A year ago, the NCAA tournament selection committee left the North Carolina women's basketball team sitting home in March.
The Tar Heels were determined not to let that happen again.
Motivated by last year, North Carolina (28-6) bounced back with a solid regular season that earned it the No. 3 seed in the Bridgeport Regional. The Heels will open against No. 14 seed Albany (27-3) on Sunday.
That game will follow Delaware, the No. 6 seed, taking on No. 11 seed West Virginia in the first NCAA basketball tournament contest played in the state of Delaware.
North Carolina earned its invitation by increasing its victory total by eight over last season while climbing 75 places to No. 15 in the NCAA RPI rankings this year.
"I think we were motivated throughout the whole season because we didn't make the tournament" last year, senior guard and leading scorer Tierra Ruffin-Pratt said. "We played hard from the first game of the season until the last game of the seaso...