Six days after securing its spot in the NCAA Tournament, the USD Women's Basketball team's opening round opponent was unveiled, and it's one of the nation's perennial powers.
"Here we go...Stanford getting a two-seed, it is their region. Saturday, they'll play on ESPN2 at 6:30 eastern against South Dakota. South Dakota team making its first NCAA appearance, second year of eligibility, since moving up from division two," ESPN's Kevin Negandhi said.
"We're just going to take this opportunity, have some fun, and go out there and play hard," USD Junior Nicole Seekamp said.
The Coyotes, to the delight of players and fans, will make the short trip to Ames, Iowa, for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. What the trip lacks in length, will be made up for in difficulty, as the U plays Stanford.
"Spectacular coaches, spectacular program. They have a lot of tradition, a lot of experience in this tournament. So, it's going to be a tough battle, but we're exciting to be dancing with them," USD Head Coach Amy Williams said.
"We're just lucky enough that we get to go to Ames, Iowa, where it's close and we get some fans. Yeah, I think the whole team is just so excited right now," Seekamp said.
"My heart just would not stop racing ever since the selection show started, and to finally see our name up there, it was wonderful because we worked so hard to get our name up there. So, it was very exciting," Coyotes Senior Polly Harrington said.
Since the women's tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1994, the 15-seed is 0-80 against the two-seed, but that stat's not about to squash the Coyotes' dream of an upset.
"Everybody wants to be that Cinderella story, and I can't say that we don't, because we do. We work hard everyday, just like every other team that got into this competition. So, we're looking forward to playing on Saturday, and we're looking forward to getting that upset," Harrington said.
"Yeah, exactly. I mean, that would be the best outcome for us. You know, we'll just go out there and play and see what the outcome is," Seekamp said.
The Coyotes and Cardinal tip-off at 5:30 Saturday in Ames, Iowa. We'll have complete coverage of USD's trip to the tournament throughout the week and into gameday.