Women’s Basketball to Face Arizona State in NCAA Tournament First Round

Women’s Basketball to Face Arizona State in NCAA Tournament First Round

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PHILADELPHIA – Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Tonya Cardoza and the 10th-seeded Temple women's basketball team (23-8) will make their eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19, when they take on seventh-seeded Arizona State (20-10) in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Huntsman Center.

Game time is set for 4:05 p.m. Eastern (2:05 local) and will be televised as part of the wrap-around coverage on ESPN2.

Following Temple's game, second-seeded Notre Dame will face the home team, 15th-seeded Utah. All four teams at the site received at-large bids in the tournament, and the Salt Lake City site will feed into the Dayton Regional the following weekend. Notre Dame (26-7) advanced to the Big East final before losing to top-seeded Connecticut.

This is the fifth straight year and sixth overall that the Owls have garnered at at-large bid. Last year, eighth-seeded Temple defeated ninth-seeded James Madison in the first round before falling to eventual national champ Connecticut in the second round.

Arizona State is coming off an upset loss to Cal in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 10. The third-seeded Sun Devils lost 48-43 to the sixth-seeded Bears. ASU was defeated in the second round of the WNIT last year after not earning a NCAA berth for the first time in six years. Just two years ago, the Sun Devils advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before losing to eventual champ UConn.

Temple finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-8 and an Atlantic 10 record of 13-1. The Owls were the second seed in the A-10 Tournament and defeated seventh-seeded St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinals before being upset by sixth-seeded Dayton in the semifinals.

Junior Shey Peddy (14.0 ppg) is a 2011 A-10 First Team and All-Defensive Team honoree, while junior Kristen McCarthy (13.2 ppg) was named to the second team and senior Qwedia Wallace(13.8 ppg) took third team honors. The three have been Temple's leading scorers all season, one which saw the Owls win 15 straight games from the beginning of January to the end of February.
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