Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Women's Notre Dame Region bracket breakdown

Jewell Loyd (32) and Notre Dame are one of two undefeated teams in the country entering the NCAA Tournament.

Associated Press

Jewell Loyd (32) and Notre Dame are one of two undefeated teams in the country entering the NCAA Tournament.

The favorite

Notre Dame. The Irish have made three national championship appearances, winning one title. Experience and depth helped carry them to an undefeated year in their first season in ACC play. Notre Dame is second nationally in scoring. Fans are hoping for a Notre Dame-UConn national championship: a battle of two undefeated teams.

Other contenders

Baylor has title experience and 29 victories in the Big 12 this season. Kentucky won 24 games playing in the toughest conference in the nation and advanced to the Elite Eight last season, and the Wildcats have the talent to make a run.

Best player

Odyssey Sims, Baylor. The senior point guard has national title experience and a fiercely competitive nature. She has four games with 40 or more points.

Dream matchup

Notre Dame-Baylor. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Baylor's Kim Mulkey are two of the best coaches in the nation, with teams to match. A matchup between teams led by floor generals Sims and Notre Dame point guard Kayla McBride would be worth the price of admission.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Women's Notre Dame Region bracket breakdown 03/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rowdies settle for draw at home


    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  2. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  3. Rays journal: Cesar Puello, who has one major-league game, claimed off waivers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Looking to add punch to their right-handed lineup, the Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off waivers Saturday from the Angels.

  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.

  5. Bucs journal: Simeon Rice gives master class on sacks to defensive ends


    TAMPA — As the Bucs seek their first 10-sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005, who better to help that cause than Rice himself?

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Simeon Rice works with defensive end Noah Spence (57) after practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.