February 10, 2008

No. 3 Tar Heels Sweep Tech With 75-61 Victory in Atlanta

ATLANTA - It was clear from the start that the Jackets would not allow North Carolina to control today's game from start to finish as they did in Chapel Hill earlier this year. However, the Tar Heels never relinquished the lead after picking it up in the last three minutes of the second half.

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Tar Heels Taking Over

ATLANTA - With 8:34 left to play, this game has reached a critical point. The Tar Heels lead 64-52 and it looks like the Jackets may have run out of answers. They have been relying heavily on the 3-ball with Chioma Nnamaka doing most of the shooting.

At this point, the Tar Heels appear to have taken away Tech's transition game advantage and have forced to Tech to rely completely on the outside jumper.

Tar Heels Respond

ATLANTA - After Tech closed the game up, North Carolina has responded by pushing the advantage back to eight. This battle has turned into a game of streaks. When the Tar Heels get out to a big lead, Tech pushes the game's tempo and is able to close that gap.

However, they have not been able to sustain it. Thus, North Carolina has just responded by bringing the game back into the half court giving them the distinct advantage.

With over 15 minutes remaining, North Carolina leads 53-47.

Carolina Regains Temp

ATLANTA - Alex Montgomery hit a three to open up the second half and bring the Jackets within one.

For the next two minutes, it was all North Carolina after they scored seven straight points to take a 49-41 advantage. The Tar Heels are now playing their style of game, and causing havoc inside the paint once more.

Jackets Close Gap Before Half

ATLANTA - At halftime, North Carolina leads Tech 42-38. After leading by as many as 11, the Jackets forced the pace back up again. By keeping the game in transition, Carolina was not able to use its size advantage at the end of the half.

While North Carolina has the speed and depth to run up and down the floor with Georgia Tech, it is clear that pushing the pace of the game gives the Jackets their best chance at an upset. Before today, North Carolina has won 11 straight games against the Jackets.

The Tar Heels have extra incentive to win today's contest as they could be move up in the polls with a win. Connecticut dropped a close decision to Rutgers earlier this week, and Tennessee will be playing that same Rutgers team tomorrow without the help of Candace Parker. With a Vols loss, the Tar Heels would move into the #1 slot.

Carolina's Run Continues

ATLANTA - The Tar Heels now lead 37-29 with 3:15 to play in the half. North Carolina is now on a 14-4 run with the only Tech points coming on two free throws from Iasia Hemingway and ...

It is clear that North Carolina is making use of their size advantage on offense. As a result, Tech has used more double teams leaving open shots on the perimeter. Needless to say, this has caused a lot of havoc for Tech's halfcourt defense. Look for Tech coach MaChelle Joseph to try and make some adjustments going into the locker room.

Tar Heels Take 1st Lead

ATLANTA - With under six minutes to play, the Tar Heels have the 30-27 lead on the strength of an 11-2 run.

Jackets Lead, Nnamaka Injured

ATLANTA - The Jackets lead 25-21 with just under eight minutes to play. Chioma Nnamaka hit a key three pointer to give Tech a six point advantage before Carolina picked up a bucket before the timeout.

While Nnamaka was able to hit that key three, she landed awkwardly on her left foot and turned her ankle. She is now sitting on the bench, but should return.

Pink Jackets Continue to Lead

ATLANTA - After the first timeout, it is clear that both coaches told their teams that the fast paced game they had played for the first five minutes could not be sustained. Both teams are getting more and more into their half court sets, with fewer transition opportunities.

With Chioma Nnamaka's three pointer, the Jackets have their largest lead at 16-10 with 13:14 to go. The Jackets never led in the rout that occured in Chapel Hill earlier this season, outside of picking up the first bucket of the game.

In today's contest, Georgia Tech is showing their support for breast cancer awareness with a "Think Pink" promotion today. The team is wearing pink jerseys and shorts, while many members of the crowd are donning pink t-shirts.

The score at the second media timeout is now Georgia Tech 17, North Carolina 13 withover 11 minutes to play.

Jackets, Tar Heels Underway

ATLANTA - In the first few minutes of this game, the Jackets and Tar Heels are content with running the floor. There have been many buckets in transition.

With 17:27 left in the first half, the game changed as the Jackets' Janie Mitchell was charged with an intentional foul after fouling Rashanda McCants from behind. With the score being 8-4 in Tech's favor, the intentional foul changed the game as

At the first media timeout, the game finally takes a break and allows everyone to take a collective breather. Georgia Tech leads North Carolina 13-10 with 15:15 to play in the first half.

February 04, 2008

Heels take down Duke with offensive assault

DURHAM, N.C. - Near the end of the first half, the Cameron Crazies -- in an apparent fit of potato chip-inspired trash talk -- regaled North Carolina forward LaToya Pringle with a chant of "Lay's are better!"

But Pringle and No. 3 North Carolina got the last laugh, rolling past ninth-ranked Duke 93-76.

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Final: UNC 93, Duke 76

DURHAM, N.C. - Heather Claytor picked up her fifth foul with 2:41 to go. But not before knocking down a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer that put UNC up 85-69. More shot-clock beating Carolina work led to an Erlana Larkins layup to make it 89-71 with 90 seconds to go. There was nothing Duke could do to stop the Tar Heels, who leave Cameron with a crucial win. And the Carolina fans got to enjoy a chant of "Heels house!" before hitting the road.

Carolina in full control

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke just absolutely can not stop the Tar Heels in the paint. Whether it's off a rebound or just out of the half-court offense, UNC has had no trouble getting themselves layups, leaving the Blue Devils scrambling to make up scoring ground. The Tar Heels went up by 19 points with four and a half to go in this game. Barring a big Duke run, this game is Carolina's.

Just like Tyler?

DURHAM, N.C. - Erlana Larkins got a big rebound, layup and foul, prompting a chant from the UNC portion of the crowd of "Just like Tyler" -- a reference to UNC men's hoops All-American Tyler Hansbrough. Needless to say, that didn't make the Cameron Crazies very happy, and neither did the fact that Larkins' free throw put UNC up 74-57 with less than seven minutes to go. But Duke will get three free throws in a moment thanks to LaToya Pringle's fourth foul of the game.

UNC still up by double digits

DURHAM, N.C. - Not much has changed here in the last few minutes, save for the chanting back and forth between Carolina and Duke fans, the former mocking the latter's basketball scoring prowess, and the latter mocking the former's choice of academic institutions. Otherwise, it's still UNC by double digits, 70-57 with 7:57 to go.

UNC keeps answering Duke's scoring

DURHAM, N.C. - Wanisha Smith hit a big three for the Blue Devils, who pulled within 10 points of the Tar Heels for the first time since the half. Problem is, even with all of their trapping and pressing, the Blue Devils just can't seem to keep the Tar Heels off the scoreboard. UNC is up 67-55 with 11:30 to go, and it's going to take an all-out defensive blitz -- assuming Duke hasn't already exhausted that option -- to cut into the advantage.

Pringle, Heels in control

DURHAM, N.C. - LaToya Pringle is a one-woman wrecking crew for the Tar Heels right now, and she is all over the glass. Pringle just got a rebound and layup -- and now has 18 points -- to put the Tar Heels up 59-45 almost five minutes into the second half. While the Blue Devils have managed to keep Erlana Larkins somewhat in check, controlling both of UNC's forwards seems to be a bit too much to ask at the moment. If that keeps up, Carolina is going to pull away even farther than this.

Halftime: UNC 48, Duke 38

DURHAM, N.C. - Theoretically, things could be worse for Duke than the 10-point deficit they currently have to North Carolina. But when you consider that the Blue Devils' success so far this season has come from the fact that opponents are averaging 55 points per game against them, it certainly doesn't bode well that Carolina has 48 at half.

More specific number than that will have to wait, as we just learned that the stats program went down, so no halftime box scores for us writer types. Oh well. The bottom line is the Blue Devils have to figure out how to stop the Tar Heels from scoring, or the UNC lead is only likely to grow larger in the second half.

Ow! My ears....

DURHAM, N.C. - My left ear has been ringing for two days, and you know what's not helping? The girl sitting behind me who screams her head off every time Erlana Larkins touches the ball for UNC. Either the Tar Heels have to stop passing inside or this girl's vocal cords have to give out. Otherwise I might not make it. Of course, the Crazies have plenty else to yell about, since the Blue Devils have cut the Carolina lead to 37-35 with three and a half minutes to go in the first.

Low blow from UNC fans

DURHAM, N.C. - Gotta give the Carolina fans on hand credit, they're giving the Cameron Crazies a run for their money. But the Tar Heel faithful took a bit of a cheap shot with Abby Waner at the line, starting a chant of "Greg Paulus" -- Duke's starting point guard, who also just happens to be Waner's ex-boyfriend. Hey, it's a rivalry. I guess all bets are off. Just for the record, Waner nailed both free throws, but UNC leads by seven with under six to go.

Waner hit and miss, but the game is close

DURHAM, N.C. - If Waner was having trouble with her offense, she sure knew how to fix it -- with defense. Waner stole a UNC pass, went to the other end for a layup and drew a foul from Heather Claytor to cut the Carolina lead to four with 10 minutes left. Two possessions later, it was Keturah Jackson who got the layup to tie the game at 25. So what does Carolina do to answer? A pair of 15-footers from Jessica Breland. Of course, in between those, Waner missed an ill-advised 26-foot shot, so maybe she's not out of the woods just yet. Either way, it looks like this game is just going to go back and forth all night.

