UConn vs. NC State: No win situation

By Lara Boyko - March 24, 2007

UConn has the experience that a team needs to win at the stage in the tournament, but with probably everyone in the world of women's college basketball rooting for NC State and coach Kay Yow, the Huskies are in a no win situation.

First, if they beat up on the Wolfpack, they will look like the heartless ogres of women's college basketball who ended the season of a coach who may not be back for next season.

Next, if they don't play to win, then they look like they are going easy on the Wolfpack because they feel sorry for their team's trials and tribulations this season.

Either way, UConn can't win.

However, UConn coach Geno Auriemma doesn't get on a plane and fly across the country with the intention of losing. Instead, he is trying to get his team back in the spotlight with the other elite teams for Monday match-ups.

Meanwhile, the two-tissue team should not be overlooked. Instead, count on the Wolfpack to utilize their emotions to carry them as far as fate, or their players, will allow.

The Wolfpack have won 10 of their last 12 since Yow returned to the sidelines and are putting up the same fight for their lives in the tournament that their coach is. It is this kind of emotional strength backed with some big time play that can make a team be elite.

Stay tuned…we are about to begin…

Posted by Lara Boyko at 07:56 PM on March 24, 2007

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