NCAA Capsules-Bridgeport Regional

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Posted on March 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Connecticut

Storrs, 29-4.

Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Geno Auriemma.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 85-17, 25 years. Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (81.8); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 17.5; Stefanie Dolson 14.5; Breanna Stewart 12.6.

Rebounds: (43.1); Stefanie Dolson 7.0; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (20.8/14.4); Kelly Faris 3.8/1.7; Bria Hartley 3.3/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.374); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 100; Faris 41.

Last 10: 7-3.

The Skinny: UConn has played in the Final Four the last five years and is trying to win an eighth national championship to match Tennessee. The Huskies four losses this season have come to Notre Dame (three times) and Baylor.

Idaho

Moscow, 17-15.

Nickname: Vandals. Coach: Jon Newlee.

Conference: WAC. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 0-1, 1 year, Last Appearance: 1985.

Scoring: (67.7); Alyssa Charlston 13.7; Stacey Barr 10.8; Christina Salvatore 10.6.

Rebounds: (42.3); Ali Forde 7.5; Alyssa Charlston 7.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.4/16.6) Connie Ballestero 3.4/1.8; Krissy Karr 2.8/2.7.

3-pointers: Team (.325); Christina Salvatore 87; Stacey Barr 51.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Idaho won three games by a combined seven points to win the WAC tournament and earn its first NCAA bid since 1985. The reward is likely a very low seed and a potential early exit from the NCAAs, but after going 12-20 a year ago, the NCAA run is a pleasant surprise in Moscow.

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Vanderbilt

Nashville, Tenn., 20-11.

Nickname: Commodores. Coach: Melanie Balcomb.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 38-25, 25 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (66.6); Tiffany Clarke 16.7; Christina Foggie 14.1; Jasmine Lister 12.5.

Rebounds: (39.0); Tiffany Clarke 8.5; Elan Brown 5.5; Heather Bowe 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: (15.2/17.4); Jasmine Liister 5.3/3.4; Christina Foggie 2.6/1.8.

3-Pointers: (.350) Christina Foggie 62; Jasmine Lister 54.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Commodores won five of their last eight regular season games, including an upset of No. 10 Texas A&M, before winning their first game at the SEC Tournament to reach 20 wins for the 14th-straight year. Vanderbilt is one of just eight schools to make each NCAA tournament since 2000.

Saint Joseph's

Philadelphia, 23-8.

Nickname: Hawks. Coach: Cindy Griffin.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 6-11, 11 years. Last appearance: 2000.

Scoring: (67.3); Chatilla van Grinsven 14.9; Erin Shields 11.6; Natasha Cloud 9.1

Rebounds: (39.2); Chatilla van Grinsven 10.5; Natasha Cloud 4.7; Ilza Gotfrida 4.5

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.4/13.9); Natasha Cloud 4.4/2.9; Ashley Prim 3.2/2.1

3-pointers Team (.332); Erin Shields 72; Ashley Prim 23.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Earned first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2000 with thrilling 47-46 win over Fordham in Atlantic 10 final. The Hawks have big victories over Maryland and Dayton this season.

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Michigan State

East Lansing, 24-8.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Suzy Merchant.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 15-12, 12 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (62.3 ); Klarissa Bell 11.1; Jasmine Thomas 10.4.

Rebounds: (40.8); Courtney Schiffauer 6.1, Bell 5.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/14.1); Thomas 3.1/2.5; Kiana Johnson 4.2/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.319); Annalise Johnson 161.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Michigan State will try to shake off a poor shooting performance against Purdue in the conference final, when it shot just under 33 percent in a 62-47 loss. The Spartans had won four straight before that.

Marist

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 26-6.

Nickname: Red Foxes. Coach: Brian Giorgis.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 5-8, 8 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (64.4); Elizabeth Beynnon 12.2; Casey Dulin 10.2; Kristina Danella 9.3; Emma O'Connor 9.1; Leanne Ockenden 8.8.

