NCAA Women's Tournament 2013: The Bridgeport Region

The Connecticut Huskies are the top dogs in the Bridgeport regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but the biggest star might be on the other side of the bracket. For more on the tournament, check out our 2013 NCAA tournament section. For a look at the full tournament bracket, visit

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UConn advances behind Stewart's big night

Just the Facts, Ma'am: It was a close game for nine minutes, UConn outscored Kentucky 61-30 and won 83-53. Breanna Stewart led four Huskies in double figures with 21 points, and the Huskies forced 21 turnovers out of Kentucky. A'dia Mathies had 14 points for the Wildcats.

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The 2013 Bridgeport All-Region team

Of the members of the Bridgeport All-Region Team for the 2013 NCAA Tournament you've heard plenty about Elena Delle Donne and will hear plenty about the UConn contingent.

Jennifer O'Neill gets a lot less attention, but Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue described her as a key piece to the Wildcats' future in his retrospective of the season.

We return a huge portion of our defense and 70% of our offense. We will be stronger, faster, and more skilled at every position next year. Jennifer O'Neill will be hitting her stride as a junior and we will see better perimeter shooting than we have ever had. Forty Minutes will be returning next season, but I believe it will have a twist and a newfound offensive direction. We will get bigger, we will get stronger, and we will get better at handling these elite teams.

As he notes, losing senior A'dia Mathies will hurt, but they're returning the bulk of their rotation and this year's experience can only help them.

For more on Kentucky, visit A Sea of Blue's women's basketball section. For more on their path to the Elite Eight, visit our Bridgeport region storystream.


UConn routs Kentucky to advance to Final Four

The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 83-53 tonight to advance to a record sixth straight Final Four.


Kentucky needs strong guard play to pull off upset

In light of this weekend's upsets in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, it's hard to take any games for granted.

And as Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue writes, the Kentucky Wildcats have a better team this year than the one that fell to the Connecticut Huskies last year and have a chance to win if things go their way.

Jennifer O'Neill and A'Dia Mathies will be other keys to this game. If UK's guards can get out and get hot from the perimeter, possibly borrowing from the Louisville Lady Cardinals' game plan last night, this game can be a win for Kentucky. The Cats will have to work this game outside in on offense, and inside out on defense. They must get the press up and running, force UConn to run with them for the game, and a Final Four is within their grasp.

The turnover battle might be key to this one as both teams thrive on a large turnover differential; in today's matchup, somebody is going to have to come out on top in turnovers (and offensive rebounding) and if Kentucky can capitalize on that with high percentage scoring opportunities an upset is possible.

For more on the Bridgeport region and how these two teams got here, visit our storystream.


Maryland hoping for bright future

Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas gave Maryland fans a season to remember and the Terps hope to become even better in 2013-14.


Auriemma on the Elite Eight, Kentucky & Dolson

Connecticut Huskies coach Geno Auriemma chats about chats about returning to the Elite Eight, facing the Kentucky Wildcats, and center Stefanie Dolson's toughness in playing hurt.


Turnovers the difference for UK against Delaware

Kentucky WildcatsTV highlights of the Kentucky Wildcats' win over the Delaware Blue Hens in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


Huskies cruise past Terps, advance to Elite Eight

The Huskies are one step closer to potential rematches with Notre Dame and Baylor after dominating Maryland.


Video: Highlights from Delle Donne's final game

ESPN's highlights from the Delaware Blue Hens' 69-62 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats, including the post game interview with senior Elena Delle Donne.


Kentucky's defensive approach to Elena Delle Donne

In a 69-62 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet 16, Delaware Blue Hens forward Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in the final game of her legendary collegiate career.

Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue offered his insight on Kentucky's defensive approach.

The only time that Kentucky got in trouble was when (Mitchell) tried to out think his own plan. Mitchell put A'Dia Mathies on Elena Delle Donne to defend her one-on-one in the paint. Colossal fail. Fortunately Mitchell realized it and started running another guard in low to harass her into having to play against two instead of one. When that happened, the pieces started falling back in-line...Had Delaware been able to get Delle Donne hitting from outside, they would have done it. Jelleah Sidney, though, decided to make her game a lot more difficult. She got in Elena's face, into her dribble, and in her passing lanes, forcing her into turnovers, bad passes and off-balance shots. It was the difference in the game.

