1 2010 NCAA WOMEN S FINAL FOUR National Championship Game Alamodome San Antonio, Texas GENERAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES 2010 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES April 6, 2010 San Antonio, Texas GAME NOTES Connecticut earned its seventh national championship in as many title game appearances (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010), second only to Tennessee s eight NCAA titles. Four of Connecticut s seven title game wins were decided by single digits ( vs. Tennessee in Minneapolis; vs. Tennessee in Atlanta; vs. Tennessee in New Orleans; vs. Stanford in San Antonio). UConn (39-0) recorded the sixth undefeated season in NCAA Division I women s basketball history, with the Huskies owning four of those perfect campaigns. Other undefeated teams include: 1986 Texas (34-0), 1995 UConn (35-0), 1998 Tennessee (39-0), 2002 UConn (39-0), 2009 UConn (39-0). Connecticut is the first NCAA Division I women s basketball team ever to post back-to-back undefeated seasons, and first Division I team of either gender to do so since John Wooden s UCLA teams of 1972 and All four of UConn s perfect seasons (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010) have culminated with winning the Women s Final Four in the Central Time Zone 1995 in Minneapolis, 2002 in San Antonio, 2009 in St. Louis and 2010 in San Antonio. Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma is 14-4 (.778) all-time in 11 career trips to the Women s Final Four (7-4 in semifinals, 7-0 in championship games). He is one of only three coaches with a winning Women s Final Four record among those with six-or-more games coached, joining USC s Linda Sharp (5-1) and Tennessee s Pat Summitt (21-10). Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma improves to (.837) in NCAA tournament play, with his 77 tourney wins tying him with Duke men s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (whose Blue Devils won their fourth title on Monday night) for second all-time behind Tennessee women s basketball coach Pat Summitt (106). Tuesday s national championship game was the closest since April 4, 2006, when Maryland defeated Duke in overtime, in Boston. It also was the 10th NCAA final to be decided by six points or fewer. In the three games at this year s Women s Final Four, the participants combined to shoot 23-for-98 (.235) from the threepoint line. In the past decade ( ), teams that have led at halftime of their Women s Final Four games are Connecticut is just the second team in the past decade to rally from a halftime deficit to win the national championship, and the first since 2006, when Maryland trailed Duke, at halftime before coming back to win, in overtime (April 4, 2006, in Boston). The other halftime rally in this decade came on April 1, 2001, when Notre Dame trailed Purdue, 32-26, in St. Louis, before coming back to claim the national championship, In the 29-year history of the NCAA Women s Final Four, teams scoring 60 points or fewer in the national championship game are 5-11, with this marking just the third NCAA final to see neither team score at least 60 points. In 1988, Louisiana Tech defeated Auburn, 56-54, in Tacoma, Wash., and in 2007, Tennessee defeated Rutgers, 59-46, in Cleveland. Tuesday s championship game attendance was 22,936, the sixth-largest single-session crowd in NCAA Women s Final Four history. The larger crowds are: 29,619 (2002 in San Antonio), 28,937 (2005 in Indianapolis), 28,210 (2003 in Atlanta), 25,817 (2010 national semifinals in San Antonio) and 23,291 (1996 in Charlotte). Maya Moore (Connecticut) was named the Women s Final Four Most Outstanding Player, while Tina Charles (Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford), Kayla Pedersen (Stanford) and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma) were named to the Women s Final Four All-Tournament Team. It was the second Women s Final Four All-Tournament Team award for Moore and Charles (who was the 2009 Most Outstanding Player), while the others were first-time selections. GENERAL NOTES Tuesday s national championship game between Connecticut (38-0) and Stanford (36-1) marked the fewest combined losses between the two teams in a title game. The previous fewest combined losses by championship game participants was two in 1995, when Connecticut (34-0) faced Tennessee (34-2) in Minneapolis. Notes and quotes can be found at Postgame Central on NCAA.com
