Gauchos Will Play No. 1 Baylor in NCAA Tournament Opener

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Big West champion UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will play the No. 1 overall team in the 2012 NCAA Tournament it learned during the Selection Show on Monday.

UCSB, fresh off its 14th Big West Tournament title, will face undefeated Baylor, which boasts the nation's top player, Brittney Griner in the Des Moines Regional. The Bears, 34-0, are the only undefeated team in the nation and is the tournament's overall No. 1 team. The game will be played on Sunday in Bowling Green, Ohio with tip-off around 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.

It will be the first time in UCSB program history that the Gauchos will face a No. 1 ranked team. The last time the Gauchos faced a team ranked this high was in the 2009 NCAA Tournament when UCSB faced No. 2 overall ranked Stanford. UCSB, seeded 16th, received its lowest seed in its long NCAA Tournament history.

The game will air on the ESPN family of networks – check local listings – and also will be broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 990 and online by clicking here.

For information on tickets, please call 893-UCSB. Tickets will be sold beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Ticket Office inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Department on campus.