Wolfpack (32-3) can advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1998, when he beat the U-Conn. Teams play infrequently, which adds flavor to this match. Yo Kun. (28-5) all-time series leader, 6-2, teams last played during the 2007 NCAA Championship. U-Conn, of course, is an enduring force in the women’s hoops, winning 11 national titles (including four in a row) . Husky dogs may have the advantage of the state, but this isn’t likely to bother a wolfback. North Carolina became the first NCAA women’s team to beat two No. 1 teams on the road in the same season when they defeated South Carolina and Louisville last year. This year, the Wolfpack beat Indiana, seeded 6th at the time, in Bloomington, and took a 9-1 win on the road this season, 6-0 on neutral courts.
Yo Kun. She is seeded number two in the area, in large part because the all-you-can-eat Paige Bakers missed a large part of the season with a knee injury. The Bakers, the 2021 National Player of the Year, also won the Naismith Cup, the Wood Award and was the USBWA Player of the Year and New Year’s award. She was also named to the 2021 Final Four all-tournament team, along with U-Conn. Upset by Arizona in the national semi-finals. Kay Crutchfield is likely to be accused of stopping the Bakers, who was injured in December and returned to the squad in February.
“If you haven’t noticed, she has a lot of God-given talent and ability,” North Carolina coach Wes Moore said of Crutchfield, who helped Notre Dame guard Olivia Miles in the second half. Sweet 16 game on Saturday.
“Student. Incurable problem solver. Amateur baconaholic. Introvert. Infuriatingly humble music fanatic.”