Women's Final Four players to watch

Ros Gold-Onwude and Isis Young reveal the names that they feel will have the biggest impact on their team's chances of winning the national title.

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ROS GOLD-ONWUDE: It's time to see who is Charging the Game, brought to you by Acura, and spotlight a player who's energizing their team and putting up historical performances heading into this year's tournament. Isis, let's look at the players we're keeping an eye on in this year's Final Four.

ISIS YOUNG: You talk about energy, who's got me energized? It's always the shooter. So NC State's Aziaha James has been lethal from 3 this tournament for NC State. They make it to the Final Four for the second time in program history behind the lefty sharpshooter. She had a career seven 3's to get her team to the Final Four. She had me fired up and is shooting lethal 3's from beyond the arc.

ROS GOLD-ONWUDE: Speaking of shooting, I'm going to look at 3-point shooting for South Carolina. 3-point shooting was something in the Final Four last season that their lack of it really hurt them. So I've got my eye on Raven Johnson. When the ball goes into Kamilla Cardoso, spacing will be set. They'll be out on Tahina. There's going to be opportunity for Raven Johnson to step up and knock down that 3-point shot that she's worked very hard on. If they can get an inside-outside game going, and not to mention all that she brings as their leader in assists and steals, I think that makes South Carolina just so tough to beat their depth. And she's a big part of that. Who you got on the other side?

ISIS YOUNG: Yeah, well, talking about Iowa, we know that Caitlin Clark is going to go off. We know she's going to knock down shots from the outside. We even know Kate Martin is going to play a part in that. She had a big game in the Elite Eight to get her team to the Final Four and drop 21. But I'm looking inside. I think the key for them to continue to have a balanced scoring attack is Hannah Skulky inside. The sophomore does a tremendous job of running the floor as a rim runner, five player, and then defensively, she's got to make sure that she defends without fouling and stays in the game, as they need her interior presence on both sides of the basketball.

ROS GOLD-ONWUDE: Well, then last but not least, I'm looking at UConn. And a player that stands out to me that's a great support to, of course, Paige Bueckers is Nika Muhl. This senior, she's bringing a veteran presence. She's bringing toughness. I like her length and that toughness in particular on the defensive end of the court. Everything she does is so important to a team that's got a bunch of contributing freshmen out there. They've got a short roster. She plays-- they've been playing mostly all of the game, have the three seniors in that starting five. I think she can be an X factor.

If they kick it out to her, she can shoot the 3 as well on a kickout. And she's leading this team in assists. So I do like Nika Mule. I like the toughness. I think that helps for UConn's improbable-- not improbable, but impressive run to the Final Four here, given all of the injuries and resilience they've had to overcome and show this season. Unlock your energy with the all-electric ZDX. Order now at