2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
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2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

2013 NCAA Division I
Women's Basketball Tournament
2013 WBB Final Four.jpg
Logo of the 2013 Final Four
Season2012–13
Teams64
Finals siteNew Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsConnecticut Huskies (8th title, 8th title game,
14th Final Four)
Runner-upLouisville Cardinals (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachGeno Auriemma (8th title)
MOPBreanna Stewart (Connecticut)

The 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament was played from March 23 through April 9, 2013. Tennessee continued its streak of making every NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at 32 consecutive appearances. Kansas made the Regional Semifinals for the second year in a row as a double-digit seed, UConn made it into the Final Four for the sixth consecutive year, the longest such streak, and Louisville became the first team seeded lower than fourth in a region to advance to the championship game. For the first time in tournament history, the same four teams were #1 seeds as in the previous year.

Subregionals

The format is similar to the Men's Tournament, except that there are 64 teams; this in turn means there is no "First Four" round. Thirty-one automatic bids for conference champions and 33 at-large bids were available.

The subregionals were played from March 23 through March 26. Sites chosen to host first- and second-round games in 2013 include:[1][2]

2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge
Boulder
Boulder
College Park
College Park
College Station
College Station
Columbus
Columbus
Durham
Durham
Iowa City
Iowa City
Knoxville
Knoxville
Louisville
Louisville
Lubbock
Lubbock
Newark
Newark
Queens
Queens
Spokane
Spokane
Stanford
Stanford
Storrs
Storrs
Waco
Waco
2013 NCAA subregionals

Regionals and Final Four

The Regionals, named for the city rather than the region of geographic importance since 2005, held from March 30 to April 2, were at these sites:[1]

2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Norfolk
Norfolk
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Spokane
Spokane
Bridgeport
Bridgeport
New Orleans
New Orleans
2013 NCAA Regionals and Final Four

A regional had been scheduled at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. However, the NCAA moved the regional to Connecticut because of a recently passed state law allowing single-game betting for professional and collegiate games. NCAA rules do not allow tournament events to be held in states that allow single-game betting.[3]

The Final Four was held on April 7 & 9 at the New Orleans Arena[4][5][6][7] in New Orleans,[1] hosted by the University of New Orleans.[8] This was the third time the Final Four was played in New Orleans. The event was held in New Orleans in 1991, at the Kiefer Lakefront UNO Arena. The event returned to New Orleans in 2004, when the games were held at the New Orleans Arena.[9]

Tournament records

  • Points in a Final Four game--Connecticut scored 93 points against Louisville in the Championship game, tied for the second most points scored in a Final Four game
  • Winning margin--Connecticut defeated Louisville 93-60 in the Championship game; the margin of 33 points is the largest in Final Four history
  • Three-pointers made--Connecticut hit 13 three-pointers in the Championship game, which is the most ever made in a Final Four game
  • Assists--Connecticut recorded 24 assists in the Championship game against Louisville, the most ever recorded in a Final Four game since the NCAA began recording assists in 1985. (Broken by Connecticut in 2014)
  • Blocked shots--Connecticut recorded 12 blocked shots in the Championship game against Louisville; the most ever recorded in a Final Four game
  • Three-pointer percentage--Breanna Stewart hit seven of her eight three-point attempts in the final two games; the percentage of 87.5% is the highest recorded in the two Final Four games[10]

Qualified teams

Automatic qualifiers

The following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament (except for the Ivy League, whose regular-season champion received the automatic bid).

