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“There are no NCAA Women’s games today” is sprawled across the top of their women’s basketball site AND YET the scoreboard lists 12 games, two of which went to overtime.

Intriguing stuff in the Ivys: Yale is 5-2 (and Gobrecht earned her 500th win. Congrats.), Harvard is 5-1 and they play Princeton this weekend, who is 6-0.

Kind of expected a better game between Northern Iowa (8-4 MVC) and Illinois State (8-3), but the Redbirds took down the Panthers with ease.

Ditto for MVCers Wichita State (9-3) and Missouri State (9-3), but the Bears handled the Shockers without too much trouble (at least in the second half), 85-67. Mighty crowed in that conference.

In a match up of top dogs in the MAAC, Marist (12-1) had a 5-point lead over Fairfield (11-2) in the first and added one more to the lead to take the win, 60-54.

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article (yah, it was printed a couple of days ago, but somehow the post stayed a draft) is the accompanying photograph. For some reason, Northern Iowa has become my favorite “team most people don’t know.” A Field of 64 Teams, With 4 Heavy Favorites

These No. 1 seeds, announced Monday, have won a combined 18 national championships, are coached by the nation’s highest-profile coaches and have clearly separated themselves from every other team in the country without being able to dominate one another. During the regular season, UConn beat Baylor, which beat Tennessee, which beat Stanford, which beat UConn.

“I don’t feel there’s a clear No. 1 this year as there was the past two years,” said Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer, who has won two national titles and whose Cardinal halted UConn’s record 90-game winning streak in December. “But I think there’s been clearly a top four.”

Also at the Times, Joanne Gerstner writes: Underdogs Duke, Ohio State Look to Make Waves

Jimmy Watson at the Shreveport Times talks about the risks inherent in hosting: Women’s NCAA event offers special subplots

With the LSU women a perennial tournament participant and the Lady Techsters a resurgent enterprise under Teresa Weatherspoon, landing a Louisiana team with a strong following seemed a foregone conclusion at the beginning. But the Lady Tigers had one of their worst seasons in recent memory and missed the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship for the first time in 14 seasons. And by losing in the finals of the WAC Tournament, the Techsters had to depend on plucking an at-large bid away from a BCS conference school. Otherwise local organizers would have been left holding an event where nobody came.

Not only did the organizers luck out with the Techsters being given a 10-seed, they landed teams with some great subplots that should attract some local sports enthusiasts a reason to watch on Sunday and Tuesday.

A couple of sidebars to the above:

LSU’s women’s basketball team is stunned they’re not in the NCAA Tournament

Techsters land NCAA bid

Kim has lots and lots of reaction articles on her Daily News page. Looks like Marist and Xavier are a tad cranky and UCLA is puzzled.

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coach Tanya Warren and her Northern Iowa team (really, readers shouldn’t let me post without my coffee!) who won their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

We knew this: From SI via the AP, Cooper-Dyke building UNC Wilmington into a winner

During her Hall of Fame playing career, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke always seemed to make the toughest moves look easy – and she’s doing the same thing as a coach.

In her first season at North Carolina-Wilmington, she has the Seahawks on the verge of setting a school record for victories. They’ve won 20 for just the third time in program history, and she’s got them believing they can earn the school’s first NCAA tournament berth – if not this year, then soon.

“It’s been a great experience to play for a Hall of Famer,” senior Brittany Blackwell said. “Just being dominant in the league, it’s just another state of mind and feeling. You’ve kind of got swag with you, and I think we’re gaining the respect of our league for once, which has not been the case.”

It’s been hard to put your finger on Georgetown this season — they’ve been up and down. But, there’s no doubt the program is continuing its upward trajectory. From Joseph White at the AP: Georgetown women want to add their own hardware to Hoyas’ trophy case

There are more than 100 trophies, plaques, statues and other mementos won by various Georgetown sports teams in the John Thompson Lobby at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium, including awards earned by the baseball, soccer, golf, track and field and cross-country teams.

And, of course, rows upon rows are dedicated to men’s basketball, including nets that have been cut down after the biggest wins, most of them overseen by the longtime Hall of Fame coach whose name is part of a mural near the lobby’s ceiling.

Not a single item in any of the trophy cases was won by the women’s basketball team.

UConn will play the next two weeks or so with an even shorter bench.

The Duke-UNC game on Sunday is SOLD OUT! DWHoops has a game preview.

Florida’s win over Vanderbilt was their first in Nashville since 2004.

With their 22nd straight win, #21 Marist also clinched the MAAC regular season title (17-0). Loyola (MD) stayed on their heels (15-2) with an OT win over Iona.

Creighton (12-4 MVC) got “Shocked” by Wichita State (7-8 MVC), 60-51.

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