- Elite's eighth
Tennessee's Candace Parker didn't need to be the best player in college basketball Tuesday night. She was happy to settle for the best feeling in the sport: finishing your career as a national champion.
- Summit adds to her legacy
Pat Summitt and her relentless Tennessee Vols spat another championship out of the photo-copier Tuesday night, Gary Shelton writes.
- Anosike powers Volunteers
Nicky Anosike set the defensive tone in the first half with six steals, four rebounds and one block to help lead Tennessee to a 64-48 victory.
- Photo gallery
- Tournament bracket
- Candace vs. Candice | Matchup
- Photos: Stanford-UConn | Tennessee-LSU
- Stanford will face Tennessee in final
Tennessee beats LSU 47-46 on a last-second shot and second-seeded Stanford upsets Connecticut 82-73 at the St. Pete Times Forum.
- Shelton: Stanford answers questions, loudly
This was the Cardinal's court, and perhaps, it will turn out to be their tournament, too.
- Auriemma has trouble putting loss into words
After his No. 1-seeded Huskies fall to Stanford in the semifinals, the legendary coach has a difficult time putting the season into perspective.
- Mom was right
"You can do it all," Candace Parker's mother once told her. And so she has.
- When women dope, it's different
Female athletes aren't immune to the lure of performance-enhancing drugs.
- Meet the Tennessee Volunteers
- Meet the LSU Tigers
- Meet the UConn Huskies
- Meet the Stanford Cardinal
- Notebooks: Tennessee-LSU | UConn-Stanford
- WBCA game: Two Huskies-to-be lead a record win
Tiffany Hayes of Winter Haven and Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy in Delaware led the Red team to a 114-79 win over the White.
- Other best-ever women's hoops players
In the discussion of the game's greatest players, here are five who also must be part of the conversation.
- It's all within reach for UConn signee
Elena Delle Donne understands the bar is high for impact freshmen at Connecticut, even at 6-feet-5.
- Guide to the WBCA All-America Game
The game features some of the top high school talent in the nation.
- Stringer offers insight into Women's Final Four
C. Vivian Stringer is the only coach to have played all the Final Four teams, having earned wins against Connecticut and LSU and taken last-second losses against Stanford and Tennessee.
- Coaching pals prepare for Final Four matchups
When Tennessee and LSU meet in the second national semifinal game Sunday night at the St. Pete Times Forum, longtime friends Pat Summitt and Van Chancellor will face off.
- Wiggins bounds into dance with destiny
The prolific guard leads Stanford to a long-awaited Final Four.
- Q/A with ESPN's Doris Burke
Doris Burke will be in town this weekend to begin work on ESPN's coverage of the women's Final Four at the St. Pete Times Forum.
- One year after Imus' remarks
Twelve months after Don Imus' derogatory remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team, society seems no better equipped to talk about race, class and gender, and Imus may wind up more successful than ever.
- Team's arrive to pirate greeting
All four teams arrived in town Thursday night to begin preparations for this weekend's Final Four.
- Fourth Final Four, same hurdle for LSU's Fowles
The center has never gotten to the title game.
- Summitt says Parker ready
Tennessee coach Pat Summitt says she has no doubt All-American Candace Parker will be ready for Sunday’s national semifinal against LSU in the St. Pete Times Forum.
- Vols overcome pain to oust Aggies
Battling to defend its national title with Candace Parker out of the game for 10 minutes, the Vols rallied in the final three minutes for a 53-45 victory over No. 2 seed Texas A&M.
- Freshman helps UConn avoid upset
Maya Moore's 3-pointer from the top of the key with just less than three minutes left gave the Huskies the lead for keeps, and UConn put down Big East rival Rutgers 66-56 in the Greensboro Region final.
- LSU rides defense back to Final Four
LSU used a stifling defense and a partisan purple crowd to knock off top-seeded North Carolina 56-50 Monday night at New Orleans Arena.
- Stanford beats Maryland 98-87
Candice Wiggins checked off the one accomplishment missing in her career at Stanford - getting the Cardinal back to the Final Four.
- Know this: Texas A&M is good
Texas A&M may be the best team nobody outside of the Big 12 knows about.
- No secrets between UConn, Rutgers
C. Vivian Stringer -- a veteran of 37 seasons and 804 wins -- hadn't witnessed anything quite like the thrashing top-ranked Connecticut put on the Scarlet Knights on March 3.
- Ybor businesses bank on lesbian fans
Starting Friday, Tampa will become a national epicenter for gay women, thousands of whom are coming to town for the Final Four of the women's NCAA Tournament.
