Monday, April 6, 2015
Final Game, Familiar Names...MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
UCONN, NOTRE DAME ADVANCE TO FINAL
No upsets or surprises involved in the semifinals of the NCAA Womens Basketball Final Four action yesterday in Tampa, FL.
Notre Dame eked out a close-as-expected win over South Carolina in the opener 66-65. The Irish watching a double- digit second half disappear to the Gamecocks in the second half but getting a basket from Madison Cable (her only score of the game) with 16 seconds left and then putting the defense on South Carolina to take away any easy final shot to win 66-65.
Jewell Loyd leading the way with 22 points for Muffet McGraw's ACC squad, Brianna Turner adding 17 and Taya Reimer contributing 16 in the win.
The nightcap was an after-thought, forgone conclusion as UConn shrugged off the early Maryland contention to advance. Up by 11 at half, the Huskies pulled away from Brenda Frese's Turtles to win 81-55.
Breanna Stewart overcoming a slow start to pace the Dogs with 25 points. Morgan Tuck with the biggest game of her career and 24 points. Moriah Jefferson finishing with 14.
So...the championship game is set for Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena with the two teams just about everyone figured would be there. Irish vs. Huskies. Geno vs. Muffet.
AAC vs. ACC and Stewart vs. Loyd.
Will you watch?
Connecticut handled the Irish 76-58 in the Jimmy V Classic on December 6th in South Bend 76-58. Tuck had a huge performance in that one with 25 points. Kiah Stokes grabbed 18 rebounds that night.
Since Jan 16th., 2010...the two schools have met an eye-popping 18 times, with the Huskies holding a 11-7 advantage. At 37-1, UConn had the one blip on the radar, a still puzzling loss to Stanford earlier in the season.
The one important question we all have to ask ourselves about this one is:
Will Tom Cruise show up again? And...is that Cuba Gooding sitting next to him? Rumor has it that the two were spotted walking around Tampa Easter Sunday morning yelling "Show Me The Bunny!"
Choose your clothes carefully for the UConn coronation. You don't want to displease King Geno by wearing something green or red...
In our CARDINAL COUPLE Pick 'Em contest, it has come down to a trio.
Charlie McAdams, Sonja and K.Starks are atop the
leaderboard...with Charlie and Sonja picking the Huskies and K.Starks on the Irish. Who will win the $25 gift card?
Who gets the CARDINAL COUPLE T-SHIRT for second?
Charlie has determined a 74-61 win for Geno (135 points) for a tie breaker. Sonja went with 112 total points...picking UConn to win 111-1 (just kidding...)
And, a special salute to all of you who took part in the contest. We'll announce the April Contest in a couple of days...(You might want to study up on a bit of softball...just sayin'...)