the “pick apart” and “prep part” starts.
After Michelle writes that the Seed, site of opener puzzle Stanford Cardinal receive No. 2 seed — and play first-round game in Ames, Iowa
When Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer entered the media room Monday night after the brackets were revealed, one of the assembled reporters wished her a happy St. Patrick’s Day.
“I am part Irish,” VanDerveer said dryly, “but I don’t feel lucky.”
Mechelle and Michelle say to Stanford, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
Melanie Jackson has the Women’s tourney power rankings
After editing Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel this season (and covering the women’s NCAA tournament the past 15 years), it’s easy to pick up tidbits about the top teams around the country. So here’s one editor’s take on the women’s field of 64:
Well while the Guru didn’t get into the actual seeding forecasts, the countdown of where things were in terms of locks and bubbles pretty much played out.
But some of the Guru’s kitchen cabinet who have been in power centers in the past couldn’t help but wonder at some of the moves made by the committee.
Doug offers 6 players to watch in the NCAA women’s tournament and posits: Here’s what could happen in NCAA women’s tournament
As Colorado State women welcome fresh start in WNIT, Graham and Charlie debate: Are Conference Tournaments Good for the Women’s Game?
Ramona Shelburne offers up New glory days for Cooper-Dyke, USC
Charlie Springer at the Card Game explains: Louisville women’s basketball team latest to pay a price
Scott Wolf at the Los Angeles Daily News adds: USC women’s basketball eager for first NCAA Tourament game since 2006
Ruey Yen at the California Golden Blogs says A 7 seed for Cal Women’s Basketball means it’s off to Waco, TX to face Fordham and likely Baylor
From the AP’s Stephen Hawkins, Young Baylor still No. 2 NCAA seed, Big 12 champs
Everything seems pretty much the same for perennial national power Baylor, with another Big 12 title and a No. 2 seed in hand headed into the NCAA women’s tournament.
But this is a much different group than the Lady Bears had two years ago for an undefeated national championship and was an overwhelming favorite to repeat last season before an unexpected regional final loss to Louisville.
Patricia Babcock McGraw says the DePaul women ready to go against Oklahoma
While traveling to North Carolina last March to watch DePaul play in the NCAA Tournament, Megan Rogowski’s family from Prospect Heights rolled in some sightseeing and college visits.
“My parents and my little brother and sister visited Duke and North Carolina and North Carolina State,” said Rogowski, a star at Hersey and now the best 3-point shooter in the Big East Conference. “They had a lot of fun, and they’ll know what to expect for this year.”
Hopefully, the Rogowskis have more items on their “Tobacco Road must-see list” because Megan and DePaul are headed back this year.
Jodi Kest doesn’t remember giving Akron seniors Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh the nickname “Bread and Butter.”
Tecca swears by it.
“That’s what coach Kest called us,” she said.
The 6-foot-1 forward, though, prefers “dynamic duo” when describing her and Luburgh’s exploits on the court for the Zips, who make their first NCAA tournament appearance Saturday against No. 17 Purdue at Mackey Arena.
“I’m Batman. She’s Robin. I’m Batman because I was here first and I’m taller,” Tecca said.
Ward Gossett notices that Former Chattanoogan Mike Bradbury has Wright State in new place
Wright State women’s basketball fans are celebrating, thanks in large part to former Chattanoogan Mike Bradbury.
Before Bradbury arrived, Wright State had enjoyed only one winning womeon’s season. Since he got to Dayton five years ago, the Raiders have had three 20-win seasons and this year added the school’s first Horizon League championship and its initial invitation to the NCAA women’s tournament.
“It’s been a good week. In my professional career this is probably the highlight,” said Bradbury, a late-1980s basketball player and sprinter at East Ridge High School before moving on to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Jennifer Gish from the Times Union: U Albany women plan March Madness surprise - In third straight trip to tournament, Danes aim to get first victory
“The third time’s a charm,” said the team’s leading scorer, sophomore Shereesha Richards. “So you never know. This might be the year we get an upset.”
Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said the team has seen the game film of last year’s NCAA Tournament loss a couple of times, and now knows the importance of boxing out, especially in free-throw situations, and making critical layups.
She says West Virginia is a “super-athletic” team. That’s very much like North Carolina, which beat UAlbany 59-54 in the first round last year after trailing the Great Danes for much of the game.
