by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The nation's top college women's basketball teams are in Nashville for the NCAA Women's Final Four tournament.
Teams from the University of Connecticut, Stanford, Maryland and Notre Dame arrived in Nashville Thursday afternoon for the games.
UConn is staying at the downtown Doubletree Hotel. They arrived to the beat of a marching band and fans as they walked into the hotel. Head Coach Geno Auriemma said he is ready for basketball, and for Music City.
"Some of us who have been here know what kind of city it is, and those who haven't I think are going to be in for a treat," Auriemma said.
The women from Stanford are staying a few blocks away from the UConn counterparts. Head coach Tara VanDerveer is excited about staying at the Hilton Downtown. She said it is a great location, right next to Bridgestone Arena.
"I love being at this hotel. We heard it was the best hotel. We count that as an omen, and we love little omens, here and there," VanDerveer said.
The Notre Dame women's basketball team will spend their time in Nashville at Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel on West End. The team arrived early Thursday evening. The team's head coach is excited about a chance to see Nashville before the pressure of the Final Four starts building up.
"So excited to be here in Nashville. We love it here. We're going out tonight to do some country line dancing and get a real feel for the city," said Muffet McGraw.
Maryland arrived in Nashville late Thursday night. They were welcomed to the Marriott Vanderbilt with the same fanfare as their three competitors.
The NCAA championship game will be played Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.