Tough day for the no one watches women’s sports crowd

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Happy Wednesday!

And an extra happy one to the record-setting 12.3M (!!!) viewers who tuned in to watch No. 1 Iowa beat defending champs No. 3 LSU in Monday’s Elite Eight, making the epic 2023 title game rematch the most-watched college basketball game (women’s or men’s) to air on ESPN. HYFR.

Quote of The Day
Quote Heavy is the head that wears the crown & that crown is heavy. You never stay down too long. What’s next 10? 🙏
LSU junior Angel Reese stands with her hands on her hips.

— LSU superstar Angel Reese, reflecting on the toll of her college hoops success while the basketball world awaits her decision to either stick around for another year or declare for the 2024 WNBA Draft — a choice she must make by the end of the day. And you thought your Wednesday was stressful.

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IIHF Women’s Worlds Championship

🏒 A dish best served cold

Canada forward Natalie Spooner battles for the puck against USA forward Alex Carpenter during the gold medal game of the 2023 IIHF Women's World Championship.
Source: Dennis Pajot/Getty Images

The GIST: The 23rd IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, aka the top women’s hockey tournament, begins today in Utica, NY, with a fierce rivalry likely taking center stage.

  • And with the PWHL’s record-breaking inaugural season sparking a women’s hockey revolution, the excitement surrounding the game’s best has never been higher. Skate on.

How it works: The competition features 10 teams split into Groups A and B, with the top five ranked countries in the former and the remaining five in the latter. All members of Group A, which includes world No. 1 Canada and defending champs No. 2 U.S., earn an automatic berth to the quarter-finals, where they’ll be joined by the top three group play finishers from Group B.

  • Due to the skill disparity in international women’s hockey, this format ensures the best squads play competitive games the entire time, though history indicates Canada and the U.S. will almost certainly duke it out in the final.
  • They’re the only two countries to ever win Worlds and the only other team to even compete for the gold medal is No. 4 Finland. And that’s on dominance.

Team USA: The Americans are contending for back-to-back trophies following last year’s title game victory over Canada. Captain and forward Hilary Knight scored a hat trick in that game and will bring a veteran presence to this young and feisty team that boasts eight players who competed in the NCAA championship just last week.

  • Let’s see how the chemistry flows when they open the tourney tonight at 7 p.m. ET against No. 3 Switzerland.

Team Canada: This veteran squad with revenge on the brain is full of recognizable names, including PWHL Toronto forward and face of the league Sarah Nurse and PWHL Ottawa’s Marie-Philip Poulin, who’s hungry for a fourth world title. They don’t call her Captain Clutch for nothing.

  • Although this roster is familiar, there could be a shakeup between the pipes: PWHL Toronto ’tendy Kristen Campbell’s stellar season could earn her the starting spot over Ann-Renée Desbiens. The Canucks drop the puck tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET against Finland.
Quick Hits: NCAA women's basketball edition

🔄 Virginia Tech star Georgia Amoore enters transfer portal

One week after the Hokies longtime head coach (HC) Kenny Brooks left for Kentucky, standout senior Amoore — who would’ve likely been a first-round WNBA draft pick had she declared — announced on Monday that she will be departing the school she helped transform into a national contender. Could there be a reunion in the making?

✅ No. 1 South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso declares for WNBA Draft

While the world awaits the aforementioned Reese’s decision, Gamecocks senior Cardoso announced on Monday that she will forgo her fifth year of NCAA eligibility and declare for this month’s W Draft, news that comes days before her undefeated squad tips off the Final Four.

✌️ Tennessee fires HC Kellie Harper after five seasons

The storied program that the legendary Pat Summitt built does not mess around. A three-time national champion as a player with the Vols, Harper is out in Knoxville after failing to make the Sweet 16 in her five seasons at the helm.

  • How will the school return their iconic program to the (rocky) top? Very quietly, apparently. Their director of athletics said that he will not have an update until they are ready to announce a new HC, but a number of names are already being floated.
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A person pouring an LMNT pouch into an LMNT cup while holding a basketball
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Mid-Week Watching
Oklahoma women’s gymnastics junior Jordan Bowers sticks it off the beam.
Source: USA TODAY NETWORK

🎓🤸 NCAA women’s gymnastics: Regional Championships — Today through Sunday — ESPN+

  • The nation’s top 36 squads will take their first flips steps toward clinching one of eight national championship spots today, with the top two teams from each of the four regional tourneys advancing. Chalk it up.

Augusta National Women’s Amateur — Today through Sunday — Golf Channel

  • The fifth edition of the most prestigious women’s amateur tournament tees off from Georgia’s Champions Retreat Golf Club, featuring 2023 U.S. Girls Junior Champion Kiara Romero, making her tournament debut among 72 of the world’s best.

🏀 NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics — Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET — ESPN

  • The league’s two conference leaders square up for battle in this must-see showdown, pitting OKC’s sharpshooter Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against fellow MVP contender, Boston’s Jayson Tatum. It’s raining buckets.

⛳ PGA: Valero Texas Open — Tomorrow through Sunday — Golf Channel

  • The final tourney before the Masters tees off tomorrow at TPC San Antonio. Some superstars are saving their swings for Augusta, but plenty will be warming up in the Lonestar State, including world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who’s winless on the tour this year.
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📺 What to watch

Zendaya as a tennis champ when the highly anticipated film Challengers drops later this month. Can't wait.

☁️ Where to shop

Chance Athletics. These mini basketball hoops are adorable and make a fun addition to your living space year-round.

📚 What to read

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And then there were four. Two No. 1 seeds and two No. 3 seeds make up this year’s women’s Final Four — which squad do you think will win it all?

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