WNBA Players' 2005 NCAA Tournament Picks

The madness is here... It is finally March and the WNBA Draft is less than a month away. But before WNBA teams make their decisions, the top prospects have one last chance to show their stuff. But more than just a scouting opportunity, the annual NCAA college basketball tournament is an event and WNBA players are getting their predictions in early and their brackets filled out for posterity.


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"I am predicting LSU will win it all. I'm not sure who the other Final Four teams will be, but does it matter? L.S.U. is my alma mater!" -- Aiysha Smith, Washington Mystics

"My top four are Minnesota and Ohio State from the Big Ten, L.S.U. and Duke. Look out for Monique Curry from Duke, Siemone Augustus from L.S.U. and Janel McCarville. Those are the Big Three players to watch." -- Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun

"LSU is one of the best teams this season and North Carolina is also very good. Rutgers definitely has some tough competition." -- Tammy Sutton-Brown, Charlotte Sting

"Parity has come in women's college basketball but I am anxious to see how that plays out in a Tournament-type atmosphere whether teams will be able to beat the schools that always seem to get there. It's a different season with new pressure. If you can get on a run, anything can happen." -- Kara Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs

"Connecticut will bring home another championship and that will be four in a row. Enough said." -- Swin Cash, Detroit Shock

"Just like the WNBA was last year, the NCAA is up for grabs. There are a handful of teams that can win it all and our chances are as good as anyone else's." -- Katie Smith, Minnesota Lynx

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1) LSU Tennessee(1
16) StetsonLSUTennW. Carolina (16
8) OklahomaLSUTennNew Mexico (8
9) ArizonaArizonaPurduePurdue(9
5) DePaulLSUTennNC State (5
12)Virginia TechVirginia TechNC State.Mid. Tenn. St.(12
4) Penn State Penn St. Texas TechTexas Tech (4
13) LibertyPenn StateTexas TechTX-Arlington(13
3) TexasL.S.U.Tenn. Rutgers(3
14) Oral Roberts TexasRutgersHartford(14
6) GeorgiaTexasTempleTemple(6
11) RiceRiceTempleLA Tech (11
7) B.C.TexasOhio State Maryland(7
10) HoustonHoustonMarylandWisc-GB(10
2) DukeDukeOhio StateOhio State (2
15) CanisiusDukeOhio StateHoly Cross (15
L.S.U.UConn
1) UNC
Michigan St. (1
16) Coppin St.UNC
UCONN
Mich St. Alcorn St. (16
8) MississippiUNCMich St. USC(8
9) G.W.MissUSCLouisville(9
5) Arizona St. UNCMich St. Vanderbilt(5
12)E. Kentucky A.S.U.VanderbiltMontana(12
4) Notre Dame N.D.Kansas StKansas St (4
13) UC-SBNotre Dame Kansas St Bowling Green (13
3) MinnesotaU.N.C.UConnUConn(3
14) St. Francis MinnesotaUConnDartmouth(14
6) VirginiaMinnUConnFlorida State (6
11) Old Dominion VirginiaFlorida St.Richmond(11
7) T.C.U.BaylorUConnIowa State (7
10) OregonOregonIowa StateUtah(10
2) BaylorBaylorStanfordStanford(2
15) IllinoisBaylorStanfordSanta Clara(15

Alana Beard, Washington Mystics

1) LSU Tennessee(1
16) StetsonLSUTennW. Carolina (16
8) OklahomaLSUTennNew Mexico (8
9) ArizonaPenn State PurduePurdue(9
5) DePaulLSUTennNC State (5
12)Virginia TechDePaulNC StateMid. Tenn. St.(12
4) Penn State DePaulTexas TechTexas Tech (4
13) LibertyPenn StateTexas TechTX-Arlington(13
3) TexasDukeTemple Rutgers(3
14) Oral Roberts TexasRutgersHartford(14
6) GeorgiaGeorgiaTempleTemple(6
11) RiceGeorgiaTempleLA Tech (11
7) B.C.DukeTempleMaryland(7
10) HoustonB.C.MarylandWisc-GB(10
2) DukeDukeOhio StateOhio State (2
15) CanisiusDukeOhio StateHoly Cross (15
DukeStanford
1) UNC
Michigan St. (1
16) Coppin St.UNC
Duke
Mich St. Alcorn St. (16
8) MississippiUNCMich St. USC(8
9) G.W.MissLouisvilleLouisville(9
5) Arizona St. UNCMich St. Vanderbilt(5
12)E. Kentucky A.S.U.VanderbiltMontana(12
4) Notre Dame N.D.Kansas StKansas St (4
13) UC-SBNotre Dame Kansas St Bowling Green (13
3) MinnesotaU.N.C.StanfordUConn(3
14) St. Francis MinnesotaUConnDartmouth(14
6) VirginiaMinnUConnFlorida State (6
11) Old Dominion VirginiaRichmondRichmond(11
7) T.C.U.MinnStanfordIowa State (7
10) OregonT.C.U.Iowa StateUtah(10
2) BaylorT.C.UStanfordStanford(2
15) IllinoisBaylorStanfordSanta Clara(15

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