UM to Face UCLA in Opening Round of NCAA Tourney

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Two days after winning the Big Sky Conference basketball championship, the UM women’s team has learned who its next opponent will be — UCLA in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash.

The Missoulian reports players and coaches gathered at a sports bar Monday night for the NCAA Selection Show and learned the team is a No. 14 seed in the tournament. Seventh-ranked UCLA (27-4) is a No. 3 seed.

Several Lady Griz also were excited the game will be played close to home and not against second-ranked Stanford, as ESPN had projected.

UM (18-14) will face UCLA on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. MDT. All-session tickets for games at Gonzaga’s 6,000-seat arena are on sale through Gonzaga’s website, GoZags.com. Single-session tickets go on sale Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.