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Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

There are no open practices this year at the Women's Final Four the day before the semifinals. NCAA spokesperson said that decision was a combination of factors: teams wanting more time at the WFF venue for "real" practices before semis, the NCAA's thought that not as many fans would attend open practices on a weekday as they would on Saturday, and having less time between the end of regionals and WFF's media day (today.) The WFF moved this year back to a Friday-Sunday format, which it last used in 2002. It had been Sunday-Tuesday since then. Also, last several years, WBCA All-American team was announced at arena between Saturday's open-practice sessions so fans could see that. This year, WBCA team will be announced Saturday afternoon at Tourney Town.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

When asked about how the competitiveness of the Pac-12 helped Stanford this year, VanDerveer was quick, very quick to say that it was "alternative facts" to say that Stanford ever had an easy time in the Pac-12 or Pac-10. It was never "Stanford and the 10 dwarfs" as she candidly pointed out. The league has always been tough, but now with the Pac-12 Network in place, people are finally taking notice, she feels.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Addressing the issue of fewer women coaches in the game, VanDerveer's assessment is a little different than Geno Auriemma's. She feels women aren't recycled the way men coaches are in the men's game and she wishes second chances were more common. She also feels women coaches are out there, but, maybe, need to be "recruited" more by administrations like the way she was recruited to Stanford from Ohio State.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who has coached her share of dependable stars, is coaching a team without this year, but says that has been a big part of the fun with this team. She and her staff make more adjustments during the game and tend to play the hot hand. She joked that this team has forced her to use more antacid though.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Stanford players hit the podium.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Stanford's Briana Roberson is a rare player that played in her youth with the Samuelson sisters - her teammate Karlie and UConn's Katie Lou - and said she knew they would be good down the line because of their work ethic.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

The Final Four in Dallas is sold out and Schaefer feels like his fans have a lot to with that and will be "loud and proud" Friday night. His players have had much to do with bringing in the enthusiasm from Mississippi State fan base. They go into the stands after every game to "hug babies and kiss mommas" and that has made a huge impact, according to Schaefer.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer assume of Connecticut is that each player can do so many things at each position and they are so multi-dimensional. But he feels if his team just goes out and plays like it did against Baylor, takes care of itself, things could go well.