So cool to see programs grow/recover/rise…
Detroit Mercy (12-6) won their first Horizon League conference game to get to the semis. They enjoyed it so much they just won their second HLC game. This time, they upset Wright State (15-3). Next up, Green Bay for the ‘ship.
“This past week has really proven that we’re ready to be in the championship,” said Detroit Mercy senior guard Rosanna Reynolds, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. “Now, we just have to focus one more day.”
…for the Jaguars, it was a long time coming.
“We were the team to beat, or the team people looked past, but this year our name is big now,” said senior Mikale Rogers, who scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
“It means a lot to coach P (Austin Parkinson) and our team that IUPUI is the in the finals now. And we’re somewhere to fear now.”
Almost, but not quite. Another program that’s taking itself seriously is Omaha. They pushed the top team in the conference, Western Illinois, to the brink. The Leathernecks responded, though, mounting a comeback and stealing a win, 84-82.
In a fast-paced, back-and-forth finish, Western Illinois coach JD Gravina’s offense came through.
“We hit big 3 after big 3, and hit six 3s in the fourth quarter, to go win a game,” he said. “Just to have the ability to do that, to have that firepower, is nice because you never feel like you’re out of the game.”
Hello three-bid Big East? With it’s upset of #23 Creighton, Marquette is knocking on the Tournament door. A win over #17 DePaul would seal the invite. The birder in me appreciates that the Blue Jays and Golden Eagles are soaring again.
“We’ve been talking about this since the beginning of the season. It’s just exciting to be a part of and to be actually playing in a championship game this year,” guard Amani Wilborn said.
Has any team had this kind of tournament run? West Virginia fell out of the rankings, adding some WTF losses and wins, then entered the Big 12 tourney ready to rumble. They knocked off #19 Oklahoma, then took down #12 Texas, then stunned #2 Baylor to earn themselves a trip to the Dance. (The Bears have beaten WVU twice this season: 91-56, 79-63). Let’s all say “hello” to Tynice Martin, shall we? From Mechelle:
“We had to peak now, or we wouldn’t be going to the tournament,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said, adding that he was optimistic enough about the Mountaineers’ sticking around that he brought three shirts to the Big 12 tournament.
“But only two suits,” he said, grinning. “At least I didn’t have to go to the cleaners on this trip.”
The last time Mike needed extra suits was when he was in the Old Big East and went on a ridiculous run to end up facing UConn in the finals. Mountaineers were far tougher then than USF were last night against the Huskies. UConn came out like gangbusters and torched the Bulls. Samuelson went 10-10 on threes, her teammates were almost as perfect, and the rout (100-44) was on.
“There’s not much you can say, really, when you see something like that the way that it transpired,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There’s really no way to adequately describe it because it’s just a feeling. We just had something going on that’s kind of hard to capture and we were able to capture it and hold on to it for a long, long time. It started off the first three, four possessions defensively and set a tone on how we wanted it to go. We hardly made any mistakes at all defensively and that got everything going down the other end.
More open positions:
“Amanda obviously loves the University of Florida,” Stricklin said in a statement. “She worked tirelessly trying to grow this program and help it achieve consistent success, and her efforts will always be appreciated. These decisions are always difficult, and more so in this instance because of the person Amanda is and how well she is liked throughout our department.
“I believe this program has the resources and support to achieve sustained success and compete for championships.”
Florida Atlantic: FAU fires head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay
What’s going on at Cal State Fullerton? Leading scorer Iman Lathan becomes latest player to leave
Crap. I take some comfort in hearing the words “early stages.” Purdue’s Versyp diagnosed with breast cancer
“I feel incredibly blessed to have caught this in its earliest stages, and cannot stress enough the importance of regular screenings and mammograms,” said Versyp. “With an incredible support group around me from my family, my staff and our Purdue community, I know that I’ll beat this and come back stronger.”
A little W audio from Howard: Indiana Fever’s Marissa Coleman talks about the role of the WNBA player in media and politics, the WNBA draft age rules, the Women’s March, her Synergy defensive ratings and much more.
NOW (stooopid work): Summit final – IUPUI v Western Illinois, ESPNU.
9pm Big East: Depaul v. Marquette, FS1.