Missouri women get No. 5 seed for NCAA tourney

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou Women's Basketball is headed back to the NCAA Tournament, earning a No. 5 seed in the Lexington Region. Mizzou clinched its third consecutive berth to the Big Dance for the first time since 1984-86.

No. 5 Mizzou (24-7) will face No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast (30-4) on Saturday, March 17, in Stanford, Calif. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The winner will take on either No. 4 Stanford or No. 13 Gonzaga in the Second Round on Monday, March 19.

Mizzou's No. 5 seed is the program's highest ever in a 64-team NCAA Tournament and the highest since the Tigers secured a No. 4 seed in the 32-team 1984 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are searching for victories in three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.

Mizzou's selection in this season's Big Dance is the 12th in program history and the third under head coach Robin Pingeton. The Tigers have six all-time NCAA Tournament wins, with five of those coming by single digits, including Mizzou's 66-64 triumph over South Florida last season.

Mizzou enters the NCAA Tournament having won 24 games, the most victories in a season since 1983-84. Pingeton's squad has cemented three consecutive campaigns with at least 22 wins for the first time since 1982-85.

The Tigers face off with Florida Gulf Coast for the first time in program history. Mizzou is 1-4 all-time vs. Stanford and 0-0 all-time vs. Gonzaga.

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