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NCAA women's tournament: USC vs. St. John's, CSUN vs. South Carolina

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USC will play St. John’s and Cal State Northridge will play South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Connecticut (34-0), Notre Dame (32-0), South Carolina (27-4) and Tennessee (27-5) are the top-seeded teams in a 64-team bracket that was announced Monday. The tournament begins Saturday and ends with the Final Four April 6-8 in Nashville.

USC (22-12), which won the Pac-12 Conference tournament,  is seeded ninth in the Louisville Regional and will play eighth-seeded St. John’s (22-10) on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Trojans, under first-year Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, are in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Northridge (18-14) won the Big West Conference tournament to earn its second NCAA tournament bid since moving to Division I, its first under fourth-year Coach Jason Flowers.

Northridge is seeded 16th in the  Stanford Regional and will play South Carolina on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

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