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SU Women earn No. 8 seed in NCAA Tournament, will meet No. 9 Iowa State

The Syracuse women's basketball team gathered for a watch party during Selection Monday.

The Syracuse University women's basketball team is headed to the Big Dance.

The Orange was selected as a No. 8 seed in the East Region and will meet No. 9 Iowa State. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Storrs, Connecticut, and will be televised on ESPN2.

SU finished the season 21-10 overall and 11-5 in the ACC, with key wins over Michigan State, North Carolina State, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Several projections had the Orange at a No. 6 seed, however, the committee chose a No. 8 seed -- and more importantly -- in the Connecticut region.

Yes, you read that right. In order for Syracuse to advance to the Sweet 16, it will have to get past No. 1 Connecticut.

The Huskies have not lost a game in two years, not to mention, were able to handle the Orange on their way to last year's National Championship victory.

That prompted some harsh criticism of the NCAA selection committee, which chose to drop certain teams from better seeds while also placing others in strange locations.

ESPNW's Charlie Creme was puzzled by the committee's selections.

The Orange will meet Iowa State out of the Big 12 Conference, who finished 18-12 overall and 9-9 in league play. The Cyclones feature three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Seanna Johnson (15.6 ppg) and Bridget Carleton (15.2 ppg).

Additionally, Iowa State features a player from Central New York in Emily Durr of Utica. Durr is a junior for the Cyclones and played her high school ball at Utica Notre Dame.

Syracuse and Iowa State will meet on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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