Not to be outdone by dunks, Duke or Dawn Staley, Nneka Ogwumike's 39 points put Stanford into the Elite Eight.
Coaches are sometimes reluctant to be completely honest with star players. That, however, was never an issue between Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley.
Three of the region's top four seeds will clash in the Sweet 16, where St. John's just might be primed for an upset.
There's a lot to watch in the new year, from second-year players who have been first-rate to Dawn Staley's surging Gamecocks.