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Women's NCAA Tournament Brackets: Gonzaga Joins Stanford, UCLA In Spokane Region

As should have been expected, Gonzaga landed in the Spokane region as an 11 seed to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m.

But joining them in the region is Stanford, who already beat the Bulldogs once this season in Spokane and just completed an undefeated Pac-10 season. And that's not the only set of familiar foes in the region.

The two-seed is Xavier, which was considered a strong pre-season favorite to reach the Final Four and then got pummeled by nearly 40 in Palo Alto against Stanford in December. There is little doubt that should Stanford and Xavier meet again the outcome could be different - 6-foot-5 forward Amber Harris was coming off a concussion in that game, didn't start, and threw off Xavier's rhythm considerably. Xavier will face South Dakota State in the first round, followed by a potential matchup with Louisville or Vanderbilt.

In what might be considered a let-down by some, UCLA adds another familiar foe for Stanford as a three-seed. As a top 10 team in the rankings for the majority of conference play the dominant assumption was that UCLA would get a two-seed - "dropping" a seed and landing in a bracket with a Cardinal team that beat them three times, including in the Pac-10 Tournament championship, is a tough fate for the Bruins who are enjoying a record-breaking season.

Perhaps the most entertaining game in this region could be the potential second round matchup between four and five seeds Kentucky and North Carolina - both can play uptempo basketball, with UNC led by a strong duo of quick guards while Kentucky relies heavily on their defense.

For more on the bracket, check out our Women's NCAA Tournament StoryStream. To break down the bracket with Gonzaga fans, be sure to stop by SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits.. For everything women's NCAA hoops, stop by Swish Appeal.