Oklahoma City Women's Regional: A look at the top five upsets in tournament history

After Louisville's upset of top-seeded Baylor on Sunday, The Oklahoman takes a look at the biggest upsets in NCAA Women's Tournament history.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 1, 2013
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photo - UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE / NCAA TOURNAMENT / CELEBRATION: Louisville celebrates in front of Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) during college basketball game between Baylor University and Louisville at the Oklahoma City Regional for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE / NCAA TOURNAMENT / CELEBRATION: Louisville celebrates in front of Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) during college basketball game between Baylor University and Louisville at the Oklahoma City Regional for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

5. (12) BALL STATE 71, (5) TENNESSEE 55

Round: First round

When: March 22, 2009

Where: Bowling Green, Ky.

The story: Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, Ball State handed historic power Tennessee — the only women's basketball program to appear in all 32 NCAA Tournaments — its only first-round loss. The Volunteers entered having won the past two national championships, but lost several of those teams' starters. Guard Porchia Green scored a game-high 22 points for the Cardinals.

After the upset: Ball State lost in the second round, 71-57 to No. 4-seed Iowa State. The Cardinals still haven't returned to the NCAA Tournament.

Quotable: “To put together the competitiveness at a very high level with an opponent that you only dream of playing, and go out and do what they just did ... It's going to take a really long time to get our minds around the accomplishment.” — Ball State coach Kelly Packard

4. (7) MINNESOTA 82, (1) DUKE 75

Round: Elite 8

When: March 30, 2004

Where: Norfolk, Va.

The story: Duke's 2004 senior class won 126 games, four conference championships and went to two Final Fours, but went out in a shocking Elite 8 upset loss to Minnesota. Alana Beard, Duke's three-time All-American, scored 4 of 14 with only 10 points in her career finale

After the upset: Minnesota lost its first and still only Final Four game. The Gophers have made just four tournament appearances since the upset, losing two of those in the first round. Duke still hasn't returned to the Final Four, but remains alive in the 2013 tournament. The Blue Devils face No. 1-seed Notre Dame on Tuesday in a regional final.

Quotable: “You guys don't understand how it feels to go out there every single year thinking you're going to win the national championship and it doesn't go your way. It hurts. It's really painful.” — Duke senior and former Tulsa Cascia Hall star Iciss Tillis

3. (3) DUKE 69, (1) TENNESSEE 63

Round: Elite 8

When: March 22, 1999

Where: Greensboro, N.C.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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