Women’s NCAA: Who Will Cut the Final Net?

Women’s NCAA: Who Will Cut the Final Net?

We are finally down to two teams in the women’s NCAA bracket. Tampa, Florida has brought lots of tears, and great moments. Rising out of the ashes are the Fighting Irish and the Lady Bears.

Photo Credit: Baylorbears.com

No.1 seed Baylor had a lot of criticism going into the Final Four game against the impressive Oregon Ducks team due to their weak schedule throughout the tournament, but they proved to the nation why they were the number one seed. Baylor took care of business and took down Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon’s top player, and NCAA player of the year) and beat the Ducks 72-67. Baylor has a great team and has the chance to win another championship, but this will be their first final appearance since 2012 when they went undefeated and took home the title.

The Lady Bears 2012 National Championship also came against Notre Dame; can they repeat their past title run? For Baylor to beat Notre Dame they are going to have to play some tough defense and get their shots to fall early.  Baylor has a lot of weapons and experience heading into the championship, but they are meeting their toughest battle with a roster as good as Baylor’s. Baylor has to stick to the script. What they have been doing throughout the tournament has been working and they have effectively disrupted some of the best players in women’s basketball. They need to get the ball in the paint and disrupt the outside shooters of the Fighting Irish.

Photo Credit: UND.com

The Fighting Irish come into the championship as the other No.1 seed that took down UConn in a high scoring game of 81-76. Notre Dame has looked the best during the tournament, and up to this point, looked like the team to beat. Coming off of a win against one of the greatest women’s basketball programs in the modern era, they have every reason to believe they can win this title, but it is not a given.

Notre Dame was last years champion, and they look to repeat. For the Irish to win this game they will have to slow down the ball movement of Baylor and cause problems in the post. If the Irish can out-rebound Baylor and get their shots to fall from beyond the arc, look for the Irish to be champions once again. But, that is easier said then done. Baylor has a big force in the paint and their defense has been fearless.

This is going to be a great game that will give either coach their third championship on their resume. The stakes are pretty high, but look for this to be a battle and a high scoring game with tons of highlights throughout.

The Women’s NCAA championship game will be Sunday 6 pm EST on ESPN.

Featured Photo: NCAA.com

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