The men are already down to eight, but the women will be playing their Regional Semifinal—Sweet Sixteen—NCAA Tournament games today and tomorrow.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened already and a look forward to the Sweet Sixteen.
Women’s NCAA Tournament: Second Round Recap
All of the top seeds survived Second Round play, and only Notre Dame was threatened. The Irish went into the half tied with 8 seed California before pulling away in the second. Connecticut was especially impressive in its win over 8 seed Kansas State on Monday, holding the Wildcats to 26 points on 18 percent shooting.
All of the 2 seeds are also still alive, though Kentucky barely held off a late charge by the Green Bay Phoenix. Green Bay ends its season with a very respectable 31-2 record.
Two 3 seeds fell. Delaware lost a close one to 11 seed Kansas despite 34 points and 10 rebounds from Elena Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer. Meanwhile Gonzaga, whom the committee seeded 11th despite the Bulldogs’ 26-5 regular season record and nonconference wins over Georgia and Dayton, upset third-seeded Miami (FL). The Zags took the lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half and never trailed again.
Atlantic Ten regular-season champ St. Bonaventure now has the distinction of being the only school with a perfect record all time in NCAA Women’s Tournament play. The Bonnies, playing in their first ever NCAA Tourney, beat perennial mid-major power Marist to advance to the Sweet 16.
Women’s NCAA Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Preview
Stanford will have its Redwood tree branches full tonight with coach Dawn Staley’s South Carolina team. The Gamecocks, who boast a regular season win over Tennessee and have the distinction of being the only road team to win a regular season game at Vanderbilt, beat fourth-seeded Purdue Monday in West Lafayette. South Carolina is playing in its first Sweet Sixteen in ten years and in Staley’s first Sweet Sixteen as a coach.
If you’re looking for a double-digit seed to advance, keep an eye on Gonzaga, who plays second-seeded Kentucky tomorrow in Kingston, Rhode Island. Kentucky is having its best women’s basketball season ever, but the Wildcats have been tested in both of their NCAA Tourney games so far: a 68-62 win over 15 seed McNeese State and a three-point win over Green Bay. This weekend Kentucky will have to contend with Gonzaga forward Kayla Standish, who is averaging 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the NCAA Tournament.
The Raleigh Region should be a lot of fun. Defending champion Texas A&M tips things off tomorrow afternoon against second-seeded Maryland. In the second game, Notre Dame will try to give the Bonnies their first ever NCAA Tournament loss.
Sentimental favorite Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Vols face eleventh-seeded Kansas this afternoon in Des Moines. Tonight, second-seeded Duke will face third-seeded St. John’s, one of President Obama’s Final Four picks, in Fresno.
Women’s Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule For Saturday’s Games (March 24)
Des Moines Region
- #2 Tennessee vs. #11 Kansas—11:04 a.m. CT, ESPN/ESPN3
- #1 Baylor vs. #4 Georgia Tech—1:00 p.m. CT, ESPN/ESPN3
- #2 Duke vs. #3 St. John’s—8:04 p.m. CT, ESPN/ESPN3
- #1 Stanford vs. #5 South Carolina—10:32 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
Women’s Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule For Sunday’s Games (March 25)
- #2 Maryland vs. #3 Texas A&M—11:04 a.m. CT, ESPN/ESPN3
- #1 Notre Dame vs. #5 St. Bonaventure—1:32 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
- #1 Connecticut vs. #4 Penn State—3:34 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
- #2 Kentucky vs. #11 Gonzaga—5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3