NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship

FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Tennessee's Jaime Nared (31) grabs a rebound between Louisville's Ciera Johnson (40) and Myisha Hines-Allen (2) during an NCAA women's college basketball tournament game in Louisville, Ky. Nared was caught off guard this year when a teammate called her a "mother figure," but that's a role she's filling as one of the lone seniors on a freshman-laden team. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
November 10, 2017 - 2:24 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard/forward Jaime Nared says she was taken aback recently when a teammate referred to her as a "mother figure." "I'm (just) 22 years old," Nared said. Yet that's a role Nared has this season as one of the seniors on a Tennessee team relying heavily on a heralded...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2017, file photo, South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds up the trophy as she celebrates with teammates after their 67-55 win over Mississippi State in the final of the NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. After a thrilling Final Four in April that ended with the Gamecocks winning their first national championship, women's college basketball is ready to get started Friday (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
November 09, 2017 - 3:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been five years since a team other than UConn started the season as defending champions. Coach Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks have that honor this year. After a thrilling Final Four that ended with the Gamecocks winning their first national championship, women's...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, photo, Bridgette Gordon, left, meets with Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick, right, before an NCAA college women's basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. Gordon starred on two of Tennessee's national championship teams and reached the Final Four each of her four seasons with Tennessee. Now the U.S. Olympic gold medalist is back at her alma mater as an assistant coach trying to help Tennessee regain the prominence it enjoyed during her own playing career. (Wade Payne/The News Sentinel via AP)
November 06, 2017 - 4:32 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Tennessee assistant coach Bridgette Gordon doesn't need to remind the Lady Volunteers what she accomplished in her playing days. "We see her name in the rafters (so) we figured she's pretty important," senior guard/forward Jaime Nared quipped. Gordon played on Tennessee'...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw questions an official during a first-round game against Robert Morris in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in South Bend, Ind. As she enters her 31st year leading Notre Dame, McGraw may be facing her toughest task yet: replacing two All-Americans, one lost to graduation and the other to injury, from a 33-4 team that came within one victory of the program’s eighth trip to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin, File)
November 03, 2017 - 3:55 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw didn't get into the Hall of Fame without having to solve a problem or two. As she enters her 31st year leading Notre Dame, McGraw may be facing her toughest task yet: replacing two All-Americans, one lost to graduation and the other to injury, from a 33-4 team...
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October 26, 2017 - 4:45 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All the members of Tennessee's highly touted freshmen class were in third grade the last time the Lady Volunteers reached a Final Four. That didn't stop these four newcomers from choosing Tennessee anyway as they attempt to restore this program's championship tradition...
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Clemson head coach Audra Smith speaks during the Atlantic Coast Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
October 20, 2017 - 1:35 pm
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson women's basketball coach Audra Smith knows firsthand how hard it is to chase down Dawn Staley on the basketball court. It may be even harder for Smith to catch her former Virginia teammate in the coaching ranks. After all, Staley has the jump on her as the reigning...
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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley answers questions during the Southeastern Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
October 19, 2017 - 9:39 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When South Carolina and Mississippi State met in an all-Southeastern Conference national championship game last season, it underscored the league's dramatic transformation in the post-Pat Summitt era. Anyone watching SEC women's basketball for the first time since Summitt...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2017, file photo, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley holds up the net as she and the team celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. Staley and her champion South Carolina Gamecocks are still waiting for their invite to the White House. Staley told The Associated Press on Friday night, Sept. 30, that she isn't even sure her team would go now if invited. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
September 30, 2017 - 1:26 am
Dawn Staley and her champion South Carolina Gamecocks are still waiting for their invite to the White House. "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes," the women's basketball coach told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Friday night. "We won before those...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2017, file photo, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley holds up the net as she and the team celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. Staley and her champion South Carolina Gamecocks are still waiting for their invite to the White House. Staley told The Associated Press on Friday night, Sept. 30, that she isn't even sure her team would go now if invited. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
September 30, 2017 - 1:26 am
Dawn Staley and her champion South Carolina Gamecocks are still waiting for their invite to the White House. "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes," the women's basketball coach told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Friday night. "We won before those...
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Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, from right, Katie Lou Samuelson, Azura Stevens and other players attend the Under-23 USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug Feinberg)
August 02, 2017 - 2:40 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies haven't watched last season's Final Four loss to Mississippi State. They are focusing on the future more than dwelling on the past. "I haven't watched the game, but I'm sure I will at some point," Auriemma said. "They are probably...
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