NPR : News

Filed Under:

UConn And Cal Punch First Two Tickets To Women's Final Four

The Connecticut women cruised into the Division I basketball championship's Final Four Monday night with an 83-53 win over Kentucky. In the evening's other matchup, California squeaked by Georgia, 65-62.

The Final Four's other two slots will be filled Tuesday night. Notre Dame faces Duke, while Tennessee takes on Louisville. (Check the brackets here. The games are being broadcast by ESPN.)

Connecticut, as The Hartford Courant writes, is going to a "record sixth straight Final Four." Freshman Breanna Stewart led the Huskies with 21 points Monday night.

Cal, which is in the Final Four for the first time, won despite being 10 points behind with less than seven minutes to play. The Bears came back to tie the game at the end of regulation, and then pull ahead in overtime for the win. "Georgia (28-7), which upset Stanford on Saturday, scored only one basket in the final 7:45 of regulation," The San Francisco Chronicle notes.

With No. 1-ranked Baylor's loss over the weekend, Notre Dame (No. 2 going into the tournament) is now the highest-ranked team left in the field. Connecticut was ranked No. 3 at the end of the regular season. Duke was No. 5. California stood at No. 6. Tennessee was No. 10.

Louisville is the lowest-ranked team still playing. It came into the tournament at No. 16 in the nation.

Baylor won the championship in 2012. Connecticut has won the tournament seven times, most recently in 2010. Tennessee has won a record eight times.

We've been covering the men's championship as well.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.