Correction: The Master (singular)

By Jeff Lippman - January 07, 2007

Disappointed? No, I didn't think you would be.

I'm talking, of course, about the sensational, back and forth, blow for blow, emotional, heavyweight as-good-as-it-gets contest between the No. 5 Connecticut Huskies and the No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols.

Sure UConn's Renee Montgomery struggled and the team was down early. But Connecticut proved it has the resolve to compete with anyone at the highest level.

They proved that when Candace Parker--she's another story I'll get to later--dunked for the sixth time in her career to increase the Lady Vol lead to 45-29 with about 18 minutes to go in the game.

Another team with less heart could have easily folded, but not on this day for this UConn team. The dunk only made them regroup and rally.

The Huskies used the emotion from the dunk to go on a 31-15 run to tie the game at 60 with 4:04 remaining.

Of course, the rally didn't prove enough, as UConn went on to lose to the more talented Tennessee squad 70-64 in what proved to live up to all the hype surrounding one of the biggest games of the season thus far.

I say that Tennessee is the more talented team, but what it really comes down to is one player. One player that, added to any roster, would immediately make them the more talented team on most occassions.

Candace Parker proved that when it comes to the hardwood, she's literally walking on air.

Her airness--try it on, see how you like it--scored 30 points, pulled down 12 boards and even blocked six UConn shots on the highest of stages, in front of 16,294 in the hostile Hartford Civic Center in the game billed as the greatest rivalry in the history of women's college basketball.

In a storied rivalry complete with some of the greatest players in the history of the sport, we might have witnessed the greatest yet.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:45 PM on January 07, 2007
Comments (1)


I am simply amazed at her talent and even more so at her unselfishness.

If other players with the LadyVols step their game up on a consistent basis, we would be seeing a special team.

I'm glad she is a LadyVol, but would love her game no matter who she played for.

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