Five burning questions for the women’s NCAA tournament bracket

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You want answers about the NCAA tournament? Wait a few days and they’ll come in the form of 63 lessons. But the questions we can do right now.

What awaits Kelsey Mitchell?

There isn’t a more compelling individual story in the tournament this year than Ohio State senior Kelsey Mitchell, whose pursuit of the NCAA career scoring record is intertwined with the third-seeded Buckeyes trying to make it to the Final Four in the city they call home.

Mitchell begins the NCAA tournament with 3,363 career points, 30 behind former NCAA record holder Jackie Stiles and 164 points behind current record holder Kelsey Plum (who entered the NCAA tournament a year ago with 3,431 points). Barring catastrophe in the first round against No. 14 seed George Washington — the Colonials rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense — Mitchell should be able to pass Stiles in front of the Ohio State faithful in the first two rounds.

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