March 11, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's basketball team will meet Florida State in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as the Green Wave are making their seventh consecutive appearance in the postseason tournament.
Tulane (22-9) recevied an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after winning its third straight Conference USA Tournamnent title. The Green Wave earned the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. Florida State, seeded seventh in the Midwest Region, received an at-large bid after posting an 18-11 record. The Seminoles finished third in the ACC with a 9-7 league mark.
Tulane and Florida State will meet on Friday at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum as the first game of a doubleheader. Host and No. 2 seed Iowa State will meet No. 15 seed Howard in the second game. The winners of the two games will meet Sunday with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake.
"We're excited about making our seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Florida State will obviously be a tough opponent for us. They played very well during the ACC portion of their schedule and had a very good year. Brooke Wyckoff is a first-team All-ACC player, and she has had an excellent year for them."
Tulane is one of just 14 schools to have appeared in each of the last seven straight NCAA Tournaments. The Green Wave enter the Tournament on a five-game winning streak after claiming the Conference USA Tournament crown for the third straight season. This weekend's game will mark Tulane's second NCAA Tournament appearance in the state of Iowa. The Wave faced Kansas in Iowa City on March 13, 1998, dropping a hard-fought 72-68 decision.
Tulane and Florida State have met 17 times previously, as both were part of the former Metro Conference. The Seminoles own a 10-7 edge in the all-time series, though the two teams have not met since the 1990-91 season.
"We know going into the games at Iowa State that it will be a similar environment to what we played in last year when we were at Texas Tech," Stockton said. "They have tremendous fan support and it will be exciting to play in front of a full house. It is a great environment for women's college basketball."