Women's FInal Four
The first four picks of the WNBA draft had a Final Four feel to them, with Tennessee's Candace Parker leading a group of impact stars who just finished their college careers at the St. Pete Times Forum hours earlier.
[Joseph Garnett | Times]
Tennessee junior Candace Parker talks with ESPN report Rebecca Lobo after she was selected first in the draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
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  • Out-of-town coverage:
    UConn: The Hartford Courant
    Tennessee: Knoxville News Sentinel
    LSU: The Baton-Rouge Advocate
    Stanford: San Francisco Chronicle

  • UNC, LSU fight for their place
    Tar Heels rally from 18 down; Tigers shake Fowles' slow start, reach region final.
  • Nothing is lost in transition for Duke
    For 15 seasons, Gail Goesten-kors helped build a tradition in women's basketball at Duke. So when Goestenkors left last season to take over at Texas, Joanne P. McCallie made it a seamless transition .
  • Lone area connection at tournament
    At the Final Four in Tampa, only one player comes from the area: Liberty's Rachel Hammond, a junior guard from Clearwater.
  • Keys to the tournament
    Times staff writer Greg Auman breaks down some matchups and provides bracket advice.
  • Women draw the betting type
    The point spreads won't show up in the morning paper, but bookmakers estimate as much as $5-million was legally wagered in Nevada on women's college basketball last year.
  • Not the way it was drawn up
    The field of 64 was unveiled Monday night, with unexpected twists from the top -- overall No. 1 Connecticut might have to face Big East rival Rutgers in the region final -- to the bottom, where Florida State earned a surprising at-large bid to keep the host state from getting shut out.
  • No. 1s and nervous ones
    The Women's NCAA Tournament selection show is set for 7 tonight on ESPN, with host Trey Wingo and analysts Stacey Dales and Kara Lawson breaking down the 64-team field.
  • Cost of net gains
    Women's basketball is competitive on the court, but a $169-million loss in the 2005-06 season makes the bottom line hard to know.
  • My, this seems familiar
    The best thing about high-profile rematches late in the season is that no matter the outcome, it sets up another meeting with even more on the line in the conference tournament.
  • Unique circumstance for pregnant athletes
    Hiding a pregnancy. Playing right up until the due date. Many college athletes see these among their only options.
  • Terps beef up roster
    Maryland got a huge road win at Duke just nine hours after coach Brenda Frese gave birth to twin boys, Markus and Tyler.
  • No sleep 'til bracket
    Difficult decisions await the 10 members of the NCAA women's basketball tournament committee.
  • Officials to be scrutinized
    The controversial finish to Monday's Rutgers-Tennessee showdown is the kind of critical situation that will be discussed and reviewed with the officials chosen to work the NCAA Tournament; specifically the Final Four in Tampa.
  • Trading their red for pink
    When Rutgers, fresh off an upset of undefeated and No. 1 Connecticut, travels to play at soon-to-be No. 1 Tennessee in a rematch of last year's championship game, the Scarlet Knights will wear pink uniforms and shoes from Nike.
  • Out of their league? Not so much
    So much of the power in women's college basketball is in the elite conferences: In the past 10 Final Fours, 30 of the 40 teams have come from the SEC 14, ACC (8) and Big East (8).
  • Daunting schedule for Notre Dame
    Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw believes she might be the only coach in the country who will finish the season having played all four Final Four teams.
  • UConn-North Carolina showdown
    Conference play has started across the country, but the elite programs still sneak one more A-list nonleague game on their schedules. The biggest of those is Monday's ESPN2 showdown between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 North Carolina, the highest-scoring teams in college basketball.
  • Comfort of home
    Lonnika Thompson is grateful for the chance go home for the holidays, even if she doesn't have a bed to sleep on. Her idea of home hasn't been the same since Hurricane Katrina.
  • Women's rivals sitting one out
    Tennessee and UConn won't play in regular season, but that just adds fuel to the fire.
  • UConn coach never rests
    Q & A with Geno Auriemma
  • Higher ground
    With athleticism on the rise, women's players and their coaches are more willing than ever to play above the rim.
  • Fame is relative for Sooner women
    The Oklahoma basketball team has success in its blood, helping it adjust to the spotlight.
  • Forward thinking
    Successful yet turbulent season behind it, Rutgers eyeing a Final Four in Tampa.
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