Reigan Richardson drives with the ball during Duke's loss to UConn.

Duke women's basketball fell short against UConn. But that shouldn't detract from a promising, gritty season

Much like Saturday night against a star-studded UConn team, Duke pushed through injuries, roster construction uncertainty and a tough early season schedule. Nothing was handed to the Blue Devils all year. Truly, Lawson’s squad deserved all that came its way, including the first Sweet 16 appearance under her leadership.

Reigan Richardson plays defense against Ohio State.

Beats' picks: Can No. 7-seed Duke women's basketball continue run, upset Bueckers and UConn in Sweet 16?

No. 7-seed Duke, fresh off a second-round upset of No. 2-seed Ohio State, make the trip to Portland, Ore., Saturday evening for a date with No. 3-seed UConn. The Chronicle's beat writers are here with their predictions about whether the Blue Devils can continue their remarkable run and advance to the Elite Eight.

Tyrese Proctor holds his form after sinking a three against James Madison.

Beats' picks: Will No. 4-seed Duke men's basketball upset Houston, keep dancing past Sweet 16?

No. 4-seed Duke faces its biggest test of the season Friday night in the NCAA Sweet 16, making the trip to Dallas for a colossal bout with No. 1-seed Houston. The Chronicle’s beat writers are here to predict whether the Blue Devils can keep dancing to the Elite Eight.