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McKale Madness: Arizona women's basketball to host NCAA opening rounds

Second time the program has hosted in NCAA Tourney
Arizona's Sam Thomas dives for a loose ball in one of the Wildcats' 13 wins at home this season.
Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 08:18:19-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona women's basketball is staying at home to begin the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats are a No. 4 seed in the Greensboro Region and will host the opening two rounds of the tournament at McKale Center.

Arizona's first round matchup is Saturday against the region's No. 13 seed, UNLV. The winner will face either No. 5 North Carolina or No. 12 Stephen F. Austin on Monday, March 21.

It's the second time the Arizona women have hosted NCAA games at McKale. The team went 13-1 in games played at McKale this season.

The Wildcats lost three of their final four games leading up to Selection Sunday, but leading scorer and rebounder Cate Reese is set to return after dealing with a shoulder injury.

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