Final Four General Notes (Postgame)
Final Four General Notes (Postgame)April 1, 2007
" For the first time in NCAA womens tournament history pyrotechnics were used. The guitars on the score board at Quicken Loans Arena shot fireworks from the end of their necks as the starters were introduced for the national semifinals games.
" The unique floor design, which features a full length outline of a guitar, the symbol of Cleveland, is the work of NCAA Director of Womens Basketball Michelle Perry.
" This is the 15th consecutive and 16th all-time sellout in NCAA history. This weekends attendance of 20,704 per session ranks ninth most for a Final Four dating back to 1982. The all-time attendance record for NCAA Final Four is 29,619 set in 2002 at the Alamodome.
" Three of the four teams in the 2006 NCAA Regional held in Cleveland return to this Final Four: UNC, Tennessee and Rutgers
" LSUs Sylvia Fowles was the most outstanding player of the Fresno Regional; Rutgers Matee Ajavon was the most outstanding player of the Big East Tournament and Greensboro Regional; UNCs Erlana Larkins was the Dallas Regional Most Outstanding Player; and Ivory Latta was the ACC tournament MVP for the third straight year; Candace Parker was the Most Outstanding Player of the Dayton Regional.
" The 589 media credentials issued for this years Final Four is the fifth most behind the record of 692 in Philadelphia in 2000, and second place 637 assigned in Cincinnati in 1997. Last years count of 620 in Boston was third, and the 592 provided at the 2001 championship in St. Louis was fourth.
" LSU and Tennessee in the 2007 Women's Final Four marks the 13th time two teams (or more in 2006) from the same conference advanced to the same Women's Final Four. The other years are:
1985 Old Dominion and Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
1988 Auburn and Tennessee (Southeastern)
1989 Auburn and Tennessee (Southeastern)
1993 Iowa and Ohio St. (Big Ten)
1995 Georgia and Tennessee (Southeastern)
1996 Georgia and Tennessee (Southeastern)
1998 Arkansas and Tennessee (Southeastern)
2000 Connecticut and Rutgers (Big East)
2001 Connecticut and Notre Dame (Big East)
2004 LSU and Tennessee (Southeastern)
2005 LSU and Tennessee (Southeastern)
2006 Maryland, Duke, North Carolina (ACC)
2007 LSU and Tennessee (Southeastern)
"This is the second time a head coach has not been on the sidelines for their teams Final Four appearance, and both times involve LSU. In 2004, coach Sue Gunter was not on the bench with the team for the last 18 games entering the Final Four, staying home with acute bronchitis. Head Coach Pokey Chapman is not on the sidelines in the 2007 championship having resigned March 13.
" Candace Parker of Tennessee recorded the first dunks in NCAA tournament history vs. Army in the first round on March 19, 2006. She also became the first person to dunk twice in a game with a never- before-seen baseline backdoor dunk as a second dunk in the same game.
" The team that traveled the most miles to the Final Four was LSU with 6,061. The Lady Tigers went from Baton Rouge to Austin, Tex., to Fresno, Calif., and finally to Cleveland. UNC traveled 3,833 miles. Rutgers traveled 3,833 and Tennessee traveled 2,100. The LSU campus is also the farthest from Cleveland at 1,109 miles. Rutgers is the closest to Cleveland at 463 miles followed by Tennessee at 500.
" Division I Coaches with the most NCAA wins without a championship title: Andy Landers 47; Gail Goestenkors 36, C. Vivian Stringer 35
FINAL FOUR TOURNAMENT RECORDS
RUTGERS vs. LSU
" LSUs 35 points is the fewest in a semifinal (45 by LSU vs. Duke, April 2, 2006) or a Final Four game (44 by LaTech vs. Tennessee, March 29, 1987).
" LSUs halftime score of 19 in the semifinal game tied for the second fewest points in a semifinals and tied third fewest in a Final Four game
" The two team combined total points of 94 (Rutgers 49, LSU 35) was the fewest total points in a semifinals or Final Four game. (semifinals record was 102 Tennessee 52 vs. LSU 50, April 4, 2006)
" The combined 38 points (Rutgers 22, LSU 16) was the fewest in a half in a semifinal of Final Four game.(previous semifinals record is 41 by Duke (26) vs. LSU (15), 1st half April 2, 2006; the championship game record is 39 by Duke (22) vs. Purdue (17) 1st half March 28, 1999)
" Rutgers 10 3-point goals is the most in a semifinal game (record was 9 by Duke vs. Georgia, March 26, 1999) and one shy of the 11 by Stanford vs. Auburn, April 1, 1990), the record in the championship game
" LSUs 14 field goals is the fewest field goals in a semifinal or Final Four game (record for semifinal was 16 Tennessee vs. LaTech, March 26, 1982; in a championship game it is 16 by three teams most recently Tennessee vs. UConn, April 2, 2000)
" LSUs 26.4 percent was the lowest field goal percentage in a semifinal game or Final Four (record was 28.4 (21-74) by Louisiana-Monroe vs. Old Dominion, March 29, 1985)
" Combined second half total of LSU and Rutgers sets a semifinal and Final Four record for fewest points in a half by both teams. Semifinal record is 41 by Duke (26) vs. LSU (15), 1st half April 2, 2006; Championship final is 39 Duke (22) vs. Purdue (17), 1st half March 28, 1999).
" The 30.0 percent (3-10) free throw shooting by LSU was the lowest in a semifinals game or Final Four game. The semifinals record was 38.5 (5-13) by Tennessee vs. Michigan State, April 3, 2005; the championship team record is 36.8 percent (7-19) by Virginia vs. Tennessee, March 31, 1991
TENNESSEE vs. NORTH CAROLINA
" The 12 point comeback was the eighth largest margin overcome in a Final Four game.
" Tennessees 27.0 (17-63) was the lowest field goal percentage by a winning team in a Final Four game. No team had ever won shooting worse than 33.1 percent.
" LSUs Tennessees 20 steals is a record for most steals in a semifinal of Final Four. The old record was 18 by Western Kentucky vs. Missouri State, April 4, 1992.
" UNCs 29 turnovers ties the second most in a semfinal or Final Four game. 29 ties Western Kentucky vs. Missouri State, April 4, 1992 and 29 by Stanford vs. Old Dominion, March 28, 1997. (most was 32 by Southern California vs. Georgia in the national semifinals on April 1, 1983.