March 27, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Two down and two to go: Setting the field for the 2023 Final Four

Missy and Matthew talk about the Elite Eight matchups, players who have made a splash in the tournament and tonight's games

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. Two teams have punched their dance card to the 2023 Final Four in Dallas. Two more will be packing after the Elite Eight tonight. Host Missy Heidrick breaks down the LSU and Iowa victories, players who have made a splash this tournament and what to expect from South Carolina/Maryland and Virginia Tech/Ohio State with Matthew Walter, who is live in Seattle.

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Matthew talks about the Elite Eight matchup, Miami vs. LSU:

“I think Kim Mulkey is one of the best coaches in our game. She may be one of the most interestingly dressed coaches in our game, but she’s one of the best in her second season at LSU to take them to the Final Four. Now, I understand, right and the path was a little different than people probably expected for her team. But at the same time, like Miami proved that they deserved to be in the Elite Eight with the teams that they beat. And LSU showed that, yes, they’re an offensive team; they can win on defense, and they can win in different ways. And that’s what you have to do in the tournament, right? So you can’t just win only playing offense or only being a defensive team; you have to sort of play both sides of the ball and LSU showed that and Angel Reese is clearly one of the stars of our game.”

Matthew talks about players making a splash in the Sweet 16:

“I think to a couple of those teams that made some surprise run to the Sweet 16 Destiny Harden and obviously the star for Miami got the big shot against Indiana, hit some big shots, Haley Cavinder has been huge for them. And then, Jasmyne Roberts had that big performance against Villanova in the Sweet 16. And then someone like Ole Miss getting a big performance from Angel Baker to get them past Stanford to the Sweet 16. Marquesha Davis had a big game against Louisville. Olivia Cochran played really well in this tournament. Mykasa Robinson really impressed me with her defense and offense for the Cardinal.

I was so impressed with the freshman Cotie McMahon from Ohio State, just the things that she did against UConn offensively to drive the lane. Ohio State, we’re talking about their press, but they’re an offensive team. And I think sometimes that gets lost with how much they were able to turn on UConn over that they are a team that wants to score the ball and McMahon played so well for them and then, of course, in Maryland, Diamond Miller is one of the stars of that program.”

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