Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections

"I think we did a great job, that was our way to get into transition".

March 26, 2016 is a day Vic Schaefer would like to forget but likely never will. Auriemma also passed the late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt in NCAA Tournament wins with his 113th Monday night.

"Mississippi State is a fantastic team with a great coach", Ackerman said. In last year's game, 18 Mississippi State resulted in 24 points of turnovers for the Huskies.

Junior guard Morgan William said, "We did watch the film".

The Bulldogs are scoring an average of 76.8 per game and are allowing 57.2 per game on defense, outscoring their opponents by an average of 19.6 points. "Like, dang, we got beat by 60".

Added VanDerveer: "But I think it also helped that we have direct flights".

"We're a different team", Schaefer said. He said it was enjoyable, and a learning time for him as well in sharing ideas about the different things they do. "We're another year in experience".

The semifinals and title game are reportedly near sellouts, but Auriemma isn't sure whether a seventh national title in nine years by his program would be celebrated much outside of Storrs, Conn. The Huskies surged out to a 32-4 lead in the opening quarter and held a 61-12 halftime advantage. Though it is not a team rule - associate head coach Chris Dailey asked the starters on the bench in the final seconds if they wanted to do it - they maintained their tradition that started in 2009 that the only time they cut down a net is after the national championship is secured.

Analyzing the final possession of the West Virginia season
I think he sold his soul in exchange for a Cubs World Series win and the Devil threw in this tourney run as a signing bonus. The Mountaineers managed to secure offensive rebounds after both shots and got the ball back in his hands.

On paper, not much has changed for UConn. The Huskies have been dominant, to say the least with 111 consecutive wins and counting. "They are a totally different team from past year and so are we". This is the same team that thrashed the Bulldogs in the Sweet Sixteen by 60 points. "That was the last time I remember it being this hard". While the men's "March Madness" basketball tournament generates widespread media coverage and billions of dollars in revenue from television deals and ticket sales, the women's game operates largely under the radar, according to Victor Matheson, a sports economist and professor at the College of the Holy Cross in MA.

"That's one of the toughest decisions I had to make", said Sniezek, whose Stanford team plays SC at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the national semifinals, before UConn takes on Mississippi State in the second game.

Olive Branch's Myah Taylor, Terry's Nyah Tate and Little Rock (Arkansas) Central's Bre'Amber Scott make up Mississippi State's 2017 recruiting class. That's a really great team and they competed well against UConn.

Plum finished her record-breaking Washington career last week as the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 3,527 career points.

When UConn's on offense, the Bulldogs would be wise to stick to what they do best - coach Vic Schaefer is nicknamed the Secretary of Defense for a reason - and pressure the perimeter.

Without further ado, here is a look on both games with four teams looking to close this chapter in women's college basketball with their own final word. The seventh-seeded men emerged from the East and are making their first appearance ever at the Final Four in Glendale, Ariz. Two of the team's losses came against No. 1 seed and fellow Final Four team SC, including one in the SEC tournament. But if they were that much weaker, they wouldn't be 36-0 with the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. In fact, the Huskies haven't missed the tournament's final weekend since the Bush (43) administration when they were routed by LSU 73-50 in the 2007 Fresno Regional final.

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