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IOWA HAWKEYES

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Conference: Big Ten

Coach: Lisa Bluder (15th season, 302-173)

NCAA History: 8th straight appearance, 24th overall

TOURNAMENT RESUME

Seed: 3

Record: 24-7, 14-4 Big Ten

Last 10 Games: 7-3

RPI: 9

SOS: 10

PROJECTED LINEUP

G Samantha Logic, 5-9, Sr., (13.5 ppg, 8 apg)

G Melissa Dixon, 5-8, Sr., (15 ppg, 45 percent 3-point)

G Whitney Jennings, 5-5, Fr., (8.8 ppg, 2.8 apg)

F Ally Disterhoft, 6-0, Soph., (15.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

C Bethany Doolittle, 6-4, Sr., (13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg)

TAKEAWAYS

Most Valuable Player: Samantha Logic, 5-9, Sr., point guard. The NCAA's active career assist leader (869), Logic was an ESPN second-team all-American this season and is the only player in NCAA history with 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.

Player to watch: Melissa Dixon, 5-8, Sr., guard. It doesn't take long for Dixon to heat up and when she does, she can carry the Hawkeye offense. Dixon is shooting 45 percent from 3-point range and leads the nation in 3-pointers per game with 3.74. She has made at least six 3-pointers in eight games this season.

About the Hawkeyes: Iowa is making its eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and will be hosting the opening two rounds for the third straight season. The Hawkeyes are 16-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this year, setting a program record for home victories in a season.

AMERICAN EAGLES

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Conference: Patriot League

Coach: Megan Gebbia (2nd season, 45-18)

NCAA History: 1st appearance

TOURNAMENT RESUME

Seed: 14

Record: 24-8, 16-2 Patriot League

Last 10 Games: 10-0

RPI: 50

SOS: 96

PROJECTED LINEUP

G Shaquilla Curtis, 5-9, Sr., (7.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

G Jen Dumiak, 5-10, Sr., (16.9 ppg, 6.2 apg)

G Emily Kinneston, 5-8, Fr., (2.9 ppg,1.2 rpg)

F Michelle Holmes, 6-1, Jr., (11 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

F Arron Zimmerman, 6-0, Sr., (10 ppg, 4.6 rpg)

TAKEAWAYS

Most Valuable Player: Jen Dumiak, 5-10, Sr., The Patriot League player of the year averages 16.9 points, 6.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. Dumiak was named Patriot League player of the week five times and led the conference in assists, free-throw percentage (.917) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).

Player to watch: Shaquilla Curtis, 5-9, Sr., The Patriot League defensive player of the year averages 1.6 steals per game and has helped the Eagles hold opponents to 57.5 points per game. Curtis also averages 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

About the Eagles: American brings an 11-game winning streak into its first appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles have won 24-of-29 games since opening the season with three straight losses to NCAA Tournament teams. American is 1-4 against teams in the NCAA field.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES

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Location: Seattle

Conference: Pac-12

Coach: Mike Neighbors (2nd season, 43-23)

NCAA History: 1st Appearance since 2007, 17th overall

TOURNAMENT RESUME

Seed: 6

Record: 23-9, 11-7 Pac-12

Last 10 Games: 7-3

RPI: 33

SOS: 50

PROJECTED LINEUP

G Jazmine Davis, 5-7, Sr., (15.9 ppg, 4.2 apg)

G Kelsey Plum, 5-9, Soph., (22.8 ppg, 3.3 apg)

G Brianna Ruiz, 5-10, Fr., (4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

F Talia Walton, 6-2, Jr., (12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

F Aminah Williams, 6-0, Sr., (8.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

TAKEAWAYS

Most Valuable Player: Kelsey Plum, 5-9, Soph. One of the most dynamic players in the country, Plum is on pace to become the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer. Plum ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring at 22.8 points per game and has scored 30 points seven times this season.

Player to watch: Aminah Williams, 6-0, Sr. The all-time leading rebounder in Huskies history (1,132) needs two rebounds to become the sixth player in Pac-12 history with three seasons with at least 300 rebounds.

About the Huskies: Washington has recorded one of the most successful seasons in program history, notching the most wins since the 1994-95 season while returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Huskies own wins over a pair of top-10 teams in Florida State and Oregon State and six of their nine losses have come to teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

MIAMI HURRICANES

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Location: Coral Gables, Fla.

Conference: ACC

Coach: Katie Meier (10th season, 182-133)

NCAA History: 1st appearance since 2013, 10th overall

TOURNAMENT RESUME

Seed: 11

Record: 19-12, 8-8 ACC

Last 10 Games: 4-6

RPI: 65

SOS: 47

PROJECTED LINEUP

G Jessica Thomas, 5-6, Soph., (8.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

G Michelle Woods, 5-8, Jr., (8.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

G Adrienne Motley, 5-9, Soph., (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

G Suriya McGuire, 5-11, Sr., (6.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

F Jassany Williams, 6-2, Sr., (5.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

TAKEAWAYS

Most Valuable Player: Adrienne Motley, 5-9, Soph. The only Miami player averaging double figures in scoring at 16.4 points per game, Motley has been efficient, scoring in double figures in 27-of-31 games. A first-team all-ACC pick, Motley is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top 15 in points, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

Player to watch: Jassany Williams, 6-2, Sr. In two seasons since transferring from Auburn Williams has blocked 129 shots, fourth most in Miami history. Williams' 72 blocks this season are the second most in a season in program history.

About the Hurricanes: Miami is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past five seasons and is one of eight ACC teams in the field. The Hurricanes have an impressive win, handing Notre Dame one of its two losses, and some head-scratching losses on its resume, including a loss to 13-20 Wake Forest. Ten of the Hurricanes' 12 losses have come to teams in the NCAA field.

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