2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
|2007 NCAA Women's Division I
The birthplace of Rock and Roll was honored with a guitar
on the 2007 Women's Final Four logo.
|Finals site||Quicken Loans Arena
|Champions||Tennessee (7th title)|
|Runner-up||Rutgers (1st title game)|
|Winning coach||Pat Summitt (7th title)|
|MOP||Candace Parker Tennessee|
The 2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 17, 2007 and concluded on April 3 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Final Four consisted of Tennessee, LSU, Rutgers, and North Carolina, with Tennessee defeating Rutgers 59–46 for their seventh National Title. Tennessee's Candace Parker was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
- 1 Notable events
- 2 Subregionals
- 3 Regionals
- 4 Tournament records
- 5 Qualifying teams - automatic
- 6 Qualifying teams - at-large
- 7 Bids by conference
- 8 Bids by state
- 9 Brackets
- 10 Television and radio
- 11 Comments
- 12 Record by conference
- 13 All-Tournament Team
- 14 Game Officials
- 15 See also
- 16 Notes
- 17 External links
The Dallas Regional largely followed the seeding, with the top two seeds meeting in the regional final, and the top seed, North Carolina, winning 84–72 to move on to the Final Four, the second consecutive trip to the Final Four for the Tarheels. In the Dayton Regional, seventh-seeded Mississippi upset second-seeded Maryland, and followed that with an upset of third-seeded Oklahoma, but in the regional final faced top-seeded Tennessee, who went on to beat Mississippi by 36 points, and move on to the Final Four.
In the Fresno Regional, the second-seeded Stanford Cardinal fell to Florida State, who then lost to third-seeded LSU. In the regional final, LSU easily beat Connecticut, 73–50. In the Greensboro Regional, neither of the top two seeds made it to the regional final. The top seed, Duke, lost a one-point game to Rutgers, while the second seed, Vanderbilt, was ousted in the second round by Bowling Green. Third-seeded Rutgers beat the fourth seed, Arizona State, by 19 points in the regional final.
The semifinal game between Tennessee and North Carolina was expected to be a high-scoring game, but it turned out to be more disorder than scoring, In a game the New York Times would describe as an "artless grind", the Tarheels held a 48–36 lead with just over eight minutes to play. They would not score another basket. The Lady Vols, who ended up hitting only 27% of the field goal attempts, went on a 20–2 run, and ended up with the win, 56–50.
In the other semifinal, Rutgers faced LSU. Rutgers's appearance in a Final Four game seemed improbable earlier in the season, when the Scarlet Knights lost four of their first six games, and played so poorly that their coach C. Vivian Stringer revoked their access to their locker room. However, their play, particularly their defense, improved, and they were now a game away from a possible appearance in a national championship game, if they could defeat LSU, who had Sylvia Fowles as a dominant center. Fowles, who would go on to be the second overall WNBA draft pick the following year, had just completed a double-double against Connecticut, scoring 23 points, snaring 15 rebounds and blocking 6 shots. Rutgers held her to five points while missing eight of her ten field goal attempts. Rutgers pulled out to a 37–19 lead at halftime, and went on to win, holding LSU to 35 points, an NCAA record low in a Final Four game.
In the championship game, Tennessee was too much for Rutgers. The Lady Vols had an eleven-point lead at halftime, which Rutgers cut to seven, but that was as close as they would get. Candace Parker scored 17 points, but Pat Summitt noted the contribution of their 5-foot 2-inch point guard Shannon Bobbitt, who hit two key three-pointers en route to scoring 13 points of her own. Tennessee won 59–46, bringing the seventh national championship to the school, and increasing the win total of Summitt to 947, which is 33 more than Bob Knight, the most victorious coach on the men's side.
Once again, the system was the same as the Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with the exception that only 64 teams go and there is no play-in game. Automatic bids are secured by 31 conference champions and 33 at-large bids.
The subregionals, which once again used the "pod system", keeping most teams at or close to the home cities, were held from March 17 to 20 at these locations:
- March 17 and 19:
- Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (Host: University of Texas at Austin)
- Williams Arena, Minneapolis (Host: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
- Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California (Host: Stanford University)
- Galen Center, Los Angeles (Host: University of Southern California)
- March 18 and 20:
- Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan (Host: Michigan State University)
- XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut (Host: University of Connecticut)
- Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Host: University of Pittsburgh)
- RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina (Host: North Carolina State University)
The regionals were held from March 24 to 27 in the following regions. The regionals, as they were in the previous two tournaments, were named after the city they were played in.
- March 24 and 26:
- Fresno Regional, Save Mart Center, Fresno, California (Host: Fresno State University)
- Greensboro Regional, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina (Host: Atlantic Coast Conference)
- March 25 and 27:
- Dallas Regional, Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas (Hosts: Conference USA and Southern Methodist University)
- Dayton Regional, University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)
- Three pointers—Matee Ajavon, Rutgers high four of five three point field goals. The 80% completion ratio is tied for the best in a Final Four game.