Chloe Pavlech blogs on selection Monday: The Terps are Ready to Dance.
Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley is Excited to be Playing at Home
Duke’s Rebecca Greenwell writes Anything’s Possible in Postseason.
Chiney warns A Hungry Team Can Be Dangerous
Shelly Stallsmith previews Penn State vs. Wichita State; Maryland vs. Army in NCAA women’s basketball openers
“I never will take the NCAA tournament for granted,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “Like I told our team today, when you miss out on an opportunity to go, you’ll never take it for granted. We’ve had a few years, not too many, of those, so it’s truly an honor. These guys have put in a ton of hard work, and now we want to represent Maryland.”
Lisa Leslie is impressed by Saniya Chong’s spirit
When she looks in the mirror, Lindsay Allen likes the face smiling back at her.
The Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s freshman point guard never tried to be the next Skylar Diggins.
Her only goal was to be the best possible Lindsay Allen.
“I have to make my own path; not worry about what (Diggins) did, what she accomplished,” said Allen. “Just play my game and play my role.”
It’s going to change (apparently) but Flag controversy blocks South Carolina home court advantage
The South Carolina women’s basketball team made history Monday night, earning its first ever number one seed in the NCAA basketball tournament.
The team will travel to Seattle over the weekend, where they’ll face Cal State Northridge in first round action.
A far cry from what some feel could have been.
Of the four number one seeds in this year’s NCAA Women’s basketball tournament, South Carolina will be the only top seed without a game in-state.
The Gamecocks were never in the running to host a regional game this season, in light of an NCAA boycott against South Carolina.
From Walt Moody at the Centre Daily: Third-seeded Lady Lions to face Wichita State in NCAA Tournament opener
You could call Penn State’s draw in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament a bit of a “shocker” in a couple of different ways Monday night.
Crowded around several flat screen televisions in the Founders Room at the Bryce Jordan, the Lady Lions saw they landed a No. 3 seed, a number that was somewhat of a surprise to most prognosticators and even to members of the team.
From Lady Moc Land
“This time of year, you’re going to play a good team, regardless of your seed, because all of the bad teams are at home,” UTC coach Jim Foster said. “I like the geography of where we’re going, and I think we’re going to have a good crowd in attendance.”
From Kentucky: Lady Tops enjoying title as NCAA looms
The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team returned to Bowling Green on Sunday evening with weary eyes, but with smiles that hadn’t faded since Saturday night.
When Scott Rueck took over the Oregon State women’s basketball program in late June of 2010, he was met by a large contingency of fans and supporters in the Loge of Reser Stadium.
The Beavers were coming off an 11-20 season that saw them go 2-16 in the Pac-10 Conference.
Players had left and Rueck would have to somehow cobble together a roster after holding open tryouts.
He never could have imagined another similar crowd a mere 45 months later.
From Green Bay: Patience, persistence pay off for UWGB’s Zastrow
Sam Zastrow could have quit or moved on from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team.
She wasn’t getting many minutes and could have transferred to another school to get more. The former Algoma standout has been asked a lot over the years why she didn’t.
“I’ve always wanted to play here,” Zastrow said. “The fact that I wasn’t getting to play the first couple of years, I took that as a challenge. I’m like, ‘I’m not going to leave. I’m not going to let people bring me down.’
From the Salt Lake Tribune: BYU ‘happy to go dancing’ in NCAA tournament
Coach Jeff Judkins said the Cougars aren’t just happy to be in the tournament this year.
“As we talked about before [the bracket] came out, we are not here just to get to the tournament. We really want to play our best basketball and represent this university and this conference the best that we can.”
Over at SportsBlog: Tanisha Wright covers March Madness
What’s showing when? Coverage maps: Saturday & Sunday Who’s announcing when? 2014 NCAA women’s basketball tournament TV schedule on ESPN and ESPN2
You think you know who’s going to win? Play the Brackets.
In non-tourney NCAA news: TCU loses women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie to Big 12 rival Kansas State and the Topeka Journal writes: Mittie finds perfect fit with K-State women’s basketball program - New Wildcat coach likes facilities, team potential
Speaking of coaching: Seattle Storm Names Shaquala Williams Assistant Coach