Essentially the most memorable ladies’s NCAA Event moments


Recollections are certain to be made when the ladies’s NCAA Event ideas off as soon as once more. That is a certainty. From last-second pictures to beautiful upsets and stellar particular person performances, it is all ready for faculty basketball followers.

Nonetheless, earlier than we put together for what’s to come back, it is enjoyable to look again on the previous — to these unbelievable finishes, milestone performances, and dominant crew efforts.

This is a have a look at a number of the high moments within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event.

 

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Essentially the most memorable ladies’s NCAA Event moments

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Recollections are certain to be made when the ladies’s NCAA Event ideas off later this week. That is a certainty. From last-second pictures to beautiful upsets and stellar particular person performances, it is all ready for faculty basketball followers.

Nonetheless, earlier than we put together for the long run, it is enjoyable to look again on the previous — to these unbelievable finishes, milestone performances, and dominant crew efforts.

This is a have a look at a number of the high moments within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event.

 

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Bauman goes for 50 (1982)

Bauman goes for 50 (1982)

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The inaugural ladies’s event below the NCAA label was historic in multiple method. Drake’s Lorri Bauman scored an incredible 50 factors in her crew’s loss to Maryland within the regional finals. Maybe extra spectacular, Bauman nonetheless holds the document for many factors scored in an NCAA Event recreation, whereas her 21 made area objectives on 35 makes an attempt are additionally each marks that also stand right now.

 

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Woman Techsters take first NCAA title (1982)

Lady Techsters take first NCAA title (1982)

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Mighty Louisiana Tech ushered in a brand new period for the sport by profitable the primary ladies’s NCAA nationwide championship. Prior champs had been topped throughout the Affiliation of Intercollegiate Athletics for Ladies (AIAW). This event featured 32 groups, culminating with the Woman Techsters, who gained the ultimate AIAW title, beating Cheyney State (coach by legend C. Vivian Stringer) 76-62 within the nationwide last. That Louisiana Tech crew featured gifted guard Kim Mulkey, the present coach at Baylor and the one lady to win an NCAA Division I hoops title as a participant and coach.

 

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Miller leads USC to repeat (1984)

Miller leads USC to repeat (1984)

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Cheryl Miller is maybe the best ladies’s basketball participant of all time and was clearly an enormous purpose USC grew to become the primary program to win back-to-back NCAA nationwide titles. For the second consecutive event, in 1984, Miller earned Most Excellent Participant honors whereas main the Trojans to a nationwide championship at Pauley Pavilion, the house of their archrival, UCLA.

 

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Texas caps good season (1986)

Texas caps perfect season (1986)

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For the primary time below the auspices of the NCAA, a program went undefeated for a complete season. That honor belonged to Texas, which, led by 25 factors off the bench from future Corridor of Famer Clarissa Davis, took down Cheryl Miller, who went scoreless within the second half, and beat USC, 97-81, to cap a 34-0 marketing campaign with the college’s first NCAA title. 

 

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Tennessee reaches ‘Summitt’ for first time (1987)

Tennessee reaches 'Summitt' for first time (1987)

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The chances appeared stacked towards the Woman Vols of their ’87 nationwide title recreation vs. Louisiana Tech. The Woman Techsters had gained 11 of the earlier 12 conferences with Tennessee, together with a 23-point victory within the 1982 nationwide semifinals. Nonetheless, the Vols avenged that defeat and all of the others by blowing away Louisiana Tech by the identical margin, 67-44, for the primary of the college’s eight nationwide titles below late legend Pat Summitt. 

 

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Needing slightly extra (1991)

Needing a little more (1991)

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Solely twice within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event has a championship recreation gone into extra time. The primary got here in 1991 when Tennessee wanted further time to beat Virginia, 70-67, for its third nationwide championship. The Cavaliers led by 5 with lower than two minutes left in regulation, however Tennessee’s Dena Head primarily made up that deficit on her personal to drive extra time and lead the Volunteers to the title. 

 

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Swoopes’ unbelievable last (1993)

Swoopes' fantastic final (1993)

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Within the first nationwide semifinals to incorporate all newcomers to the Ultimate 4 stage — Texas Tech, Ohio State, Iowa, and Vanderbilt — it was the Pink Raiders claiming their first, and solely, title. Star Sheryl Swoopes scored an NCAA nationwide last document 47 factors, as Texas Tech held on for an 84-82 victory over Ohio State in one of many extra entertaining title video games in event historical past.

