April 6, 2009

Recap |  Quotes

Trenton Regional Champions; Ranked No. 1 by Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today/WBCA
Record: 38-0, 16-0 BIG EAST (1st)
Automatic Bid as BIG EAST Tournament champion, No. 1 seed

NCAA Tournament Results
First Round def. Vermont, 104-65
Second Round def. #21/22 Florida, 87-59
Regional Semifinal def. #13/14 California 77-53
Regional Final def. #19/rv Arizona State, 83-64
National Semifinal def. #2/2 Stanford, 83-64.

Connecticut Head Coach Geno Auriemma
-- Auriemma has led Connecticut to all six of its NCAA national championship game appearances (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009).
-- Auriemma ranks first on the NCAA career winning percentage list at .851 (695-122) in his 24th season at Connecticut. He also improves to 70-15 (.824) in NCAA Tournament play.
-- Auriemma's 70 NCAA Tournament wins pull him within one of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski for the second-most in NCAA history (men's or women's).
-- Auriemma is one of only three coaches with a winning Final Four record among those with six or more games coached. Auriemma is 11-4 in 10 career trips to the Final Four (6-4 in national semifinals), while USC's Linda Sharp (5-1) and Tennessee's Pat Summitt (21-10) are the other two with winning records. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer was above .500 prior to tonight's loss to Connecticut (she's now 5-5 at the Final Four).

Connecticut NCAA Tournament Notes
-- Connecticut now has won 35 of its last 38 NCAA Tournament games and is 70-15 (.824) all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
-- Connecticut is 52-7 as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, including wins in 24 of its last 26 games.
-- Connecticut is looking to end a five-year national championship drought, matching its longest between ti
tles (1995-2000 and 2004-2009).
-- The last 11 national champions have all been a No. 1 or 2 seed.
-- Connecticut is 5-2 all-time against Pac-10 Conference teams in NCAA Tournament games, including 3-0 this season (the Huskies' last three victories all have come vs. Pac-10 teams).
-- Connecticut avenges its loss to Stanford in the 2008 national semifinals. That 82-73 setback in Tampa also was the last time the Huskies lost a game of any kind.
-- Last year, Stanford went 8-for-21 from the three-point line in its national semifinal win over Connecticut. Tonight, the Huskies turned the tables with a similar 8-for-21 performance from beyond the arc.
-- Connecticut's eight three-pointers tie for fourth-most in an NCAA national semifinal game and the most since Stanford dropped in eight treys against the Huskies in last year's semifinal in Tampa.
-- Connecticut's 21 three-point attempts tie for the seventh-most in a national semifinal contest and most since Stanford's 21 attempts last year against the Huskies.
-- Connecticut has made 43 three-pointers through its first five NCAA Tournament games this year. The record for most combined triples in the tournament is 44, set three times (Xavier in 2001 over four games; Connecticut in 2004 over six games; Stanford in 2008 over six games). Incidentally, Iowa State made 43 three-pointers in its four-game NCAA Tournament run, tying for fourth on the list with Oklahoma in 2002 and Connecticut in 2003 (both over six games).
-- Connecticut and Stanford met in the national semifinals for the second consecutive year. It was the first time the same two teams played in consecutive semifinal contests since 1989 and 1990, when Auburn defeated Louisiana Tech twice (76-71 in 1989 at Tacoma; 81-69 in 1990 at Knoxville). Auburn and Louisiana Tech actually met in three consecutive Final Fours, playing for the NCAA title in 1988 (won by the Lady Techsters, 56-54 in Tacoma).
-- Connecticut and Stanford also played in the national semifinals for the third time overall, with the Huskies winning in 1995 (87-60 in Minneapolis), the Cardinal winning last year (82-73 in Tampa) and Connecticut taking tonight's rubber match (83-64). Tonight's game also made the Connecticut-Stanford matchup the most frequent semifinal contest in NCAA Women's Final Four history, one more than the twin matchups in the following rivalries: Louisiana Tech-Tennessee (1982, 1988), Auburn-Louisiana Tech (1989, 1990), Stanford-Virginia (1990, 1992), Connecticut-Tennessee (1996, 2002) and LSU-Tennessee (2004, 2008).
-- Tonight's score (and result) were exactly the same as Connecticut's regional final victory over Arizona State on March 31 in Trenton, N.J.