- Points—LSU scored 35 points in the semifinal game, the fewest points scored in a Final Four game.
- Three pointers—Nadia Begay, Boise State, hit eight three point field goals in a first round game against George Washington, tied for the most scored in a first or second round game.
Qualifying teams - automatic
Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Thirty-one conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA tournament.
Qualifying teams - at-large
Thirty-three additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.
|Arizona State University||Pacific-10||28–4||16–2||3|
|Baylor University||Big 12||25–7||11–5||5|
|Brigham Young University||Mountain West||23–9||12–4||11|
|University of California, Berkeley||Pacific-10||23–8||12–6||8|
|University of Connecticut||Big East||29–3||16–0||1|
|University of Delaware||Colonial||26–5||16–2||12|
|DePaul University||Big East||19–12||8–8||10|
|Duke University||Atlantic Coast||30–1||14–0||1|
|Florida State University||Atlantic Coast||22–9||10–4||10|
|The George Washington University||Atlantic 10||26–3||14–0||5|
|University of Georgia||Southeastern||25–6||11–3||3|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlantic Coast||20–11||9–5||7|
|Iowa State University||Big 12||25–8||10–6||6|
|James Madison University||Colonial||27–5||16–2||9|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Sun Belt||25–8||14–4||11|
|University of Louisville||Big East||26–7||10–6||6|
|Louisiana State University||Southeastern||26–7||10–4||3|
|Marquette University||Big East||25–6||12–4||6|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Atlantic Coast||27–5||10–4||2|
|Michigan State University||Big Ten||23–8||13–3||5|
|University of Mississippi||Southeastern||21–10||9–5||7|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Big 12||22–9||10–6||9|
|North Carolina State University||Atlantic Coast||23–9||10–4||4|
|University of Notre Dame||Big East||19–11||10–6||9|
|Ohio State University||Big Ten||28–3||15–1||4|
|Oklahoma State University–Stillwater||Big 12||20–10||8–8||10|
|University of Pittsburgh||Big East||23–8||10–6||8|
|Texas Christian University||Mountain West||21–10||11–5||10|
|Temple University||Atlantic 10||24–7||13–1||8|
|University of Tennessee||Southeastern||28–3||14–0||1|
|Texas A&M University||Big 12||24–6||13–3||4|
|University of Washington||Pacific-10||18–12||11–7||11|
|West Virginia University||Big East||20–10||11–5||11|
Bids by conference
Thirty-one conferences earned an automatic bid. In twenty-one cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-three additional at-large teams were selected from ten of the conferences.
|8||Big East||Rutgers, Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia|
|6||Atlantic Coast||North Carolina, Duke, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina St.|
|6||Big 12||Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa St., Nebraska, Oklahoma St., Texas A&M|
|5||Southeastern||Vanderbilt, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee|
|4||Pacific-10||Stanford, Arizona St., California, Washington|
|3||Atlantic 10||Xavier, George Washington, Temple|
|3||Big Ten||Purdue, Michigan St., Ohio St.|
|3||Colonial||Old Dominion, Delaware, James Madison|
|3||Mountain West||New Mexico, BYU, TCU|
|2||Sun Belt||Middle Tenn., La.-Lafayette|
|1||Big Sky||Idaho St.|
|1||Big South||UNC Asheville|
|1||Big West||UC Riverside|
|1||Conference USA||East Carolina|
|1||Ohio Valley||Southeast Mo. St.|
|1||Western Athletic||Boise St.|
Bids by state
The sixty-four teams came from thirty-one states, plus Washington, D.C. Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina had the most teams with five bids each. Nineteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.
|5||North Carolina||East Carolina, North Carolina, UNC Asheville, Duke, North Carolina St.|
|5||Tennessee||Belmont, Chattanooga, Middle Tenn., Vanderbilt, Tennessee|
|5||Texas||Prairie View, Texas-Arlington, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M|
|3||California||Stanford, UC Riverside, California|
|3||Ohio||Bowling Green, Xavier, Ohio St.|
|3||Oklahoma||Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Oklahoma St.|
|3||Pennsylvania||Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, Temple|
|2||Delaware||Delaware St., Delaware|
|2||Florida||Southeast Mo. St., Florida St.|
|2||Georgia||Georgia, Georgia Tech|
|2||Idaho||Boise St., Idaho St.|
|2||Indiana||Purdue, Notre Dame|
|2||Iowa||Drake, Iowa St.|
|2||Massachusetts||Harvard, Holy Cross|
|2||Virginia||Old Dominion, James Madison|
|2||Wisconsin||Green Bay, Marquette|
|1||District of Columbia||George Washington|
|1||New Mexico||New Mexico|
|1||West Virginia||West Virginia|
(*) – Number of asterisks denotes number of overtimes.
|16||Prairie View A&M||38|
|Los Angeles, CA|
|13||Texas – Arlington||50|
|5||Middle Tennessee St.||85|
|5||Middle Tennessee State||59|
|14||SE Missouri State||60|
|East Lansing, MI|
|Los Angeles, CA|
|East Lansing, MI|
Final Four – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
|DAL 1||North Carolina||50|
Regional Initials: DAL-Dallas; DAY-Dayton; FRE-Fresno; GRE-Greensboro.
