Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State. Ogunbowale had a career-high 32 points, Lindsay Allen added 16 and Notre Dame easily beat Ohio State 99-76 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA coach Cori Close came to UConn in the spring a few years ago to learn from Geno Auriemma and his staff. Close will try to put her time at UConn to good use when the Bruins face the Huskies on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
Don't mess with Dawn Staley's large stash of Lifesavers on the sidelines. ''She'll just eat a Lifesaver and think about what she wants to say before she says it, which we can be very thankful for,'' guard Kaela Davis said Friday as the top-seeded Gamecocks prepared for the Stockton Regional. It used to be, during her playing days at Virginia, the uber-intense Staley was known for snapping a rubberband on her right wrist when she made mistakes.