Connecticut Team Notes
-- Connecticut is trying to become the fifth team in NCAA history to end the season undefeated (38-0). Other undefeated teams include: 1986 Texas 34-0, 1995 UConn 35-0, 1998 Tennessee 39-0, and 2002 UConn 39-0. -- Connecticut has won every game this season by double digits and will have the chance to become the first team in NCAA history (men's or women's) to go undefeated and win each of its games by at least a 10-point margin.
-- Connecticut is 10-0 against ranked teams this season with an average winning margin of 27.8 points per game.
-- Connecticut trailed for 39 seconds in tonight's game, falling behind 14-13 at the 10:46 mark when Stanford's Jayne Appel hit a layup. The Huskies responded with an 18-4 run over the next 4:28 (starting with Renee Montgomery's three-pointer) and never let the lead dip into single digits the rest of the night.
-- UConn held Stanford scoreless for a 7:49 span crossing over halftime (final 2:18 of first half, first 5:31 of second half).
-- Stanford outscored Connecticut in the paint, 38-28. Prior to tonight, Connecticut had been outscored in the paint only once this season (24-20 by Rutgers on March 2 in Piscataway, N.J.).
-- Stanford finished with a razor-thin 39-38 rebounding edge over Connecticut. The Cardinal came into the game as the nation's top-ranked team in terms of rebounding margin (+13.6 rpg.), including a +22.5 margin in its first four NCAA Tournament games. Conversely, it was only the fifth time all season Connecticut was out-rebounded by its opponent (Rutgers - twice, St. John's, Seton Hall).
-- UConn has held its last 188 opponents to less than a .500 field goal percentage, dating back to March 8, 2004 (a 73-70 loss to Boston College in the BIG EAST Tournament final at Hartford, Conn.).
-- Connecticut has won its last 67 games when scoring at least 80 points, since an 89-80 loss at Tennessee on Jan. 7, 2006. -- UConn's senior class boasts an all-time mark of 138-11 during their careers in Storrs.
-- The Huskies improve to 231-11 all-time when playing as the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll.

Connecticut/BIG EAST Conference Notes
-- The BIG EAST Conference will have both representatives in this year's NCAA national championship game, when Connecticut and Louisville square off Tuesday night in St. Louis. Three times before, the NCAA title game has featured teams from the same conference, with two of those three featuring all-Southeastern Conference clashes. In 1989, Tennessee defeated SEC mate Auburn, 76-60, in Tacoma, Wash. In 1996, UT downed SEC sister Georgia, 83-65, in Charlotte. Most recently in 2006, Maryland shaded ACC rival Duke, 78-75, in overtime in Boston.
-- This is the third time the BIG EAST has had two teams in the Final Four (2000 UConn, Rutgers; 2001 UConn, Notre Dame). This marks the sixth consecutive year (and 15th time overall) that one conference has sent multiple teams to the Final Four. Counting this year, in 10 of the past 15 instances (including the past four years from 2006-09), the league that had more than one Final Four participant ended up having the national champion.

