USC women earn top seed in Stanford Regional

<font size="2">South Carolina reacts to being selected as a No. 1 seed in the Stanford regional.</font>

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) - South Carolina will have to travel west and potentially play Stanford on its home floor to earn a trip to the Final Four after earning a No. 1 seed in the women's NCAA Tournament Monday evening.

But, coach Dawn Staley's team has made history before they even get there. Their No. 1 seed is the first in school history and comes three weeks after the team won the program's first-ever SEC regular-season championship.

The Gamecocks will open up against Cal State Northridge in the first round in Seattle this weekend.

Stanford is the second seed and will head to Ames, Iowa to play the first two rounds. Penn State is the three seed and North Carolina the four. The Gamecocks and Tar Heels played in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 18 and North Carolina came away with a 74-66 victory.