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Meet the Women’s Final Four programs!

Let’s take a deeper look at your four teams for the NCAA Women’s Final Four in downtown Cleveland this weekend.

The Women’s Final Four

University of South Carolina

Nickname: Gamecocks

Record: 36-0 (Conference: 16-0)

How they got here: #1 Seed. Defeated Presbyterian, North Carolina, Indiana, Oregon State.

Coach: Dawn Staley

Projected Starters: Kamilla Cardoso (#10), Te-Hina Paopao (#12), Bree Hall (#23), Chloe Kitts (#21), RAven Johnson (#25)

Odds: -195 (Tournament favorite to win it all)

Social: X: @GamecockWBB






Best storyline: Losing the entire 2023 team to the WNBA and this club is BACK to the Final Four? Incredible! But NC State handed the Gamecocks their most recent loss at home…in 2020! Will SC be able to avenge this loss? They will need to shoot better Friday!


University of Connecticut

Nickname: Huskies

Record: 33-5 (18-0) 

How they got here: #3 Seed. Defeated Jackson State, Syracuse, Duke, USC 

Coach: Geno Auriemma

Projected Starters: Paige Bueckers (#5), Aaliyah Edwards (#3), Ashlynn Shade (#12), KK Arnold (#2), Nika Muhl (#10)

Odds: +600

Social: X: #BleedBlue, @UConnWBB



Best storyline: Losing two starters and a key reserve, they have somehow made another final four! Can running with six players work?


University of Iowa

Nickname: Hawkeyes

Record: 33-4 (15-3)

How they got here: #1 Seed. Defeated Holy Cross, West Virginia, Colorado,LSU

Coach: Lisa Bluder

Projected Starters: Caitlin Clark (#22), Hannah Stuelke (#45), Kate Martin (#20), Sydney Affolter (#3), Gabbie Marshall (#24) (Mount Notre Dame grad, Cincinnati, Ohio!)

Odds: +300

Social: X: @IowaWBB




Best storyline: Can National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark win a national championship? She will need help from her teammates!


North Carolina State

Nickname: Wolfpack

Record: 31-6 (13-5)

How they got here: #3 Seed. Defeated Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stanford, Texas.

Coach: Wes Moore

Projected Starters: Aziaha James (#10), Saniya Rivers (#22), Mimi Collins (#2), River Baldwin (#1), Madison Hayes (#21).

Odds: +1600

Social: X: @PackWomensBball



Best storyline: Unranked when the season began, the women joined their male classmates for a chance to win a natty! What if both pull off the amazing feat? Story of the year?

Follow all the events this weekend at this link!



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