April 01, 2008

Couldn't Be Denied

Candace Parker carried Tennessee on her shoulders all night - even after dislocating one.

Tennessee couldn't shake Texas A&M. More of a struggle than they could have hoped - Candace Parker dislocated her shoulder in the process - the Lady Vols couldn't be denied a return trip to the Final Four.

Playing in her last Elite Eight game Parker torched the Aggies for 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including one stretch in the first half where she scored 16 straight points for her team.

She injured her left shoulder with 18 points and proceeded to miss her first two shots following the injury, wincing each time. But like great champions do, she bottled up her pain and pushed on and will her team to Tampa.

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The Ones Strike Back

With Stanford and LSU doing damage and eliminating their region's top seeds to advance to the Final Four, you can only imagine the ideas running through Texas A&M and Rutgers' heads.

Not so fast, ladies. Maryland and North Carolina are no Tennessee and UConn.

This is the side of the bracket that everyone cares about. We all want to see the best two programs in the history of the sport meet for the national title on April 8.

Before that can happen, though, the other matchup everyone wants to see has to take place. And that matchup is coming tonight at 9 p.m. when two Big East rivals tangle for the third time on the season. Rutgers and UConn's season series is tied at one game apiece, and tonight we find out what kind of nerves they have.

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March 31, 2008

Champagne For Ice

I'll never underestimate Kristi Toliver's fire and courage again. But with all due respect, tonight belongs to Candice Wiggins and Stanford.

Once again, for some reason, many doubted Stanford against the mighty Terrapins. Not I. How could you doubt Wiggins? Well, Wiggins made all her doubters eat crow tonight. Stanford's resolve was too much for the Terps. They played well.

Maryland shot over 60 percent in the first half and was still down 10 at halftime. Tonight was just Stanford's night.

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Calling All Tigers

I really don't understand why nobody else thought LSU would make it five straight. I certainly did.

Out of all the women's analysts working for the world wide leader, not one picked the Tigers to come out of the New Orleans Regional alive.

Why? They're a No. 2 seed, so it's not a stretch there. Is North Carolina that much better? They were playing in Louisiana, for gumbo sakes!

Anyway, bottom line, LSU made the run-and-gun Tar Heels look mired ankle-deep in quicksand.

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