Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard new Winthrop women's coach (The Associated Press)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard has been named Winthrop's women's basketball coach.

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Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections (The Associated Press)

FILE - Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, left, directs her players in this March 18, 2017, file photo, in Manhattan, Kan. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley talks to an official in this March 19, 2017, file photo, in Columbia, S.C. The coaches in the women's NCAA Final Four have some interesting connections. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer coached South Carolina's Dawn Staley on a gold medal-winning Olympic team. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, left, Sean Rayford, right)

Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley have decades-long connections through women's NCAA Final Fours and Olympic gold medals. The coaches in Dallas this week for the Final Four are hardly strangers.


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Newbauer impressed Florida AD long before women's job opened (The Associated Press)

FILE- This March 17, 2017 file photo shows Belmont head coach Cameron Newbauer yelling to his team during a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Florida hired Newbauer on Monday, March 27, 2017 to revitalize its women's basketball program. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Cameron Newbauer auditioned for the Florida women's basketball job long before athletic director Scott Stricklin called. Newbauer was coaching Belmont in the NCAA Tournament last year when Stricklin noticed him from afar. Mississippi State's AD at the time, Stricklin was so intrigued with the job Newbauer and the 13th-seeded Bruins were doing against No. 4 seed Michigan State in Starkville, Mississippi, that he wanted to hear what Newbauer had to say after the game.


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Women's Basketball Polls - Week 19 (Mar 13 - Apr 2)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Connecticut
  • 2. Notre Dame
  • 3. South Carolina
  • 4. Maryland
  • 5. Baylor
  • 6. Stanford
  • 7. Mississippi State
  • 8. Oregon State
  • 9. Duke
  • 10. Florida State
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Connecticut
  • 2. Notre Dame
  • 3. Maryland
  • 4. South Carolina
  • 5. Baylor
  • 6. Stanford
  • 7. Mississippi State
  • 8. Oregon State
  • 9. Duke
  • 10. Ohio State

Mississippi State get another crack at UConn in NCAA tourney (The Associated Press)

Washington guard Kelsey Plum drives past Mississippi State guard Dominique Dillingham, left, during the first half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Mississippi State's run to its first Final Four in program history has generated more than a little excitement in Starkville the past few days. The Bulldogs have earned an NCAA Tournament rematch with UConn, which dealt the program an embarrassing 60-point beatdown in the Sweet 16 last season. Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer doesn't mind saying it was one of the most disappointing moments in his career.


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Fans rally to send UConn off to 10th straight Final Four (The Associated Press)

Fans pet University of Connecticut mascot Jonathan, the Husky, during a send-off rally for the Connecticut women's basketball team outside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., Tuesday, March 28, 2017, as they prepare to board a bus to depart for the Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Dallas. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

University of Connecticut freshman Larissa Compio was among about 200 fans who braved the drizzle and cold on Tuesday to cheer on the school's women's basketball team as it boarded a bus for a 10th consecutive trip to the Final Four. The 18-year-old biology major from Washingtonville, New York, said she's been a fan of the women's team since she was a little girl and it was huge reason she chose to attend the school. The fans waved towels, chanted, cheered and high-fived the players as they made their way between sets of barricades from Gampel Pavilion to begin the journey to Dallas, where they will play Mississippi State on Friday night.


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No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four (The Associated Press)

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson celebrates after the Gamecocks beat Florida State, 71-64, in a regional final game of the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Before they climbed the ladder to take their turn cutting the nets, Kaela Davis and A'ja Wilson started dancing. A spectacular, spontaneous moment for South Carolina's two biggest stars: one headed to her first Final Four, and the other going back to chase the school's first NCAA championship. Moments before tipoff, Wilson pulled Bianca Cuevas-Moore into a quick embrace, then South Carolina's 6-foot-5 center began the night by winning the opening jump and the Gamecocks were on their way to the Final Four, holding off Florida State 71-64 on Monday to win the Stockton Regional.


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