HealthSportsWinning and Losing: Women's Bracket Results (USC, Texas, Ivy League, Iowa, LSU)

Winning and Losing: Women’s Bracket Results (USC, Texas, Ivy League, Iowa, LSU)

  • By Sarah Johnson, Sports ReporterMar 18, 2024, 1:45 PM ET

    Insightful Analysis

      Sarah Johnson is a sports reporter who specializes in women’s basketball and collegiate athletics. With a career spanning several decades, Johnson has been a prominent figure in sports journalism since the early 1990s.

The upcoming women’s college basketball season in 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting one, with potential matchups like LSU vs. Iowa stealing the spotlight. In the Elite Eight, these two teams could face off in a showdown that fans won’t want to miss.

As we dive into the women’s NCAA tournament bracket for this year, it’s important to highlight both the winners and losers of the selection process. Starting with the losers, the last year’s finalists are facing an uphill battle to even make it to the championships in Cleveland.

One of the most challenging regions in the bracket is the Albany 2 Regional, featuring powerhouse teams like defending national champion LSU, last year’s runner-up Iowa, and UCLA. The selection committee’s decision to place these strong contenders in the same bracket has raised eyebrows among fans and analysts alike.

According to ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo, South Carolina, the overall top seed in the tournament, landed in what appears to be the easiest regional bracket. On the other hand, Iowa, a top seed for the first time in nearly three decades, found itself in a tough spot alongside LSU and UCLA.

The preseason favorites like Iowa, LSU, and UCLA were all primed for success, but the tournament’s bracket placement has created a challenging road for these teams. Coach Kim Mulkey of LSU expressed her initial shock at the tough competition in their region.

Now, let’s shift our focus to the winners and losers in the women’s bracket, including South Carolina and Iowa’s unbeaten standout, Caitlin Clark.

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South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina, a two-time national champion, is positioned in the Albany 1 Regional alongside contenders like Notre Dame, Oregon State, and Indiana. While Notre Dame is a strong opponent as the ACC tournament champions, the Gamecocks have already proven their dominance in an earlier matchup. Their previous victory against Notre Dame by 29 points in November showcases their strength heading into the tournament.

The Gamecocks’ impressive performance throughout the season solidifies them as strong contenders, making them a worthy team to watch in the tournament.

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