NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The SFA Ladyjacks learned on Monday night who their dance partner will be for the first round of the 2021 National Women’s Basketball Tournament. They will play at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday inside Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University.
The team drew a 12 seed and will face No. 5 Georgia Tech the first round. This is the first tournament appearance for the Ladyjacks since 2006. That year the Ladyjacks were seeded 13 and lost to No. 4 Arizona State.
“I still have chills because we are excited to play a big team,” SFA guard Bri Mitchell said. “I just have chills. I am ready to get out there.”
“We didn’t have to wait very long today for that announcement,” head coach Mark Kellogg said. “We had a feeling we would be an 11 or a 12 seed. For Georgia Tech we don’t know a lot about them but we will get to know them very well before the game. They are a fantastic defensive teams. They had one of the better defenses in the ACC. They were not one of the better ACC offensive teams but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an offense when you look at that league.”
Georgia Tech is 15-8 on the year with a 12-6 conference record. SFA enters the year with a 24-2 record and a perfect 12-0 in the Southland Conference.
“Now you get to win over new fans,” Kellogg said. “If you go play and you win and advance you are on national TV, other people will take notice. It is good for the program and good for the university. You have a platform that you do not get every night. We don’t get to be on ESPN. We just want them to take advantage of it like we have all season.”
All the games for the 2021 tournament will be played in San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos.