North Carolina, minus injured star Crystal Dunn, rode two goals from Summer Green and key saves from Anna Sieloff to a 2-0 shutout of Texas A&M.
Which No. 1 has the toughest road to New Orleans? The Fighting Irish have to travel to Iowa and would play the second round in Norfolk, Va.
After their performances at a star-studded Mary Nutter Classic, UCLA and LSU jump into the espnW NCAA softball rankings for the first time, while Oklahoma remains a dominant No. 1.
There wasn't much shakeup on the field or in the softball power rankings this past weekend, but a big tournament is on tap and could cost some top teams their undefeated records.
With the NCAA softball season opening this weekend, the biggest question could be: Can any team stop Oklahoma?
Texas A&M moves into the SEC, where Alabama won last year's national championship in softball, with two of its own national championships. Maroon vs. Crimson Tide.
The Big 12 and the NCAA tournament can wait. For one final series, Texas and Texas A&M meet for Lone Star bragging rights.
UConn had Tuesday's win in the Jimmy V Classic in hand early, playing tough defense to beat defending NCAA champion Texas A&M at its own game.
Trouble seemed to find Sydney Colson in the first half of Tuesday's championship game. But the senior's second-half performance, played with the burden of three fouls, was the key to Texas A&M's title run.
After falling short in the NCAA championship game, Notre Dame loses its senior leader to graduation. But while the loss of Becca Bruszewski is great, there's reason for optimism in South Bend.
Skylar Diggins topped Tennessee and had her way with the Huskies. But she hasn't faced Texas A&M guards Sydney Carter and Sydney Colson, who combine for a dog-eat-dog defense.
Much has been made of Texas A&M's defense, and with good reason. But Brittany Mallory and Natalie Novosel give Notre Dame a physical presence that opponents fear.
Is it better to build a team around one star (see: Maya Moore, Danielle Adams) or around a talented team (see: Notre Dame, Stanford)? The Final Four might give us the answer.
When the Sweet 16 gets under way on Saturday afternoon, some of the biggest stars on the court will be the smallest players on the court, the point guards.
Whether they are around one game or there April 5 to hoist the NCAA trophy, here are 15 players to watch in the women's NCAA tournament.
As part of our look at the 2011 season, Graham Hays honors the nation's best players