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DEPAUL (10) vs. Oklahoma State (7) _ The Blue Demons are a very different team when Anna Martin plays. The senior guard will get them out of the first round against the Cowgirls.

DUKE (2) vs. Hampton (15) _ The Lady Pirates have won 19 straight games and lead the nation in scoring defense (47.2 ppg). They definitely could make noise in the tournament if they didn’t have to travel to Durham for the first round. The Blue Devils will pull out a close victory at home.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. Iowa (9) _ The Irish have beaten UConn twice in Connecticut. Really, how much more hostile could the Hawkeyes fans be? Notre Dame rolls to regional semifinals.

SOUTH CAROLINA (4) vs. Colorado (5) _ Aleighsa Welch will get the Gamecocks back to the regional semifinals for the second straight season.

TEXAS A&M (3) vs. Nebraska (6) _ Kelsey Bone is going to be too much for the Cornhuskers’ front line as the Aggies move on.

DUKE (2) vs. DePaul (10) _ After a defensive struggle in the first game, the Blue Devils will be happy to open it up against the Blue Demons. Duke has just too much offense for DePaul to keep up with.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. South Carolina (4) _ Natalie Achonwa has stepped up her game this season after playing for Canada in the Olympics this past summer. She’ll be the difference against the Gamecocks.

DUKE (2) vs. Texas A&M (3) _ It’s going to be a great battle inside between Elizabeth Williams and Kelsey Bone. Duke’s got too much of a supporting cast including freshman Alexis Jones who has helped the Blue Devils survive the season-ending injury to Chelsea Grey.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. Duke (2) _ The Irish haven’t needed much out of stellar guard Skylar Diggins until now. She’ll carry Notre Dame back to the Final Four in one of the best games of the tournament. It’s just too bad that Duke isn’t at 100 percent or else this would have been a great day to be a Blue Devil.



STANFORD (1) vs. Tulsa (16) _ Tulsa is 10-3 in its last 13 games. The Golden Hurricanes didn’t play anyone the caliber of the Cardinal. Tulsa’s first NCAA trip in seven years will be done in one game.

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