Friday, March 21, 2003
Women: West Regional team capsules
1. LSU (27-3)
Coach: Sue Gunter
Top players: G Seimone Augustus, F Aiysha Smith, G Temeka Johnson
Comments: LSU upset Tennessee in the SEC Tournament final to earn a No. 1 seed. The Tigers, who equaled their best conference record in school history, are led by Augustus, the SEC Freshman of the Year.
2. Texas (22-5)
Big 12 Conference
Coach: Jody Conradt
Top players: F Stacy Stephens, F Heather Schreiber, G Jamie Carey
Comments: Conradt guided the Longhorns to their first Big 12 title and her 11th championship overall. Carey, a top shooter, transferred from Stanford, where she played in 1999-2000.
3. Stanford (26-4)
Coach: Tara VanDerveer
Top players: F Nicole Powell, G Kelly Suminski, F Azella Perryman
Comments: Powell, the Pac-10 MVP, is a leader and has talent around her. Stanford excels at free throw shooting (second in the nation) but struggles against the full-court press.
4. Ohio State (21-9)
Big Ten Conference
Coach: Jim Foster
Top players: G Caity Matter, G Kim Wilburn, F Courtney Coleman
Comments: Foster, who took the Ohio State job after 11 years at Vanderbilt, led the Buckeyes to the conference tournament final. OSU is one of the best-shooting teams in the country. Wilburn is an outstanding freshman point guard.
5. Louisiana Tech (29-2)
Western Athletic Conference
Coach: Kurt Budke
Top players: C Cheryl Ford, F Trina Frierson, G Amber Obaze
Comments: The Techsters take the nation's longest active winning streak (27 games) into the tournament. Budke, who took over for legend Leon Barmore, was named WAC Coach of the Year, and Ford repeated as Player of the Year.
6. Minnesota (23-5)
Coach: Pam Borton
Top players: G Lindsay Whalen, G Corrin Von Wald, C Janel McCarville
Comments: The Gophers finished in a second-place tie in the Big Ten with their highest win total. Whalen was the Big Ten's player of the year in 2002.
7. Arkansas (21-10)
Coach: Gary Blair
Top players: F Shameka Christon, G India Lewis, G Dana Cherry
Comments: The Razorbacks tie their best streak of NCAA appearances with three. They are 14-0 when they hold the opposition to fewer than 60 points. Christon, who had 33 points against LSU in the SEC Tournament, plays her best in front of big crowds.
8. UW-Green Bay (27-3)
Coach: Kevin Borseth
Top players: G Kristy Loiselle, G Sara Boyer, C Chandra Johnson
Comments: The Phoenix, making their fifth trip to the NCAAs in six years, posted their best win total in their 16 Division I seasons. They are the nation's top 3-point shooting team.
9. Washington (22-7)
Coach: June Daugherty
Top players: G Giuliana Mendiola, G Loree Payne, F Andrea Lalum
Comments: Mendiola (17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.4 apg) is the first Husky to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She sprained her ankle in the Pac-10 Tournament but seems to be OK. Payne is the top 3-point shooter in school history.
10. Cincinnati (23-7)
Coach: Laurie Pirtle
Top players: C Debbie Merrill, G Valerie King, G K.B. Sharp
Comments: TCU denied Cincinnati a second straight C-USA Tournament title, beating the Bearcats in overtime. Merrill (17. 4 ppg, 8.3 rpg), King and Sharp are the first trio of players to make the all-conference first team.
11. Tulane (19-9)
Coach: Lisa Stockton
Top players: C Teana McKiver, F Gwen Slaughter, G Delacey Joseph
Comments: The Green Wave have size, speed and experience as they roll into their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament. McKiver and Slaughter, a pair of 6-foot-3 post players, were named to the All-Conference USA team.
12. Pepperdine (22-7)
West Coast Conference
Coach: Mark Trakh
Top players: F Keani Christianson, F Nicole Funn, G Shanell Law
Comments: The Waves repeated as West Coast champs with a team that has no stars but plenty of depth. They lost to UConn 109-48 and Stanford 91-58. They lost to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament's first round last year.
13. Weber State (21-8)
Big Sky Conference
Coach: Carla Taylor
Top players: G Julie Gjertsen, C Crystal Howe, G Karsen Muller
Comments: The Wildcats won the Big Sky to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second year. They were outclassed by Kansas State in their biggest nonconference test.
14. Western Michigan (20-11)
Coach: Ron Stewart
Top players: F Kristin Koetsier, G Casey Rost, G Maria Jilian
Comments: The Broncos, fourth in the nation in scoring, upset Toledo and Ball State to claim their first MAC Tournament title since 1985. They were 1-7 in games decided by 10 points or fewer during the regular season.
15. Hampton (23-8)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Coach: Patricia Bibbs
Top players: G LaShondra Dixon, F Nicole Brathwaite, G Lynetta Sullivan
Comments: The Pirates defeated Delaware State in the MEAC final thanks to Brathwaite's proficiency inside and the 5-5 Dixon's ability to make dazzling plays from most everywhere on the floor.
16. Southwest Texas (18-13)
Coach: Suzanne Fox
Top players: C Tori Talbert, G Julie Brooks, F Aleise Johnson
Comments: Talbert, the Southland Player of the Year, was the driving force on the surprising Bobcats, who used solid defense and rebounding to take the conference championship. This is their second NCAA appearance.
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