and boy did we have some doozies. And it’s only the 32! (And no, I am not going to discuss officiating, unless you read this first and then come at me with some action plans.)
So, yeah, Destiny just turned “Rise and Fire” into “Turn and Toss.” What an amazing shot, no? #3 Maryland as a whole didn’t look too shabby, neither, as their firepower allowed them to surge away from the #6 Mountaineers for a comfortable 83-56 win.
Destiny Slocum stood frozen, as if she had just fumbled a dish and watched it shatter on the kitchen floor.
The Maryland women’s basketball team’s freshman point guard could not process what she’d done until teammates crushed her in a group hug and the bellows of an ecstatic home crowd washed over her.
“I felt like they didn’t have an answer for anything,” Blair Schaefer said.
That was because MSU again received production from its entire rotation against slick-shooting DePaul (27-8), which worked with a rotation of mostly seven players.
Vic Schaefer has said a few times recently, “I don’t think you want to get into a track meet with my team.” DePaul did and experienced some success, making MSU use 10 different players in the first quarter.
Sunday’s win was head coach Sue Semrau’s 400th career win.
“We just continued to remind them it’s about the now,” Semrau said about her message to the team at halftime.
“When we had the run, it was important to say, ‘Let’s go have another one.’ It’s not, ‘Stop their run.’ It’s, ‘Let’s go have another one.’ This team feeds off that.”
Hot and cold #4 Ohio State was scorching in the first, behind Kelsey “The Kid” Mitchell’s breath-taking offensive display. Got a little chilly in the second half, but #5 Kentucky never really threatened. Buckeyes finish the Wildcats off with an 82-68 win.
“Yeah, we escaped with a win! Crap, now we’ve got to wait on news of Allisha Gray’s injury….” Ah, the life of #1 South Carolina’s journey through the tourney. Arizona State proved to be far greater test than most presumed. #8 Arizona State’s stifling defense, the lead, losing the lead and it seemed, the momentum, only to surge back… but just not enough time left to pull the upset. Gamecocks advance, 71-68.
“It’s relief, it’s elation,it is being battle-tested and winning another war,” Staley said. “And it is thankful, thankful that we got a chance to play at our place because I don’t think the results, and I say this a lot, I think the results would be different if we were at another gym.
“That’s what we play for.”
Crap, too. #1 Notre Dame held off #9 Purdue, but the status of oft injured Brianna Turner is up in the air as she landed awkwardly. Injury aside, who is this Purdue team and where have they been hiding? They pushed the number one seed all game… and into overtime (don’t they KNOW I have to teach in Brooklyn early tomorrow?!) before falling to the Irish, 88-82.
This was gong to be the “Game of the day”, but the ND/Purdue happened. Even so, it was pretty awesome. In a back and forth battle where they kept swapping quarters, #3 Texas and #6 NC State put on a great show. 84-80 tells you how close it was, but the game tape will show you how heartfelt it was.
“Really, really proud of our team,” said Aston. “I wrote on the board ironically enough today before the game that it didn’t matter what it looked like that we just needed to win. That was a good thing to write, probably, today. But our group never gave in. They showed a lot of resilience and toughness and just really proud. It was a complete team effort, I think, from our part.”
#7 Creighton stumble out of the block in the first quarter and never quite got their footing. In a fitting final game at the Gill, Sidney Wiese guided #2 Oregon State into the Sweet Sixteen over a stubborn Blue Jay team, 64-52.
Monday Madness includes:
#8 Syracuse v. #1 UConn, 6:35pm
Freshmen Gabby Cooper, Crystal Dangerfield in the spotlight as UConn hosts Syracuse
UConn Women Well Aware Of Syracuse’s Big-Time Backcourt; Huskies, Orange Meet Monday At 6:30,
Syracuse Coach Quentin Hillsman Wants To Be Just Like Geno Auriemma
Women’s basketball NCAA Tournament gameday: Syracuse at UConn,
Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman wants to be ‘bad for basketball’ like UConn’s Geno Auriemma,
Syracuse women’s basketball has best backcourt in the country? We’ll see, UConn says,
#7 Kansas State v. # Stanford, 6:35pm
Stanford looks to shake off rust vs. Kansas State (Mar 19, 2017)
K-State women ready for Stanford with Sweet 16 on line
K-State not afraid of Stanford in NCAA Tournament matchup
#10 Oregon v #2 Duke, 6:40pm
Without Lambert, Duke ready to face Oregon
Duke ready for Oregon in 2nd round of women’s NCAA tourney
Inside the Pac: Ducks Upset Temple, but Duke is Ready
Oregon Ducks women’s basketball secures future, lands international star
The gamble: Oregon Ducks women’s basketball coaches draw up 3-year rebuilding plan
#5 Tennessee v. #4 Louisville, 6:45pm
Lady Vols need shipshape effort in NCAA showdown with Louisville
U of L, Tennessee, set for marquee matchup
No. 4 seed Louisville, No. 5 Tennessee meet in second round
Tennessee, Louisville rely on pressure defense
Lady Vols, Cardinals to clash in second round
Louisville, Tennessee seek consistency as they meet (Mar 19, 2017)
John Adams: Georgia players could decide UT-Louisville matchup
#6 Oklahoma v. #3 Washington, 9:05pm
Huskies hold court, will host familiar foe Oklahoma in second round
Sooners to face Washington, super scorer Kelsey Plum
Win and Return Home: OU Takes on Washington
Sooners Meet Washington in Seattle for Trip to OKC
Matchup inside will be key when Oklahoma faces Washington
Why Huskies basketball stars Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor are the game’s greatest weapon
Thiel: Huskies have it semi-easy; Oklahoma next
#12 Quinnipiac v. #4 Miami, 9:10pm
Another mid-major will be test for Canes women’s basketball
UM women seek second Sweet 16 berth in program history
Women’s basketball NCAA Tournament gameday: Quinnipiac vs. Miami
#12 QU Women’s Basketball Continues With NCAA Second Round Matchup at #4 Miami
Miami, Quinnipiac ready for shot at Sweet 16
Meier, team break down Quinnipiac challenge
History made, Quinnipiac women’s basketball team looks to scale second step
Miami happy to be alive ahead of matchup vs. Quinnipiac