forging a satisfying and successful life. Stern has also said that he’d never let himself become an old fogey and hangin’ with the kids helps keep him honest and young at heart.
The Women’s Basketball community is dedicated to community service efforts and is proud to recognize others that do the same throughout the country. At the Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tennessee the participating teams will endeavor in many community service efforts including reading programs, hospital visits, supporting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and more.
The NCAA is honoring one person in each of the 20 communities that are hosting the 2014 Women’s Basketball Championship. UCLA is hosting the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 22 and 24 in Pauley Pavilion. The Southern Californian Volunteer of the Year will be recognized at one of the NCAA Tournament games in Pauley Pavilion. In addition their story will be told throughout the Women’s Final Four in Nashville.