2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2013 NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
2013 WBB Final Four.jpg
Logo of the 2013 Final Four
Season 2012–13
Teams 64
Finals site New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions Connecticut (8th title, 8th title game,
14th Final Four)
Runner-up Louisville (2nd title game)
Semifinalists California (1st Final Four)
Notre Dame (5th Final Four)
Winning coach Geno Auriemma (9th title)
MOP Breanna Stewart Connecticut
NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments
«2012 2014»

The 2013 NCAA Women's Division I 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.

Subregionals[edit]

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 are available.

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

2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
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[edit]

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

2013 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
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 will be 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 is the third time the Final Four will be played in New Orleans. The event was held in this city in 1991, at the Kiefer Lakefront UNO Arena. The event returned to the city in 2004, when the games were held at the New Orleans Arena.[9]

Qualified teams[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

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).

Conference School Last Appearance # of Appearances
America East Albany 2012 2
Atlantic 10 Saint Joseph's 2000 12
ACC Duke 2012 20
Atlantic Sun Stetson 2011 3
Big 12 Baylor 2012 12
Big East Notre Dame 2012 20
Big Sky Montana 2011 20
Big South Liberty 2012 15
Big Ten Purdue 2012 23
Big West Cal Poly Never 1
Colonial Delaware 2012 4
C-USA Tulsa 2006 2
Horizon Green Bay 2012 14
Ivy League Princeton 2012 4
MAAC Marist 2012 9
MAC Central Michigan 1984 3
MEAC Hampton 2012 7
Missouri Valley Wichita State Never 1
Mountain West Fresno State 2012 5
Northeast Quinnipiac Never 1
Ohio Valley Tennessee–Martin 2012 3
Pac-12 Stanford 2012 27
Patriot Navy 2012 3
SEC Texas A&M 2012 10
Southern Chattanooga 2010 11
Southland Oral Roberts 2008 6
SWAC Prairie View A&M 2012 5
Summit South Dakota State 2012 5
Sun Belt Middle Tennessee 2012 16
West Coast Gonzaga 2012 6
WAC Idaho 1985 2

Tournament Seeds[edit]

Oklahoma City Regional
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type Overall Rank
#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 10 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
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type Overall Rank
#1 Stanford Pac-12 31-2 Tournament Champion
#2 California Pac-12 28-3 At-Large
#3 Penn State Big 10 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 10 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
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type Overall Rank
#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 10 23-8 At-Large
#7 Oklahoma State Big 12 21-10 At-Large
#8 Miami (FL) ACC 21-10 At-Large
#9 Iowa Big 10 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
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type Overall Rank
#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 10 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[edit]

Oklahoma City Regional[edit]

Almost all first round games were won by the higher seeded team except of 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.[10] [11][12][13]

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

Oklahoma City Regional[edit]

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[edit]

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 Louisiana State 75
11 Green Bay 71
6 Louisiana State 71
Baton Rouge, LA – Sun/Tues
3 Penn State 66
3 Penn State 85
14 Cal Poly 55
6 Louisiana State 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

National Semifinals
April 7
National Championship Game
April 9
           
OKC 5 Louisville 64
SPK 2 California 57
OKC 5 Louisville 60
BRP 1 Connecticut 93
NRF 1 Notre Dame 65
BRP 1 Connecticut 83

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament. For the first and second round, ESPN airs select games nationally on ESPN, ESPNU, or ESPNews. All other games are aired regionally on ESPN or ESPN2 and streamed online via ESPN3. Most of the nation gets whip-a-round coverage during this time, which allows ESPN to rotate between the games and focus on the nation on the one that is the closest. The regional semifinals are split between ESPN and ESPN2, and ESPN airs the regional finals, national semifinals, and championship match.[14]

Studio host & analysts[edit]

Commentary teams[edit]

Radio[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "NCAA® DIVISION I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 DATES AND SITES". NCAA. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey state law on wagering forces championship relocation". NCAA. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
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  8. ^ "New Orleans to Host Back to Back Final Fours!". Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "2013 NCAA® WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR® FACTS AND FIGURES". NCAA. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ PARCHMAN, WILL (April 1, 2013). "Shocking ending for Lady Bears in 82-81 loss to Louisville". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "No Ordinary Upset as Griner and No. 1 Baylor Fall". New YorkTimes. March 31, 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Fagan, Kate (March 31, 2013). "Five biggest NCAA tourney upsets". ESPN. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Grant, Michael. "Louisville women's toppling of top-rated Baylor considered the biggest upset in tournament history". courier-journal.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Margolis, Rachel (March 19, 2013). "ESPN Home to NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Coverage". ESPN. Retrieved 19 Mar 2013. 
  15. ^ "March Madness 2013: NCAA Women's Tournament Sweet 16 & Elite 8 TV Schedule". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. March 25, 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "NCAA Women's Final Four and Championship Broadcast Information". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. April 5, 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.