UT WOMEN TO HOST CEN­TRAL ARKANSAS IN NCAA OPENER

Horns haven’t played since los­ing in Big 12 semi­fi­nals on March 5.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com

Af­ter play­ing bas­ket­ball non­stop for four months, the Texas women’s team is en­joy­ing a break as it heads into the most im­por­tant part of the sea­son — the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The Longhorns (23-8) will be at home for the first and sec­ond rounds of the tour­na­ment.

Seeded third, they will play Cen­tral Arkansas in their opener at 1:30 p.m. Fri­day at the Er­win Cen­ter.

On Monday night, about 300 fans joined Longhorns play­ers and coaches at the arena for a watch party as the tour­na­ment bracket was un­veiled on ESPN.

The Longhorns’ game will fol­low a first-round con­test be­tween Auburn and North Carolina State. The win­ners of those games will play Sun­day.

Texas has been placed in the Lex­ing­ton (Ky.) Re­gional.

Notre Dame is the top seed in that re­gion fol­lowed by No. 2 Stan­ford.

JOE BUVID / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cen­tral Arkansas’ Mag­gie Prof­fitt (22) and Bri­anna Mullins (right) will play the Longhorns in Austin on Fri­day in the first round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

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