No. 14 Stetson Hatters to Play UCLA in NCAA Tournament

Monday, March 18, 2013

MACON, Ga. - After taking the 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Championship Title, the Stetson Hatters earned a 14-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face UCLA on Saturday at 1:30 PM EST in Columbus, Ohio. This marks the highest seed the Hatters have received in their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Stetson (14-4; 24-8) currently hold a five-game winning streak which is the 17th longest streak in the country. UCLA is 25-7 and have recorded four wins vs. ranked opponents this season. In the Pac-12 the Bruins were 14-4 and fell to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship.

The Hatters are led by a trio of upperclassmen in Victoria McGowan, Shanasa Sanders and Sasha Sims.

McGowan, A-Sun All-Tournament Team and First Team All-Atlantic Sun, ranks No. 1 in the A-Sun in three-point field goals per game (2.2) and No. 3 in points per game (16.0) and assists (4.2).

Sanders contributed to the Hatters' success with a Second Team All-Atlantic Sun nod averaging 14.0 PPG, while teammate Sims collected Second Team All-Atlantic Sun Honors and an A-Sun All-Tournament Team selection after averaging 12 PPG during the season and 17.3 PPG in the Hatters A-Sun Championship run.

Stetson has averaged 69.3 points per game compared to the Bruins 67.4 points per game this season. The Hatters hold a 10.3 scoring margin over their opponents and are No. 20 in the nation in field-goal percentage at 44 percent from the field.

This is the Hatters second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. In its last appearance in 2011, Stetson fell to top-seeded Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. UCLA is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and are 10-11 in the tournament. This is the first time Stetson will play the Bruins in its program history.

UCLA is ranked No. 28 in the country in win-loss percentage at 78.1 percent.

The Bruins are led by senior Markel Walker who ranks No. 28 in the country in assists per game with 5.6 and averages 10.8 points per game. Walker joins as one of the top-three scorers on the Bruins roster behind Atonye Nyingifa (11.4 PPG) and Alyssia Brewer (11.2 PPG).

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