BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU will make its 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this
week and will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on Oregon State on Friday morning
at 11 a.m. (CT) as announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday evening.
See the full bracket here.
Should the Lady Toppers win on Friday, WKU would then square off against the winner
of Tennessee and Liberty on Sunday inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Friday’s game
against Oregon State will be carried on ESPN2.
WKU’s No. 11 seed is its highest since being seeded 10th during the 2008 NCAA
Tournament. That season, the Lady Toppers fell in their first-round game against
The Lady Toppers (24-8) booked their spot in the 2018 NCAA Tournament via C-USA’s
automatic bid after claiming the conference tournament championship last weekend
with wins over UTSA (78-50), North Texas (77-61) and UAB (72-57). WKU will be
competing in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and for the fourth
time in six seasons under Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard.
Oregon State (23-7) is led by Marie Gulich with 17.1 points per game. Kat Tudor
(11.7) and Mikayla Pivec (11.1) also score in double figures for the Beavers; Gulich
is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.9 boards per game. Pivec has dished out a
team-best 145 assists, and Katie McWilliams is also in triple digits in the
category, having assisted on 114 baskets this season.
The Beavers won their last seven games of the regular season and finished 14-4 in
Pac-12 play to earn the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Oregon State dropped
its first game of the event in the quarterfinals, falling against Arizona State,
WKU and Oregon State have met just one time in program history, with the Lady
Toppers earning an 85-78 victory in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 1995.
WKU will be seeking its first victory in the NCAA Tournament since a 68-65 win over
Marquette in the opening round on March 18, 2000, in Durham, N.C. The Lady Toppers
are 17-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have reached two Final Fours (1985 and
1986) and were the national runners-up in 1992. The most recent NCAA Tournament
victory by a C-USA representative came on March 22, 2008, when UTEP downed WKU,
92-60, in the first round.
In its previous 19 trips to the NCAA Tournament, WKU has collected at least one win
in nine of those appearances and has reached at least the Sweet Sixteen on six
Ticket information for the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be available soon and will be
provided for fans when available.