One look at the 63 NCAA women’s tourney games
ST. JOHN’S (9) vs. Texas Tech (8) _ The Red Storm made it to the NCAAs for consecutive seasons for the first time in 28 years. They will win their first-round game for the second straight season too.
NORTH CAROLINA (5) vs. Fresno State (12) _ The Bulldogs finally found a way to beat Louisiana Tech in the WAC title game. Topping the athletic Tar Heels will be a tougher test.
KENTUCKY (4) vs. Hampton (13) _ The Wildcats’ pressure defense will be too much for the Lady Pirates, who will see their 13-game winning streak come to an end. At least they will put forth a better showing than last season’s 72-37 loss to Duke in the first round.
GONZAGA (11) vs. Iowa (6) _ Playing at home for the first two rounds will buoy the Zags to a first-round upset of the Hawkeyes.
UCLA (3) vs. Montana (14) _ The Bruins have played really well all season except when the Cardinal were the opponent. Nikki Caldwell will have her team ready for the Grizzlies.
LOUISVILLE (7) vs. Vanderbilt (10) _ Shoni Schimmel is one of the top freshmen in the country and her NCAA debut will be a memorable one for Jeff Walz.
XAVIER (2) vs. South Dakota State (15) _ Two seasons ago, the Jackrabbits would have had enough to pull off the upset. Not this year against a Musketeers team that’s on a mission.
STANFORD (1) vs. St. John’s (9) _ The inside play of the Cardinal will be way too much for the Red Storm to handle. Not to mention the homecourt advantage that Stanford has.
NORTH CAROLINA (5) vs. Kentucky (4) _ Jessica Breland has been one of the nation’s most inspiring stories this season with her return from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She won’t let her senior season end in the second round.
GONZAGA (11) vs. UCLA (3) _ Courtney Vandersloot will show why she’s the best point guard in the country, shredding the Bruins’ pressure defense and giving the Zags a second straight upset.
XAVIER (2) vs. Louisville (7) _ The inside tandem of Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips will be way too much for the Cardinals.
STANFORD (1) vs. North Carolina (5) _ The Tar Heels are one of the only teams in the country with the size to matchup well with the Cardinal. Unfortunately for Sylvia Hatchell they don’t have enough defense to slow down the talented guards on Stanford.
XAVIER (2) vs. Gonzaga (11) _ Amber Harris will raise her game in a battle of size vs. speed. The Zags’ amazing run will come to an end.