Gray splashes one from deep for UNC

DURHAM, N.C. - Man, things are tough for Blue Devils guard Abby Waner, who can't seem to buy a bucket. She shot a three that would've put Duke up two points, but it made two full trips around the rim before finally sneaking out. The rest of the Blue Devils, though, have managed to answer most of UNC's buckets.

Of course, they might have a tough time matching the shot UNC's Rebecca Gray just made, a 25-footer to put the Heels up 22-16 with 11:44 to go in the half.

UNC starts off hot

DURHAM, N.C. - It's a brisk start to this game with both teams scoring quickly and often. But the Tar Heels were the ones who jumped out to an early 13-6 lead, prompting a Duke timeout. Both teams seem focused on going inside, so we'll see which one succeeds more.

Tar Heels, Blue Devils renew rivalry

DURHAM, N.C. - While the college basketball world eagerly awaits the Duke-North Carolina men's game on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, the 2008 version of the rivalry between the two schools tips off tonight here at Cameron Indoor Stadium between the UNC and Duke women's teams.

Not that there's any pressure on the third-ranked Tar Heels (19-2, 6-0 in the ACC) or No. 9 Blue Devils (16-5, 5-1), but for the last seven years, the team that has won the first game in the matchup has swept the season series. Carolina comes into the game as winner of 10 of its last 11, while Duke has won three of its last four, the lone loss to Tennessee.

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January 26, 2008

Pringle, Larkins carry UNC to 2 OT win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - LaToya Pringle wasn't going to let a bloody lip stop her.

The North Carolina forward took a shot in the face in the second half, requiring her to change jerseys, but came back to finish with a career-high 31 points that propelled the third-ranked Tar Heels to a 97-86 double-overtime win against No. 4 Maryland.

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UNC wins double-OT thriller

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - It took longer than they would have hoped, but the Tar Heels got the big win they needed against ACC foe Maryland. Finally wearing down the Terps in overtime and depleting their frontcourt, North Carolina came away with a 97-86 win in double overtime.

LaToya Pringle had a huge rebound and layup with 1:50 to go to put UNC up 87-82. After a Maryland score, the Heels got the ball again and ran most of the shot clock before an Erlana Larkins layup made it 89-84 with 1:05 to go. Two more Pringle free throws forced the Terps to start fouling and sealed the game.

Second overtime coming in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Hey, everyone have fun in overtime? Great, let's play another. Kristi Tolliver couldn't get a contested jumper anywhere near the basket following a possession where UNC tied the game on a Rashanda McCants layup after Cetera DeGraffenreid came up with a loose ball. So we're on to overtime No. 2 tied at 79.

No separation in overtime

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - We've got less than two minutes to go in the extra period, and we're still going back and forth. Laura Harper just fouled out for the Terps, and LaToya Pringle is at the line to try to give UNC the lead back. This might come down to the last possession.

Terps, Heels going to OT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - You usually don't see a center running the break, but Erlana Larkins did it for Carolina. Larkins led broke out and dished to fellow frontliner LaToya Pringle, who got the layup and the foul. Her free throw tied the game at 71 with 46.5 seconds to go. At the other end, UNC's Jessica Breland swatted Marissa Coleman and the Tar Heels had the ball with 18.3 seconds on the clock.

But Rashanda McCants missed a three and Pringle's follow rolled out, so we're headed for some bonus basketball.

UNC, Maryland tied with under five to go

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Carolina retook the lead on a Cetera DeGraffenreid baseline jumper, but the thrill for the fans was shortlived as Kristi Toliver finally found her shooting stroke and buried a 3-pointer to put Maryland up 64-62. Still, the Tar Heels weren't done going inside. Erlana Larkins got a rebound and drew a foul -- the fourth on Laura Harper -- hitting both free throws to tie the game. Everything's pointing to a great finish here.

Heels cut into Maryland lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The crowd is getting fired up here as the Tar Heels try to overcome the hole they dug themselves against the Terrapins. After the TV timeout, Erlana Larkins will be heading to the line for UNC, which trails 61-59. Suddenly it's Carolina that's being aggressive on the glass, playing their way back into the game with offensive rebounds and the odd 3-pointer.

Pringle changes jerseys

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fans here might have noticed something different about LaToya Pringle when she returned to the game after several minutes on the bench. Instead of wearing her usual No. 30 jersey, Pringle is clad in No. 55 now after getting blood on the jersey she started the game with.

The Tar Heels could certainly use her help. Maryland is torching them on the glass right now and holding a 57-50 edge.

Maryland on a roll inside

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terrapins are on a crazy roll of and-ones, much to the chagrin of the Carmichael Auditorium crowd. Ever since Laura Harper's rebound and make, the Terps have gotten strong inside and the Tar Heels haven't been able to stop them. As such, Maryland has gone from not being able to take a lead to going up 52-46 on Carolina with 12:49 to go.

Terps take first lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland coach Brenda Frese probably likes what she's seeing right now watching TV back in College Park. Laura Harper just got a layup and drew a foul (she missed the free throw) to give Maryland its first lead of the game, 46-44 less than six minutes into the second half.

Langhorne picks up third foul

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The good news for Maryland is that the UNC lead is only one point, but the bad news is that there are now three fouls on center Crystal Langhorne. Having her available will be crucial for the Terps if they want to stop the Tar Heels from scoring inside. That's been Carolina's strength in this game so far and could be a way for them to try to reestablish a lead with Langhorne on the bench.

Coleman leads Terps run before half

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland's Marissa Coleman had quite an exciting end to the first half, scoring seven straight points from the Terps, including a 3-pointer after which she jawed a bit at the Carmichael Auditorium crowd. That helped the Terrapins tie the game at 33 before the Tar Heels responded and went to the locker room with a 37-33 lead.

Carolina enjoyed most of its success inside, scoring 12 of its 17 field goals in the paint. Erlana Larkins and LaToya Pringle combined to shoot 9 for 13 for 18 points. Coleman's 13 points lead the Terps.

This time refs draw Hatchell's ire

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - If Sylvia Hatchell was mad at her team before, she looked even more angry with the officials after a blocking call against the Tar Heels. Hatchell came about as close as you can to a technical foul without actually getting one, ranting and gesticulating wildly up and down her bench while barking at the official who made the call. She's probably also not that happy with the fact that her team followed that with a bad shot and sent Crystal Langhorne to the line at the other end, where she will try to cut into Carolina's 31-24 lead so the Terps can make a push in the final 3:40 of the first half.

Hatchell is unhappy

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell just called timeout and was screaming at her team before it even hit the sidelines. She's got good reason, too. The Tar Heels are being careless with the basketball and having trouble defending the Terps, who have cut the Carolina lead to three with eight minutes to go in the half.

Tar Heels build on lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - So far things are going according to plan for North Carolina, which has led by 10 twice and now holds a 20-12 lead over Maryland with 11 minutes to go in the first half. Were it not for some turnovers -- always a problem for the Tar Heels -- their advantage could be even bigger.

UNC doing work inside vs. Terps

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - While North Carolina has been forcing Maryland turnovers early, it's not the Heels' transition game that's getting it done for them offensively. Before a Rashanda McCants 3-pointer that made it 11-3, Carolina was scoring with a heavy dose of power in the paint from LaToya Pringle and Erlana Larkins.

And whenever Larkins draws a double-team it leaves someone else open for UNC, which has taken advantage of that well on the way to a 13-5 lead six minutes into the game.

Maryland, Carolina in ACC showdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After traveling to Connecticut to take on the nation's No. 1 team, North Carolina gets a break, right? Nope. The No. 3/4 Tar Heels merely get another top-five matchup, hosting No. 4/3 Maryland at Carmichael Auditorium.

Neither of these squads has lost in conference play, though the teams' combined three losses (two of which are UNC's) have come against top-five competition. The Terps don't have head coach Brenda Frese with them, who is pregnant and only coaching home games at the moment, but this should still be quite a showdown.

The Terps are looking to extend their 12-game winning streak, while the Tar Heels are hoping some home cooking will help them bounce back from the loss to UConn.

January 21, 2008

Wow! UConn Is Really Good

STORRS, Conn. - For Connecticut, this game started when only 20 of 40 minutes remained.

The No. 1 team in the land stayed that way with an incredible come-from-behind, 82-71, victory in front of 10,167 screaming fans at Gampel Pavilion.

A come-from-behind victory when they beat No. 3 North Carolina by 11? Explain...I was going to.

Coincidentally, the Tar Heels were up by that same 11-point margin at halftime, absolutely wiping the floor with the Huskies in the first half, only to shy away from their increased intensity in the second stanza.

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UConn Is Still The One

STORRS, Conn. - It's all over here in Storrs and Connecticut did the job. They came all the way back from an 11-point halftime deficit to stun the No. 3 Tar Heels, 82-71.

Junior guard Renee Montgomery looked like the star in the stat sheet, and deservedly so, scoring 26 points and hitting six huge threes, but the real star tonight for Connecticut was Charde Houston.

Houston may have only scored 15 points, but 13 of them came in the decisive second half when Connecticut made the run that would ultimately win them the game.

The emergence of Houston has got to make coach Geno Auriemma happy, as he's been waiting all season for Houston to break out of her funk.

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Oh Yeah, UConn and UNC

STORRS, Conn. - This is what I'm talking about.

If you have to drive three hours to Storrs, this is the kind of game you hope for.

The score is 74-71 Connecticut with three minutes remaining and it is pandemonium here.

