WACO, Texas Baylor women earn #1 seed and a first round game against Abilene Christian. The Lady Bears will start the tournament at home this coming weekend, playing Saturday and Monday. They'll face Abilene Christian in round one and then either Cal or North Carolina in the second round.
After that, the Lady Bears would head to Greensboro, North Carolina for the regional.
Baylor has finished the regular season at the top of the AP Poll for the third time in program history. That means a #1 spot in the bracket and perhaps the easiest road to the Final Four, at least on paper.
Baylor, the Big 12 regular season and tournament champion, is making its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th in 19 years, all under coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears have won a national-best 23 games in a row, beating Iowa State, 67-49, in last Monday’s Big 12 Championship final in Oklahoma City.
Abilene Christian is making its first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament in just its second year of eligibility. Seeded fourth for the Southland Conference Tournament, the Wildcats upset top-seeded Lamar, 88-79. in the semifinals and sixth-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 69-68, in Sunday’s final.
The rest of the Greensboro Region includes second-seeded Iowa, No. 3 seed North Carolina State, fourth-seeded South Carolina, fifth-seeded Florida State and No. 6 seed Kentucky. Iowa, North Carolina State and South Carolina are the other host sites for the first and second rounds.
Also earning No. 1 regional seeds were Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville. The Final Four is scheduled for April 5-7 in Tampa, Fla.
Baylor is trying to advance to its fourth Final Four and first since 2012, when the Lady Bears were 40-0 national champions.