Take a look at the NCAA Women’s Regionals by the numbers:
1 – Ranking of USC in both computer polls – Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and Golfstat.
2 – Number of times each of the top eight seeds at a single site have advanced out of regional play to the NCAA Championship since the NCAA went to a three-region format. It happened in 2002 at the Central Regional, hosted by Michigan State at Forest Akers in East Lansing, Mich., and again in 2005 at the Florida-hosted East Regional at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.
3 – Number of regionals. This year marks the 10th season the NCAA has used the three-region format.
4 – Number of teams to make it through regionals each of the past four years: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU, UCLA and USC. How many of these teams will keep that streak alive this year?
5 – Number of teams making an appearance in NCAA Regional play for the first time in program history: Alabama State, Butler, Morehead State, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio. All five earned an automatic qualifying bid by winning their league championship. North Texas also is playing in the postseason for the first time. The Mean Green were selected as an at-large bid to make it six schools this year.
6 – Number of NCAA regional titles won by USC, second all time behind …
7 – Number of NCAA regional titles the Duke Blue Devils have won. The best of any women’s program.
8 – The No. 8 seed is a tough place to be. Since going to a three-regional format, the No. 8 seed has advanced to the national championship only 43.3 percent (13/30) of the time. Only once (2002) did all three No. 8 seeds advance, however all three No. 8 seeds failed to advance out of regionals three times (2003, 2004, 2006). The No. 8 seeds this year: UC Davis (West), Stanford (Central) and Vanderbilt (East).
9 – Seed given to Texas A&M in the West Regional. The Aggies were also a No. 9 seed last year in the West Regional and advanced. This year the Aggies are hoping for the same result as they host the national championship at Traditions Club in College Station, Texas. What are their chances? In the last 10 years, the No. 9 seed has advanced out of regional play 13 times (43.3 percent).
10 – Seed given to South Carolina last year. The Gamecocks went on to become the worst seed to win a regional title, finishing two shots ahead of Tennessee at the East Regional. No team seeded worse than No. 7 had ever won a regional title.
15 – Only once has a No. 15 seed advanced out of regional play. That was in 2006 when Nebraska placed eighth to qualify out of the Central Regional.
17 – Lucky No. 17 seed. A No. 17 seed has advanced to the national championship six times in the past 10 years (20 percent of the time). This year the No. 17 seeds are BYU (West), North Texas (Central) and Coastal Carolina (East).
19 – Seed given to Nebraska in 2003. The Cornhuskers advanced to the NCAA Championship that year, becoming the lowest-seeded team to qualify for the national championship. Nebraska placed fifth in regional competiton and went on to finish 22nd at the national championship.
23 – The ranking of Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro. The junior from Phoenix, Ariz., was the top individual in the rankings to get an individual invite this year.
24 – Number of teams in each regional – East, Central and West. This year marks the second year of 24-team regionals. Before last year, regional fields consisted of 21 teams.
58 – The Golfweek/Sagarin ranking of North Carolina State – the best-ranked team by Golfweek to be left out of regional play.
61 – The Golfstat ranking of Furman – the best-ranked team by Golfstat to be left out of regional play.
72 – Total number of teams in the postseason.
104 – Number of overall head-to-head losses for Kentucky, the most by any team in the postseason. The Wildcats finished the season with a won-loss-tie record of 47-104-0 (.311). In nine starts, Kentucky finished 10th or lower seven times.
143 – Number of overall head-to-head wins Alabama has recorded this season. Mic Potter’s squad has an overall won-loss-tie record of 143-11-2.
151 – Ranking of Memphis junior Marissa Steen, the best-ranked player to be left out of postseason.
194 – Ranking of Auburn senior Karlin Beck – often the No. 5 player in the Tigers’ lineup. Auburn has played the nation’s toughest schedule.
214 – Ranking of Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Alabama State – the worst-ranked team to qualify for a regional.
2,866 – Number of miles South Carolina will travel to get to Auburn, Wash, site of the West Regional.
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Five questions with Butler junior Michele Nash, who won the individual title at the Horizon League Championship to lead Butler to its first NCAA postseason appearance in school history.
1.) You are headed to NCAA postseason for the first time in school history. What was the team reaction after the conference championship?
We were really excited. Before us there was a really great Butler women’s golf team. They had won conference I think about four years in a row. The last couple years we were close to winning but this year after we won we were just really excited that we accomplished the goal we set for ourselves, which was to win conference and then to be the first women’s golf team from Butler to make it to the regionals was just really exciting and it’s really an honor to be able to jump-start that and to be the team that helps lead Butler going to that next level.
2.) What led you to Butler three years ago?
I was really fortunate, the golf coach here at Butler was my high school coach my freshman through junior year so when I was looking at schools I wanted to find a place where I was really comfortable with the coach and I knew his coaching style. Then I came and I visited the school and it was a smaller school that was close to where I lived and I just knew that the athletic program would provide me with everything that I needed to improve and to reach that next level in golf. I knew that by coming here I would have more opportunities to play and compete and the team was great and the coach was wonderful and just the whole dynamic and atmosphere was really comfortable for me.
3.) Butler is a strong academic school. How hard is it to be a student athlete there?
It’s difficult sometimes, overwhelming. Regionals, for example, are right during finals week but the professors here are wonderful. They’re really accepting of the fact that our schedules are really busy and they’re willing to work with us to make sure that we can succeed both in the classroom and out on the golf course.
4.) How exciting was March Madness as a Butler student athlete?
So exciting. Butler is a small campus and we see the basketball players all the time, they’re just walking around campus. They’re students just like us. It was really exciting to be part of that, and as a student athlete you see your peers be so successful in their sport and so it just kind encourages you and inspire you to do the same, to succeed in your own sport and to do well in the classroom as well.
5.) After postseason, what summer amateur tournaments do you have planned?
Right now I’ve kind of just started looking into it. I’m going to try to play in some of the bigger tournaments. I know in May I’m going to do the U.S. Open qualifier and I’m going to do eventually the U.S. Am qualifier and then I’m just going to try to find different state open tournaments to compete in and just try to get myself to that next level, competing with high-level players and just try to figure out what I need to do to get my game to that next level to help out my team again next year.