With each basket, each foul and non foul, each bad call and each good call the crowd and the benches are on their feet. This is good basketball, I don't care who you are.

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Heading Home

STORRS, Conn. - We're headed for the home stretch with the Huskies holding a four-point advantage.

Charde Houston has been the story of the second half for Connecticut, with eight points in the half and 10 for the game, the senior has helped her team not only come back from an 11-point deficit, but take a solid lead.

Renee Montgomery as well has been spectacular in the second half, visibly taking over as she realizes her team needs her to step up.

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Houston In Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. - Where has she been?

Charde Houston has been all but invisible this season for the Huskies. She is being seen - and heard - now.

The senior has scored UConn's last six points and has eight on the night and UConn has opened up a 57-53 lead with under 12 minutes remaining.

After another Maya Moore bucket, it's now 59-53. Carolina looks lost after having such a dominant opening half.

Oh Renee

STORRS, Conn. - There is a good game brewing in Storrs.

Sloppy play from North Carolina to start the second half has allowed Connecticut - did you expect anything else? - to come back into this game and with just under 17 minutes remaining the Huskies have made it a four-point game at 47-43.

Lorin Dixon has been playing a lot of the point for the Huskies in Thomas' absence, allowing Renee Montgomery to move freely without the ball and get open for shots. Montgomery is making this strategy look good with a game-high 14 points.

Tar Heels Need More Of The Same

STORRS, Conn. -

We are at halftime at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels hold an 11-point 44-33 advantage.

Maybe Connecticut misses Mel Thomas more than some think. The senior is out for the season, along with Kalana Greene, with a torn ACL and the Huskies are feeling the affects.

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January 14, 2008

Another Classic Rivalry Game

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Duke and Maryland is a rivalry, there is no doubt about that. The 15,531 in attendance at the Comcast Center, the fifth highest total in ACC history, proves it.

What first started in 2006 at the Final Four when the underdog Terps beat the Blue Devils only grew last year when Duke beat Maryland twice during the regular season to exact their revenge.

This season, with Duke losing All-Americans Alison Bales and Lindsey Harding, and with Maryland keeping almost its entire roster from that 2006 title team, you would think Maryland would have an easy go. Especially at home.

It definitely wasn't easy.

"Anytime we play Duke, the physicality of the game obviously steps up," said Maryland senior Laura Harper when asked about finally putting a stop to not beating Duke at home since 1998. "Pride, obviously, is a big thing with the rivalry. We wanted to end this streak and as much as you don't want to say it, that's something that was important to us and it feels so good to say as a senior, now we did it."

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It's Over

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the score 85-70 with 51.4 seconds to play, this one is all over but Duke's crying.

The Blue Devils held their own for a long time in this game, longer than I expected. But, in the end, Maryland was too much. A revelation many ACC teams will be finding out shortly.

The Terps improve to 20-1 on the season with the victory and Duke falls to 13-4. Maryland is now 4-0 in the ACC and Duke is 2-1.

Your leading scorer was Marissa Coleman, who tied her career high with 30 points. Check back later for a complete postgame recap.

Tie, And Then Not

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Duke scratched and clawed and tied the game.

Then Maryland took it back.

Duke managed to tie the game at 65 and then again at 68 before Maryland used inside play and free throws to score the next eight points and go up 76-68 with 3:23 to go.

Maryland's Marissa Coleman is in the middle of one of the best games she has played at Maryland. The junior has 27 points right now, three off her career high which she set earlier in the season against UC Santa Barbara.

Harper Goes Out

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's Laura Harper picked up her fourth foul with just under nine minutes to play in the game.

That could hurt the Terps, who must counter with 6-foot-1 Jade Perry. Without the 6-foot-4 Harper, Maryland's biggest player is Crystal Langhorne at 6-foot-2. This puts Maryland at a disadvantage on the boards.

After a Wanisha Smith bucket, Duke has crawled back to within five at 65-60 with 7:50 to play in the game.

Hanging Around

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With 11:35 to play in the game, Duke is hanging in there.

The score is 60-53 with the Blue Devils looking like they will be in this game until the end. With that said, Maryland still looks like the much better team.

It is obvious that Maryland has one of the best - if not the best - starting fives in the nation and Duke simply cannot compete. But with Maryland struggling to hit its shots and with turnovers happening more frequently than Brenda Frese would like, Duke sticks around.

All this sticking around could prove very costly for Maryland in the end. Stick around for the exciting conclusion.

Duke Losing Composure? Don't Think So

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Joy Cheek gave Marissa Coleman a love tap.

The official didn't feel so good about it. He gave her a technical foul as Coleman laughed off the bump.

Meanwhile, Maryland is missing its shots and all the technical did was ignite the Blue Devils. Duke's Jasmine Thomas hit a three and followed that with a steal and a lay up to bring Duke all the way back into this game.

The score is now 47-44 Maryland with 18 minutes to play in the game.

Great End To The Half

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - What an incredible finish to an otherwise suspect first half here at the Comcast Center.

It all happened with Maryland up 37-31 with one minute to play. Marissa Coleman hit a three from the corner and pumped her fists in celebration, making the crowd erupt.

The Terps followed the three by picking off a Duke pass and going on a fast break, ended by another Coleman three with 20 seconds left that gave them a 43-31 lead and made the crowd go nuts.

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Still Fight In These Devils

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Well, folks, Duke has found a way to claw back into this game.

How? Mostly because Maryland started playing a little sloppy, combined with missing their shots and not getting to loose balls and rebounds.

That's not to take anything away from Duke's play, they are playing scrappy and with a lot of heart and hustle, but Maryland just looks physically superior in every way, and yet, after another Abby Waner steal and lay up, the score is 31-27 with 3:47 remaining in the first half and Waner still with another free throw.

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Abby Waner Sighting

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Did Duke wake up?

It's been like sleep walking over the first 10 minutes for the Blue Devils. Maryland opened a 17-4 lead.

The lead has now shrunk to 17-11 after Abby Waner scored five points in a row off a ridiculously long-range bomb and then a steal at the top of the key to lead a break and complete a nifty behind-the-back pass and get back to finish.

Duke needs more of Waner if they hope to get back in this game and eventually pull off the upset. Duke needs more of Waner, period.

Give Me More Harper

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Duke has taken their second timeout of the game and we still have 14:19 to play in the first half!

Laura Harper is unconscious right now, making steals and scoring at the other end. Harper has nine of Maryland's 17 points as they lead Duke, 17-4.

Maryland Starts Quick, Duke Cold

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Duke was going to have to come out and be next to perfect to avoid a quick start from Maryland.

They are nowhere near perfect. Try 1-for-8 from the field.

And that's why Maryland - just overpowering Duke physically and on the blocks - has opened up an early 10-2 lead.

Laura Harper has been big, converting on a three-point play and hitting two other free throws for five early points. Marah Strickland followed a Marissa Coleman steal by hitting a three that gave the Terps their 10 points. Kristi Toliver has the other two points for the Terps.

Terrapins Out For Revenge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Welcome to the "House That Gary Built" and that coach Brenda Frese is currently leasing until the men's version of the Terrapins can catch up.

Maryland wears red, the color of blood, and that's exactly what they can smell as the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils come to the Comcast Center.

Sure, Duke is riding an impressive eight-game winning streak since retaining the services of senior Wanisha Smith, junior Abby Waner and freshman Krystal Thomas, who missed a combined 14 games on the season so far.

That doesn't bother Maryland. The Terps will have a message for Duke.

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December 08, 2007

Not With a Bang

NEW YORK -- It's no storybook ending, but it certainly the expected one, as Rutgers stepped right over Army here at the Garden. Army kept the game tight until the final minute of the first half, and once Rutgers got rolling there wasn't much the Black Knights could do to stop them. Final of the second game of this afternoon's Maggie Dixon Classic: 59-42.

December 06, 2007

Duke scratches and claws for ugly upset

DURHAM, N.C. -- Rutgers arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium riding one of the nation's most impressive winning streaks, claiming victories over three highly ranked opponents. But that winning streak ground to a halt in fairly unimpressive fashion as Duke edged out Rutgers for a 49-44 victory.

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Done deal

DURHAM, N.C. -- Keturah Jackson converted one of two controversial free throws to ice the game and there's nothing left to do except for the home team to celebrate as Duke holds a 49-44 lead with 1.2 seconds left. More to come after the postgame press conferences.

Upset brewing?

DURHAM, N.C. -- Rutgers is killing itself down the stretch. The Knights came up with a stop, forcing Duke into a long 3, but Epiphanny Prince traveled while trying to corral the rebound. Rutgers then committed a foul 30 feet from the basket, resulting in a 1-and-1. Duke made one of two to take a 45-44 lead. On the ensuing possession, Rutgers looked totally out of sorts on offense and had a wild shot blocked in the lane. At some point in the hubbub after Rutgers was forced to foul on the rebound a technical was charged against Rutgers. Abby Waner knocked down both free throws and now lead 47-44 with a 1-and-1 coming and just 10.9 seconds on the clock.

OT Bound?

DURHAM, N.C. -- Essence Carson has had a quiet night, but her 10-footer from the baseline has just knotted the score at 44-44. The offense has been a little more lively in the second half, but with 51.3 seconds left it's far from a sure thing that either team will score again. Either way, this game just has the feel of a contest destined for overtime.

