When the women's NCAA Tournament bracket was announced Monday, both Louisville and Western Kentucky ended up in the Albany Regional with second-seeded Kentucky.
The Cardinals, the No. 3 seed, will play BYU at 4 p.m. Saturday in Tampa, Fla. The Lady Hilltoppers got a No. 12 seed and will face Texas at 5 p.m. Friday in Berkeley, Calif.
Western (30-4), the Conference USA Tournament champion, is making its 18th NCAA appearance.
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Alexis Govan scored 22 points, including two key free throws with 23 seconds left, in the conference finals as Western held on for a 60-57 win over Southern Mississippi.
"I think the girls are just super excited," WKU Coach Michelle Clark-Heard told the school's student newspaper, the College Heights Herald. "At this point I feel for our fans (for playing so far away), because I think we had a great following this year. But at the end of the day, you can't control what they think when they get behind closed doors so we are just happy."
Texas is 22-10 this season.
"I've watched them of course," Clark-Heard told the Herald. "They are very athletic ... and they like to get to the basket, so we just have to go and do a lot of work right now."
The Lady Hilltoppers and Texas have met twice in the tournament. In 1985, Western won 92-90 on a buzzerbeater from Lillie Mason to send the Lady Toppers to the Elite Eight. Texas defeated Western 90-65 in the 1986 national semifinals in Lexington.
Western's roster includes several Kentuckians.
Chastity Gooch, Conference USA's player of the year, is a senior who starred at Franklin-Simpson. She averages 17.0 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Kendall Noble, a junior out of Perry County Central, is third on the team in scoring (11.0) and first in assists (4.6) and rebounding (7.3). Former Green County standout Micah Jones, a junior, averages 8.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds.
Freshman reserve Ivy Brown (LaRue County) contributes 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. Sophomore Kierra Muhammad (Paul Laurence Dunbar) has played in 16 games and scored 10 points.
It is also the Cardinals' 18th NCAA Tournament appearance, including their fifth straight.
Louisville was 25-6 in its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Former Rockcastle County star Sara Hammond, Kentucky's Miss Basketball in 2011, is playing her final season for the Cardinals.
She leads the team in rebounding (6.5 per game) and is third in scoring (10.8).
■ Former Owensboro Catholic star Rebecca Greenwell, a redshirt freshman guard at Duke, is third on the team in both scoring (14.0 points per game) and rebounding (5.6).
She is shooting 34.3 percent from three-point range and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Greenwell has already set the Blue Devils' freshman record for three-pointers made (62) and attempted (181).
■ Florida State's Maegan Conwright, a transfer point guard from Kentucky, leads her team in assists (105) and is second in scoring (11.7). She shoots 75.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Conwright averaged 4.8 points, 1.2 steals and 18.9 minutes during her career at Kentucky. Her junior season in 2012-13 was cut short by a knee injury after just 10 games.
■ Chelsey Shumpert, a sophomore out of Paducah Tilghman, is Chattanooga's second-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game. She also averages 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds.
Destiny Bramblett, a senior out of North Hardin who plays a reserve role for the Lady Mocs, averages 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds.
■ Javonna Layfield, a freshman guard from Ballard, averages 2.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest for Dayton.
■ Bra'Shey Ali, a Kentucky transfer, started the first 15 games of the season for Seton Hall before being dismissed from the team. She was averaging 9.5 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds. Ali also left UK for disciplinary reasons.