The U.S. women were far from perfect Monday. But with veteran guards Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen leading the way -- and Odyssey Sims and Skylar Diggins seemingly on deck -- Team USA is edging closer to being ready for the world championship.
Once again, Shoni Schimmel fell short on the court against UConn, but Monday was about more than one game. It was a chance to celebrate someone who has become a part of the Louisville community and united the Native American nation.
Playing short-handed, it was clear Friday just how small Connecticut's margin for error is right now. But in putting together a 72-55 victory over No. 8 Maryland, the gap between the Huskies and the rest of the country remains.
If Tennessee has a chance against No. 1 Oklahoma, it will be because it can throw aces Ellen and Ivy Renfroe at the Sooners. The sisters have a combined 169-39 career record heading into Monday's championship series.