NCAA Tournament

NCAA women’s preview: KU vs. Tennessee

WHEN/WHERE:

11:04 a.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa

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TV:

ESPN

P No. Kansas Ht. Yr. PPG

F

15

Chelsea Gardner

6-3

Fr.

4.3

F

11

Aishah Sutherland

6-2

Sr.

13.7

G

24

CeCe Harper

5-8

So.

3.0

G

42

Natalie Knight

5-7

Fr.

5.9

G

3

Angel Goodrich

5-4

Jr.

13.7

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ABOUT KANSAS (21-12):

The Jayhawks, one of the last four teams to receive an at-large bid, has justified the NCAA’s confidence by pulling off upsets in their first two tournament games and join Gonzaga, also a No. 11 seed, as the only double-digit seeds remaining in a tournament that usually follows the chalk. Though the Jayhawks are a loose bunch playing with house money, they’re not just happy to be here and would love to get a crack at fellow Big 12 rival Baylor, the unbeaten top seed in this regional, on Monday night.

P No. Tennessee Ht. Yr. PPG

F

25

Glory Johnson

6-3

Sr.

13.9

F

15

Alicia Manning

6-1

Sr.

4.0

C

21

Vicki Baugh

6-4

Sr.

7.7

G

40

Shekinna Stricklen

6-2

Sr.

15.2

G

1

Briana Bass

5-2

Sr.

2.2

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ABOUT TENNESSEE (26-8):

The Volunteers are the only program to have participated in every NCAA Women’s Tournament since its inception in 1982, have played in more NCAA Tournament games, 133, than any other school and have more NCAA championships, eight, than anyone else, the last one in 2008. But the Vols haven’t been back to a Final Four since 2008, and a senior-laden team is determined to get there for their iconic coach, Pat Summitt, who recently announced she has been diagonosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

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