NCAA Capsules-Sweet 16

BY foxsports • March 26, 2010

Storrs, 35-0.

Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Geno Auriemma.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.

Region: Dayton. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 73-15, 22 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (82.1); Tina Charles 18.3; Maya Moore 18.1; Kalana Greene 11.8.

Rebounds: Team (43.9); Tina Charles 9.3; Maya Moore 8.2; Kalana Greene 4.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (19.7/14.7); Maya Moore 4.0/2.0; Caroline Doty 3.6/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.349); Maya Moore 67; Caroline Doty 45; Tiffany Hayes 43.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: UConn enters the NCAAs unbeaten for the fifth time in school history. The Huskies, who are riding a record 74-game winning streak, went on to win the national championship in 1995, 2002, and 2009. In 1996-97 they lost to Tennessee in the regional final. They have won every game during their streak by double digits. The Huskies have been playing incredible defense allowing 10 points in the second half to Southern in the first round and 12 in the first half to Temple in the second round.

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Ames, 25-7.

Nickname: Cyclones. Coach: Bill Fennelly.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Dayton. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 16-10, 11 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (66.3); Alison Lacey 16.0; Kelsey Bolte 12.7; Anna Prins 9.9.

Rebounds: Team (38.2); Chelsea Poppens 7.2; Alison Lacey 5.0; Kelsey Bolte 4.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.3/14.3); Alison Lacey 6.3/2.0; Denae Stuckey 2.1/2.0.

3-pointers: Team (.386); Kelsey Bolte 84; Alison Lacey 52; Whitney Williams 47.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Bill Fennelly's teams always play solid defense and like to shoot the 3. They pulled off a last second victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay to get to the round of 16. Fennelly can draw from experience against the Huskies when his team knocked them off in this round in 1999. Unfortunately this UConn team is much more talented than that one.

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Tallahassee, 28-5.

Nickname: Seminoles. Coach: Sue Semrau.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Dayton. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 10-9, 9 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (74.5); Jacinta Moore 13.2; Courtney Ward 10.8; Alysha Harvin 10.7.

Rebounds: Team (41.9); Jacinta Moore 7.2; Chasity Clayton 5.5; Cierra Bravard 4.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.7/19.1); Courtney Ward 5.6/4.5; Alysha Harvin 2.0/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.388); Courtney Ward 61; Alysha Harvin 59.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Seminoles survived a second round thriller with St. John's escaping with an overtime victory. Jacinta Monroe and Cierra Bravard provided the inside muscle to get them to regional semifinals. Florida State will need more consistent outside shooting to make it much further.

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Starkville, 21-12.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Dayton. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 6-5, 6 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (70.7); Alexis Rack 17.6; Armelie Lumanu 12.4; Tysheka Grimes 11.3.

Rebounds: Team (39.6); Chanel Mokango 7.2; Armelie Lumanu 7.1; Tysheka Grimes 6.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.5/15.8); Alexis Rack 4.6/4.1; Armelie Lumanu 3.9/3.4.

3-pointers: Team (.322); Alexis Rack 105; Mary Kathryne Govero 69.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Mississippi State pulled off a shocking upset for the second straight year, beating Ohio State in the second round. Last season the Lady Bulldogs knocked off Texas in the first round. Alexis Rack and Armelie Lumanu are a tough 1-2 scoring combination - just ask the Buckeyes.

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Knoxville, 32-2.

Nickname: Lady Vols. Coach: Pat Summitt.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: SEC champion.

Region: Memphis. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 106-20, 29 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (74.6); Angie Bjorklund 14.0; Shekinna Strickland 12.6; Kelley Cain 10.5.

Rebounds: Team (43.4); Glory Johnson 7.7; Kelly Cain 7.6; Shekinna Strickland 6.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/14.9); Shekinna Strickland 3.8/2.7; Angie Bjorklund 2.8/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.378); Angie Bjorklund 100; Shekinna Strickland 32.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Pat Summitt's team has look dominant in its first two victories in the NCAA tournament, routing Austin Peay and Dayton. The Lady Vols opened the season against Baylor, a 74-65 win in Knoxville.

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Waco, Texas, 25-9.

Nickname: Lady Bears. Coach: Kim Mulkey.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Memphis. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 17-7, 9 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (71.3); Brittney Griner 18.4; Melissa Jones 10.7; Morghan Medlock 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (43.1); Brittney Griner 8.5; Morghan Medlock 7.6; Melissa Jones 6.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/16.9); Kelli Griffin 5.0/2.5; Melissa Jones 2.9/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.280); Melissa Jones 22.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Brittney Griner was a dominant force on the defensive end of the floor setting an NCAA tournament record with 14 blocks against Georgetown. She started her career against Tennessee and she's a much better player 33 games later. The key will be how much help she gets around her.

