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Opportunity Knox; Lady Demons take flight

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The Lady Demons of Northwestern State left for Tennessee Thursday morning and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in ten years.  They know the task is tall, but the experience is one they will be able to hold on to for years.

Some facts about the match-up in Knoxville follow.  Tip-off is Saturday at 3pm.

 No. #3/3 Tennessee (27-5), the No. 1 seed

in the Louisville Regional, opens play in the

2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship with a First Roundcontest vs. No. 16

seed Northwestern State on Saturday, March

22.

 UT and NSU will meet at 4 p.m. ET/3p.m. CT in

Thompson-Boling Arena in a game televised

by ESPN2 and live streamed via ESPN3.

 Announcers Joe Davis and Maria Taylor

will call the action.

 No. 8 seed St. John's (22-10) and No. 9

seed Southern California (22-12) will meet in

the other Knoxville First Round game at 6:30

p.m. on Saturday.

 The two winning teams advance to the

Second Round on Monday at 9 p.m. in a

game televised by ESPN2 and live streamed

via ESPN3.

 Tennessee enters Saturday's contest having won sevenstraight since a Feb. 16 home

loss to Kentucky and has been victorious in

13 of its last 14.

 The Lady Vols fi nished second in the

Southeastern Conference this season but

beat league champ South Carolina in the regular season finale and went on to win the SEC

Tournament championship with consecutive

wins over LSU, #15/14 Texas A&M and #12/13

Kentucky.

 Northwestern State comes to Knoxville

with a seven-game winning streak in tow.

 Like the Lady Vols, the Lady Demons won

three straight games in their conference tournament to claimhardware and the Southland

Conference's automatic bid.

 After splitting games during the regular

season with Stephen F. Austin, fourth-place

NSU won when it mattered most, taking a

62-44 decision on March 16 to claim the SLC

postseason trophy.

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