Site: University of Oregon, Eugene
Tournament MVP: Angela Turner, Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech won its first championship after being denied in the previous two years. Tech countered Tennessee's strong inside game with a zone defense. Turner led all scorers with 16 points.
They Said It: "I think they're ripe. I mean, 32 games? How can anyone stay psyched for 32 games?" Southern California coach Linda Sharp said of Louisiana Tech's winning streak before becoming victim No. 33 in the semifinals.
Interesting Fact: Before Sonja Hogg led Louisiana Tech to its first title, the school's claim to fame was a balding quarterback named Terry Bradshaw.
Surprise: Tennessee knocked out back-to-back defending champion Old Dominion in the semifinals.
Lasts: The last unbeaten team to win the AIAW championship was Delta State in 1975.
No Revenge: Tech had beaten Tennessee 77-53 before Christmas. "I don't see this as a chance for revenge. To me it's a chance to win a national championship," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said before the final.
Winning Big: Louisiana Tech won regular-season games by an average score of 32.3 points.
SI's Take: "Besides the abundance of talent on Louisiana Tech's team, there's a lot of coaching ability sitting there, too. Hogg is head honcho -- recruiting, leading and putting the finishing touches on game plans. Next in line is Leon Barmore, who handles the Xs and Os. Poor Barmore, he's a grade-B version of Bobby Knight who gets so worked up on the job he comes out of games more drained than his players."1981 Kodak All-America Team: Denise Curry, UCLA; Anne Donovan, Old Dominion; Pam Kelly, Louisana Tech; Kris Kirchner, Rutgers; Carol Menken, Oregon State; Cindy Noble, Tennessee; LaTaunya Pollard, Long Beach State; Bev Smith, Oregon; Valerie Walker, Cheyney State; Lynette Woodard, Kansas.