WNBA Players' 2007 NCAA Tournament Picks

The madness is here... It is finally March and the WNBA Draft is just a few weeks 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.


Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre Dame New Mexico.Wisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MTexas A&MBaylorNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCLSULSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa St. XavierWest Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechPurdueLSUOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia TechODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
Tenn.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
TENN
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonPittTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.Mich. St. Rutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaTennDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandVanderbiltBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

- I picked TN to win it all because it's my alma mater for 1, and because I think that after the loss in the SEC Tourney they will get together as a team and figure out what needs to be done to win come crunch time.
- I picked LSU to beat CT in Elite 8 because LSU seems to have a more efficient running game.
- Duke has been at the top all year, so I know they'll make it to the big game. Coach G always has her team prepared to enter battles, and this year will be no different.
- North Carolina will advance behind Ivory Latta. This is her last year to shine, so I know she'll take full advantage of helping her team advance through the tourney.

Katie Smith, Detroit Shock

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre Dame New Mexico.Wisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MG.W.NC State NC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCStanfordLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateIowa St. LSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa St. XavierWest Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechPurdueStanfordOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia TechODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
UNC.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
DUKE
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonPittTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.Ohio St.DukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.Mich. St. Rutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaOSUDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandASUBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandBowling GreenVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

Kara Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameCalNew Mexico.Wisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MG.W.NC State NC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa St. XavierWest Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechGeorgiaStanfordOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia TechFSUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
UNC.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
UNC
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonJMUNebraskaNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.Mich. St. Rutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaTennDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteBYUBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandASUBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiOSUOklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

Candice Dupree, Chicago Sky

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameCalWisc-GB.Wisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MG.W.BaylorNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa St. XavierWest Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechPurdueStanfordOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia TechODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
UNC.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
Duke
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonJMUTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.RutgersRutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaOUDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiOklahomaVanderbiltBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

- I think Duke will probably be in it at the end, perhaps Tennessee and UCONN, but I think that last spot is probably going to be a surprise.

Janel McCarville, New York Liberty

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre DameWisc-GB.Wisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MTexas A&MBaylorNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonWashingtonWest Virginia West Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechGeorgiaLSUOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulDepaulODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
MD.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
Duke
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonJMUTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.Mich. St. Rutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaMDDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandASUBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

Rebekkah Brunson, Sacramento Monarchs

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre DameNew MexicoWisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MG.W.BaylorNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa State West Virginia West Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechGeorgiaLSUOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulDepaulODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
MD.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
Duke
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonPittTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. St. Delaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.RutgersRutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaMDDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandVanderbiltBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

- Maryland - Defending champs with a ton of talent.
- Duke - A team with a lot of talent & leadership. They also play good defense.

Chantelle Anderson, San Antonio Silver Stars

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre DameNew MexicoWisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MG.W.NC StateNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateGeorgiaLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonWashingtonWest Virginia West Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechGeorgiaStanfordOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulDepaulODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
Tenn.Duke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
Duke
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonJames MadisonTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.DelawareDelaware(12
4) Ohio St. Ohio St.RutgersRutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaTennDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteBYUBYU(11
7) MississippiOklahomaVanderbiltBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiOklahoma StateOklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

Tennessee vs. UNC: Although I think North Carolina is top to bottom the more talented of the two, I think Tennessee will come out on top in this one. I trust Candace Parker to make big-time plays down the stretch as Tennessee's go-to player more than I see Ivory Latta as that player for UNC. Tennessee also seems to have better team chemistry and their high pressure defense will be too much for the turnover-prone UNC.

UConn vs. Duke: Geno has his young talented players playing like vets, but I'm going to put my money on the experience of Duke. You can't talk about UConn without mentioning freshman post player Tina Charles, but Lindsay Harding and Alison Bales have led this team all year. As the games get bigger there is no substitute for senior leadership and the drive to get back to the national championship game. The point guard match up between Harding and Renee Montgomery of UConn will definitely be a good one to watch.