Asleep at the wheel

DURHAM, N.C. -- This game is lulling everybody to sleep. Essence Vaughn stepped to the line and missed her free throw. Everybody -- the Devils on the blocks, the referees -- stood around and watched the ball bounce off the rim. Heather Zurich, seemingly the only one paying attention, picked up the loose ball and put back a layup. The Rutgers bench all had one finger raised indicating it was a 1-and-1 and even the refs weren't quite sure how to call it. But it was in fact a 1-and-1 and a head's up play by Zurich. In a game where points are at a premium, the Dookies will be kicking themselves if they lose because of a mental lapse like that.

Depth charge

DURHAM, N.C. -- If the Blue Devils pull this one out, they can thank their bench. Jasmine Thomas' three from the left wing just resulted in another Rutgers timeout and a 38-37 lead for Duke. The last 11 Blue Devil points have come from Duke's bench. But Epiphanny Price is single-handedly keeping Rutgers in this, drilling a 3 from the corner as the shot clock was expiring to put Rutgers back out in front. Price leads all scorers with 15 points.

Attention scoreboard operator

DURHAM, N.C. -- It took better than 30 minutes but the offenses have finally woken up. Epiphanny Price hit the game's first 3 since early in the first half and Duke responded with a long jump shot of its own. Rutgers answered back with a 3-ball from Heather Zurich. If that keeps up, the Devils might actually have to consider falling out of their zone. Jasmine Thomas made a lovely drive to the hoop and got hacked to electrify the crowd on the other end of the floor. The under 8 timeout interrupted the momentum, but Duke is down just two with the free throw pending.

Another drought finally ends

DURHAM, N.C. -- Rutgers endured another extended field goal drought, this time going nearly seven minutes without one. The only thing keeping the Knights in the game was the inside presence of Rashidat Junaid (four free throws) and the equally woeful shooting by the Blue Devils. The streak was only snapped after Kia Vaughn had three cracks from two feet away. Rutgers followed that layup with a hanging, change-of-direction layup by Matee Ajavon to give the Knights a 29-27 lead.

And Duke takes the lead

DURHAM, N.C. -- So far, Stringer's gamble hasn't paid off. The second unit looks even more out of sorts than the starting lineup and Stringer had to call a timeout after a miscommunication led to a turnover and an on-court shouting match. The larger question is, has Rutgers EVER seen a zone before? Duke hasn't slid out of it and the Knights still look completely confused by it. Of course it doesn't help that they can't make a jump shot and extend the defense. Duke is on an 8-0 run right now and Cameron is finally starting to get loud. And the Rutgers starters are still sitting.


DURHAM, N.C. -- Clearly C. Vivian Stringer doesn't like what she's seeing out of her team in the first two minutes after intermission. After going more than 11 minutes without a field goal in the first half the Knights remained sluggish to start the second half. So after a foul on the defensive end, Stringer summoned a fresh lineup, subbing out all five of her players. Despite the move, Duke has crawled back to tie it at 21-21, the first tie since it was 2 all.

The half in a nutshell

DURHAM, N.C. -- All you needed to do was watch the final 10 seconds of the first half to get a sense of how things went in the first 20 minutes. Rutgers rushed the ball up the court for a final shot but threw a sloppy pass that got intercepted by Brittany Mitch in the open court. Mitch broke free up the court but never paid heed to the clock and was still dribbling toward the basket when the buzzer sounded.

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Rutgers' turn

DURHAM, N.C. -- Now it's Rutgers' turn to go an extended stretch without a field goal. It's been better than seven minutes since their last score from the floor, but Duke has been unable to capitalize. The score was 13-6 when Rutgers last hit a shot and with under 3 minutes to go Duke has managed to only cut the deficit to 17-15.

Zoned out

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Blue Devils have fallen back into a zone and it's working against the cold-shooting Knights. Rutgers has been unable to find gaps or penetrate through the zone and its lone 3 came on a broken play. Rutgers better hope those jumpers start falling because it probably can't count on scoring all its points in transition and still maintain a lead over the Devils who are slowly but surely finding their offense. The Knights are clinging to a 15-13 lead at the under 8 timeout.

Breaking news...Duke scores!

DURHAM, N.C. -- After a drought of nearly six minutes, Carrem Gay knocked down a 15-footer to snap Rutgers' 11-0 run. After another Rutgers turnover, Gay hit another jumper to cut the Duke deficit to 11-6, prompting C. Vivian Stringer to call a timeout of her own. Let's see if these early timeouts can settle these teams down.

Ice cold

DURHAM, N.C. -- Neither team has looked very impressive, but Rutgers still started with a 11-2 run. Duke scored on its first possession and haven't come close since with an assortment of missed layups, errant jump shots and bad turnovers. Rutgers has had a few unforced turnovers as well, but has converted those turnovers into points. The big shot so far was an Epiphanny Price 3 from the left wing with the shot clock expiring following back-to-back Duke blocks. The Devils already burned one timeout before the first media stoppage, but all that led to was another poor entry pass that landed out-of-bounds.

Pre-Game Honors

DURHAM, N.C. -- There was a brief ceremony before the game honoring Wanish Smith, who recently surpassed the 1,000 point mark, becoming the 22nd Blue Devil to accomplish the feat. The jump is coming and Cameron is still half-empty.

Revenge-minded Duke hosts Rutgers

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Cameron Crazies are still fairly subdued (and sparse) with tip-off from Cameron Indoor Stadium about 15 minutes away. Third-ranked Rutgers (5-1) enters Cameron on a roll, having won five straight -- including two victories against top 10 opponents. Meanwhile, Duke (5-3) stumbles into the matchup on a three-game losing streak as coach Joanne McCallie's first season has gotten off to a slow start.

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December 05, 2007

Thomas earns milestone in big UConn win over Virginia

HARTFORD, Conn. -- With every one of Mel Thomas' first three shots, it seemed every fan in the arena was pulling for the guard to make history.

Thomas may have kept everyone waiting longer than expected.

After a 1-for-5 shooting performance in the first half, Thomas got the ball near the foul line with the crowd again in anticipation, but this time, it went in, and a loud roar by the fans accompanied it.

"I was just trying to score, they just weren't going in," Thomas said. "There's days like that when your a shooter."

The only thing Thomas knew was to keep shooting, and sooner or later the milestone would be met.

"I just kept shooting and eventually a couple went in, which was enough to get 1,000 [points]," Thomas said.

Thomas ended with seven points, putting her career total at 1,002 points. Even with a low-scoring effort by Thomas, the Huskies (7-0) had no trouble taking out the Cavaliers (6-4), winning 75-45 at the Hartford Civic Center Wednesday night.

Three Huskies scored in double figures, as forward Tina Charles, center Brittany Hunter and forward Maya Moore scored 18, 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Moore, coming off the bench, continued to impress in her first season at UConn -- she added three rebounds and two blocks. Her streak of double figures to open her career was extended to seven games.

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No Problem with the Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The No. 2 Huskies win big over Virginia tonight, and continue to bowl over opponents early in the season. UConn improves to 7-0 on the season while the Cavaliers drop to 6-4.

Final score: UConn 75, Virginia 45

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Getting Ugly

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Huskies continue their dominance of the Cavaliers, and it seems that the big win is inevitable for UConn, as they lead by 28 with 5 minutes left in the game.

The look on Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan will say it all, as she stands in disappointment with he arms crossed in front of the bench, yelling "Good job," whenever she sees a spark from her team, because they haven't been often.

Being up big has no effect on the Huskies play, as Mel Thomas dove for a ball on the court shortly after shooting across the court near the basket to steal a pass.

The way this game is being played toward the end, you would think it was much closer than the score indicates, as is the case with the foul calling as well with many iffy calls being made.

Thomas hits 1,000-point mark

HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn guard Mel Thomas just became the 29th player in the Huskies' "1,000 points club" with a shot near the foul line with 17 minutes left in the game. It took her only 107 games to accomplish the feat.

Thomas waved to the fans and seconds later, Thomas was right back to work, getting her first foul when she hit Aisha Mohammed under the basket.

UConn is still up big, 53-28 over the Cavaliers.

Doubling the Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn -- Well, after the first half, it seems like the Huskies will have another big win in their grasp, as they lead Virginia 44-22 after the game's first 20 minutes.

The Mel Thomas watch is in full effect, as the fans are apparent in their support for the senior guard. Thomas has three points on 1-of-5 shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists.

Brittany Hunter leads the Huskies with 12 points and five rebounds, as the Huskies are dominating off the glass with 28 to 15 in rebounds. UConn is sharing the wealth, however, with three players scoring in double-figures.

The Cavaliers offense is slumping -- 10-of-35 shooting won't cut it, especially against a UConn offense that is shooting 21-of-35 on the night so far. Look for Virginia to try the inside more, as center Aisha Mohammed has been having some success under the basket with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, which leads the team.

No points needed from Thomas so far

HARTFORD, Conn. --- On her way to potentially scoring 1,000 career points, Mel Thomas doesn't seem like she cares about the numbers, as she has done more dammage with her passing than shooting.

Through the first 13 minutes, Thomas has three asssists, including a pass around the defender under the basket, to go along with four rebounds. Her shot -- an 0-for-3 effort so far -- is off to a poor start. With every shot, the crowd seems to light up, then just as quickly the entire arena sighs in disappointment.

The Huskies lead 36-18, with Tina Charles and Brittany Hunter each with 10 points.

Off to an early start

HARTFORD, Conn. --- The Huskies are wasting no time getting off to a big lead against the Cavaliers, who did score the first two points of the game -- something BYU failed to do when going down early on a 23-0 Huskies run to start the game.

