Headed into their regional last, UConn and Baylor had met eight occasions, and every had gained 4 occasions.
“I want it was for the nationwide championship and never an opportunity to get to a Remaining 4 as a result of I believe each packages are simply elite and it’s a disgrace someone has to lose,” Mulkey instructed reporters on Sunday.
Their matchup taking place this early within the event was partially a credit score to the depth on the prime of the 64-team discipline, with Baylor as certainly one of a number of formidable groups seeded second who may definitely be thought-about title contenders. Already on this event, some groups on the prime have been examined, and one No. 1 seed, North Carolina State, was upset by Indiana within the spherical of 16.
“Clarify to me how they’re a No. 2 seed,” Auriemma stated of Baylor on Sunday. “This stuff occur, I do know, however I believe they deserved to be an No. 1 seed, in case you go searching the remainder of the event.”
To achieve the spherical of 8, Baylor blew previous its first- and second-round opponents however wanted extra time to prevail in opposition to Michigan within the regional semifinal, 78-75.
Its finest participant this event has been NaLyssa Smith, a junior ahead from Converse, Texas, who had made 26 of her 33 pictures this event main as much as Monday’s sport, together with all 11 she took in Baylor’s spherical of 16 win. Towards UConn, she had 14 factors.
UConn has delivered three clear wins on this event, its first two with out Auriemma current after he contracted the coronavirus. The Huskies gained within the spherical of 16 by containing Caitlin Clark, the main scorer in Division I, and Iowa in a 92-72 victory on Saturday. Bueckers has been the thrill for the Huskies — posting 62 factors, 23 rebounds and 18 assists of their first three event video games — however Saturday’s sport reminded opponents that UConn’s depth is its true weapon.
Indiana gave Arizona a run for its cash in a low-scoring sport. After trailing all through the third quarter, the Hoosiers tied the sport going into the fourth because of a second-chance pull-up jumper by Aleksa Gulbe.