(No. 2) KENTUCKY (53) vs. (1) CONNECTICUT (83)
After seeing what happened to Baylor, UConn made sure they didn’t follow the same fate. They pulled out to a 48-26 halftime lead and coasted to an 83-53 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The game was a rematch from last year’s 15-point UConn win and a chance for Kentucky to finally prove themselves. That didn’t work out so well as the Lady Huskies were at the top of their game. They shot over 50% from the field and 21-of-23 from the foul line as well as out-rebounding the Wildcats by double figures. Freshman Breanna Stewart had one of her best games of the year, leading five Lady Huskies in double-figures with 21 points and three blocked shots. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 points in 22 minutes and Stefanie Dolson pulled down 11 rebounds. Dolson was able to get some rest for her injured foot. This is UConn’s sixth straight trip to the Final Four, a record and 11th Final Four appearance since 2000. They’ll face the winner of the Notre Dame-Duke game.
(No. 4) GEORGIA (62) vs. (No. 2) CALIFORNIA (65) (OT)
The Cal Bears came back from a ten-point deficit with seven minutes left, forced an overtime and can away with a 65-62 win. It’s Cal’s first trip to the Final Four where that will face the winner of the Louisville-Kentucky contest. The Lady Bulldogs came into this game with some confidence after stunning the Stanford Cardinal Saturday night by a score of 61-59. But they couldn’t get a second straight win over a Pac-12 team. The difference in the game was Cal’s 22 offensive rebounds including many in their regulation comeback. Talia Caldwell and Reshanda Gray were very aggressive on the glass. Gray pulled down 11 rebounds, eight off the offensive boards. The Bears left most of the offense to Layshia Clarendon who scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting with several big baskets late in regulation and in the overtime. The rest of Cal’s team only shot 28.8% from the field and 8-of-18 on free throws. Cal is the first team from the western U.S. not named Stanford to reach the Final Four since Long Beach State in 1988.
(No. 2) DUKE vs. (No. 1) NOTRE DAME—4/2/13 7:00 PM ET
Notre Dame has been a force to be reckoned with in women’s basketball for quite some time. The Irish has advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third consecutive season and fifth time in program history. They have a record of 11-1 against ranked opponents this season, along with a 5-1 record against top-10 teams. This will be the seventh matchup for Notre Dame and Duke on Tuesday night, and the Irish has a 5-1 edge against the Blue Devils. Notre Dame’s offense is held up by junior guard Skylar Diggins (17.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and sophomore guard Kayla McBride (15.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg). The Duke Blue Devils rely on sophomore center Elizabeth Williams (15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and junior guard Tricia Liston (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) to support the offense.
(No. 5) LOUISVILLE vs. (No. 2) TENNESSEE—4/2/13 9:00 PM ET
After the stunning upset that sent top-ranked Baylor packing, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to dethrone another powerhouse; the Tennessee Vols. The Cardinals’ defense is what was primarily responsible for the upset and shut down the Baylor Lady Bears and senior phenom, Brittney Griner, holding Griner to 14 points and ten rebounds. They are counting on their unconventional defensive schemes to shut down the Lady Vols offense and junior guard, Meighan Simmons (17.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Junior Shoni Schimmel leads the Louisville offense with an average of 14.2 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Madison Zanotto covers Women’s Basketball for NetScouts Basketball.
Thanks to Cal Athletics for the photo.