The Lexington Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Notre Dame-Ohio State is the opener. Texas-Stanford is set for 8:30 p.m.
Here is a look at the four teams.
Notre Dame (1 seed)
Coach: Muffin McGraw (852-267, 35th year)
Streak: Won 16
Key player: Guard Lindsay Allen has started in 147 straight games, which is believed to be an NCAA record. She ranks fourth in the country with 7.6 assists on a team that averages 79.7 points a game.
Field of 64: The Fighting Irish reached the Sweet 16 for the eighth straight year by defeating Robert Morris 79-49 and Purdue 88-82 in OT.
Notable: Notre Dame received crushing news on Tuesday when All-America candidate Brianna Turner was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a torn ACL she suffered against Purdue on Sunday. It came on her 100th game at Notre Dame. He leads the Irish in scoring (15.3 ppg.) and rebounding (7.6 pg.). She is a graduate of Manvel (Texas) High School.
Ohio State (5)
Coach: Kevin McGuff (352-142, 16th year)
Streak: Won 2
Key player: Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell is a three-time All-Big 10 first team player. She leads the Buckeyes in scoring (22.6 ppg.) and assists (3.9 pg.)
Field of 64: This is Ohio State’s second trip to Lexington in consecutive weeks. The Buckeyes defeated Western Kentucky 70-63 and host Kentucky 82-68 over the weekend to advance.
Notable: This is the first time the Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 in back-to-back years since a run of five straight appearances from 1985-89. Ohio State was beaten in the 1993 finals by Sheryl Swoopes and the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. Swoopes scored 47 points, which remains a championship game record.
Coach: Tara VanDerveer (1,010-230, 38th year)
Streak: Won 6
Key player: Senior forward Erica McCall was named to the All-Pac 12 first team for the second straight year after averaging team highs in points (15.0 pg.), rebounds (8.5) and blocks (1.5). The senior has scored in double figures in all but three of 35 games.
Field of 64: Despite having to travel to Manhattan, Kan., while their own building was being used for conference gymnastics, Stanford edged New Mexico State 72-64 before rolling over host Kansas State 69-48 on Monday.
Notable: VanDerveer became the third NCAA Division I basketball coach to win 1,000 games when Stanford beat USC 58-42 in February. Only two other Division I coaches — Pat Summitt at Tennessee (women) and Mike Krzyzewski at Army and Duke (men) — have guided their teams to 1,000 or more victories.
Coach: Karen Aston (215-117, 10th year)
Streak: Won 2
Key player: Junior point guard Brooke McCarty is the first Big 12 Player of the Year from Texas since the conference was formed in 1997. She leads the Longhorns in scoring (14.3 ppg.), three-pointers made (77), minutes played (33.7 pg.) and assists (3.5 pg.).
Field of 64: The Longhorns advanced to their third straight Sweet 16 appearance by defeating Central Arkansas 78-50 and North Carolina State 84-80 last weekend at the Erwin Center.
Notable: Despite losing 6-7 Imani Boyette to the WNBA last spring, the Longhorns need only eight more blocked shots to the break the school record (199) for a season. Kelsey Lang ranks 21st in the country with 75 blocks. The Longhorns had a total of 19 blocks in their two victories over the weekend, 8 by Lang.
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