NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s basketball will make its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Sooners were selected Monday as the No. 12 seed in the tournament’s Spokane Regional and will take on No. 5 seed DePaul on Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT in College Station, Texas, on ESPN2.
If OU wins its first-round game, it will face No. 4 seed Texas A&M or No. 13 seed Drake on Sunday inside Reed Arena.
Oklahoma’s streak of 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances ranks as the longest active streak in the Big 12 and the fifth-best active streak among Division I teams. OU is one of nine Division I men's or women’s basketball teams to make the NCAA Tournament in every season since 2000. The berth mark OU’s 21st all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
“Having these last 24 hours, the way everything kind of shook out with the committee and being in this predicament has reminded us of what a difficult thing it is to get into the NCAA Tournament and what a special thing it is to be in that field. There is a lot of gratitude," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "There is also a lot of fight in that room tonight because we feel like we earned a position in the NCAA Tournament. Now it is up to us to play that way.”
The Sooners, who finished tied for third in the Big 12 with a mark of 11-7 in league play, are a No. 12 seed for the first time.
DePaul is making its 23rd all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Demons, who are 26-7 this season, have made 16 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and earned an automatic bid by winning the Big East Conference Tournament title last week.
DePaul leads the all-time series, 2-1, against OU and defeated the Sooners back on Nov. 13 in a 111-108 overtime thriller in Chicago. The teams also met in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament with the Blue Demons defeating OU, 104-100.
OU is 33-20 (.623) all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 31-18 (.632) in the Coale era. The Sooners have made three Final Four appearances (2002, 2009 and 2010) along with 10 Sweet 16 appearances in program history.
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The Sooners are one of four Big 12 Conference teams to be selected for the NCAA Tournament, joined by Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State.
Tickets for the NCAA First/Second Round games will be available through the Texas A&M University and go on sale at 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday. Tickets information can be found here.
2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST/SECOND ROUND
Reed Arena – College Station, Texas
First Round – March 16
(5) DePaul vs. (12) Oklahoma – 11:30 a.m. CT | ESPN2
(4) Texas A&M vs. (13) Drake – 1:30 p.m. CT | ESPN2
Second Round – March 18
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – TBD | ESPN2