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  • Writer's pictureSadahri Lindsey

Possible 'Cinderellas' of the NCAA Women's March Madness Tournament

In every March Madness tournament, you will have the "Cinderellas" of the tournament or teams that have an unexpected extended stay in the tournament. There are quite a few teams that have the opportunity to become a Cinderella in this year's tournament, but here are the teams that have the highest chance this season.

#6 Nebraska

Nebraska has been an underdog this season in Big Ten play, making a run to the Big Ten Championship after finishing fifth in the regular season. In the Big Ten championship game, Jaz Shelley put up 16 points and six rebounds against Iowa. Alexis Markowski also scored 23 points in that championship game and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cornhuskers. That, along with their heavy defense, can help Nebraska have a deep run in this year's March Madness tournament.

First game: vs #11 Texas A&M, on March 22nd at 10:30 PM EST (ESPNU)

#7 Iowa State

The Cyclones have shocked many fans this season with an impressive 20-11 record, appearances in the AP Top 25 poll, and a Big 12 championship game. Breakout freshman Audi Crooks has played a huge part in Iowa State's success this season. Crooks has averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game. However, Iowa State's success doesn't start with just Audi Crooks. Emily Ryan has been a big help to the Cyclones' success this season, averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game this season. Ryan also has a field goal percentage of 50 percent. Another freshman, Addy Brown, has been a big contributor to the Cyclones, putting up 13 points and eight rebounds a game. This team could easily make a deep run in this year's tournament.

First game: vs #10 Maryland, on March 22nd at 7:30 PM EST (ESPN2)

#5 Colorado

At the beginning of the regular season, Colorado started ranked in the AP Poll and shocked everyone when they took down the reigning national champs, LSU, in the season-opener for the Buffaloes. However, they ended up finishing in 5th place in the PAC-12, and this caused their seeding to take a tumble.

Jaylyn Sherrod has been a huge help to the Buffaloes this season, averaging 13 points and five assists per game. Her shifty offensive style creates openings in an opponent's defense and allows her teammates to score as well. Quay Miller has also been a huge piece in the Buffaloes' offense. This season, she has averaged nine points and seven rebounds. Although her number of points per game, has been down compared to last season, Miller is still a dominant force in the paint.

First game: vs #12 Drake, on March 22nd at 7 PM EST (ESPN News)

Teams from all over have come together for a chance at the National Championship trophy. This year's March Madness tournament will be full of many surprises, you won't want to miss it at all!


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