The West Virginia women's basketball team will be making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance. It is the fourth consecutive, sixth out of seven years and seventh under head coach Mike Carey.
The Mountaineers (17-13, 9-9 Big 12) earned an 11-seed during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday night. They are scheduled to face the 6th-seeded Delaware Blue Hens (30-3, 18-0 CAA) on Sunday in Newark, Del., at 12:15 p.m. West Virginia could potentially face the 3rd-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the second round.
"It is good we got in," said head coach Mike Carey. "To me that says the strength of the league, our reputation and some of the wins we had on the road; we're happy to be in. We got a really good draw. We have to play on Delaware's home floor and that's a good draw for us because it's close so hopefully we can get some fans there."
In what is arguably the No. 1-RPI conference in the nation with seven teams making the big dance, West Virginia will have a tough test with Delaware.
The Blue Hens finished the year as Colonial Athletic Association champions -- going undefeated in conference play for the second consecutive season. Delaware will be led by Elena Delle Donne, who comes into the match-up averaging 25.3 points per game -- the second highest scoring average in the country.
Delle Donne leads the team with 63 blocks and is tied for leading rebounder with 8.5 per game. She is shooting 49.0 percent from beyond the arc and over 49 percent from the field.
She (Delle Donne) is a big time player, needless to say," Carey added. "Some of their other players are very good so you can't just concentrate on her and let the other players have a career night. We're going to have to be aware of where she is and try to do a good job on her, but also do a good job on the rest of them."