Victory, Even In Defeat

By Jeff Lippman - February 11, 2008

There should be no confusion, simply watch the replay.

Watch Candace Parker grab a rebound, turn and put up a shot with the clock plummeting down to triple zeros. Watch that clock carefully. It goes really fast doesn't it? So how come it seems like an eternity before it goes from 0.02 to 0.00?

Rutgers was robbed. They should have become the first school to defeat two No. 1-ranked programs consecutively. They should own wins over the two most storied programs in the history of women's basketball.

C. Vivian Stringer knows that.

Kia Vaughn wishes it more than any other Scarlet Knight because it was Vaughn who was called for a foul - after time should have expired - in which the result was two Nicky Anosike free throws as Tennessee won 59-58.

Even in defeat, Rutgers made its point, however bad the refs called the game. They flexed their defensive muscles and damn near shut down Tennessee's entire offense except for one unstoppable force.

Parker, coming off a game in which she injured her knee and was listed as a game-time decision, finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but the next highest Lady Vol was Angie Bjorklund with 13 and that was it for double digits.

The Scarlet Knights went into Knoxville and proved they can run with anyone. They beat UConn last week and proved they can run with anyone.

These Knights are fun, because, with their style of defense, they make all their games against the best teams in the nation edge-of-your-seat exciting and creating rivalries wherever they go.

They have an attitude about them and they are only going to get better. I'll tell you one thing, there are two Hall of Fame coaches who have 12 national championship rings between them who would just assume not have to see Stringer's gang again.

Sorry, coaches. If you want to win this year's national championship, I think you'll be seeing a lot of those kids from Jersey.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:25 PM on February 11, 2008

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