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.
CHICAGO – A star-studded lineup featuring 24 of the nation’s best women’s basketball players was on display Wednesday night at the 14th annual McDonald’s All-American Girls Basketball Game at the United Center.
The fans that were there got their money’s worth.
A furious rally in the final moments came up just short for the West All-Stars, as the East All-Stars held on for an 89-87 victory.
It’s the second year the game has been decided by two points. Last year, the West won 80-78 and in 2012, the East won 79-78.
The 2015 WNIT semifinals gave four teams the ability to play college basketball into April. While each of these teams would have loved to be in the NCAA tournament – the revenue created by an NCAA appearance should always make it more valuable than a WNIT invite – the few teams that make a deep WNIT run can say with legitimacy that they have managed to compensate for their absence from the Big Dance.
The Tennessee Volunteers so desperately wanted to get back to the Final Four – for Pat Summitt, for Holly Warlick, and for the sweet relief afforded by stopping a seven-year itch, a long dry spell akin to what Stanford and Tara VanDerveer experienced from 1997 through 2007.
There were the nets. Still attached to the rims, undamaged. The Times Union Center saved fifteen bucks because Connecticut is going to its eighth consecutive Final Four, and Connecticut only cuts down Championship nets. It’s just how it is being Connecticut, where the expectation – not just the goal -- each year is to win it all. And, of course, eight of UConn’s eleven players already cut one down. Seven have done it twice. So there was an on-court celebration, with dancing, smiles, and hats and t-shirts that ironically said “cut the nets.” But nobody climbed up on a ladder.