Angel McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds, helping Louisville crawl out of an early hole to beat Oklahoma 61-59 in the national semifinals Sunday night and end Courtney Paris' stellar career.
Is beating a perfect opponent Louisville has lost to twice this season by an average of 33.5 points too much to ask? Maybe not. These Cardinals have toppled top seeds and overcome the odds throughout this NCAA tournament.
In its first Women's Final Four, Louisville looked like a different team -- in a bad way. The Cardinals seemed down and out against Oklahoma, but a second-half comeback led them all the way to their first championship game.
Courtney Paris of Oklahoma is the first four-time All-American in women's college basketball, and sophomore Maya Moore of Connecticut is a unanimous selection in her second appearance on The Associated Press' All-America team.
No. 3 seed Louisville toppled 1-seed Maryland on Monday to reach its first Final Four. But instead of feeling like an upset, the better team won thanks to stars who rose to the occasion and a bench that came through when it mattered.