MONDAY COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS/Beavers seeded sixth and will open against Western Kentucky at Knoxville, Tennessee


• The Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks, ranked sixth in the nation, will open the NCAA Tournament at home on Friday, playing Seattle at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon State will begin its tourney action with a game against Western Kentucky at Knoxville, Tennessee. It'll be at 9 a.m. PT Friday (ESPN2).

Oregon (30-4) is the No. 2 seed in the Spokane (Washington) region; OSU is the No. 6 in the Lexington (Kentucky) region.

No. 1 seeds went to Connecticut, Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State.

Also in the 64-team field from the Pac-12: Stanford, UCLA, California and Arizona State.

The Ducks, conference winner in both the regular season and postseason tournament, are facing a 15 seed in Seattle (17-14).

The Beavers will be going up against an 11th seed in Western Kentucky (24-8).

If Oregon wins its first-round game, it would meet the winner of the No. 7 seed Green Bay vs. No. 10 seed Minnesota game in a Sunday matchup. Green Bay and Minnesota will collide at Matt Knight at 2 p.m. Friday.

Also in Oregon's quarter of the bracket are Notre Dame, No. 3 seed Ohio State and No. 4 seed Texas A&M.

The Beavers (23-7), who tied UCLA for third in the Pac-12 regular season, would go into a Sunday second-round game against either Tennessee or Liberty.

Also in the Oregon State part of the bracket: Louisville, No. 2-seeded Baylor, No. 3-seeded Tennessee and No. 4-seeded Stanford.

UCLA, a No. 3 seed, will open against a No. 14, American.

Stanford is seeded fourth and will open against Gonzaga, a No. 13 seed.

ASU, a No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 Nebraska in the first round.

Cal is a seventh seed and will face a No. 10, Virginia, in Round 1.

IONESCU• Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu has been named a first-team All-American by espnW.

Oregon State senior center Marie Gulich was named to the third team, along with senior guard Jordin Canada of UCLA.

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