Day One Recap

By Jeff Lippman - March 22, 2008

Sixteen teams find themselves one game closer to the goal that was priority number one from the moment they set foot in their rickety gyms back home.

Sixteen are going back to those gyms empty handed.

There were some upsets. Most games went according to seeding. Here are some other notes and top performances from the first day of action: for the

  • Senior guard Angela Tisdale of Baylor scored 26 points and dished out 6 assists in the Bears' 88-67 bashing of 14-seeded Fresno State in Albuquerque. With the victory, the 3-seeded Bears will play Pitt, who defeated Wyoming today, in the second round Monday.

  • Senior George Washington point guard Kim Beck had an awful game against 11-seeded Auburn. The A-10's Player of the Year managed just 3 points and 7 assists but thankfully for the Colonials, her teammates were there to pick up her slack. Jessica Adair led the way with 17 points and 13 boards and Antelia Parrish came up huge with four big threes, finishing with 15 points and 7 rebounds of her own as George Washington topped the Tigers, 66-56. I must admit, I picked Auburn in the upset. The Tigers finish a season that Nell Fortner must consider one in which her team underachieved after showing so much early promise. Guard DeWanna Bonner, who scored 16 points to lead the Tigers in the losing effort, is just a junior and will be back next season. She will be one of the AP Preseason Player of the Year candidates for sure.

  • 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year Davenei Hampton scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds and No. 3 Cal was able to run all over their neighbors to the south 14th-seeded San Diego, 77-60. Cal's Ashley Walker chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Bears advance to face George Washington on Monday in a solid 3-6 battle.

  • Pittsburgh survived a wild one against Wyoming. This one wasn't exactly a shootout, but the Cowgirls certainly meant business. And although I picked Wyoming, it was the 6-seeded Panthers who prevailed, 63-58. Sophomore guard Shavonte Zellous led the charge for Pitt with 21 points. The Polish sensation Justyna Podziemska led the way the way for the Cowgirls with a game-high 23 points. The Panthers will meet the 3-seed Baylor on Monday in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Don't look now but the Pride of Poughkeepsie are making headlines again. 7th-seeded Marist was losing to the Big East's DePaul by six at half and as many as 11 in the second period but finished the game on an incredible 32-2 run to beat the Blue Demons, 76-57. Rachele Fitz led the way for Marist scoring 23 points on 10-of-13 from the field and guard Julianne Viani scored 16 of her 18 in the second half. The Red Foxes make the round of 32 for just the second time in school history with the victory. Unfortunately, I don't foresee another Sweet 16 in Brian Giorgis' future as the Red Foxes next meet the 2-seed LSU, who whooped up on Jackson State in their opening roung game.

  • Chakhia Cole played the role of hero for 5-seeded West Virginia against the 12-seed New Mexico at the Pit. A home game for the Lobos, Cole scored 22 points including the game-winning jumper with 19 seconds left and grabbed 11 boards as the Mountaineers won 61-60. West Virginia lives to play another day and that day will be Monday against the winner of the late game in Albuquerque, Vanderbilt (4) vs. Montana (13).

  • Stanford sophomore center Jayne Appel scored 33 points - of course, as ESPN pointed out, she did play the center position in water polo in high school - and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cardinal pasted the 15-seeded Vikings of Cleveland State, 85-47. Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins scored just 13 points but the Cardinal didn't need any more. Stanford will meet the winner of the late game between UTEP (7) and Western Kentucky (10).

  • Well, the Big Ten is officially one-for-one. Yeah, one-for-one in losing. As I expected, the 11-seeded Florida State Seminoles upset the 6-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, 60-49, in Des Moines, Iowa. The 'Noles got 27 points and 7 boards from guard Tanae Davis-Cain and guard Mara Freshour chipped in with 14 and 12. Jantel Lavendar, Ohio State's freshman center, paced the Buckeyes with 21 points but it wasn't enough as the Big Ten once again showed its ineptitude. The Seminoles next play the 3-seed Oklahoma State to make it to their second consecutive Sweet 16 out of the New Orleans regional.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:22 PM on March 22, 2008

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