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NCAA women's basketball tournament: Memphis Region capsules

NCAA women's basketball tournament: Memphis Region capsules

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1 Tennessee

Knoxville, 30-2.

Nickname: Lady Vols. Coach: Pat Summitt.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: SEC champion.

Tournament Record: 104-20, 28 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (74.1); Angie Bjorklund 14.1; Shekinna Strickland 12.8; Glory Johnson 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (43.3); Glory Johnson 7.9; Kelly Cain 7.4; Shekinna Strickland 6.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/14.9); Shekinna Strickland 3.8/2.7; Angie Bjorklund 2.8/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.378); Angie Bjorklund 93; Shekinna Strickland 32.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Pat Summitt can only hope her team learned from last season's shocking first round upset in the NCAA tournament. With almost everyone back, the Lady Vols have been on a mission to redeem themselves from that embarassment since the first day of practice.

16 Austin Peay

Clarksville, Tenn., 15-17.

Nickname: Lady Governors. Coach: Carrie Daniels.

Conference: Ohio Valley. Bid: OVC champion.

Tournament Record: 0-6, 6 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (66.2); Ashley Herring 14.8; Nicole Jamen 10.5; Jasmine Rayner 10.5.

Rebounds: Team (40.8); Nicole Jamen 8.7; Jasmine Rayner 7.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (10.0/18.3); Ashley Herring 2.5/3.7; Brooke Faulkner 1.9/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.270); Ashley Herring 36, Whitney Hanley 35; Brooke Faulkner 32.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Lady Govs pulled off an upset of Eastern Illinois in the conference final to garner their second straight NCAA bid. Austin Peay is the eighth team with a losing record to make the NCAA tournament.

8 Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, 24-7.

Nickname: Flyers. Coach: Jim Jabir.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: First appearance.

Scoring: Team (71.6); Justine Raterman 13.0; Kendel Ross 9.7; Kristin Daugherty 9.7.

Rebounds: Team (42.5); Casey Nance 6.1; Kendel Ross 6.0; Justine Raterman 5.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.1/16.9); Patrice Lalor 4.2/2.2; Kendel Ross 1.6/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.316); Justine Raterman 36; Kendel Ross 34.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: It's been a season of firsts for coach Jim Jabir. The Flyers had their first appearance in the Top 25 and now are in the NCAAs for the first time. Jabir will have to help his team recover from a tough overtime loss in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament to Temple.


Fort Worth, Texas, 22-8.

Nickname: Horned Frogs. Coach: Jeff Mittie.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 5-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (72.3); Emily Carter 14.5; Helena Sverrisdottir 13.5; TK LaFleur 10.7.

Rebounds: Team (39.3); Starr Crawford 8.8; Helena Sverrisdottir 6.5; TK LaFleur 4.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.0/16.0); Helena Sverrisdottir 5.2/3.4; Antoinette Thompson 2.4/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.358); Emily Carter 59; TK LaFleur 50; Helena Sverrisdottir 38.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: TCU was unbeaten at home (15-0) but just 7-8 away from home. The Horned Frogs have tournament experience and a talented guard in Helena Sverrisdottir. TCU only allowed one team this season to shoot better than 50 percent from the field this year.

5 Georgetown

Washington, 25-6.

Nickname: Hoyas. Coach: Terri Williams-Flournoy.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 2-1, 1 year. Last appearance: 1993.

Scoring: Team (68.5); Sugar Rodgers 18.2; Monica McNutt 11.4; Jaleesa Butler 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (35.4); Jaleesa Butler 6.1; Tia Magee 4.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.8/16.3); Rubylee Wright 3.9/2.6; Sugar Rodgers 1.9/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.317); Sugar Rodgers 81; Monica McNutt 61.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Freshman Sugar Rodgers helped the Hoyas to one of their best seasons ever and first NCAA appearance in 17 seasons. A fast-paced offense that tries to cause a lot of turnovers gave Georgetown a lot of victories. Rodgers, the Big East freshman of the year, has a quick first step and also can shoot from behind the arc.

12 Marist

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 26-7.

Nickname: Red Foxes. Coach: Brian Giorgis.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: MAAC champion.

