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.
Morgan William figures the tears are finished flowing after dedicating a brilliant performance to her late stepfather when the Mississippi State women advanced to their first Final Four. ''I'm good now,'' William said Thursday, the eve of a national semifinal matchup with top-ranked UConn. After scoring a career-high 41 points in a victory that spoiled Baylor's chance to play in the Final Four just 100 miles from its Waco campus, William crumbled in tears during a national TV interview.
Whenever the term “Code Red” is invoked at Stanford, it’s safe to assume the hospital is in crisis mode. Except during March Madness, when it’s the Stanford women’s basketball team relying on its rallying cry to advance yet again to the Final Four. “It’s totally a Stanford player’s tradition,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after Tuesday’s morning practice, with luggage spread out all over Maples Pavilion as the No. 6 Cardinal (32-5) prepared to board a plane for Texas. Stanford will play in a national semifinal against No. 3 South Carolina (31-4) on Friday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, making its seventh trip to the Final Four in the past decade. WNBA center Jayne Appel made it