Tournament seeds

Oklahoma City Regional Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Baylor Big 12 32-1 Tournament Champion
2 Tennessee SEC 24-7 At-Large
3 UCLA Pac-12 25-7 At-Large
4 Purdue Big Ten 24-8 Tournament Champion
5 Louisville Big East 24-8 At-Large
6 Oklahoma Big 12 22-10 At-Large
7 Syracuse Big East 24-7 At-Large
8 Florida State ACC 22-9 At-Large
9 Princeton Ivy League 22-6 Reg. Season Champion
10 Creighton Missouri Valley 24-7 At-Large
11 Central Michigan Mid American 21-11 Tournament Champion
12 Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 25-7 Tournament Champion
13 Liberty Big South 27-6 Tournament Champion
14 Stetson Atlantic Sun 24-8 Tournament Champion
15 Oral Roberts Southland 18-12 Tournament Champion
16 Prairie View A&M SWAC 17-14 Tournament Champion
Spokane Regional Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
1 Stanford Pac-12 31-2 Tournament Champion
2 California Pac-12 28-3 At-Large
3 Penn State Big Ten 25-5 At-Large
4 Georgia SEC 25-6 At-Large
5 Iowa State Big 12 23-8 At-Large
6 Louisiana State SEC 20-11 At-Large
7 Texas Tech Big 12 21-10 At-Large
8 Michigan Big Ten 21-10 At-Large
9 Villanova Big East 21-10 At-Large
10 South Florida Big East 21-10 At-Large
11 Green Bay Horizon 29-2 Tournament Champion
12 Gonzaga WCC 27-5 Tournament Champion
13 Montana Big Sky 24-7 Tournament Champion
14 Cal Poly Big West 21-10 Tournament Champion
15 Fresno State Mountain West 24-8 Tournament Champion
16 Tulsa Conference USA 17-16 Tournament Champion
Norfolk Regional Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Virginia
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
1 Notre Dame Big East 31-1 Tournament Champion
2 Duke ACC 30-2 Tournament Champion
3 Texas A&M SEC 24-9 Tournament Champion
4 South Carolina SEC 24-7 At-Large
5 Colorado Pac-12 25-6 At-Large
6 Nebraska Big Ten 23-8 At-Large
7 Oklahoma State Big 12 21-10 At-Large
8 Miami (FL) ACC 21-10 At-Large
9 Iowa Big Ten 20-12 At-Large
10 DePaul Big East 21-11 At-Large
11 Chattanooga Southern 29-3 Tournament Champion
12 Kansas Big 12 18-13 At-Large
13 South Dakota State Summit 25-7 Tournament Champion
14 Wichita State Missouri Valley 24-9 Tournament Champion
15 Hampton MEAC 28-5 Tournament Champion
16 Tennessee-Martin Ohio Valley 19-14 Tournament Champion
Bridgeport Regional Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
1 Connecticut Big East 29-4 At-Large
2 Kentucky SEC 27-5 At-Large
3 North Carolina ACC 28-6 At-Large
4 Maryland ACC 24-7 At-Large
5 Michigan State Big Ten 24-8 At-Large
6 Delaware Colonial 30-3 Tournament Champion
7 Dayton Atlantic 10 27-2 At-Large
8 Vanderbilt SEC 20-11 At-Large
9 Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 23-8 Tournament Champion
10 St. John's Big East 18-12 At-Large
11 West Virginia Big 12 17-13 At-Large
12 Marist MAAC 26-6 Tournament Champion
13 Quinnipiac Northeast 30-2 Tournament Champion
14 Albany America East 27-3 Tournament Champion
15 Navy Patriot 21-11 Tournament Champion
16 Idaho WAC 17-15 Tournament Champion

Kentucky vs. Navy, Oklahoma State vs. Duke, and Notre Dame vs. Iowa aired on ESPNU. Purdue vs. Louisville aired on ESPNEWS. All other first and second round games aired on ESPN2

Game summaries

Oklahoma City Regional

Almost all first-round games were won by the higher-seeded team except for Creighton, the 10 seed who upset Syracuse 61-56. The top seed, Baylor won easily, by 42 points over Prairie View A&M. The only other game within single digit margin was 6 seed Oklahoma beating Central Michigan by five points.

In the second round, three of the four games followed expectations, with the only upset being the 5 seed Louisville over 4 seed Purdue. In the third round, 2 seed Tennessee beat 6 seed Oklahoma as expected, but Louisville upset top seeded Baylor in a result some have called one of the greatest upsets in women's basketball history. Baylor won the National Championship in 2012, going undefeated during the season, and had returned every starter. While they lost one game in the current regular season, point guard Odyssey Sims was injured early in that game. The team had not lost a game in two years when playing at full strength. Louisville, the third best team in the Big East, hit sixteen of 25 three-point attempts, and held Griner to 14 points, after she had averaged 33 points in the first two games.[11][12][13][14]

Bracket

* - Denotes overtime period

Oklahoma City Regional

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Baylor 82
16 Prairie View A&M 40
1 Baylor 85
Waco, TX - Sun/Tues
8 Florida State 47
8 Florida State 60
9 Princeton 44
1 Baylor 81
5 Louisville 82
5 Louisville 74
12 Middle Tennessee 49
5 Louisville 76
Louisville, KY - Sun/Tues
4 Purdue 63
4 Purdue 77
13 Liberty 43
5 Louisville 86
2 Tennessee 78
6 Oklahoma 78
11 Central Michigan 73
6 Oklahoma 85
Columbus, OH - Sat/Mon
3 UCLA 72
3 UCLA 66
14 Stetson 49
6 Oklahoma 59
2 Tennessee 74
7 Syracuse 56
10 Creighton 61
10 Creighton 52
Knoxville, TN - Sat/Mon
2 Tennessee 68
2 Tennessee 83
15 Oral Roberts 62

Spokane Regional

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Stanford 72
16 Tulsa 56
1 Stanford 73
Stanford, CA - Sun/Tues
8 Michigan 40
8 Michigan 60
9 Villanova 52
1 Stanford 59
4 Georgia 61
5 Iowa State 72
12 Gonzaga 60
5 Iowa State 60
Spokane, WA - Sat/Mon
4 Georgia 65
4 Georgia 70
13 Montana 50
4 Georgia 62*
2 California 65
6 LSU 75
11 Green Bay 71
6 LSU 71
Baton Rouge, LA - Sun/Tues
3 Penn State 66
3 Penn State 85
14 Cal Poly 55
6 LSU 63
2 California 73
7 Texas Tech 70
10 South Florida 71
10 South Florida 78*
Lubbock, TX - Sat/Mon
2 California 82
2 California 90
15 Fresno State 76

