Not surprisingly to women’s college basketball experts, the West Virginia Mountaineers were picked as one of the final at large teams in the field of 64 in the NCAA tournament. Admittedly, I am surprised.
I thought the Mountaineers 9-9 mark in Big XII play and 17-13 record overall were not up to par for the NCAA tournament. I based this judgement in large part on my experience with the men’s basketball tournament selection process where that kind of record will not get you into the field (unless you are the Liberty Flames).
Regardless, the Mountaineers are slated as the #11 team in the Bridgeport region. West Virginia will take on the #6 Delaware Blue Hens in Newark, DE on Sunday March 24 at 12:15 PM. The practical home game for the 30-3 Blue Hens will be a major challenge to WVU.
Delaware is led 8th year senior (kidding, but seriously this girl has been a star on campus forever it seems) Elena Delle Donne. The talented big woman is averaging 25.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. The 6’5″ forward will be a difficult assignment for WVU forwards Ayana Dunning and Averee Fields.
If the Mountaineers are going to pull the upset in Delaware’s backyard, they will need a big performance from the forwards to shut down Delle Donne, a task that so few teams have been able to accomplish over the years.