Notre Dame, UConn, Baylor and OR reach Final Four

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3 takeaways from Notre Dame's 84-68 win in the Elite 8, including a Final Four rematch is set with Connecticut

She said it's been the most exciting UConn women's basketball season in years. The Huskies and Irish will meet in the national semifinals for the second year in a row. This is the first time the program has made the Women's Final Four in history. Brown will close her collegiate career with her first trip to the Final Four, a round that's eluded her and the Lady Bears the last few years.

They will face UConn in Tampa Bay on Friday in a semifinal rematch from a year ago, when they beat the Huskies and then Mississippi State on last-second shots by Arike Ogunbowale to claim their second NCAA title. Instead, he is coaching a team that is playing to win it, and there is a difference.

"We spanked UCONN in January in Waco". "But they're a great team". CT already has Napheesa Collier, Samuelson and Crystal Dangerfield. The summer before Brown's sophomore year, Mulkey told Brown she saw greatness in short bursts. You know, at times you've got to roll the dice a little bit, and I thought we did a really good job on Napheesa.

Ava even met the head of the team, Coach Geno Auriemma. They have split the six meetings with the Irish going 3-1 in the semifinals.

Maybe someone at the Final Four will actually give Baylor a game.

A key reason UConn was able to defeat Louisville with only 12 points from Collier was the breakout game from fellow senior Katie Lou Samuelson, who dropped 29 points and hit seven 3-pointers to send the Huskies to the Final Four. "Not in today's world the way things change and teams keep getting better and better".

"At this point, I don't really care it goes in or doesn't go in", Mabrey said speaking to Alex Wilcox of WNDU.

"I got the book in hopes that maybe I would get to him", said Morgen. "No it's not normal, it's not normal".

"I mean, it's a milestone and certainly the first time it's been done", McGraw said. That allows him to play immediately in 2019, with two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining.

Senior Prospects: Throughout the season and NCAA tournament, the Ducks have been led by All-American Sabrina Ionescu, the NCAA's all-time leader in triple-doubles (18) for either men and women.

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Oregon women Final Four debut, others have national titles

OR faced one dominant big in Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan twice this season-December 18 in Eugene and in Sunday's regional final in Portland.

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 previous year with an injury.

She scored 19 points in the second half, nine of which came in the critical third quarter.

"That was unbelievable", said McGraw of the comeback for the defending national champions. They needed a strong second half to finally get past second-seeded Stanford 84-68, whom they trailed by seven at halftime.

Auriemma called UConn's next opponent, Notre Dame, the best team in the country.

Baylor is the third team to win each of their game by 25 plus points en route to the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1994, joining 2010 and 2013 UConn.

Senior Prospects: We have to start to Ogunbowale, who has a penchant for delivering in the NCAA tournament.

It will be a tough goodbye for her coach as well. "It doesn't get any more positive than this".

Hundreds of supporters, some lined up three or four deep behind barriers, waited nearly an hour outside Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday to cheer the team as it headed out to the program's record 20th Final Four. That is going to be very important because OR relies on the play of Sabrina Ionescu. Arike Ogunbowale led all Irish scorers with 34 points and Jessica Shepard added a double-double in the win with 24 points and 14 rebounds. She's a lot more skilled.

It's been a meteoric rise under coach Kelly Graves since he took over five years ago. "But ultimately we're all sisters so it's all good". We weren't quite the championship level yet. I think our student-athletes are the real ambassadors. "We see it in our league and we've also seen it because of our height advantage inside". A lot of people profess, hey, their culture is about family.

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