The NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update last night couldn’t have been wilder. Though most NCAA women’s bracket updates in this tournament had been predictable, it got crazier in its most important stage to date. The Elite Eight opener had Duke face off against Baylor, and Stanford take on Xavier for the first two slots. For most of these games, the outcome looked to favor the higher seeds, but the ending wasn’t as comfortable for either – yet only one survived it. In the first NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update regarding the Final Four, a Baylor team actually beat Duke, and Stanford got big breaks to finally move on.
The night started with the Memphis regional final, as Duke and Baylor faced off in another Elite Eight. On the men’s side, the Blue Devils came up big in the final few minutes to move on, but things were reversed this time. Behind super center Brittany Griner, Baylor came back for a 51-48 win.
Griner got her usual blocks, as she now has a record 35 in this tournament. But in the more important NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update, the Blue Devils looked set for better results, since Griner was the only one delivering. Yet the Bears’ other eight freshman finally woke up, fueling a late run that culminated in a winning jumper from Griner.
Baylor managed a split with Duke in the two regional finals, and like the male Bears, will get to play in their home state – this time in the Final Four at San Antonio. But playing at home didn’t help the male Bears, and if tonight’s NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update has Connecticut facing them next, it might not help the women either.
Connecticut’s top challenger was pegged to be Stanford, yet the Cardinals almost got tripped up in the next regional final. Against Xavier, the Cardinal also led much of the way, but were caught in the last few minutes. But unlike Duke, they got every single break in the final seconds
Xavier had two chances to take the lead, but Dee Dee Jernigan missed two wide-open layup chances in a row, giving Stanford the ball back. Referees reviewed the clock to ensure they had 4.4 seconds left, and they needed every tenth, as Jeanette Pohlen just got off her own layup after easily driving down the court. This layup was good, giving Stanford the 55-53 victory.
The NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update had two thrillers to start the Elite Eight, in a much needed display of suspense. The lower seeds are starting to challenge, as one won and the other likely would have won if not for some mishaps.
Nevertheless, the Final Four is now halfway filled, with the winners to get their opponents tonight. The next NCAA women’s bracket 2010 update will have Connecticut or Florida State getting to face Baylor, and Oklahoma or Kentucky getting to meet Stanford.
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