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Ninth-Seeded Princeton to Face Kansas State in NCAA Championship First Round

Princeton's Niveed Rasheed
Princeton's Niveed Rasheed

2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Bracket

Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- On a day of program and Ivy League firsts, the No. 24 Princeton women's basketball team earned a conference-best No. 9 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will face No. 8 seed Kansas State (19-13, 9-9 Big 12) on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 11:20 a.m. in Bridgeport, Conn. in the first round. The game will be broadcasted on an ESPN affiliate channel (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3).

Princeton, the first-ever nationally ranked Ivy women’s basketball program, finished the regular season with a 24-4 overall record. The Tigers won the Ivy League automatic bid for the third consecutive season, after going 14-0 in conference play for the second time in three seasons. In its last two trips to the Big Dance, Princeton fell in the first round. Princeton lost to No. 9 seed St. John’s in Tallahassee in 2010 and to Georgetown, a No. 5 seed, in 2011 in College Park.

Saturday's winner will advance to the second round to face the winner of the No. 1 seed Connecticut - No. 16 seed Prairie View matchup on Monday, Mar. 19.

All ticket information will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 13.

To apply for media credentials for the 2012 Bridgeport Regional, please log on to Credential applications will be received through Sports Systems. The credential process is open from Monday, Mar. 12 at 8:30 p.m. and closes Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 5 p.m.