IOWA CITY, Ia. – The NCAA Tournament brackets brought Markisha Wright closer to home.
Wright, a former Des Moines East star, is a reserve forward for top-seeded Notre Dame, which learned Monday that it would play first- and second-round games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“I was the most excited person in the room,” Wright said of watching the selection show with her teammates. “I think I was the only excited person in the room.”
Wright expects several friends and family to be in attendance for today’s 4 p.m. contest against No. 16 seed Tennessee-Martin.
“I know the ticket requests are going to be unbelievable for her,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “She’s had a great year for us. She played a big role recently in the Big East Tournament.”
The 6-foot-2 Wright is averaging 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in her sophomore season.<EL,3>
She played 27 minutes in the conference final against Connecticut, helping Notre Dame win its first Big East postseason title despite the limited availability of Natalie Achonwa because of foul trouble.
“She came off the bench and did a great job,” McGraw said. “She’s a physical post player. She’s a really smart player, picks things up really quickly.
“Really pleased with her progress this year.”
The Irish (31-1) will be a heavy favorite over the Skyhawks (19-14).
Notre Dame’s only loss occurred Dec. 5 against top-ranked Baylor.
“A lot of people want to play their best against us and beat us,” Wright said. “We just play our game, stay composed.”
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