Dancing in SLC: Utah women host Gardner-Webb in 1st round of NCAA Tournament



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SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been almost two weeks since Lynne Roberts’ team last played a basketball game.

Her team was surprisingly bounced early from the Pac-12 Tournament to eventual conference champion Washington State after a season where Utah (25-4) had lost only three games during the regular season. It served as a bit of a wake-up call that Utah could be beaten and nothing was guaranteed in the postseason.

Survive and advance.

But on Sunday, there was one guarantee officially handed out: Utah will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Huntsman Center for its region as a No. 2 seed. The Utes will open up the Big Dance on Friday against No. 15 seeded Gardner-Webb (29-4), who won the Big South Conference.

“I’m pleased that we got a 2 seed; I think we earned that with the course of the whole season,” Roberts…

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