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NCAA Tournament 2014

Guest blog: No shame in ending season at UConn

Although St. Joseph's lost by a wide margin to the nation's top team, junior guard Natasha Cloud has nothing to feel embarrassed about.

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Stanford Beats North Carolina, Back in Final Four

With Stanford hitting threes, UNC came out on the perimeter and left Chiney Ogwumike alone one-on-one in the paint. And what, Stanford fans, do C and R say when they leave Chiney alone one-on-one in the paint? Chin-nay all day.

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Stanford holds off North Carolina to advance to Final Four

North Carolina gave Stanford just about everything they could, coming out hot from three point range while containing Chiney Ogwumike in the first half, forcing the prospect #1 draft pick into an uncharacteristic five turnovers, and winning the offensive rebounding battle. But in the second half, Ogwumike's refined post game proved too much for UNC's younger players, UNC's hot three point shooting touch went cold, and mental mistakes down the stretch killed UNC. The Tar Heels had their chances, but ultimately Stanford's experience (and home court advantage?) overwhelmed UNC in the second half en route to a 74-65 win to advance to their sixth Final Four in seven seasons. Mikaela Ruef was awarded Most Outstanding Player and appropriately so: for her entire career she's done things that don't necessarily show up in the box score, but tonight she read UNC's defense perfectly and figured out a way to exploit every gap in the D for herself or by setting up others.

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Maryland beats Louisville, advances to Final Four

Turnovers figured to be a key factor in this game and Maryland had less in the second half to pull out a 76-73 win to advance to the Final Four I seem to be in the minority about this, but it's really hard to ignore that a game with 46 combined turnovers was a bit sloppy. But it certainly didn't lack for drama, with Shoni Schimmel missing a potentially game-tying three at the buzzer off a great inbounds play. Schimmel finished with game-highs of 31 points and 7 turnovers while Alyssa Thomas finished with a team-high 13 rebounds to go with a team-high 22 points.

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Tuesday Open Thread

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Achonwa tore her left ACL in Baylor win

But the Notre Dame star ended her career like a boss. Just watch.

The return of "Beast Mode"

After a sub-par performance against Texas, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas left everyone in awe of her talent to lead her team to the Elite Eight.

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Natalie Achonwa discusses injury in post-game interview

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Interviewer Maria Taylor: "Do you know what your prognosis is, whether or not you'll be able to play in the Final Four?" Natalie: "No I'm not sure. But I know at Notre Dame, my family and this team, we're praying people. And faith in God and the fact that whatever happens happens. And that no matter what, these 13 girls will fight."

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Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa to have an MRI, Tuesday, April 1 on her injured knee

Here's an update on Achonwa's status in regards to her knee injury during Notre Dame's win over Baylor on Monday, March 31 over Baylor. It's April 1 on the East Coast right when this FanShot was posted. So for the record, this isn't an April Fools joke.

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UConn wins ninth national title

The UConn Huskies won the 2014 NCAA Division I women's basketball national championship over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 79-58

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UConn beats Texas A&M to advance to Final Four

Credit Texas A&M: Their 69-54 loss to UConn was both actually closer than the final score suggests for most of the way and really not that bad in the context of the Huskies season. But UConn just had too many weapons to defend and their defense forced TAMU to play to their weakness of hitting perimeter shots. It will be the Huskies' seventh straight Final Four appearance. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named MOP of the region while Hartley and Dolson joined her on the team.

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Natalie Achonwa hurt in Notre Dame's 88-69 win over Baylor

Hope it isn't anything horrible.

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Notre Dame beats Baylor to advance to Final Four

Sadly, the officiating ended up detracting from the enjoyment of what should've been a marquee matchup between some of the nation's top offensive stars, but Notre Dame is undefeated for a reason and used their balanced lineup to beat Baylor and advance to a fourth straight Final Four. Jewell Loyd and Odyssey Sims put on a show scoring 30 and 33 points respectively to lead their teams, but Baylor struggled as they had multiple post players in foul trouble.

Monday NCAA Elite Eight Open Thread

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Can TAMU learn anything from BYU against UConn?

Texas A&M might not have enough to pull of an upset against UConn, but BYU did show that UConn isn't entirely invincible.

