7:00 PM ET, April 5, 2009
Louisville rallies to advance to championship game by ending Oklahoma's run
ST. LOUIS -- Angel McCoughtry answered her coach's harsh halftime criticism with a performance that lifted Louisville into its first national championship game.McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds, helping the Cardinals crawl out of an early hole to beat Oklahoma 61-59 in the national semifinals Sunday night and end Courtney Paris' stellar career.
Oklahoma opened up a 16-2 lead to start the game thanks to 0-for-13 shootiing by Louisville, but the Cardinals recovered in the second half and took the lead for good with 6:40 remaining.
|1st Half||2nd Half|
|Pts. in Paint||12||22|
|Pts. off TO||6||16|
• Louisville advanced to its first national championship game in its first Final Four appearance, erasing a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Oklahoma.
• The Sooners opened the game on a 16-2 run and led by 12 points at halftime. But Louisville opened the second half with a 20-4 run, thanks in part to the revival of leading scorer Angel McCoughtry.
• After shooting 0-for-7 from the field in the first half, McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field after the break.
• The Cardinals were the first No. 3 seed to reach the title game since Purdue in 2001.
• Oklahoma shot 7-26 (26.9 percent) from the field and 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range in the second half.
• Courtney and Ashley Paris combined for 30 points and 24 rebounds, but the Sooners received just two points from their bench (Louisville had 22).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-61 (.361)||21-59 (.356)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-13 (.231)||4-21 (.190)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-21 (.667)||13-20 (.650)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|