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Cyclones To Face Marist In First Round Of NCAA Championships

Release: 03/14/2011
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team has been selected to play in its 12th NCAA Tournament. The seventh-seeded Cyclones will travel to Durham, N.C. to face 10th-seeded Marist in the first round Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. (CDT). The winning team will advance to play the winner of Saturday's second game, Duke-Tennessee-Martin, on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. (CDT).

The Cyclones (22-10) earned their fifth-straight NCAA berth and 12th overall. All 12 bids have come under the direction of Bill Fennelly. This marks the third time in school history that the Cyclones will be a seventh-seed (2005, 2007).

Marist (30-2), Iowa State's first opponent, is making its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and comes in having won 26 games in a row after earning a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship with a 63-45 win over Loyola (Md.) last Monday.

The Red Foxes are coached by Brian Giorgis, who is in his ninth season at the school. Marist is led by senior guard Erica Allenspach, who was named MAAC Player of the Year after averaging 14.3 points per game. The Red Foxes lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 48.6 points per game.

A limited number of tickets are available from the Iowa State Athletics Ticket Office for the NCAA Women's Basketball first and second round games in Durham, N.C.

Members of the Cyclone Club or basketball season ticket holders should call the ISU Athletics Ticket Office toll free at 888-478-2925 or locally at 515-294-1816 to order tickets, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.  Cyclone Club members or season ticket holders may also stop at the ticket office in the Jacobson Building between 8am-5pm to place their ticket orders in person.  A limit of four tickets per account may be ordered.  All orders are based on availability.

Tickets purchased through the ISU Athletics Ticket Office are only for the sessions that Iowa State participates in.  Fans that purchase first round tickets will be charged for the second round only if the Cyclones advance.  If Iowa State does not advance, fans will not be charged nor will tickets be available for the second round.

All other fans should order tickets from Duke University at 877-375-DUKE (3853) or and there is no limit on the number of tickets that can be ordered.

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