WHB readers have been aware of the slow rebirth of the San Francisco women’s basketball program under Jennifer Azzi. This year, the tempo of the upwards trend has picked up to include an amazing 4-OT game against Gonzaga… and now a huge 65-57 upset of San Diego that puts the Dons in the finals of the WCC.
After a first half she classified as “awful,” USF women’s basketball coach Jennifer Azzi wondered what message to impart to her players about a 42-29 halftime deficit to San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.
As is often the case with Azzi, she opted for a positive approach. She told her team to let go of the first half, but pick it up defensively going forward. After allowing the Toreros to shoot 63 percent in the first half, thanks to lots of clean looks, the sixth-seeded Dons held second-seeded USD to 17 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes on the way to a thrilling 65-57 win at the Orleans Arena.
At halftime of Monday’s West Coast Conference semifinal, prospects for the BYU women’s basketball team looked bleak.
The fifth-seeded Cougars trailed top-seeded Gonzaga by 10, knew they had been swept by the taller, stronger Zags in the regular-season, and realized WCC Player of the Year Morgan Bailey was clearly ailing with a bad back and a balky knee.
Some how, some way, coach Jeff Judkins was able to rally his troops by challenging them to reverse the game’s momentum on the defensive end.
The MEAC offered an upset of its own, as Howard (4-26) took down South Carolina State (16-12) in the first round of the conference tourney, 70-57.
For Quinnipiac women’s basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri, losing in the program’s only NCAA Tournament appearance two season’s ago served as motivation.
And after coming up just short last year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship’s final game – when the Bobcats lost to Marist – Fabbri’s motivation only got higher.
More goodness in PA as Penn battles Princeton at the Palestra – 5pmEST, CBSports.
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