After missing the NCAA Tournament in 2012, the North Carolina women’s basketball team was awarded a No. 3 seed in the Bridgeport, Conn., regional Monday.
UNC’s first test is Sunday against the Albany Great Danes (27-3), champions of the America East Conference.
Albany’s three losses came against Fordham, Michigan State and Sam Houston State.
After that loss to Sam Houston State on Dec. 20, the Great Danes won all 19 of their remaining games, going undefeated in America East play.
North Carolina’s competitors in the region include No. 1 seed Connecticut, No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 4 seed Maryland, who blew a 14-point halftime lead against UNC in the ACC semifinals.