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San Diego, 23-10.

Nickname: Aztecs. Coach: Beth Burns.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Region: Memphis. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 6-7, 8 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (65.6); Jene Morris 17.2; Quenese Davis 13.2; Paris Johnson 11.1.

Rebounds: Team (36.4); Jessika Bradley 6.6; Paris Johnson 6.3; Quenese Davis 5.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/18.8); Quenese Davis 5.2/3.8; Coco Davis 3.7/2.4.

3-pointers: Team (.344); Jene Morris 56; Coco Davis 31; Quenese Davis 31.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: San Diego State is the lowest seed still alive in the tournament and is the lowest seed to advance to the regional semifinals since No. 13 Marist did it in 2007. The Aztecs are also the first No. 11 seed to advance this far since UCSB in 2004, and the 12th double-digit seed to get this far in the last 16 years. The Aztecs are making the most of the NCAA tournament, upsetting Texas in the first round and then beating West Virginia.

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Durham, N.C., 29-5.

Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Joanne P. McCallie.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: ACC champion.

Region: Memphis. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 42-16, 17 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (71.3); Jasmine Thomas 15.6; Joy Cheek 9.9; Karima Christmas 9.9.

Rebounds: Team (43.1); Krystal Thomas 6.7; Joy Cheek 5.9; Karima Christmas 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.2/17.9); Jasmine Thomas 4.2/3.3; Keturah Jackson 2.7/2.6.

3-pointers: Team (.311); Jasmine Thomas 61.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Blue Devils have played stellar defense in the first two rounds of the tournament, holding Hampton to 37 points and LSU to 52. The Blue Devils are making their 12th NCAA Regional appearance over the past 13 years.

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Stanford, Calif., 33-1.

Nickname: Cardinal. Coach: Tara VanDerveer.

Conference: Pac-10. Bid: Pac-10 champion.

Region: Sacramento. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 58-21, 24 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (77.7); Nnemkadi Ogwumike 18.5; Kayla Pedersen 15.9; Jayne Appel 13.7.

Rebounds: Team (44.7); Nnemkadi Ogwumike 9.5; Kayla Pedersen 9.1.; Jayne Appel 8.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.9/14.3); Jeanette Pohlen 4.5/2.2; Kayla Pedersen 2.8/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.348); Jeanette Pohlen 65; Kayla Pedersen 51; Rosalyn Gold-Onwude 36.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Cardinal posed the greatest challenge to Connecticut this season and hope for another shot at the Huskies. Nnemkadi Ogwumike was conference player of the year and Jayne Appel is a lot healthier than the first meeting. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude provided a spark in her last home game making a career-high seven 3-pointers in a rout of Iowa.

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Athens, 25-8.

Nickname: Lady Bulldogs. Coach: Andy Landers.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Sacramento. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 50-26, 27 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (63.3); Ashley Houts 12.6; Jasmine James 11.7; Porsha Phillips 8.7.

Rebounds: Team (40.7); Porsha Phillips 8.3; Angel Robinson 7.7; Meredith Mitchell 5.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/15.7); Ashley Houts 3.8/2.4; Jasmine James 3.0/3.2.

3-pointers: Team (.291); Jasmine James 45; Ashley Houts 39.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Georgia rattled off victories in its first 16 games before dropping six of its next nine. The Lady Bulldogs play stellar defense, but it was their offense that helped them outlast Oklahoma State in the second round. run into trouble on offense at times. Georgia has advanced to five Final Fours, the last coming in 1999, and has never won a national championship.

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Cincinnati, 29-3.

Nickname: Musketeers. Coach: Kevin McGuff.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: Atlantic 10 champion.

Region: Sacramento. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 4-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Amber Haris 16.1; Ta'Shia Phillips 14.0; Katie Rutan 8.9

Rebounds: Team (44.2); Ta'Shia Phillips 11.8; Amber Harris 8.9; April Phillips 6.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/16.8); Special Jennings 4.3/2.8; Dee Dee Jernigan 2.2/1.7.

