Posted: Monday March 21, 2005 4:56PM; Updated: Monday March 21, 2005 5:30PM
By Jody Woodman, SI.com
Seimone Augustus had 14 points for LSU as the overall No. 1 seed had no trouble advancing.
Fourth-seeded Penn State took an early exit at the hands of Liberty as the 13th-seeded Flames knocked off the Lady Lions in an upset that SI.com predicted. ... The third-seeded UConn Huskies played like a team wanting to defend its title, posting a 95-47 win over Ivy League champion Dartmouth. ... The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers held Hartford to a NCAA record-tying low 10 field goals in the Knights' 63-37 win in the Philadelphia regional.
Players Who Impressed
DePaul's Jenni Dant notched a season-saving bucket with 4.9 seconds remaining in the Blue Demons' win over Virginia Tech. After blowing a 20-point lead, Dant scored the winning basket to finish with 22 points on the night. ... Ivory Latta had 27 points for North Carolina, which won its 14th consecutive game. ... Candice Dupree of Temple sent Louisiana Tech packing, scoring 16 of her 20 points in the second half. ... Rutgers guard Cappie Pondexter had 22 points, and scored five consecutive baskets to key a 21-2 run and lift the Scarlet Knights over Hartford. ... Katie Feenstra notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to key the Liberty upset.
Coach Who Impressed
I'd be remiss to write this recap and not mention Pat Summitt's accomplishment. All the veteran coach did was join an elite club -- with only one other member. Summitt notched her 879th career victory to tie Dean Smith for the all-time lead in wins at the Division I level. Her record-tying win came against former-player-turned-coach Kellie Harper (nee Jolly) who played on Summitt's 1996-'98 national-title teams. Summitt's chance to break the record comes Tuesday night when the Lady Vols face Purdue in Tennessee's final home game of the season.
Dallas is the place to be Monday night. First up is a Texas-Georgia rematch. The two teams met early in the season and the Bulldogs came away with a 78-64 win on their home court. But it's the Longhorns who have the advantage this evening, playing at Dallas' Reunion Arena -- three hours from the UT campus. The key to Georgia's win the first time around was holding Longhorns guard Nina Norman scoreless. In her last game, Norman had 20 points despite playing with a bandage on her left hand as the 'Horns beat Oral Roberts 64-47 to advance.
The late game pairs upset-specialist Middle Tennessee against Texas Tech in a battle of Lady Raiders. No. 12 MTSU has knocked off higher-seeded ACC teams to open each of the past two NCAA tournaments. After ousting No. 5 N.C. State with a last-second shot Saturday, the Lady Raiders of MTSU look to become the second 12th-seed in tournament history to advance to the regional semifinals.