n Rebels haven't won an NCAA tourneygame since 1994, going 0-for-3 for current coach.

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD - It was a long time coming but worth the wait.

The Ole Miss women's basketball team cheered the television screen at the home of head coach Carol Ross on Monday evening when the Rebels were announced as the No. 7 seed in the Dayton Regional of the NCAA women's tournament.

The Dayton field was the last group of 16 unveiled, and the Rebels were in the back half of the region to be announced.

They will take on No. 10 seed Texas Christian in a first-round game in Hartford, Conn., Sunday morning at 11. Both teams are 21-10.

The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Ole Miss received one of 33 at-large bids and was the last of five SEC teams to be announced.

"It was a little nervous there. We're just excited to be in," senior guard Armintie Price said. "I didn't know or care about the numbers. We're just glad to have this chance."

It is the 17th NCAA tournament trip for Ole Miss, the third under Ross, though the Rebels have yet to win a tournament game under her direction.

Ole Miss lost to George Washington in the Tempe Region first round in 2005 and to Villanova in the West Region first round in 2004. The Rebels played in the WNIT last year.

The Ole Miss-TCU winner will face the winner of a game between No. 2 seed Maryland, the defending national champion, and No. 15 seed Harvard.

Ole Miss lost a Thanksgiving week matchup against Maryland, 110-79, in Freeport, Bahamas.

SEC regular season champion Tennessee is the No. 1 seed in the Dayton Regional.

The Ole Miss women last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1994 when Van Chancellor's squad defeated Indiana 83-61 in the Mideast Region. That team lost to Louisiana Tech in the second round.

"We're not in a position to talk about any team but TCU," Ross said. "We've never won a first-round game (under Ross). It's a one-game tournament for every team. If you don't take that one game seriously and win it, there is no second game to play."

The Rebels started strong in SEC play, winning their first five games, a streak that included upset victories against Vanderbilt and LSU. Ole Miss went 4-5 over its last nine games to finish 9-5 in the SEC. The Rebels defeated Alabama in the SEC tournament before losing to 52-46 to LSU in the semifinals.

Home losses to Kentucky and Auburn in the last five regular season games likely kept the Rebels from a higher seed.

TCU lost 68-67 to Utah in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. Junior guard Adrianne Ross led the Mountain West in scoring at 17.5 points per game. She also averages three steals.

"There are 64 teams that get the privilege to play, and we're happy that Ole Miss is one of those teams," Ross said. "We were hoping for something between a 5 and 7 seed, but we knew it could have been worse than that. This is a big step for the program. We're still trying to get that first NCAA victory. We will hunker down and work hard for TCU to try and take that next step."

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