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Four No. 1 Seeds In The Women's Final Four

Maryland players celebrate after their win over Tennessee. (Young Kwak/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Maryland players celebrate after their win over Tennessee. (Young Kwak/AP)

The women's Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year's teams back in the national semifinals.

UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance.

It's the third time in the history of the Final Four that all four of the top seeds made it this far.

"That's the way it is in women's basketball," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "The absolute best teams get to the Final Four. I'm not one bit surprised Notre Dame and South Carolina are there. That's the way it is in our game. The best teams go to the Final Four every year."

The Huskies will be trying for their third straight national championship and 10th overall which would move Geno Auriemma into a tie with vaunted UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most all-time.

UConn will face Maryland and Notre Dame faces South Carolina on Sunday in Tampa, Florida. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley will become the second person to both play and coach in the Final Four.

South Carolina is the Final Four newcomer, making its first appearance in the national semifinals. Coach Dawn Staley became the second person to both play and coach in the Final Four joining Baylor's Kim Mulkey.

"We are not just going to show up and just be happy to be there," Staley said. "This particular regional final game isn't the destination game for what we set out to do this season.

"So, you know, I think this was a statement game because we are going to - we punched our ticket into the Final Four, and now it's time to maybe check off some things that we've wanted to do, which is win the national championship."

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