Norfolk Regional

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Notre Dame 97
16 Tennessee-Martin 64
1 Notre Dame 74
Iowa City, IA - Sun/Tues
9 Iowa 57
8 Miami 53
9 Iowa 69
1 Notre Dame 93
12 Kansas 63
5 Colorado 52
12 Kansas 67
12 Kansas 75
Boulder, CO - Sat/Mon
4 South Carolina 69
4 South Carolina 74
13 South Dakota State 53
1 Notre Dame 87
2 Duke 76
6 Nebraska 72
11 Chattanooga 59
6 Nebraska 74
College Station, TX - Sat/Mon
3 Texas A&M 63
3 Texas A&M 71
14 Wichita State 45
6 Nebraska 45
2 Duke 53
7 Oklahoma State 73
10 DePaul 56
7 Oklahoma State 59
Durham, NC - Sun/Tues
2 Duke 68
2 Duke 67
15 Hampton 51

Bridgeport Regional

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Connecticut 105
16 Idaho 37
1 Connecticut 77
Storrs, CT - Sat/Mon
8 Vanderbilt 44
8 Vanderbilt 60
9 Saint Joseph's 54
1 Connecticut 76
4 Maryland 50
5 Michigan State 55
12 Marist 47
5 Michigan State 49
College Park, MD - Sat/Mon
4 Maryland 74
4 Maryland 72
13 Quinnipiac 52
1 Connecticut 83
2 Kentucky 53
6 Delaware 66
11 West Virginia 53
6 Delaware 78
Newark, DE - Sun/Tues
3 North Carolina 69
3 North Carolina 59
14 Albany 54
6 Delaware 62
2 Kentucky 69
7 Dayton 96**
10 St. John's 90
7 Dayton 70
Jamaica, NY - Sun/Tues
2 Kentucky 84
2 Kentucky 61
15 Navy 41

Final Four - New Orleans, Louisiana

National Semifinals
April 7
National Championship Game
April 9
      
OKC5 Louisville 64
SPK2 California 57
OKC5 Louisville 60
BRP1 Connecticut 93
NRF1 Notre Dame 65
BRP1 Connecticut 83

All-Tournament Team

Game officials

  • Dennis DeMayo (Semi-Final)
  • Charles Gonzalez (Semi-Final)
  • Felicia Grinter (Semi-Final)
  • Dee Kantner (Semi-Final)
  • Tina Napier (Semi-Final)
  • Mark Zentz (Semi-Final)
  • Denise Brooks (Final)
  • Lisa Mattingly (Final)
  • Brenda Pantoja (Final)[10]

Media coverage

Television

ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament. For the first and second round, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN, ESPNU, or ESPNews. All other games were aired regionally on ESPN or ESPN2 and streamed online via ESPN3. Most of the nation got whip-a-round coverage during this time, which allowed ESPN to rotate between the games and focus the nation on the one that was the closest. The regional semifinals were split between ESPN and ESPN2, and ESPN aired the regional finals, national semifinals, and championship match.[15]

Studio host and analysts

Commentary teams

Radio

Dial Global Sports had exclusive radio rights from the regional finals on through the championship.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Sites for 2013 tournament announced". NCAA. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "NCAA® DIVISION I WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 DATES AND SITES" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "New Jersey state law on wagering forces championship relocation". NCAA. Archived from the original on October 11, 2017. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "New Orleans lands 2013 Women's Final Four". Nola.com. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "tulane green wave logo TULANE SPORTS CENTRAL". Nola.com. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "New Exterior Marks New Era At Superdome". New Orleans CVB. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Big Time Sports are Booming in New Orleans". Louisiana Superdome. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "New Orleans to Host Back to Back Final Fours!". Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "2013 NCAA® WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR® FACTS AND FIGURES" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Nixon, Rick. "2016 Women's Final Four Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ PARCHMAN, WILL (April 1, 2013). "Shocking ending for Lady Bears in 82-81 loss to Louisville". Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "No Ordinary Upset as Griner and No. 1 Baylor Fall". New York Times. March 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Fagan, Kate (March 31, 2013). "Five biggest NCAA tourney upsets". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Grant, Michael. "Louisville women's toppling of top-rated Baylor considered the biggest upset in tournament history". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ Margolis, Rachel (March 19, 2013). "ESPN Home to NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Coverage". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "March Madness 2013: NCAA Women's Tournament Sweet 16 & Elite 8 TV Schedule". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. March 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "NCAA Women's Final Four and Championship Broadcast Information". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. April 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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