TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 63-53 to win the 2015 Division I NCAA National Championship on Tuesday night. The win gives head coach Geno Auriemma his third championship in a row and 10 titles overall—matching the legendary John Wooden of UCLA. Junior forward Breanna Stewart had eight points, 15 rebounds and four blocks en route to her third consecutive Most Outstanding Player.
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 63-53 to win the 2015 Division I NCAA National Championship on Tuesday night. The win gives head coach Geno Auriemma his third championship in a row and 10 titles overall—matching the legendary John Wooden of UCLA. Junior forward Breanna Stewart had eight points, 15 rebounds and four blocks en route to her third consecutive NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Breanna Stewart had 25 points and Morgan Tuck added 24 as the Connecticut Huskies defeated Maryland 81-58 on Sunday to earn a date with Notre Dame in the 2015 National Championship.
It will be a rematch of last year’s title game which saw UConn defeat the Irish, 70-58, en route to its ninth tournament crown. The Huskies are now one win away from the program’s second three-peat—they won back-to-back-to-back championships in 2002-04 as well. Another title would give head coach Geno Auriemma 10, matching the legendary John Wooden of UCLA.
TAMPA, Fla.--Four-time Olympic gold-medalist and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015, the Hall announced today at a press event held in Indianapolis, Indiana, site of the men's NCAA Final Four. The highly decorated 6-5 center, perhaps best known as the first woman to throw down a dunk in a WNBA game and who is also scheduled to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015, was the lone woman among the 11-member induction class.
TAMPA, Fla.--Whereas this year’s men’s Final Four featured a wipeout first game and a knockout second game, the women’s Final Four inverted that pattern, providing a thrilling opener in which Notre Dame nosed past South Carolina, 66-65, and a second semifinal that became a runaway early in the second half as Connecticut blew past Maryland, 81-63, on Sunday, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Notre Dame senior Madison Cable hit her only basket of the game, a put-back jumper with 16 seconds remaining, to give the Fighting Irish a one-point victory over South Carolina in the first National Semifinal on Easter Sunday in Tampa, Fla.
The Irish escaped a seven-minute scoring draught to nip the Gamecocks, 66-65, and will advance to their fourth appearance in the season finale of the last five years. They will meet the winner of Connecticut and Maryland with a championship on the line.
Players who are lucky enough to reach the Final Four get an unparalleled platform on which to showcase their abilities. Between the media coverage and attendance of just about every coach or scout, a Final Four appearance becomes a very effective audition for athletes who wish to transfer their college skills to the pros.
Freshman Jordin Canada put up a career-high 31 points Saturday to lead the UCLA Bruins to the WNIT title, as they slipped past West Virginia, 62-60.
Canada stepped up when leading scorer Nirra Fields was having a tough night, by repeatedly driving to the basket.
This game was not only close for the duration, with neither team gaining a margin of more than six points throughout the second half. WVU was on the verge of taking control when it unfurled an 8-0 run to take a 49-43 lead with 7:22 remaining, but UCLA was able to fight back.
TAMPA, Fla. -- As the remaining seconds ticked off the clock in the 2014 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish began to celebrate- if you call smiling and clapping a celebration. The Irish politely participated in the ensuing “festivities” on the floor following the game, posing for pictures and cutting down nets, but otherwise looked like their minds were in a completely different place.
It is a rite of spring – Sunday night at the NCAA Women’s Final Four, with the Connecticut Huskies playing the second national semifinal to give ESPN a ratings bump when going up against the season premiere of Mad Men and the other shows that make their way onto the airwaves at this time of year.