The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team learned its NCAA Tournament fate this evening. The Lady Mocs received a No. 13 seed and will take on fourth-seeded Oklahoma State (23-10) in the Sacramento Region.
Gathered with friends, fans and supporters, the Lady Mocs watched the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on ESPN at Big River Grille in downtown Chattanooga. UTC will head to Tempe, Ariz., for the first round match-up against OSU. Game time is set for 8:11 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Saturday, March 20, on ESPN2.
This will be the first matchup between Chattanooga and Oklahoma State. OSU received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference.
Chattanooga posted a 24-8 record in 2009-10, including a 16-4 mark in Southern Conference action. UTC won an unprecedented 11th consecutive SoCon regular season title in 2010.
The Lady Mocs went 1-3 in the regular season against teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. They defeated Austin Peay and fell to East Tennessee State, Georgia and Kentucky.
This is the Lady Mocs' 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament and the eighth under head coach Wes Moore. Chattanooga earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid when it defeated Samford 72-67 in the finals on March 8. It was UTC's 13th SoCon Tournament title and the eighth under Moore.
Chattanooga has been seeded 13th in the tournament once before in 2002. The Lady Mocs best seeding was a No. 10 in 2004. The Lady Mocs defeated seventh seeded Rutgers in the first round at the McKenzie Arena for their only NCAA win in school history. Chattanooga has been seeded 12th five times since 2001.
Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for photos and quotes from tonight's viewing party at Big River.