Maryland always thought it was going to win. That confidence -- instilled by coach Brenda Frese -- was the difference Tuesday as the Terps came back for their first NCAA title.
Expect a wide-open game with plenty of scoring as the ACC's Duke and Maryland take aim at their first NCAA title on Tuesday. But the Blue Devils tip off as the favorite.
The most emotional player in Boston didn't seem to play with any on Sunday. And now, Ivory Latta and North Carolina are headed home.
To be a title contender, you must have a dominant post and an assertive point guard. Maryland has both, and shouldn't be as big of an underdog against North Carolina as people think.
For as much as Maryland's Kristi Toliver and Utah's Shona Thorburn put on a show in Monday's Albuquerque Regional final, both team's coaches made the game as interesting as you can when you're stuck watching on the sideline.
Maryland's depth and balance might be too much for fifth-seeded Utah on Monday in the Albuquerque final.
From the best first-round game to the most underated player, here's how the regional shapes up heading into the first round.