LOS ANGELES - Brigham Young used commanding performances on both sides of the court to stun fourth-seeded Nebraska Monday, 80-76, in the second-round regional of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
In pulling off their second upset in three days, the Cougars advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002, and become just the third 12th-seeded team in NCAA history to pull off the feat. Ironically, they head to the Lincoln, Neb. regional.
The Lincoln Regional gets underway today, with the host Nebraksa in Los Angeles having to get through two games on the West Coast in hopes of still participating when they get back to Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers certainly have the talent to do so, but some other top-notch teams will have a lot to say about it.
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.
In the only opening day contest pitting two Top-25 teams against each other, No. 17/12 Nebraska blew past No. 25 UCLA, 77-49, in Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday behind 27 points from Husker All-American Jordan Hooper.
The first-ever match-up for the Huskers in their new home, the $179 million Pinnacle Bank Arena, drew a crowd of 9,750, a school record for a non-conference game.
"What a great way to start the season," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere and we played pretty well, too."
Just 24 hours after leading No. 2 Windward to a 32-1 record and an appearance in the Califorinia Open Division State Championship, junior point guard Jordin Canada has committed to UCLA. The No. 3-ranked player in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50 made an unofficial visit to the Bruins on Wednesday and after talking it over with her parents, called head coach Cori Close Sunday afternoon and made the verbal commitment.
It’s not that Michael Cooper is the worst coach in the country – or even in the Pac-12 – but for the good of the game, he’s got to go.
Cooper coaches at USC, in the heart of the largest metropolitan area in the country, and has done a very poor job with the Women of Troy. Of course, he’s done a poor job wherever he’s been, except when he had Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones and a host of stars with the Los Angeles Sparks.
West Coast fans have long complained that the Pac-12 Conference gets no respect.
They are right for the most part, as gamecasts don’t often swing to the Left Coast unless an opponent from another big conference is involved. But to be fair, there traditionally hasn’t been much in the Pac-12 aside from Stanford worth a national broadcast.
Recee' Caldwell may be known as the best 2014 point guard in the state of Texas, but let's not confuse things, she's really from California -- so today's announcement that she committed UCLA is a homecoming of sorts.
"I'm going to be a Bruin and I'm just so happy about it," says Caldwell, who says she broke the news to UCLA coach Cori Close last night on the phone.