PHILADELPHIA - In a season filled with school records and milestone achievements, it seems only fitting that the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team received the highest NCAA seed in program history on Monday night. The Quakers, seeded No. 10 in the Lexington Regional, will open the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament against seventh-seeded Washington on Saturday at 4 p.m. in College Park, Md. The game will be aired live on ESPN2, and online at ESPN3.
College Park is a familiar place for the Quakers, as they were placed there as a No. 12 seed in 2014. This will be the first-ever matchup between the Quakers and the Huskies.
Second-seeded Maryland (30-3) and 15th-seeded Iona (23-11) are the other two teams in this section of the draw. The Gaels and Terrapins will meet prior to Washington and Penn on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Washington enters the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid out of the Pac-12. The Huskies put together an overall record 22-10, including an 11-7 mark in conference play. Guard Jessica Blum enters the postseason as the third-leading scorer in the nation, averaging 26.2 points per game.
For all up-to-date information and alerts regarding the Quakers' NCAA journey, visit Penn's Tournament Central page.
Penn’s NCAA History
This will be Penn’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the second under Head Coach Mike McLaughlin. Penn has twice been a No. 15 seed, playing against the likes of Texas Tech in 2001 and UConn in 2004. The Quakers have yet to win an NCAA Tournament game.
Last NCAA Appearance
Penn’s most recent NCAA appearance came in 2014, when they were slotted as a No. 12 seed in the Louisville Region. The Red and Blue battled with fifth-seeded Texas in College Park, Md. Although the Quakers ultimately fell to the Longhorns, Penn did jump out to a 15-point lead in the first half.
Ivy League’s NCAA History
The Ancient Eight has 22 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, with the first one dating back to 1983. Penn’s four berths are the fourth-highest in the Ivy League, but its three appearances since 2004 ranks second behind only Princeton. The Ivies have two NCAA Tournament wins in their history–one last season and the other in 1998.
The Quakers are coming off arguably the best season in school history, as they notched program records for both total wins (24) and non-conference triumphs (11). The Quakers defeated Princeton on the road last Tuesday night to win their second Ivy League title in the last three seasons.