Mar 06, 2012; Hartford, CT, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (23) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Kelly Faris (34) during the first half of the finals of the 2012 Big East Tournament at the XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Women's 2012 NCAA Tournament: Notre Dame Falls To Baylor In Championship Game

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's team were no match for Brittany Griner and the Baylor Bears

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NCAA Women's Championship, Notre Dame Vs. Baylor: ND Coach Muffet McGraw Reflects On Game

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell one game short of the NCAA Women's Championship for the second year in a row, this time running into the unstoppable force that was Brittney Griner and the Baylor Bears. The Irish, like every team that Baylor faced this season en route to a 40-0 record, had no answer for Griner, and after the game Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw was effusive in her praise of the Baylor center:

"I think she's one of a kind," McGraw said. "There's so many things she can do. There have been some guards that have had some skill like that. But as a post player, she's the best I've seen."

(via ESPN)

McGraw also had kind words for her star, Skylar Diggins, who drove the Irish for much of the game but ultimately could not get them past Griner and the Bears.

Diggins "played a great game," McGraw said. "She’s just a big-time player and she didn’t get a lot of help today."

(via ESPN)

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Women's NCAA Championship, Notre Dame Vs. Baylor Final Score: Irish Fall To Baylor 80-61

For the second season in a row, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost in the championship game of the Women's NCAA Tournament. On Tuesday night in Denver, Notre Dame was downed 80-61 as the Baylor Lady Bears completed their remarkable 40-0 season.

The Baylor victory was keyed by another massive effort from Brittney Griner, who ended the night with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Teammates Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams each added eight points. Brooklyn Pope finished with six points and four rebounds off the bench in the win.

Skylar Diggins powered Notre Dame in the loss, finishing with 20 points and three assists on 7-of-17 shooting. Kayla McBride added 11 points for the Irish.

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NCAA Women's National Championship, Notre Dame Vs. Baylor Score Update: Fighting Irish Trail 34-28 At Halftime

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish trail the Baylor Lady Bears 34-28 at halftime of the NCAA Women's National Championship game. Baylor is attempted to complete a perfect 40-0 season. The Irish are trying to avoid losing back-to-back national championship games.

Baylor star Brittney Griner has nine points, eight rebounds, and three blocks at the half on 3-of-7 shooting. Teammates Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams have also helped the scoring load, with each finishing with eight points. Brooklyn Pope added six points and four rebounds off the bench.

Skylar Diggins has nine points and two assists to lead Notre Dame. Devereaux Peters has scored five at the half for the Irish.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: Notre Dame, Baylor Square Off At 7:30 P.M. CDT

The No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish square off against the No. 1 Baylor Bears on Tuesday night. The Bears -- undefeated through the regular season and postseason -- face the Irish in the Women's NCAA Tournament Championship Game.

Notre Dame enters the game having lost only three games all season, with one of those losses coming against the then No. 1 ranked Baylor. In that 94-81 game, the Bears shot an impressive .470 field goal percentage while the Fighting Irish were held to a .389 percentage. The Bears also out-rebounded the Irish, 47 to 35.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. CDT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

Broadcast: ESPN, ESPN3.com

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket And Schedule: Notre Dame Tries To Knock Off Undefeated Baylor

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will attempt to do what no team has been able to accomplish this season: defeat the Baylor Lady Bears. Baylor enters 39-0 and with the most dominant player in the tournament, center Brittany Griner. The Irish got here by defeating Connecticut 83-75 in overtime on Sunday. Notre Dame is making its second straight appearance in the championship game. Last season, the Irish lost to Texas A&M.

Baylor defeated the Stanford Cardinal 59-47 to reach the title game. This will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. In November, Baylor defeated the Fighting Irish 94-81 thanks to Griner's 32-point, 14 rebound effort.

Game time/date: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. MT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN

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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket 2012: Notre Dame Will Take On Top Ranked Baylor Bears

In order to win their first championship since 2001 the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to give the top ranked Baylor Bears their first loss since March 29, 2011. It will undoubtedly be a daunting task, but the Irish have been one of the best teams in women's basketball all season, and after defeating the Connecticut Huskies for the third time this season, should have sky high confidence going into Tuesday night's match up.