Television and radio
As it had every year since 2003, ESPN and ESPN2 televised all 63 games. The first two rounds were presented on a regional basis. In some cases, a complete game of interest to a particular region were shown. However, most of the telecasts were in a "whip-around" format, with the specific game being shown changed on occasion and the endings to all close games or potential major upsets included.  All games not shown on either ESPN or ESPN2 in a local market area were available to subscribers of ESPN Full Court, a pay-per-view package available on most major cable and satellite providers. Select games were also simulcast on ESPNU and ESPN360.
All games from the regional semifinals forward were televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2, in both standard-definition and high-definition formats. The Final Four was on ESPN. In addition, the championship game was presented in the ESPN Full Circle format.
ESPN had three announcers at each site: a play-by-play announcer, a color commentator, and a sideline reporter. (In contrast, CBS Sports, which covers nearly every game of the men's tournament, did not use sideline reporters until the Final Four.) Mike Patrick, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe and Mark Jones had those respective roles at the Final Four site in Cleveland. Patrick, Burke and Rowe also covered the Greensboro regional.
Burke, who had been a sideline reporter at previous Final Fours, replaced Ann Meyers, who had that role for at least the last four years. Meyers is now the general manager of the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.
Other regional broadcast teams were:
- Dallas regional – Jones, Nancy Lieberman, and Rebecca Lobo
- Dayton regional – Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli, and Heather Cox
- Fresno regional – Pam Ward, Jimmy Dykes, and Beth Mowins
Mowins and Debbie Antonelli called the Final Four action on Westwood One radio.
- Judy Southard, an athletics administrator at Louisiana State University, is the head of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee, which selected and seeded the teams for this event. Southard carried on her duties despite an ongoing scandal in which the head women's basketball coach, Pokey Chatman, resigned after it was alleged that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of her former players. When asked about the scandal on the ESPN program announcing the tournament field and matchups, Southard declined to comment, saying that she wanted the focus to be on the players and teams in the tourney.
- This was the first tournament since the NCAA began sanctioning women's basketball in which Louisiana Tech is not a participant. This leaves Tennessee as the only program to appear in all 26 events.
- Texas was not in the tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time in its history. (At about the same moment that the selections were announced, Jody Conradt, who won 900 games and a championship during her tenure, resigned as the team's head coach.)
- Marist College was the first current MAAC participant to win in the NCAA tournament. The MAAC was previously 0–21 in the tournament under its current membership. Marist also matched the record for the lowest seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen as a 13 seed. Texas A&M did so in 1994 and Liberty also accomplished this in 2005.
- The Final Four logo features a guitar that resembles the Fender Stratocaster, marking the fact that Cleveland serves as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also, the opening teases on the ESPN telecasts featured an actress playing a disc jockey and mock-up vinyl album covers with players and coaches pictured, to further advance the theme. At the Final Four, a picture of a guitar was applied onto the playing surface with a wood finish, and ESPN used classic rock and roll and R&B songs to lead out into some of the commercial breaks.
- Rutgers' cinderella performance in the NCAA tournament was the indirect catalyst of a chain of events that led to CBS Radio firing nationally syndicated radio host Don Imus and to a car accident that nearly killed New Jersey governor Jon Corzine. After their underdog performance, Don Imus mentioned the Rutgers women's basketball team in his radio program, where he referred to the team as "nappy-headed hos." This led to CBS radio firing Don Imus. In an attempt to apologize to the Rutgers' basketball team, Don Imus apologized to the Rutgers team in person at the New Jersey governor's mansion in Princeton, New Jersey. The meeting was also to be attended by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, but on his way to the meeting, he was involved in an auto accident that left him in critical condition.
Record by conference
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round
Eighteen conferences went 0-1: America East, Atlantic Sun Conference, Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Big West Conference, Conference USA, Ivy League, Mid-Continent, MEAC, Missouri Valley Conference, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland, SWAC, West Coast Conference, and WAC
- Candace Parker, Tennessee
- Matee Ajavon, Rutgers
- Nicky Anosike, Tennessee
- Shannon Bobbitt, Tennessee
- Kia Vaughn, Rutgers 
- Bob Trammell (Semi-Final)
- Clarke Stevens (Semi-Final)
- Eric Brewton (Semi-Final)
- Dee Kantner (Semi-Final)
- Denise Brooks-Clauser (Semi-Final)
- Mary Day (Semi-Final)
- Lisa Mattingly (Final)
- Michael Price (Final)
- Tina Napier (Final) 
- NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship
- 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 2007 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
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