GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team (27-5) earned a no. 8 seed and will play no. 9 seed Purdue (22-12) Friday (4 p.m. CT) in the first round of the NCAA tournament in South Bend, Indiana.
The contest will take place at the Purcell Pavilion on Notre Dame’s campus, with the winner facing the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame (30-3) and No. 16 seed Robert Morris (22-10) on Sunday. Green Bay took Notre Dame, who was ranked No. 1 in the country in both major polls at the time, down to the wire back on Nov. 17 on its home floor before falling by four 71-67.
Green Bay clinched the automatic berth with its Horizon League Championship victory over Detroit Mercy on Tuesday, Mar. 7. The Phoenix will be making its 17th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
In last year’s NCAA Tournament, the 10th-seeded Phoenix fell to No. 7 seed Tennessee 59-53 in Tempe, Arizona, in the First Round. Green Bay lost as a No. 9 seed to No. 8 seed Princeton 80-70 in College Park, Maryland, in 2015.
The Phoenix last faced Purdue back on Nov. 19, 2015, in West Lafayette. Green Bay won that game in double-overtime 81-78, upsetting the 24th-ranked Boilermakers on their home floor, avenging its loss to Purdue at home the year prior.
(8) Green Bay vs. (9) Purdue - March 17 (4 p.m. CT)