Thank You Tampa!
What a ride the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship provided for us all! Great games, increased attendance, record television ratings and a phenomenal Women’s Final Four were the main ingredients for an incredible journey that we all shared during March and April.
Tampa Bay was truly an outstanding site for the 2008 Women’s Final Four. Warm Florida temperatures and friendly faces greeted us at every turn and followed us throughout the week. We thank our host institution, the University of South Florida, as well as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and St. Pete Times Forum for providing the local leadership. We thank all involved for the years of preparation in anticipation of the big event, as their work paid major dividends in leaving a lasting impression on the Women’s Final Four.
Congratulations to Tennessee and head coach Pat Summitt for a special season that culminated in their second straight, and record eighth national championship. Accolades also go out to Stanford and head coach Tara VanDerveer for their play throughout the championship and in reaching the title game. Congratulations as well to our other Women’s Final Four teams, Connecticut and head coach Geno Auriemma, and LSU and head coach Van Chancellor for their outstanding seasons. We congratulate the 64 teams and coaches that participated in the 2008 championship, as each in their own way provided us memories for a lifetime.
In addition to the outstanding team performances, I would also like to offer congratulations to the student-athletes selected to the 2008 Women’s Final Four All-Tournament Team. Candace Parker of Tennessee was named the most outstanding player for the second consecutive year, and was joined by teammates Nicky Anosike and Shannon Bobbitt, along with Stanford’s Candice Wiggins and LSU standout Sylvia Fowles.
We thank Tampa Bay and now look forward to St. Louis and the 2009 Women’s Final Four.
LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director
Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee