NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2011: Texas A&M Beats Notre Dame, 76-70, For First Title

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NCAA Women's Tournament Title Game Final Score: Texas A&M Beats Notre Dame, 76-70, For First Title

Danielle Adams scored 22 of her game-best 30 points in the second half Tuesday night to help the No. 2-seeded Texas A&M Aggies earn their first NCAA women's basketball National Championship, 76-70, against No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Adams also chipped in with nine rebounds.

Tyra White added 18 points for A&M, including a 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining that gave the Aggies (33-5) a 73-68 lead. ND (31-8) cut the disadvantage to 73-70, but turned the ball over on its possible game-tying possession with less than 30 seconds to go. From there, A&M's White nailed two free throws to cement the victory. A&M's head coach Gary Blair earned his first national title in his 26 years of coaching.

The Aggies defeated two No. 1 seeds (Baylor and Stanford) on its way to the title game. Notre Dame had to knock off the overall No. 1 seed Connecticut Huskies, 72-63, to reach the tournament finale.

Devereaux Peters tallied a team-best 21 points and 11 rebounds for ND, which had a 35-33 lead at halftime. Skylar Diggins netted a team-best 23 points for the Irish.

 

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NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Score: Notre Dame Rallies To Take 35-33 Halftime Lead Over Texas A&M

Devereaux Peters has scored a game-best 10 points and collected five rebounds to help the the No. 2-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish take a 35-33 halftime advantage over No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies in a NCAA women's basketball National Championship game in Indianapolis, IN. The Irish (31-7) are looking for their second National Championship, its last coming in 2001. Meanwhile, the Aggies (32-5) are playing in their first National Title game.

Skylar Diggins has tallied eight points and three steals for ND, which trailed 29-16 with 8:32 to go in the first half. However, the Irish used a 19-4 run to claim a two-points advantage heading into the locker room.

Tyra White and Danielle Adams each have netted eight points for Texas A&M. Adams also had four rebounds, while teammates Sydney Colson and Adaora Elonu each over six points.

Becca Bruszewski and Natalie Novosel each have six points for ND, which has shot 59.1 percent from the field.

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NCAA Women's Tournament Title Game: Texas A&M Vs. Notre Dame

The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game will feature an unlikely pairing tonight at Texas A&M and Notre Dame meet for the national title. Game time is 8:30 p.m. ET, and it will be televised on ESPN.

Texas A&M is in its first-ever NCAA title game. The Aggies, seeded No. 2, stunned top-seeded Stanford, 63-62, Sunday night to advance. Texas A& M is led by its first-ever All-American, Danielle Adams. Senior point guard Sydney Colson and junior guard Sydney Carter are other key players for the Aggies.

Notre Dame advanced to the title game by defeating top-seeded UConn, 72-63, in the Final Four. The second-seeded Fighting Irish are back in the title game for the first time since winning the championship in 2001.

The Fighting Irish are led by point guard Skylar Diggins.

This is only the second time in NCAA women’s basketball that two No. 2 seeds have met for the title. The only other time this occurred was 1994.

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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Texas A&M, Notre Dame Win Stunners

Neither UConn nor Stanford, top seeds and perennial powerhouses, will be in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game Tuesday night. Texas A&M and Notre Dame will. What a stunning development for NCAA women’s basketball.

Second-seeded Texas A&M stunned Stanford, 63-62, on a layup by Tyra White with 3.3 seconds to play, lifting the Aggies (32-5) to their first title game. Trailing by a point, Sydney Colson dribbled the length of the court and dished to White for the go-ahead layup.

Trailing by 10 points, Texas A&M mounted a furious rally that included an 8-0 run.

“This is what women’s basketball needs,” said Aggies head coach Gary Blair. “It needs regional final games and semifinal games and final games like this to be able to sometimes wake up America, to be able to give us credit when credit is due.”

Notre Dame got 28 points Skylar Diggins and held off a late UConn rally. The Fighting Irish led by 12 before UConn closed within three points late in the game. The Huskies could get no closer, however.

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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2011: Texas A&M, UConn Reach Final Four

Texas A&M and UConn joined Stanford and Notre Dame in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four Tuesday night. Texas A&M, the No. 2 seed in the Dallas Region, defeated top-seeded Baylor, 58-46. UConn, top seed in the Philadelphia Region, had an easy time with second-seeded Duke, winning 75-40.

For Texas A&M (31-5) this will be the first Women's Final Four appearance in school history. The Aggies will face Stanford on Sunday (7 p.m., ESPN).

Notre Dame, which knocked off Tennessee for the first time in 21 tries to reach the Final Four, gets to face UConn Sunday (4:30 p.m., ESPN).

Philadelphia Region

No. 1 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 2 Duke Blue Devils, 75-40

Dayton Region

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish def. No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers, 73-59

Dallas Region

No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies def. No. 1 Baylor Bears, 58-46

Spokane Region

No. 1 Stanford Cardinal def. No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs, 83-60

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NCAA Women's Tournament: Stanford Again Reaches Final Four

Top-seeded Stanford had an easy time with 11th-seeded Gonzaga Monday night, winning 83-60 to advance to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four. Stanford advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis where it will take on the winner of tonight's Dallas Region game between Baylor and Texas A&M.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike's double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds led the way for Stanford. Chiney Ogwumike added a double-double of her own, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford (33-2), which is headed to its fourth consecutive Final Four. Jeanette Pohlen and Lindy La Rocque contributed 17 and 11 points, respectively for the Cardinal, who have won a school record 27 straight contests.

Courtney Vandersloot led the way for Gonzaga (31-5), registering 25 points, while dishing out nine assists. Kayla Standish posted 17 points, while Katelan Redmon chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Vandersloot recorded 18 straight points for Gonzaga during a nine-minute stretch in the opening half, but even with the guard's tremendous play the Cardinal went into the break with a 47-38 lead over the Bulldogs.

In tonight's action No. 1 Connecticut takes on No. 2 Duke (7 p.m., ESPN) in the Philadelphia Region, and No. 1 Baylor plays No. 2 Texas A&M in the Dallas Region.

Monday, March 28

Dayton Region -- Notre Dame 73, Tennessee 59
Spokane Region -- Stanford 83, Gonzaga 60

Tuesday, March 29

Philadelphia Region -- No. 1 Connecticut (35-1) vs. No. 2 Duke (32-3), 7 p.m., ESPN
Dallas Region -- No. 1 Baylor (34-2) vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (30-5), 9 p.m., ESPN

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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame Defeats Tennessee To Reach Final Four

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team pulled off a historic victory Monday night, defeating Tennessee, 73-59, to advance to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Final four.

Notre Dame (30-7) had been 0-20 in previous meetings with the Lady Volunteers. Notre Dame, the second seed in the Dayton Region, advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis where they will take on the winner of tomorrow’s game between Connecticut and Duke.Tennessee, the top seed in the Dayton Region, finishes the season 34-3. The Lady Vols had a 25-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

The Irish got 24 points from Skylar Diggins, 17 from Natalie Novosel and 13 from Becca Bruszewski. Skekinna Stricklin and Taber Spani each scored 13 points for Tennesee. Glory Johnson added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Tennessee star point guard Meighan Simmons scored just two points on one-for-11 shooting. Simmons, a freshman, got into early foul trouble and wound up with more turnovers (four) than points.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2011: Tennessee Vs. Notre Dame, Stanford Vs. Gonzaga in Elite Eight

The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament continues tonight as action begins in the Elite 8 round of the tournament. Two berths in the Final Four are on the line tonight at No. 1 Tennessee meets No. 2 Notre Dame in the Dayton Region final (7 p.m., ESPN) and No. 1 Stanford meets No. 11 Gonzaga in the Spokane Region final.

Tennessee (34-2) defeated Ohio State to reach tonight's match-up with Notre Dame (29-7. The Irish routed Oklahoma in the Sweet 16. Tennessee has won 25 straight games this season, and has eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances during the Pat Summitt era. Notre Dame won the NCAA title in 2001, one of its two Final Four appearances. It has not reached the Final Four since winning that championship.

Stanford is the Pac 10 champion and always a power in women's college basketball. Gonzaga, an 11th seed, is probably the biggest surprise team remaining in the tournament. This visit to the Elite Eight is the farthest the school has ever gone in NCAA Women's Tournament play

Monday, March 28

Dayton Region -- No. 1 Tennessee (34-2) vs. No. 2 Notre Dame (29-7), 7 p.m., ESPN
Spokane Region -- No. 1 Stanford (32-2) vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (31-4), 9 p.m. ESPN

Tuesday, March 29

Philadelphia Region -- No. 1 Connecticut (35-1) vs. No. 2 Duke (32-3), 7 p.m., ESPN
Dallas Region -- No. 1 Baylor (34-2) vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (30-5), 9 p.m., ESPN

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2011: Sweet 16 Pairings Set

The Sweet 16 is set after Tuesday's action in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. There are a few surprises, but all four No. 1 seeds -- Connecticut, Tennessee, Baylor and Stanford -- are still alive.