The Bears advanced by defeating the Stanford Cardinal 59-47, and what may be most concerning for the Irish is that Baylor did so despite star center Brittany Griner tallying way below her season averages in points and blocks. Griner only finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on the night, but the Bears defense was suffocating, holding the Cardinal to 33% shooting including 2-17 from three point range.

Here is this year's title game match up:

(1) Baylor Bears vs. (1) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012, Connecticut Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Irish Take 83-75 Win In Overtime

In the fourth meeting between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Connecticut Huskies this season, the Irish were able to hold off a late UConn rally and pull out an 83-75 win in overtime on the strength of some clutch three-point shooting. The overtime period followed a frenetic last few minutes, which saw the Huskies rally from six down with about four minutes remaining.

The Huskies fought back to tie it at 65-all with a 6-0 burst capped by a pair of free throws by Kelly Farris with 44.4 seconds remaining. Farris made two more free throws with 11.8 seconds left to give UConn a two-point [sic], but Novosel put in a layup with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Natalie Novosel led the Irish with 20 points. Notre Dame will face either Stanford or Baylor in the national championship game.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012, Connecticut Vs. Notre Dame: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish swept the season series vs. the Connecticut Huskies in 2011-2012, but that may end up being the highlight of the Irish's season if they can't pull of win No. 3 over UConn in the Final Four tonight in Denver. Not only do the Huskies have the history on the big stage, but they also enter the game having had the last laugh between the teams when they claimed the Big East Tournament title with a 63-54 victory over the Irish on March 6.

The good news for the Irish is that they have a blueprint for how to beat the Huskies. In their two victories over UConn this season, Notre Dame stars Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel each averaged 21 points a game. In the team's loss in the Big East Tournament the two totaled only 24 points combined. The Irish also know they need to control the glass after UConn outrebounded them by 13 in their last meeting after Notre Dame grabbed 11 more boards in their final regular season match up.

Game date/time: Sunday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. CT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN

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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket 2012: Notre Dame Advances To Final Four, Will Face Connecticut

The No. 1 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish advanced to the Women's Final Four in Denver, Colo. with a 31-point victory over the second seeded Maryland Terrapins, but they won't be alone. All four top seeds in this year's bracket are making their way to Denver, setting up some titanic match ups when the Final Four gets underway on Sunday, April 1.

The Irish will face the Connecticut Huskies, the top seed in the East Region that advanced to Denver with an 80-65 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. This year's Huskies aren't on par with some of the untouchable teams that Geno Auriemma has fielded in the past, but at 33-4 on the season, they're obviously more than capable of taking home yet another title.

Here is the bracket heading into the Final Four:

(1) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (1) Connecticut Huskies

(1) Stanford Cardinal vs. (1) Baylor Bears

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame Vs. Maryland Game Time, TV Schedule And More

On Tuesday night, Skylar Diggins and the top-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play for a spot in the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four when they take on the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins in Raleigh, North Carolina at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Half of the Final Four is already decided, as Baylor defeated Tennessee, 77-58, and Stanford knocked off Duke, 81-69 in Elite Eight action on Monday. Now Notre Dame and Maryland are fighting for the right to take on the winner of the other Tuesday matchup between No. 2 Kentucky and No. 1 UConn.

Over at SB Nation's Notre Dame athletics blog, One Foot Down, the game is being dissected from every angle. Here is a bit of that analysis to get you ready for the game:

Expect this game to be tough for the Irish from the getgo as the Lady Terps' greatest strength is the size, strength and skill of their frontcourt as the trio of Alyssa Thomas,Tianna Hawkins and Lynetta Kizer combine for 40 points and 22 rebounds every game. They're flanked in the perimeter by sharpshooting sophomore guard Lauren Mincy who chips in 13 points, 5 rebounds and nearly 2 three pointers a game. The squad is led by senior captain and point guard Anjale Barrett who is a solid passer in the backcourt.

The Irish generally play a 1 in 4 out set in the half-court with forward Devereaux Peters inside surrounded by four guards Skylar Diggins (whom we ALL have a crush on - but I called dibs like 2 years ago), Natalie Novosel, Kayla McBride and Brittany Mallory. Notre Dame's greatest strength is its playmaking backcourt of Diggins and Novosel who combine for 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists each game. However, considering the matchup, expect to see a lot of sophomore forward Natalie Achonwa (also, a Canuck!) together with Peters in the paint for long stretches.

