One look at the 63 NCAA women’s tourney games
FLORIDA STATE (3) vs. Middle Tennessee State (11) _ The Seminoles will put an end to the Blue Raiders tournament as freshman Natasha Howard will prove to be a tough matchup.
TEXAS A&M (2) vs. Rutgers (7) _ These two teams met on Dec. 19 in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden and the Aggies won by 29 points. The Scarlet Knights have improved over the past three months. So have the Aggies.
BAYLOR (1) vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay (5) _ The Phoenix will give the Lady Bears their first challenge of the NCAAs, but they have no answer for Brittney Griner in the middle.
TEXAS A&M (2) vs. Florida State (3) _ Danielle Adams will cause problems for the Seminoles on the offensive end and the Aggies will shut down Florida State’s offense.
BAYLOR (1) vs. Texas A&M (2) _ It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season and Baylor’s already done that to Texas A&M. The fourth time will be another battle. Gary Blair’s team will just fall short again as Lady Bears freshman Odyssey Sims will be the difference.
CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Tennessee (1)_ Surely there won’t be any hype on this game _ the first between the perennial women’s basketball powerhouses since 2007. Both Hall of Fame coaches will try and put the focus on the game and not why the rivalry ended. Just as she did when she chose UConn over Tennessee, Maya Moore will break the hearts of Lady Vols fans again by ending their season.
STANFORD (1) vs. Baylor (1) _ Sadly all the focus will be on the other semifinal matchup and this will be one great game. Just like last season, the Lady Bears’ run will end in the Final Four as the Cardinal have just enough outside shooting from Jeanette Pohlen for the victory.
CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Stanford (1) _ The rematch of last season’s title game that had one of the worst offensive showings ever by both teams in the first half. The Cardinal ended the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak in December. UConn will get payback with its third straight national championship.