Tourney's First Upset

By Jeff Lippman - March 22, 2008


Five games had come and gone and five higher seeds advanced to the round of 32. The sixth broke the mold.

And I called it, too.

The Hartford Hawks, the 10-seed in the Oklahoma City regional, met the Big East's Syracuse Orange and juiced their northeast neighbors, 59-55, in Baton Rouge, La.

Before the game, I talked about Hartford's threesome of Danielle Hood, Erica Beverly and Lisa Etienne, but it was a fourth player, MaryLynne Schaefer who stole the show - and the game in the case of Syracuse - for the Hawks.

Schaefer scored 19 points, including 4-of-9 from long range, and hit the three that put the Hawks ahead for good with 13 second left in the game.

For Syracuse, as I predicted it was freshman Erica Morrow who led them with 17 points and Fantasia Goodwin contributed 15.

The Orange made a valiant effort and even led the Hawks in rebounding and hit 10 more free throws. It wasn't enough, though, as 'Cuse's dismal shooting was too much to make up. The Orange managed just 27.6 percent from the field and were an even worse 17 percent from deep.

Hartford will advance to meet Texas A&M in the second round on Monday. The Aggies dominated in a first-round victory over UT-San Antonio.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 04:54 PM on March 22, 2008
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