ST. LOUIS (AP) - Angel McCoughtry and Louisville played the second half like they belonged in their first Final Four.
McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds, helping Louisville crawl out of an early 11-0 hole to beat Oklahoma 61-59 in the national semifinals and end Courtney Paris' stellar career.
Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson had a good look on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that rattled out.
Paris promised to pay back the cost of her 4-year scholarship if the Sooners failed to win the title. She had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and left the court in tears after exchanging hugs with McCoughtry and huddling with her team for a final time.
Louisville looked nervous while enduring an awful first half. The Cardinals fell behind 16-2 after 7 1/2 minutes and finished the half down by 12 after season-worst 22% field-goal shooting.
The Cardinals opened the second half with a 15-1 run and took their first lead on a drive by McCoughtry with about 15 minutes to go.
Connecticut 83, Stanford 64.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more game, and Connecticut has the perfect finish.
All those others who would stand in their way? They're not even close.
Renee Montgomery scored 26 points, Maya Moore added 24 and unbeaten UConn cruised to its first title game in five years with an 83-64 victory over Stanford.
The outcome never in doubt, Connecticut overwhelmed and dismantled Stanford, crushing the latest challenger to the Huskies' bid for a third undefeated season and sixth national championship.
UConn is 38-0. It will face Louisville for the title Tuesday night, setting up the first all-Big East final in NCAA women's basketball history.
Jayne Appel (uh-PEHL') scored 26 points to lead Stanford, but she had little help. Stanford, the last team to beat UConn a year ago, finished 33-5.
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