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One look at the 63 NCAA women’s tourney games
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (11) vs. UCLA (6) _ The Bruins have made great strides this year under Close. Unfortunately, they are running into a surging Central Michigan team. The Chippewas in a squeaker.
TENNESSEE (2) vs. Syracuse (7) _ The Lady Vols never lose at home in the NCAA tournament. Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas give the Orange a talented inside-outside duo, but just don’t have enough to beat Meighan Simmons and Tennessee.
BAYLOR (1) vs. Louisville (4) _ Jeff Walz’s team has no real answer for Brittney Griner _ then again no one really in the country does. Griner will find open teammates with her stellar passing and the Lady Bears will continue their quest for a second straight title.
TENNESSEE (2) vs. Central Michigan (11) _ Only one No. 11 seed has made it to the regional final and that was Gonzaga in 2011. That streak will continue as the Chippewas’ season will end against the Lady Vols.
BAYLOR (1) vs. Tennessee (2) _ A rematch of last season’s regional final game will end the same way with Baylor moving on and Tennessee failing to make the Final Four for a fifth straight season. There’s no way that the Lady Bears wouldn’t send coach Kim Mulkey back home to Louisiana for the Final Four.
CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Notre Dame (1) _ The Irish have found a way to win the three meetings this season and have dominated the Huskies over the last few years like no other team ever has. The two Big East powers will have one final clash this season and UConn will find a way to finally pull one out ending the brilliant college career of Diggins.
BAYLOR (1) vs. Stanford (1) _ The Cardinal handed Baylor its only loss of the past two seasons in Hawaii on Nov. 16. Odyssey Sims pulled her hamstring early in the first half and the Lady Bears weren’t the same. Sims is healthy and help the Lady Bears avenge the only blemish on their season.
CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Baylor (1) _ The teams met in February and UConn couldn’t hold onto a halftime lead as Griner took over in the second half, including scoring her 3,000th career point. This will be one of the all-time great championship games, but Griner’s career will end just short of a second straight national championship and the Huskies will win their eighth.
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