| Kelli Anderson's Prediction
| MORTAL LOCKS |
Tennessee will have a relatively easy time making its way to St. Louis
though Purdue may offer some resistance. Despite injuries to All-Americas
Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph, Connecticut will survive the East
Region minefield, which includes perennial Final Four attendees Louisiana
Tech and Georgia. But it won't survive another meeting with the traveling
inside-out clinic that is Notre Dame, which will sneak past Vanderbilt in
the Midwest Regional Final.
| UPSET SPECIALS |
There will be several in the tough East Region: Look for 12th-seeded
Drake, a team that has been emotionally fueled all season by serious
illnesses to two teammates, to knock off #5 Villanova, and for #11 TCU to
take advantage of #6 Penn State's inexperience at the point. Also, if
Oklahoma has to face Stanford in the second round, it should expect
trouble. The Cardinal is still smarting from the loss of starting point
guard Susan King, who tore her ACL on a hard foul during a 102-98 loss to
the Sooners in Norman in December.
| MY WINNER IS |
Notre Dame . In the final, Notre Dame will face Tennessee for the first time since a
national semifinal loss to the Lady Vols four years ago. This time Notre
Dame has the talent, the experience and, most important, the confidence
to come out ahead.