TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State University women's basketball team (22-9, 11-7 Pac-12) earned a No. 9 seed in the South Bend Regional and will open up NCAA Tournament play against the No. 8 seed Vanderbilt (18-12, 7-9 SEC) on Saturday at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. in Arizona) at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio. The game will be televised live by ESPN2.
The winner of the ASU-Vanderbilt game will play the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 16 seed Robert Morris University on Monday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
The Sun Devils are making their 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the ninth under head coach Charli Turner Thorne.
Sun Devil WBB NCAA Tournament Notes
• Arizona State is making its 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
• ASU’s overall record in the NCAA Tournament is 13-11, including an 11-8 record under Charli Turner Thorne.
• The Sun Devils have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in six of their last seven tournament appearances (2002, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09). The exception was their most recent appearance in 2011.
• ASU’s highest NCAA seed was No. 3, which came in 2007 when it was placed in the Greensboro Regional.
• Prior to its Elite Eight berth in 2007, the furthest ASU had reached was the round of 16 (1982, 1983 and 2005). In both 1982 and `83, the No. 4 seed Sun Devils lost to the eventual national champion in the round of 16 (Louisiana Tech in 1982 and USC in 1983).
• ASU’s first NCAA appearance in the Charli Turner Thorne era came in 2001. As the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional, the Sun Devils fell to No. 6 seed LSU in the first round. Turner Thorne earned her first victory in the NCAA Tournament the following year after the Sun Devils (No. 9 seed) defeated Wisconsin (No. 8 seed) in the first round of the Midwest sub-regional, 73-70. ASU would fall to the top seed, Vanderbilt, in the second round, 61-35.
• As the No. 5 seed in the Tempe Regional in 2005 the Sun Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 22 years after upsetting No. 4 seed Notre Dame, 70-61. In that game the Sun Devils overcame a 13-point first half deficit. In the Sweet 16 against North Carolina, the Sun Devils led by as many as 10 points and were within two points, 62-60, with 9:29 remaining before the Tar Heels closed out the game with a 17-12 run.
• As a No. 4 seed in 2006 ASU defeated Stephen F. Austin in the first round in Tucson (80-61) before falling to Utah in the second round (86-65).
• ASU earned a No. 3 seed in the Greensboro Regional in 2007 and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history, posting a school record 31 wins along the way. The Sun Devils denied the upset bids of No. 14 seed UC Riverside (first round) and No. 6 seed Louisville (second round), overcoming double-digit deficits in the final 10 minutes of both games before going on to defeat Bowling Green (67-49) in the Sweet 16. ASU’s season ended with a 64-45 loss to Rutgers in the Greensboro Regional Final.
• As a No. 6 seed in 2008, ASU defeated Temple 61-54 in the first round before bowing out with a 67-59 loss to Duke (No. 3 seed).
• In 2009, ASU (a No. 6 seed in the Trenton Regional) earned its second Elite Eight berth in three years. ASU defeated No. 11 Georgia and No. 3 Florida State in Duluth, Ga., before knocking off the No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the regional semifinal in Trenton, N.J. ASU was defeated by eventual national champion UConn in the Trenton Regional final.
• In 2011, ASU (No. 7 in the Dayton Regional) lost to Temple, 63-45, in a first-round game contested in Salt Lake City.
• ASU’s nine NCAA Tournament appearances (‘01, ‘02, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘11, ‘14) are the second-highest total in the league behind Stanford since the 2000-01 season.