The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last nine years, when they received word Monday
night that they have been named a #7 seed and will take on #10 seed Missouri in Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center Sunday night, March 19th.
The invitation is VT’s second straight, and the #7 seeding matches their seed in the 2001 and 2002 tournaments. The highest seed the Hokies ever
received was their #4 seed in 1999, when they advanced to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, where they lost to Tennessee. Last year, the Hokies were a #12
seed and lost to 5th-seeded DePaul by a single point in the opening round.
The invitation is also the second in two years for VT head coach Beth Dunkenberger. Dunkenberger led her experienced Hokies to a 20-9 finish this
year, including 6-8 in the ACC. The ACC placed seven of its twelve teams in the tournament, led by #1 seeds UNC and Duke. Maryland (#2 seed), NC State
(#5), FSU (#6), and BC (#8) also made the field.
Tech starts four seniors — Dawn Chriss, Carrie Mason, Kerri Gardin, and Megan Finnerty — and a junior, Kirby Copeland. Chriss, Gardin, and Mason
lead the Hokies in scoring with 12.8 ppg, 12.4 ppg, and 12.0 ppg respectively, and Gardin, one of the top rebounders in the ACC, leads the Hokies with
9.9 rebounds per game. Mason is Tech’s best three-point shooter at 43.8%, while Chris, Gardin, Mason, and Copeland all have between 61 and 79 assists
on the season.
For the complete NCAA women’s bracket, click here.