Women's 2012 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Matchup (Raleigh Regional)

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 1 Notre Dame

Game Time and Date: 8:00 p.m. CT, Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

TV: ESPN

Online Stream: ESPN3

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Notre Dame Plays For Final Four Berth

The 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament is moving towards an exciting Final Four, as Baylor handled Tennessee, 77-58, and Stanford knocked off Duke, 81-69, on Monday night, but there is still another pair of decisive games to be played on Tuesday. No. 1 Connecticut takes on No. 2 Kentucky in the Kingston Region (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), while the top-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish matchup against No. 2 Maryland in the Raleigh Region (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Irish will need big games from leading scorers Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel to take down a Maryland team that boasts a size advantage and three strong scorers in Alyssa Thomas, Laurin Mincy and Tianna Hawkins. Here's the full schedule for Tuesday's action:

Kingston Region Final:

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 1 UConn - 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3

Raleigh Region Final:

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 1 Notre Dame - 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3

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St. Bonaventure Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Fighting Irish Cruise Past Bonnies, 79-35

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish showed no mercy on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the Sweet 16 match-up on Sunday, beating them in convincing fashion, 79-35.

St. Bonaventure never could develop a rhythm offensively and scored its 35 points on just nine field goals out of 48 attempts to shoot 18.8 percent from the field. Had it not been for the Bonnies going 16-of-22 from the free throw line, this one could have been even more of a laugher.

Notre Dame played just fine. The Irish shot 52.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line for the game. While Notre Dame did commit 16 turnovers, it wasn't nearly as detrimental as the 23 turnovers committed by St. Bonaventure in the losing effort.

For the Irish, Natalie Novosel led the way with 16 points while Kalia Turner put in 14 points and Kayla McBride added 10. The Irish are moving on to play Maryland in the Elite Eight.

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St. Bonaventure Vs. Notre Dame Preview: Top-Seeded Irish Seeking Elite Eight Appearance

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to land in the Elite Eight of this year's NCAA Women's Tournament by knocking off the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Sunday afternoon. The Irish, the No. 1 seed in the region, lost just one regular season game to a team that wasn't ranked in the top-5 nationally.

The Bonnies had similar success in the regular season, but it came against a significantly easier schedule. St. Bonaventure only played one game against a ranked team all season, a 61-49 loss against then-No. 8 Delaware way back on Nov. 27.

The first two victories of the tournament for St. Bonaventure were close calls, so the Bonnies will likely need to play their best to pull of the upset. After needing overtime to beat No. 12 seed FGCU in the first round, the Bonnies only beat 13-seeded Marist by three points to land in the Sweet 16.

The winner of this game will go on to play the winner of Maryland-Texas A&M, which is currently going on now, in the regional final.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Saturday Starts Sweet 16 Stage

The 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament has reached the Sweet 16 stage, and the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are still alive in the Raleigh Regional. Their matchup against the No. 5 St. Bonaventure Bonnies doesn't come until Sunday, but the other half of the tournament bracket advances teams to the Elite Eight on Saturday.

In the Des Moines Regional, No. 11 Kansas takes on No. 2 Tennessee, and then No. 4 Georgia Tech tries to upset top-seeded Baylor. Out in the Fresno Regional, No. 3 St. John's tips off against No. 2 Duke, and No. 5 South Carolina hopes to make waves against top-seeded Stanford. Here is the tournament schedule for Saturday:

Des Moines Regional

10:04 a.m. MT: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 2 Tennessee; TV: ESPN

12:00 p.m. MT: No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 1 Baylor; TV: ESPN

Fresno Regional

7:04 p.m. MT: No. 3 St. John's vs. No. 2 Duke; TV: ESPN

9:32 p.m. MT: No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Stanford; TV: ESPN2

Here's an updated look at the tournament landscape from Jessica Lantz of SB Nation's Women's basketball blog, Swish Appeal.










