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First Round Shows There’s Plenty of Room for Madness in the Women’s Tournament

Princeton women’s basketball coach Carla Berube used her post-game press conference Saturday to push back on an old idea.

“People talk about how there isn’t any parity in women’s basketball… This is March Madness,” Berube said. “It’s awesome for mid-majors, because it’s great basketball. Yes, Power 5 conferences like the SEC, the Big Ten, they’re great teams… But you’re seeing it. Like, there is awesome basketball at the mid-majors, and I’m loving it."

Berube would know: Her No. 11 Princeton had just upset No. 6 Kentucky. And they weren’t alone. This March has featured six first-round wins by double-digit seeds on the women’s side—most of them from mid-majors.