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The Deacs are Going Dancing: Wake Forest Makes the NCAA Tournament for the Second Time in School History

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The Wake Forest Women’s Basketball Team makes the NCAA Tournament

NCAA Womens Basketball: Wake Forest at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in over 30 years, the Wake Forest Women’s Basketball team is headed to the Big Dance.

Previously, Wake Forest had just one tournament appearance in school history and had not made the NCAA Tournament since 1988—when current head coach Jen Hoover (then Jen Mitchell) was a star player at Wake Forest. That drought was the longest for a major conference team—in both men’s and women’s basketball—in the nation.

The Deacs were selected as the 9 seed and will take on the 8th seeded Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the first round of the tournament in Texas. OK State finished the season 18-8 overall and 13-5 in the Big 12, so they are definitely not going to be an easy team to beat. The Cowgirls are led by the duo of 5-5 redshirt junior guard Ja’Mee Asberry, who averaged 17.4 points and 3.8 assists per game this season, and 6-4 senior forward Natasha Mack, who finished the season averaging 19.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. If the Deacs win in the first round, they will likely take on the top seed in the region, #1 Stanford.

Congratulations to the Wake Forest Women’s Basketball Team on making the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. Hopefully this will be the first of many more to come in the future. GO DEACS!