Penn women's basketball to have Selection Show watch party at the Palestra

Penn giving chance for fans to celebrate with the team

· March 14, 2014, 6:35 pm   ·  Updated March 16, 2014, 11:56 pm

Amanda Suarez | DP

On March 11, Penn women's basketball upset four-time defending champion Princeton to win the Ivy title. The team finished the regular season 22-6 and 12-2 in Ivy play, clinching an NCAA bid. It was the Quakers third Ivy championship and their first in 10 year.


Selection Monday is going to be a big night for Penn women’s basketball, and the Quakers are going to let the rest of Penn’s campus celebrate with them.

The Quakers won the Ivy League title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with its win over Princeton , so on Monday the team will hold a Selection Show watch party at the Palestra that will be open to the public.

The videoboard at the Cathedral of College Basketball will display the selection show, which will be televised live on ESPN. The show will announce the field of 64 for this year’s NCAA Tournament and the Quakers will find out right at home at the Palestra.

The doors to the Palestra will open at 6:15 p.m., and the first 200 fans will receive free T-shirts, while all fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Ivy League championship trophy. There will also be streamers for fans to throw when the Quakers are announced, a nod to the long-standing Palestra tradition.

“Our fans have been a big part of our success,” coach Mike McLaughlin said in a press release. “So it is only fitting they share in this experience with us. It’s going to be a great feeling sitting in The ‘Cathedral of College Basketball’ and seeing our school’s name appear on the bracket.

“I can’t wait to share in that with our players, staff, family, friends, alumni, fans and everyone else who has meant so much to this program over the years.”

There will also be free food for those in attendance, as well as the chance that ESPN will take a live look at the Palestra during the selection show.

According to ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme, the team is likely to be a 12 seed when the bracket is announced - but a 13 seed isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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