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Women's Basketball Postseason Release

Women's Basketball Postseason Release

2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Postseason:
NCAA Bracket | WNIT Bracket
Releases: Ivy League | Princeton | Harvard | Postseason Media Teleconference

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the sixth consecutive season, the Ivy League has a pair of teams competing in the postseason. Princeton makes its third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship while Harvard returns to the Women's National invitational Tournament (WNIT) for the third time in the past four seasons.

The Ivy League has made 19 all-time appearances in the NCAA DI Women's Basketball Championship. Dartmouth leads the way with seven appearances, followed by Harvard (six), Penn (two), Princeton (two), Brown (one) and Cornell (one).

The League holds a combined 1-19 record in NCAA Championship play. Its lone victory came in 1998, when Harvard became the only 16-seed to ever upset a one-seed in men's or women's NCAA Tournament history, defeating Stanford, 71-67.

Princeton is looking to break through with its first NCAA Tournament win in program history. The Tigers made their first-ever appearance in 2010, falling to St. John's, 65-47. Last season, Princeton lost to Georgetown, 65-49. This year's Tigers squad has achieved many Ivy League-firsts, including the first-ever national ranking for a League team (No. 24 in the latest AP Poll) and the highest-seed ever earned by an Ivy squad (nine). Princeton will face eighth-seed Kansas State on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. in Bridgeport, Conn.

Since 2007, when the second-place Ivy team received an automatic bid to the WNIT, the League is 0-5 in the tournament. Harvard is looking to break the skid when it faces Hofstra in the first round, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.

"Inside Ivy League Basketball" will close the season with a packed 12th episode on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m., featuring interviews from the men's and women's sides as Ivy teams enter postseason play. The men's side will feature interviews with Harvard junior guard Brandyn Curry, Penn senior guard Zack Rosen, Princeton senior guard Douglas Davis, Yale head coach James Jones and former Brown standout and current Delaware director of athletics Bernard Muir. On the women's side, Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart and Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith will stop by to talk about their teams advancing to the postseason.

"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer and takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men's and women's basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on ( and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and     

Fans and alumni can interact with the show via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show's 'Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder' segment.

Wednesday, March 14
WNIT First Round
Harvard at Hofstra, 7 pm

Saturday, March 17
NCAA First Round
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
(9) Princeton vs. (8) Kansas State (ESPN2)

Monday, March 19
NCAA Second Round
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
(9) Princeton/(8) Kansas State. vs.
(1) UConn/(16) Prairie View

Saturday-Monday, March 17-19
WNIT Second Round (site TBD)
Harvard/Hofstra vs. Temple/Quinnipiac