SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Both sides will have their work cut out for them as two programs that are very familiar with one another meet again, this time with a trip to the Final Four in Nashville on the line. Top-seeded Notre Dame (35-0) will face second-seeded Baylor (32-4) on Mon., March 31, in Purcell Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Tennessee Lady Vols may have owned the No. 1-seed coming into the Sweet 16 of the Louisville Regional of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
But on Sunday afternoon in Louisville, it was the fourth-seeded University of Maryland Terrapins who owned the court, dumping the one-seed, 73-62, to move on to Tuesday night’s Elite Eight match-up with the hosting Louisville Cardinals.
The Stanford Regional may not be anyone’s pick to produce this year's national champion, but it maintains intrigue because all four teams are fully capable of winning twice and advancing to the next week’s Final Four in Nashville.
The hottest player? Probably North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, who showed Michigan State her well-rounded game in the Tar Heels' 62-53 victory in the Round of 32. DeShields had 24 points and 12 rebounds as UNC built a 26-point lead early in the second half before cruising the rest of the way.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hosting Nebraska wouldn't be playing this weekend, having fallen victim to a second-round upset at the hands of twelfth-seeded BYU. But Nebraska fans nevertheless heeded Connie Yori's message, packing Pinnacle Bank Arena, even if their home team could participate only as spectators. Over 9,600 fans witnessed the regional semifinal games, where two Cinderella teams saw their proverbial clocks strike midnight.
Sweet 16: Saturday, March 29, 2014(Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said at her pre-game conference that she hoped her team would play better defense against Kentucky than they had during their wild and whacky quadruple-overtime 133-130 loss on December 6.
In Saturday afternoon's rematch, it looked more like “defense when it mattered most” that won the day. Still, despite the inconsistent defensive effort and having had only one starter return from last season, Baylor (32-4) is headed to Monday night's Elite Eight match-up against undefeated No. 1-seed Notre Dame. Kentucky is finished at 26-9.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Returning home to host the Sweet 16 after picking up two opening round wins in Toledo, the top-seeded Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team fed off a partisan crowd, starting strong in its regional semifinal game with Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.
Natalie Achonwa registered 23 points, Jewell Loyd 20 and Kayla McBride 18 as the Fighting Irish (35-0) rolled to an 89-72 victory over fifth-seeded Oklahoma State.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Until this season, participating teams were not supposed to be hosting regionals, and the NCAA has already said it intends to return to neutral courts for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight next year. This year's Louisville Regional could demonstrate why.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse sophomore All-ACC guard Brittney Sykes will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in her right knee. The diagnosis came after an MRI was performed this week.
Syracuse's leading scorer was injured on a drive to the basket with 12:46 remaining in the Orange's 59-53 NCAA Tournament first round win vs. Chattanooga on March 22 in Lexington, Ky. She left the game with a team-high 13 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and third of her career.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The excitment is in the air at Purcell Pavillion as Baylor, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are going through the final stages this morning in preparation for Saturday's regional semifinal games. With undefeated top-seed Notre Dame as the favorite to advance to next week's Final Four in Nashville, the Bears, Wildcats and Cowgirls come to South Bend to play the spoiler's role.
The contracts of USC assistant coaches Evan Unrau and Brandy Manning have not been renewed, a spokesperson for the school’s Athletic Department confirmed.
Unrau has been with the Trojan women’s basketball team for two seasons – the first under former coach Michael Cooper. Manning came aboard last year after Cynthia Cooper was hired as head coach. The University declined further comment on the matter except to say that a search was under way for their replacements.
A third assistant coach, Jualeah Woods, remains with the team. She came at the same time as Manning.