COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (30-4) earned a No. 2 seed in the Dayton Regional and will play No. 15 seed St. Francis, Pa. (17-14) at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, March 21 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on WOSU 820 AM with Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt.
Ohio State is making its record eighth straight appearance in the Big Dance and its 19th overall.
The winner of the Ohio State-St. Francis game will take on the winner of No. 7 seed Mississippi State (19-12) and No. 10 seed Middle Tennessee State (25-5) Tuesday, March 23.
Ohio State will be facing St. Francis for the first time. The Buckeyes have never played Middle Tennessee State either and faced Mississippi State only once, a 64-58 Ohio State win in last year’s NCAA second round in Columbus.
The No. 2 seed is the highest for Ohio State since its No. 1 seed in the 2006 tournament. The Buckeyes were a No. 4 seed in 2007, a No. 6 seed in 2008 and a No. 3 seed last season when Ohio State advanced to the Sweet 16. It marks the fourth time in Ohio State’s 19-year NCAA history that the Buckeyes have earned a No. 2 seed (2010, 2005, 1987, 1985). Ohio State reached the Sweet 16 in 2005 and the regional finals in 1985 and ’87 after receiving first-round byes those years.
This season the Buckeyes won a record-setting sixth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and second straight tournament title this season and tied a program record with 30 wins.
Head coach Jim Foster is making his 11th-consecutive trip to the tournament and his 24th overall with a record of 31-23 all-time. In Foster’s eight seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005, 2010), No. 3 (2009), No. 4 (2003, 2007) and No. 6 (2004, 2008) seeds in the tournament. Ohio State has earned at least a second-round finish in five of seven seasons under Foster, including a trip to the Round of 16 in 2005 and 2009.
Besides the 1993 Final Four trip, the Buckeyes have advanced twice to the Elite Eight (1985, 1987) and have been Sweet 16 participants on five occasions (1986, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2009). Ohio State’s participation also includes five first (1982, 1984, 1999, 2007, 2008) and five second round (1990, 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2006) finishes.