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UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Maryland earn No. 1 seeds in 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament

Geno Auriemma

Connecticut Geno Auriemma reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. Connecticut won 86-50. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


The 2015 NCAA Women’s NCAA Tournament bracket was announced on Monday night as UConn earned the No. 1 overall seed.

Geno Auriemma’s two-time defending national champions enter the tournament as the heavy favorite after going 32-1 this season. They defeated opponents by an average of 42 points a game this season. Auriemma is trying to win his 10th national championship, which would tie him with UCLA’s John Wooden for the most all-time.

The Huskies are the top dogs in the Albany Regional, which also features Kentucky, Louisville and Cal.

Joining UConn as No. 1 seeds are Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland.

The Fighting Irish (31-2) fell to the Huskies when both teams were undefeated entering last season’s national championship game as UConn won, 79-58. The former Big East rivals also played during the 2014-15 regular season with the Huskies also winning that one by 18 in South Bend.

South Carolina (30-2) is another No. 1 seed who has faced UConn this season as the Gamecocks fell in Storrs by 25 points on Feb. 9. Dawn Staley’s team started the season 22-0 before the loss to the Huskies. The Gamecocks are No. 1 seed in the Greensboro Regional which also features Florida State, Arizona State and North Carolina

Maryland (30-2) has won 24 consecutive games and went a perfect 18-0 in the Big Ten this season. The Terrapins lost to fellow No. 1 seed Notre Dame, 92-72, on Dec. 3, their final loss before the winning streak. Maryland draws the Spokane Regional, where they have to get past Tennessee, Oregon State and Duke.

Also of note is undefeated Princeton (30-0). The Tigers are the 15th team to enter the women’s NCAA Tournament unblemished and enter as a No. 8 seed. The Ivy League champions will face No. 9 seed Green Bay in the opening round.

The only team to beat UConn this season, Stanford (24-9), earned a No. 4 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, which also features Notre Dame, Baylor and Iowa.

The 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament also marks a change in host sites as the top 16 seeds will have home games for the opening two rounds for the first time since 2003.

You can find the complete bracket for the tournament here.