Conference: Big Ten.
Coach: Lisa Bluder (14th season, 277-165).
NCAA jistory: Seventh straight appearance, 23rd overall.
Record: 26-8, 11-5 Big Ten.
Last 10 Games: 8-2.
Stat leaders: Samantha Logic 13.4 ppg., 7.5 apg., 6.6 rpg.; Bethany Doolittle 14.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 3.1 bpg.; Ally Disterhoft 13.2 ppg., 6.6 rpg.
Player to watch: Samantha Logic, Jr., 5-9, guard. A first-team all-Big Ten selection, Logic led the Big Ten in assists this season with 256 and ranks second in the nation with three triple-doubles. The junior point guard also leads Iowa in rebounding.
About the Hawkeyes: Iowa is one of only 14 teams in the country to appear in the last seven NCAA tournaments. The Hawkeyes have won 12 of their last 15 games entering NCAA tournament player and are 13-3 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season.
Marist Red Foxes
Coach: Brian Giorgis (12th season, 304-86).
NCAA History: Ninth straight appearance, 10th overall.
Record: 27-6, 18-2 MAAC.
Last 10 Games: 9-1.
Stat leaders: Emma O’Connor 13.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg.; Madeline Blais 13 ppg., 4.1 rpg.; Leanne Ockenden 11.7 ppg., 4.5 rpg.
Player to watch: Emma O’Connor, Sr., 6-0, forward. First-team all MAAC selection leads Marist in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (6.8) and led the MAAC in field goal percentage at 56 percent.
About the Red Foxes: Have gone 26-2 after starting the season 1-4 and have won 16 of their last 17 games. Marist overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat Quinnipiac in the MAAC title game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Coach: Jeff Walz (seventh season, 178-69).
NCAA History: Ninth appearance in last 10 years, 17th overall.
Record: 30-4, 16-2 American Conference.
Last 10 Games: 7-3.
Stat leaders: Shoni Schimmel 17.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 3.6 apg.; Sara Hammond 10.9 ppg., 6.2 rpg.; Asia Taylor 10.8 ppg., 7.3 rpg.
Player to watch: Shoni Schimmel Sr., 5-9, guard. A Naismith semifinalist and ESPNW All-American Schimmel is one of just two players in Louisville history to surpass the 2,000 point mark in a career. Schimmel leads Louisville in scoring (17) and assists (3.6).
About the Cardinals: Ranked fourth in the latest AP poll, three of the defending national runner-ups’ losses have come to top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut. Louisville hasn’t lost a game to a team other than UConn since a 69-64 setback at No. 10 Kentucky on Dec. 1.
Coach: Jon Newlee (sixth season, 93-95).
NCAA History: Second straight appearance, third overall.
Record: 25-8, 15-1 WAC .
Last 10 Games: 9-1.
Stat leaders: Stacey Barr 18.7 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2.8 apg.; Alyssa Charlston 14.4 ppg., 6.9 rpg., Christin Salvatore 10.7 ppg., 5.3 rpg.
Player to watch: Stacey Barr, Jr., 5-8, Guard. The native of Melbourne, Australia was named WAC player of the year after averaging 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Barr scored 20 or more points 15 times this season including 35 and 28 in a pair of WAC tournament games.
About the Vandals: After reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984 last season, Idaho is making its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. 6-foot-1 senior Alyssa Charlston (14.4) and 5-foot-11 sophomore Christina Salvatore (10.7) join Barr to give the Vandals three double digit scorers.
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