Dallas: Awards and Wrap-Up from Dallas

By Jean Neuberger - March 28, 2007


Four teams came to Reunion Arena with the dream of reaching the Final Four. Tonight, we know the one team that lived the dream, and it's North Carolina, who advances to play Tennessee in the Final Four at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. We've had a good time in Dallas, and it's time to hand out some awards and call it a regional.

TEAM OF THE REGION: North Carolina (of course)
How far can the Tar Heels go? All the way. Remember, this is a team that beat Tennessee 70-57 earlier this season, and the Tar Heels don't seem to be slipping anytime soon. Ivory Latta is a great floor leader, while Erlana Larkins, LaToya Pringle and Rashana McCants dominate the paint. It'll take a team with a brutally tough interior presence to beat the Tar Heels. While Tennessee and LSU have that, it'll still be a challenge to beat Carolina.

PLAYER OF THE REGION: Erlana Larkins, North Carolina
The media got this one right. Latta and Pringle had one good game each, but Larkins couldn't be stopped the entire time in Dallas. She's a terrific inside player; very gutsy and determined, and she'll be fun to watch in Cleveland.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS: LaToya Pringle, North Carolina
24 boards in two games....not bad...not bad at all.

MUGGER AWARD: Ashley Houts, Georgia
No one could top the six steals Houts had in her one game during this regional.

LEGO AWARD: Pringle, North Carolina
She loves the blocks...what can you say. She LOOOOOOVES the blocks!

BAND AWARD: Purdue and George Washington (tie)
Great bands with tons of energy...love the chanting during free throws!

SPIRIT SQUAD AWARD: George Washington
They never quit smiling...gotta love that. Purdue get props as well; especially for the guys that always stopped by to talk to a few of us on press row. Very cool gesture on their part.

FACILITY RANKINGS (1 to 10): Arena gets a 5, but C-USA and SMU get a 10 for their setup. Great media workroom, interview room and dining room, and not their fault Reunion's crumbling a little. Debbie Davis and her staff did an amazing job.

BEST PART OF REGIONAL: Great energy from the players and students there....which is great, because that's what March Madness should always be about first and foremost.

WORST PART OF REGIONAL: Low crowds...really disappointing. A little over 3,300 watched the regional final tonight. This was a game that deserved a bigger audience.

And with that, we conclude coverage of the 2007 NCAA Women's Dallas Regional. She's On Fire will be in Cleveland for the Women's Final Four, and I encourage all to check that out next week. From now though, we bid you good night from Dallas, Texas, where North Carolina collected the last ticket to the Women's Final Four!

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 01:34 AM on March 28, 2007
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