University of Connecticut freshman Larissa Compio was among about 200 fans who braved the drizzle and cold on Tuesday to cheer on the school's women's basketball team as it boarded a bus for a 10th consecutive trip to the Final Four. The 18-year-old biology major from Washingtonville, New York, said she's been a fan of the women's team since she was a little girl and it was a huge reason she chose to attend the school. The fans waved towels, chanted, cheered and high-fived the players as they made their way between sets of barricades from Gampel Pavilion to begin the journey to Dallas, where they will play Mississippi State on Friday night.
Cameron Newbauer auditioned for the Florida women's basketball job long before athletic director Scott Stricklin called. Newbauer was coaching Belmont in the NCAA Tournament last year when Stricklin noticed him from afar. Mississippi State's AD at the time, Stricklin was so intrigued with the job Newbauer and the 13th-seeded Bruins were doing against No. 4 seed Michigan State in Starkville, Mississippi, that he wanted to hear what Newbauer had to say after the game.
DALLAS (AP) — There were a lot of empty seats at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament regionals. The NCAA saw its lowest attendance for the regionals in 20 years, and there is no change to the format in sight. An average of 4,719 fans showed up for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the four neutral-site venues. That’s down 27 percent from last year and nearly 50 percent from 2014, when the games were played on campus sites. In 1997, an average of 4,252 fans came to the regionals. This year’s numbers were bolstered by the Bridgeport Regional, which sold out both days UConn played there. No other site had a local team playing. “We continue to work as hard as possible to support strong attendance