2012 NCAA Women's Tournament: Baylor Beats Notre Dame, 80-61; Completes 40-0 Season

Brittney Griner scores 26 points and grabs 13 rebounds as Baylor wins its second national championship.

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2012 NCAA Women's Championship, Baylor Vs. Notre Dame Recap: Bears And Brittney Griner Dominate Second Half To Capture Title

The Baylor Bears finished off their magical season at 40-0 after a dominating 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the 2012 Women's NCAA Championship. The No.1 overall seed was lead by the unanimous player of the year, Brittney Griner, who finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Griner also added five blocks on the defensive end to lead the Bears to the first ever 40 win season in women's college basketball.

The Bears were nearly perfect in the second half, as Griner went eight for nine from the field in the second and Baylor went off for a 46-point half. They shot better than 60 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Odyssey Sims fouled out but not before controlling the entire game from the backcourt and adding 19 points. It was Kim Mulkey's second national title but obviously this was her most dominant team, and will go down as one of the best teams in women's college basketball history.

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NCAA Women's Championship, Baylor Vs. Notre Dame: Irish Cut Bears' Lead To Six At Half

The undefeated Baylor Bears lead Notre Dame by as many as 14 points in the first half of the 2012 Women's NCAA Championship, but the Fighting Irish went on a run to cut the lead to six points at halftime. The Bears have had a huge advantage in the frontcourt and in the paint, crashing the glass for 11 offensive rebounds and 25 boards in the first half alone. Brittney Griner leads all Baylor scorers with nine points, while also grabbing eight rebounds on her way to a double-double effort.

The All-American Skylar Diggins leads the Irish with nine points, but she's had little help from her teammates who are shooting less than 40 percent. The Irish are just one of eight from behind the arc so far. Notre Dame will have to hit some shots from outside if they want to spoil Baylor's run at a history-making 40-0 record.

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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament, Stanford Vs. Baylor Final Score: Bears Pull Away To Win 59-47

The Baylor Bears have punched their ticket to the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Finals with their defeat of the Stanford Cardinal 59-47 on Sunday evening. The two teams were close at halftime, as Baylor held just a two-point lead, but Brittney Griner and Terran Condrey led the way for the Bears in the win, both picking up 13 points on the night.

For the Cardinal, they struggled to keep up with the Baylor offense in the second half. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had a great night leading Stanford in scoring with 22 points and 9 rebounds, but outside of Ogwumike's scoring, the team struggled to put points on the board. Toni Kokenis picked up nine points, but the next highest scorer for Stanford was Bonnie Samuelson with five points off the bench.

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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament, Stanford Vs. Baylor Score Update: Bears Lead The Cardinal 25-23 At Halftime

With the first side of the 2012 NCAA Women's Finals decided, Stanford and Baylor are going at it to determine who will fill the final spot and take on Notre Dame. At halftime, the Baylor Bears are on their way to locking up that spot with a 25-23 lead over the Stanford Cardinal.

Brittney Griner leads Baylor in scoring at the half with seven points and five rebounds while Kimetria Hayden has added six points. It's been a defensive battle in the first half, as both teams have shot in the 30 percent range from the floor and only three total three-point shots have gone in between the two teams. For Stanford, both Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Toni Kokenis lead the Cardinal in scoring at the half with seven points each.

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Connecticut Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Fighting Irish Win In OT, 83-75

The Connecticut Huskies held a 36-33 lead over No. 1 seeded Notre Dame at halftime in the NCAA Women's Final Four Tournament, but the Fighting Irish weren't going to go down easy. Notre Damn fought back in the second half and tied the game late to send it into over time at 67-67, then picked up the 83-75 win in overtime.

In the overtime period, the Fighting Irish carried the momentum and it was all Notre Dame, out scoring UConn 16-8 in the overtime period. Behind Natalie Novosel's 20 points and Devereaux Peters' double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Notre Dame was able to pick up the win and advance to the Finals in the 2012 Women's Tournament. Skylar Diggins also picked up 19 points for Notre Dame while Stefanie Dolson led UConn in scoring with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament, UConn Vs. Notre Dame Score: Huskies Lead 36-33 At The Half

In the first National Semifinal game of the night, the UConn Huskies lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 36-33 in Denver.

