2008 NCAA Women's Tournament

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Summers May Be Off Short List for Treasury

Women's groups oppose selection after flap over science ability

(Newser) - Picking Larry Summers to run the Treasury might be too provocative. Politico reports that the swelling backlash among women's groups—over his notorious comments at Harvard about women’s abilities in math and science—is seriously sinking his chances. Even a Senate confirmation could be dicey. “While it wouldn’... More »

Lady Vols Win Back-to-Back Championships

Tennessee downs Stanford 64-48 to win school's eighth title

(Newser) - Tennessee’s 64-48 victory over Stanford in the national championship game was won in an unusual way for the Lady Vols: they did it with defense. Coach Pat Summit employed a press to slow down the Cardinal’s potent offense and bring back-to-back titles to Tennessee, according to the Tennessean.... More »

Feuding Coaches Won't Face Off in Finals

With Auriemma out, Summitt is focused on game

(Newser) - Pat Summitt's feud with Geno Auriemma won't be settled on the basketball court this year, now that his Huskies are out of the NCAA Women's Tournament. And unless both UConn and Summitt's Lady Vols make it to the Final Four next year, the quarrelling coaches won't be meeting any time... More »

Tennessee Ready to Defend Title

Lady Vols squeak by LSU Lady Tigers

(Newser) - The Tennessee Lady Vols are on their way to yet another NCAA national championship game, this time as defending champions. Alexis Hornbuckle made just one basket the entire game, but it couldn’t have come at a better time as she hit the game-winner with 0.7 seconds left on... More »

Wiggins, Stanford Upset UConn

Cardinal advance to women's national championship game

(Newser) - Stanford is on its way to the women’s national title game after knocking off No. 1 UConn tonight, 82-73. Senior Candice Wiggins had a game-high 25 points and led in rebounds, as well, with 13. Kayla Pederson did her part and tacked on another 17 for the Cardinal. The... More »

UConn Beats Rutgers, Advances to Final Four

Stanford up next for Husky women

(Newser) - The Connecticut Huskies battled back from a 14-point deficit to beat Rutgers 66-56 and advance to the Final Four. It is their first trip to the national semifinals since 2004 and the first for the four seniors on the roster, which is odd for a program that has won five... More »

Injured Parker Leads Lady Vols to Final Four

Tennessee to face conference rival LSU in national semi-final

(Newser) - Candace Parker dislocated her left shoulder but was able to return to the game and lead Tennessee into the women’s Final Four with a 53-45 victory over Texas A&M. Parker left the game twice in the first half because of the injury, but returned midway through the second... More »

LSU Makes It Five Straight Final Fours

Lady Tigers defeat top-seeded UNC in regional final

(Newser) - The LSU Lady Tigers reached their fifth consecutive Final Four by ousting top-seeded North Carolina 56-50 in the women’s NCAA tournament. Sylvia Fowles led LSU with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked and was also named most outstanding player of the New Orleans regional. The loss snaps the... More »

Wiggins, Stanford Top Maryland, Head to Final Four

Senior's 41 points lead Cardinal to first Final Four in 11 years

(Newser) - Candice Wiggins scored 41 points as the Stanford Cardinal beat the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins 98-87 to advance to the Women's Final Four for the first time in 11 years. The three-time Pac-10 player of the year went 10-for-22 from the field, including 5-of-11 on 3-pointers, and made 16-of-19 free throw... More »

Even Without Gant, A&M Handles Duke

Aggies next meet Lady Vols, who cruised past Notre Dame 74-64

(Newser) - Texas A&M is headed to its first regional finals after a 77-63 defeat of Duke, despite losing its star after the first half, AP reports. Danielle Gant scored eight points before dehydration sidelined her, and Patrice Reado took up her mantle, scoring 17 in the second half. The Blue... More »

UConn Grabs Berth in Elite Eight

20-1 second-half run dooms Old Dominion

(Newser) - No. 1 Connecticut moved within one win of its first Final Four appearance since 2004 with a 78-63 victory over Old Dominion, thanks to rising star Maya Moore, who scored 25 points and set the Big East's freshman season scoring record. The Huskies have won 14 straight since their lone... More »

LSU Smothers OSU to Reach Regional Final

Lady Tigers hold Cowgirls to 15% shooting in first half

(Newser) - LSU had a fairly easy tuneup for North Carolina in the regional semifinals, as the Lady Tigers cruised by Oklahoma State 67-52 today, reports the Associated Press. Erica White led Louisiana State with 18 points, and three other teammates scored in double figures. LSU held the Cowgirls to 15% shooting... More »

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win

Tar Heels on brink of their third straight trip to Final Four

(Newser) - Angel McCoughtry did everything she could to lift Louisville past North Carolina today, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tar Heels from a 78-74 win in the women's NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. LaToya Pringle had 27 points and 11 rebounds as UNC came back from 18 down... More »

ODU Knocks Off Virginia in OT

As 5'2 Walters nails 3 with four seconds to play

(Newser) - Virginia's erasure of an 11-point second half deficit was too little too late, the AP reports.  Even after pulling ahead in OT, 85-81, the fourth-seeded Cavaliers couldn't stop a 7-0 run by fifth-seed Old Dominion, capped off by the Lady Monarchs' Jazzmin Walters sinking a decisive three-pointer with little... More »

Summitt Gets 100th NCAA Tourney Victory

Tennessee, Louisville, Duke reach women's Sweet Sixteen

(Newser) - The Tennessee Lady Vols beat Purdue 78-52 to move onto the regional semifinals and give coach Pat Summitt her 100th career win in the NCAA tournament. She's the first coach, men’s or women’s, to reach that milestone. Top-seeded Tennessee will face either Oklahoma or Notre Dame in the... More »

Pitt Upsets Baylor in Women's Tourney

Zellous leads Panthers to biggest win in program history

(Newser) - The sixth-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers, on the strength of a 67-59 upending of No. 3 Baylor, advanced to a regional semifinal in the women’s NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Shavonte Zellous, a former track sprinter, led the Panthers with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and grabbed... More »

Oklahoma State is OK After Sneaking Past FSU

Third-seeded Cowgirls move on to the round of 16.

(Newser) - Andrea Riley's free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining gave Oklahoma State a 73-72 see-saw victory over Florida State to advance to the regional semifinals in the women's NCAA tournament, only two years removed from an 0-16 Big 12 season. Riley got to the line after being fouled by FSU's... More »

Geno's Gift: UConn Rolls Past Cornell

Purdue wins over Utah; Old Dominion scorches Liberty Flames

(Newser) - It’s been 14 years since UConn won a first-round women's NCAA tournament game by less than 23 points.  Today was no exception, as they routed Cornell, 89-47. Already the Huskies have fared better than their male counterparts, who lost in the first round of their tourney. Maya Moore... More »

No. 8 Georgia Women Rally to Knock off Iowa

Elsewhere, Notre Dame advances with victory over SMU

(Newser) - Ashley Houts scored her team's last eight points, all on free throws in the final 41 seconds, as eighth-seeded Georgia overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Iowa, 67-61, in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament. Angel Robinson led the winners with 17 points while Houts added 12 assists.... More »

Maryland Survives Coppin State

Nebraska holds off Xavier, Louisville dispatches Miami-Ohio

(Newser) - It looked like the Maryland Terrapins were in danger of being only the second top-seed to ever fall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the AP reports. Unlikely Coppin State battled for the duration, at one point holding the lead, and the 16th seed kept the game close... More »

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