Oklahoma State likes No. 3 seed, but not the regional site

Associated Press - March 17, 2008 11:55 PM ET

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Coach Kurt Budke admits to some disappointment with Oklahoma State's destination in the NCAA tournament, but they can't quibble with their seed.

OSU (25-7) will be the third seed in the New Orleans regional and will play 14th-seeded East Tennessee State (21-11) on Saturday in a first-round game in Des Moines, Iowa.

OSU wanted to be in the Oklahoma City regional and have a possible chance to play two games in front of a home-state crowd. Instead, if the Cowgirls win their first two games and the seedings hold, they'll play Louisiana State in New Orleans.

Sophomore point guard Andrea Riley says the team isn't looking forward to losing in the first game, but to being competitive through the entire tournament.

Two seasons ago, the Cowgirls went 0-16 in Big 12 Conference play and finished 6-22. Last season, they went 20-11 and squeezed into the tournament as a Number 10 seed.

The Cowgirls reached the round of 16 in the tournament in 1991, when a team led by Lisa McGill, Liz Brown and Althea Cox went 27-6 and beat DePaul and Michigan State before losing to Virginia.

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