Mar 03, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears center Brittney Griner (42) plays defense during the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones at the Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: Baylor Defeats Notre Dame At Pepsi Center

Baylor knocked off Notre Dame to win the Women's NCAA Tournament on Tuesday in Denver.

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NCAA Women's National Championship, Notre Dame Vs. Baylor Final Score: Baylor Completes Perfect Season

The Baylor Lady Bears defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 80-61 on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center in Denver to complete their perfect 40-0 season and win the NCAA Women's National Championship. Baylor was led by star center Brittney Griner, who finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks on 11-of-16 shooting from the field.

Odyssey Sims scored 19 and added seven rebounds and four assists for Baylor in the win. Destiny Williams put up 12 points and six rebounds for the Lady Bears. Brooklyn Pope added eight points for Baylor off the bench.

Notre Dame was led by Skylar Diggins, who finished with 20 points and three assists on 7-of-17 shooting. Teammate Kayla McBride added 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists for the Irish in the loss.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament, Baylor Vs. Notre Dame: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Tonight at the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Women's NCAA Tournament will have its dramatic final act when the Baylor Lady Bears attempt to complete an undefeated season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both teams are top seeds. Baylor enters 39-0 behind star center Brittney Griner, while Notre Dame is playing in its second consecutive title game. Notre Dame lost to Texas A&M in the championship game last season.

When these two teams played in November, Baylor won 94-81 behind 32 points and 14 rebounds from Griner.

The game should feature an interesting contradiction in styles. While Baylor will try to find its star center Griner, Notre Dame has gotten this far by being proficient outside shooters.

Game time/date: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. MT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN

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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament, Baylor Vs. Stanford Final Score: Bears Defeat Cardinal For Title Game Spot

The No. 1 Baylor Bears improved to 39-0 on Sunday night and will face the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night for the 2012 NCAA Tournament title. Baylor can win its second NCAA Tournament title, last winning in 2005.

After playing a close first half (25-23, Baylor), the Bears pulled away by outscoring the Cardinal, 34-24. Brittney Griner wasn't the best player on the court, that title belonged to Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike, but she tied for the team lead in points at 13 with Terran Condrey. Odyssey Sims chipped in 11 points. Destiny Williams led all with 10 rebounds.

Ogwumike scored 22 points and pulled down nine boards, but no one else from the Cardinal was able to do much more. Toni Kokenis was second on the team with nine points.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012, Connecticut Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Irish Advance With 83-75 Win In Overtime

The first game of the 2012 women's college basketball Final Four did not disappoint, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Connecticut Huskies battled all the way into overtime before the Irish eventually pulled away for an 83-75 victory.

UConn rallied with a late 8-2 run to tie the score at 67 heading into overtime, and the Huskies got off to a good start in the extra period before Notre Dame ran away with the game.

The Huskies went up 70-67 on Bria Hartley’s 3-pointer to open the first overtime at the women’s Final Four since 2006, but [Brittany] Mallory hit back-to-back 3s and Notre Dame closed with a 16-5 run.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012, Stanford Vs. Baylor: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The two top women's teams in the country, at least by ranking, won't play each other in this year's championship game. That match up will take place on Sunday night in the quarterfinals, when the top ranked Baylor Bears take on the Stanford Cardinal in the game's marquee match up.

The night's other match up between the Connecticut Huskies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have the name recognition, but it's this one that features the star power. Brittany Griner is not only the consensus top women's player in the nation, but she's also the biggest star that the sport has produced in years. It's unlikely that she'll steamroll the Cardinal, though, as Stanford boasts maybe the country's second best player in forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Ogwumike averaged 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, which matches up favorably with Griner's line of 23.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Griner, though, does of course lead the NCAA in blocks with just over five a game.

Game time/date: Sunday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. MT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012, Connecticut Vs. Notre Dame: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The battle between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Connecticut Huskies for Big East supremacy was one of the most compelling storylines in women's basketball this year, and the final act will be played out today in the opening game of the Women's Final Four. The Irish swept the regular season series vs. the Huskies— which is something that very few teams in any given year can say— but UConn claimed a 63-54 victory in the Big East Title game on March 6.

The Irish go as go Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel, and that was truer against the Huskies than any opponent this season. In Notre Dame's two victories over UConn, Diggins and Novosel each averaged 21 points per game, but in their loss in the Big East Tournament, the two only scored a combined 24 points. The game may also hinge on the rebounding battle, as the Huskies dominated the Irish on the glass in their last meeting after Notre Dame had won the rebounding battle by 11 in their final regular season meeting.

