UCSB Will Face Stanford in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

March 19, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Big West champion UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will play Stanford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on Monday.

The Gauchos (22-9) are making their 14th consecutive postseason appearance after winning the Big West Tournament for the 11th time in the past 13 seasons.

UCSB received a No. 15 seed while Stanford (29-4) is the No. 2 seed in the Berkeley Regional. The game will be played at San Diego's Cox Arena on Saturday, Mar. 21 at approximately 7:30 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2 and fans in Santa Barbara can listen on KTMS 990 AM.

The winner will face either No. 7 DePaul or No. 10 San Diego State in Monday's second round.

UCSB is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and at a No. 15 seed, it is the Gauchos' lowest seed in their history.

Entering the postseason riding a five-game win streak, UC Santa Barbara faces Stanford for the first time since the 2007 season. The Cardinal, who advance to postseason play after capturing both the Pac-10 regular season and tournament titles, owns a 9-1 advantage over the Gauchos. UC Santa Barbara's lone win against Stanford was a 62-61 victory back in 1977.

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Tickets are now available with several options to purchase:
• Call San Diego State's Ticket Office at (619) 283-7378
• Through Ticketmaster.com
• Through San Diego State's Site
• In person at Qualcomm Stadium Ticket Window E (this is SDSU's Ticket Office)
• In person at Cox Arena, beginning one hour prior to tip-off

Gaucho fans are encouraged to request sections G or H to be near seats that have already been sold through UCSB. A full house is expected, so get your tickets now!

Please be aware that Cox Arena charges $10 for parking, cash only!

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