After a Virgina time out, UConn center Tina Charles leads the game with six quick points, as the Huskies lead 20-6 with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Huskies ready for Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn. -- No. 2 UConn (6-0) takes on Virginia (6-3) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center.

Within a game that shouldn't be rather competitive, the match-up with Virginia could prove to be one for the record books, as Huskies guard Mel Thomas can make history tonight.

With five points tonight, Huskies guard Mel Thomas could join the 1,000 points club -- only the 29th player in school history. Thomas comes into the game with 995 points in 106 games.

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December 03, 2007

Maryland Does Bleed...Scarlet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Maryland just couldn't hit the big shots at the end of the game when they needed it most and the Scarlet Knights used amazing pressure defense to get the Terps out of their games in the second half to pull away and win, 68-60, in front of 4,181 at the RAC.

The Knights finally got their big win at home.

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Instant Heavyweight Classic

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - This one was worth the price of admission. And I got to see it for free. Jealous? You should be, this was one instant classic of a game.

Like a heavyweight battle, Rutgers and Maryland went blow for blow for 40 minutes, and the final was a lot closer than the 68-60 score indicated. But in the end, Rutgers hit hardest and pulled out the win on their home court in front of 4,181 fans who were behind them from start to finish.

This game was all about styles of play. Maryland likes to force its opponents to run, while Rutgers slows you down and forces you to take bad shots. The game featured moments where each team was able to enforce its will. But ultimately it was Maryland who missed one too many shots.

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RU By Five

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Down by five with 3:31 to play, Maryland is playing with a sense of urgency.

Rutgers has completely taken over the momentum of this game thanks to Epiphanny Prince, who has 10 of the biggest points that Rutgers has scored tonight, including the Knights last four, to make the score 53-48.

Langhorne is on the line right now shooting two, but Maryland needs to get back into its offense if they hope to not get upset here tonight at the RAC.

The Terps are still shooting 20 percent on the half and they are turning the ball over as well, with 19 on the game, compared to RU's nine.

RU Has A Lead

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is a team on a mission right now and the crowd is backing them on their journey.

With 7:20 to play, Epiphanny Prince hit her second 3-pointer in a row to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead since about 16 minutes left in the first half.

Rutgers had cut the lead down to 42-40, but Marissa Coleman responded with a huge three, making it a five-point game. But that's when Prince went off for her back-to-back trifectas. The sophomore guard has 15 points to lead all scorers.

Maryland is shooting just 20 percent in the second half. After shooting 62 percent in the opening stanza, that is a big reason the Terps have let the Knights back in.

Just A Two Point Game

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The lead is just two.

With 10 minutes to play, you could tell the Rutgers fans were ready for their Knights to make a run. And the Knights responded.

Rashidat Junaid, not usually a big contributor, hit a lay up with 9:15 to play to cut the lead to two, 42-40, sending the crowd and the Rutgers bench into jubilation and forcing Maryland to call a 30 second timeout to regroup.

Chants of, "R, U!" have been going back and forth between sides of the arena for almost the entire timeout. The RAC is rocking right now.

Getting Closer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers doesn't know how to quit.

You know you will get heart and determination from Rutgers and the Scarlet Knights won't let this game slip away.

Down by 10 again, the Knights got back-to-back baskets by Matee Ajavon and backup center Rashidat Junaid - Ajavon hit a three in the corner - to cut the Maryland lead in half.

With 11:34 to play the score is 41-36 Terps.

Kristi Toliver is being blanketed by Epiphanny Prince out there and is visibly frustrated that she cannot seem to shake loose.

Every single time Rutgers has made a run in this game, Maryland has answered. Let's see what the Terps do next. Or will the Knights continue to get back into this game?

Swinging Mo'

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The second half started with Maryland unable to connect from the field for over two minutes and Rutgers used a 4-0 run to get back to within six.

Crystal Langhorne came out of halftime and seemed to regress, looking ugly on a travelling call in the lane and then compounding that by airballing her next shot from the free throw line.

But a big three pointer from freshman Marah Strickland and Kia Vaughn going out of the game with four fouls already has given the Terps back some momentum and they continue to lead, 36-29.

Terps By 10 At The Half

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After one half of action, this game is pretty much everything you would have expected.

Epiphanny Prince hit a shot at the buzzer into halftime. OK, it was after the buzzer and didn't count. Pretty much sums up the first half for the Scarlet Knights, who trail No. 3 Maryland 33-23 after one.

The Scarlet Knights' defense is devastating, but they seem to be a step behind the Terps' offense, which is one of the best and most efficient in the nation - if not the best.

The Terps can be prone to turnovers, yes, but when their offense clicks it is a wonderful thing to watch.

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Maryland's Gem

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Maryland holds an 18-16 lead with 7:26 to go in the first half and they have Jade Perry to thank.

Perry has come off the bench to provide a needed spark for the Terrapins as Rutgers has been able to slow them down a little late.

Perry has hit three big buckets for Maryland for six early points to lead the team and the Terps have shot almost 67 percent from the field - compared to the Knights' 38 percent - to take the lead.

Essence Carson has been very good tonight thus far for Rutgers and has six points of her own on 3-for-5 shooting.

Fast-Paced Terps

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Is the Tide turning?

Maryland may be missing some shots early and making some early mistakes and turnovers, but they are inflicting their own style of play on Rutgers and forcing the tempo to be a lot quicker than the Knights would like.

Maryland has grabbed the lead, 14-12, at the 9:20 mark in the first half and got a big boost from Jade Perry off the bench. Perry doesn't look it, but she was able to hit on an acrobatic layup in the lane and then immediately followed that with a nice jumper from the free throw line.

Rutgers With Fire

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers came out with a lot of fire in the opening minutes of this one. But one very amusing thing happened before the ball was even tipped.

During the Maryland team announcement, Maryland's Crystal Langhorne was introduced. She ran onto the court and did a chest bump with Jade Perry. Langhorne came down awkward and lost her balance, falling on her backside. The senior got a big laugh, as did her teammates, as she got up embarassed and hugged Perry after.

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Back At The RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Back once again at the State College of New Jersey for another big-time matchup between Top 10 teams, this time for the Jimmy V Classic.

It's the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins who venture north to the Garden State in search of a victory over last year's national runners-up.

Maryland comes in undefeated at 10-0, including big wins over LSU and Oklahoma, and the Terps are hungry to prove they can win on the road.

Rutgers, on the other hand, comes in 4-1, having lost only to then-No. 7 Stanford on their home floor at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights need to prove they can protect their house.

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December 02, 2007

No. 1 Tennessee hangs on against UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee held on for a 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina after almost letting a double-digit lead evaporate over the closing minutes.

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Lady Vols survive crazy finish

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- It was a crazy finish, but No. 1 Tennessee held on to a late lead for the 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina despite fouling UNC's Aaron Gray on a 3-point shot with five-seconds remaining.

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UNC run gets them back in the game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Just as it looked like Tennessee would cruise to a double digit win over No. 4 North Carolina the Tar Heels have made a run scoring nine straight points to cut the lead to 74-72. The Lady Vols have turned the ball twice during their three minute scoreless sterak and have missed multiple layups.

Scoreless drought for Tar Heels

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has gone on a four minute scoreless drought as No. 1 Tennessee holds a 74-61 lead. Tennessee led 62-61 with 10:38 remaining, but has used free throw shooting and Tar Heel turnovers to build their lead.

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Turnovers costly for UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina's turnovers helped Tennessee have a late comeback in last year's Final Four and their allowing the Lady Vols to stretch the lead tonight.

The Tar Heels have turned the ball over four times in the last two minutes helping UT build a 71-61 lead.

UNC continues to dominate the boards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has used strong play on the boards and a few questionable calls to cut the Tennessee lead to 60-57.

The Tar Heels already have over 20 offensive rebounds and have 24 second chance points. The referees have called a few questionable charge calls that haven't made the Lady Vol fans happy and they're letting them know it.

Lady Vols stretch the lead to double digits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker has four quick points in the opening part of the first half and No. 1 Tennessee has stretched their two-point halftime lead to 10 against No. 4 North Carolina.

Parker scored twice in the paint then Alex Fuller made a spin move in the post for a hook shot to bring the lead to double digits. UT leads 55-45.

Four fouls for Anosike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Forward Nicky Anosike picked up her fourth foul of the game less than two minutes into the second half. She was the primary defender on North Carolina forward Erlana Larkins who has 16 points.

The Lady Vols lead 51-45 with 18 minutes remaining.

UNC dominant in the paint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina used strong play down low to tie the game for much of the first half against No. 1 Tennessee, but a late layup from Alex Fuller gave the Lady Vols a 42-40 halftime lead.

UNC has 32 of its 40 points inside the paint, including 16 off second chance opportunities.

Tennessee jumped out to an eight-point lead with six minutes remaining, but a late UNC run helped close the gap. Forward Erlana Larkins's 11 pointsand eight rebounds leads UNC.

Alexis Hornbuckle has led the way for UT with 15 points and five rebounds in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. All-American Candace Parker has struggled early on going 2 of 8 from the field for 6 points. Parker got off to a quick start scoring four points in the opening minutes, but struggled the rest of the way.

On a side note the Lady Vols public relations program just had a talent contest to give away a cruise to a Tennessee student and the winner made a really catchy "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" remix about the Lady Vols team. The crowd loved it and put Thompson-Boling arena in the Christmas spirit.

