Lady Vols check in as 5-seed, will play Dayton in first round of NCAA Tournament

The Lady Vols get the No.5 seed in the Oklahoma City region. Here's a look at the team's first round matchup vs Dayton, and what the rest of the region has in store.

KNOXVILLE - The Lady Vols will enter the NCAA tournament as a 5-seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, as announced on the NCAA Women's Selection Show on Monday.

The Lady Vols will take on 12-seed Dayton on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. If Tennessee beats Dayton, the team will play the winner of the 4-13 matchup of Louisville and Chattanooga.

Dayton finished the season with a 22-9 record, champions of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Related: 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket

If the Lady Vols can get past Dayton, they'll have a matchup with either Chattanooga or what would be essentially a home game for Louisville. 

The No.1 seed in the Oklahoma City region is Baylor, a team the Lady Vols played earlier this season. Tennessee lost in Knoxville with a final score of 88-66. If the Lady Vols advance to the Sweet Sixteen they would, barring major upset, play Baylor. 

Tennessee finished the season earlier than it would have liked, losing in its first game of the SEC tournament against Alabama. 

The Lady Vols finished the season with a 19-11 record, fifth in the SEC.

The Lady Vols have made the NCAA tournament in each of the five seasons under head coach Holly Warlick. The team has made it to the Elite Eight three of the past four seasons under Warlick, but has not reached a Final Four since it won a national championship in 2008 with Candace Parker and Pat Summitt. 

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