Women’s basketball to face Duke

Nick Boardman | Photographer

Clayton Hurdle
Staff Writer

 

On Monday, it was announced that the Bulldogs women’s basketball team will be playing against Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The game will take place on Sunday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. CST in Nashville, Tenn. Samford, the 2012 SoCon champion, is the 15th seed in the Fresno region.

“This is a huge game for us against one of the best teams in the NCAA tournament,” senior guard Jazmine Powers said.

The Bulldogs, led by Coach Mike Morris, posted a 20-12 record in the regular season, with a 12-8 mark against SoCon teams.

Samford got to the tournament by defeating Appalachian State in the conference tournament final.

Duke, the No. 2 seed in the region, posted a 24-5 record under head coach Joanne McCallie.

The Lady Blue Devils went 15-1 in ACC play before being upset by North Carolina State in their conference tournament.

“Playing against Duke in the first round is going to be an amazing opportunity that we couldn’t be more grateful for,” junior forward Hannah Dawson said.

The Bulldogs are thrilled to be playing in Nashville.

“Shelby Campbell, Hannah Dawson and I are extremely excited to play in Nashville because all of us are Tennesseans,” freshman forward Taylor Reece said.

“Nashville is close enough that a lot of our fans can travel there in one day to watch,” Powers added.

Also playing in Nashville are Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt.

The winner of that game will face either Samford or Duke in the second round.

The Fresno region is led by Stanford, which posted a 31-1 record as a member of the Pacific-12 conference.

“It’s going to be a battle from beginning to end but we are ready for the challenge and can’t wait for tip off,” Dawson said.

 

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