Rebounds: (33.8); Emma O'Connor 4.7; Kristina Danella 4.5; Elizabeth Beynnon 4.3; Casey Dulin 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.5/14.4) Casey Dulin 3.3/3.3; Leanne Ockenden 2.4/1.6; Kristine Best 2.1/1.0.

3-pointers: Team (.304); Leanne Ockenden 49; Kristina Danella 32; Casey Dulin/Sydney Coffey 26.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Marist enters the NCAA Tournament on a 21 game winning streak, the sixth longest streak in the country. The Red Foxes rolled through MAAC play with a perfect 18-0 record, outscoring opponents by 20.0 points per game. They won their three MAAC Tournament games by an average of 23.8 PPG, earning their eighth straight MAAC Championships and ninth in the past 10 years.

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Maryland

College Park, 23-7.

Nickname: Terrapins. Coach: Brenda Frese.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 31-19, 20 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (75.9); Alyssa Thomas 18.4; Tianna Hawkins 18.3; Katie Rutan 9.4.

Rebounds: (44.2); Alyssa Thomas 10.5; Tianna Hawkins 9.5; Alicia DeVaughn 6.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (18.1/17.3); Chloe Pavlech 4.0/2.8; Alyssa Thomas 5.4/4.0.

3-pointers: Team (.336); Katie Rutan 62; Choe Pavlech 27.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Maryland has two of the nation's best players in two-time ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins. But depth is a major issue for a team that essentially only plays six players because of injury.

Quinnipiac

Hamden, Conn., 30-2.

Nickname: Bobcats. Coach: Tricia Fabbri.

Conference: Northeast. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: First year. Last appearance: First year.

Scoring: (71.1); Felicia Barron 13.4, Jasmine Martin 13.1, Brittany McQuain 11.3

Rebounds: (40.2); Brittany McQuain 8.3; Samantha Guastella 5.5

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.2/14.3); Gillian Abshire 5.1/2.1; Felicia Barron 2.8/1.7.

3-pointers Team (.352); Jasmine Martin 51; Felicia Barron 48.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Quinnipiac earned its first NCAA bid in record fashion blowing away Saint Francis, Pa. in the NEC final. The Bobcats are riding a 22-game winning streak and are one of only six teams in the country with 30 victories. The Bobcats love to sub in five at a time using their depth to wear down opponents.

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Delaware

Newark, 30-3.

Nickname: Blue Hens. Coach: Tina Martin.

Conference: Colonial Athletic Conference. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 1-3, 3 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (66.8); Elena Delle Donne 25.3; Lauren Carra 11.1; Danielle Parker 8.8.

Rebounds: (41.2); Elena Delle Donne 8.5; Danielle Parker 8.5, Lauren Carra 5.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.9/11.8); Kayla Miller 2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.347); Elena Delle Donne 49; Lauren Carra 42.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Delaware enters the tournament riding a school-record 25-game winning streak. The Blue Hens have won two straight CAA titles. Senior Elena Delle Donne is the leading scorer in CAA history.

West Virginia

Morgantown, 17-13.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Mike Carey.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 7-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (64.2); Christal Caldwell 13.2; Ayanna Dunning 10.0; Taylor Palmer 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (38.8); Ayanna Dunning 6.1; Averee Fields 5.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/16.6); Linda Stepney 2.7/1.7; Brooke Hampton 1.7/0.9.

3-pointers: Team (.309); Taylor Palmer 60; Christal Caldwell 44.

Last Ten: 4-6.

The Skinny: The Mountaineers are trying to regroup after a tough loss in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. They led Oklahoma by 19 at the half before losing by one. West Virginia has lost in the second round of the NCAAs the last three seasons.

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North Carolina

Chapel Hill, N.C., 28-6.

Nickname: Tar Heels. Coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 41-22, 23 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: (69.1); Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 15.4; Lina McDaniel 11.7; Waltiea Rolle 11.7.

