Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 12:11 pm  |  69 responses

Contest: Favorite Women’s NCAA Moment?

Win an HP Mini Notebook signed by Diana Taurasi, Jayne Appel and Penny Taylor!

by Ben York / @bjyork

In early March, the HP Campus Legends Tournament featured a 3-on-3 March Madness-style basketball tournament sponsored by HP and featuring University of Arizona’s own students playing against world renowned professional athletes. On Friday, March 4, the top two teams competed against the HP Campus Legends Rick Fox, Kurt Warner and AJ Bramlett for the men, and Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Jayne Appel for the women, in the ultimate Joes vs Pros showdown.

Seeing Taurasi and Appel play in this unique tournament brought back memories of their time at UConn and Stanford, respectively. It also gave us the idea for a March Madness-style contest for women’s basketball fans…

In the comments section below, let us know your favorite tournament moments from when your now-favorite WNBA players were still in college. We’ll pick one (1) winner who will receive a HP Mini 210 Notebook autographed by Diana Taurasi, Jayne Appel and Penny Taylor valued at over $500. Click here for an example of the laptop.

The contest ends on March 25 at 9 a.m., and the winner will be notified by Monday, March 28.

So, what is your favorite Women’s NCAA Tournament moment and why?

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  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    The end.

  • http://members.cox.net/pilight/ pilight


    That picture says more than any 1000 words I could type

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Nicolas – Very original.

  • http://www.stldesignz.com Linda Estep

    2003 UConn Huskies! Beginning of the season they were ranked like #8 or something

    DT named MOP of the Final Four and hit 4/9 three pointers and had 28 points! Win the national championship over the Vols!

    THEN follow up the year after (2004) beating the Vols again!! And DT kicking the ball into the stands at the buzzer!!

  • Monica

    2002 national championship, Diana Taurasi isolated on the outside makes a move to the basket, scores and is fouled by Stacey Dales to foul her out of the game to ice the win for the greatest women’s basketball team to go 39-0 and win the national championship.


  • J-Chau

    I was exposed to NCAA women’s basketball not long ago, but I’ve known about the UCONN team’s success for the most consecutive wins. Everyone started despising them, for whatever reasons, and guess what, hate it or love it, UCONN wins the 2010 championship. I’m certainly lovin’ that part.

  • Ace

    I don’t have a favorite Tourney moment, but I remember when Duke played UConn during the 2003-2004 season and Duke made the winning shot to be UConn. Then being pissed off when Duke got knocked out of the tourney and seeing Tenn lose to UConn.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Ace – Any favorite specific moment of that Tourney?

  • mark

    The Texas Tech/Ohio State championship game in 1993.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    These are all great. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Lee

    Alexis Hornbuckle’s
    (Tennessee) putback against LSU in the 2008 Final Four.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Kelsey Griffin leading the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Sweet 16 last year after leading them to an undefeated regular season.
    It was exciting for me because I live in Alaska, actually just a few towns away from where she grew up and it’s not often someone from Alaska is so successful in Division I basketball.
    Off the top of my head, I can think of Trajan Langdon, Mario Chalmers, Carlos Boozer and now Kelsey Griffin.
    It was exciting to watch her cap off a brilliant career like that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    Good stuff, Enigmatic.

  • Lindsey Fish

    With only 4.4 seconds on the clock, Jeanette Pohlen from Stanford carried out a full-court, buzzer-beater layup to beat Xavier in the Elite Eight, allowing Stanford to continue on to the NCAA Final Four. Hands down the most exciting play to watch in person.

  • Tom

    Diana Taurasi leads a huge comeback against Texas in the 2003 Final Four. With her team down 60-66, she zips a no look pass from near half court to Willnett Crocket for a layup, and her three pointer puts UConn up 67-66…she even makes the block at the end of the game to seal the victory 71-69. UConn was doubted all year but Taurasi really carried the team. My favorite NCAA moment has to be when she zipped that no look pass with them down 6 and only a few minutes left in the game in the Final Four. Unbelievable. She went on to make a ridiculous left-handed shot from behind the backboard in the national championship game against Tennessee, which is also one of my favorite NCAA moments, but the pass to Crockett really takes the cake. She’s just amazing.

