Next up for the Tigers? A Cal team that looked pretty shaky against South Florida on Monday night.
-- Brittney Griner, Baylor. Another double-double (33 points, 22 rebounds), complete with three dunks. Griner is just messing with opponents at this point.
-- Elena Delle Donne, Delaware. Holy Happy Joe Biden! Did you see Delle Donne's 3-pointer as time expired in the first half? THAT is how you finish a half, people.
Delle Donne does everything for the Blue Hens -- she post up, she dribble drives, she gets her own put backs and she plays a cleaner defense than just about anybody I've ever seen. But for me, and I think for many, questions remained. Playing in the CAA, it's not like she playing against teams in the Big East or Big 12, so really, how would she respond when a team from a big-time conference got physical? And that's exactly what UNC did -- they got physical, they bodied up, and they tried to wear her out. For a minute or two, it looked like it might work, but when Delle Donne went a bit cold shooting, teammate Trumae Lucas played the game of her life. That's the thing about Delle Donne -- even though she can do it all, she can't do everything. She needs some help to win games so Lucas drove the lane fearlessly, put in a few bunnies and drew a few fouls. It was the little extra nudge that Delaware needed to advance to the Sweet 16. Look out, Kaintuck, these kids might be for real.
-- Jordan Hooper, Nebraska. I only see a couple of Nebraska games a year, sometimes less, but for whatever reason, I always think of them as a team that's a bit soft. But against Gary Blair's Aggies, proven to be one of the tougher teams out there, Hooper and the Huskers proved me wrong. 21 points and 8 rebounds for Hooper, with teammate Lindsey Moore chipping in 20 points. [While we're here, did any player have a worse tournament than A&M's Kelsey Bone?]
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-- Joanna McFarland, Oklahoma. McFarland had another monster game (20 points and 16 rebounds) to take out #3 seeded UCLA in the second round. It doesn't hurt that while she dominates in the paint, she has teammate Aaryn Ellenberg (27 points, with six 3-pointers) patrolling the perimeter.
-- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn. Even in a relatively quiet night (by her standards, 22 points is a quiet night), she's still the best player on the floor. We are careening towards a certain Notre Dame v. UConn Final Four showdown, aren't we? (Not that I'm complaining ...)