The basketball community is ready for the Women’s NCAA Tournament. Starting on Friday, fans and pundits have already filled out their brackets. Now people are analyzing and breaking down the matchups of each game. Fortunately, we also have been studying each region in detail.
Let us begin our regional breakdowns with the Albany region.
Louisville is the No. 1 seed in this region and this was a surprise to many. Notably, UConn was on the one-seed for various bracketologists and analysts. This did not end up the case for the Huskies. At first glance it looks like the Cardinals and the Huskies are the predictable teams to make the regional final. However, this region has some intrigue that needs to be evaluated.
Albany Regional Winner: Connecticut
Speaking of UConn, they are the team we should pay attention to. The player to watch for in this bracket is Katie Lou Samuelson. The All-AAC performer missed the remainder of the regular season and the AAC Tournament due to back spasms. Due to that, the Huskies had to depend on younger players like Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa.
UConn was able to use those games for the two freshmen improve. Because of this, you now have two more viable weapons to use. In return, Samuelson was able to rest and heal just in time for the NCAA Tournament. The senior is averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds this season. Without much delay, Samuelson should be able to plug back into the rotation and be a key contributor to UConn’s championship chase.
Now, take a look at two critical matchups that could shake up the region.
#6 UCLA vs #11 Tennessee
For starters, Tennessee was on the bubble this season and they drew the 11-seed. The Lady Volunteers will matchup with UCLA on March 23. Tennessee will have a tough draw with the Bruins, as UCLA was coming on strong to finish the season.
All-Pac-12 performers Kennedy Burke and Michaela Onyenwere are leading the Bruins into this game. Nonetheless, these two teams will be playing at two different paces and will surely try to win the rebounding battle. The winner will likely play the Maryland Terrapins in the next round. Regardless, this matchup should produce a winner who will make some noise in the Big Dance.
#8 Michigan vs #9 Kansas State
Next, Michigan and Kansas State will be looking to advance to the next round. The Lady Wolverines were one of the top teams in the Big Ten. The inside combination of Naz Hillmon and Hallie Thome should be a threat for the Wolverines. Coupled with the play of Nicole Munger, Michigan will be a formidable opponent.
Likewise, Kansas State is led by All-Big-12 performers Kayla Goth, Peyton Williams, and Christianna Carr. Kansas State is one of the more physical teams in the Big 12 and can compete inside with Michigan. Furthermore, the matchup between Thome and Williams will dictate how the game will go for either team.
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