NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Connecticut Huskies thoroughly trounced Notre Dame Tuesday night in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, pounding their way to a 79-58 win, defending their 2013 national title and setting multiple records along the way. With the victory, Connecticut took home its ninth national championship, surpassing the eight-title record established by Hall-of-Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee and becoming the all-time leader in the women's game.
The match-ups for the 2014 Final Four are now set and while there may be clear favorites, there are no true underdogs in this pack. UConn is entering its seventh consecutive Final Four, having won three of the last six. Stanford is in its sixth out of seven. Notre Dame is in its fourth in a row. Maryland hasn’t been here since its surprising National Championship in 2006. UConn has eight National Championships, Stanford two, Notre Dame and Maryland one each.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota coach Pam Borton’s firing last week was the culmination of long-time discontent with her performance, school officials say.
Borton spent 12 seasons at the helm for the Gophers and compiled a 236-152 record, which was the best in school history. But over the past five seasons, Borton has gone 94-79 overall, and 31-51 in Big Ten play, and Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said it was time for Borton to go.
Full Court congratulates our National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for the 2013-2014 women’s college basketball season, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Lincoln Regional is finally down to two teams, with the Elite Eight getting underway on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. EDT (8:30 p.m. CDT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena, in Lincoln, Neb. The regional final will feature top-seeded and undefeated Connecticut, who survived a bit of a scare in its Sweet 16 meeting with 12th-seeded BYU on Saturday, trailing the Cougars for much of the first half in the face of an unexpectedly tough BYU defense, before finding another gear and sweeping to a 70-51 win.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Tennessee Lady Vols may have owned the No. 1-seed coming into the Sweet 16 of the Louisville Regional of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
But on Sunday afternoon in Louisville, it was the fourth-seeded University of Maryland Terrapins who owned the court, dumping the one-seed, 73-62, to move on to Tuesday night’s Elite Eight match-up with the hosting Louisville Cardinals.
The Stanford Regional may not be anyone’s pick to produce this year's national champion, but it maintains intrigue because all four teams are fully capable of winning twice and advancing to the next week’s Final Four in Nashville.
The hottest player? Probably North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, who showed Michigan State her well-rounded game in the Tar Heels' 62-53 victory in the Round of 32. DeShields had 24 points and 12 rebounds as UNC built a 26-point lead early in the second half before cruising the rest of the way.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hosting Nebraska wouldn't be playing this weekend, having fallen victim to a second-round upset at the hands of twelfth-seeded BYU. But Nebraska fans nevertheless heeded Connie Yori's message, packing Pinnacle Bank Arena, even if their home team could participate only as spectators. Over 9,600 fans witnessed the regional semifinal games, where two Cinderella teams saw their proverbial clocks strike midnight.
Sweet 16: Saturday, March 29, 2014(Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said at her pre-game conference that she hoped her team would play better defense against Kentucky than they had during their wild and whacky quadruple-overtime 133-130 loss on December 6.
In Saturday afternoon's rematch, it looked more like “defense when it mattered most” that won the day. Still, despite the inconsistent defensive effort and having had only one starter return from last season, Baylor (32-4) is headed to Monday night's Elite Eight match-up against undefeated No. 1-seed Notre Dame. Kentucky is finished at 26-9.