LSU Women's Basketball makes its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance.
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Lady Tigers to Face Central Michigan in NCAA Opener

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 24 LSU women’s basketball team will be facing Central Michigan at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, March 17 in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.

As the No. 6 seed, LSU (19-9) will face the No. 11-seeded Chippewas (28-4) at 10 a.m. CT for the opportunity to play the winner of No. 14 George Washington (19-13) versus host No. 3 Ohio State (27-6) in the Second Round on Monday, March 19. The quartet of teams is playing for a Sweet Sixteen spot in the Spokane Regional.

Both games will be televised on ESPN2. The ESPN networks will combine to present all 63 games from the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry all of LSU’s NCAA Tournament games on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. The radio broadcast featuring Patrick Wright, the Voice of the Lady Tigers, also will be available for free at

The Lady Tigers are making their 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their six in the last seven years under the direction of head coach Nikki Fargas. It is also the 18th time in the last 20 seasons dating back to 1999 that LSU is in The Big Dance.

“It feels great to get our momentum going again in the NCAA Tournament,” said Fargas. “This group has worked extremely hard. To see where we were a few years ago with all of the injuries and to have our name solidified and called today. All of the hard work these young ladies have put in going back to the preseason with the 6 a.m. workouts to now, playing a tough schedule, playing in the toughest conference in the country. Job well done by them.”

This will be the first meeting in program history between LSU and Central Michigan. The Lady Tigers are 1-0 against George Washington and 4-3 versus Ohio State.

A limited number of tickets for the NCAA First and Second Rounds will be available through the LSU Ticket Office for LSU women’s basketball season ticket holders, current LSU students, TAF members, and LSU Alumni Association members. Tickets are $20 per session, plus a $5 order charge and are only valid for sessions in which LSU plays. Fans will be charged for the first round with the initial order, and will be charged for the second round ONLY if LSU advances. All tickets will need to be picked up at the LSU Will Call located at the tournament site. Specific pick-up instructions will be emailed on Thursday.

The deadline to purchase tickets through the LSU Ticket Office will be Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. To purchase your tickets, call the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184 or toll free at (800) 960-8587.

LSU is 43-25 in its 25 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. The Lady Tigers rank fourth in the SEC in NCAA Tournament appearances behind Tennessee (37), Georgia (33) and Vanderbilt (27). In its long-time history in the postseason championship, LSU boasts five Women’s Final Four appearances as well as 14 Sweet 16 and eight Elite Eight appearances. The Lady Tigers are 16-4 all-time in the first round of the tournament. LSU has played 10 teams this season that are slated to participate in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

It is the second year in a row that LSU has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Included among the highlights for the Lady Tigers in 2017-18 was an 11-1 record at the Maravich Center as well as an 11-5 mark in SEC competition to earn the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament. LSU also earned four wins against Top-25 teams during SEC play.

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2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

First-Round Games

Spokane Region

at Notre Dame, Ind.
1 Notre Dame vs. 16 CSU Northridge, Fri., 4 p.m. CT, ESPN2
8 South Dakota St. vs. Villanova, Fri., 6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2

at College Station, Texas
5 DePaul vs. 12 Oklahoma, Fri., 11 a.m. CT, ESPN2
4 Texas A&M vs. 13 Drake, Fri., 1:30 p.m CT, ESPN2

at Columbus, Ohio
6 LSU (19-9) vs. 11 Central Michigan (28-4), Sat., 10 a.m. CT, ESPN2
3 Ohio St. (27-6) vs. 14 George Washington (19-13), Sat., 12:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2

at Eugene, Ore.
7 Green Bay vs. 10 Minnesota, Fri., 4 p.m. CT, ESPN2
2 Oregon vs. 15 Seattle, Fri., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2



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