2013 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

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2013 NCAA Division I
women's basketball tournament
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Season 201213
Teams64
Finals site New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions Connecticut Huskies (8th title, 8th title game,
14th Final Four)
Runner-up Louisville Cardinals (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Geno Auriemma (8th title)
MOP Breanna Stewart (Connecticut)
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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.

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Tournament procedure

Pending any changes to the format, a total of 64 teams will enter the 2019 tournament. 32 automatic bids shall be awarded to each program that wins their conference's tournament. The remaining 32 bids are "at-large", with selections extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The tournament is split into four regional tournaments, and each regional has teams seeded from 1 to 16, with the committee ostensibly making every region as comparable to the others as possible.[ citation needed ] The top-seeded team in each region plays the #16 team, the #2 team plays the #15, etc. (meaning where the two seeds add up to 17, that team will be assigned to play another).

The Selection Committee will also seed the entire field from 1 to 64.

2013 NCAA Tournament schedule and venues

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]

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Boulder
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College Park
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College Station
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Columbus
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Durham
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Iowa City
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Knoxville
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Louisville
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Lubbock
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Newark
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Stanford
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Storrs
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Waco
2013 NCAA subregionals

First round and Second Rounds (Subregionals)

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

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]

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Norfolk
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Oklahoma City
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Spokane
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Bridgeport
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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]

National semifinals and championship (Final Four and championship)

This is the third time that New Orleans has been selected as a women's Final Four location (previously, in 1991 and 2004) and second time at the Smoothie King Center [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] (previously named Kiefer Lakefront UNO Arena [9] ); the 1991 Final Four was contested at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

Tournament records

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).

ConferenceSchoolLast 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 Never1
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 Never1
Mountain West Fresno State 2012 5
Northeast Quinnipiac Never1
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

Oklahoma City Regional Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth type
1Baylor Big 12 32-1Tournament Champion
2 Tennessee SEC24-7At-Large
3 UCLA Pac-12 25–7At-Large
4PurdueBig Ten24-8Tournament Champion
5 Louisville Big East24-8At-Large
6 Oklahoma Big 1222-10At-Large
7 Syracuse Big East24-7At-Large
8 Florida State ACC 22-9At-Large
9Princeton Ivy League 22-6Reg. Season Champion
10 Creighton Missouri Valley24-7At-Large
11Central MichiganMid American21-11Tournament Champion
12Middle TennesseeSun Belt25-7Tournament Champion
13LibertyBig South27-6Tournament Champion
14Stetson Atlantic Sun 24–8Tournament Champion
15Oral RobertsSouthland18-12Tournament Champion
16Prairie View A&MSWAC17-14Tournament Champion
Spokane Regional Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth Type
1Stanford Pac-12 31-2Tournament Champion
2 California Pac-12 28-3At-Large
3 Penn State Big Ten 25-5At-Large
4 Georgia SEC 25-6At-Large
5 Iowa State Big 12 23-8At-Large
6 Louisiana State SEC 20-11At-Large
7 Texas Tech Big 12 21-10At-Large
8 Michigan Big Ten 21-10At-Large
9 Villanova Big East 21-10At-Large
10 South Florida Big East 21-10At-Large
11Green BayHorizon29-2Tournament Champion
12Gonzaga WCC 27-5Tournament Champion
13Montana Big Sky 24-7Tournament Champion
14Cal Poly Big West 21-10Tournament Champion
15Fresno State Mountain West 24-8Tournament Champion
16Tulsa Conference USA 17-16Tournament Champion
Norfolk Regional Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Virginia
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth Type
1 Notre Dame Big East31-1Tournament Champion
2DukeACC30-2Tournament Champion
3Texas A&MSEC24-9Tournament Champion
4 South Carolina SEC24-7At-Large
5 Colorado Pac-1225-6At-Large
6 Nebraska Big Ten23-8At-Large
7 Oklahoma State Big 1221-10At-Large
8 Miami (FL) ACC21-10At-Large
9 Iowa Big Ten20-12At-Large
10 DePaul Big East21-11At-Large
11ChattanoogaSouthern29-3Tournament Champion
12 Kansas Big 1218-13At-Large
13South Dakota StateSummit25-7Tournament Champion
14Wichita StateMissouri Valley24-9Tournament Champion
15HamptonMEAC28-5Tournament Champion
16Tennessee-MartinOhio Valley19-14Tournament Champion
Bridgeport Regional Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth Type
1 Connecticut Big East29-4At-Large
2 Kentucky SEC27-5At-Large
3 North Carolina ACC28-6At-Large
4 Maryland ACC24-7At-Large
5 Michigan State Big Ten24-8At-Large
6 Delaware Colonial 30-3Tournament Champion
7 Dayton Atlantic 1027-2At-Large
8 Vanderbilt SEC20-11At-Large
9Saint Joseph'sAtlantic 1023-8Tournament Champion
10 St. John's Big East18-12At-Large
11 West Virginia Big 1217-13At-Large
12MaristMAAC26-6Tournament Champion
13QuinnipiacNortheast30-2Tournament Champion
14AlbanyAmerica East27-3Tournament Champion
15NavyPatriot21-11Tournament Champion
16IdahoWAC17-15Tournament 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
            
