Stats & Info: Women's Basketball

Huskies turnaround keys: Stewart, defense

April, 7, 2013
Three stats to know from Connecticut’s win over Notre Dame in the national semifinals, one that set up a meeting with Louisville (whom it has beaten 12 straight times) for the national title.

1-- Connecticut beat Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four tries. The Huskies advanced to their eighth national championship game. They are 7-0 in their previous appearances.

2--UConn’s Breanna Stewart had the best game of her career, a 29-point effort to lead the Huskies to the win. Stewart went 4-for-5 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in this game.

She was 1-for-4 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the first four games of the tournament and 0-for-9 on those shots in three previous meetings with Notre Dame this season.

3-- Notre Dame shot 15-for-46 (33 percent) in the paint and 2-for-13( 15 percent) in transition against Connecticut on Sunday. The Irish had one more turnover (3) in transition than they had field goals (2).

In their three previous games against the Huskies, the Irish shot 49 percent in the paint and 54 percent in transition.

The Irish also went 6-for-26 when one player touched the ball before a shot. Connecticut was 11-for-14 on the same type of attempts.

Louisville figures out a way again

April, 7, 2013
Three stats to know on Louisville’s win over Cal that put the Cardinals into the national championship game.

1-- This is just the third time that a school's mens and womens basketball teams will play for a national championship in the same season. The Louisville men’s and women’s teams join the 1999 Duke teams (both of whom lost) and the 2004 Connecticut teams (both of whom won) in that department. No. 5 seed

Louisville’s women’s program earned it, as the lowest seed in Division I history to reach the title game.

2—- Louisville’s 3-point shooting came into play again. The Cardinals made eight three-pointers, and have hit at least that many in each of the last three games. Prior to that, they’d averaged only five 3-pointers in a game this season, hitting them at a 31 percent clip.

They exceeded that shooting percentage on Sunday, making 8-of-21, including 6-of-10 by Antonita Slaughter, who has 17 3-pointers in her last four games.

3-- After allowing 12 transition points in the first half, Louisville limited Cal to two transition points after intermission, including no transition opportunities in the final 13:01 of the game.

The slower pace worked to the Cardinals advantage, as they forced a turnover on nine of the 28 Golden Bears half-court possessions in the second half, while holding them to 29 percent percent shooting from the field.