SPOKANE, Wash. -- With just days to go before Selection Monday, Cal senior guard Eliza Pierre and several of her teammates approached their head coach with an intriguing proposal.
The Golden Bears were 28-3 at the time, coming off a loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament semifinal. They’d captured a slice of the regular-season conference title (along with Stanford), in a season that was riddled with accomplishment. Still, something wasn’t quite right.
Today is April 1, which is a bit ironic this morning, just hours after the mighty No. 1-seeded Baylor Bears were toppled by Louisville, 82-81. Though it might seem like an April Fool's joke, it's definitely no laughing matter in Waco.
Coaches for both combatants in Sunday's Sweet 16 upset of top-ranked Baylor by fifth-seeded upstart Louisville had a lot to say about the officiating -- both during the game, when they filled the referees' ears with reactions to virtually every call and non-call, cavorting on the sidelines until one coach was called for a technical that could have cost his team the game, and the other probably should have been -- and in the presser afterward.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the Baylor-versus-Louisville Sweet 16 matchup tipped off, nearly half the press corps was still in the post-game interview room listening to Tennessee coach Holly Warlick lay out her game plan for what nearly everyone assumed would be a Tennessee-Baylor Elite Eight rematch.
The Bears scored 81 points against Louisville Sunday, shooting respectably from the field and the line. They controlled the boards. They forced 20 turnovers. They mounted an amazing comeback, worthy of any champion.
And they even got lucky. Jeff Walz drew an incredibly dumb technical foul with 2:01 left and his team up six. The Cardinals turned the ball over with 15 seconds left to set up two more clutch Odyssey Sims’ throws.
Full Court has confirmed that unsigned senior Ieshia Small has narrowed her list of schools to Baylor and South Carolina and will officially announce her decision during the television broadcast of the McDonald's All-American game on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The game will air at 7p.m. ET on ESPNU.
NEWARK, Del. – The word “irony” is being tossed around a lot this week considering the impending close of the collegiate career of Delaware sensation Elena Delle Donne.
Soon after the sixth-seeded Blue Hens rallied from an early 10-point deficit in the second half Tuesday night to finish their 78-69 upset of third-seeded North Carolina (29-7), Delle Donne was asked if it was ironic that Delaware (32-3), in moving on to its first-ever Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament this weekend, would be heading to the state of Connecticut.