May. 13, 2016
Women's March Madness Final Four Breakdown
With the Men's March Madness Final Four tournament starting on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., the Women's Final Four is set to start on Friday, Mar 31. in Dallas.
Obviously UConn is the powerhouse that everyone is set to predict as the championship team because of their ridiculous statistics and records.
But what about Mississippi State, South Carolina and Stanford? Let's breakdown and analyze each game.
#1 Uconn (36-0, 16-0) vs. #2 Mississippi State (33-4, 13-3)
The Huskies have been to the Final Four 18 times, have won 11 national championship titles, four of which have been won consecutively in the last four years, have a winning streak of 111 games (and counting) and six undefeated seasons under their belts. UConn has been a #1 seed 22 times. The Mississippi State Bulldogs enter the Final Four for the first time in program history under head coach Vic Schaefer. There isn't much we know about the Bulldogs, however, the player to watch on Mississippi State is Morgan Williams who scored 41 points to beat #1 Baylor in overtime 94-85. With an incredible season and major upsets, the Bulldogs have a chance to surprise the Huskies with a win.
#1 South Carolina (31-4, 14-2) vs. #2 Stanford (32-5, 15-3)
Probably the more exciting match-up of the two games is this one. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, who reached the 1,000 game winning milestone this year and has been coaching the Cardinal for 31 years, has won 4-0 when playing against Dawn Staley's South Carolina Gamecocks. South Carolina is making its second Final Four appearance in program history while Stanford is making its 13th.
South Carolina has a strong, tall and defensive team with center Alaina Coates and forward A'ja Wilson. However, Stanford's offensive triple threat has Erica McCall--or "Bird", as her teammates call her, Brittany McPhee and Karlie Samuelson. The Gamecocks are really going to have to limit Stanford's three-pointers if they want a chance to advance. The Cardinal is going to have to post-up defensively and block shots like McCall did to beat Notre Dame 76-75 in the last seconds to advance to the Final Four.
#1 Uconn vs. #2 Stanford
I have no doubt that UConn will make it to the championship game with all the success they've had in recent years. The thing I like most about this game is that there are two sisters, the Samuelson sisters, who would play against each other if it game down to these two teams. Karlie Samuelson, a senior at Stanford, has been a threat on three pointers, but so has her younger sister, Katie Lou Samuelson, a sophomore at UConn who was the #1 high school player of the year in 2015. The last team to beat UConn was Stanford back in Nov. 17, 2014. Stanford won 88-86 in overtime. Katie Lou didn't play in the national championship game for UConn last year, having broken her foot in the Final Four victory against Oregon State. She made history this season, knocking down 10 consecutive three pointers, which is something that not even an NBA player has ever done. Both coach Auriemma and coach VanDerveer have over 1,000 wins in their careers as head coaches. If a team were to beat UConn in the championship game it would be Stanford. Although it would nice to see another team other than UConn win a championship I'm still predicting that UConn takes it Stanford in a close game.
South Carolina vs. Stanford
4:30pm on ESPN2
UConn vs. Miss St
6:30pm on ESPN