Things to watch for in the second half: Tennessee on the boards- The Lady Vols were outrebounded 30-21 in the first half. If Tennessee is going to pull off the win they will have to improve their play down low.

Player to watch: Alexis Hornbuckle- The senior guard shot 75 percent from the field and seemed to provide Tennessee with a spark while other players struggled. She'll need to continue to score if Parker can't find the bottom of the net.

Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina fans started to chant "Oompa Loompa" while 5-2 Tennessee point guard Shannon Bobbitt was shooting free throws. Maybe they don't realize that their freshman guard Cetera DeGraffenreid is no taller than 5-4. The Lady Vols have jumped out to a 29-22 lead after a 8-0 run.

Back and forth battle in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee and No. 4 North Carolina have come out running early on as the Tar Heels hold an early 19-18 advantage. The lead has shifted back and forth multiple times, but it's been the Tar Heels dominance in the paint that has given them the lead.

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UNC goes for revenge against Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-No. 4 North Carllina will be looking to avenge a Final Four loss last season as they travel to Knoxville to face No. 1 Tennessee. The Tar Heels won the regular season matchup between the two teams 70-57, but couldn't hold on to a big lead in the national semifinal game as they fell 56-50.

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Postgame Comments

After Georgia's 71-64 victory over Ga. Tech, the players and coaches had the following to say about today's game...

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Jackets Hanging Around

Athens, Ga. --- The score is now 13-11 UGA. The Bulldogs leading scorer is Tasha Humphrey with 7 points. However, she has been remarkably absent since the first timeout in this game.

Tech is now in control of the tempo of this game forcing UGA to play more transition offense, which takes away some of Humphrey's advantage. The Bulldogs are taking many long shots, and not hitting from that range.

Meanwhile, the Jackets plan so far has been to drive straight to the bucket. It will be interesting to see how the contrast between these two plays out the rest of the way.

First Timeout

ATHENS, Ga. - UGA's Tasha Humphrey is ball hawk right now. She is collecting everything that comes off of the glass on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Tech's defense will need to collapse down on her in order to keep the Bulldogs from picking up easy buckets in the post.

The score s now 6-3 UGA with 15:46 to play in the first half.


ATHENS, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey started the game off for Georgia by scoring the first four points of the game. The Jackets also started off aggressively, but not on the scoreboard. In the first minute and a a half of the game, Tech picked up three personal fouls.

With 17:30 to play in the first, the score is 4-0 UGA.

Good Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

Athens, Ga. ---

The above title refers to the namesake of the rivalry between No. 7 Georgia(7-0) and Georgia Tech(5-0). When these two teams get together, it doesn't matter if they are playing horseshoes. The fans and players involved all know what is at stake in such a heated rivalry.

In the stands, the fans have already started chanting back-and-forth: "Yellow!" "Jackets!" "Georgia!" "Bulldogs!"

The host Bulldogs are the favorite in this match-up as they should be in dominating the series against Tech. The Lady Bulldogs are led by senior forward Tasha Humphrey. On the season, she is averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

The Lady Jackets will need a top performance out of their senior leader guard Chioma Nnamaka. She has averaged 20 points per game, and is the focus of Tech's scoring.

The game is a little under 15 minutes away, and Stegeman Coliseum is slowly filling in, with what looks to be a decent sized crowd.

November 30, 2007

Maryland cruises Past Ohio State for fourth victory over a ranked team

College Park, Md.-- Add another check-mark to the Maryland Terrapins' checklist. The way they've been plowing through their grueling schedule makes it seem as if they they are merely completing mundane tasks, rather than competing against upper-echelon women's basketball teams.

Another ranked team, another convincing, double-digit victory for the now 10-0 Terps. This time against the clearly over-matched, No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2).

"Very, very convincing win," Terrapins head coach Brenda Frese said of her team's 77-53 triumph. "The best thing was to see how we executed defensively... A special win, especially for the first year of the ACC/Big Ten challenge, and for us to be able to come away with such a convincing win."

Last season, Maryland won its first 18 games, but this year's 10-game stretch may be even more impressive.

The Terps have already beaten Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, and now Ohio State--all ranked teams--and all taken care of with relative ease.

"Our swag, our confidence," Frese attributed to her team's hot start this season. "We're playing for each other and looking for each other on the floor. Just the unselfishness we're displaying."

The Terps have been able to be so unselfish because of the quality of their starting lineup. Every night a different player seems to step up and carry the offense.

Tonight it was senior forward Crystal Langhorne who, still not at 100-percent from a foot injury, led the way with 17 points. But it was a balanced effort from the Terps, as they had six players with eight or more points.

Maryland kicked off the game with an 18-4 run, and never looked back. Ohio State was unable to make a push to even make the game interesting. Marscilla Packer, who leads the Buckeyes in scoring this season shot 2-of-11 from the floor, scoring just six points total.

"We're not going to win a lot of basketball games with Marscilla shooting like that," Buckeyes head coach Jim Foster said. "She's been out there a couple years, and the best defender on the other team was on Brandi Hoskins. Now the best defender on the other team is on her, and she's a target."

That "best defender" was Marissa Coleman, who Frese praised after the game for her defense.

"When Marissa puts her mind to it, she can be the best, dominant player on the floor, offensively and defensively," Frese said. "To hold [Packer] scoreless in the first half... just thought we did a tremendous job being able to defend her, and that started with Marissa and her energy and focus on the defensive end."

The Terps once again put together a complete game, both offensively and defensively, and needed little effort to fend off the Buckeyes in the second half. Once the Terps' lead was built, they padded and protected it.

"It's great exposure for our team, especially being the ACC/Big Ten challenge to show how dominant our conference is and just to send a message out to a lot of people," Langhorne said.

Consider that message received. The Terps have been on a mission to prove that last year's second-round exit in the NCAA tournament was just a fluke, and they have done that so far by beating some of the nation's best teams and reaching 10 wins before anybody else.

Still, the Terps like to play the disrespect card, because that card worked so well for them two years ago when they captured the first national championship in program history.

"It's very similar to the year that we won it," Coleman said. "Nobody's really talking about Maryland. Everybody's talking about Connecticut and Tennessee and the rest of the country. It's just more motivation for us to go out there and play as hard as we can, and try to dominate those opponents that we do play."

The Terps travel to Piscataway Monday to play No. 5 Rutgers, and if they play like they have been playing, and earn another victory against another highly-ranked team, people will certainly be talking about Maryland.

Whether Coleman and the Terps like it or not.


College Park, Md.-- More on this game to come...

A-C-C! A-C-C! A-C-C!

College Park, Md.-- Fans at Comcast Center just began an "A-C-C" chant just as they did Wednesday night during the men's game against Illinois.

Chalk up another victory for the Atlantic Coast Conference in this one. ACC has an early lead in the inaugural women's basketball Big Ten/ACC challenge.

Working Mother

College Park, Md.-- Thanks to a feature on the Jumbo-Tron during a timeout, we learned that the Terrapins players voted Crystal Langhorne "team mom."

Don't know if that was more of an honor than her being voted a pre-season All-American, but it's one more thing to add to her resume.

Not Pack-ing it in

College Park, Md.-- Ohio State's leading scorer for the season, Marscilla Packer, just scored her first points of the night, 24 minutes into the game. Only 16 more to match her season average.

Half-Time at College Park

College Park, Md. -- With a trip to Rutgers on Monday, the Terps may have looked past Ohio State a little bit. But the first half proved that's not so. At halftime, the Terrapins lead the Buckeyes 39-25.

No player on either side has reached double-digits yet, and Maryland's reserve forward Jade Perry leads all scorers with 8 points.

The Terps are even impressing some of their male counterparts, who came out to support the team tonight.

I ran into guard Greivis Vasquez of the men's team during halftime and he was proud of the women's work so far.

"They're too good," Vasquez said. "They're gonna win the national championship. Kristi Toliver is playing amazingly."

While it may be too early for Vasquez's championship prediction, the Terps have certainly showed that they are capable, beating ranked team after ranked team, like they'll have to do in March. If they can hold onto this 14-point lead, they will be 4-0 against teams in the top-25 this season.

Meanwhile, Ohio State needs to come out hot if they want to think about a potential upset any longer. If they dig themselves into a deeper hole, they won't have a chance to come back.

Marscilla Packer has yet to get into the scoring column for the Buckeyes. She needs to assert herself more in the offense and start hitting some shots for Ohio State to get going.

Not your ordinary contest

College Park, Md.-- Typically at Maryland games, during a media time-out, a pair of fans get to participate in a contest sponsored by Popeye's chicken. The contestants normally put on a Terps jersey and basketball shorts as they dribble across the court and try to hit a lay-up before one another.

In tonight's contest though, the fans had to put on diapers and pacifiers though. They had some trouble hitting that shot with the diapers falling down, but eventually it ended.

And boy are we lucky it finally ended.

First Half Update

College Park, Md.-- Terrapins lead 20-9, midway through the first half. Kristi Toliver leads the Terps with five points, while Brittany Johnson leads the Buckeyes with three. The Terps are demonstrating a balanced scoring attack while the Buckeyes just aren't scoring at all.

Terrapins not cordial hosts

College Park, Md.-- The Terps just gave Ohio State a rude welcome to College Park and "The World's Biggest Baby Shower." They began the game on an 11-2 run, led by four points from Laura Harper, prompting Ohio State head coach Jim Foster to take a timeout.

