The NCAA Women’s Tournament selection show is tonight, as Joanne Boyle’s Virginia Cavaliers squad hopes to earn its first NCAA berth of her tenure and the program’s first since 2010.
How to watch - Women’s Selection Show:
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Virginia has competed in the WNIT in the previous two seasons, reaching the round of 16 last year before falling to Hofstra. This year, the team sits on the NCAA bubble. ESPN’s Charlie Creme projects Virginia has the second-to-last team in, as he has UVA as an 11-seed in the Oklahoma City region.
The Hoos finished the season at 19-12 (7-9 ACC) and an RPI of #53, a drag on the team’s hopes. The Hoos have some big wins to their credit, as they took down #10 Florida State and a solid Dayton team out-of-conference and swept rival Virginia Tech. But the team is haunted by some near-misses; they fell to Louisville in OT, lost a 4th quarter lead at Syracuse, and even played #3 Notre Dame closely on the road.
Jeff White has a piece at VirginiaSports.com that delves into the team’s psyche headed into the Selection Show. They are cautiously optimistic, but very tense, as they hope for their first taste of March Madness. We’ll be following along tonight as we find out the full bracket and, hopefully, the team’s NCAA path.