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2004 NCAA Tournament Preview

The 2004 Women's NCAA Tournament tips off this weekend, and STORM.WNBA.COM has gone to the experts to provide fans some analysis before they begin watching the games.

Storm guard Sue Bird, assistant coach Jessie Kenlaw and play-by-play announcer David Locke offer their picks for who will come out on top, while Kenlaw and fellow assistant Jenny Boucek list their top ten senior prospects to watch during the tournament.

Pick
BIRD
KENLAW
LOCKE
East Final - Penn State Penn State
Connecticut Connecticut Houston
Mideast Final Duke Duke Duke
- Kansas State Kansas State
Midwest Final Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
- Oklahoma Stanford
West Final Texas Texas Texas
- Purdue Purdue
Final Four Connecticut Connecticut Houston
Duke Duke Duke
Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Texas Texas Purdue
Championship Connecticut Duke Duke
Texas - Purdue
Champion Connecticut Duke Duke

Top Prospects

Boucek's list (in no particular order):
Diana Taurasi, UConn
Alana Beard, Duke
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
Iciss Tillis, Duke
Chandi Jones, Houston
Vanessa Hayden, Florida
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas Sate
Shameka Christon, Arkansas
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota

Kenlaw's list (in no particular order):
Diana Taurasi, UConn
Alana Beard, Duke
Vanessa Hayden, Florida
Shameka Christon, Arkansas
Chandi Jones, Houston
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
Rebekkah Brunson, Georgetown

TV Coverage

ESPN and ESPN2 will be televising all of this year's Women's NCAA Tournament action. In Seattle, games will be shown on a "whiparound-style" basis, meaning that up to four games will continuously be rotated between.

Storm color commentator Elise Woodward is serving in that same role for ESPN's coverage of the East subregional in Blacksburg, VA. She will announce Virginia Tech against Iowa at 9:00 a.m. Pacific on Sunday (ESPN 2), followed by Penn State against Hampton at 11:30 a.m (ESPN). On Tuesday, Elise will call the matchup between the winners of the first two games at 4:00 p.m.

Complete ESPN TV listings