Although UConn has an advantage shooting, making 51.6 percent of their shots, Notre Dame has been able to keep it close through forcing 11 turnovers. The two teams have been involved in a very fast-paced game. UConn would like to slow it up to hold on.

Stefanie Dolson of UConn leads all scorers with 12 points while shooting 6-10 from the field and blocking two shots.

For Notre Dame, Natalie Novosel leads the Irish with 11 points while Devereaux Peters has chimed in with 10. Look for those two to get more involved on offense in the second half.

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NCAA Women's Tournament 2012 Bracket And Schedule: Sunday's Final Four Matchups

The selection committee for the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament should be applauded, as all four of their selections as No. 1 seeds will meet in Denver on Sunday when Final Four play begins. This is only the second time in the history of the women's tournament that all four No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Final Four.

The first contest Sunday evening begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and will have a Big East flavor to it. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, coming off a demolition of Maryland, will take on the Connecticut Huskies, who defeated Kentucky in the Elite 8 to reach Denver.

The late game, tipping at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET, will see Brittney Griner and the Baylor Bears take on the Stanford Cardinal. Baylor defeated Tennessee in a physical affair to make it to Denver, while Stanford easily handled Duke in Elite 8 play.

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Women's NCAA Tournament 2012, Notre Dame Vs. Maryland Recap: Terps Blown Out By Irish

The Maryland women's basketball season came to an end on Tuesday night with an 80-49 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Raleigh Regional final. No. 1 seed Notre Dame has been dominant all season and they jumped all over the Terps early, racing out to a 40 first-half points and a 19-point lead heading into the locker room. Behind the eight-ball to start the second half, UMD could simply not get the stops at the defensive end to even threaten the Irish, who extended their lead to 30-plus points.

Alyssa Thomas led the Terps with 17 points, hitting seven of 12 attempts from the floor and grabbing six rebounds. Alicia DeVaughn and Tianna Hawkins added tens each but Laurin Mincy was a quiet one for six from the floor and finished with only two points. On the other side, All-American Skylar Diggins was simply dominant, finishing with a triple-double. The Terps had no answers for Diggins, who had 22 points, 10 assists, and 10 boards.

Brenda Frese and the Terps finish a very successful season at 31-5. The women's Final Four, meanwhile, will feature all four No. 1 seeds next week in Denver.

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Women's NCAA Tournament 2012, Notre Dame Vs. Maryland Score: Terps Trail By 19 At Half

The Maryland women's basketball team trails No. 1 seed Notre Dame 40-21 after one half of their regional final in Raleigh. The Irish were led by All-American Sylar Diggins, who scored a game-high 13 points. The Terps' have not been able to get any stops on the defensive end, with the Irish crashing the boards and getting easy buckets in the paint.

Notre Dame is seeking their second straight trip to the Final Four, and it will take a heroic comeback by Brenda Freese's club to stop them at this point. Maryland shot just 39 percent from the floor and committed 12 turnovers against ND's stifling defense. Alyssa Thomas leads the Terps with seven points but both Laurin Mincy and Tianna Hawkins have been very quiet so far, unable to get any offensive rhythm.

The Terps are certainly capable of making things interesting, coming off a win over defending national champion Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 where they trailed by as many as 18 points. The No. 1 seed Irish will present a much tougher test but if the Terps can get hot, they may be able to crash the No. 1 seed Final Four party.

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Maryland Vs. Notre Dame, 2012 Womens' Elite Eight: Game Preview, TV Info And More

Maryland's road to their first Final Four since 2006 will go through top-seeded Notre Dame, in the first meeting between the two schools since 2007. The Terrapins have won 10 straight games and 13 of 14 since January 26.

Maryland advanced to the Elite Eight thanks to a 81-74 comeback win over Texas A&M on Sunday. The Terps trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, but kept the Aggies to just one basket in the final seven minutes. Maryland was led by Laurin Mincy with 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds.

The winner of Tuesday night's game advances to the Final Four in Denver, to face either Kentucky or Connecticut.

Date / Time: Tuesday, March 27, 9 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

TV: ESPN

Radio: Terps Audio/Video

Streaming: ESPN3

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2012 NCAA Women's Tournament: Maryland Meets Notre Dame With Final Four Spot At Stake

The Terrapins are on the brink of a return trip to the Final Four. Can they defeat a hungry Notre Dame team?

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