March 14, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – At least one of the teams headed to the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four in New Orleans will have to go through the Midwest Regional site in Tallahassee, FL. Tennessee, Colgate, George Washington and DePaul are four teams that were selected by the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships committee to compete at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center on March 20 and 22, 2004. Florida State is one of 16 first and second round sites in the 2003-04 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The top seed in the bracket and site is SEC regular season champion Tennessee Lady Volunteers (26-3). The Lady Vols, not hosting an NCAA Division I first or second round for the first time in the history of the wolmen’s basketball championships, lost in overtime to Georgia in the SEC Championship game, 68-66. Head coach Pat Summit was named 2004 SEC Coach of the Year after leading Tennessee through the nation’s toughest schedule. Tennessee posted wins over 18 teams that made the 2003 “Big Dance”, including a 72-69 win at top-ranked Duke.
The Lady Volunteers will face Colgate (21-9), the sixteenth seed in the bracket. The regular and post-season Patriot League Champions are in the tournament for the first time in school history. The Raiders beat American in the league championship game, 71-60, to secure their bid to the Tourney.
In the second game, the George Washington Colonials (22-7) will face the DePaul Blue Demons (22-6). GW, seeded in the four spot, won the West Division Title in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This is the Colonials 12th NCAA Tournament selection in 14 years.
DePaul leads the nation in scoring offense with 85.3 ppg. The ninth seed finished ninth overall in Conference USA standings. The Blue Demons are 3-8 all-time in the tournament. DePaul’s roster includes two Kodak/WBCA All-America Team finalists in cousins Khara and Charlene Smith.
First and Second Round games will be played at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Mar. 20 & 22 at 16 pre-determined sites. Winners will advance to the Sweet 16 at the following regional sites — East Regional (Mar. 27 & 29 – Hartford, CT), Mideast Regional (Mar. 28 & 30 – Norfolk, VA), Midwest Regional (Mar. 28 & 30 – Norman, OK), or West Regional (Mar. 27 & 29 – Seattle, WA).
The 2004 Final Four will be held at the sold-out New Orleans Arena (18,211) in New Orleans, LA, April 4 & 6.