Ohio State at Maryland --Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge

College Park, Md.-- With head coach Brenda Frese over five months pregnant, the Maryland Athletics Department has titled tonight's game against the Ohio State Buckeyes "The World's Biggest Baby Shower." It encouraged fans to bring a toy or donation, in honor of Frese, to be donated to Toys for Tots.

The biggest gift for Frese, however, will be another victory-- one that would make the No. 3 Terrapins the first team in the nation to reach 10 wins.

Ohio State would like nothing more than to spoil the party.

The Buckeyes come into College Park sitting at 5-1, hungry to make-up for their home loss to Auburn last Sunday. While the Terps have already beaten three ranked teams, the No. 19 Buckeyes are looking for their first big win of the season, and to stay in the rankings.

Jantel Lavender, a 6-foot-4-inch freshman center, has begun her collegiate career how graduated center Jessica Davenport left off. Lavender is second on the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game, and she leads the Buckeyes with 9.3 rebounds a contest.

Tonight though, she will go against a front-line unlike any she has ever played. The Maryland front-court of Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper, is among the best of the nation. Backup forward Jade Perry, who started seven games in Langhorne's absence, will be brought off the bench to guard the big Buckeye center as well.

But it's a pair of guards who lead their teams in scoring and could decide the outcome in this one. For the Terrapins, junior Kristi Toliver (19.4 ppg, 57.4 fg%) has shot lights-out and looks like an All-American early in the season. Senior Marscilla Packer has been no slouch from the field either, scoring almost 18 points a game for Ohio State.

November 23, 2007

FSU holds on to beat Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Round one goes to the Seminoles.

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And it's over

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU has won its fourth game in the last five meetings with the Gators, though this one could have easily gone to the Gators.

The Seminoles won it 81-78 after Florida guard Depree Bowden's desperation three-pointer fell short as time ran out.

A full write-up with stats, player of the game, and what lies ahead for both teams is coming later.

FSU fans can breathe easy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU forward Jacinta Moore just made a basket, and Florida turned it over on the other end.

FSU is up 80-78 with 5.3 seconds left, and the Seminoles have the ball too.

Less than a minute to go ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU is up 78-74 with a timeout on the floor with 57 seconds left.

The Seminoles have the ball after Marshae Dotson's layup trimmed the lead back down to four.

Not so fast ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It looks like I spoke too soon.

Florida just reeled off a pair of baskets in 30 seconds to cut the lead to 76-71. Sha Brooks is heading to the line to try and convert an and-1 to make it a 4-point game.

FSU pulling away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With 2:08 left, the Seminoles are in control.

Florida State leads host Florida 76-67.

The Seminoles went on a 9-0 run to take a 74-64 lead before Sha Brooks ended the streak with a three-pointer.

It looks like the Gators will have to start fouling. FSU is a 66 percent free-throw shooting team.

Seminoles get lead back

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Those in attendance waiting for tonight's men's basketball game are getting a pretty good show from Florida and Florida State's women's teams.

FSU has surged back into the lead, taking a 61-57 edge with 10:35 left in the second half.

Florida's offense, which looked unstoppable near the end of the first half, has hit a speed bump.

The Seminoles haven't been able to miss lately, hitting threes and driving to the basket.

FSU creeps back

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tanae Davis-Cain has scored 8 points in the first four minutes of the second half, upping her total for the game to 22, and cutting the Gators' lead to 48-47.

FSU is going to the line to try and get the lead back with 15:41 to go.

Florida up at the half

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - While everyone in the press room has their eyes glued on Arkansas-LSU, here's a halftime update on the Florida-Florida State women's basketball game:

Florida is up 41-37 after a nice flurry to end the first half.

Junior forward Marshae Dotson leads the Gators with 16 points and six rebounds while Depree Bowden has added 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Florida State guard Tanae Davis-Cain has a team-leading 14 points on 14 shot attempts.

The second half could continue to go Florida's way if they keep scoring well on fast breaks. If the game reverts back to a defensive duel like it did early in the first half, look for FSU to regain the lead.

Either way, it's clear this one is not over yet.

Bowden, Davis-Cain running the show

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida senior Depree Bowden swished a three-pointer, grinned a wide smile and started high stepping back on defense.

Bowden's second three in a row gave Florida a 32-27 lead with 3:52 left in the first half, as the Gators look to snap a string of three losses in four meetings to hated rival Florida State.

FSU junior Tanae Davis-Cain is trying to stop that from happening. She has scored six of FSU's last eight points as this game has turned into a fast-paced affair.

Florida wakes up

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Now we have a game on our hands.

The Gators are on an 11-2 run and now lead 20-19 with 7:50 remaining in the first half.

Coach Amanda Butler's lineup changes worked, as Florida is scoring in transition and getting easy fast-break points.

The crowd is slowly growing as fans are entering the O'Connell Center for the anticipated 8 p.m. men's basketball game between the Gators and Seminoles.

FSU wakes up

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Well, at least one team is getting something going.

The Seminoles have scored 8 straight points to take a 15-9 lead with 11:24 left in the first half against the Gators.

Jacinta Moore, who at 6-4 is the tallest player on the court, has found open space inside for a couple of easy baskets.

The Gators have failed to penetrate the FSU defense so far, but they are bringing in a small lineup now, so we'll see if that can spark something.

Florida, FSU starting slow

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Perhaps everyone is still sleeping off some Thanksgiving turkey.

Florida leads Florida State 7-5 early as the teams are playing what pro-active fans would call "a defensive battle."

From an unbiased perspective, neither team is in a rhythm on offense and most of the points have come from jacking three-pointers.

We'll see if either team gets its energy back after the first TV timeout.

Tipoff upcoming at Florida State-Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Gators and Seminoles are set to get it on in the first of three rivalry matchups in three sports over the next 24 hours.

Before they meet in men's basketball and football, the women's hoops teams will play at the O'Connell Center starting momentarily.

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November 18, 2007

Toliver and No. 3 Terps take down LSU

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Last year the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team could not come through in the big game. They lost to rivals North Carolina and Duke twice each, and failed to make any noise in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Ole Miss in the second round.

This season is already different story.

A week after defeating then-No. 6 Oklahoma, the No. 3 Terps (5-0) earned another definitive early-season win, pummeling the No. 4 LSU Lady Tigers 75-63, en route to capturing the Pre-Season WNIT championship at Comcast Center.

"Just a special win for us," Terrapins head coach Brenda Frese said. "We talked about having twice as much fun, and I thought we worked twice as hard in this game. I'm just so proud of the champions we have in this locker room."

Maryland junior point guard Kristi Toliver scored 23 points, dished out seven assists, and garnered tournament MVP honors. She scored 25 points Friday night in a win against Notre Dame which got the Terps to the championship game.

"I thought I was in a WNBA game for a while, the way [Toliver] just kept pulling up and making shots," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor, who won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets. "I'm really impressed with her."

The Terrapins were without the services of All-American center Crystal Langhorne, but senior Jade Perry picked up the slack and gave fits to LSU's own All- American, Sylvia Fowles. After the game Frese called Perry "the strongest player in the country."

While Fowles scored her typical 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, she struggled to take over the game much to do with the way Perry battled her.

"It's just something different about their post players, putting the ball on the floor, finishing around the bucket or even stepping out from the block," Fowles said. "That's something I had to go up against tonight that was kind of different."

LSU stuck with the Terps throughout the first half, entering the locker room facing just a two-point deficit. The Lady Tigers gained the lead early in the second half, but a 16-1 Terrapin run created some separation. The Terps cruised through most of the second half with a double-digit lead, thanks in part to forward Laura Harper's 14 points after the break.

LSU was a bit out of their element all game. The Lady Tigers usually focus on getting the ball inside and scoring from the post, but instead, they jacked up 25 three-point field goals. Guard Quianna Chaney hit four of them, but took 12 attempts, and shot the ball a total of 22 times to score her 23 points.

Chancellor took the blame for the questionable style of play his team exhibited.

"I promise you this much, you put this one in the bank, we're going to get a lot better," Chancellor said. "LSU right now is poorly, poorly coached."

The veteran coach also had his own predictions about Maryland.

"This team is capable of winning a national championship or playing for one if they keep playing like this," he said. "They were pretty good today."

Meanwhile, LSU has a lot of work to do if it wants to reach its fifth straight Final Four.

They were exposed by Maryland and the talented point guard Toliver whose coach called her "Agent Two-zero" after the game, referencing Toliver's number 20 jersey and her similarity of play to Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.

"So far we've been pretty consistent," Toliver said. "The only team that can beat us is ourselves, and we're just going out there and playing hard every game."

Final From College Park

Maryland Terrapins- 75

LSU Lady Tigers- 62

Terps improve to 5-0, while Tigers are now 3-1.

More on this game later.

Preseason WNIT All Tournament Team:

Charel Allen (ND)
Allyssa DeHaan (MSU)
Sylvia Fowles (LSU)
Quianna Chaney (LSU)
Jade Perry (MD)
MVP: Kristi Toliver (MD)

That Kind of Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kristi Toliver just took a deep jump shot that bounced up off the rim, rolled around, and in. She leads the Terps with 21 now. Maryland is ahead of LSU 73-59 with under 3 minutes remaining.

Tigers in Trouble???

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Sylvia Fowles just hit a jump shot to stop what was a 16-1 Maryland run. LSU took the lead right after intermission, but the Terps spent no time in getting it back. Right now, they are clicking on all cylinders.

Terps up 13 points.

Too much Excitement

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Marissa Coleman hit a lay-up while getting fouled, and let her excitement get the best of her. Coleman started yelling, then bumped into a group of LSU players, earning her a technical foul.

