UConn, Irish, Louisville are No. 1 seeds

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The University of CT women's basketball team was selected as the No. 1 seed in the Albany Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, as announced by the NCAA Monday. "The growth of our program at this time a year ago, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".

"Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

Hampton trailed 23-16 after one quarter as Jermaine Marrow beat the first-period buzzer with a layup off a feed from Trevond Barnes.

"This seed speaks volumes about how we're playing and the adversity we overcame throughout the year", Thomas said.

The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach.

"I'm just super excited to get another opportunity to play in the tournament", Marquette junior guard Natisha Hiedeman said.

The women won their first ACC Tournament title which marked the first conference title since 1993. The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six. "We're a little bit older, a little bit more mature, we have two pieces that we didn't have".

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Notre Dame (29-3) gets the top seed in Spokane, but would have to play what amounts to a road game in the regional final if No. 2 seeded OR makes it that far.

"We have really stepped things up as a team", Walz said.

Other notable teams among the Field of 64 include first-timers Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle, as well as the only team to make every women's tournament in history - Tennessee. The game time will be announced Tuesday.

Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 29-3 record with losses to UConn on December 3rd and twice to Louisville on January 11th and then in the ACC Tournament Championship game on March 4th.

Barring one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport, UConn will play the victor of that game Monday at Gampel. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett. But of course both teams will have to navigate a tough road to get there.

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In the first and second rounds of the women's tournament, games are played on the home courts of the top 16 seeds.