INDIANAPOLIS -- Sheer will….The mentality of a winner.
You can draw all the Xs and Os you want, but sometimes it just comes down to belief.
And to thinking like a winner.
On a day that featured one major upset and one minor one, it looked like No. 2-seed Michigan State was going to be another upset victim at the hands of seventh-seeded Michigan in Game Three of the second round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Instead, the Spartans put frustration aside and made just enough plays to come out a 61-58 winner.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Balance is what fifth-seeded Iowa has been all about all season and that is what enabled them to overcome No. 4-seed Purdue, 87-80, in the second, albeit less dramatic, upset of Round Two of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis Friday afternoon.
That, and turnovers.
Iowa had five players put up double-figure scores, but it was, even more so, the ability of the Hawkeyes to force turnovers at key times, including taking charges on layups, that turned the tide.
UConn. Louisville. South Florida. Rutgers. These are the only four teams with winning records in a 10-team conference. Louisville (No. 3 nationally) has lost only its two games to UConn (No. 1). USF and Rutgers split their two games, but Rutgers also lost to lowly Memphis in January, placing them in the third and fourth tournament seeds, respectively. A USF v. Rutgers game could be the most exciting of this tournament, but will not happen, as neither is about to defeat the top seeds in the semifinals.
Lucas breaks Big Ten and Penn State career three-pointers record in the loss
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – No. 8 seed Ohio State (17-17, 5-11) shot a sizzling 71.9% from the field and a 71.4% from three-point range in the first half en route to a 99-82 win over the top-seeded Penn State Lady Lions (22-7, 13-3 Big Ten) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) continued her string of 20-point games with a personal-best 29 tallies to go along with 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double to lead Penn State.
The first day of the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Tournament provided four genuinely interesting games, albeit for different sets of reasons. Colorado started the day with efficient three-point shooting, while Washington -- playing just a few miles from its Seattle campus -- ended the day by hitting only one field-goal attempt in the final nine minutes of regulation, while opposing Utah's Michelle Plouffe put on a one-woman show.
Round One of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament provided no upsets and little suspense. In fact, until Wisconsin and Minnesota went to overtime in the day’s last game, the only real question was whether an obviously ill Michigan coach Kim Barnes-Arico would survive her team’s game. She did, although her color varied between ashen and green.
Game Four: No. 6 Minnesota 74, No. 11 Wisconsin 68, OT
Los Angeles — The final ballot for the Women's John R. Wooden Award was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The men’s ballot will be released Saturday.
As always, the size of the field of "dreams" -- i.e., the teams whose body of work has created a reasonable expectation, or at least something more solid that a wildly frivolous hope, of receiving an at-large bid to the 2014 Division I Women's Basketball Tournament -- has grown smaller but much more clear as the regular-season drew to a close in all but a handful of conferences.
The newcomers shook things up in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year, with Notre Dame, in its first year in the league after leaving the Big East, executing a perfect season to knock the perennial conference powerhouses off the podium. Syracuse did not fare quite as well, but still made some noise, finishing the regular season at 21-8 and tying with the Tar Heels at 10-6 in conference play. So evenly matched is this pair, that the ACC has North Carolina ranked No. 5 and the Orange No.