Meeting In Virginia

By Jeff Lippman - March 25, 2008


With about 20 seconds to play in the game and Virginia down by three. The Cavaliers had one last chance.

Playing on Old Dominion's home court, the Cavs missed once, twice, three times, four times, five times and finally...when they probably should have just taken a three-pointer with the clock rocketing towards zero...finally they hit a lay up. And the whistle indicated the foul. Aisha Mohammad hit the foul shot to send the game into overtime.

And in the extra period it was Virginia who took the early advantage. But at home, Old Dominion still had fight left in them.

Up one, they put the ball in Jazzmin Walters hands and she delivered with a long three to ice it for the Monarchs.

Old Dominion has now not lost in its last 26 games at home. They advance to the Sweet 16 where they will face top overall seed UConn.

Well, it was a good run.

Angel Is Oh-So-Sweet

Is there a hotter team in the nation right now than Louisville? Jeff Walz' club is on fire after winning their second round matchup against Kansas State, 80-63.

Junior guard Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points and the Cardinals are in the Sweet 16 for the first time in C12 tries. Candyce Bingham added 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinals, who advance to face North Carolina.

Tennessee Rolls

Candace Parker scored 24 points and senior Alexis Hornbuckle added 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 steals and 5 assists as the Lady Vols gave Pat Summitt her 100th career NCAA Tournament victory.

In Tennessee's opening round win they looked listless at times as they cruised to victory. But playing in Purdue's Mackey Arena, they never let the home team crowd get involved as they jumped all over the Boilermakers from the onset and eventually cruised to win 78-52.

Black Out In College Park

Duke needed someone to step up against a tough team like Arizona State.

The 6-seeded Sun Devils gave Joanne P. McCallie's team all it could handle but in the end, Chante Black was too much Blue Devil.

The center, who redshirted last season, scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as she just physically dominated the Arizona State defense.

Duke gets a hot Texas A&M team in the Sweet 16 and they will need another big game from Black to pull that one out. But that's not all they will need. Abby Waner had another poor performance scoring just four points. The preseason Player of the Year candidate is averaging just 10 points a game on the season and doesn't seem to be finding her way out of this prolonged shooting slump.

The Blue Devils needs her to find her way by Sunday.

UConn's Moore Steps Into Spotlight

She was said to look rusty during Connecticut's opening round win. Maya Moore didn't look rusty tonight.

The freshman scored 24 points including four straight threes in the opening half as the Huskies jumped out to a large lead and never looked back. When it was all said and done the score was 89-55.

Moore was easily the best player on the court, pulling down 12 rebounds to go with her scoring total. Junior Renee Montgomery scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 15 coming off the bench. Charles, usually a starter, was benched for the first two rounds by coach Geno Auriemma.

Paris Falls

If Courtney Paris wants to get her Sooners to the Final Four, she'll have to wait til next year. The 4th-seeded Sooners dropped their second round game against the 5-seed Notre Dame in overtime fashion.

Irish guard Charel Allen dropped 35 points including two crucial free throws with 11 seconds left to put the game out of reach in the extra frame.

So what do the Irish get for their 79-75 win? A date with Tennessee in the Sweet 16. Enjoy this while it lasts.

Maryland Struggles Again

For the second straight game the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins have looked very beatable. Against the 8-seed Nebraska, they almost were.

Grasping just a one-point lead at the half, Maryland built a lead of 15 points in the second, only to have the Cornhuskers come storming back before ultimately falling short, 76-64.

But, the thing is, this game was played in College Park. It's Maryland's home court. First the 16-seed and now the 8-seed have made the Terps look very mortal. They are lucky to still be in this tournament.

Last year Maryland was bounced from the second round by Ole Miss. At least the Terps made the Sweet 16, but will have to look within themselves to right whatever is off right now. But something is definitely off.

Tar Heels Pull Away

Top-seeded North Carolina only led 8th-seeded Georgia by three at the half. But RaShanda McCants and Erlana Larkins took over and the Tar Heels started the second frame on a 10-0 run and ultimately cruised, 80-66.

McCants led the way for North Carolina, who is looking to get to its third consecutive Final Four, with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Larkins had 18 points and 10 boards.

In Tasha Humphrey's last game in a Georgia uniform, the four-time All-SEC first team performer finished her career with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She will make some WNBA team very happy at the draft in the days following the national championship.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:10 PM on March 25, 2008
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