NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship - the best personalized free web-based Email en en NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker retiring STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Longtime Stanford associate head coach Amy Tucker is retiring from coaching but will remain with the program in an administrative role. Tucker shared the news Wednesday night that she is calling it a career to her time on the bench. But she will still have a key role behind the scenes. "It has been a great journe... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:08:00 GMT 2017-04-13T12:08:00Z Correction: WNBA Draft-South Carolina story In a story April 4 about players declaring for the WNBA draft, due to an editing error, The Associated Press reported erroneously that to be eligible for the draft players must turn 22 the year of the draft and have their incoming class graduating. Players must meet at least one of four criteria to be eligible. A corrected version of the story is below: S... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-04-05T16:40:00Z NCAA 'reluctantly' agrees to let North Carolina host events GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NCAA has "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA offered a lukewarm endorse... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-04-04T17:46:00Z Staley says she would go to White House if invited DALLAS (AP) — NCAA women's basketball champion Dawn Staley says she would accept an invitation to the White House if offered. South Carolina's coach won her first title when the Gamecocks beat Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday night. "I've got options now. Yeah, I'm going to the White House," Staley told The Associated Press. "It's what... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:52:00Z Staley proud to be 2nd African-American coach to win title DALLAS (AP) — Dawn Staley hopes to pass along a piece of her first championship net to another aspiring African-American coach — the same as Carolyn Peck did for her years ago. Staley joined Peck as the only African-American coaches to win an NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55. Peck, who won a title at Purdue in... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:46:00Z South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55 DALLAS (AP) — Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head. A'ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night. Staley made the Fin... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT 2017-04-03T02:00:00Z The Latest: S Carolina women spoil Miss St miracle for title DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the NCAA women's championship game (all times local): 7:13 p.m. South Carolina has spoiled the miracle for Mississippi State. A'ja Wilson and Allisha Gray both had double-doubles and the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs 67-55 to win the NCAA women's championship in an all-Southeastern Conference matchup of first-time finalists Sunday night. ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-04-03T00:30:00Z After its stunner, Mississippi State turns to title game DALLAS (AP) — Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs didn't get much time to celebrate what might be the greatest shocker in women's basketball history. Not when there's one more game to win, not when there's a national championship on the line against SEC rival South Carolina. "They're really grounded. Our kids know what's com... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-04-01T19:50:00Z It's all SEC for women's title after Mississippi St stunner DALLAS (AP) — Now that UConn is surprisingly out of the way, it's time for an SEC party with a pair of teams that have never played in the NCAA women's championship game. Mississippi State's 66-64 upset that snapped the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak Friday night means a third meeting this season with South Carolina, this time on Sunday for the title. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:28:00 GMT 2017-04-01T06:28:00Z UConn's 111-game winning streak ends, Miss St wins at buzzer DALLAS (AP) — When the final shot beat the buzzer and UConn's record streak was over, Geno Auriemma had to smile. After all the winning, the Huskies coach could appreciate a thrilling victory — even from the other side. UConn's 111-game run came to a stunning end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women's bas... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT 2017-04-01T06:00:00Z South Carolina women beat Stanford 62-53 in Final Four DALLAS (AP) — South Carolina was able to speed up the tempo after halftime, A'ja Wilson managed a double-double even while almost constantly surrounded by defenders and Dawn Staley finally got a win against Tara VanDerveer. With all that, the Gamecocks are going to their first national championship after beating Stanford 62-53 Friday night in the women's ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:38:00 GMT 2017-04-01T04:38:00Z ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to start holding events again in North Carolina after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. In a statement Friday, the league said its Council of Presidents has voted to again consider North Carolina sites to host events. In September, the ACC ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-03-31T23:28:00Z Texas coach Karen Aston gives her thoughts on Final Four DALLAS (AP) — Texas coach Karen Aston faced each of the women's Final Four participants this season. Here, she breaks down the matchups for the NCAA Tournament semifinal games. STANFORD SOUTH CAROLINA This will be a battle of two teams with distinct offensive styles. We played Stanford in our firs... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:14:00 GMT 2017-03-31T06:14:00Z Women's basketball regional attendance at 20-year low DALLAS (AP) — There were a lot of empty seats at the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament regionals. The NCAA saw its lowest attendance for the regionals in 20 years, and there is no change to the format in sight. An average of 4,719 fans showed up for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the four neutral-site venues. That's down 27 perc... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:11:00Z Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley have decades-long connections through women's NCAA Final Fours and Olympic gold medals. The coaches in Dallas this week for the Final Four are hardly strangers. "It really is an interesting dynamic," Auriemma said Tuesday during a national conference call. "You really couldn't orchestrate s... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-03-28T23:22:00Z No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Before they climbed the ladder to take their turn cutting the nets, Kaela Davis and A'ja Wilson started dancing. And dancing. The band blared inches away, and they danced some more. A spectacular, spontaneous moment for South Carolina's two biggest stars: one headed to her first Final Four, and the other going back... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:30:00 GMT 2017-03-28T04:30:00Z UConn, South Carolina, Miss State and Stanford in Final Four BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there 10 straight years. This trip might have been the least expected of them. With a trio of All-Americans lost to graduation, Auriemma had questions about his inexperienced group of Huskies. They answered every single one of them. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:29:00 GMT 2017-03-28T03:29:00Z UConn routs Oregon, heads to 10th straight Final Four BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Everything UConn lost to graduation made another Final Four even more special for Geno Auriemma and his Huskies. Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, Gabby Williams had 25 and the Huskies advanced to the national semifinals for the 10th straight year with a 90-52 victory against Oregon on Monday night. "There were... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-03-28T02:03:00Z Tipping Off: Second half of Final Four field to be decided BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Half the women's Final Four field is complete after two thrilling games. The other two spots in Dallas will be decided Monday night when UConn faces upstart Oregon and South Carolina plays Florida State. It took a huge second-half rally and one last defensive stop for Stanford to beat Notre Dame, sending the Car... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-03-27T06:52:00Z William, Mississippi State women earn 1st Final Four berth OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Morgan William gave her late stepfather the ultimate tribute. The 5-foot-5 point guard scored a career-high 41 points and second-seeded Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime Sunday night to reach the Final Four for the first time. The win came three years and a day after William's stepfather, D... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-03-27T03:31:00Z Oregon needs monumental upset to reach Final Four BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves planned a trip with his family in January to watch the men's Final Four next week. It couldn't have worked out better for the Ducks women's basketball coach that his former school Gonzaga and his current one have already qualified for the national semifinals in Arizona. That was until h... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:22:00 GMT 2017-03-26T18:22:00Z UConn advances to regional final with 86-71 win over UCLA BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — After watching UConn's NCAA Tournament dominance mostly from the bench for three seasons, Saniya Chong finally made her mark. Chong scored 16 points and came up with big plays on both ends of the court, and the top-seeded Huskies beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday to advance to the Bridgeport Regional final. "I was loo... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-03-25T21:34:00Z Tipping Off: Baylor women hope for better luck in OKC NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City hasn't been too kind to Baylor the last few years in the women's NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears lost in 2013 to Louisville and in 2015 to Notre Dame. Coach Kim Mulkey doesn't care about the past, focusing on the current team which has run through its first two games of the NCAAs. Baylor faces Louisville on Friday night in a rematch of one of th... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:50:00 GMT 2017-03-24T06:50:00Z Washington's high-scoring Plum leaves opponents befuddled OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer sees something familiar when he watches Washington guard Kelsey Plum. The Houston native and Rockets fan said Plum affects the game the same way NBA superstar James Harden does. "They run a lot of stuff that the Rockets run," Schaefer said. "They spread the floor. They play off o... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-03-23T21:57:00Z Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish. Notre Dame said Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 p... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-03-21T18:47:00Z Oregon and Quinnipiac crash women's Sweet 16 field NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon and Quinnipiac are crashing the Sweet 16. The two double-digit seeds joined a field of mostly top seeds in the women's regional semifinals that will be played next weekend. It's no shock that No. 1s UConn, Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame made it out of the first weekend. Seeing these two newcomers, though, brings an unexpected buzz to the tournam... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-03-21T16:01:00Z Long shots: Quinnipiac beats Miami 85-78 for Sweet 16 berth CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The long shots kept making long shots. And the Sweet 16 is Quinnipiac's reward. Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, Aryn McClure added 15 and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac stunned fourth-seeded Miami 85-78 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night. Quinnipiac (29-6) next heads to Stockton, California and plays top-seeded South C... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-03-21T04:11:00Z Nurse hits 9 3-pointers to lead UConn over Syracuse 94-64 STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn's Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday night's second-round rematch of last year's national championship game. She used that as motivation. The junior guard scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:41:00 GMT 2017-03-21T01:41:00Z Key injuries could derail South Carolina, Notre Dame women NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina and Notre Dame both survived upset bids in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament. The two No. 1 seeds may have trouble advancing much further because of knee injuries to key players. The Gamecocks rallied to beat Arizona State 71-68 without starting guard Allisha Gray. She was carried off the cou... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:17:00 GMT 2017-03-20T06:17:00Z Big win, huge comeback mark 2nd day of women's NCAA tourney NEW YORK (AP) — It was a record day in the women's NCAA Tournament. Baylor shattered the margin of victory mark, while Texas A&M pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament history. The Lady Bears routed Texas Southern 119-30 on Saturday, besting the previous 74-point win Tennessee had over North Carolina A&T (111-37) in 1994. A few hours later, Texas A&M found itself down... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:07:00 GMT 2017-03-19T07:07:00Z