- DeGraffenreid an experienced youth
Which team gets to advance to another Final Four? That could come down to the only novice on the court, point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid, who has shown uncanny poise in stepping in to lead UNC as a freshman.
- Minus star, Texas A&M ousts Duke
With junior Danielle Gant sidelined and taking IVs, the rest of the Aggies beat No. 3 Duke 77-63 Sunday at the Ford Center.
- Rutgers, UConn set up Round 3
Tuesday's final will determine whether top-seeded Connecticut or second-seeded Rutgers moves on to Tampa for the Final Four.
- Kids play at NCAA's Hoop City in Tampa | Hoop City facts | Video
- Florida's top female athlete of all-time
Who is it? You decide by voting in our 16-seed bracket -- with Chris Evert seeded No. 1. Vote on a different round each day leading up to Tuesday's NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game.
- Video: Watch Times Forum go from hockey to hoops
- Out-of-town coverage:
UConn: The Hartford Courant
Tennessee: Knoxville News Sentinel
LSU: The Baton-Rouge Advocate
Stanford: San Francisco Chronicle
- UNC, LSU fight for their place
Tar Heels rally from 18 down; Tigers shake Fowles' slow start, reach region final.
- Nothing is lost in transition for Duke
For 15 seasons, Gail Goesten-kors helped build a tradition in women's basketball at Duke. So when Goestenkors left last season to take over at Texas, Joanne P. McCallie made it a seamless transition .
- Lone area connection at tournament
At the Final Four in Tampa, only one player comes from the area: Liberty's Rachel Hammond, a junior guard from Clearwater.
- Keys to the tournament
Times staff writer Greg Auman breaks down some matchups and provides bracket advice.
- Women draw the betting type
The point spreads won't show up in the morning paper, but bookmakers estimate as much as $5-million was legally wagered in Nevada on women's college basketball last year.
- Not the way it was drawn up
The field of 64 was unveiled Monday night, with unexpected twists from the top -- overall No. 1 Connecticut might have to face Big East rival Rutgers in the region final -- to the bottom, where Florida State earned a surprising at-large bid to keep the host state from getting shut out.
- No. 1s and nervous ones
The Women's NCAA Tournament selection show is set for 7 tonight on ESPN, with host Trey Wingo and analysts Stacey Dales and Kara Lawson breaking down the 64-team field.
- Cost of net gains
Women's basketball is competitive on the court, but a $169-million loss in the 2005-06 season makes the bottom line hard to know.
- My, this seems familiar
The best thing about high-profile rematches late in the season is that no matter the outcome, it sets up another meeting with even more on the line in the conference tournament.
- Unique circumstance for pregnant athletes
Hiding a pregnancy. Playing right up until the due date. Many college athletes see these among their only options.
- Terps beef up roster
Maryland got a huge road win at Duke just nine hours after coach Brenda Frese gave birth to twin boys, Markus and Tyler.
- No sleep 'til bracket
Difficult decisions await the 10 members of the NCAA women's basketball tournament committee.
- Officials to be scrutinized
The controversial finish to Monday's Rutgers-Tennessee showdown is the kind of critical situation that will be discussed and reviewed with the officials chosen to work the NCAA Tournament; specifically the Final Four in Tampa.
- Trading their red for pink
When Rutgers, fresh off an upset of undefeated and No. 1 Connecticut, travels to play at soon-to-be No. 1 Tennessee in a rematch of last year's championship game, the Scarlet Knights will wear pink uniforms and shoes from Nike.
- Out of their league? Not so much
So much of the power in women's college basketball is in the elite conferences: In the past 10 Final Fours, 30 of the 40 teams have come from the SEC 14, ACC (8) and Big East (8).
- Daunting schedule for Notre Dame
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw believes she might be the only coach in the country who will finish the season having played all four Final Four teams.
- UConn-North Carolina showdown
Conference play has started across the country, but the elite programs still sneak one more A-list nonleague game on their schedules. The biggest of those is Monday's ESPN2 showdown between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 North Carolina, the highest-scoring teams in college basketball.
- Comfort of home
Lonnika Thompson is grateful for the chance go home for the holidays, even if she doesn't have a bed to sleep on. Her idea of home hasn't been the same since Hurricane Katrina.
- Women's rivals sitting one out
Tennessee and UConn won't play in regular season, but that just adds fuel to the fire.
- UConn coach never rests
Q & A with Geno Auriemma
- Higher ground
With athleticism on the rise, women's players and their coaches are more willing than ever to play above the rim.
- Fame is relative for Sooner women
The Oklahoma basketball team has success in its blood, helping it adjust to the spotlight.
- Forward thinking
Successful yet turbulent season behind it, Rutgers eyeing a Final Four in Tampa.