There were a handful of upsets on Tuesday, the biggest probably being No. 7 Louisville knocking off No. 2 Xavier, 85-75, in the Spokane Region. That bracket also featured what might have been the biggest upset of the tournament when No. 11 Gonzaga knocked No. 3 UCLA on Monday, 89-75.

A pair of six seeds knocked off three seeds in other Tuesday night upsets. Oklahoma defeated Miami, 88-83, in the Dayton Region and Georgia defeated Florida, 61-59, in the Dallas Region

Philadelphia Region

No. 1 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers, 64-40

No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas def. No. 4 Maryland Terrapins, 79-57

No. 3 DePaul def. No. 6 Penn St. Nittany Lions, 75-73

No. 2 Duke Blue Devils def. No. 10 Marist, 71-66

Dayton Region

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers def. No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles, 79-70

No. 4 Ohio St. Buckeyes def. No. 5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 67-60

No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners def. No. 3 Miami Hurricanes, 88-83

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish def. No. 10 Temple Owls, 77-64

Dallas Region

No. 1 Baylor Bears def. No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers, 82-68

No. 5 Green Bay def. No. 4 Michigan St. Spartans, 65-58

No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs def. No. 3 Florida St. Seminoles, 61-59

No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies def. No. 7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 70-48

Spokane Region

No. 1 Stanford Cardinal def. No. 9 St. John's Red Storm, 75-49

No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels def. No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats, 86-74

No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs def. No. 3 UCLA Bruins, 89-75

No. 7 Louisville Cardinals def. No. 2 Xavier Musketeers, 85-75

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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2011: St. John's Beaten By Stanford

St. John's proved to be no match for top-seeded Stanford in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Monday night, falling 75-49 in second-round action. St. John's, the ninth seed, kept the game close at halftime, trailing only 38-30. Stanford (31-2) outscored St. John's (22-11) by a substantial 37-19 margin in the second half, however.

In the day's major upset, 11th-seeded Gonzaga defeated UCLA, 89-75. Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot had 29 points, 17 assists, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the upset.

Today, Rutgers, seeded seventh in the Dallas Region, takes on second-seeded Texas A&M (ESPN2, 9:40 p.m.). A pair of top seeds are also in action. Connecticut, No. 1 seed in the Philadelphia Region, takes on No. 9 Purdue (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m.) and Baylor, No. 1 in the Dallas Region, faces ninth-seeded West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:45 p.m.).

Monday's Results

Philadelphia Region

DePaul 75,  Penn State 73
Duke71, Marist 66

Spokane Region

Stanford 75, St. John's 49
North Carolina 86, Kentucky 74
Gonzaga 89, UCLA 75

Dayton Region

Tennessee 79,  Marquette 70
Ohio State 67, Georgia Tech 60
Notre Dame 77, 10 Temple 64

Tuesday's Schedule

Philadelphia Region

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 9 Purdue (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m.)
No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 5 Georgetown (ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.)

Spokane Region

No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 7 Louisville (ESPN2, 7:10 p.m.)

Dallas Region

No. 3 Florida State vs. No 6. Georgia (ESPN2, 9:35 p.m.)
No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Rutgers (ESPN2, 9:40 p.m.)
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Green Bay (ESPN, 9:40 p.m.)
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 9 West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:45 p.m.)

Dayton Region

No. 3 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m.)

-- See SB Nation for more on the tournament

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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2011: Second Round Pairings, TV Times

The second round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament begins this evening, and all four No. 1 seeds -- Connecticut, Stanford, Baylor and Tennessee have advanced.

In the Spokane Region this evening, St. John's (22-10, seeded No. 9) gets the unenviable task of facing top-seeded Stanford (30-2). Game time is 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Also tonight, No. 10 Marist (31-2) faces No. 2 Duke (30-3). Game time is 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

On Tuesday, seventh-seeded Rutgers (20-12) faces second-seeded Texas A&M (28-5) in the Dallas Region.

Here is a region-by-region look at second-round pairings.

Monday, March 21

Philadelphia Region

No. 3 DePaul vs. No. 6 Penn State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 10 Marist (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

Spokane Region

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 9 St. John's (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.)
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Kentucky (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.)
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.)

Dayton Region

No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Marquette (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)
No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Temple (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 22

Philadelphia Region

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 9 Purdue (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m.)
No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 5 Georgetown (ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.)

Spokane Region

No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 7 Louisville (ESPN2, 7:10 p.m.)

Dallas Region

No. 3 Florida State vs. No 6. Georgia (ESPN2, 9:35 p.m.)
No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Rutgers (ESPN2, 9:40 p.m.)
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Green Bay (ESPN, 9:40 p.m.)
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 9 West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:45 p.m.)

Dayton Region

No. 3 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m.)

-- See SB Nation for more on the tournament

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