Over 2,700 miles, but they are finally there. The Lady Zags are ready to play in the Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year, but this time it’s a little different. Last year, the Bulldogs landed what was arguably the best possible seeding ever, as they played the first two rounds in their home gym, and the next two a mile down the road at the Spokane Arena.
The year before, the regional round was held in Sacramento, after the first two games had been played in Seattle—not exactly home games, but at least in the same time zone. But this year, after winning twice in the MAC to earn a trip to the round of sixteen, the Zags are across the country in Kingston, Rhode Island—waiting for the Kentucky Wildcats.
GU made it to the Sweet Sixteen as an 11 seed; UK is the second seed team in the bracket. The Wildcats are 27-6 for the year, with some strong wins over several tough teams. Kentucky even beat perennial power Tennessee for the SEC regular season title. To reach the round of 16, UK beat 15th seeded McNeese State, and seventh ranked Green Bay in very close games to advance.
The Zags are 28-5 this year and knocked off sixth seeded Rutgers and third seeded Miami to make it to the Sweet 16. After capturing the regular season WCC crown, the Bulldogs are ready to fight for another magical run into the Big Dance. With Tennessee knocking off Kansas early Saturday, GU remains the only double digit seed in the tournament.
Both teams like to run in transition, so for the typically slower paced women’s game, this looks to be an exception. Expect both teams to play fast, tough, and determined basketball. The game will be the final matchup of the third round, played Sunday at 3:30 (PST) on ESPN2.