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In town for the Women’s Final Four? We have you covered

Our writers have been planning for this weekend’s tournament for months. A few stories to get you caught up.
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma , front center, talks to his team during practice at the women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. UConn faces Notre Dame in a national semifinal on Friday.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma , front center, talks to his team during practice at the women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. UConn faces Notre Dame in a national semifinal on Friday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Published Apr. 5, 2019

Now that we have our Final Four field set, with Baylor-Oregon and UConn-Notre Dame facing off tonight, how did we get here? Read on:

Game-day guide to the Final Four

Get to know the players who’ll be taking the court at Amalie Arena tonight.

Muffet McGraw’s cry for equality resonates

“Enough. I think women across the country in the last few years have just said, ‘Enough. Time’s up. Time’s up. It’s our turn.’ If it’s going to happen, we have to do something about it."

UConn-Notre Dame never fails to deliver the drama

Sometimes that drama comes from their “spicy” coaches, but mainly it’s all about the talent on the floor.

Will Sabrina Ionescu leave Oregon early for the WNBA draft?

Rebecca Lobo: “I’m not saying she should come out this year, but if she did, I think she would go No. 1..."

Buzzer beaters are part of the Final Four fabric

That moment of breathless glory resonates ... especially when a player of any skill level has a chance to make the iconic shot.

Can’t say buzzer beater without Arike Ogunbowale

Our picks for the top five women’s college basketball buzzer beaters. All five were delivered by players who either competed in the Elite Eight, the Final Four or the championship game.

Tick ... tick ... nothing but swish on these buzzer beaters

Our picks for the top local buzzer beaters. All five were delivered by either a player from a local high school/college, or in a bay area venue.

30 years ago, Geno Auriemma’s UConn dynasty got its start

The 1988-89 team was the coach’s first to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Few weaknesses in this Final Four lineup

The Women’s Final Four for Tampa is set, and there is no doubt that this is a stacked field. The four semifinalists have combined for 10 total losses.

Miami meltdown started Notre Dame’s run to the Final Four

A loss to the Hurricanes was the turning point for the defending national champions.

Where’s the March Madness in the women’s Final Four?

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament will have more upsets than it used to but still lags behind the men’s tourney.

Inclusion into elite women’s basketball ranks tends to elude Tampa Bay players

Budget cuts and rising costs have taken a toll on the girls game, with locals rarely making the cut at major Division I-A programs. This year’s Final Four in Tampa will have no local flavor.

Can Seffner Christian’s Brylee Bartram end the local D-I drought?

Photo essay: The national 3-point record holder is next off to Florida, which she hopes to make a regular NCAA Tournament contender.

Geno Auriemma thinks Tampa should be a regular Women’s Final Four host

“I think it’s one of the best hosts in the country. The people are fantastic. The hotels are fabulous. The location is so that you’re not far from anything. Who wouldn’t want to come down here for five days in late March, early April?”

Why senior citizens love NCAA women’s basketball

The fan base of “purer basketball” comprises a hearty contingent from the 55 and older crowd. Can’t beat the price either.

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