Considering that Delle Donne scored 13 points in the first 11 minutes, you could probably say that Kentucky did something to slow her down over the final 29-30 minutes.

For more on Kentucky women's basketball, check out ASoB's women's basketball section. For more on the Bridgeport region, check out our storystream.


Bridgeport preview: Can a star lead an upset?

The Bridgeport region kicks off Sweet 16 play, featuring Delaware's Elena Delle Donne who's looking to carry her team once again in an attempt to make the Final Four.


Kentucky's defense tries to contain Delle Donne

Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue previewed the Kentucky Wildcats' matchup with the Delaware Blue Hens today, highlighting the task of defending star forward Elena Delle Donne.

Kentucky will not stop her, they can only hope to contain her. Deny her the ball maybe, but she is going to get hers. That means Kentucky is going to have to play shut down defense on the rest of the entire Delaware team. That, they can do...Delaware commits the least amount of turnovers of any team in the country. They take care of the ball. They commit only 11.7 TO’s per game and their assist-to-turnover ration is 1.1, a seriously low number... Look for this game to grind a bit. It will not be a thing of beauty. Expect Kentucky to try and make it an ugly game and make defense the priority.

For more on Kentucky's path to this point and the Bridgeport region, check out our storystream.


Q&A with Geno Auriemma: Sweet 16 a great reward

We got some comments today from UConn's Geno Auriemma at the Bridgeport Regional practice.


Q&A with Elena Delle Donne

A brief set of responses from Delaware Blue Hens star Elena Delle Donne captured from a combination of the press conference in Bridgeport and a one-on-one interview.


A'dia Mathies impressive in win over Dayton

Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's Kentucky site A Sea of Blue summarized the high points of Wildcats' guard A'dia Mathies' 34-point performance against the Dayton Flyers in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, giving the senior the game ball.

Mathies led the way as she hit 3's as well as shots inside the arc. She was getting tip-ins, off ball screens to get open looks, and using her teammates as picks everywhere...At one point, Kentucky allowed UD to take FT shots on three consecutive possessions and they hit 5 of 6 to cut the lead down to 2. Then Mathies decided she had seen enough. Soon, her 15 points became 20, then 25, and by the time she had hit 30, the Kentucky lead was back to 14 and Dayton was gassed. When all was said and done, Mathies had a total of 34 points, hit 6-7 from behind the arc, and was 13-17 from the floor.

Although one game should change our evaluation of a draft prospect, it's the type of performance that those of us paying attention to the 2013 WNBA Draft have probably been hoping to see more of throughout the season.

For more on the 2013 WNBA Draft, visit our draft prospects storystream. For more on Kentucky, visit A Sea of Blue's women's basketball section. For more on the tournament as a whole, check out our NCAA section.


Kentucky survives and advances

Just the Facts, Ma'am: A'dia Mathies had 34 points, and Kentucky used a small first half run to take control of their second round NCAA tournament game, beating Dayton 84-70.

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UK needs a big game from Mathies to beat Dayton

Kentucky Wildcats guard A'dia Mathies went 0-for-5 from the field and had three rebounds in a 61-41 win over the Navy Midshipmen in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In her recap of the game, Queenie described Mathies' performance as " of the most awful games I've ever seen from her."

Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue insists that the Wildcats can't afford to have another poor performance from Mathies against the Dayton Flyers in tonight's second round game.

The one thing that UK cannot afford is for Senior guard and Team Captain A'Dia Mathies to disappear again. After going scoreless in the opening round against Navy, UK had to find a way to get A'Dia out on Dayton early and often. Navy's game plan of denying Mathies the ball worked well against her, but the rest of the team picked up the slack. Counting on that happening twice is not a good strategy. Kentucky has scorers, of that, there is no doubt. Kentucky needs Mathies. She is the heart and soul of this team. Kentucky without A'Dia Mathies is a good team. Kentucky WITH A'Dia Mathies is a Final Four team.

Dayton coach Jim Jabir was disappointed with the way his team allowed St. John's to penetrate in the first round game and that should be one thing that Kentucky looks to exploit as well: attacking the basket instead of settling for jumpers.

For more on the Kentucky, visit A Sea of Blue's women's basketball section. For more on first round performances for both Dayton and Kentucky, check out our Bridgeport region storystream.


