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.
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.
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.
Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Bria Holmes scored 16 points and No. 7 West Virginia withstood a late charge from Kansas on Tuesday to earn a 67-60 victory that gave the Mountaineers a share of the Big 12 regular-season title.
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
ATLANTA – Odyssey Sims, the 5-8 point guard for the Baylor University Lady Bears was announced Thursday as the 2014 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding female collegian 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.