Women's Hoops Blog

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

So where were 16,000-plus people this afternoon?

Watching the finals of the WNIT between Kansas and the University of South Florida.

The biggest home crowd in women's Big 12 history saw USF claim a 75-71 victory and earn the school's first postseason championship of any kind, The Bulls' Jazmine Sepulveda had 18 points, Shantia Grace 16 (and earned Tourney MVP), while the Jayhawk's Danielle McCray had 24 points, pushing her tournament total to 147, a WNIT record.

Said USF Head Coach Jose Fernandez:
“First of all, I want to comment on what a great basketball atmosphere this was. I’ve been at South Florida for nine years, and we’ve played at a lot of places, but this atmosphere was totally tremendous. Coming into an arena like this, that is so rich with history, was special, especially for our seniors. They finished their careers in Allen Fieldhouse, and that is something they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives. I think it was a great championship game. I want to recognize Kansas’ efforts and what a great job Bonnie (Henrickson) has done and what they did to get here. I couldn’t be prouder of our kids, coming into this environment and winning on the road.”