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Women's NCAA Tournament: Dallas Region

Baylor forward Nina Davis shoots over Texas guard Ariel Atkins in the Big 12 tournament.

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Baylor forward Nina Davis shoots over Texas guard Ariel Atkins in the Big 12 tournament.

Team to watch

As odd as it might sound, No. 1 seed Baylor might be considered under-the-radar when compared to its counterparts Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

But make no mistake, the Bears (31-1) are primed for another deep run.

Led by All-America F Nina Davis (21.1 points) and Big 12 newcomer of the year Alexis Jones (14.6), Baylor defeated Texas for a sweep of the conference's regular season and tournament titles. Its only loss this season came at Oklahoma State on Dec. 30.

If everything goes according to plan, all signs point to a date with second-seeded Oregon State in the region final.

Upset alert

Middle Tennessee State (24-8) certainly has the experience when it comes to the tournament, making its 11th appearance in 13 seasons. That might be enough to get past Florida State in the opening round.

The Blue Raiders easily defeated Old Dominion for the Conference USA title behind Brea Edwards' 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Another performance like that might push MTSU past an FSU team that lost in the ACC quarterfinal to Miami.

Name game

The Dallas region certainly has its share of creative mascot names like the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure and the Dukes of James Madison. But the best of all might be the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears, which will make their tournament debut as a No. 14 seed against Louisville.

Welcome back

Troy (21-12) makes its first NCAA appearance in 19 years as a No. 15 seed. … Missouri State, a No. 13 seed, returns for the first time since 2006.

Players to watch

• Texas A&M G/F Courtney Walker averages 18.1 points and will play a key role in what could be the region's sleeper team.

• Oregon State stars Sydney Wiese, Jamie Weisner and Ruth Hamblin headline a dangerous team that believes it can make a deep run. The trio accounted for 86 percent of the scoring that led the Beavers to the Pac-12 tournament title.

• Louisville sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen, the ACC player of the year, leads the Cardinals with 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and a 54 percent field goal percentage. She was named a finalist for the Wade Trophy on Saturday.

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

Women's NCAA Tournament: Dallas Region 03/14/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 10:14pm]
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