UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor and OR reach Final Four

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The Baylor Bears defeated Iowa in the Elite 8 Monday night by a whopping 32 points.

Although most players would be distraught by not making enough shots for the team, Mabrey remains confident on making sure her team wins.

Advancement to the Final Four appeared to be a fading outlook the first half against Stanford. Richards averages 7 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

On Sunday, the powerhouse UConn women punched their ticket to the tournament, marking the program's 12th straight trip to the women's Final Four. She hit a similar shot two nights later to help the Irish win their first national championship since 2001.

"Certainly, you start with seniors". Ogunbowale's 3-point play with 7:47 left in the game gave them a 59-48 lead, and the Cardinal couldn't get closer than eight for the night's remainder.

They will face UConn in Tampa Bay on Friday in a semifinal rematch from previous year, when they beat the Huskies and then Mississippi State on last-second shots by Arike Ogunbowale to claim their second NCAA title. Four of the five starters came up with double digit point totals, including 34 from Arike Ogunbowale and 24 from Jessica Shepard. Saturday's game in Tampa Bay will be her 146th for the Lady Bears, the most of any player on the team by a wide margin.

"Obviously we're a little bit different, " Graves said Tuesday.

CT is led by two-time first-team AP All-America Napheesa Collier, a 6-2 forward who averages 20.9 points and 10.5 rebounds and has shot 61.4 percent from the field this season.

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With big posts Kalani Brown (6-foot-7 senior) and Lauren Cox (6-4 junior), Baylor has won 27 consecutive games since their only loss, at Pac-12 runner-up Stanford before Christmas. "We played 20 minutes really, really well and had one bad quarter".

"The first year against UConn, they destroyed us". They are coming off a 55-46 win over Missouri State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears are an elite national power in the "Schools Who Aren't UConn" category. "But they're a great team", Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. The senior forward had 11 points and 14 rebounds Monday, her 17th double-double of the season. Freshman forward Lexie Hull hit both of her three-point attempts for six points in the half and eight points and seven rebounds overall.

Ogunbowale was whistled for her third foul with 3:33 to go in the third quarter, but by then, the Irish had found their groove.

The Lady Bears have been dominant in the tournament, winning by an average of almost 36 points.

While Young isn't much of a 3-point shooter - she went 13 of 29 this season - that's perhaps her only major weakness. Their semifinal opponent, Oregon, has never made it to a Final Four.

Notre Dame was the team that came into the season with the pressure, returning most of the national championship team and adding Brianna Turner, who missed past year with an injury.

The star of last season's championship run is shining again in this year's NCAA Tournament. Satou Sabally chipped in 22 points in the 88-84 win over No. 1 Mississippi State. If Mulkey seemed to chafe at the fact that Brown got overlooked at Gustafson's expense before the Iowa game, she's bound to feel the same way about Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, a transcendent All-American with an equally All-American backstory (her parents emigrated from Romania in 1990). A ticket to the Final Four in Tampa, and a meeting with 11-time national champion CT.