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Gamecocks women's basketball team holding NCAA bid watch party

The No. 8 Gamecocks women's basketball team will find out Monday night where they're headed to play in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

The athletics department is holding a NCAA selection party for fans and the team inside Colonial Life Arena beginning at 5:45 p.m. on March 17.

"We're excited to throw this year's party inside thearena, watching on the big screen," South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said."Our fans have been so supportive all season that we wanted to make sure wecould share this celebration with as many of them as possible. They have had ahuge part in what we've done this year and in what we look forward to in theNCAA Tournament."

For the first hour before the 7 p.m. selection show on ESPN, players will be on hand to sign autographs and meet with the fans.

The first 1,500 fans who show up to the event will also receive free t-shirts.

ESPN NCAA bracket analysts are currently projecting the Gamecocks to head to Toledo, Ohio as the No. 2 seed.

NCAA Tournament games begin Sat., Mar. 22, or Sun., Mar.23, depending on the site. The pre-determined first/second-round sites are:Ames, Iowa; Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; CollegeStation, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington,Ky.; Los Angeles; Seattle; Storrs, Conn.; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Pa.;Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind.

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