2 GENERAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Page 2 Prior to Tuesday evening s title contest, two #1 seeds had not played in the national championship game since 2003, when Connecticut and Tennessee squared off in Atlanta. Connecticut and Stanford met for the third consecutive year in the Women s Final Four, but for the first time in the national championship game (the two sides split national semifinal contests, with Stanford winning at Tampa in 2008 and UConn returning the favor by an count at St. Louis in 2009). The last time the same two teams met in three consecutive Women s Final Fours was , when Connecticut and Tennessee squared off in the championship game (2002 in San Antonio) and semifinals (2003 in Atlanta; 2004 in New Orleans), with the Huskies winning all three matchups. This year s NCAA Women s Final Four was viewed in 82 countries around the world via the ESPN family of networks and ESPN3.com. The final Nielsen ratings are in for Sunday s national semifinal telecasts on ESPN the opener between Stanford and Oklahoma garnered a 1.7 rating, while the nightcap between Baylor and Connecticut earned a 2.8 rating (up 37 percent from last year s second semifinal between Connecticut and Stanford, and registering the same rating as ESPN2 s NBA broadcast of the Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics game). Sunday s two national semifinals combined for a 2.2 rating, which is up 14 percent from last year s collective 1.9 semifinals rating. Baylor s Lindsay Palmer was named the Elite 88 award recipient for this year s NCAA Division I Women s Basketball Championship. Palmer, a sophomore guard, owns a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) as a psychology major. Connecticut s Tina Charles was named both the Associated Press National Player of the Year and the Naismith Trophy recipient as the national player of the year, while her UConn teammate, Maya Moore, was named the State Farm Wade Trophy recipient for the second consecutive year (joining Old Dominion s Nancy Lieberman and LSU s Seimone Augustus as the only two-time recipients in the award s 33-year history). Tuesday night s National Anthem was performed by Ayla Brown, who recently completed her career with the Boston College women s basketball team and formerly was a semifinalist on American Idol. Brown also is the daughter of recently-elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were on hand for Tuesday night s national championship game, as well as former Secretary of State (and current Stanford professor) Condoleezza Rice. BIG EAST CONFERENCE NOTES Connecticut earns the eighth women s basketball title in BIG EAST Conference history, and the 28 th NCAA championship for the league in all sports. The Huskies have seven of those women s basketball crowns (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010), while Notre Dame won the 2001 national championship. With those eight women s basketball championships, the BIG EAST ties the Southeastern Conference for the most NCAA women s basketball titles in the 29-year history of the NCAA Division I women s basketball championship. All eight SEC crowns have been won by Tennessee. With Connecticut s 2010 national championship, seven of the past 11 NCAA Division I women s basketball champions ( ) have come from the BIG EAST. TOURNAMENT RECORDS Connecticut and Stanford combined to score 100 points (UConn 53, Stanford 47), making this the lowest-scoring championship game in the 29-year history of the NCAA tournament. The previous combined low point total was 105 points on April 3, 2007, when Tennessee defeated Rutgers, 59-46, in Cleveland. Connecticut s 53 points were the fewest scored by a winning team in the national championship game, eclipsing Louisiana Tech s 56 points in a win over Auburn on April 3, 1988, in Tacoma, Wash. Connecticut s nine-point comeback matched the fourth-largest rally in national championship game history, and largest since April 4, 2006, when Maryland erased a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Duke in overtime, 78-75, in Boston. The teams combined for 32 first-half points, easily the lowest-scoring half of basketball in Women s Final Four history. The previous lowest-scoring half in a Women s Final Four game (38 points) came on April 1, 2007, when Rutgers outscored LSU, in the second half of RU s national semifinal win in Cleveland.
