Semifinals recap

Notre Dame 83, UConn 75.

Baylor 59, Stanford 47.

Notre Dame vs. UConn photo gallery.

Baylor vs. Stanford photo gallery.

My features:

Q and A with Notre Dame’s Natalie Novosel.

Questions for Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Amber Orrange, Joslyn Tinkle and Chiney Ogwumike.

My notes:

Amazing crowd of over 19,000 in attendance in Denver last night. The Baylor-Stanford game was the most hyped, but it was the Notre Dame-UConn match up that was the most thrilling. The last minute of regulation, with the turnovers and steals, was literally breathtaking; the atmosphere inside the arena was charged.

As Baylor and Stanford began their game, Irish players came out of the locker room to watch for a bit before leaving at the half.

Speaking of halftime, all the previous USA Olympic team coaches were honored in a ceremony that included Teresa Grentz, Van Chancellor, Nell Fortner, Anne Donovan, Geno Auriemma…..and Pat Summitt, who was the last to be introduced. When she came onto the court she received a standing ovation. I was a little choked up.

By the way, there are Tennessee fans everywhere in this city, wearing Tenn and or Lady Vol T-shirts, and some “we back Pat” shirts. Vol fans are truly everywhere.

You can follow my live game updates on twitter.com/hoopism. Last night I was sitting with my partner in crime Cheryl, so was also tweeting under twitter.com/hoopfeed. I had the words, and she tweeted some great photos of game and non-game action last night, so check them out if you haven’t, as well as hoopfeed.com.

The weather has taken an abrupt turn today, from literally 70s-80s to windy and 40s-50s. I am about to venture out again, but will report back later.

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