NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket 2012: ND & UConn Will Stay on Road to Final Four

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 24, 2012

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Fans of the Big East are going to enjoy at least one half of the women's Final Four, as classic conference rivals UConn and Notre Dame are not showing any signs of slowing down. Neither team is going to lose in the tournament until the two teams square off in Denver. 

Now, they both have games to play until that showdown happens, but let's take a look at what each team has that will guarantee that matchup.


Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are just too strong at the top for any team to beat them before the Final Four. Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel are absolute stars, working together to make up one of the best backcourts that you could ever imagine in the women's game. 

With those two on the floor, Notre Dame has about 30-35 points per game that they can completely rely on, which is not something most teams can take for granted. When you combine that production with at least 20 combined points per game from Devereaux Peters and Kayla McBride, you have a top four team that is hard to match up with. 

St. Bonaventure, Texas A&M and Maryland just don't have that much talent. Notre Dame has too many weapons to throw at all of those teams and will punch their ticket to Denver because of it. 



If you seriously doubt that Geno Auriemma will lead his team to another Final Four, where exactly have you been for the last 20 or so years?

Yes, they recruit the stars and always have the best players in the country. But the Huskies' win against Kansas State will tell you what makes this team so dangerous.

In that game, they got 28 combined points from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes.That production is a sign of how much depth Connecticut has because neither Mosqueda-Lewis nor Stokes start for the Huskies.  

Such depth will propel Connecticut past Penn State and the winner of the matchup between Gonzaga and Kentucky. As a result, their path to Denver is crystal clear, regardless of any circumstances that may arise in the next two games. 


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