Duke vs. Tennessee: Duke almost had a championship last year but as we all know, almost doesn't count in the world of sports. They have a bad taste in their mouths from giving it away last year and that will motivate them enough to go all the way in 2007. Floor leader and POY candidate Lindsey Harding will help break the Tennessee defense. If Duke can keep UT off the boards and somewhat contain Candace Parker, Gail Goestenkors will finally be the one holding the trophy at the end.

Anna DeForge, Indiana Fever

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre DameNew MexicoWisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.BaylorChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MTexas A&M NC StateNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateIowa StateLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa StateWest Virginia West Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechPurdueLSUOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia Tech ODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
UNCDuke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
Duke
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonPittNebraskaNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. StateDelaware(12
4) Ohio St. Mid Tenn St.RutgersRutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaTennDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandASUBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiBowling Green Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandBowling GreenVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

UConn - has only lost 3 games all season is a young but very balanced team!
UNC - won acc tourney and are better and more experienced than last years final four team
Duke - won 30 games playing in one of the hardest conferences in the country
TENN - there tough schedule always has them prepared for ball in march...

Chamique Holdsclaw, Los Angeles Sparks

1) UNCUConn(1
16) Prairie ViewUNCUConnUM-BC(16
8) CalUNCUConnNew Mexico (8
9) Notre DameNotre DameWisc-GBWisconsin-GB(9
5) G.W.UNCUConnBaylor(5
12)Boise State G.W.ChattanoogaChattanooga(12
4) Texas A&MTexas A&M NC StateNC State(4
13) UT-ArlingtonTexas A&M NC State Robert Morris (13
3) GeorgiaUNCUConnLSU(3
14) BelmontGeorgiaLSUUNC-Asheville(14
6) Iowa StateIowa StateLSUXavier(6
11) WashingtonIowa StateXavierWest Virginia(11
7) Georgia TechPurdueLSUOld Dominion (7
10) DepaulGeorgia Tech ODUFlorida State (10
2) PurduePurdueStanfordStanford(2
15) Oral RobertsPurdueStanfordIdaho St. (15
TennDuke
1) Tennessee
Duke(1
16) DrakeTennessee
TENN
DukeHoly Cross (16
8) PittsburghTennesseeDukeTemple(8
9) James MadisonJames MadisonTempleNebraska(9
5) Mid Tenn St.TennesseeDukeMichigan St. (5
12)GonzagaMid Tenn St.Mich. StateDelaware(12
4) Ohio St. Mid Tenn St.RutgersRutgers(4
13) MaristOhio St.RutgersEast Carolina(13
3) OklahomaTennDukeArizona State (3
14) SE. Missouri St.OklahomaASUUC-Riverside(14
6) MarquetteOklahomaASULouisville(6
11) UL-LafayetteMarquetteLouisvilleBYU(11
7) MississippiMarylandASUBowling Green (7
10) TCUMississippiOklahoma St Oklahoma St.(10
2) MarylandMarylandVanderbiltVanderbilt(2
15) HarvardMarylandVanderbiltDelaware St.(15

I've been impressed with Duke's run this year. They play extremely hard and they have the players who make plays in the big games. Duke hasn't been able to get over the hump these past few years but I believe that's way behind them. They have a great triple threat in Harding, Bales, and Waner.

My team to watch is Middle Tenn. St they surprised me with a win overGeorgia and a close one against Maryland.

Of course I had to roll with my alma mater as Champs! I feel we have a great team not to mention the best player in College Basketball (Parker) and the legendary Pat Summitt. Other players just have to step up and make plays we know who our go to players are we just need a great supporting cast. We must also play tough defense! Go Lady Vols.

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Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun
"I would probably have to see Tenessee, Duke, North Carolina, and I have to say UCONN."

Shona Thorburn, Minnesota Lynx
"I think Maryland is going to be up there again, I definitely would say Duke, probably I could see Candace Parker taking her team pretty far, and I think the fourth is going to be a surprise."

DeLisha Milton-Jones, Washington Mystics
"I like Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Temple."

Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury
"Rutgers will be great during the tourney. I have faith in those girls. Also Coach Stringer will have them prepared. During the tourney, it's about great defense and teamwork. They have the abiltiy to make it to the final 4!! My top four coming in are Rutgers, UConn, Duke and UNC."

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