UCF Knights Women’s Basketball Team Earns No.10 Seed in NCAA Tournament

By  //  March 19, 2021

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Knights face No. 7 Northwestern in the first round

For the second time in the last three seasons, the UCF women’s basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. (UCF Knights image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – For the second time in the last three seasons, the UCF women’s basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and the Knights return to the tournament as the 10 seed in the Alamo Region.

UCF (16-4) will take on seventh seed Northwestern (15-8) on Monday at 4 p.m. ET. The winner of Monday’s First Round will take on the winner of Louisville (23-3) and Marist (18-3) in the Second Round.

The selection marks UCF’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance since joining the Division I ranks in 1984-85. Each of UCF’s first four appearances had been via an automatic berth, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament twice (1996, 1999) and capturing a pair of the Conference USA Tournament titles (2009, 2011).

The Knights earned the first at-large bid in program history for the 2019 tournament.

At 10, it is the highest seed UCF has ever had at the NCAA Tournament, previously being seeded as high as 12th in 2019.

UCF’s NCAA Tournament History
Year Seed Round Opponent Result
■ 1996 #16 First Round #1 Louisiana Tech L, 98-41
■ 1999 #16 First Round #1 Louisiana Tech L, 90-48
■ 2009 #14 First Round #3 North Carolina L, 85-80
■ 2011 #13 First Round #4 Ohio State L, 80-69
■ 2019 #12 First Round #5 Arizona State L, 64-45

Monday will be the first meeting between UCF and Northwestern in women’s basketball.

First and second rounds will be limited to teams and guests, with each member of the 34-member official team travel party allowed up to six tickets for guests. A limited number of fans will be allowed from the Sweet 16 through the Women’s Final Four at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Along with limiting capacity, masks and physical distancing also will be required. The decision on attendance was made by the NCAA in conjunction with local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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