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March 13, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team has been seeded No. 6 in the Tempe Region of the 2005 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced live on ESPN on Sunday evening.

“I’m really pleased with that,” UVa head coach Debbie Ryan said of the team’s No. 6 seed. “The team’s worked extremely hard this year to turn this thing around and get us back to the tournament and all the way back to a six seed. I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished this year.”

The Cavaliers (20-10) play No. 11 seed Old Dominion (22-8) in first round action on Saturday, March 19 in Minneapolis, Minn. Host and No. 3 seed Minnesota (24-7) takes on No. 14 St. Francis (21-9) in the other game. Game times will be announced on Monday, March 14.

“I think it’s interesting that we’re going halfway across the country to play Old Dominion,” Ryan said. “It was an interesting draw. Old Dominion is a different team than they were when we played them in December, but we’re a different team, too. It’s going to be an interesting game and one we just have to focus on. It’s an interesting bracket, one that will be very tough for us.”

The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office will take applications for tickets on Monday, March 14, beginning at 9 a.m. Applications will be accepted by telephone at 1-800-542-UVA1 (542-8821) and 434-924-UVA1; or in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. Priority will go to Virginia Athletics Foundation members and season ticket holders.

Tickets, sold only as first and second round packages, are $45 for adults (reserved seats) and $25 for UVa students. The package includes three games (two first round games and one second round game).

The winner of the second round game advances to the Tempe Regional, to be held March 26 & 28 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

Ironically, intra-state rivals Virginia and Old Dominion met during the regular season with UVa claiming a 72-64 win on Dec. 10, 2004, in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers also beat St. Francis, 84-50 on Dec. 21, 2004, in University Hall. UVa last met No. 7/6 Minnesota in the championship game of the 2003 Cavalier Classic, falling 73-53.

2005 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament
Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, March 19- First Round:Seed #11 Old Dominion vs. Seed #6 Virginia 		time tbaSeed # 14 St. Francis (Pa.) at Seed #3 Minnesota	time tba

Monday, March 21- Second Round:First Round Winners time tba

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