Kentucky advances behind Stallworth

Just the Facts, Ma'am: DeNesha Stallworth had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Kentucky win their first round game over Navy, 61-41. Jennifer O'Neill added 12 points, 9 in the second half, and five steals. Jade Geif and Alix Membreno each had 9 points for Navy.

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Top seeds advance in Queens sub-regional

The top seeds held true in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Carnesecca Arena. The first game saw press row types asking the last time a 15 seed knocked off a number 2. After the first few minutes of the second half, that was a moot point. Game two saw a classic, plain and simple.


Dayton flies on

Just the Facts, Ma'am: St. John's came back from a 13-point deficit with 5:18 to go and forced overtime, but ultimately Dayton came away with a 96-90 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Andrea Hoover had 24 points, 16 in the first half, to lead the Flyers; Kelley Austria had 14 of her 21 in the second half and overtime. Nadirah McKenith led St. John's with 22 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists.

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Big second half helps Kentucky beat Navy

The Kentucky Wildcats got out to a rough start in their 2013 NCAA Tournament first round meeting against the Navy Midshipmen, but came out re-energized in the second half and got a big game from DeNesha Stallworth to advance to the second round, as described by Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue.

DeNesha Stallworth gets the game ball as she posted a double-double with 18 pts and 11 boards. But it was Jennifer O'Neill who got the ball rolling as A'Dia Mathies was nowhere to be found for most of the game. Look for her to break out in the next round. UK had three players in double figures as O'Neill and Walker joined Stallworth at the top of the scoring.

Kentucky outrebounded Navy 43-30, shot 80% from the line, and held Navy to 31.9% shooting for the game. The Hoops squad will face the winner of the St.John's/Dayton matchup.

For more on the Bridgeport region, check out our storystream.


Terp stars too much for Bobcats in the end

Have Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins saved their best for last? Maryland fans hope so, after seeing their stars take apart No. 13 seed Quinnipiac in the first round of what is now the third big dance for both players.


UConn celebrates Geno's 59th birthday with a rout

Highlights from the Connecticut Huskies 105-37 win over the Idaho Vandals to open their 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament play on Geno Auriemma's 59th birthday (via ESPN).


Vandy holds on to beat St. Joe's in first round

The Vanderbilt Commodores overcame a late run by St. Joseph's to win 60-54 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in the Bridgeport region.


Bridgeport bracket: Can anyone challenge UConn?

There's a lot of uncertainty among the sub-regionals in the Bridgeport bracket, aside from the Connecticut Huskies in Storrs. Yet after that, not everyone believes that the Huskies will advance to the Final Four unchallenged.


WNBA prospects to watch in the Bridgeport region

For the WNBA fans who haven't followed the NCAA women's college basketball season very closely, we'll do a bracket-by-bracket look at a few WNBA prospects in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Today we'll begin with the Bridgeport region; while you've probably heard something about the highly touted Elena Delle Donne, there are a few others worth keeping an eye on as well.


Chloe Pavlech is savoring the moment

Maryland freshman Chloe Pavlech has had some clutch moments this year and hopes to step up in her first NCAA tournament.


West Virginia, Big XII at-large

Keep climbing.


St. John's, Big East at-large

Taking the NCAA tournament by storm.


Vanderbilt, SEC at-large

The perils of being a Tennessee school in the state of Connecticut.


Dayton, A-10 at-large

Soaring above the rest.


Michigan State, Big Ten at-large

Spartans are not to be messed with, trust me.


Maryland, ACC at-large

Always fear the turtle. No matter how few of them there are.


North Carolina, ACC at-large

The Tar Heels are back.


Kentucky, SEC at-large

Some very cool, and very dangerous cats.


UConn, Big East at-large

Top dogs in the Bridgeport regional.


Terps land No. 4 seed in Bridgeport region

Maryland landed a 4 seed in the Bridgeport region and knows that UConn could very well be the team standing in the way of a return to the Elite Eight.


Quinnipiac, NEC champs

The last shall be first, the first shall be last, and it's time to dance.


Delaware, CAA champs

No Big Bird jokes, I promise.


Albany, America East champs

The Great Danes are the big dogs again.


St. Joseph's, A-10 champions

More proof that the Hawk will never die.


Navy, Patriot champs

Bombs away!


Idaho, WAC champs

Not even gonna lie, I love their team name.


Marist, MAAC champs

You can't outfox the Foxes.

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