Rebounds: (42.9); Krista Gross 8.5; Lina McDaniel 7.2; Waltiea Rolle 6.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.3/20.3); Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 4.4/4.3; Latifah Coleman 1.6/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.295); Brittany Rountree 47; Megan Buckland 43.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Tar Heels are back in the tournament after a rare 1-year absence, and with ACC rookie of the year McDaniel — the daughter of former NBA star Xavier McDaniel — they could be a tough out if they can find a way to avoid the prolonged scoring droughts that have plagued them at the most inopportune times this season.

Albany (NY)

Albany, N.Y. 26-3.

Nickname: Great Danes. Coach: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.

Conference: America East. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 0-1, 1 year, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (67.6); Ebone Henry 14.2; Lindsey Lowrie 10.4; Megan Craig 10.4; Shereesha Richards 10.1.

Rebounds: (41.1); Julie Forster 8.3; Shereesha Richards 5.8; Ebone Henry 5.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.2/16.9) Sarah Royals 3.8/2.7; Ebone Henry 3.2/2.5.

3-pointers: Team (.360); Lindsey Lowrie 78; Ebone Henry 36.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: With its two wins in the America East tournament, Albany finished 18-0 in conference play this year. The Great Danes, who scored the last nine points of the game to outlast Hartford 61-52 in the championship game, will be making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

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Dayton

Dayton, Ohio. 27-2.

Nickname: Flyers. Coach: Jim Jabir.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 1-3, 3 years. Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (75.4); Andrea Hoover 12.2; Ally Malott 10.8; Sam MacKay 10.3; Amber Deane 10.1.

Rebounds: (43.1); Ally Malott 6.6; Olivia Applewhite 6.1; Andrea Hoover 5.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.9/16.0); Sam MacKay 5.0/2.6; Andrea Hoover 2.2/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.343); Andrea Hoover 48; Sam MacKay 42.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Flyers won their first A-10 regular season title this season by going 14-0. They've been ranked as high as No. 11 in both major polls this season, a program best. Dayton won three in-season tournaments with three different MVPs in each.

St. John's

Queens, N.Y., 18-12.

Nickname: Red Storm. Coach: Joe Tartamella.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 6-7, 7 years. Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (60.7); Shenneika Smith 16.7; Nadirah McKenith 12.9; Aliyyah Handford 9.2.

Rebounds: (38.8); Shenneika Smith 6.8; Amber Thompson 6.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.9/13.8) Nadirah McKenith 5.3/3.0; Shenneika Smith 2.4/3.1.

3-pointers: Team (.282); Briana Brown 26; Shenneika Smith 25.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll, St. John's struggled early with the loss of senior guard Eugeneia McPherson and was 9-9 midway through the season. The Red Storm bounced back and went 11-5 in Big East play, tied for third, and finished the regular season 7-1 in the final three weeks.

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Kentucky

Lexington, 27-5.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Matthew Mitchell.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 11-9, 9 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (76.4); A'dia Mathies 15.9; DeNesha Stallworth 12.7; Jennifer O'Neill 10.5.

Rebounds: (39.5); Samarie Walker 8.3; DeNesha Stallworth 5.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.6/15.3); A'dia Mathies 2.3/1.8; Jennifer O'Neill 2.8/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.421); A'dia Mathies 64; Jennifer O'Neill 58.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Kentucky advanced to its third SEC Tournament championship game in the last three years with wins over Vanderbilt and No. 12 Georgia. The Wildcats fell to No. 19 Texas A&M in the title game ... UK will make its 10th overall and school-record fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Navy

Annapolis, Md., 20-11.

Nickname: Midshipmen. Coach: Stefanie Pemper.

Conference: Patriot League. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Bridgeport. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: 0-2, 2 years, Last Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: (51.6); Jade Geif 13.3; Alix Membreno 11.4, Kara Pollinger 10.4.

Rebounds: (35.4); Jade Geif 7.8, Alix Membreno 6.8, Erin Meador 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/14.4);Pollinger 3.8/2.6.

3-pointers: Team (.322); Bauer 65, Pollinger 58.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Navy won its third straight Patriot League title, this one as a second seed after losing twice to Army during the regular season. No seniors on the squad. Was 6-6 on Dec. 19.

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