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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has earned one of 32 at-large bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will open play Thursday, May 15, against BYU at the Seattle Regional hosted by No. 12 overall seed Washington.

    Northwestern's opening round opponent BYU is champion of the West Coast Conference and rides a 15-game winning streak into NCAA play. Host and No. 12 overall seed Washington will face Iona in its opening game. This Regional will conclude on Saturday, May 17.

    The winner of the Seattle Regional will advance to play the winner of the Gainesville Regional hosted by No. 5 overall seed Florida.

    Northwestern is making its 14th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its ninth in the 13-year Drohan era. NU has won its Region four times and made two trips to the Women's College World Series under Drohan, compiling a 27-19 all-time record in NCAA play. In the Wildcats' last berth in the NCAA field, they defeated No. 6 overall seed Texas in the opening round before advancing to the Austin Regional final.

    Northwestern concluded the 2014 season with a 33-16 overall record which included a 4-2 victory over then-No. 3 Washington Feb. 21 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. NU and Washington last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 at the Women's College World Series, where the Huskies came out on top on Winner's Bracket Friday.

    NU last faced BYU at the 2013 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic where the Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Cougars, 4-1. Northwestern and Iona have never met.

    Northwestern's complete notes package and preview for the NCAA Tournament will be released Monday.


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