  • Geek

    As a UNC fan, I was going to say Charlotte Smith’s game winning 3-pointer in the 1994 title game.

    But to be honest, the 2006 title game stands out more. Kristi Tolliver’s (Maryland) 3 point shot over Allison Bales (Duke) to send the game into overtime… as a freshman. Amazing.

    Not to mention Tolliver is 5’7 while Bales is 6’7. A 12 inch difference and Tolliver made it look effortless.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    Tom, great stuff.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    Geek – I remember that ’06 game, amazing.

  • Rio

    Jeanette Pohlen’s 4.39999 second full court dash against Xavier will always stand out in my mind.

  • Jessica Foote

    Every game that Taurasi played against Tennessee in the tourny. Those games games are classics!

  • Ron

    The University of Texas’ undefeated season in 1986. I’m normally not a UT fan, but Jody Conradt and her teams were always a class act. If memory serves this was also the first undefeated women’s basketball season in the NCAA era.

  • Lreign

    Favorite moment definitely has to be UCONN vs TENN in ’03 when taurasi hits the three to send it to OT. Moving to the left and still makes it.Talk about ice running through the veins!She is the real deal.

  • Andrew G

    The best memory from women’s hoops needs to be the 94-95 UConn Huskies championship run. They went 35-0 on the year and played favorite Tennessee in the championship game (imagine UConn as an underdog!) The matchup got a lot of hype in the media and put women’s ball on the map- not to mention it was a close and exciting game . UConn was up and coming back then and the championship set the stage for the dynasty and the women’s game. Rebecca Lobo was Final Four MVP and would become the first inductee to the women’s hall of fame.
    Listen to her talk about how big that game was for the sport

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Ron – Love it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Lreign – That was an amazing shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Andrew G – Great stuff. One of the best replies so far.

  • Emma

    Last year when UConn won the National Championship to go 78-0. I traveled from MA to TX for my 13th birthday. Going to the Final Four was my birthday present, and the Championship game was on my birthday. I am a huge UConn fan, and it was an awesome present! I will never forget the rollercoaster of feelings from the pit in my stomach at half-time to the thrilling moment of UConn winning! I love waching Diana, Penny, and Jayne in the WNBA! They are some of my favorite players! I am an avid player and they are tremedous role models to me.

  • Pic

    My most memorable moment would have to be the heartbreaking end of the 1999 East Regional Finals between #1 Tennessee and #3 Duke. It was the end of one of the best college careers we’ve seen in women’s hoops. Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols to the titles in her first three years but she couldn’t close her 4-year career with a storybook ending. While she finally came up short, I felt that the moment between Coach Pat Summit and her summed up the emotion of college sports. When Summit pulled her out of the game when it was certain that it was out of reach so she could get the ovation she deserved, Chamique couldn’t hold back her tears and fell into the consoling arms of her coach. It showed that even in disappointment, college sports is about relationships formed among players and between players and their coaches.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    @Pic – Amazing moment.

  • John
  • The Roc

    71-67 WBS – that’s the inscription on the inside of the class ring of the 1998 Harvard team, the only 16-seed to beat a 1-seed in NCAA Tournament history, both men’s and women’s. Alison Feaster came out firing to lead Harvard build an early lead while Stanford, playing on their home floor, and the Cardinal fans were in shock. In the second half, it appeared that Stanford finally settled in as they tied the game, but in the end, Suzie Miller came up big, hitting a runner and a 3-pointer to put Harvard up by 4, sealing one of the biggest upsets in the history of all of sports. The Harvard players were just as in shock as the Stanford players when they realized that the unthinkable happened – 71-67, We Beat Stanford.

