Tuesday, April 3
DENVER (5:30 PM) -
After a quiet day in the Mile High City, we're ready for tipoff here at the Pepsi Center! With things set to begin at 8:43 p.m. ET/6:43 p.m. MT, we're about 90 minutes away.
DENVER (5:00 PM) -
Monday, April 2
We're about 24 hours away from the biggest (BIG EAST?!) women's basketball game of the year as Notre Dame takes on Baylor for the NCAA Championship. The opening tipoff is slated for 8:43 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. Here is a link to the AP preview article
, as well as the text
from the Baylor press conference (note, its a whopping 10 pages). We also have links to the Notre Dame media notes
, as well as an ESPNW.com podcast
by Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli breaking down the game.
In other news, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2012 Class
, and there is a nice little BIG EAST tie in. The All American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team, were elected. This remarkable group was featured At 2012 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship Fan Fest. Members of the historic group gathered in Hartford at the XL Center from all across the country, celebrating their legacy and entertaining thousands of fans during the tournament. You can read more about them on their website www.allamericanredheads.com
That's all for now, GO IRISH!
DENVER (12:00 PM) -
Notre Dame press conference text is available here
. The Irish eyes were smiling everywhere today, the team had a focused confidence heading into Tuesday night.
DENVER (9:00 AM) -
We're onsite at the Pepsi Center in preparation for today's press conferences. Tuesday night's title game will feature Notre Dame against Baylor, in a rematch of a game held earlier this season in the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 20, 2011 in Waco, Texas. Here are links to the box score
, as well as video highlights
The Notre Dame-Baylor Series
Notre Dame and Baylor met for the first time in 2010, with the Lady Bears earning a 76-65 victory in Waco. The teams are slated to meet next year (2012-13) at Purcell Pavilion.
Both former college point guards, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Baylor's Kim Mulkey are the only coaches to both play for and coach a team that has appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and then also coach that same team to a national championship. McGraw played at Saint Joseph's (Pa.) when it rose to No. 3 in 1977, while Mulkey was the floor general for top-ranked Louisiana Tech in 1982. McGraw then took Notre Dame to the 2001 national championship, while Mulkey did the same with Baylor four years later. McGraw and Mulkey also are members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, with McGraw being enshrined this past June, while Mulkey was a 2001 inductee.
We'll have a full recap from the team press conferences later today.
Sunday, April 1
DENVER (8:00 PM) -
Wow what a game! Some are already calling it one of the best they've ever seen! Here's a link to the AP recap
, as well as text of the Notre Dame press conference
and text of the UConn press conference
Some additional postgame notes:
- It was the first overtime game in the Final Four since 2006, when Maryland-Duke went to OT
- It was the first overtime game in the national semifinals since 1997, when Old Dominion-Stanford went to extra time
- It was the second overtime game this year between UConn-ND, Jan. 7, 2012
DENVER (3:00 PM) -
It's game day! The City of Denver is alive and bustling with fans all over the place. It's tough to gauge which team has the largest fan base here in the Mile High City, but there's no question which conference (Go BIG EAST)! We're collecting a few news and notes, and will be tweeting during the game @BIGEASTWBB
Saturday, March 31
DENVER (1:30 PM) -
The WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) has announced its 10-player All-America Team
and two BIG EAST players were cited. Notre Dame junior Skylar Diggins and UConn sophomore Bria Hartley each earned WBCA All-America honors.
We'll be packing up in a bit, and going to find a tv to watch the Louisville mbb team against Kentucky. GO Cards! Go BIG EAST!
DENVER (11:00 AM) -
The Notre Dame team press conference went off without a hitch as Brittany Mallory, Skylar Diggins and Muffet McGraw met the media. Below see full transcripts of today's media sessions
Notre Dame: Press Conference
- Locker Room Quotes
Connecticut: Press Conference
DENVER - (10:30 AM)
- At the ESPN press conference this morning, the panelists had a chance to talk about the impact of Title IX (40th anniversary
). Rebecca Lobo noted she is a "Title IX baby" having been born in 1973, following its passage on June 23, 1972. Doris Burke commented that "Title IX is one piece, of a many piece puzzle. Its gradual, attitudinal and cultural shift as to how society views women
." Burke went on to relay a story about how things are changing. At the 2012 BIG EAST mbb tournament at The Garden
, a group of young fans (boys) were clamoring to get her attention, simply because she is a sports announcer. She is being viewed as a sports person.
DENVER (9:00 AM)
- We are onsite at the Pepsi Center, home of the NCAA WBB Final Four. Today's will be a busy day between team press conferences and national awards handed out. We'll have plenty of updates, so check back often.
Friday, March 30 - 5:00 PM
We have arrived onsite after a long day of travel. The beautiful, snow-capped Rocky Mountains are a wonderous site to behold. We're off to the NCAA Salute Dinner called "Mile High Magic, and will have a full update later. Check out our twitter feed @BIGEASTWBB for the big USA Basketball announcement made earlier today!
Thursday, March 29- 5:00 PM
BIG EAST staffers will be packing for Denver Thursday night and headed out to Denver for the women’s basketball Final Four this weekend. We’ll be bringing you all the sights and sounds via our website bigeast.org as well as our twitter account @BIGEASTWBB
Feel free to tweet us questions or restaurant recommendations about the trip, and of course, GO BIG EAST!