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.
Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections (The Associated Press)
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.
Newbauer impressed Florida AD long before women's job opened (The Associated Press)
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.
Mississippi State get another crack at UConn in NCAA tourney (The Associated Press)
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.
Fans rally to send UConn off to 10th straight Final Four (The Associated Press)
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.
No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four (The Associated Press)
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.