(1) Baylor






(1) Notre Dame
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
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March 25
(4) Georgia Tech






(5) St. Bonaventure

Des Moines, IA




Raleigh, NC
(11) Kansas March 26




March 27 (3) Texas A&M
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
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March 25
(2) Tennessee






(2) Maryland


Denver, CO
April 3
Denver, CO

(1) Stanford
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April 1
(1) Connecticut
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
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March 25
(5) South Carolina






(4) Penn State

Fresno, CA




Kingston, RI
(3) St. John's March 26




March 27 (11) Gonzaga
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
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March 25
(2) Duke






(2) Kentucky








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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket And Schedule: Notre Dame And Baylor Headline Tuesday Games

The second round of the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament marches on, but the DePaul Blue Demons are no longer part of the action after falling 63-48 to the No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers on Monday night. Tuesday night features plenty of interesting matchups, as the No. 1 Baylor Bears continue their push to the championship game and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hope to make their own noise in the tournament.

Here is a complete look at the schedule for Tuesday. All games are listed with Central Time, and can be found on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Tuesday Games
6:05 PM (9) Florida vs. (1) Baylor*
6:10 PM (13) Marist vs. (5) St. Bonaventure*
6:15 PM (5) Georgetown vs. (4) Georgia Tech*
6:20 PM (8) California vs. (1) Notre Dame*
8:35 PM (7) Vanderbilt vs. (2) Duke*
8:40 PM (5) LSU vs. (4) Penn State*
8:40 PM (11) Kansas vs. (3) Delaware*
8:45 PM (6) Oklahoma vs. (3) St. John's*

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No. 7 DePaul Vs. No. 2 Tennessee Final Score: DePaul Women Fall To Lady Vols In NCAA Tournament

The DePaul Blue Demons' women's basketball team saw its season end tonight at the hands of long-time powerhouse Tennessee. The No. 2 Lady Vols knocked off the Blue Demons 63-48 in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee advances to play the winner of No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 3 Delaware in the Sweet 16. The win improves the Lady Vols to 26-8, while DePaul's season will end at 23-11.

Shekinna Stricklen and Vicki Baugh led the way for Tennessee. Stricklen had a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in the win, to go along with nine rebounds and four assists. Baugh shot 8-of-11 from the field to finish with 16 points. Glory Johnson grabbed 21 rebounds in the win for Tennessee.

DePaul was led by Anna Martin, who scored 20 on 9-of-18 shooting. Deanna Ortiz added nine points for the Blue Demons in the loss.

DePaul shot just 20-of-64 (31.3 percent) from the field.

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Notre Dame Vs. Liberty Final Score: Fighting Irish Put A Beating On Lady Flames, 74-43

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish did not struggle at all with the Liberty Lady Flames in the opening round of the women's NCAA Tournament, thrashing them 74-43 on Sunday.

Notre Dame was in complete control from the jump, where the Irish got out to an early 11-0 lead on the Flames, and there was no looking back from there.

Natalie Novosel and Brittany Mallory anchored that run a pair of 3-pointers. Kayla McBride's three-point play was then followed up with a jumper from Devereaux Peters, which had Liberty reeling. The Flames rallied to cut the Irish lead to eight points, but Notre Dame got going again and exploded for 44-19 halftime lead, which featured 13 points from McBride.

Liberty beat itself at times, particularly with 17 turnovers in the first half and 23 turnovers on the day. Notre Dame also out-shot Liberty from the field, 48 percent to 31 percent. McBride led the Irish with 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half. For Liberty, Devon Brown was the leading scorer with 16 points.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket And Schedule: DePaul Advances, Notre Dame Takes The Floor

The seventh seeded DePaul Blue Demons held off a furious BYU Cougars rally to hold onto a 59-55 victory and advance to the second round of the Women's NCAA Tournament. That's the good news for DePaul, but here's the bad: they'll face the Tennessee Volunteers in the second round. With a No. 2 seed, this year's Volunteers aren't quite up to that program's historic highs, but Tennessee is still Tennessee. The two will clash on Monday, March 19, at 8:40 p.m. CT.

Meanwhile, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish— who defeated the Blue Devils in the Women's Big East Tournament en route to a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance— will open their 2012 tournament today agains the Liberty Flames in South Bend. Here's schedule and broadcast info for that match up:

Game info: (1) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (16) Liberty Flames

Game date/time: Sunday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. CT

Location: Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind.

