UConn Collects Eighth Title at 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four park
The University of Connecticut matched the national record by winning its eighth NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship on Tuesday evening at the New Orleans Arena. Tennessee has also won eight national titles. The Allstate Sugar Bowl, was a key part of the Local Organizing Committee for the Women's Final Four, joining Tulane University and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation to host the four teams, their fans and the NCAA staff and supporters.
Connecticut, which had defeated rival Notre Dame in the semifinals on Sunday, cruised to a 93-60 victory over Louisville before 17,545 fans. It was the largest margin of victory in championship history. The upstart Cardinals, a five seed, had defeated California in the semifinals.
UConn was led by freshman Breanna Stewart, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Stewart scored 23 points with nine rebounds and three assists to follow-up a magnificent 29-point effort in the victory over Notre Dame. She is the first freshman since 1987 to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the Women's Final Four.
The Women's Final Four was much more than three basketball games. The event featured a long line of community events including youth clinics, a road race, the Big Easy Bounce – a youth event which included over 2,000 children dribbling basketballs around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – and Tourney Town, a free festival for fans with interactive games, concerts, pep rallies and a zip line.
While the Sugar Bowl Committee is best known for its annual football game, which will celebrate its 80th edition on January 2, the organization is also involved with many community initiatives throughout the year. Through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, special awards and various athletic clinics, the Allstate Sugar Bowl supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy over the last decade.