Game date/time: Sunday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. MT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Final Four Schedule Is Set

The schedule is in place for the Final Four of this year's NCAA Women's Tournament, and it's going to be a battle of No. 1 seeds at the Pepsi Center in Denver. In a tournament where the great teams have essentially avoided any upsets at all whatsoever, every single regional final saw the No. 1 beat the region's No. 2 seed.

What that means is that fans journeying to the Pepsi Center for Sunday's games should be treated to match-ups between the absolute best teams in the entire country, all of which also happen to be playing some very solid basketball these days.

Things start off on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST when the Connecticut Huskies take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a battle of Big East stalwarts. Notre Dame went 15-1 against conference opponents during the regular season, with its only loss coming to UConn, 63-54, in the Big East Conference Title Game.

Following that game, the Stanford Cardinal will face off against the Baylor Bears in a match-up of teams that combined to lose just one game all season. Baylor is hoping to finish off a dominant season without losing a single game, while Stanford has won 32 straight games since losing to UConn on Nov. 21.

Here's a look at how the bracket has stacked up recently:









(1) Baylor






(1) Notre Dame
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24 (1) Baylor




1) Notre Dame March 25
(4) Georgia Tech






(5) St. Bonaventure

Des Moines, IA (1)Baylor


1) Notre Dame Raleigh, NC
(11) Kansas March 26




March 27 (3) Texas A&M
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24 (2) Tennessee




(2) Maryland March 25
(2) Tennessee






(2) Maryland


Denver, CO
April 3
Denver, CO

(1) Stanford
April 1


April 1
(1)Connecticut
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24 (1) Stanford




(1) Connecticut March 25
(5) South Carolina






(4) Penn State

Fresno, CA (1)Stanford


(1) Connecticut Kingston, RI
(3) St. John's March 26




March 27 (11)Gonzaga
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24 (2) Duke




(2) Kentucky March 25
(2) Duke






(2) Kentucky








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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Final Four Decided On Tuesday

The 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four will be played at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 1, and the championship game held two nights later April 3, but the action on Tuesday is need to determine which teams will join Baylor and Stanford in the final quartet. On Monday night, Baylor handled Tennessee, 77-58, and Stanford knocked off Duke, 81-69. On Tuesday night, No. 1 Connecticut takes on No. 2 Kentucky in the Kingston Region (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), while the top-seededNotre Dame Fighting Irish matchup against No. 2 Maryland in the Raleigh Region (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Here is a breakdown of Tuesday's schedule:

Kingston Region Final:

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 1 UConn - 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3

Raleigh Region Final:

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 1 Notre Dame - 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3

This is what the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament bracket looks like heading into Tuesday's games:










(1) Baylor






(1) Notre Dame
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24 (1) Baylor




1) Notre Dame March 25
(4) Georgia Tech






(5) St. Bonaventure

Des Moines, IA (1) Baylor



Raleigh, NC
(11) Kansas March 26




March 27 (3) Texas A&M
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24 (2) Tennessee




(2) Maryland March 25
(2) Tennessee






(2) Maryland


Denver, CO
April 3
Denver, CO

(1) Stanford
April 1


April 1
(1) Connecticut
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24 (1) Stanford




(1) Connecticut March 25
(5) South Carolina






(4) Penn State

Fresno, CA (1) Stanford



Kingston, RI
(3) St. John's March 26




March 27 (11) Gonzaga
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24 (2) Duke




(2) Kentucky March 25
(2) Duke






(2) Kentucky








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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Sweet 16 Kicks Off On Saturday

The 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament has reached the Sweet 16, and heavy favorites like Baylor, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Stanford are all still pushing towards the Final Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. However, plenty of feisty underdogs are looking to pull of an upset at the same time. On Saturday, the four matchups are headlined by Tennessee, Baylor, Duke and Stanford, but will any of those teams stumble against lower seeds? Take a look at the complete schedule for Saturday:

Des Moines Regional

10:04 a.m. MT: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 2 Tennessee; TV: ESPN

12:00 p.m. MT: No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 1 Baylor; TV: ESPN

Fresno Regional

7:04 p.m. MT: No. 3 St. John's vs. No. 2 Duke; TV: ESPN

9:32 p.m. MT: No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Stanford; TV: ESPN2

Here's an updated look at the tournament landscape from Jessica Lantz of SB Nation's Women's basketball blog, Swish Appeal.










