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WSU women earn No. 5 seed, face Florida Gulf Coast in first round of NCAA Tournament

The Washington State Women's Basketball Team's magical season continues with a matchup against Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA Tournament.

PULLMAN, Wash. — The No. 5 Washington State Women's Basketball team is headed to Pennsylvania to face No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. The game will be played at Villanova. It will air on ESPNU.

The Cougs earned a No. 5 seed after winning the Pac-12 Championship for the first time in school history. WSU beat three other NCAA Tournament teams on their way to the championship, including Utah, Colorado, and UCLA.

WSU is in the Greenville 2 region. The Cougs could face No. 4 Villanova or No. 13 Cleveland State in the second round. Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the region with No. 2 Utah.

WSU ended the season 23-10 overall but the team has shown they can beat just about anyone.

The team is led by coach Kamie Ethridge who was named National Women's Basketball Coach of the Year by The Athletic.

The Cougars Pac-12 Championship win has generated a lot of excitement on the Palouse. Hundreds of fans even waited in the freezing cold to welcome the team home to Pullman after the game.

The Cougs even caught the eye of Shania Twain for their postgame celebration that includes the song Man, I feel like a Woman.

Players to Watch for WSU

Charlisse Leger-Walker leads the Cougars on the floor. She was named MVP of the Pac-12 Tournament, setting a record for the most points scored in a single tournament in conference history. Leger-Walker averaged 18.1 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

Center Bella Murekatete provides a big inside presence for the Cougs. The senior averaged 13.9 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds.

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