Tag Archives: women’s final four

The understated appeal of the undercard

TweetNEW ORLEANS — They’ve been underdogs so long that they relish continuing in the role even at the Final Four, and especially after dispatching one of the biggest names in the sport.
The Louisville Cardinals — Undercards? — do have a -2 figure beside their name on at least one Las Vegas sports betting line going [...]

Historic moment for unflappable, undefeated Baylor

TweetDENVER — Ken Starr was thumbing his smartphone as Kim Mulkey speculated about the response to Baylor’s NCAA women’s basketball championship Tuesday night.
“At Baylor they used to not let the Baptists dance,” Mulkey said. “I’ll bet they’re dancing now.”
A shell-shocked Notre Dame (35-4), which lost to Texas A & M in last year’s championship game, [...]

The Southern swagger of Kim Mulkey

TweetDENVER — She has one eye that barely blinks and a side of her mouth that doesn’t move because of a recent diagnosis with Bell’s palsy.
None of that deters Kim Mulkey from looking the questioner straight in the eye and telling her exactly what she thinks. Especially if the question is meant to put her [...]

If you leave them open, they will shoot

TweetDENVER — On a night when the undercard trumped the main event, two players barely mentioned in the buildup to the Women’s Final Four were the unexpected, and undisputed stars.
Fifth-year Notre Dame senior Brittany Mallory was left open by UConn┬ánot just once, but twice, in overtime of Sunday’s first semifinal game, and she burned the [...]

In defense of elitism at the Women’s Final Four

TweetDENVER — One of the most refreshing storylines about this Women’s Final Four is the fact that for the first time since 1989, all No. 1 seeds have advanced.
In a sport where the handwringing over the lack of parity is an abiding concern, should “chalk” be applauded?
Absolutely, because of  the star power that Baylor, UConn, [...]

NCAA Women’s Final: Texas A & M 76, Notre Dame 70

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The national championship matchup that few had in their brackets turned out to be one of the better finales in years.
Texas A & M got 30 points and nine rebounds from Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player Danielle Adams and shot 68 percent in the second half to down Notre Dame 76-70 before [...]

Can the Texas A & M way pave the way for real parity?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS – On the massive Texas A & M campus in College Station, Tuesday has been designated as a “maroon out,” in which students, faculty and staff are asked to wear school colors.
A game featuring A & M’s Top 10-ranked baseball team will be moved up to a late afternoon first pitch.
A healthy slice of [...]

Women’s Final Four surprises: A novelty, or not?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The casual observer may find unusual the declarations of “parity” that ring out when two No. 2 seeds reach the NCAA women’s championship game, as they did Sunday night.
Texas A & M and Notre Dame had already broken brackets by upsetting Baylor and Tennessee, respectively, in the Elite Eight. And then they completely [...]

If you read nothing else about the Women’s Final Four

TweetIn what’s becoming an annual pre-Final Four media routine, Bloomberg has published what I regard as the most essential piece about the finances, marketing and outlook for big-time women’s college basketball that’s been written in some time.
But unlike some previous treatment of the same issue — such as this very good Big 12-oriented account by [...]