Tournament Record: 3-5, 5 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (68.2); Rachele Fitz 18.0; Corielle Yarde 13.7; Erica Allenspach 13.0.

Rebounds: Team (36.8); Rachele Fitz 8.2; Corielle Yarde 6.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.5/13.5); Erica Allenspach 3.5/1.6; Kristin Best 2.4/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.344); Erica Allenspach 56; Corielle Yarde 55..

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Rachele Fitz will have her last run at Marist, which will try and duplicate its regional semifinals run of 2007. The Red Foxes had a couple losses in conference play, but ran through their opponents in the MAAC tournament.

4 Baylor

Waco, Texas, 23-9.

Nickname: Lady Bears. Coach: Kim Mulkey.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 15-7, 8 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (72.1); Brittney Griner 18.8; Melissa Jones 10.8; Morghan Medlock 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (43.2); Brittney Griner 8.6; Morghan Medlock 7.3; Melissa Jones 6.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/16.9); Kelli Griffin 5.0/2.5; Melissa Jones 2.9/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.285); Melissa Jones 21.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Brittney Griner is the most talented freshman in the country on both ends of the floor. Throw out the two games she was suspended for throwing a punch. She can dominate on the offensive and defensive ends. The key to any sustained tournament run will be the health of Melissa Jones, who has battled a leg injury all season.

13 Fresno State

Fresno, Calif., 27-6.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Adrian Wiggins.

Conference: Western Athletic. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 0-2, 2 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (73.7); Jaleesa Ross 17.7; Hayley Munro 11.6; Joh-Teena Filipe 8.7.

Rebounds: Team (38.6); Jaleesa Ross 5.9; Joh-Teena Filipe 5.5; Rosie Moult 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/15.9); Jaleesa Ross 2.9/1.6; LaShay Fears 2.3/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.357); Jaleesa Ross 102; Rosie Moult 59; Hayley Munro 42.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Before losing in the WAC finals to Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs hadn't been beaten in 2010. There last loss was to Stanford on Dec. 30, 2009. Jaleesa Ross has 1,455 points for her career, ranking her fifth all-time on the Fresno State scoring list. She needs 61 points to move into fourth place.

6 Texas

Austin, 22-10.

Nickname: Longhorns. Coach: Gail Goestenkors.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 32-22, 23 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (74.4); Brittainey Raven 14.6; Kathleen Nash 12.0; Ashleigh Fontenette 10.2.

Rebounds: Team (42.6); Kathleen Nash 6.9; Ashley Gayle 6.3; Brittainey Raven 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.6/17.2); Ashleigh Fontenette 3.3/2.0; Brittainey Raven 2.6/3.3.

3-pointers: Team (.373); Kathleen Nash 62; Brittainey Raven 43; Erika Arriaran 41.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Gail Goestenkors has a lot of talent on this Longhorns' squad. They just haven't put it together consistently all season. Brittainey Raven and Kathleen Nash provide a strong scoring tandem.

11 San Diego State

San Diego, 21-10.

Nickname: Aztecs. Coach: Beth Burns.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Tournament Record: 4-7, 7 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (65.4); Jene Morris 16.4; Quenese Davis 13.0; Paris Johnson 11.5.

Rebounds: Team (36.1); Jessika Bradley 6.5; Paris Johnson 6.3; Quenese Davis 5.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/18.8); Quenese Davis 5.2/3.8; Coco Davis 3.7/2.4.

3-pointers: Team (.333); Jene Morris 50; Coco Davis 29.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Aztecs earned their first conference title in three tries and third overall. San Diego State has made the NCAA tournament eight times and its the first back-to-back trip since 1994-95. That was the last time the Aztecs had back-to-back 21+ win seasons.

3 West Virginia

Morgantown, 28-5.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Mike Carey.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 4-5, 5 years. Last appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Team (63.3); Liz Repella 13.8; Korinne Campbell 10.8; Asya Bussie 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (39.8); Korinne Campbell 7.5; Madina Ali 7.0; Asya Bussie 5.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.1/16.4); Sarah Miles 6.0/3.2; Vanessa House 2.0/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.331); Liz Repella 67; Korinne Campbell 44.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Mountaineers finished second in the Big East conference and play tenacious defense that can give opponents fits. Sarah Miles is a solid point guard, who sees the floor well and controls the game at the slow pace that coach Mike Carey enjoys. If West Virginia can get some constant offense the Mountaineers could make a deep run.

