Well, well, well. Sorting things out this morning I see that #6 Pittsburgh eliminated #3 Baylor to move into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history! Meanwhile (too bad, Karyn), gritty Florida State took Oklahoma State to overtime before succumbing 73-72 (on a free throw with 0.7 seconds left in the game … for goodness sake). And then (sorry Carol) in another #6 vs. #3 matchup, California lost to George Washington on a last-minute shot by Sarah-Jo Lawrence that gave GW the two-point win.
In other action, LSU knocked off Marist, while Candice Wiggins, playing in her last game on her home court, scored a record-tying 44 points and led Stanford over UTEP. Texas A&M, Rutgers, and Vandy also advanced last night.
In JordanCornblog bracketland, we see that Jane and Morgan/Murray continue to lead the pack. Don and Rachel have made significant progress … while Doris and Patti remain very consistent! [TABLE=19]
Finally (this one’s for you, Cynthia) … check out this article on MSNBC about the high graduation rate of the women’s teams in the tournament. Tennesses is one of 12 teams with a 100% graduation rate. “Among the No. 1 seeds in the women’s tournament, Connecticut was next with a 92-percent graduation rate, followed by Maryland (71 percent) and North Carolina (64 percent).
“The study looked at four freshman classes entering from 1997-2001, giving each six years to graduate. The players studied are no longer on campus, but the report intends to show academic trends.”
Kudos to those teams and to the players’ (and coaches’) hard work. As I’m sure Tyler and Rachel can attest, playing D3 sports while tending to academics … and all the rest of college life … 😉 … is no easy feat … and ramping it all up several notches has got to be a challenge any way you look at it!
Onward … as the women round out their Sweet Sixteen tonight!