You couldn't have asked for a more evenly balanced contest than the one that opened the 2014 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament Friday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, as eight-seeded Kansas battled K-State, the ninth seed, to an 87-84 overtime win. The nightcap, however, was another affair, with seventh-seeded Texas Christian University separating itself early and coasting to a lopsided 75-59 victory over the No. 9 Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
Duluth, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bria Goss had 14 points and the 12th-ranked
Kentucky Wildcats upset the fifth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks by a 68-58
margin in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The first three rounds of the ACC tournament feel like they were scripted to the specifications of the powers-that-be. There were tight second-round games but no upsets. The quarterfinals were mostly blowouts (except for a classic final game), but it set up a semifinal Saturday featuring the three traditional Triangle powers (Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State) and the interlopers from Indiana, Notre Dame. The fact that departing ACC member Maryland got bounced in the quarterfinals certainly made few shed tears.
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.
Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brittany Rountree sank two key free
throws in the final seconds, her only two points of the contest, as sixth-
seeded North Carolina toppled third-seed Maryland, 73-70, on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS --As the saying goes, "Sometimes 'Stuff' Happens."
And, boy, it sure did happen in the opening game of the second round of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis Friday. The 8-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (17-17) pulled the upset of the tournament -- and perhaps the surprise of all the conference tournaments currently underway across the country -- by beating top-seeded Penn State, 99-82 .
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.