Full Court congratulates our 2014-2015 women’s college basketball season National Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart, and Freshman of the Year, Brianna Turner, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.
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.
Reigning national champion Connecticut may be the team to be in this year's edition of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, but there are plenty of top-caliber challengers waiting along the way with one of the toughest paths to the Final Four passing through the Oklahoma City Regional. Notre Dame, the region's No. 1 seed, will host the first two rounds before heading south to Oklahoma, where the Irish will likely have to get past a cast of familiar characters, including second-seeded Baylor and either Stanford, the four-seed, or Oklahoma, the five-seed, to earn a trip to Tampa Bay.
With conference tournaments now all in the record books, there's nothing left for this year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament aspirants to do but wait and hope. Many of those teams identified in this series as locks or "on the bubble" over the past few weeks removed any remaining uncertainty by winning their tournaments and nailing down the automatic bid for their respective conferences. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of deserving teams from the mid-major conferences won out and can breathe easy as they watch tonight's Selection Show.
DALLAS – Baylor used a strong second half to pull away from Texas in a 75-64 victory that clinched the school’s seventh overall and fifth consecutive Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament championship.
The Lady Bears led, 40-35, after a first half in which Texas answered every Baylor run. Baylor made sure that did not happen in the second half.
Imani Wright got the Bears going after the break with a jumper in the paint, but Texas guard Ariel Atkins buried a 3-pointer to slice the lead to four, but that was as close as it got.
It's that time of year again. With the regular season winding down and March Madness on the horizon, we're pleased to bring you what has become a favorite of Full Court readers over the years: Jim Carson's "Bubble Wrap," an annual attempt to divine which teams have their tickets to the Big Dance punched already and which are still "on the bubble" with some serious work ahead of them.
With the college basketball season now behind us, Monday's WNBA Draft marks the arrival of a new group of players who might lend help to some of the league's faltering franchises, while helping to boost interest in the WNBA in general. Still, it's a lot to ask of a rookie to turn a team around.
Full Court congratulates our National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for the 2013-2014 women’s college basketball season, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.