Stanford's biggest concern is its backcourt, which has had trouble with pressure in the past. Connecticut's one potential weak spot is a lack of overall team depth, so here's an idea: Get all of the Big Three into foul trouble. It would be a first -- as a team the Huskies average just over 12 fouls a game -- but doing something no team has done yet is what it's going to take to beat the Huskies.
That leaves Stanford, which boasts a phenomenal center in junior
It may sound basic, but if you can force UConn into turnovers and convert those turnovers to points, you're really going to help yourself. You also have to limit their second chances, so rebounding is a huge factor. Tina Charles made that tough for ASU, but she struggled against Cal. If you can get inside early and have success, you can frustrate her and take her out of the mix. Then, you just have to hope the next one doesn't come in and hurt you.
Another player I'm sorry to see exit is Arizona State's senior do-it-all
What's more, her rhythm is infectious. When she gets going, the Huskies are unstoppable.
And even though her team's done,
I was also a bit surprised to see Louisville make it to the Final Four, given what a rotten draw the Cards got early on. Given a three-seed (they merited at least a two) they were sent to Baton Rouge to play 6-seed LSU on the Tigers' home court in the second round. They survived to meet Maryland in the Raleigh Regional Final, which may have been, in retrospect, a Selection Committee make-up call. After all, who would better know the Terps' tendencies than Louisville's coach
She's been getting a lot of help from her supporting cast too -- in particular freshman point guard
In the bigger picture I do think talent -- both players and coaches-- is starting to spread out, especially in the power conferences. That's where we're really seeing what happens when athletic directors of schools that already have successful men's sports programs decide to devote resources to women's sports, specifically women's basketball. (The success of Louisville, Pitt, Cal and Texas A&M are just a few recent examples.)
Sixth-seeded Arizona State was thought to be a much worse team without junior guard Dymond Simon, but senior Briann January proved she could handle Simon's load in wins over No. 3 Florida State and No. 2 Texas A&M. Third-seeded North Carolina was thought to be a formidable team with