 

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Extra the merrier (1994)

More the merrier (1994)

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After years of 32 groups vying for the nationwide championship, the NCAA Event area was expanded to 64. Fairly an enormous second within the historical past of the event. A complete of 32 conferences had been capable of earn computerized bids, plus 32 at-large groups earned invites to what would show to be one of the thrilling NCAA Tournaments within the historical past of the occasion. 

 

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Smith beats clock for Tar Heels title (1994)

Smith beats clock for Tar Heels title (1994)

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In one of many best finishes within the historical past of the ladies’s event, North Carolina’s Charlotte Smith took an in-bound go with 0.7 seconds left on the clock and her crew down by two. Extensive-open on the right-wing, Smith stepped up and knocked down a three-pointer as time expired, giving the Tar Heels a 60-59 victory over Louisiana Tech for his or her first nationwide championship.

 

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UConn tops Vols (1995)

UConn tops Vols (1995)

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Connecticut’s true dominance of the ladies’s recreation would start 5 years later, however the basis was formally laid in the course of the ’95 event. It additionally unofficially started the rivalry between UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Tennessee’s Pat Summitt after the Huskies topped the Volunteers, 70-64, to win their first nationwide championship, end 35-0 and turn out to be the primary crew since Texas in 1986 to go undefeated for a season.

 

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No. 16 takes down No. 1 (1998)

No. 16 takes down No. 1 (1998)

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Previous to 2018, the one time a No. 16 seed upset a No. 1 within the NCAA Event got here on the ladies’s aspect. In 1998, Sixteenth-seeded Harvard, with a high quality 21-3 document, surprised a Stanford crew coping with accidents. The Crimson confirmed no sympathy, main by 9 at halftime on the Cardinal’s dwelling flooring and profitable 71-67, to finish one of many largest upsets in faculty basketball historical past.

 

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Cinderella Razorbacks roll to the Ultimate 4 (1998)

Cinderella Razorbacks roll to the Final Four (1998)

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Harvard wasn’t the one underdog to come back by in the course of the ’98 event. Arkansas, seeded ninth, made all of it the best way to the Ultimate 4 — nonetheless the bottom seed ever to achieve the nationwide semifinals within the ladies’s NCAA Event. In becoming style, the Razorbacks beat Harvard within the second spherical. They then took down No. 5 seed Kansas earlier than beautiful No. 2 Duke within the regional last. Arkansas’ Cinderella run finally ended with an 86-58 semifinal loss to eventual champion Tennessee.

 

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Parker’s historic dunk (2006)

Parker's historic dunk (2006)

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Candace Parker was already a star when she led Tennessee into the ’06 NCAA Event. It was there that she elevated herself to rock star standing when she grew to become the primary participant to dunk in a ladies’s event recreation. With just below 14 minutes left within the Vols’ first-round recreation towards Military, Parker completed off a break with a one-handed slam to carry the home down. She additionally dunked later within the recreation off a baseline go.

 

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Terps go further to beat Duke (2006)

Terps go extra to beat Duke (2006)

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It appears laborious to imagine that there have been simply two ladies’s NCAA nationwide championship video games determined in extra time. In the latest recreation to wish further time, Maryland rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to drive OT following a Kristi Toliver three-pointer. A pair of Toliver free throws helped the Terrapins win, 78-65, enhance to 6-0 in extra time on the season, and declare this system’s solely nationwide title so far.

 

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Wiggins tops 40 – twice (2008)

Wiggins tops 40 - twice (2008)

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Ten occasions within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event has a participant scored greater than 40 factors in a contest. Stanford star Candice Wiggins did it twice within the 2008 event — the one participant to perform such a feat. She scored 44 in a second-round win over UTEP after which went for 41 because the Cardinal beat Maryland to achieve the Ultimate 4.

 

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Griner hosts a block celebration (2010)

Griner hosts a block party (2010)

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No participant has formally blocked extra pictures within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event than former Baylor star Brittney Griner, who swatted away 105 over 18 video games. Her most dominant efficiency got here in a second-round victory over Georgetown when the 6-foot-9 standout blocked a tournament-record 14 pictures. 

