The Women’s NCAA Tournament has finally arrived. As CBB Today has done, it’s time to briefly break down one of the regions in the Big Dance.
The Greensboro Region should be known as The Valley of the Beasts. This region is home to talented post players such as Kalani Brown, Megan Gustafson, Kristine Anigwe and Bella Alarie. Along with these four great players, this region will have some competitive basketball.
Among these players, you also mid-major favorites Drake and Bucknell. The Greensboro Region will be a tough section and it will not an easy task to get through. The size of the teams will be a great factor for this region due to the players mentioned. If you are a fan of physical basketball, this is the region for it.
Portland Regional Winner: Baylor
We already mentioned the caliber of player in Kalani Brown. The All-Big 12 performer will look to dominate as Baylor navigates to the Final Four. We know that she will have her hands full trying to stop players like Gustafson and Anigwe. The X-factor for this bracket and for Baylor is Lauren Cox. She is great on both ends of the court and commands more attention.
With teams focusing in on stopping Brown, Cox will be the one to do the most damage. Although Cox and Brown will be the main threats, do not forget about Chloe Jackson and Juicy Landrum. The guard tandem will be making plays and opening things up for Brown and Cox in the post. Despite potential matchups with Iowa and California, Baylor will be the team to come out of the Greensboro Region.
There is one matchup that we should watch for in this region.
#5 Missouri vs #10 Drake
There are numerous games we can all watch in this region. The one game to pay attention to is Missouri and Drake. Sophie Cunningham is trying to go out on a high note as this is her last appearance in the tournament. Missouri will be making this game a physical one and trying to impose its will. One player who should be critical for Missouri is Amber Smith. She should be a force on the boards for the Tigers.
Drake is bringing a strong offensive attack to the tournament. Averaging 80.7 points per game, the Bulldogs will have enough on that end to give Missouri problems on defense. Becca Hittner and Sara Rhine are two dynamic weapons on offense. They will look to put pressure on the Tigers on offense along with keeping the pressure on defense.
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