Don't Forget About Us

By Jeff Lippman - March 23, 2008

Yesterday I gave you 16 names to follow on day one of the NCAA Tournament.

Many of them had big games. So, let's do it all again. Here are 16 more names that you have probably never heard of but will make a big difference in today's games:

Xavier (9) vs. Nebraska (8) - College Park, Md. - noon
Amber Harris, sophomore forward, Xavier

If you have followed Xavier at all, you know that this season they got big-time recruit Ta'Shia Phillips to play for the A-10 school. Phillips had a big freshman season, but Harris is the go-to player on this team. Averaging 15 points, 9 boards and almost 3 blocks per game, Harris will have a big game today against Nebraska.

Coppin State (16) vs. Maryland (1) - College Park, Md. - noon
Rashida Suber and Shalamar Oakley, senior backcourt, Coppin State

If you think the Terps have a solid backcourt, check out the Lady Eagles' duo of Suber and Oakley. Both averaging over 17 points per game and about 5 rebounds, they are also averaging over 5 steals a contest. Kristi Toliver better take care of that basketball.

Illinois State (13) vs. Oklahoma (4) - West Lafayette, Ind. - noon
Kristi Cirone, junior guard, Illinois State

The junior averages near 17 points per game for the Redbirds, but it's her passing that sets her apart. Cirone leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with three times as many dimes as gaffes. And she averages two 3's per game too, and shoots them at nearly 40 percent. If anyone can go off against Oklahoma, it's Cirone.

SMU (12) vs. Notre Dame (5) - West Lafayette, Ind. - 2:30 p.m.
Janielle Dodds, senior center, SMU

Notre Dame doesn't have a solid inside presence who can match Dodds' physicality. The 6-foot-3 senior averaged 15 points and almost 8 rebounds per game this season.

Purdue (9) vs. Utah (8) - West Lafayette, Ind. - 7 p.m.
Morgan Warburton, junior guard, Utah

We've talked about former Idaho transfer Leilani Mitchell for Utah, but it's Warburton who leads the Utes in scoring at over 17 points per contest. She's also the team's leading three-point and free-throw shooter at 43 and 86 percent, respectively.

Murray State (14) vs. Duke (3) - College Park, Md. - 7:15 p.m.
Ashley N. Hayes, junior guard, Murray State

The Racers actually have two 18-point per game scorers in Hayes and fellow junior Amber Guffey. Duke better watch out, that's a lot of scoring to defend. Hayes, just 5-foot-10, is grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game to lead her team.

ORU (16) vs. Tennessee (1) - West Lafayette, Ind. - 9 p.m.
Marianna Camargo, junior guard, ORU

Camargo is only averaging just over 13 points per game on the season, but it is the other things she does to help her team win that set her apart. The junior is an all-around player and also averaged 5 boards and 5 assists to go with 2.4 steals per game this season. The Golden Eagles will need all of that and more today against the Lady Vols, however.

Temple (11) vs. Arizona State (6) - College Park, Md. - 9 p.m.
Ashley Morris, senior guard, Temple

A lot of people have heard one name on the Temple squad: Lady Comfort. But Comfort isn't this team's leader. Morris is. Averaging a team-leading 15 points to go with 4.5 assists per game, it's Morris who will have to step up today against the Sun Devils.

Chattanooga (12) vs. Kansas State (5) - Bridgeport, Ct. - 12:15 p.m.
Alex Anderson, senior guard/forward, Chattanooga

The senior is leading the Lady Mocs, who are 19-3 on the year, in scoring with 17.5 points per game. She's also pulling down almost 9 rebounds per contest.

Bucknell (16) vs. North Carolina (1) - Norfolk, Va. - 12:30 p.m.
Cetera DeGraffenreid, freshman point guard, North Carolina

Bet you didn't think you'd be getting a Tar Heel. Just a freshman, DeGraffenreid has come into Chapel Hill and smoothly transitioned the 'Heels game from that of point guard Ivory Latta, to her own style. It has worked for the top-seeded Tar Heels. Pouring in over 11 points a game on a team that also has RaShanda McCants, LaToya Pringle and Erlana Larkins, the frosh is also the team's leading thief. Look for her to shine as this tournament rolls on.

Iowa (9) vs. Georgia (8) - Norfolk, Va. - 2:30 p.m.
Wendy Ausdemore, sophomore forward, Iowa

Ausdemore is a sophomore shooter with size. She's only averaging 11.5 points per game this season but is hitting almost 2.5 3's per game, something that will be much needed to defeat Georgia and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

Miami of Ohio (13) vs. Louisville (4) - Bridgeport, Ct. - 2:30 p.m.
Amanda Jackson, senior guard, Miami (OH)

This game will feature two very high scorers. With Louisville's Angel McCoughtry averaging almost 24 points per game for the Cardinals, Jackson pours in almost 22 points for the RedHawks. If Jackson can outscore McCoughtry today, maybe the RedHawks can escape the first round. Like McCoughtry, Jackson is also excellent on defense.

Liberty (12) vs. Old Dominion (5) - Norfolk, Va. - 7:15 p.m.
Megan Frazee, junior guard/forward, Liberty

Ahh, the Frazee triplets. Oh, well, Moriah is hurt for the rest of the season, so for the purposes of the NCAA Tournament, there is only two of them. Megan, though, is the best. Scoring 18.5 points and grabbing almost 10 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and over 87 percent at the line, Megan is the match that ignites these Lady Flames.

Cornell (16) vs. Connecticut (1) - Bridgeport, Ct. - 7:20 p.m.
Gretchen Gregg, junior guard, Cornell

Hey, I'm all about launching threes as the only chance a 16-seed can beat a 1-seed. Go for it Gregg. The junior averages just under 50 percent from long range and although she only scores 8 points per game, 6 of those points come from deep. She'll just have to jack up some more and hope they go in against Connecticut.

Minnesota (9) vs. Texas (8) - Bridgeport, Ct. - 9 p.m.
Emily Fox, junior guard, Minnesota

Although the nation doesn't know too much about the players that Coach G is working with in Austin, Fox is the best scorer on either team. She's dropping over 17 points per game to go with 4 assists and 2.5 steals. If Minnesota wants to beat the Longhorns, it will be Fox who makes the difference.

UC Santa Barbara (13) vs. Virginia (4) - Norfolk, Va. - 9 p.m.
Monica Wright, sophomore guard, Virginia

This will be a name that will be known in the coming seasons. We're talking national player of the year type stuff. Wright, a second team All-ACC performer this season, is averaging 18 points per game to go with 5 rebounds and is only getting better with each game she plays. Virginia coach Debbie Ryan has something special with Wright.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:40 AM on March 23, 2008

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