3-pointers: Team (.355); Katie Rutan 81; Tyeasha Moss 47.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Xavier's potent inside game of Ta'Shia Phillips and Amber Harris was dominant in the first two rounds. The pair combined for 36 points and 24 rebounds in the one-point win over Vanderbilt. The Musketeers advanced to the regional semifinals for only the second time in school history. The 2001 team lost in the regional final to Purdue.

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Spokane, Wash., 29-4.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Kelly Graves.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: WCC champion.

Region: Sacramento. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 3-2, 3 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (80.7); Heather Bowman 15.2; Courtney Vandersloot 14.3; Vivian Frieson 12.6.

Rebounds: Team (41.6); Vivian Frieson 7.5; Heather Bowman 5.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (19.4/15.1); Courtney Vandersloot 9.4/4.2; Vivian Frieson 2.0/2.0.

3-pointers: Team (.328); Tiffanie Shives 61; Courtney Vandersloot 36.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: The Zags have been unstoppable since losing twice in a late-December tournament in Las Vegas against top caliber opponents. They upset second-seed Texas A&M in the second round as Vivian Frieson hit a jumper with 17 seconds left for the game-winner. It's the Zags first trip to the regional final in a season of firsts.

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Lincoln, 32-1.

Nickname: Cornhuskers. Coach: Connie Yori.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Kansas City. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 5-8, 9 years. Last appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Team (77.7); Kelsey Griffin 20.3; Cory Montgomery 12.6; Dominique Kelley 12.3; Yvonne Turner 11.8.

Rebounds: Team (39.0); Kelsey Griffin 10.4; Cory Montgomery 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/14.8); Lindsey Moore 4.4/2.5; Dominique Kelley 1.8/2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.339); Yvonne Turner 81; Cory Montgomery 37.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Ran off 30 straight wins to start the season before falling to Texas A&M in conference semifinals. The Huskers are a senior dominated team led by Kelsey Griffin. The team hasn't seemed phased by its deep NCAA run, routing Northern Iowa and then pulling away from UCLA. The Cornhuskers will face a stiff test in Kentucky.

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Lexington, 27-7.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Matthew Mitchell.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Kansas City. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 6-6, 7 years. Last appearance: 2006.

Scoring: Team (74.1); Victoria Dunlap 17.7; A'dia Mathies 13.6; Amber Smith 9.3.

Rebounds: Team (38.2); Victoria Dunlap 8.3; Amani Franklin 6.4; A'dia Mathies 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/15.7); Amber Smith 4.5/3.6; A'dia Mathies 3.0/2.9.

3-pointers: Team (.319); Keyla Snowden 47; Carly Morrow 33.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The last time the Wildcats made the round of 16 was 1982, when they advanced to the regional finals before falling to Louisiana Tech. Kentucky hadn't made it past the second round since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

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Norman, 25-10.

Nickname: Sooners. Coach: Sherri Coale.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Kansas City. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 23-12, 13 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (71.3); Danielle Robinson 16.7; Nyeshia Stevenson 13.9; Amanda Thompson 13.0.

Rebounds: Team (40.9); Amanda Thompson 10.5; Abi Olajuwon 7.2; Carlee Roethisberger 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.4/16.6); Danielle Robinson 5.2/3.9; Amanda Thompson 2.5/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.307); Nyeshia Stevenson 78; Carlee Roethisberger 40.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Despite losing three starters from the team that went to the Final Four last year, Oklahoma has hardly missed a beat this season. Former national player of the year Courtney Paris and her twin sister, Ashley, left voids in the lane and 3-point shooting ace Whitney Hand was lost with an injury only five games into the season. The Sooners faced Notre Dame in the Virgin Islands back in November in the first game after Hand was lost for the season and lost by 10.

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South Bend, Ind., 29-5.

Nickname: Irish. Coach: Muffet McGraw.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Kansas City. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 27-15, 17 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (77.3); Skylar Diggins 13.9; Lindsay Schrader 11.0; Ashley Barlow 10.9.

Rebounds: Team (38.8); Lindsay Schrader 6.9; Devereaux Peters 5.7; Ashley Barlow 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.9/16.6); Melissa Lechlitner 3.2/2.7; Skylar Diggins 2.9/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.338); Ashley Barlow 52; Skylar Diggins 33.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Notre Dame was 27-3 against teams not named UConn this year. The Irish's other two losses came with Lindsay Schrader sidelined with an ankle injury. With an 84-66 victory over Vermont last Sunday, the Irish moved on to their eighth NCAA regional in the past 14 years. The Irish used a 20-0 run in the second half to beat the Sooners 81-71 in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 28.


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