With seeds determined, an opponent selected and a travel site chosen, Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie pushed aside all of the uncertainties on Monday night and begin the business of preparing for an NCAA tournament championship.
“Let’s go,” she said. “Let’s get after it. Let’s celebrate who we are. Let’s be a great team.”
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils (24-5) earned a No. 2 seed in the Fresno Regional and head to Nashville, Tenn., to face No. 15 seed Samford in the first round on Sunday. They earned their 18th consecutive trip to the tournament and must go win on the road at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Meanwhile, North Carolina and N.C. State were not chosen by the NCAA tournament selection committee for the field of 64 teams. Neither will have a chance to make a run to this season’s Final Four in Denver on April 1-3.