The WNIT quarterfinals cut in four very different directions on Sunday. Two former Big East rivals played a game that was as contentious as everyone expected it to be, but just when you thought that game would point the way to more nail-biters, the other games on the docket did not offer the same levels of drama. Two road teams won by comfortable margins, while UCLA became the one home team to take care of business in a clean and efficient fashion.
The semifinals are set. Let’s see how Sunday’s four winners won the right to play a game in the month of April.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Dawn Staley reached the top of the ladder and went about the business of cutting down the most important basketball net in South Carolina women’s basketball history. She lingered for a moment, raising her arms in triumph. “Unbelievable!” she exclaimed.
Indeed, "unbelievable" was the most appropriate word to describe the South Carolina's 80-74 Elite Eight victory over Florida State in the Greensboro Regional of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, especially after the Gamecocks trailed for 28 minutes and led for only three.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will surely never forget what happened to them on Saturday evening in their home city.
The Tennessee Lady Vols don’t yet know how long they’ll remember what they accomplished in Spokane Arena, or how they managed to accomplish it. They will know the answer late Monday night, when the Spokane Regional final ends. Tennessee was ousted by Maryland in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Sweet 16 of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was none too sweet for Texas on Saturday, as top-seeded Connecticut humiliated the fifth-seeded Longhorns in a crushing 105-54 rout at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. In the second game on the day's card, seventh-seeded Dayton, who got to Albany by toppling second-seeded Kentucky last week in the second round of the tournament, pulled off yet another upset, knocking off the third-seeded Louisville Cardinals, 82-66, despite a tough day at the office for the Fliers' leading scorer Ally Malott.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Friday night’s NCAA Greensboro Regional semifinals were a college basketball junkie’s sweetest dream, as neither game was decided until the final seconds. After South Carolina vanquished North Carolina, 67-65, to begin the evening, Florida State and Arizona State battled one another for 40 minutes, each teasing/infuriating/exasperating their fans at different points before the No. 2 seed Seminoles finally dispatched the No. 3 Sun Devils, 66-65.
OKLAHOMA CITY --For the second time in the past three years, Stanford, once a perennial fixture, will be missing from the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament's Final Four after falling to Notre Dame, 81-60, on Friday night in the Sweet Sixteen of the Oklahoma City Regional.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- In the first-ever meeting between women's basketball programs of Baylor University and the University of Iowa, it was the inside play of a relative unknown, Sune Agbuke, that helped the second-seeded Bears to an 81-66 rout of the Hawkeyes Friday night in Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, earning a trip to Sunday's Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Women Basketball Tournament where they will take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the region's top seed.
GREENSBORO, NC—The University of North Carolina and the city of Greensboro have been synonymous throughout the rich history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, and the two joined hands once again for Friday’s NCAA regional semifinal game against top-seeded South Carolina. For years, Tar Heels have played for championships in front of hordes of blue-clad fans inside venerable Greensboro Coliseum in ACC and NCAA Tournaments alike.
That’s why it was confusing to see the coliseum awash in garnet Friday night.
If you wanted to be precise about the matter, three of the four programs coming to the Pacific Northwest for the Spokane Regional in the 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament are looking for an elusive moment of supreme fulfillment. There’s a somewhat empty space in the worlds of three of these four schools in contexts of varying shapes and sizes.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Connecticut travels 130 miles from campus to Albany for the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and the Huskies’ presence removes any mystery about who will advance to Tampa Bay from this region. The height of Texas presents a challenge for UConn, and upstart seventh seed Dayton could provide another upset after their dynamic victory over No. 2 Kentucky last Monday.