March Madness and the Road to the Women’s Final Four arrives at Denver’s Pepsi Center tonight as the Raleigh Regional Champion Notre Dame Lady Fighting Irish women’s basketball team hopes to advance to the National Championship Game as it takes on the Kingston Regional Champions University of Connecticut Lady Huskies in their Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four game tonight.
You can watch the match up between the Lady Fighting Irish and Lady Huskies live online here.
Here’s a video from earlier in Notre Dame’s season:
And here’s more on the matchup between the two teams:
The winner of today’s game will go on to face either Baylor or Stanford, who play later tonight in the second game of the Final Four.
The Women’s NCAA Tournament has been won by Connecticut in two of the past three seasons, with Tennessee winning the two titles before that and Texas A+M winning the title last season.
This year, it’s Baylor and Brittney Griner that are favored to win the tournament. The Lady Bears have been the top-ranked team in the country most of the year, with the Lady Huskies struggling uncharacteristically throughout their 2011-12 regular season.
Of course, “struggling uncharacteristically” for UConn means only losing a couple of games, and the Lady Huskies are again a number one seed in the NCAA tournament as they pursue their third title in the last four years.
Here’s more on the Women’s NCAA Tournament from Wikipedia:
A total of 64 teams qualify for the tournament played in March and April. 30 of the 64 teams earn automatic bids by winning their respective conference tournaments. Since the Ivy League does not conduct a post-season tournament, the regular-season conference champion receives an automatic bid. The remaining teams are granted “at-large” bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Dr. Marilyn McNeil, vice president/director of athletics at Monmouth University is the current chairwoman. On March 1, 2011, Bowling Green State University’s director of intercollegiate athletics, Greg Christopher, was appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee during the 2011–12 academic year.