Notre Dame, Texas A&M surprise at NCAA women's Final Four
Both Notre Dame and Texas A&M, number-two seeds in their respective regions, upset top seeds Connecticut and Stanford on Sunday night to advance to the women's NCAA national championship game.
The night began with Texas A&M, behind Tyra White's two key baskets inside the game's final minute, edging Stanford, 63-62, to earn the school's first national championship appearance.
Stanford's all-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 31 points. But A&M's full-court pressure and team defense in the second half helped them go on a 19-8 scoring run over the final five minutes to get the victory.
But the Irish, who had lost three games to the Huskies this season, were not to be denied in the fourth meeting and beat their Big East foe, 72-63. Point guard Skylar Diggins scored 28 points as Notre Dame reached the title game for the first time since they won it all in 2001.
Take a look at the paint job on the floor of the Conseco Fieldhouse (see second image above). It featured the old-school touch of a key hole inside the free-throw lanes at either end of the court, just like basketball courts used to have up until the 1951-52 NBA season. Also, the rustic paint job around the court gave it a 'Hoosiers' feel.
It should be fun to watch two teams who've earned the right to be there go after the NCAA brass ring Tuesday night.