  • Matt

    I’ll go with the 1997 elite 8 matchup between Old Dominion and Florida featuring current Sparks teammates Ticha Penicheiro and Delisha Milton-Jones on opposing sides. ODU jumped out to an early lead and led by 14 with 6 minutes to go before a furious 12-0 Florida run closed the gap to 2 in the waning minutes. The Gators had 3 good looks to force overtime in the final minute, but the shots didn’t fall and ODU escaped with a 53-51 win enroute to the national championship game.

  • jack boutchard

    woop woop

  • Diana Hart

    Without a doubt, the most exciting game was the Stanford/Xavier game the last year that Jayne Appel played. At the very very last moment Jeanette Pohlen ran the entire court and delievered the winning points spurring them on to head for th Final Four ! For me, it was a classic.

  • Chad B

    Not sure I knew women’s basketball existed until 1994 and Charlotte Smith hit that three pointer to give UNC the title. Still one of the most under appreciated clutch moments in NCAA basketball history.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Matt – Love that one. Good stuff.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @The Roc – Nice. One of the best so far.

  • Tonya Kelley

    1994, Charlotte Smith’s 3-pointer when everyone thought the ball would be going to Stephanie Lawrence in the inbounds pass with .03 left on the clock. It is my favorite moment because I am a Tar Heel fan forever and I was there in Richmond, VA that night!

  • Mark Abell

    For me, it was the 1996 semifinal, UConn and Tennessee, in Charlotte. It was the first Final Four my wife and I attended and was one of the best games I have ever seen. Tennessee won, 88-83, in overtime, and the UConn and Tennessee fans in our section were all saying at the start of the overtime period that it was a shame one of them had to lose. Rebecca Lobo and Kara Walters were the stars for UConn, and Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings for Tennessee.

  • Mark Abell

    Actually, on reflection, Holdsclaw was a Freshman that year and Michelle Marciniak was the other star for Tennessee. Catchings came later.

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  • Audrey Anderson

    2004 Gophers vs UCLA, opening round. “Home” Gopher game site, Williams Arena full house and Lindsay Whalen back from hand injury–the game had all of us in attendance very excited and unsure of the result until the Gophers pulled away after a hilarious moment when Janel Mccarvile and Nikki Blue stood face to face jawing after Nikki was called for a foul she disagreed with. UCLA coach was called for technical also, as Janel looked down at Nikki having some words, palming the ball away from Nikki. Lindsay made the free throws and UCLA never regained a lead as there was maybe 3-4 inutes left..the boost of confidence carried along all the way to New Orleans Final 4 appearance.

  • Steve R

    My favorite moment…oh, I wish I was a better liar! I’m just here for the HP contest. My knowledge of woman’s college hoops begins and ends with watching Lindsay Whalen a little bit when she played for the Gophers, because I’m from MN. Good luck everyone!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Steve R – At least you are honest!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Audrey – Great stuff.

  • Kaylee

    Bird at the buzzer!! Ahh that whole season was so epic and heartbreaking all at once. First women’s basketball instant classic.

  • Marsha Saenz-Jones

    I don’t watch Women’s bball very often, but I do remember watching the 2009 finals and cheering as Tina Charles helped UConn win the championship.

  • Bik Lee

    The BYU Women’s team does not have a Jimmer Fredette but in 2002 the Lady Cougars won two games in the NCAA tournament which is their deepest run. In the first game Erin Thorn had 28 points and they dominated Florida. Erin went on to play for the New York Liberty as the first lady Cougar to go pro! Rise and Shout the Cougars are out! Great Job Erin!

  • Ravzie

    I haven’t watched before, but reading these entries gives one inspiration! I think I’ll look at some of these youtubes.

  • Graybear

    I have three:
    -Notre Dame winning against Purdue 68-66 in the 2001 national championship on Ruth Riley’s ice-cold three throws with 5.8 seconds left in the game.

    -Maryland’s eventual 78-75 win over Duke in 2006 where Kristi Tolliver made a 3-pointer at the buzzer (right in Alison Bale’s face) to send it into overtime.

