NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's basketball team (26-4) will enter the 2007 NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 14 Southeast Missouri State (24-7) in the Austin Subregional on Saturday, March 17.
Oklahoma is in the Dayton (Ohio) Regional with No. 1 seed Tennessee. Maryland is the No. 2 seed in Dayton and Ohio State is the No. 4. All of the 1-4 seeds are ranked in the top-10 of newest Coaches Poll. Tennessee is No. 4, Maryland is No. 6, Ohio State is No. 7 and Oklahoma is No. 10.
OU and the Redhawks will play at 11 a.m. Central at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus. SEMO's star player, Lachelle Lyles, leads the country in rebounding at 17.2 rebouns per game. The Redhawks have four players scoring in double figures - Sonya Daugherty (13.2), Missy Whitney (13.1), Tarina Nixon, 11.1) and Ashley Lovelady (10.1).
Oklahoma has reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last eight years, which is a program best streak and the longest active streak in the Big 12.
OU is 14-9 in nine all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament. This season is the second time the Sooners have been a No. 3 seed. The other instance was in 2004, when OU defeated Marist before falling to Stanford in the second round.
OU has reached five Sweet 16s, including four under the current 64-team format. OU has reached the Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship Game on one occasion, all during the 2002 season.
Oklahoma is coming off back-to-back regular season and postseason Big 12 Championships. The Sooners enter the tourney having won eight straight games. In the title game last Saturday, Courtney Paris (23 points, 21 rebounds), Jenna Plumley (seven points, six steals ) and Leah Rush (18 points) led the Sooners to the crown and earned all-tourney honors. Paris was also named MVP for the second consecutive season.
Every women’s NCAA Tournament game will be televised by the ESPN body of networks. Regional selections will be made to determine which games will air in specific markets.