3 GENERAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Page 3 Tuesday s first half also was the lowest-scoring half in national championship game history. On March 28, 1999, Duke led Purdue (coached at the time by current ESPN television analyst Carolyn Peck), 22-17, at halftime of the NCAA title game in San Jose, before the Boilermakers rallied for a victory. Connecticut s 12 points in the first half not only tied a school record for fewest points in a half (12 in the second half at Rutgers on Feb. 27, 2006), but it also was the lowest-scoring half by one team in Women s Final Four history. The previous low-water mark was LSU s 15 points in the first half of its loss to Duke in the national semifinals on April 2, 2006, in Boston. Connecticut s 12 points in the first half were the fewest by any team in a national championship game, five fewer than Purdue s 17 points against Duke on March 28, 1999, at San Jose. Connecticut s 12 points in the first half were tied for the eighth-fewest points by any team in any round in the 29-year history of the NCAA tournament, and the fewest since March 23, 2010, when Temple scored 12 points in the first half in a Dayton Region second round game against Connecticut at Norfolk, Va. (UConn won 90-36). The NCAA Championship record for fewest points in one half is 10, set twice and both against Connecticut (Long Island in the second half of an East Region first round game on March 17, 2001; Southern in the second half of a Dayton Region first round game on March 21, 2010). The two teams combined for 98 rebounds (49 each), the most combined rebounds in a national championship game. The previous high for combined rebounds in an NCAA final was 94 (Tennessee 49, Virginia 45), set in Tennessee s overtime win over Virginia on March 31, 1991, in New Orleans. Stanford s.265 field goal percentage (18-for-68) was the lowest by any team in a national championship game, surpassing the.296 mark (21-for-71) by Western Kentucky against Stanford on April 4, 1992, in Los Angeles (Stanford won that game, 78-62). Connecticut s.328 field goal percentage (19-for-58) was the lowest by a winning team in a national championship game, topping North Carolina s.344 mark (21-for-61) on April 3, 1994, in a win over Louisiana Tech in Richmond, Va. Stanford s 18 made field goals were tied for the third-fewest by any team in the national championship game, and fewest since April 2, 2000, when Tennessee made a record-tying 16 baskets in a loss to Connecticut in Philadelphia. Connecticut s 19 made field goals were the fewest by a winning team in the national championship game, one less than Tennessee s 20 baskets in a win over Rutgers on April 3, 2007, in Cleveland. Connecticut s.409 free throw percentage (9-for-22) was the third-lowest in a national championship game (min. 10 attempts), and lowest since Rutgers shot 40 percent (4-for-10) from the foul line on April 3, 2007, in a loss to Tennessee in Cleveland. Stanford s three made free throws were the fewest by any team in a national championship game, one less than the old record that was set three times before (most recently on April 3, 2007, by Rutgers in a loss to Tennessee in Cleveland). Stanford s three made free throws also tied for the third-fewest by any team in Women s Final Four history, and fewest since Tennessee sank two foul shots on April 6, 2008, in a national semifinal win over LSU in Tampa. Stanford s four free throw attempts were the fewest by any team in Women s Final Four history, exceeding the previous low-water mark of five set twice before, both in national semifinals (by Vanderbilt vs. Texas Tech on April 3, 1993, in Atlanta; by Stanford vs. Connecticut on April 1, 1995, in Minneapolis). Connecticut and Stanford combined for 21 turnovers, tying for the fewest combined giveaways in a national championship game (21 by Connecticut  and Tennessee  on April 6, 2004, in New Orleans). Connecticut s 10 turnovers were tied for third-fewest in an NCAA final (fewest since the Huskies 10 giveaways in 2004), while Stanford s 11 turnovers were tied for fourth in a national title game (fewest since Tennessee s 11 giveaways in 2004). Stanford committed just 18 total turnovers in its two games at this year s Women s Final Four, breaking Purdue s record of 19 giveaways at the 1999 Women s Final Four in San Jose.
