WNBA Players' NCAA Tournament Alumni Angle
Without question, the biggest fans of the Women’s NCAA Tournament and women’s college basketball in general are its former stars. Today’s WNBA stars are knowledgeable and passionate about the game, especially this time of year. But they are also very loyal to their alma maters. Hear why they think their teams will be cutting down the nets in early April.
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University of Tennessee, Class of 2003
"These are players that have lost two straight National Championships. The seniors have been to three Final Fours and have been unable to win a championship so this is their last chance and they are excited about that. They have great balance in terms of scoring and also have great depth. They are one of the deepest team in the country, and that can help out a lot in the NCAA Tournament. If a player is not playing well or gets into foul trouble, you never know what will happen. They haven't played their best basketball yet, so if they can get it together and play well, they can make a run in March."
Smith, Washington Mystics
Louisiana State, Class of 2003
"I am predicting L.S.U. will win it all. I'm not sure who the other Final Four teams will be, but this is my alma mater. They have the talent and the skills to win it all, though they did last year as well. They just have to keep playing tough like they have been doing so every day. The SEC is a great conference and that will get them prepared for a run to the Final Four. They just have to focus, not letting anyone stay close or slip in and steal one against them. They have to play hard against everyone."
Whalen, Connecticut Sun
University of Minnesota, Class of 2004
"They shoot the ball well and guard people well. If they can do those things in the NCAA Tournament again, they will be just fine. They've been there before."
Ohio State, Class of 1996
"Ohio State is on the map again! It's a mentality, a consistency. Coach Foster challenges them every single day to get out of their shell, to work on things they may not be good at and be better people and basketball players. But we obviously have some pretty good pieces there. Jessica Davenport in the middle, she is a sophomore. She is good, but she is going to be really good, but she has the work ethic to get better. Katie Matter is one of the best shooters around the NCAA at this time. We have two athletic point guards who bring different things to our table. They can defend. Brandi Hoskins on the wing. She was a high school All-America who is able to create for others. And we have a nice bench. They come in and play their role. Coach Foster can pick what he needs for each game whether it is a defender or a scorer, more size. But it's not only their physical ability but also how much they have learned and how much they want to learn and be mentally prepared every single game. This is not a surprise. They have put in the work and are prepared. 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. I'll be along for the ride."
Sutton-Brown, Charlotte Sting
Rutgers University, Class of 2001
"I was just in New Jersey to see them play and I told a couple of the girls on the team that I was getting my Final Four tickets in advance. But… I won't be there unless they make it and I really don't want to have to return my tickets. They are having a great season. I definitely think they can make it to the Final Four as long as they play their A-game from here on out. They've had their ups and downs, but this is when it counts."
University of Connecticut, Class of 2002
"Connecticut will bring home another championship and that will be four in a row. Enough said."