UConn leads Notre Dame at the half, 41-34

UConn leads Notre Dame at the half, 41-34

"We're not going away", said Auriemma. "She does so many things". To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

"I couldn't be happier for a person than Kat Westbeld, " McGraw said. "It has opened so many doors for me in the community and has enlightened me on all the ways I can have an impact on this world".

Williams to go out with her third national championship in four years.

CT has five (yes, five) players who average double-digit points per game, but looking to slow the Huskies down will be Notre Dame's impressive offense, which has one of the country's top scorers at its disposal. She went 1-of-10 from three in Notre Dame's loss, and it took her 25 shots for her to score as many points. They earned their No. 1 seed fair and square, and belong squarely in contention for this national title.

Her impact is felt in many ways.

Ogunbowale shoots like a superstar, her supporting cast plays up to its potential, and the Irish can contain one of UConn's power trio of Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, or Napheesa Collier.

But people are always going to be critical of success. She's been great with me. It's what you need. "Of course, she'll put it in other words".

When Kia Nurse arrived at UConn, she believed she would get good minutes by being a good defender. One of the best talents in the country isn't likely going out in the same manner again.

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson was named the AP women's player of the year.

Schaefer was honored as the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

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"She's obviously deserving of it", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

Mississippi State senior guard Blair Schaefer - the daughter of coach Vic Schaefer - was limited in the first quarter after she went down hard on a blocking foul and limped to the bench, holding her lower back. The Huskies are fourth in the nation and first in the AAC in scoring defense (52.3 points per game) and field-goal percentage (33.2).

The Bulldogs ended UConn's 111-game winning streak past year before losing to SC in the title game. "She is a gifted and hard-working student-athlete who has demonstrated determination, intensity, effort and teamwork at the highest level".

The teams have played each other 47 times ever, and both coaches have been at their current positions since the rivalry heated up. State completed the regular season 30-0, the first SEC team to do so in 20 years.

Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan has 18 points and 18 rebounds.

December's win over Notre Dame was the biggest confidence booster of the season for Stevens.

In the history of basketball - men's, women's, high school, college, pro ... - the 2017-18 Notre Dame women are probably the first in one season to have fewer losses (three) than players lost for the year to ACL injuries (four).

Wilson was named the Wade Trophy victor as WBCA Player of the Year and was also selected as the Associated Press Player of the Year.

It's fair to say that UConn fully expected to be in this semifinal game, and that everyone else expected it, too; it's the Huskies' 19th Final Four and 11th in a row. I don't know (crap) about curling. But [McGraw] knows, and I know, that we're always there and they're always there. I don't know anything about it. The year prior, they won by 11.

McGraw will remind her players that they didn't see the real Gabby Williams who had only two points on one-for-seven shooting in December and sat out the second half with a migraine headache. So there's people that have never seen a women's game, have never talked to a women's basketball player or coach and they have an opinion at this time of the year and their opinion usually involves CT.