4 GENERAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Page 4 CONNECTICUT STREAK NOTES won 78 in a row (Division I record) All-division women s basketball record is 81 by Division III Washington University (St. Louis) from ranks ninth among top 10 all-time/all-divisions NCAA record winning streaks: Miami (Fla.) men s tennis ( ) D BYU-Hawaii women s tennis ( ) D Penn State women s volleyball (2007-present) D-1 92 North Carolina women s soccer ( ) D-1 89 Stanford women s tennis ( ) D-1 88 UCLA men s basketball ( ) D-1 88 The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) women s lacrosse ( ) D-3 81 Washington-St. Louis women s basketball ( ) D-3 78 Connecticut women s basketball (2008-present) D-1 74 Concordia-St. Paul women s volleyball (2008-present) D-2 last loss: April 6, 2008 (82-73 vs. Stanford in national semifinals at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.) has trailed for 115 of possible 3,120 minutes in current streak (led or tied for 96.3% of time) trailed in second half for only 9:10 prior to Tuesday night, UConn had trailed in the second half for just 3:37 in the first 77 games of its streak, but was behind Stanford for the first 5:33 of the second half of the national championship game. average margin of victory in streak has been 32.7 points per game (2,551 aggregate point differential) closest margin of victory came Tuesday night (six points first single-digit margin in streak); previous closest margin in streak had been 10 points (twice in ) prior to Tuesday, closest margin this season had been 12 points (80-68 vs. Stanford on Dec. 23 in Hartford) has gone 28-0 vs. AP Top 25 teams during streak, winning by 25.4 ppg. (711 aggregate point differential) 15-0 vs. AP Top 10 teams during streak, winning by 25.0 ppg. (375 aggregate point differential)
5 2010 NCAA WOMEN S FINAL FOUR National Championship UCONN FINALS NOTES 2010 NCAA UCONN SEMIFINALS NOTES April 6, 2009 San Antonio, Texas Dayton Regional Champions; Ranked No. 1 by The 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. Southern, 95-39; Second Round def. Temple, 90-36; Regional Semifinal def. #16/16 Iowa State, 74-36; Regional Final def. #11/11 Florida State, 90-50; National Semifinal def. #14/18 Baylor, 70-50; National Final def. #2 Stanford, Connecticut NCAA Tournament Notes Connecticut has captured its second consecutive and seventh NCAA National Title, trailing Tennessee and its eight national championships. The Huskies have extended its winning streak to 78 consecutive games the longest winning streak in NCAA Women s Basketball Division I history. UConn s last loss was to Stanford in the semifinals of the 2008 Final Four. The Huskies are 7-0 in NCAA national championship game appearances. Moore scored 54 points over the two games in this Final Four, tying her with Diana Taurasi in 2003 for fourth place on the all-time list. Moore s 18 second half points are tied for fifth highest output in a championship game. The 2010 UConn Seniors have finished their careers with an overall mark of with three NCAA Final Four berths and two National Championships. The Huskies are now 3-2 versus Stanford in NCAA Tournament games and 6-5 all-time. UConn has become the sixth team in NCAA history to end the season undefeated (39-0) and the first to do so in backto-back seasons. The Huskies own four of the five all-time unbeaten seasons in 1995 (35-0), 2002 (39-0), 2009 (39-0) and 2010 (39-0). UConn is a perfect 4-0 at San Antonio's Alamodome in NCAA Final Four action (claimed NCAA crown in 2002). UConn men s and women s basketball teams are a combined 6-1 all-time in San Antonio s Alamodome the men captured the NCAA title in 2004 in the Alamodome and lost in the NCAA Regional in Connecticut Head Coach Geno Auriemma Auriemma has compiled 77 NCAA Tournament wins in 25 seasons at Connecticut which is tied for the most in NCAA history (men s or women s) along with Duke men s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (77 in his 30 seasons). Auriemma, however, has the highest winning percentage among coaches all-time at (.837) ahead of Krzyzewski (.778). Auriemma has the most career wins in Final Four appearances of any other coach in the last decade (12-2) ahead of Pat Summitt (6-5) of Tennessee. Auriemma is 14-4 all-time in 11 career trips to the Final Four (four semifinal losses in 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2008). He is one of only three coaches with a winning Final Four record among schools with six-or-more games coached next to Linda Sharp (5-1) of USC and Pat Summitt (21-10) of Tennessee. Connecticut Tournament Records Connecticut broke the record for the fewest points