This game marks the first time a 15-seed has taken a 2-seed to overtime. No 15-seed has ever won a game in the tournament, although Harvard did win as a 16-seed in 1998. The final score was also tied for closest in a 15-seed game. Butler lost to Iowa 72-67 in 1996, and Delaware St. lost to Vanderbilt 52-47 in 2007.
Two statistics in this game rank in tournament history. Khara Smith of DePaul tied for seventh best with 20 rebounds; Sylvia Fowles of LSU had 19. Also, DePaul attempted only 2 free throws, tied for ninth fewest of all-time.
Brooke Smith shot 14-16, tied for fifteenth best field goal percentage of all-time in a tournament game.
The semifinal games rank as the seventh most-attended round in tournament history, with 25,816 spectators. They were the fourth most-attended semifinal round. (Tickets are sold for both games as one event.)
The championship game had 22,936 in attendance, making it the tenth most-attended tournament game ever and fifth most-attended championship game.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance and congratulated the participants of the championship game.
These charts show who represented UTSA's conference in the NCAA tournament. UTSA was an independent from 1981-1983, then joined the Oil Country Athletic Conference for two seasons, and returned to independent affiliation for the 1985-1986 season. The OCAC was not an automatically-qualifying conference for NCAA Tournament bids. UTSA was a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (renamed in 2001 to the Atlantic Sun Conference) from 1986-1991, but the conference was not an automatic qualifier for the women's tournament the way it was at the time for the men's tournament. This is because the women's tournament did not expand to 64 teams until 1994 whereas the men's was 64 teams by 1985.
The Southland Conference has fared much better in the women's tournament than in the men's. While UTSA was a member, the conference went 6-22. This is mainly due to SFA's being a 1990's powerhouse, having made the tournament every year from 1988 to 2002, being as high as a 2-seed. During UTSA's Southland Conference stint, only one at-large bid was secured by the conference for the women's tournament, matching the men's.
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