TV: ESPN2/ESPN3

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament, DePaul Vs. BYU Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament action gets underway with 16 first round games on Saturday, and the No. 7 DePaul Blue Demons have a big matchup against the No. 10 BYU Cougars at 5:40 PM in the Des Moines Region. Both teams face a tough road to the Final Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver, as the Tennessee Lady Volunteers would be the likely matchup in the next round, but the first order of business is surviving the chaos of the first day for DePaul.

The game should be a good one, as each team has some interesting factors leaning in their favor. DePaul is playing a de facto home game at the All-State Arena, while BYU will boast a serious height advantage that could swing the outcome. Here is some excellent analysis of the matchup from Nate Parham at SB Nation's women's basketball blog, Swish Appeal:

What stands out about DePaul this season - with 6-foot-3 post Felicia Chester having graduated and 6-foot-2 senior forward Keisha Hampton out for all but 12 games due to injury - is that their defensive efficiency declined dramatically, from 85th in the nation to 227th. Both of these teams are efficient offensively, but BYU's methodical offense might could give DePaul problems while simultaneously stopping the Blue Demons with their disciplined defense.

In addition, BYU will come into this game with a major height advantage with 6-foot-3 WCC Player of the Year Kristen Riley and 6-foot-7 center Jennifer Hamson that should help exploit DePaul's rebounding weakness - opponents have beaten DePaul on the offensive boards 35.74% to 32.93%. The combination of BYU's discipline on defense, a methodical offense, and a potential rebounding advantage could help them earn a win against DePaul despite playing a "road game" in Chicago.

Women's 2012 NCAA Tournament Round One Matchup: (7) DePaul Blue Demons vs. (10) BYU Cougars

Game Time and Date: 5:40 p.m. CT, Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Location: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

TV: ESPN2

Online Stream: ESPN3

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket And Saturday TV Schedule

The 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament kicks off with 16 games on Saturday across the four regions, and the top four seeds in the tourney -- Stanford Cardinal(Fresno Region), Connecticut Huskies (Kingston), Notre Dame Fighting Irish(Raleigh) and Baylor Bears (Des Moines) -- will be eyeing up their path to the Final Four in Denver. The Lady Irish don't play until tomorrow, but the No. 7 DePaul Blue Demons get their tournament started with a matchup against the No. 10 BYU Cougars at 5:40 PM in the Des Moines Region.

Here is a complete look at Saturday's schedule, courtesy of SB Nation's women's basketball blog, Swish Appeal. All times are Central Time.

Fresno Region:

(5) Eastern Michigan vs. (12) South Carolina - 10:05 a.m.

(8) West Virginia vs. (9) Texas - 10:10 a.m.

(4) Purdue vs. (13) South Dakota State - 12:35 p.m.

(1) Stanford vs. (16) Hampton - 12:40 p.m.

Kingston Region:

(8) Kansas State vs. (9) Princeton - 10:20 a.m.

(1) Connecticut vs. (16) Prairie View A&M - 12:50 p.m.

(6) Rutgers vs. (11) Gonzaga - 3:15 p.m.

(2) Kentucky vs. (15) McNeese State - 3:20 p.m.

(3) Miami vs. (14) Idaho State - 5:45 p.m.

(7) Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. (10) Iowa State - 5:50 p.m.

Raleigh Region:

(2) Maryland vs. (15) Navy - 10:15 a.m.

(7) Louisville vs. (10) Michigan State - 12:45 p.m.

(6) Arkansas vs. (11) Dayton - 3:05 p.m.

(3) Texas A&M vs. (14) Albany - 5:35 p.m.

Des Moines Region:

(2) Tennessee vs. (15) Tennessee-Martin - 3:10 p.m.

(7) DePaul vs. (10) BYU - 5:40 p.m.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: DePaul A No. 7 Seed In Des Moines Region; Notre Dame No. 1 Seed In Raleigh Region

The field for the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament was announced on Monday night, and both DePaul and Notre Dame made the cut out of the Big East.

The Blue Demons are the No. 7 seed in the Des Moines Region, where they will meet No. 10 BYU in the first round. That game is slated for Saturday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. CT. The winner faces a potential matchup with No. 2 seed Tennessee in the second round.

Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed in the Raleigh Region, and the Irish will play No. 16 Liberty in their tournament opener. That game is set to tip at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 18.

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Women's 2012 NCAA Selection Show: TV Schedule, Time And More

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's team should be a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and the selection show on Monday night will reveal their path to the Final Four and beyond.

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