ST. LOUIS (AP) - Angel McCoughtry and Louisville played the
second half like they belonged in their first Final Four.
McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and
added 11 rebounds, helping Louisville crawl out of an early 11-0
hole to beat Oklahoma 61-59 in the national semifinals and end
Courtney Paris' stellar career.
Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson had a good look on a 3-point
attempt in the final seconds that rattled out.
Paris promised to pay back the cost of her four-year scholarship
if the Sooners failed to win the title. She had 14 points and 16
rebounds, and left the court in tears after exchanging hugs with
McCoughtry and huddling with her team for a final time.
Louisville looked nervous while enduring an awful first half.
The Cardinals fell behind 16-2 after 7½ minutes and finished the
half down by 12 after season-worst 22-percent field-goal shooting.
The Cardinals opened the second half with a 15-1 run and took
their first lead on a drive by McCoughtry with about 15 minutes to
Connecticut 83, Stanford 64.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more game, and Connecticut has the perfect
All those others who would stand in their way? They're not even
Renee Montgomery scored 26 points, Maya Moore added 24 and
unbeaten UConn cruised to its first title game in five years with
an 83-64 victory over Stanford.
The outcome never in doubt, Connecticut overwhelmed and
dismantled Stanford, crushing the latest challenger to the Huskies'
bid for a third undefeated season and sixth national championship.
UConn is 38-and-0. It will face Louisville for the title Tuesday
night, setting up the first all-Big East final in NCAA women's
Jayne Appel (uh-PEHL') scored 26 points to lead Stanford, but
she had little help. Stanford, the last team to beat UConn a year
ago, finished 33-and-5.