You know her as the frontrunner for national player of the year. But Jewell Loyd is also a film, television and theater major at Notre Dame who loves everything from legendary Mafia movies to SpongeBob.
No matter the opponent, no matter the stage, no matter the names of his players, Geno Auriemma keeps yielding the same result: NCAA titles. And UConn's road to a record ninth championship was no different.
Natalie Achonwa, diagnosed with a season-ending torn ACL on Tuesday, is a player and leader Notre Dame will struggle to replace as it prepares for its fourth straight Final Four and possible matchup with UConn.
The madness we've all been waiting for tips Saturday morning. We look at what underdogs might come out on top, which teams might make the most noise, and the tourney's reigning top dog, UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart.
Undefeated UConn and Notre Dame are locks for No. 1 seeds. Will Stanford and Tennessee also be on the top line? Will the Huskies be placed in Lincoln? Will the Fighting Irish face a road game in the second round?
The women's tournament could give fans the first title matchup between two undefeated teams, but plenty can happen between now and Nashville. Mechelle Voepel looks at potential obstacles for Connecticut and Notre Dame.