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UMass to face Notre Dame in first round of NCAA Women’s Tournament

Published: Mar. 13, 2022 at 8:16 PM EDT
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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The University of Massachusetts Women’s Basketball Team held a selection Sunday party Sunday night gathering together as the bracket was officially unveiled for the upcoming NCAA tournament.

The UMass Women’s Basketball Team learned who their opponent will be for March Madness. Coach Verdi said they’re ready to go dancing.

Sounds of excitement filled the room of the champions center as the UMass Women’s Basketball Team heads to the big dance for the first time since 1998. The team will be playing against Notre Dame on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“We are very excited we are super excited about winning the a10 championship and now we get the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament against an unbelievable team so we’re up for the challenge and we will be ready,” said Verdi.

We spoke with Verdi after finding out the Minutewomen will square off with the Fighting Irish. He said they are already preparing to put in the work for the week ahead.

“The first thing is the coaches will get at it here tonight we will break down some game film and the next couple of days we will practice we will focus on us we will focus on them and see what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are we will develop our game plan and we will take it day by day,” he said.

UMass is the number 12 seed in the Bridgeport region and Notre Dame is the number 5 seed in their first round game on Saturday in Oklahoma.

“A lot of hard work that’s been involved you know i have an unbelievable group of women in our program and they show up each and every single day they work extremely hard,” Verdi said.

Verdi said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in March Madness, as it has been the team’s biggest goal.

“Our goal was to win the a 10 tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament and now we are here…We’re going dancing!” he said.

After UMass won a program-record 26 games this season, they’ll look ahead to their toughest test yet. A victory over Notre Dame would mark their first-ever win in the NCAA tournament.