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One look at the 63 NCAA women’s tourney games
VILLANOVA (9) vs. Michigan (8) _ Kim Barnes Arico knows all about Harry Perretta’s system having spent years coaching at St. John’s. Her new team just doesn’t have enough offensive weapons to beat the Wildcats.
GONZAGA (12) vs. Iowa State (5) _ The Zags have made a living the last few years winning NCAA tournament games at home. The Cyclones will be the latest higher seed to fall to Kelly Graves’ team.
GEORGIA (4) vs. Montana (13) _ Andy Landers and Robin Selvig have combined for over 1,600 wins in their stellar careers, yet have only played once. That game was in the 2000 NCAA tournament played in Athens. Georgia won by 28. This meeting might not end much differently.
LSU (6) vs. Green Bay (11) _ Green Bay has won at least one game in the NCAAs in the past three years, including a trip to the regional semifinals in 2011. Kevin Borseth is back in charge after spending a few years at Michigan. The Phoenix just don’t have enough to knock off the Lady Tigers at home.
PENN STATE (3) vs. Cal Poly (14) _ The Mustangs earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament with all-around team contributions. They just don’t have nearly enough to hang with the talented Nittany Lions backcourt of Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley.
SOUTH FLORIDA (10) vs. Texas Tech (7) _ The Red Raiders are tough to beat at home going 14-3 this season, but the Bulls have the Smith sisters _ Andrea and Andrell _ who can put points on the board in a hurry. Throw in Inga Orekhova, who can get hot from the outside at anytime, and coach Jose Fernandez’s team will advance to the second round for the first time.
CALIFORNIA (2) vs. Fresno State (15) _ These two Northern California schools are traveling 1,400 miles to meet in the first round. The Bulldogs will have a long trip home as they have no one who can match with Layshia Clarendon.
STANFORD (1) vs. Villanova (9) _ There could be a lot of 3s taken in this game. Amber Orrange carried the Cardinal to the Pac-12 tournament title. She’ll be the difference against the Wildcats.
GONZAGA (12) vs. Georgia (4) _ The Zags are missing the star power they’ve had in the past, but they still have the home-court advantage and send the Lady Bulldogs home early again. Georgia hasn’t made it past the regional semifinals since 2004.
PENN STATE (3) vs. LSU (6) _ These teams will play for the second year in a row in Baton Rouge. Last season, the Nittany Lions won by 10. It will be another high-scoring matchup, but the Lady Tigers just don’t have enough to pull off the upset.
CALIFORNIA (2) vs. South Florida (10) _ This could be an entertaining matchup with lots of points put up if South Florida is hitting its shots. Unfortunately, the Bulls have also struggled at times on offense _ see a 42-39 win over Rutgers in Big East tournament second round. The Golden Bears will advance.
STANFORD (1) vs. Gonzaga (4) _ A rematch of the 2011 regional final played in the same arena. A much better Gonzaga team lost by 23 to the Cardinal. This Stanford team isn’t as good, either, but still has enough to end another Bulldogs season.
PENN STATE (3) vs. California (2) _ President Barack Obama has California advancing to the Final Four. The Golden Bears just don’t have a way to stop the Nittany Lions’ backcourt of Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley. Brittany Boyd will do the best she can, but it won’t be enough.
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