Once She Pops

By Jeff Lippman - January 27, 2008

Honestly, I've been waiting over a year to use that line. It's about time, LaToya Pringle.

Saturday saw some big conference matchups across the nation and none was larger than the double overtime thriller won by No. 3 North Carolina over No. 4 Maryland in Chapel Hill.

What does Carolina's victory tell us?

Without another meeting between the ACC's two best, the Tar Heels may have sealed the regular season title.

If seniors Pringle (career high 31 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) and Erlana Larkins (25 points, 18 boards) continue to play inspired basketball down the stretch, the Heels will be incredibly tough to beat.

Connecticut is still very, very good.

Maryland needs to regroup and get past this loss. In the grand scheme of things, a loss in Chapel Hill isn't the worst thing that could happen to the Terps, but they must be prepared to face the Heels again in the ACC Tournament.

Another Maryland loss, another bad shooting outing from Kristi Toliver. Toliver scored 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting, but was a dismal 2-for-11 from long range. The Terps point guard did, however, dish out 14 assists so she certainly cannot be blamed for the loss.

I am sure assistant coach Daron Park is an excellent replacement for coach Brenda Frese, but there has got to be something lost for the Terps without having Frese on the bench for this high pressure atmosphere.

Nothing Changes In Stanford-Cal Rivalry

Stanford lost twice in Pac-10 play already, California hadn't lost yet.

The No. 8 Bears were rolling through at 8-0. The No. 7 Cardinal were looking up at their neighbors in the Bay Area at 6-2.

But in Palo Alto, in a must-win for the Cardinal, the Stanford-Cal rivalry became what it usually amounts to, a Cardinal blow out. Stanford won 72-52.

It was the Candice Wiggins show for the Cardinal once again. The star senior guard scored 28 points and was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line. Sophomore center Jayne Appel grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out seven assists and blocked four shots and freshman Kayla Pedersen scored 11 points.

Stanford still must look up to see the Bears ahead of them in the Pac-10 standings, but they are a lot closer now. And on Feb. 23 the rivalry moves to Berkeley where the Cardinal will look to enter the Bears' den and take that Pac-10 title right out from under them.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 01:22 PM on January 27, 2008

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