Baylor headlines familiar women's tourney

By The Sports Network
March 18, 2013 - 7:06pm

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Baylor, Stanford, Connecticut and Notre Dame earned No. 1 seeds for the women's NCAA basketball tournament for the second straight year.

All four programs reached the Final Four a year ago, with Baylor defeating Notre Dame in the title game for its second national championship.

At least two No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Final Four the past eight years.

Baylor (32-1), led by the dominant Brittney Griner, lost only one game this season and once again ran the table in the Big 12. The Lady Bears are stationed in the Oklahoma City Region and will be looking to become the first program other than Connecticut or Tennessee to repeat as champions since USC did it in 1983-84.

The only team to knock off Baylor this season, Stanford, is in the Spokane Region. The Pac-12 champion Cardinal (31-2) have reached the Final Four the past five years, but has not worn the crown since 1992.

Skylar Diggins led Notre Dame (31-1) to its first-ever Big East Tournament title after an undefeated run in regular season conference play, but the Fighting Irish have lost in the title game each of the past two years. They were upended handily by Baylor in last year's finale and their only blemish this year also came against the Lady Bears back in December.

Notre Dame will play in the Norfolk Region, while its rival, Connecticut, looms in the Bridgeport Region. The Huskies (29-4) have also reached five straight Final Fours, but dropped all three games to Notre Dame this season and another to Baylor.

The No. 2 seeds in the field are California, Kentucky, Duke and Tennessee. Penn State, North Carolina, Texas A&M, and UCLA comprise the No. 3 seeds, while Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina and Purdue round out the top four seeds in each region.

The women's Final Four will be played at New Orleans Arena on April 7 with the national championship game two days later.