BIG EAST SUNDAY WBB ACTION
Connecticut 49 - Rutgers 34
We didn't watch most of this one...had a lengthy post game UofL report to post and TV show we wanted to watch took priority and it's been three days of four ball games a day...so we deserved a break tonight. Figured UConn would win, and they did...but the score sure looks U-G-L-Y. The Huskies get the Red Storm in the semis. Should be a good one. Freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with five first half threes and 17 points for the Huskies. Scary moment at the end of this one...Rutgers Erica Wheeler on the floor, unable to walk and taken off in a wheelchair. Praying she's OK. Dehydration, probably, but she took a huge collision with a teammate under the basket as time expired.
Quote of the tournament (from Geno)
"We have no fight in us. We'll punch you, but we're backing up when we do it. Hit us hard and we have no return punch."
(Maybe he should get into training boxers and turn the team over to Chris Dailey. YESSSS!!!)
St John's 68 - Louisville 61 (Overtime)
Louisville missed their first 10 shots in overtime and fell behind 68-58. Shoni hit a three late but the Red Storm advance to the semi-finals. Shenneika Smith six of the 12 O.T. points for St. John's and 24 for the game. Shoni 16 for the Cards and 16 for Nita Slaughter. Louisville went 7-17 from the foul stripe. Much more on this one in the Monday Morning post...
Louisville saw St. John's go on a 9-1 to start the half. The Cards never gave up getting within 2 at 42-40 and took a 54-52 lead on a Nita Slaughter 3. Regulation ended at 56-56, neither team scoring in the final 1:05. The officiating was horrible for both teams, including a obvious foul on Shoni with 19.8 to go that was called a turnover.
If I told you Louisville went 1-6 from the foul line, had a 5 1/2 minute scoreless stretch and Becky Burke had but one 3-pointer...you probably expect to see Louisville down by plenty. Actually, it's 25-24 St. John's at the half. Shoni with 11 for Louisville and Asia Taylor 7. All ten Cards have played, only four have scored. Shenneika Smith 12 - Bria Smith 0. Cards are getting great looks at the goal, can't get them to drop. 20 to go...anyone's contest. Bonita Spence "the master of the walking call" and Bob Enterline keeping this one full of whistles.
Notre Dame 69 - DePaul 54
Notre Dame began the half on a 10-0 run and led 48-26 after the first three minutes of play. It was over. DePaul managed to get within 11 at 56-45 with 7:30 to go, thanks to an 11-0 run. They narrowed it to 10 at 64-54 with 1:42 remaining...but the Irish got the final five points of the game. Final 69-54 Notre Dame. They'll get to seek their revenge against WVU tomorrow night. Four in double figures for Muffet's squad...Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters with 16 each, Kayla McBride with 14 and Skylar Diggins 12. Katherine Harry paced DePaul with 14. Anna Martin just seven points...largely due to the defense of ND's Brittany Mallory. Loosely called game...DePaul attempted zero free throws in 40 minutes.
Much better pace in this one. DePaul with an early 4-0 lead but a Notre Dame 11-2 run had them leading 18-12 with 13 minutes to go. DePaul stayed close most of the half...but a 13-5 Irish finish over the final 7:30 made it 38-26 went they went to the locker room. Kayla McBride with 11 for UND and Skylar Diggins 10. Katherine Harry with 10 for the Blue Demons and Jasmine Penny eight. This one had more first half points in it than Game 1 with 13:04 left in the half. We now know there is nothing wrong with the rims in the XL Center. Anna Martin needs to get untracked if the Blue Demons hope to win.
West Virginia 39 - Georgetown 32 (yes...this is a final score)
It did get a little better in the second half. A little. West Virginia got three straight threes from Taylor Palmer midway thru the second half to take a 34-24 lead with 6:51 left. Final was 39-32, which is the lowest combined score for two teams in the history of the BIG EAST Tournament. By 16 points. Ouch! Also, 32 points from Georgetown ties the lowest total by a team for the tournament history. Sugar Rogers, between rescue inhaler breaks, had 14 for G'Town. Waiter, more coffee please! This one was like an old time 45 "single" record being played at 33 RPM album speed.
Announcers Brooke "Wise Broad" and Beth Mowins were probably exchanging arm punches to stay awake. Sonja suggested first team to 40 wins. It's still be going on if her idea had been put into effect.
This, by far, is the worst half of basketball of the tournament. 15-12 West Virginia leads. That's being kind..because neither team is playing leadership basketball. A defensive struggle at times...but mostly just bad shooting. Here's a timeline:
8:46 11-8 WVU
4:37 15-10 WVU
1:37 15-12 WVU
Early drama when Sugar Rodgers suffered an asthma attack and sat for a few. A few seconds later, Adria Crawford took and elbow shot to the mouth from Asya Bussey. No foul, of course. It's a Denise Brooks ref crew, so expect mediocrity. Sugar Rodgers has three made baskets for G'Town. The rest of the team is 1-25 from the floor. Bussey and Dunning for WVU have been replaced by "Busted and Done" or Brooks and Dunn. This one needs to pick up dramatically...it's a certified "yawn-fest".