Breaking down the field: Oklahoma City Regional

Ryan Murken

is one of three ESPN All-Americans in the Oklahoma City Regional, along with Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd and Baylor's Nina Davis.



• Location: Iowa City, Iowa

• Conference: Big Ten

• Coach: Lisa Bluder (15th season, 304-173)

• NCAA History: 8th straight appearance, 24th overall

• Record: 26-7, 14-4 Big Ten

• Seed: 3

• Winning streak: 2 straight


• Opening Round: Defeated No. 14 seed American 75-67

• Second Round: Defeated No. 11 seed Miami 88-70


G Samantha Logic, 5-9, Sr., (13.4 ppg, 7.9 apg)

G Melissa Dixon, 5-8, Sr., (14.9 ppg, 46 percent 3-point)

G Whitney Jennings, 5-5, Fr., (9.1 ppg, 2.8 apg)

F Ally Disterhoft, 6-0, Soph., (15.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg)

C Bethany Doolittle, 6-4, Sr., (14.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg)


• NCAA Tournament MVP: Bethany Doolittle played perhaps her best game as a Hawkeye in Iowa's second-round win over Miami notching a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 senior had 10 points and six rebounds in a first-round win over American.

• Player to watch: Samantha Logic is one of three ESPN All-Americans in the Oklahoma City Regional joining Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Baylor's Nina Davis. Logic ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and will play a key role as Iowa attempts to keep Baylor off the offensive glass.

• About the Hawkeyes: Iowa has been an NCAA Tournament regular under Lisa Bluder but finally broke through, advancing past the second round for the first time in 15 seasons. In a loaded regional field, Iowa is the only team with four players averaging double digits in scoring.

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• Location: Waco, Texas

• Conference: Big 12

• Coach: Kim Mulkey (15th season, 436-89)

NCAA History: 12th straight appearance, 14th overall

• Record: 32-3, 16-2 Big 12

• Seed: 2

• Winning streak: 6 straight


• Opening Round: Defeated No. 15 Seed Northwestern State 77-36

• Second Round: Defeated No. 10 seed Arkansas 73-44


G Niya Johnson, 5-8, Jr., (7.2 ppg, 8.5 apg)

G Imani Wright, 5-9, Soph., (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

G Alexis Prince, 6-1, Soph., (8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

F Nina Davis, 5-11, Soph., (20.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg)

C Sune Agbuke, 6-4, Sr., (5.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg)


Baylor's Nina Davis was the Big 12 player of the year and has been the Bears' go-to player in their first two NCAA Tournament games.

• NCAA Tournament MVP: Sophomore Nina Davis has been the Bears' most valuable player all season and that continued in Baylor's opening two NCAA Tournament games. The Big 12 player of the year averaged 19 points and six rebounds in a pair of Baylor blowouts last weekend.

• Player to watch: Junior guard Niya Johnson leads the nation with 8.5 assists per game and is the catalyst for a Bear offense that averages 79.8 points per game. In two NCAA Tournament wins this season, Johnson has 20 assists and two turnovers.

• About the Bears: Baylor rolls into its seventh straight Sweet 16 after winning the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the fifth straight time this season. Big 12 player of the year Nina Davis is the only Baylor player averaging in double figures and leads the Bears with 20.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.




Location: Notre Dame, Ind.

• Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

• Coach: Muffet McGraw (28th season, 696-220)

• NCAA History: 20th straight appearance, 22nd overall

• Record: 33-2, 15-1 ACC

• Seed: 1

• Winning streak: 19 straight


• Opening Round: Defeated No. 16 seed Montana 77-43

• Second Round: Defeated No. 9 seed DePaul 79-67


G Jewell Loyd, 5-10, Jr., (20.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

G Michaela Mabrey, 5-10, Jr., (7.1 ppg, 2.5 apg)

G Lindsay Allen, 5-7, Soph., (9.9 ppg, 5.3 apg)

F Taya Reimer, 6-3, Soph., (10.2 ppg, 6 rpg)

F Brianna Turner, 6-3, Fr., (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg)


• NCAA Tournament MVP: Junior guard Michaela Mabrey averages just over seven points per game on the season but hit 5-of-7 3-pointers and had a game-high19 points in a 79-67 second-round win over DePaul. Mabrey is 7-of-11 from 3-point range in two NCAA tournament games this season.

Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd was the ACC player of the year this season. She averages 20.1 points and 5.3 assists per game.

• Player to watch: Junior guard Jewell Loyd was the ACC player of the year, averages a team-best 20.1 points per game and became the second player in Notre Dame history to score more than 700 points in a season.

• About the Fighting Irish: Second-ranked Notre Dame is appearing in the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and has reached the NCAA title game in three of the last four seasons. Notre Dame has won 19 straight since a Jan. 8 loss to Miami with its only other loss coming to top-ranked Connecticut in December.




• Location: Stanford, Calif.

• Conference: Pac-12

• Coach: Tara VanDerveer (29th season, 801-165)

• NCAA History: 28th straight appearance, 29th overall

• Record: 26-9, 13-5 Pac-12

• Seed: 4

• Winning streak: 5 straight


• Opening Round: Defeated No. 13 seed CSUN 73-60

• Second Round: Defeated No. 5 seed Oklahoma 86-76


G Lili Thompson, 5-7, Soph., (13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

G Brittany McPhee, 6-0, Fr., (3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

G Amber Orrange, 5-7, Sr., (13.3 ppg, 3.5 apg)

F Erica McCall, 6-3, Soph., (5.5 ppg, 1.3 bpg)

F Bonnie Samuelson, 6-3, Sr., (9.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg)


• Most Valuable Player: Amber Orrange had a big game in the win over Oklahoma, but sophomore Lili Thompson was the steady hand for Cardinal in the opening two rounds. Thompson had 17 points, four assists and four rebounds in the opening round and then posted a 19-point, six-rebound, four-assist showing in a second-round win over the Sooners.

Stanford forward Taylor Greenfield is a native of Huxley, Iowa and was named the most outstanding player at the Pac-12 Tournament.

• Player to watch: Huxley, Iowa native Taylor Greenfield is playing the best basketball of her college career over the past few weeks. The senior forward was named the most outstanding player at the Pac-12 Tournament after scoring 20 points in a title game win over California. The 6-foot-3 Greenfield had 19 points in the NCAA Tournament opening-round win and has scored in double figures in three of her last four games.

• About the Cardinal: A Final Four team a year ago, Stanford is making its eighth straight appearance in the Sweet 16. The Cardinal have some out-of-character losses this season, but are the only team in the country to knock of Connecticut this season with an 88-86 overtime win on Nov. 17.