PHILADELPHIA - Quaker fans are invited to celebrate with the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team at the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday at The Palestra. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
"Our fans have been a big part of our success," said Head Coach Mike McLaughlin. "So it is only fitting they share in this experience with us. It's going to be a great feeling sitting in The 'Cathedral of College Basketball' and seeing our school's name appear on the bracket. I can't wait to share in that with our players, staff, family, friends, alumni, fans and everyone else who has meant so much to this program over the years."
The first 200 fans receive a free t-shirt, and students can earn triple rewards points. Free pretzels and popcorn will be available, and fans will also have the opportunity to take pictures with the Ivy League championship trophy. Streamers -- a Palestra tradition -- will be available to toss as the team is revealed on the bracket. And, of course, the Penn band, cheerleaders and Quaker mascot will be on hand to help celebrate.
For those who cannot make it to The Palestra, Penn's selection show event will be streamed live and for free on the Ivy League Digital Network. There will be interviews with coaches and players throughout the show, which is set to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the NCAA Selection Show starting at 7 p.m.
Penn (22-6) clinched its first Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament berth since 2003-04 on Tuesday night with an 80-64 win at Princeton. The Quakers (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) tied a school record for wins in a season and earned the outright championship with the second-best league mark in program history. The Quakers have also matched the best two-year stretch in school history with 40 wins (1999-01), and have earned back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time.
Tickets for Penn's NCAA Tournament first-round game will be available for order at The Palestra box office immediately after Monday's Selection Show. Tickets can then be purchased at the Penn Athletics ticket office. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 215-898-6151. All tickets will be held at Will Call at the host site.
NCAA Tournament first-round games will be played Saturday, March 22, or Sunday, March 23, depending on the site. The pre-determined first/second-round sites are: Ames, Iowa; Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles; Seattle; Storrs, Conn.; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Pa.; Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind.
Penn students -- be sure to check the Penn Athletics website on Tuesday, March 18th for more information on a potential bus trip to the game!