in one half by one team in a NCAA Final Four game with 12 in the first half, beating the previous record of 15, set by LSU in the 2006 semifinals. UConn and Stanford combined to break the record for fewest points in one half by both teams in a NCAA Final Four game with 32 in the first half, beating the previous record of 38, set by Rutgers and LSU in the 2007 semifinals. UConn broke the record for lowest field goal percentage by a winning team in the national championship game with 32.8% (19-58). The Huskies 19 field goals made are the fewest by a winning team in national championship game history. Connecticut recorded the third worst free throw percentage in a national championship game, with 40.9% (9-22). Notes and quotes can be found at Postgame Central on NCAA.com
6 UCONN FINALS NOTES Page 2 Connecticut improves to 59-7 when it earns a No. 1 seed to the NCAA Tournament and has won 31 of its last 33 NCAA Tournament games when earning a No. 1 seed. Connecticut has won each of its last 12 NCAA Tournament contests. The Huskies are also an impressive 52-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games since The Huskies are 6-2 all-time against teams from the Pac-10 Conference in NCAA Tournament action. The Huskies are 59-7 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including six national championships and eight Final Four appearances. UConn has won 31 of its last 33 NCAA Tournament games it has played when it is a No. 1 seed. Connecticut Team Notes Trailing at the half, the Huskies began the second half with a 17-2 run to take a lead with 12 minutes left in the game. UConn moves to all-time against ranked opponents and a perfect 17-0 this season. The Huskies have gone 229 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot more than.500 from the field. Boston College was the last opponent to post a shooting percentage more than.500, coming on March 8, Connecticut scored its fewest points in a game (53) and lowest field goal percentage (.328) during the winning streak. The Huskies set a season mark for biggest halftime deficit with 8. Their only other deficit was 2 to Stanford earlier this season. The Huskies made its fewest field goals in a game all season, breaking the previous low mark of 23 versus Marquette (Jan. 13) and West Virginia (Feb. 2). UConn recorded its fewest assists in a game all the season, breaking the low mark of 11 versus St. John s on Feb. 13. The Huskies have tied the all-time Connecticut women s basketball record for the fewest points in one half with 12 in the first half. The Huskies have now trailed for 115 minutes during their current 78-game winning streak, adding approximately 19 minutes tonight. UConn has trailed for a total of 9:10 during the second half in these 78 games. The Huskies faced their biggest deficit during their 78-game winning streak with nine at 18-9 in the first half. Connecticut Individual Notes Moore has now scored 20-or-more points 48 times in her three-year career, including 19 times this season. She has registered double figures in 112 of 116 career games played including 38 of 39 this season. Moore turned in her 41st career double-double and 14th of the season versus Stanford with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Charles tied her season high with six blocks versus Stanford.
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8 2010 NCAA WOMEN S FINAL FOUR National Semifinals STANFORD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES 2010 NCAA STANFORD CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES April 6, 2009 San Antonio, Texas Sacramento Regional Champions: Ranked No. 2 by Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN; No.2 overall seed in the tournament. Record: Pac-10 (1 st ); Automatic Bid as Pac-10 Tournament champion, No. 2 seed NCAA Tournament Results: First Round def. No. 16 UC-Riverside, 79-47; Second Round def. No. 8 Iowa, 96-67; Regional Semifinal def. No. 5 Georgia, 73-36; Regional Final def. No. 3 Xavier, 55-53; National Semifinal def. No. 3 Oklahoma, 73-66; Lost to Connecticut in the National Championship game, STANFORD GENERAL NOTES Stanford is 24-5 as a No. 1 seed. Stanford ends its largest win streak in school history (27) Stanford ended the year with 36 wins, most in school history A total of 28 teams in history have entered the NCAA tournament with one loss, only five have won the national championship. Stanford reached its fourth NCAA championship game and is now 2-2 in title games, having won titles in 1990 and Only Tennessee (13), Connecticut (6+), and Louisiana Tech (6) have more championship game appearances. Stanford had seven turnovers in Sunday