COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s basketball team (27-5) earned a No. 3 seed in the Berkeley Regional and will play No. 14 seed Sacred Heart (25-7) at Nationwide Arena downtown Columbus at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, March 21 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Stephen Bardo and can be heard on WOSU 820 AM with Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt.
The No. 3 seed is the highest for Ohio State since its No. 1 seed in the 2006 tournament. The Buckeyes were a 4 seed in 2007 and a 6 seed in 2008.
The winner of the Ohio State-Sacred Heart game will take on the winner of No. 6 seed Texas (21-11) and No. 11 seed Mississippi State (22-9) at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Nationwide Arena. Texas and MSU will play at Noon ET Saturday at Nationwide Arena before the Ohio State-Sacred Heart matchup.
The Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time against Sacred Heart, winning the last meeting 84-40 in 2005 in Columbus. Ohio State is 2-8 all-time against Texas and faced the Longhorns in the second round of the 1990 tournament. Its last meeting with Texas was in 2003, an 83-60 Ohio State win in Columbus. Mississippi State and Ohio State have never met.
The Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season title for a record-tying fifth straight year and received the conference’s automatic bid to 64-team field by winning the 2009 Big Ten Tournament its second tournament title in four years. The Buckeyes are making their school record-tying seventh consecutive and 18th overall trip to the Big Dance. Ohio State also made the tournament seven years in a row from 1984-90.
Head coach Jim Foster is making his 10th-consecutive trip to the tournament and his 23rd overall — 29-22 all-time. In Foster’s first seven seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005), 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 four of six seasons under Foster, including a trip to the Round of 16 in 2005.
Besides the 1993 Final Four trip, the Buckeyes have advanced twice to the Elite Eight (1985, 1987) and have been “Sweet 16” participants on four occasions (1986, 1988, 1989, 2005). Ohio State’s participation also includes five first (1982, 1984, 1999, 2007, 2008) and five second round (1990, 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2006) finishes.
All-session passes are on sale now. Adult all-session tickets are available for $31.50. Student All-Session tickets are $20.50. Single session tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.
Two easy ways to order tickets:
In person at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office (located inSE corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center near corner of LaneAve. and Olentangy River Road) or the Nationwide Arena box officeCall 1-800-GO-BUCKS