NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals Come to ARCONnemkadi Ogwumike

By Linda Kingsley

Women’s basketball fans rejoice! The NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals are coming to Sactown. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 will be battling on the floor at Arco Arena on March 27th and 29th.

This is the last stop before the “Big Dance” appears on the big stage at the Final Four in San Antonio Texas on April 4th and 6th.

The top seed in our region is the Stanford Cardinals, led by head coach of 23 years, Tara VanDerveer. The Cardinals are ranked second in the nation with a record of 31-1. Their only loss coming in December at the hands of the number one Connecticut Huskies.UConn heads the list of teams in the Dayton region and is the hands down favorite to win it all and capture their seventh national title. They have set an unprecedented 72 straight winning streak beating their opponents by an astonishing 35 point average. No one thinks that they can be beaten.

 


Stanford was the last team to claim victory against UConn, beating them almost two years ago in the NCAA tournament. They are seen as the best hope of ending UConn’s streak and taking away the title.

Senior center Jane Appel and sophomore Pac-10 player of the year Nnemkadi Ogwumike have helped secure Stanford’s first No. 1 seed since 1998. They must win the first two rounds, on their home court to secure a spot at the Regionals here in Sacramento. Texas A&M's Danielle Adams

Tennessee, coached by legend Pat Summitt, captured the Memphis region’s top spot earning the No. 1 seed for a record 20th time. In contrast, Nebraska rounds out the last spot in Kansas City by securing it’s first ever No. 1 ranking.

The experts predict a Stanford-Texas A&M match-up here in Sacramento, the winner going to the Final Four. Lots can happen to derail their predictions, though. Texas A&M, led by junior Danielle Adams, won the Big 12 tournament giving Nebraska it’s only loss of the year. Adams was also was named tournament MVP and is a force to be reckoned with.

Who ever comes to play it will be exciting. I am happy to not be driving to Fresno or Berkeley or the East Bay. I am happy to have our city host some of the best women’s college basketball players in the country.

The collegian atmosphere with it’s colorful mascots, energetic pep bands and screaming alumni is electrifying. I am hoping that their presence will fill the arena and take some of the sting out of the loss of our beloved Monarchs.

Come join the party.

 

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