Purdue was the Big Ten's hottest team heading into the postseason, but the Boilermakers couldn't top FSU to reach the regional final.
Dupree and the Mercury have been in this position before, losing big to Seattle in their first game. They know how to fight back.
At 41, the Minnesota center is solid on the floor, spectacular in the locker room. Part mom, part cop, part coach, she has been the glue the team needed.
After another slow start, Minnesota routed the San Antonio Silver Stars to win the franchise's first playoff series and advance to the conference finals.
Seimone Augustus and Minnesota must ramp up their trademark physical defense again to beat San Antonio.
One game away from elimination, the right-hander shut down a resurgent Cal team to save the game and continue the Gators' postseason.