    -Tennessee winning against Virginia during overtime in 1991 – Virginia’s Dawn Staley was named Finals MVP, while without Nikki Caldwell’s defense, Tennessee wouldn’t have won!

  • Nicole

    Even though I have been a UCONN fan since I was 6..I would have to say that my favorite tournament memory would have to include my hometown heroes of Marist College. It was back in March of 2007 when 13th-seeded Marist defeated 4th-seeded Ohio State to advance to their first ever Sweet 16!! For a mid-major school to knock off a Big Ten school was huge. Not to mention that one of the members of that Ohio State team was Jessica Davenport a current WNBA Player!

  • Lisa D

    I agree with a previous poster ” the 1999 East Regional Finals between #1 Tennessee and #3 Duke. It was the end of one of the best college careers we’ve seen in women’s hoops. Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols to the titles in her first three years but she couldn’t close her 4-year career with a storybook ending. While she finally came up short, I felt that the moment between Coach Pat Summit and her summed up the emotion of college sports. When Summit pulled her out of the game when it was certain that it was out of reach so she could get the ovation she deserved, Chamique couldn’t hold back her tears and fell into the consoling arms of her coach. It showed that even in disappointment, college sports is about relationships formed among players and between players and their coaches. ”

    I have always been a fan of Pat Summit, she has helped form many amazing players through her many years with TN.

  • Heather H.

    My favorite Womens NCAA tournament memory is the 2007 tournament though it may have as much to do with off the court as it did with on the court circumstances. I remember the amazing season of the Rutgers women and all they had to endure with distractions from Don Imus’ insensitive comments he made about the team during the NCAA tournament. I remember watching an interview with the coach and the entire womens team and the way they handled themselves when reacting to these comments. On the court they played one of the most exciting games of the 2007 tournament when they beat #1 seed Duke by one point and then made it to the championship game (their first EVER championship game) only to lose to an amazing TN team. That was one unforgettable tournament because of the amazing Rutgers basketball team.

  • Cynthia S

    Jeanette Pohlen pulling it out for the win is a sure standout.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    We are getting some great comments. Contest ends tomorrow!

  • adrienne z

    I don’t know anything about basketball, but my sons watch EVERYTHING basketball Men & Women, pro & college, highschool & elementary. They are awesome players, make some exceptional long shots in the back yard & love to show off their skills. They are both the MVP’s of their teams & they would pack this forum full of great shots.
    They watch great shots on Utube all of the time. I wish they were here to help me out on this one!!! I could use the prize to share with them!!!

  • Helen Stockwell

    Kristi Toliver : 3-Pointer 2006 Women’s National Championship Game


  • Jackie Edwards

    The 2006 NCAA Champion game was so full of highlites starting in the 2nd half The Terps being down by 13 pts and Coach Freze calling out Marissa Coleman after a turnover. The Terps then proceeded to to make a comeback leading to the shot that rocked the world by Kristi Toliver over Allison Bales. With several seconds still on the clock KT raced downcourt chasing Lindsey Harding and was able to help with the defense to prevent an open look for a game winner at the buzzer by Harding. Chrystal Langhorne’s steal and drive to the basket for a lay up over Harding, Tolivers step back jumper where she gave a fist pump to the crowd, Shay Doron racing after Mo Currie on a break away to stop an easy basket. I could go on and on. That is my most amazing sports memory aside from the 1960 world series homer by Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski against the Yankees to win the series.

