Saturday night Cal punched a ticket to their first Elite Eight in school history. Star senior guard Layshia Clarendon talks about their win over LSU, team dynamics and facing Georgia in the quarterfinals.
We had a rough first half against LSU because we weren't getting a lot of stops defensively. We went out there sluggish on defense - not our usual Cal grittiness. For us, our system starts with our defense; it ignites us. In the second half we locked down on defense, and the show was on.
Saturday in the Sweet Sixteen round, Kentucky held off a determined Delaware team to advance to the Elite Eight where they will face UConn. Senior guard A'Dia Mathies discusses her team's approach, and reflects on the past week.
The win against Delaware was a good one. We focused on defense and tried to pressure Elena Delle Donne as much as we could. We tried to keep her from getting into a flow, and we were glad to get the win.
After beating Tennessee-Martin and Iowa in the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds, Notre Dame will face Kansas Sunday. Kayla McBride checks in and talks about her career-high 28 points last night, being a student athlete during the Tournament, and what it's like to be on the floor with the Irish.
I'm the kind of person who gets nervous beforehand and has to do things to get my mind off the game, because I care so much. But as soon as I step on the court, it settles me down, and that was the case last night.
Senior Layshia Clarendon has been the leading scorer for Cal this season, and for the second consecutive year, the dynamic guard has lead the Bears into the NCAA Tournament. She talks about the fun she and her teammates had on Selection Monday this week.
Maryland senior Tianna Hawkins reflects on the Terps disappointing run in the ACC Tournament, and the readiness of the entire team for NCAA action, which begins for them Saturday.
Two weeks without a game is LONG TIME! It was nice to give our bodies a rest and to take time to see friends and family away from basketball, but I am sure I speak for almost every player in the country when I tell you we are ready to play!
Notre Dame junior guard Kayla McBride has stepped up for the Irish this year, becoming their second-leading scorer and helping lead the team to an unprecedented Big East Championship. McBride was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. "K-Mac", as her teammates call her, will be blogging for us throughout the NCAA tournament. She talks about the regular season, Notre Dame's upcoming first-round match up against Tennessee-Martin, and how she prepares for games.
Kentucky, one of the top ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference all season, lost to Texas A&M in the Tournament Championship Sunday. Wildcat senior guard A'Dia Mathies talks about getting ready for the NCAA Tournament, and the growth of Kentucky's basketball program since she arrived.
Hey Fullcourt.com fans! I’m excited to write my first blog for all the fans to read about the UK Hoops season. Well, if you haven’t been able to follow us we finished the regular season second in the SEC standings behind Tennessee. However, we got to play the Lady Vols in the last regular season game at our home gym in Memorial Coliseum. It was a great game for us and the fans didn’t disappoint as the game was sold out with nearly 8,000 in attendance.
Editor Note: Maryland senior Tianna Hawkins has helped guide the Terps to a second place finish in the ACC and a lock in the NCAA tournament. The 6-3 post will be sharing her journey through the ACC tournament and March Madness right here on the Full Court Big Shots player blog.