Top teams and players remain in women’s bracket
“I wouldn’t say (they’re) vulnerable, but every team has their weakness,” said Duke forward Karima Christmas after her team beat DePaul 70-63. “If we try to exploit some things that we’ve seen that, had they gone wrong last game, we would have been in better shape.”
Not much went right for UConn in the first 30 minutes of their semifinal game against Georgetown. With shots not falling and the Hoyas playing a relentless defense, UConn found itself down by seven with just over 8 minutes left in the game.
Senior Maya Moore wouldn’t let her stellar career end this soon as she took over the game and helped the Huskies rally for the victory.
Brittney Griner and her Baylor Lady Bears got everything they could handle from Wisconsin-Green Bay. The 6-foot-8 sensational sophomore scored a career-high 40 points against the Phoenix, who had won 25 straight games.
Next up for the Lady Bears is a familiar foe in Texas A&M. The two teams have already played three times this season with Baylor winning all three by a combined 15 points.
While the Aggies’ drought against Baylor only goes back a few seasons, Notre Dame’s struggles against Tennessee is historic.
The Irish are winless in 20 tries against the Lady Vols dating back to 1983, including an 0-3 mark in the NCAA tournament.
“Me, personally, I haven’t been a part of any of those 20 games. But we know the history between the two programs,” sophomore guard Skylar Diggins said. “Two Hall of Fame coaches, and it’s just going to be a great game. Teams that haven’t met up with each other. We’re obviously looking to break that (losing streak).”
If the four No. 1 seeds do win the regionals, it would mark only the second time since 1989 that the top teams all made the Final Four.
AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins in Dallas, Rusty Miller in Dayton, Ohio, and Tim Booth in Spokane, Wash., contributed to this report.