NCAA Women: Team Previews

March 19, 2011 

Duke (29-3)

Coach: Joanne P. McCallie Seed: No. 2 TV: ESPN2 Radio: WDNC-620

Best win: 82-58 over Miami on Feb. 3 Worst loss: 87-51 to No. 1 Connecticut on Jan. 31

Scouting report: The Blue Devils won their second consecutive ACC tournament championship and are seeking their first national title. They are allowing opponents an average of 54.8 points per game. Offensively, they have slowly melded into a more cohesive unit. The Devils advanced to the regional finals last season before losing to Baylor. They will need to create consistent offense to make the Final Four.

Tenn.-Martin (21-10)

Coach: Kevin McMillan

Seed: No. 15

Best win: 79-69 over Tennessee Tech on March 5

Worst loss: 92-67 to Louisville on Dec. 28

Scouting report: The Skyhawks make their first trip to the NCAA tournament after winning the program's first Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship. They are one of the youngest teams in the country, led by the freshman trio of Heather Butler (19.1 ppg), Jasmine Newsome (17.8) and Jaclissa Haislip (9.2 ppg). Newsome was the conference's co-defensive player of the year, while Butler earned freshman of the year.

Iowa State (22-10)

Coach: Bill Fennelly

Seed: No. 7

Best win: 66-57 over Texas in overtime on Feb. 21

Worst loss: 70-58 to Baylor on Jan. 8

Scouting report: The Cyclones make their fifth consecutive trip to the tournament after an up-and-down Big 12 Conference schedule. They average 65.2 points per game. Kelsey Bolte, a 6-foot-1 senior sharpshooter, leads the team with 16.8 ppg. An All-Big 12 first-team selection, she ranks sixth on the school's all-time scoring list and is a central figure in their perimeter attack. They advanced to the second round last season before falling to Connecticut.

Marist (30-2)

Coach: Brian Giorgis

Seed: No. 10

Best win: 65-60 over Nebraska on Dec. 19

Worst loss: 64-50 to St. John's on Nov. 12

Scouting report: The Red Foxes won their sixth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and enter the tournament on a 26-game winning streak - the nation's longest. They lost to St. Bonaventure on Dec. 4 and bulldozed their way through the rest of the season, relying on a stingy defense that defines this team. They are allowing opponents just 48.6 points per game. MAAC player of the year Erica Allenspach, a 5-8 guard, leads the team with 14.2 ppg.

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