NCAA Capsules-Final Four
Louisville, Ky., 28-8.
Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Jeff Walz.
Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.
Region: Oklahoma City. Seed: No. 5.
Tournament Record: 18-15, 16 years. Last Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: (72.3); Shoni Schimmel 14.4; Sara Hammond 10.7; Antonita Slaughter 9.9; Bria Smith 9.4.
Rebounds: (37.9); Sara Hammond 6.5; Antonita Slaughter 5.0; Bria Smith 4.2.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/16.3) Shoni Schimmel 3.5/3.4; Jude Schimmel 2.9/2.1; Bria Smith 2.3/2.7.
3-pointers: Team (.324); Shoni Schimmel 94; Antonita Slaughter 57.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: The Cardinals made it to Final Four, knocking off Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor in a stunner and then eight-time national champion Tennessee. The Cardinals became only the second No. 5 seed to reach the national semifinals, joining Southwest Missouri State's 2001 team that featured guard Jackie Stiles, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Only seven teams outside of the top four seeds have ever made it to the Final Four since the NCAA tournament started in 1982. Louisville joins the school's men's team in the national semifinals, marking the 10th time that a program had both teams make it that far. Only Connecticut has won both titles in the same season, in 2004 -- the last time the women's champion was crowned in New Orleans.
Nickname: Golden Bears. Coach: Lindsay Gottlieb.
Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At-Large.
Region: Spokane. Seed: No. 2.
Tournament Record: 9-8, 9 years. Last Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: (72.3); Layshia Clarendon 16.4; Brittany Boyd 12.6; Gennifer Brandon 12.3; Talia Caldwell 9.1.
Rebounds: (44.8); Gennifer Brandon 11.2; Talia Caldwell 7.3; Brittany Boyd 5.5; Reshanda Gray 5.2.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.1/10.4) Brittany Boyd 3.5/2.9; Layshia Clarendon 3.1/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.303); Afure Jemerigbe 44; Layshia Clarendon 40.
Last Ten: 9-1.
The Skinny: California had to rally from 10 down to oust Georgia with a 65-62 overtime victory in the Spokane regional final. Latshia Clarendon led the comeback finishing with 25 points, her 11th game this season with more than 20 points. She made 9 of 18 shots while the rest of the Bears were a combined 15 of 52. She didn't commit a turnover, played sticky defense and was the only player who never left the floor. The Golden Bears became the first team from the western U.S. other than Stanford to reach the Final Four since Long Beach State in 1988. California was the selection of President Obama to win the Spokane Regional when he filled out his NCAA women's tournament bracket.
South Bend, 35-1.
Nickname: Fighting Irish. Coach: Muffet McGraw.
Conference: Big East. Bid: Automatic.
Region: Norfolk. Seed: No. 1.
Tournament Record: 41-18, 20 years. Last Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: (81.6); Skylar Diggins 17.3; Kayla McBride 15.9; Natalie Achonwa 13.9; Jewell Lloyd 12.5.
Rebounds: (43.8); Natalie Achonwa 9.6; Ariel Braker 5.3; Jewell Loyd 5.2; Kayla McBride 4.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (19.6/15.3) Skylar Diggins 6.0/3.6; Kayla McBride 2.4/1.9; Natalie Achonwa 2.3/2.2.
3-pointers: Team (.341); Skylar Diggins 46; Jewell Loyd 30.
Last Ten: 10-0.
The Skinny: The Fighting Irish extended their school-record winning streak to 30 games and are looking to advance to its third straight NCAA national championship game. Notre Dame has defeated UConn in each of the last two national semifinals and swept the Huskies in all three meetings this season in thrilling fashion, winning in overtime and by margins of one and two points in the other two games.
Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Geno Auriemma.
Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.
Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 1.
Tournament Record: 89-17, 25 years. Last Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: (82.2); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 17.7; Stefanie Dolson 13.8; Breanna Stewart 13.1; Kelly Faris 10.1.
Rebounds: (42.8); Stefanie Dolson 7.2; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6.3; Breanna Stewart 6.3; Kelly Faris 5.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (20.5/14.0); Kelly Faris 3.9/1.9; Bria Hartley 3.7/2.2; Stefanie Dolson 3.0/2.1.
3-pointers: Team (.374); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 112; Kelly Faris 45; Bria Hartley 42.
Last Ten: 8-2.
The Skinny: The Huskies have reached the national semifinals for a record sixth straight season. UConn broke the record of appearing in five straight Final Fours that it shared with Stanford (2008-12) and LSU (2004-08). UConn's four losses this season have come to Notre Dame (three times) and Baylor. This will be the third women's Final Four held in New Orleans, and all three have involved UConn teams coached by Geno Auriemma. Connecticut lost in the semifinals in 1991, but won it all in 2004.
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