2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Notre Dame 72, Vanderbilt 64
Posted: Monday March 26, 2001 11:40 PM
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DENVER (Ticker) -- Ruth Riley scored 32 points as top-seeded Notre Dame reached the Final Four for the second time in school history with a 72-64 win over pesky Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region final.

Alicia Ratay added 17 points and Kelley Siemon chipped in 16 for the Fighting Irish (32-2), who set a school record for wins and advanced to their second Final Four in five years.

On Friday, Notre Dame will take on Big East Conference rival Connecticut, one of the most successful teams in women's basketball history. The Fighting Irish won the regular-season meeting before Connecticut captured the Big East championship on a buzzer-beater by Sue Bird.

Riley, the Naismith Award winner as the nation's top women's player, went 11-of-21 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line en route to Most Valuable Player honors for the region.

Ratay and Siemon joined Riley on the region's All-Tournament Team.

Notre Dame shot 63 percent from the field (17-of-27) in the first half, but Vanderbilt shot 55 percent (16-of-29) and entered the locker room tied at 40-40.

But the Commodores, seeded third in the Midwest, shot just 29 percent (9-of-31) over the final 20 minutes while the Fighting Irish clicked at 48 percent (12-of-25).

Zuzana Klimesova had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Vanderbilt (24-10), which won their first three tournament games by a combined 51 points.

Klimesova and Chantelle Anderson, who scored 14 points, also were named to the region's All-Tournament Team.


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