14 Lamar

Beaumont, Texas, 26-7.

Nickname: Lady Cardinals. Coach: Larry Tidwell.

Conference: Southland. Bid: Southland champion.

Tournament Record: 3-1, 1 year. Last appearance: 1991.

Scoring: Team (75.9); Jenna Plumley 14.4; Darika Hill 13.4; Kalis Loyd 13.2.

Rebounds: Team (41.0); Trashanna Smith 7.7; Darika Hill 6.9; Kalis Loyd 6.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.5/16.2); Jenna Plumley 6.7/3.9; Kalis Loyd 3.1/3.1.

3-pointers: Team (.340); Jenna Plumley 107; Darika Hill 52.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Former Oklahoma guard Jenna Plumley helped Lamar make the NCAA tournament for first time in 19 years. Great redemption for Plumley, who left the Sooners after being arrested for shoplifting in 2008.


Baton Rogue, La., 20-9.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Van Chancellor.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 37-19, 19 years. Last apperance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (69.4); Allison Hightower 18.5; LaSondra Barrett 12.6; Katherine Graham 8.6.

Rebounds: Team (39.5); LaSondra Barrett 6.7; Katherine Graham 5.7; Taylor Turnbow 4.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.6/12.4); Katherine Graham 3.6/2.2; Latear Eaton 2.7/1.2.

3-pointers: Team (.322); Allison Hightower 44; Adrienne Webb 26.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: It was a bit of a disappointing year for Van Chancellor's team. Expected to contend in the conference, the Tigers finished in a tie for third place. Add to that, LSU didn't make it to the conference tournament semis for the first time in nine seasons. All can be redeemed with a nice long run in the NCAAs.

10 Hartford

West Hartford, Conn., 27-4.

Nickname: Hawks. Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti.

Conference: America East. Bid: At-Large.

Tournament Record: 2-4, 4 years. Last appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Diana Delva, 14.5; Erica Beverly, 9.2; Jackie Smith, 6.2.

Rebounds: Diana Delva, 8.1; Erica Beverly, 6.9; Ruthanne Doherty, 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.5/16.2; Jackie Smith 3.2/2.4; Erica Beverly 2.2/2.2; Alex Hall .

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Hartford went undefeated (16-0) through the America East regular season and won 20 straight leading up to the tournmanent finals against Vermont. But, senior Erica Beverly tore her right ACL in a semifinal win over Stony Brook, and the Hawks lost in the championhip game 55-50.

2 Duke

Durham, N.C., 27-5.

Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Joanne P. McCallie.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: ACC champion.

Tournament Record: 40-16, 16 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (71.6); Jasmine Thomas 15.8; Joy Cheek 10.2; Karima Christmas 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (43.3); Krystal Thomas 6.8; Joy Cheek 6.0; Karima Christmas 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.2/17.9); Jasmine Thomas 4.2/3.3; Keturah Jackson 2.7/2.6.

3-pointers: Team (.315); Jasmine Thomas 59.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Blue Devils won their first ACC tournament in six years behind tournament MVP Jasmine Thomas. Duke, which is one of the best defensive teams in the country, will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

15 Hampton

Hampton, Va., 20-11.

Nickname: Lady Pirates. Coach: David Six.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: MEAC champion.

Tournament Record: 0-3, 3 years. Last appearance: 2004.

Scoring: Team (63.6); Quanneisha Perry 12.5; Jerika Jenkins 11.0.

Rebounds: Team (37.9); Quanneisha Perry 8.9; Breanna Jones 6.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (10.6/14.1); Jerika Jenkins 3.4/1.8; Bernadette Fortune 3.2/2.2

3-pointers: Team (.317); Jerika Jenkins 92; Choicetta McMillian 40.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: With Quanneisha Perry and Melanie Warner inside, the Pirates have a pair of formidable inside threats, and their MEAC championhip gave them 20 wins for the first time since 2003. Their next job is tougher: Giving the conference its first NCAA tournament victory since 1983.



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