 

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Gonzaga’s memorable run (2011)

Gonzaga's memorable run (2011)

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We all know ninth-seeded Arkansas is the bottom seed ever to achieve a Ultimate 4, however Gonzaga got here near altering that in 2011. Taking part in two video games on their dwelling court docket and the regional of their dwelling metropolis of Spokane, Wash., the No. 11 Bulldogs grew to become the bottom seed ever to achieve a regional last. Gonzaga bested sixth-seeded Iowa, third-seeded UCLA, and No. 7 Louisville earlier than falling 83-60 to top-seeded Stanford — one step earlier than the Ultimate 4.  

 

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The tip of an period (2012)

The end of an era (2012)

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There was a superb likelihood Pat Summitt’s reign as Tennessee coach would finish following the 2011-12 season since she was lower than a 12 months faraway from revealing her prognosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s illness. There was a lot hypothesis following Tennessee’s loss to eventual champ Baylor, the primary crew to go 40-0, within the regional last that Summitt, who had already handed a lot of the teaching duties over to longtime assistant Holly Warlick, would resolve to retire from teaching the crew full time. She did so formally in April 2012, thus making her final recreation an unceremonious affair.   

 

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Cardinals soar to nationwide last (2013)

Cardinals soar to national final (2013)

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Within the ladies’s recreation, it is commonplace for issues to go within the type of chalk. The highest 4 seeds are usually common Ultimate 4 contributors, however that was not the case in 2013. Seeded fifth, Louisville grew to become the bottom seed ever to achieve the nationwide last within the event’s historical past. Within the Candy 16 and Elite Eight, respectively, the Cardinals beat top-seeded Baylor and No. 2 Tennessee. They then took down second-seeded California earlier than falling to UConn, 93-60, within the title recreation.

 

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UConn wins document ninth championship (2014)

UConn wins record ninth championship (2014)

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The Connecticut dynasty was in full drive at the moment, and the 2014 victory over Notre Dame — within the first finals matchup of undefeated groups — formally solidified its place atop the ladies’s faculty basketball hierarchy. With a 40-0 document and ninth nationwide championship, the Huskies topped Tennessee for probably the most titles in ladies’s NCAA Event historical past.

 

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UConn good – once more (2016)

UConn perfect - again (2016)

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It appears laborious to imagine that UConn’s final title got here 4 years in the past. Now, that may all change this season, however the 2016 Connecticut squad, led by Breanna Stewart, claimed its document fourth consecutive nationwide title whereas ending the season 38-0. The Huskies are the final champion to complete a season undefeated, and that run will proceed in 2020 as no contender who will probably be on this 12 months’s event area is and not using a loss.

 

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William, Mississippi State finish UConn’s streak (2017)

William, Mississippi State end UConn's streak (2017)

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There have been loads of memorable pictures within the historical past of the ladies’s NCAA Event, and close to the highest of the listing must be Morgan William’s buzzer-beater for Mississippi State that ended Connecticut’s ridiculous 111-game profitable streak. This nationwide semifinal thriller was tied when the 5-foot-5 junior drained a 14-footer to shock the Huskies, finish the document streak and ship the Bulldogs to the nationwide championship recreation.  

 

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Ogunbowale shoots Irish into last (2018)

Ogunbowale shoots Irish into final (2018)

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Arike Ogunbowale had a Ultimate 4 to recollect for Notre Dame and one that will not quickly be forgotten by anyone who follows the sport. It began within the nationwide semifinal towards Connecticut. With the sport tied at 89 in extra time, Ogunbowale drained a jumper from the right-wing with a UConn defender in her face and one second remaining on the clock. The beautiful bucket despatched the Irish to the nationwide title recreation… 

 

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Yet another time for enjoyable (2018)

One more time for fun (2018)

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… the place Ogunbowale was at it once more. This time, a nationwide championship was on the road. With Mississippi State because the opponent and the sport once more tied with three seconds left in regulation, Ogunbowale took a aspect inbound go, dribbled to the close to proper nook, and put up a spread-legged three-pointer that snapped the online on the buzzer to offer Notre Dame its first title in 17 years. It was an inconceivable end to maybe the best two days of school basketball ever.

 

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Bears band collectively for title (2019)

Bears band together for title (2019)

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For the simply eighth time over a 20-year stretch, two feminine coaches — Baylor’s Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw — went head-to-head for a nationwide championship. The Bears overcame the lack of star Lauren Cox to a knee damage and blowing a 17-point result in win 82-81, because of Chloe Jackson’s driving, tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left. Irish star Arike Ogunbowale missed the primary of two free throws, and Baylor held on for its first title since 2012.

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine Faculty in Chicago. You possibly can comply with Jeff at @jeffm401.



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