  • Tara

    I’m with Heather. Rutgers v. Duke in the 2007 Regional semifinal (and beyond). Having lost to Duke by 40 points several months earlier, the #4-seed Scarlet Knights were now within reach of the overall #1 seed — despite all expectations to the contrary. In the final moments, freshman Epiphanny Prince steals the ball & drives coast-to-coast to the hoop in the final seconds to get the winning layup through 4 Duke defenders, shooting over Lindsey Harding, ACC Defensive Player of the Year. But Harding stole RU’s inbounds & was then fouled midcourt by Myia McCurdy with less than a second on the clock. Rutgers goes from jubilation to utter despair, knowing that all that Harding (Duke’s senior leader & ACC Player of the Year as well) has to do is hit 2 free throws to win the game, or one to tie & force overtime. Harding somehow misses both long off the back rim, collapses on the floor in despair, and Rutgers pulls out the shocking win to advance to the Regional Finals v. ASU (another story there, but I’ll stay on topic…) After beating ASU, they then go on to the Final Four where they defeat powerhouse LSU (then led by Sylvia Fowles), holding them to a Final Four *record-low* 35 points to play in their first National Championship, but lose to the Candace Parker-led Tennessee.

  • uconn825

    I attended the national championship in STL in 2001 and remember very distinctly Diana Taurasi having one of the worst shooting games she has probably ever had in her life. And while that was horrible, what I remember most was when she came out towards the end of the game, Geno walking down and kneeling in front of her and only imagining what he was saying because I knew it was something great. Later hearing that he basically told her “don’t worry you’ll be back here again” fulfilled exactly what I imagined. She then went on to go 6-0 in the next 3 final fours and totally avenge that one bad game. Had Geno not been the coach he is and not known the perfect thing to say at the low low moment for a freshman who knows what would have happened. But what he said was able to create one of the greatest college careers we have ever known!

  • Li

    I remembered Chamique Holdsclaw and the Lady Vols’ dominating performance over Louisiana Tech in the 1998 NCAA Championship game. They ended the year 39-0 and it was their 3 straight NCAA title

  • Amanda

    I’m going to say the end of the ’96-’97 season when the Lady Vols pulled off the now infamous “Cinderella Season.” No one expected Tennessee to lose 10 games on the way to the NCAA tourney and, with the number of losses they were handed, even fewer people expected them to come back and win it all in the end. We saw the emotional rollercoaster the players had throughout the season – with the loss of Laurie Mulligan and Kelly Jolly (one of my favorite point guards of all time) but the performance of Chamique Holdsclaw in the championship game proved to hoops fans everywhere that any team with the heart can win. I think, probably the best moment from that game may have came at the end when Pat Summitt put Mulligan into the game to inbound the ball with a few seconds left. Class act – and the crowd’s response to that move sealed the deal.

  • http://twitter.com/kzarr Kay Z

    Well since I am a Tarheel fan I would have to say my favorite NCAA women’s basketball moment is when UNC won the Women’s Championship in 1994. Charlotte Smith sunk a shot right at the buzzer and has gone on to be an assistant coach at UNC and a player for WNBA’s Indiana Fever. The team included Marion Jones who went on to be a champion in track and Sylvia Crawley a member of the WNBA’s Portland Fire.

  • Geek

    You know what else stands out in my mind? Tennessee’s Candace Parker dunking in a 2006 NCAA tournament game. Sure their opponent was just Army, but to have the guts to even try to dunk (as a female) in a tournament game – well that just says a lot. There’s always the possibility of missing or getting hung up on the rim. But Parker is the 1st woman to dunk in a tourney game. What else is there to say except —> Niiiiiice!

  • Erik Franke

    I don’t watch much women’s college ball, but I would have to in 2004 when Uconn won the championship. Not only did the women’s team win the ship, but the men’s team also won. I thought this was an amazing accomplishment. For a school to be the best in both men’s and women’s basketball is incredible. It was the only time it has ever happened and I don’t know if it will ever happen again. I thought it was going to happen again this year, but the women’s team didn’t quite make it.

  • Whipper

    2006 Terps!

  • Brittany

    I remember being 12 years old watching Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird playing for UCONN and changing the way girls played/the game was played forever. I remember watching them and thinking 1) this is why I play basketball and 2) I’m a HUSKY fan for life.

  • joyce bezazian

    Diana Taurasi leading UCONN to a 3-Peat! Best women’s BB player in the world!

  • Liv Rup

    2003 National Championship game against Tennessee – showed DT would use all her weapons to get the job done