Tigers guard Erica White made the second of two free-throws resulting from Coleman's technical.

Coleman hit her free-throw from the initial play.

The Terps lead the Tigers 46-41.

Half-Time Update

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has to be happy about the way her team is playing without Crystal Langhorne.

Going into the half, the Terps lead LSU 34-32

Starting for the injured Langhorne (who did not dress today), was Jade Perry, who chipped in 10 first-half points and grabbed five rebounds.

The Terps have not, however, done a good job of taking care of the basketball. Give credit to LSU's guards for pressuring the Terps into nine turnovers so far.

And on offense for the Lady Tigers, it's all Quianna Chaney (game-high 16 points), who has been anything but gun-shy. Chaney is 6-for-13 from the field including a 4-for-8 mark from beyond the arc. Chaney is getting open looks and not hesitating to take them. She is also the only player on either side to play all 20 minutes.

It will be interesting to see how Frese and LSU coach Van Chancellor adjust at the half.

Toliver Taking Over

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Quick update on the top scorers...

Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver leads the game with 11 points. She also has four rebounds and three assists.

For LSU, Quianna Chaney has 10 points while Sylvia Fowles has 7.

Who's watching?

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A decent crowd showed up at Comcast Center for LSU/Maryland considering the elements. Tickets were put on sale very late due to the nature of the tournament.

Also, it's a Sunday in November and both local NFL teams, the Ravens and the Redskins play this afternoon.
The student section here is almost empty and the rest of the arena is about half-full.

No Langhorne

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The Terps' starting lineup was just announced and no Langhorne to be seen. Senior forward Jade Perry will start in her place this afternoon. Perry has averaged 8.5 points per game thus far and leads Maryland with 9.5 rebounds each contest.

Pre-season WNIT Final Coming up...

COLLEGE PARK, Md- Before the season, when this LSU/Maryland match-up was a possibility, everyone probably looked to the All-American center battle between Crystal Langhorne and Sylvia Fowles.

That one-on-one clash is hardly the story of this game though.

First off, Langhorne is nursing a foot injury and has only played one game so far—scoring just two points against Oklahoma. She is questionable for the game today.

Secondly, even if Langhorne does play, it is unlikely she will be covering Fowles on the defensive end. Expect the 6-foot-4-inch Laura Harper to draw that unenviable task.

The real match-up to watch is between swing players Quianna Chaney of LSU and Marissa Coleman of Maryland--each of whom do a little bit of everything for their respective teams.

The Lady Tigers have not given up more than 54 points yet this season. That will likely change today. Expect a high-scoring affair, because the Terrapins like to run, and LSU should have no problem keeping up.

It may be the finals of the preseason WNIT, but neither of these teams will be showing up in the postseason WNIT. Each has its own realistic goal of reaching the Final Four. LSU has done it four straight years, while Maryland is trying to build a legacy of its own.

November 15, 2007

An Assesment Of Duke

TAMPA - Well, Duke's good. But are they that good?

Truly, the jury is still out on these Blue Devils, who are young, and who played without star All-American candidate Abby Waner due to a tweaked ankle - an ankle that in a massive air cast looked a lot worse than a tweak.

Duke was able to do pretty much anything they pleased against an outworked and overmatched USF team that falls to 1-1 on the season after the 89-52 spanking at the hands of the Blue Devils. I bet Bethune Cookman didn't have athletes like Duke.

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No Horns On These Bulls

TAMPA - With the score 73-38 and just under seven minutes to play in the game, I think it's time to let the Lady Vols and Sooners take the floor.

This game has come to a stand-still. The tempo could put you to.........sorry, sleep.

Could you imagine if Abby Waner played? The fact is, Duke is simply bigger and stronger. They can do anything they want on the inside and have just taken the ball away from USF's guards multiple times.

It is apparent that these two teams are on different levels. Duke's bench would probably defeat USF's starters, especially without the Bulls' center Lawson, who fouled out just as the second half was beginning.

At least it won't be a long ride back to campus for the Tampa-based Bulls.

Fouled Out, Bowled Over

TAMPA - USF might be down 47-18 with still 17:44 to play in the game, but the Bulls do lead the Blue Devils in tackles.

Oh, wait, wrong sport.

Center Jessica Lawson had four fouls already at the 18 minute mark when a pass to Wanisha Smith was broken up by solid hip check, sending the ball, and Smith, flying towards the Duke bench.

With Smith writhing in the floor in pain, Lawson didn't even look at the pain she had inflicted, she just continued walking towards her bench, knowing that she just fouled out of the game with her team only scoring 18 points.

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Duke's JT

TAMPA - The Duke Blue Devils look like two completely different basketball teams at times, and both versions are beating the USF Bulls badly, 38-15 at the half.

There is the Duke that plays a slower, perimeter passing game, utlilizing its bigs to make up for the fact that the guards aren't quick or particularly good ball handlers. Then there is the Duke that runs and plays a fast-paced brand of ball led by freshman point guard Jasmine Thomas.

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Orange and Blue

TAMPA - The game is USF against Duke.

The colors involved should be gold, green, blue and white. So why do I see so much Tennessee Orange?

The Lady Vols fans certainly can travel and they are the predominant makeup of the crowd. Right now I am looking across the court in the stands and I see two colors, blue (the empty seats) and orange (the Lady Vol faithful).

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Proving Her Point

TAMPA - Duke's Jasmine Thomas didn't get the start, but after just a few minutes of action, after it was obvious that Brittany Mitch and Wanisha Smith struggled at getting the ball up the court, Thomas entered.

On the first play that she was in the game, Thomas stole the ball and went coast to coast for a driving lay-up and the foul.

Thomas must be a factor for Duke to win this season. She will be the answer to the departed Lindsey Harding. On both offense and defense, as she seems to excel at both thus far in this game.

After only five minutes of action the score is Duke 8, USF 4.

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November 11, 2007

Sooners can't catch Terrapins

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - For the first few minutes of Maryland's showdown with Oklahoma, it looked like the women's basketball fans here were in for a great game.

But the only ones feeling good when it was over were the Terrapins. No. 4 Maryland went on a 30-9 run over the final four minutes of first half and never looked back on the way to a 76-66 win against the sixth-ranked Sooners.

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Not much doing here

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Things have taken a turn for the mundane here, as Maryland has maintained it's 20-point lead without too much exciting action to speak of. The Terps are slowing things down a bit, just trying to milk some clock, it would appear.

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Good news, bad news for OU

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- At the 16:25 mark of the second half, Courtney Paris finally snagged her seventh rebound of the game to become OU's all-time leader in career boards.

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Terps up big at halftime

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Even though this game features some higher-ranked teams than the afternoon's first contest here at the Smith Center, it's not quite as competitive at halftime.

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Now back to your originally scheduled Paris sister

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sure, school records are impressive. Athletes spend their four years contributing -- a little at first, then more and more -- until their enshrined in the record books. Of course, that is just what usually happens. If you're Courtney Paris, it's a bit different.

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The other Paris

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- While all the hype is about Courtney Paris for Oklahoma, she's still got a goose egg in the box score so far in this game. Her twin sister, Ashley, however, has seven of the Sooners' first 10 points. This one is tight nearly eight minutes in, with the Sooners leading 13-12.

Frontline showdown in second game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Not only does the second game of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic feature two of the top six teams in the nation, it also has one great individual matchup: Maryland's Crystal Langhorne against Oklahoma's Courtney Paris.

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Carolina pulls away for win vs. ASU

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- As the second half started, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell could be heard above the noise of the Smith Center crowd as she implored her team to play better defense than it did in the game's first 20 minutes.

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Tar Heels taking control late

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The wheels are starting to fall off of Arizona State. There might not be any further proof needed than the fact that they just forgot entirely to guard Erlana Larkins.

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Heels coming together, Devils struggling

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It seems like every time the Sun Devils hit a big 3-pointer to cut Carolina's lead to a point, something happens to the Tar Heels, and they respond by remembering how to make good passes and play together on offense -- something that wasn't happening very much in the first half.

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Baptism by fire for UNC freshmen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has certainly been getting her freshmen some big-time game experience, at times without veteran help around them.

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Carolina has slight edge at half

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Tar Heels had worked their way to a double-digit lead briefly in the later moments of the first half, but Arizona State kept pushing back and trailed by just a point, 43-42, at halftime.

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Random sights and sounds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- What else is there to do during the final television timeout of the first half other than watch what's going on around you? Not much, really. Luckily, there are a few funny things going on.

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Back and Forth

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Even though it's the Tar Heels who are known for running the floor with the best of them, the Sun Devils are giving UNC a taste of its own medicine.

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Carolina big early on boards

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina started its scoring with a Heather Claytor 3-pointer, but since then, most of the Tar Heels work has been inside.

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Tar Heels, Sun Devils set for showdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Smith Center has seen plenty of great games as the home to the North Carolina men, but it's going to be quite a showing of women's basketball here today with four ranked teams squaring off. Things get started with No. 12 Arizona State taking on the host Tar Heels, who are ranked seventh.

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November 01, 2007

From Downtown Goes Live

NEW YORK - Welcome fans of women's college basketball to From Downtown, your home for live in-game coverage of the best matchups across the country.

We'll be blogging live from the places that rule women's college basketball. Whether it's seeing the Lady Vols in Knoxville, the Huskies in Storrs, Conn., or Candice Wiggins in Palo Alto, Calif., From Downtown will be there covering the action.

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