The Latest: Carolina has shooting contest before selections

Central Arkansas players hold up the winner's trophy after defeating Sam Houston State in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Southland Conference tournament, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Katy, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on Monday's women's NCAA Tournament selections (all times Eastern):

6:30 p.m.

No. 3 South Carolina began its NCAA Tournament watch party with a shooting contest – won by coach Dawn Staley.

Staley swished through a one-handed half-court shot, then broke off into a championship run around the court at Colonial Life Arena to cheers of several hundred fans awaiting the Gamecocks' seeding and regional location.

''Look at that,'' Staley said, smiling as she was congratulated by the rest of team and coaches.

Staley competed with seniors Tiffany Mitchell and Tina Roy. Mitchell was the Southeastern Conference player of the year the previous two seasons and an all-SEC first-team selection this year.

– Peter Iacobelli

6:27 p.m.

UConn isn't waiting to win its fourth straight national celebration to plan a victory party. The school announced Monday before the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced that it would hold a ''Celebrate the Season Event'' on April 11 at the team's practice facility.

Tickets to the event, which will be held regardless of where the Huskies finish in the tournament, are $75. The reception will include a meet-and-greet with coach Geno Auriemma and members of the team and a video highlight reel.

6:12 p.m.

UConn is expected to be the top overall seed in the women's NCAA Tournament.

UConn (32-0) potentially won't have to leave the state until the Final Four which is in Indianapolis this year on April 3 and 5.

If UConn can win six more games, coach Geno Auriemma would pass vaunted UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden for the most all-time with 11 championships.

Expected to join the Huskies as the other No. 1 seeds are South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor. The Huskies have already beaten the Gamecocks and Irish this season.

The top four seeds in each region will host the opening two rounds.