s night s win over Oklahoma. The Cardinal had seven vs. UConn tonight in the first half. Stanford is 6-7 all-time in the NCAA Women s Final Four, (.735) in the NCAA tournament. Stanford has a record in the last four seasons, the best four-year stretch for Stanford women s basketball. Teams shot.352 vs. Stanford in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has 93 assists to just 65 turnovers in this year s NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal defense forced Connecticut to make just two of its first 20 shots from the field in the first 12:38 of the half and 5-29 in the first half (17.2 percent) Stanford is the only team to lead UConn at the half this season. The Cardinal did so in its game on Dec. 23, 2009 and repeated that feat tonight. Stanford is the only team to be within single digits vs. Connecticut in the last two seasons. The last time that Stanford scored less than 50 points in a game was April 8, 2008 in the national title game vs. Tennessee. Connecticut is riding women s basketball s longest streak ever. The Cardinal is the last team to defeat the Huskies. Penn State is riding an NCAA record 102-match win streak in women s volleyball. Stanford is also the last team to defeat the Nittany Lions. Stanford has just 95 points in its last two NCAA championship games, shooting a combined.316 (37-117). STANFORD TOURNAMENT RECORDS Stanford s 26.5 percent shooting from the field is the lowest in an NCAA championship game, breaking the old mark of 29.6 percent set by Western Kentucky vs. Stanford (4-5-92), it is also the second fewest in a Final Four game with only LSU s 26.4 percent performance vs. Rutgers in the 2007 national semifinal is below that mark. Stanford s 47 points are the fourth fewest in the Championship game. Stanford also holds the fifth fewest, scoring just 48 vs. Tennessee in the 2008 title game. Kayla Pedersen had 17 rebounds, the fourth most in an NCAA Championship game and tied for eighth in a Final Four game. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 29 rebounds in the Final Four, the fifth-most in a Final Four by an individual. Pederson had 26 rebounds in the Final Four, the seventh-most in a Final Four by an individual Notes and quotes can be found at Postgame Central on NCAA.com
9 STANFORD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES Page 2 Stanford had 18 turnovers for the Final Four, the fewest combined in Final Four history by a team playing two games. That breaks the record of 19 set by Purdue in Stanford made 3-4 from the free throw line. That marks the fewest made in a championship game and tied for the third fewest in a Final Four game. The four attempts are the fewest in a Final Four game. Nnemkadi Ogwumike s attempted 44 free throws in the tournament is tied for ninth most by an individual in any NCAA Tournament. Stanford had 102 rebounds combined in the Final Four, the second most in Final Four history behind only Old Dominion s 114 from Jayne Appel had 146 rebounds in her NCAA Tournament career, the 10 th best in NCAA Tournament history. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 12 rebounds tonight. That gives her 73 in the tournament, which is tied for second best in a single NCAA Tournament, two shy of the top spot by Janel McCarville of Minnesota in Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 49 points in the Final Four, eighth most in a Final Four. Nnemkadi Ogwumike s 42 field-goal attempts in the two Final Four games are tied for third most combined by an individual in any Final Four. Stanford s 49 rebounds are tied for fourth in a championship game (UConn also had 49 tonight). The combined 98 rebounds are the most by both teams in a championship game. Stanford s 20 points were the fewest in the first half by a leading team in Final Four history, tied for 12 th fewest in a Final Four game and seventh fewest by any team in a championship game. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had nine rebounds in the first half, tied for the sixth most in a half in a championship game. It is the second most by a player this decade in a championship game. Kayla Pedersen matched that feat with nine rebounds in the second half. STANFORD INDIVIDUAL NOTES Two-time All-American Jayne Appel ended her career as the all-time Pac-10 rebounder leader (1,265). Appel also finished her career as Stanford s all-time leader in blocked shots (273). Appel was held scoreless in a game for the first time in four-year career. Nnemkadi Ogwumike ends the season as the all-time single-season rebound leader with 379. Ogwumike posted her 18 th double-double of the season, including nine in the last 10 games.