(1) Baylor






(1) Notre Dame
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24






March 25
(4) Georgia Tech






(5) St. Bonaventure

Des Moines, IA




Raleigh, NC
(11) Kansas March 26




March 27 (3) Texas A&M
Des Moines, IA






Raleigh, NC
March 24






March 25
(2) Tennessee






(2) Maryland


Denver, CO
April 3
Denver, CO

(1) Stanford
April 1


April 1
(1) Connecticut
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24






March 25
(5) South Carolina






(4) Penn State

Fresno, CA




Kingston, RI
(3) St. John's March 26




March 27 (11) Gonzaga
Fresno, CA






Kingston, RI
March 24






March 25
(2) Duke






(2) Kentucky









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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket And TV Schedule: Road To Final Four Continues

The Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado hosts 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Final Four games, but the field is far from decided. The No.1 Connecticut Huskies already reached the Sweet Sixteen in the Kingston region, and the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal has done the same in the Fresno Region. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Raleigh) and the Baylor Bears (Des Moines) have a chance to do the same on Tuesday as second round action continues.

Here is a complete look at the schedule for Tuesday. All games are listed relative to Mountain Time, and can be found on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Tuesday Games
5:05 PM (9) Florida vs. (1) Baylor
5:10 PM (13) Marist vs. (5) St. Bonaventure
5:15 PM (5) Georgetown vs. (4) Georgia Tech
5:20 PM (8) California vs. (1) Notre Dame
7:35 PM (7) Vanderbilt vs. (2) Duke
7:40 PM (5) LSU vs. (4) Penn State
8:40 PM (11) Kansas vs. (3) Delaware
8:45 PM (6) Oklahoma vs. (3) St. John's

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket And TV Schedule

The 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament is about to explode with a wave of games, and the road to the Final Four in Denver will be underway. Can anyone dash the hopes of tournament favorites like the Stanford Cardinal, Connecticut Huskies, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, or Baylor Bears? There are plenty of opportunities for early upsets on Saturday with 16 games on the schedule, so if you need to know where to find your favorite team, SB Nation Denver has you covered.

Here is a complete look at Saturday's schedule, courtesy of SB Nation's women's basketball blog, Swish Appeal. All times are Mountain Time.

Fresno Region:

(5) Eastern Michigan vs. (12) South Carolina - 9:05 a.m.

(8) West Virginia vs. (9) Texas - 9:10 a.m.

(4) Purdue vs. (13) South Dakota State - 11:35 a.m.

(1) Stanford vs. (16) Hampton - 11:40 a.m.

Kingston Region:

(8) Kansas State vs. (9) Princeton - 9:20 a.m.

(1) Connecticut vs. (16) Prairie View A&M - 11:50 a.m.

(6) Rutgers vs. (11) Gonzaga - 2:15 p.m.

(2) Kentucky vs. (15) McNeese State - 2:20 p.m.

(3) Miami vs. (14) Idaho State - 4:45 p.m.

(7) Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. (10) Iowa State - 4:50 p.m.

Raleigh Region:

(2) Maryland vs. (15) Navy - 9:15 a.m.

(7) Louisville vs. (10) Michigan State - 11:45 a.m.

(6) Arkansas vs. (11) Dayton - 2:05 p.m.

(3) Texas A&M vs. (14) Albany - 4:35 p.m.

Des Moines Region:

(2) Tennessee vs. (15) Tennessee-Martin - 2:10 p.m.

(7) DePaul vs. (10) BYU - 4:40 p.m.

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Women's NCAA Bracket 2012: Baylor Bears Are A No. 1 Seed, Look To Be Only Team Standing In Pepsi Center

The 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket has been revealed and the road to the Final Four in Denver has begun. The top four seeds in the tourney are the Stanford Cardinal (Fresno Region), the Connecticut Huskies (Kingston), the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Raleigh) and the Baylor Bears (Des Moines).


Related: March Madness for the Rocky Mountain Region | Printable NCAA Men's Bracket


The Bears are looking to go 40-0 this season, currently standing at 34-0. Brittney Griner and the Bears will look to give the Big 12 its second consecutive Tournament title (Texas A&M won it last year) and the second overall for the Bears, previously won in 2005.

Head over to NCAA.com for a complete layout of the bracket, dates, times and locations. If you want a printable bracket for the Women's NCAA Tournament, NCAA.com has you covered (PDF), too.

Which team will be the last one standing in the Pepsi Center?

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Women's NCAA Selection: Show Time, TV Coverage And More Begins Road To The Pepsi Center

The Pepsi Center hosts the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Final Four.

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