The No. 14 Penn State women's basketball team (22-7) earned its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after claiming a No. 3 seed in the 2014 NCAA Women's Tournament.
The Lady Lions will face No. 14 Wichita State (26-6) of the Missouri Valley Conference at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Penn State-Wichita State contest will be the first game of a doubleheader with No. 6 seed Dayton (23-7) facing No. 11 Florida (19-12) at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The winner of each game will face off in a second-round matchup on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Penn State-Wichita State game will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Penn State is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lady Lions are making four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since earning seven-straight berths from 1999-05. The Lady Lions are 30-24 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Single-session tickets for either the NCAA Tournament first-round or second-round games at University Park are $20 for adults and $11 for youth and students. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY or visiting the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office between the hours of 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All-session tickets, which will give you admission to both first round games on Sunday and to the second-round game on Tuesday, March 25, are $30 for adults and $17 for youth and students.
The Lady Lions and the Shockers have never met. Penn State is 1-1 all-time against current Missouri Valley Conference teams.
UConn, ND on course
All season there has been a buzz around women's basketball about UConn and Notre Dame.
Now the stage is set for the former Big East rivals to meet in an historic national championship game.
The teams enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten - only the second time that's ever happened. They are on a collision course to meet in the national championship game. If they do both get to Nashville, the Irish will be all that stands between Geno Auriemma and a record ninth NCAA championship, breaking a tie with Tennessee.
"We really haven't talked, I bet hardly at all, about this national championship or what number it is or any of that," Auriemma said.
Despite being the 13th women's team to go unbeaten during the regular season, the Irish have felt almost unappreciated with most of the talk centered on the Huskies. Coach Muffet McGraw doesn't seem to mind.
"I like it because we can get a chip on our shoulder and head into the tournament with a bit of chip," she said.
Even though UConn and Notre Dame didn't play this season, the two teams know plenty about each other having met 12 times over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame isn't intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Huskies.
"It was very unusual to go through a whole season without playing them, we're so used to it, three times every year," McGraw said. "We've gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years."
Before the potential meeting of unbeatens, the two might have to go through SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina, who also earned No. 1 seeds. While it's the 22nd time that the Lady Vols have earned a top spot, it's the first for the Gamecocks. The Huskies, Lady Vols and Gamecocks all could have to play on an opponent's home court with a trip to Nashville on the line. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska, who are all hosting regionals, were a combined 52-3 at home this season.
The Lady Vols, who won the SEC tournament championship, are the top seed in the Louisville Regional.