What a beautiful Sunday of basketball on the docket between the 2021 men's and women's NCAA Tournament games.
The women's tournament started with Round 1 action from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Much scrutiny has been assigned to the NCAA for the amenities available in Texas, especially when compared to what the men's players and teams were given in terms of training equipment (and space), gifts and quality of food.
After acknowledging the inequities, the NCAA addressed the weight rooms, which sparked the controversy.
In men's action, the second round runs all day, with one No. 1 seed already knocked out and another one currently playing.
Here are some of the story lines you might have overlooked in the frenzy of Sunday's action.
Rapinoe rooting on Terps
The Maryland women's squad is a No. 2 seed, and even though the Terrapins don't play until Monday (4 p.m. ET against No. 15 Mount St. Mary's), U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe will be in their corner.
Rapinoe noted her affinity for sophomore guard Ashley Owusu; in response, the Terps' women's basketball Twitter account tweeted a side-by-side photo of Rapinoe's classic goal celebration pose and Owusu with her own arms outstretched.
. @mPinoe 👀🤩 pic.twitter.com/y8gdndIIVl
"LFG," Rapinoe quote-tweeted. "Good luck tomorrow."
This likely won't be the last time Rapinoe, who has been on the front lines for gender equality in sports, tweets about her Terps this tournament.
Women's tournament airs all day on ESPN properties
Feeling empty without the whirlwind action of the last two days? Flip over to the ESPN channels (ABC too) for extensive coverage of the women's tournament, which began Sunday with the first round.
Seven-seed Virginia Tech opened the tournament with a win, and Oklahoma State blew out Wake Forest in an 8-9 matchup, but not before the Deacons' Ivana Raca – they apparently call her "The Serbian Sensation" – dished out this assist down low.
I meannnn 😍 @WakeWBB#ncaaWpic.twitter.com/pbb6uRHq4O
Iowa's Caitlin Clark (23 points) had the early performance of the day in the Hawkeyes' victory over scrappy mid-major Central Michigan.
The freshman is SHOWIN’ OUT 🤩
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark has 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast and 2 Stl already. pic.twitter.com/upgg8mBMnD
Of note: This is also the first time the women's tournament has aired on ABC. A step in the right direction toward equality.
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