NCAA Women's Final Four 2012: Baylor Wears Down Stanford

The Stanford women's basketball team earns another number one seed in the Fresno regional to play Hampton, while the California Golden Bears women's team earns the eighth seed in the Raleigh regional to play Iowa.

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NCAA Women's Final Four: Brittney Griner, Baylor Shut Down Stanford 59-47

The Baylor Bears didn’t have their offense in great shape. The dominant Brittney Griner only managed 13 points overall on three of nine shooting (although she did hit seven free throws). But her defensive impact was crucial, as she and Destiny Williams combined to grab 19 rebounds and nail 12 of the 19 Baylor free throws to help the Bears pull away from the Stanford Cardinal in the regional semifinal.

Stanford actually held a small lead early in the second half at 29-27 before Baylor ripped off a 19-5 run to take command. Stanford would never get closer than six points. Stanford shot 33.3% from the field and couldn’t give Nnemkadi Ogwumike much help. Nnemkadi scored 22 points (although it took 23 shots) and grabbed 9 boards, while her sister Chiney Owgumike only put up four points and fouled out.

Toni Kokenis provided the most support for Stanford with nine points, but the Cardinal simply struggled to make buckets once Baylor took control, and it was their downfall against the undefeated Bears.

To discuss the result with Stanford basketball fans, head on over to Rule of Tree. To talk about the result with Baylor basketball fans, check out Our Daily Bears.


NCAA Women's Final Four: Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame Survives UConn 83-75 In Overtime

It looked as if Notre Dame was about to blow their Final Four contest against Connecticut, as they lost their decent lead and fell behind by two points with only seconds remaining. But after Skylar Diggins missed her running shot with seconds left, Natalie Novosel grabbed the offensive rebound and managed to put it back up and in to tie the game and send the contest into overtime.

Diggins recovered from her earlier struggles by coming up with the most crucial sequence of overtime, getting a block on a UConn attempted layup, then driving the other way before dishing and kicking it out to Brittany Mallory for the clutch three, a big five point swing with mere minutes left to earn victory. Diggins finished with 19 points on the game. Notre Dame moves onto the semifinal with an 83-75 victory, as they'll face the winner of Stanford-Baylor.

To talk about the result with Notre Dame women's basketball fans, go to One Foot Down. To discuss the result with UConn women's basketball fans, hit up The UConn Blog. Talk about the game with Stanford basketball fans at Rule of Tree.


NCAA Women's Final Four: Stanford's Ogwumike Sisters Have No Problem Playing the Underdog

Baylor Bears superstar Brittney Griner has been the poster child for women's college basketball the past few seasons, and continues to do so heading into the 2012 Final Four. But standout sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal, they are up for Baylor's challenge and have no problem playing the underdog.

`I don't think we go into many games where we're not expected to win,'' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. ``This game, there might not be anyone in this room besides me that thinks we are going to win.''

I little hyperbole never hurt, but it may be true as the Card are yet to face the Bears with Griner on the team, seeing that they haven't played each other in over four years. Nevertheless, it's not time to worry about what might happen and focus on what you can control.

"I'm here having fun with my team, I'm excited, ready to play, not just going to give on Sunday,'' she said. ``I'll give it all I got especially because I'm a senior, it's my last hurrah you got to go out with a bang.''

Griner feels responsible for Baylor's loss in last years NCAA Championship game, and will stop at nothing until she leads her team to victory. All the Baylor players wear wrist bands with 'unfinished business' written on them. Stanford's school-record 32 game winning streak is also incredibly impressive, and would hate to see it go all for nought. We'll find out Sunday night.

For more on the Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree.


NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Stanford Plays Final Four Game On Sunday

The Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team entered the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Fresno Region and rolled all the way to the Final Four. They've demolished everyone that's been put in front of them, but the bad news is: so have all the other top seeds. Sunday's Final Four in Denver will consist of all four No. 1 seeds and Stanford has a tall order ahead of them as they go up against the undefeated Baylor Bears. If they can get past Baylor, they'll play for the national championship.

The first of two games will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and will pit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Connecticut Huskies. Notre Dame blew out Maryland to reach the Final Four, while UConn bested Kentucky.

On the other side of the bracket, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET, the Baylor Bears will take on the Stanford Cardinal. Baylor upended Tennessee's Lady Vols to reach the Final Four, while Stanford easily defeated Duke.

Both games will be televised nationally on CBS.

You can click here to see the entire bracket.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket And Schedule: Stanford Advances, Cal Plays On Sunday

The 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament kicked off its Round of 64 on Saturday. Play continues into Sunday, which is when No. 8 seed California Golden Bears will take on No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes. One of the Bay Area teams has already played in the opening round, as No. 1 seed in the Fresno Region Stanford Cardinal defeated No. 16 Hampton to advance to the next round, where they will face off against No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday.

Cal's game on Sunday tips off at 12:10 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Here is the full lineup for all of the action that will be taking place on Sunday. all times are Eastern.

Des Moines Region:

No. 8 Ohio St. vs. No. 9 Florida - 12:15 p.m.
No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 12 Fresno St. - 12:20 p.m.
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 UCSB - 2:45 p.m.
No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 13 Sacred Heart - 2:50 p.m.
No. 3 Delaware vs. No. 14 Little Rock - 5:20 p.m.
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Kansas - 7:50 p.m.

Raleigh Region:

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Marist - 12:05 p.m.
No. 8 Cal vs. No. 9 Iowa - 12:10 p.m.
No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast University - 2:35 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Liberty - 2:40 p.m.

Fresno Region:

No. 3 St. John's vs. No. 14 Creighton - 5:05 p.m.
No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Middle Tennessee - 5:10 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Michigan - 7:35 p.m.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Samford - 7:40 p.m.

Kingston Region:

No. 4 Penn St. vs. No. 13 UTEP - 5:15 p.m.
No. 5 LSU vs. No. 12 San Diego St. - 7:45 p.m.

You can click here to find the full 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket.

To discuss with Cal women's basketball fans, head to the California Golden Blogs. To discuss Stanford women's basketball, head on over to Rule of Tree.


2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket: Cal Is No. 8 Seed, Will Play No. 9 Iowa

The California Golden Bears have drawn a very tough assignment to try and get out of the second weekend of play. They have the dreaded eight spot, meaning for Cal to get to the Sweet 16, they must beat the toughest first round opponent they have, then manage a titanic upset over a number one seed on their home court. Cal must not only beat Iowa in what amounts to a tough road environment in the Midwest, but then must beat Notre Dame in Notre Dame in all likelihood. Tough times.

Here's the full first round bracket schedule in the Raleigh Region, where Cal will be playing.

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Liberty, Sunday 11:30 AM ET, ESPN2 (Notre Dame)

No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Iowa, Sunday 9:10 AM ET, ESPN2 (Notre Dame)

No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast, Sunday 11:30 AM ET, ESPN2 (Tallahassee)

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Marist, Sunday 9:05 AM ET, ESPN2 (Tallahassee)

No. 6 Arkansas vs. No. 11 Dayton, Saturday 1:05 PM PT, ESPN2 (College Station)

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 Albany, Saturday 3:30 PM PT, ESPN2 (College Station)

No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Michigan State, Saturday 10:30 AM PT, ESPN2 (College Park)

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Navy, Saturday 8:15 AM PT, ESPN2 (College Park)

To discuss with Cal women's basketball fans, head to the California Golden Blogs.


NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket 2012: Stanford Is No. 1 Seed, Will Face Hampton

The Stanford women's basketball team earns another number one seed, and will play Hampton and the winner of West Virginia vs. Texas en route to the Sweet 16.

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