Lady Frogs to Face Temple in First Round of NCAA Tourney
March 14, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
The 24-6 TCU Lady Frogs snagged a No. 6 seed for the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the highest in school history, and will faced No. 11-seeded Temple in the first round of the tourney March 20 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Purple and White is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the event and its first in the West Region. In the previous three NCAA Tournaments, TCU was sent to the East Region. Should the Lady Frogs advance, they would face the winner of No. 3-seeded Georgia and No. 14 Liberty March 22.
Only 21 teams boast the distinction of making the NCAA Tournament the past four years. In addition to TCU, Austin Peay, Colorado, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Santa Barbara, Vanderbilt and Villanova have accomplished the feat.
The Lady Frogs are hoping to make their first showing in the Sweet 16, as they have made it to the second round in each of their three appearances in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Of this year's field of 64, only 12 other squads can make that claim. Besides TCU, Colorado, Connecticut, Duke, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Villanova have reached the second round the past three years.
TCU was one of four teams from Conference USA to make the tournament. Houston, the regular season and tournament champion, was granted a No. 3 seed in the East Region and will take on No. 14 UW-Green Bay March 22 in Santa Barbara, Calif., at The Thunderdome. Marquette was sent to the Mideast Region as a No. 9 seed to take on No. 8 Old Dominion March 23 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. DePaul, also a No. 9 seed, was the final squad from C-USA to make the tournament in the Midwest Region. The Blue Demons face No. 9 George Washington March 22 in Tallahassee, Fla., at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
Temple University is serving as the host for TCU, Georgia and Liberty at The Liacouras Center, which seats 10,206. Times for the games have not been determined. All first- and second-round games can be seen on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN FullCourt.
The West Regional is being hosted by the University of Washington March 27 and 29 at Bank of America Arena. Tulane University will host the Final Four April 4 and 6 at New Orleans Arena.
TCU'S HISTORY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
2001 - EAST REGION, NO. 11 SEED
2002 - EAST REGION, NO. 8 SEED
2003 - EAST REGION, NO. 9 SEED