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NCAAW Elite Eight and Final Four live in Spanish Radio

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"Pasion Deportiva Radio" (PDR) is a web radio station who covers sports like Soccer, Basketball or Handball. The Spanish Language Radio will be covering live all the NCAA Women's Championship Elite Eight and Final Four games, starting today. The games will be narrated by David Uña and Gerard Solé, with analysts Antonio Garcia Tuñas and Luis Cristovao completing the team. You can follow all the action, in Spanish, in the PDR website.

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Stanford's defense stifled PSU's Lucas in Sweet 16

Stanford played their best ball in a long, long time.

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Louisville outshoots LSU, advances to Elite Eight

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SB Nation's Card Chronicle offered up a short summary of Louisville's 73-47 win over LSU today, which was really a developing rout from start to finish. WBB State's Four Factors graphic shows where they established a major advantage: Louisville's +24.6% effective field goal percentage differential was equal to LSU's actual 24.6% effective field goal percentage.

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Stanford routs Penn State, advances to Elite Eight

ESPN's commentators mentioned that some people thought that Penn State had a chance at an upset in this one. I guess anything is possible, but even considering that prediction seems difficult unless you a) have never been to Maples or b) don't know anything about Chiney Ogwumike. Ogwumike, whose dominance looks routine at this point, scored 29 & 15 in the game and really didn't face all that much resistance. For Penn State, Maggie Lucas scored just six points and none in the second half as Lili Thompson's defense just did not give her any breathing room.

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TAMU & UConn pre-Elite Eight pressers

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The Ags and Huskies meet the press in Lincoln.

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Alyssa Thomas scores career-high in Maryland's win over Tennessee

As David Hooper of Rocky Top Talk wrote in his preview this morning, "We're now at the point in the tournament where any team can realistically beat any other team (Notre Dame and UConn excepted)" - it's hard to call this one a true "upset". But with Tennessee having an opportunity to go to the Final Four with a home crowd behind them, it's certainly a disappointment for Lady Vols fans. On the other hand, Alyssa Thomas looked about as dominant as it gets in scoring a career-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds.

Sunday NCAA Tournament Open Thread

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Roundtable: Pros & cons of homecourt tourney games

We gather opinions on whether having tournament games on teams' home courts is a good approach to helping women's basketball grow.

UNC vs. South Carolina rewind: Can UNC win again?

Like the Baylor - Kentucky game yesterday, the Sweet 16 game between North Carolina and South Carolina is a rematch of a December game in which the lower seed won. So what can we learn from December for today's game?

Notre Dame Blasts Cowgirls, advance to Elite 8

Notre Dame is one win away from advancing to their fifth straight Final Four

Baylor Advances to Elite 8 over Kentucky

Baylor held the Wildcats to just 2-of-14 shooting to start the game and took off from there. Odyssey Sims finishes with 25 points to lead Baylor into the Elite 8

Saturday Sweet 16 open thread

The Sweet 16 is finally here. Join us in watching it today.

SB Nation blogger Sweet 16 roundtable preview

Today, we have a roundtable of bloggers from five of the SB Nation sites with teams still alive in the tournament to offer insight on their teams and who might have the best chance of knocking off one of the nation's two undefeated teams.

Baylor vs. Kentucky rewind: Lessons from four OTs

Looking back on that game now, what can we learn from it and what might go differently?

Swish Appeal staff Sweet 16 roundtable preview

While I previewed the Sweet 16 by looking at a few of the top WNBA prospects still playing, I threw out a few questions to other bloggers around SB Nation who cover women's basketball. Today we begin with a set of questions for our college writers.

WNBA prospects in the tourney: Louisville region

A look at a few WNBA prospects from the Louisville region in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

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LSU's Jeanne Kenney suffers career-ending concussion in second round

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In Tuesday's second-round victory over West Virginia, there was some sad news that came out of that win for LSU. Starting senior guard Jeanne Kenney suffered another concussion which has ended her career with the Tigers -- she has had at least three to four concussions in the past. Kenney was LSU's second leading scorer at 11.3 points per game. This is a tough loss for the Tigers as they are also without freshman sensation, Raigyne Moncrief. Moncrief suffered a left knee injury that will require surgery.

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