Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
In the WNBA draft, Minnesota, Phoenix and San Antonio took steps toward trying to catch up to the West powers.
Duke had a 13-point lead and -- it appeared -- its first NCAA title in its grasp. So how, exactly, did it get away?
So, Seimone Augustus will leave without an NCAA crown. But there is a strong possibility of a lot more success in her future. And her mark is left forever on LSU, title or not.
Now that Duke and Maryland will meet Tuesday for the NCAA title, coaches Gail Goestenkors and Brenda Frese can stop talking about the lack of respect their teams might get.
With the ACC's Duke, UNC and Maryland advancing to Boston, three teams from the same league reached the Final Four for he first time in NCAA women's Final Four history.