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press release Feb. 26

PHILADELPHIA - With a 7-7 Atlantic 10 record, the La Salle women's basketball squad garnered the No. 8 seed in this week's 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Championship. The Explorers will face No. 9 Xavier on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, the first of four first round games.

The Explorers finished in a seventh place tie with Duquesne in the league standings, with the Dukes owning the tiebreaker for the No. 7 seed. They completed their best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 squad also went 7-7.

St. Bonaventure, which finished 14-0 in league play, grabbed the No. 1 seed. Temple is seeded second, followed by Dayton and Richmond. The top four seeds earn byes in the 12-team tournament. Rounding out the field are St. Joe's, Charlotte, Duquesne, La Salle, Xavier, George Washington, Saint Louis and Fordham.

The Explorers earned a 63-51 win over the Musketeers earlier this season behind 28 points from Brittany Wilson. The win was part of La Salle's six-game win streak, the program's best streak since 2006. That win was also the third straight Atlantic 10 win of the season for the Explorers, who started the conference season 3-0 for the first time since 1996-97.

Xavier, the defending Atlantic 10 champions, rounded out the regular season with a 70-61 win over Massachusetts to snap a two-game skid, which came at the hands of St. Bonaventure and Dayton.

With a win on Friday, the Explorers would advance to the quarterfinal round to face the top-seeded Bonnies at noon on Saturday. The winner of that advances to the semifinal on Sunday at noon. The title game is slated for 5 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

First round and quarterfinal matchups can be viewed live on, free of charge. Sunday's semifinal contests will begin at Noon on March 4, and televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, while the title game of the 2012 A-10 Championship on Monday, March 5, will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 5:00 pm.

2012 A-10 Women's Basketball Championship Seeds
1. St. Bonaventure (27-2/14-0)
2. Temple (20-8/13-1)
3. Dayton (20-6/12-2)
4. Richmond (22-7/9-5)
5. Saint Joseph's (19-9/9-5)
6. Charlotte (16-12/8-6)
7. Duquesne (19-10/7-7)
8. La Salle (13-16/7-7)
9. Xavier (8-19/5-9)
10. George Washington (11-17/4-10)
11. Saint Louis (10-19/4-10)
12. Fordham (12-17/3-11)
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