Regardless of the winner, Tuesday night’s Women’s NCAA Championship Game promises to make a big imprint in the record books.
Louisville’s Double Dose of Title Games
On Monday night, the men did their part. Now, the women are in position to lead Louisville to a historic championship double.
Women’s and Men’s Basketball
Same Season in Championship Game
Louisville is just the third school to send both its men’s and women’s teams to the title game in the same year.
The Big East will claim its 9th national title, passing the SEC for the most of any conference.
In 1999, both Duke teams came up short. But in 2004, the Connecticut men’s and women’s teams both cut down the nets. The Cardinals need to beat the Huskies in order to join them.
One potentially good omen? 2004 was the last time the Women’s Final Four was held in New Orleans
This is the fifth time in tournament history that conference foes square off in the championship game. Each of the last two times, it’s not only been the Big East, but it’s been these two teams.
Multiple Head-To-Head Matchups
In NCAA Women’s Championship Game
Back in 2009, we saw this same matchup in the title game. These are the third pair of teams to meet multiple times in the national championship.
Connecticut won all four on its title game meetings with Tennessee, while the Lady Vols won both times they faced Louisiana Tech.
Huskies Chasing History
With a win, Connecticut would match Tennessee’s record eight national titles. No other school has more than two. The Huskies are 7-0 in the title game. Only Baylor (2-0) has also played in multiple championship games without losing.
As an extension of that, a win would tie Geno Auriemma with Pat Summitt for most women’s national championships in the NCAA era.
Cardinals Battling History
On paper, there’s a lot working against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Louisville has lost 12 straight against Connecticut, with its only win coming in 1993. Consider that five Louisville players weren’t even born when that game occurred.
Lowest Seeds To Reach Title Game
NCAA Women’s Championship
As a No. 5, the Cardinals would also be the lowest seed to capture a title. In fact, even 4 seeds are 0-3 in the title game. A 1 or a 2 has won the last 15 national titles and 29 of 31 overall.
Another factor working against the Cardinals is the absence of star power.
Louisville doesn’t have a 1st- 2nd- or 3rd-team AP All-America selection this season, and no team since 1995 (when the AP All-America teams began being released) has won a championship without an AP All-American.