Genreal Notes
-- This is just the second time two male coaches have ever met in the NCAA Championship final. Joe Ciampi of Auburn and Leon Barmore of Louisiana Tech met in the 1988 national title game won by Louisiana Tech, 56-54.
-- Last time two teams from the same conference met in the championship finals was 2006 with Maryland and Duke. It is the fourth time overall: 1989 Tennessee and Auburn, 1996 Tennessee and Georgia.
-- Five of the last nine champions were from the Big East Conference: 2000 UConn, 2001 Notre Dame; 2002, 2003, 2004 UConn; others include 2005 Baylor (Big 12); 2006 Maryland (ACC); 2007 and 2008 Tennessee (SEC)
-- Of the last 27 championships, 13 were either won by UConn (5) or Tennessee (8).
-- Among all NCAA conferences, the SEC has won the most championships with eight, followed by the Big East with six. Big East: UConn 5; Notre Dame 1; SEC: Tennessee 8
-- Three of the last five national championships were won by No. 2 seeds (2004 UConn, 2005 Baylor, 2006 Maryland). 2007 and 2008 champion Tennessee was a No. 1 seed.
-- The Final Four featured the top three field-goal shooting teams in the nation - Connecticut (.511), Stanford (.474), and Oklahoma (.473)
-- It also included three of the top five rebounding teams in the country - Stanford led the country at +13.6, Connecticut is third at 11.4, and Oklahoma is fifth at +10.8.
-- UConn is trying to be fifth team in NCAA history to end the season undefeated (38-0).
-- Connecticut's 10 trips to the Final Four is second to Tennessee (18). In percentages, Pat Summitt is 21-10 (.677) in the Final Four Linda Sharp is second at 5-1 (.822), and and Geno Auriemma is now 11-3 (.785).
-- The game between Louisville and Oklahoma was the third semifinals game decided by two points and the fifth in a final four. The last time was 2004 with Tennessee defeating LSU 52-50.
-- The last time a first-time team advanced in the Final Four was Baylor in 2005. They went on to win the National Championship.
-- First time officials in the Final Four include Felicia Grinter, who officiated the second semifinal, and Cameron Inouye who had the first semifinal.
-- The semifinals attendance of 18,621 stops the consecutive NCAA Women's Final Four sellout streak at 16. Prior to this year, the NCAA Women's Final Four had 16 consecutive sellouts and 17 overall sellouts. Tonight's attendance of 18,621 ranks 11th for a Final Four dating back to 1982.

-- 21 3-point field goal attempts by Oklahoma (4-21) ties for seventh in most 3-point goals attempted in a semifinal and ties for 11th in a Final Four game. Stanford had 21 vs. Connecticut, 4/6/08 in a regional semifinal with Duke vs. Purdue, CH, 3/28/99; Connecticut vs. Tennessee, CH, 4/8/03; and Stanford in the '08 regional semifinal
-- 14 points, by Louisville vs. Oklahoma, is the fifth largest comeback in a semifinal game or a Final Four game.

-- 11 in 1st half by Courtney Paris ties for fifth most rebounds in a half with Venus Lacy, LaTech vs. Auburn, 2nd half, 3/30/90 and Racquel Spurlock, LaTech vs. Alabama, 1st half, 4/2/94; it ties for seventh in a Final Four game.
-- 10 assists by Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, ties for second most in a semifinal game with Kamie Ethridge, Texas vs. Western Kentucky, 3/28/86 and Michelle Marciniak, Tennessee vs. Georgia, 4/1/95; and third in a Final Four game with Ethridge in the semifinal and vs. Southern California (CH), 3/30/86; Marciniak, and Melissa McCray, Tennessee vs. Auburn (CH), 4/2/89
-- 4 blocks by Courtney Paris tied for seventh in a semifinal with eight others; her 22 total for the tournament is the third most in an NCAA tournament series
-- 5 steals by Angel McCoughtery ties for fourth most in a semifinal game with 12 others, and ties for ninth in a Final Four game with 15 others, last by Rashanda McCants, North Carolina vs. Tennessee, NSF, 4/1/07; and Nicky Anoskie and Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee vs. North Carolina, NSF, 4/1/07

From Last Year
-- The 631 media credentials issued for the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four ranks third all-time. The record of 692 was set at the 2000 Philadelphia Final Four. The 1997 Cincinnati Final Four attracted 637.

Top Tournament Single Game Scorers
-- 50 by Lorri Bauman, Drake (vs. Maryland, West Regional Final, 3/21/82)
-- 47 by Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech (vs. Ohio State, Championship, 4/4/93)
-- 46 by Jayne Appel, Stanford (vs. Iowa State, West Regional Final, 3/3/31/09)
-- 44 by Candice Wiggins, Stanford (vs. UTEP, 2nd round, 3/24/08)
-- 43 by Barbara Kennedy, Clemson (vs. Penn State, Mideast 1st, 3/12/82)
-- 42 by Marissa Coleman, Maryland (vs. Vanderbilt, Regional semis, 3/30/09)
-- 41 by Candice Wiggins, Stanford (vs. Maryland, West Regional Final, 3/31/08)
-- 41 by Jackie Stiles, Missouri State (vs. Duke, West RSF, 3/24/01)