1Baylor82
16 Prairie View A&M 40
1 Baylor85
Waco, TX – Sun/Tues
8 Florida State 47
8Florida State60
9 Princeton 44
1 Baylor 81
5 Louisville82
5Louisville74
12 Middle Tennessee 49
5 Louisville76
Louisville, KY – Sun/Tues
4 Purdue 63
4Purdue77
13 Liberty 43
5 Louisville86
2 Tennessee 78
6Oklahoma78
11 Central Michigan 73
6Oklahoma85
Columbus, OH – Sat/Mon
3 UCLA 72
3UCLA66
14 Stetson 49
6 Oklahoma 59
2Tennessee74
7 Syracuse 56
10Creighton61
10 Creighton 52
Knoxville, TN – Sat/Mon
2Tennessee68
2Tennessee83
15 Oral Roberts 62

Spokane Regional

First round Second Round Regional semifinals Regional Finals
            
1Stanford72
16 Tulsa 56
1Stanford73
Stanford, CA – Sun/Tues
8 Michigan 40
8Michigan60
9 Villanova 52
1 Stanford 59
4Georgia61
5Iowa State72
12 Gonzaga 60
5 Iowa State 60
Spokane, WA – Sat/Mon
4 Georgia65
4Georgia70
13 Montana 50
4 Georgia 62*
2 California65
6LSU75
11 Green Bay 71
6 LSU71
Baton Rouge, LA – Sun/Tues
3 Penn State 66
3Penn State85
14 Cal Poly 55
6 LSU 63
2California73
7 Texas Tech 70
10South Florida71
10 South Florida 78*
Lubbock, TX – Sat/Mon
2California82
2California90
15 Fresno State 76

Norfolk Regional

First round Second Round Regional semifinals Regional Finals
            
1Notre Dame97
16 Tennessee-Martin 64
1 Notre Dame74
Iowa City, IA – Sun/Tues
9 Iowa 57
8 Miami 53
9Iowa69
1Notre Dame93
12 Kansas 63
5 Colorado 52
12Kansas67
12 Kansas75
Boulder, CO – Sat/Mon
4 South Carolina 69
4South Carolina74
13 South Dakota State 53
1 Notre Dame87
2 Duke 76
6Nebraska72
11 Chattanooga 59
6 Nebraska74
College Station, TX – Sat/Mon
3 Texas A&M 63
3Texas A&M71
14 Wichita State 45
6 Nebraska 45
2Duke53
7Oklahoma State73
10 DePaul 56
7 Oklahoma State 59
Durham, NC – Sun/Tues
2 Duke68
2Duke67
15 Hampton 51

Bridgeport Regional

First round Second Round Regional semifinals Regional Finals
            
1Connecticut105
16 Idaho 37
1Connecticut77
Storrs, CT – Sat/Mon
8 Vanderbilt 44
8Vanderbilt60
9 Saint Joseph's 54
1Connecticut76
4 Maryland 50
5Michigan State55
12 Marist 47
5 Michigan State 49
College Park, MD – Sat/Mon
4Maryland74
4Maryland72
13 Quinnipiac 52
1 Connecticut83
2 Kentucky 53
6Delaware66
11 West Virginia 53
6Delaware78
Newark, DE – Sun/Tues
3 North Carolina 69
3North Carolina59
14 Albany 54
6 Delaware 62
2Kentucky69
7Dayton96**
10 St. John's 90
7 Dayton 70
Jamaica, NY – Sun/Tues
2Kentucky84
2Kentucky61
15 Navy 41

Final Four – New Orleans, Louisiana

National semifinals
April 7
National Championship Game
April 9
      
OKC5 Louisville64
SPK2 California 57
OKC5 Louisville 60
BRP1 Connecticut93
NRF1 Notre Dame 65
BRP1 Connecticut83

All-Tournament team

Game officials

Record by conference

Source [15]

ConferenceBidsRecordWin %R64R32S16E8F4CGNC
Big East816–70.6968433321
Colonial12–10.6671110000
SEC714–70.6677743000
Pac-1247–40.6364321100
ACC57–50.5835421000
Big Ten67–60.5386610000
Big 1278–70.5337530000
Atlantic 1021–20.3332100000
Missouri Valley21–20.3332100000

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. [16]

Studio host and analysts

Commentary teams

Radio

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

See also

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