Monday, March 30, 2009

Purdue Ends RU's Season; ASU, UCONN, Sooners Advance

The Rutgers women's basketball team season ended in Oklahoma City at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers, 67-61 in a game that was a microcosm of the entire season. Led by Lakisha Freeman's 18 points, and another 13 from Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, and domination on the glass (PU out rebounded RU 34-30), Purdue's height and sharpshooting (52.9%) doomed the Scarlet Knights, who ended the season at 21-13.

Rutgers shot only 40%, though they had four players in double figures led by Brittany Ray with 19 points and Epiphanny Prince with 15. However, Prince was 6-17 from the floor and only made it to the foul line one time- she usually goes to the free throw line 8-10 times a game- that was a contributing factor in a game that Purdue controlled most of the way, and led by as many as 16 points in the first half.

The RU bench only contributed four points, all by April Sykes. The RU bench played a total of 19 minutes in all, while Purdue got more milage from their reserves with 44 minutes played and seven points.

Here's the Box Score, from ESPN.

Below, also from ESPN, some post game comments from RU coach C.Vivian Stringer.

"More than hurt, I'm disappointed," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We knew what we had to do and we went out there and were foolish."....."It was in the end as it was in the beginning, the same things, the same behaviors," Stringer said. "I was thinking, 'Why are we here?'"

In other games UCONN smoked California in Trenton 77-53, behind Tiffany Hayes 28 points. Cal led the game in the first half by eight points- the largest deficit UCONN had to overcome this year. UCONN went on a 40-12 run, and blew Cal out of the Sovereign Bank Arena. In Game Two at Trenton Arizona State beat second seed Texas A&M 84-69 behind Briann January's 22 points. The sixth seeded Sun Devils will meet (1)UCONN tomorrow night in Trenton for a ticket to St. Louis and the Final Four.

In the Oklahoma City Region's nightcap last night, the Oklahoma Sooners smacked the Pitt Panthers 70-59 behind the Whitney Hand's 22 points, and the usual heroics of the Paris twins; Courtney had 10 points and 9 rebounds, sister Ashley had a double-double with 12 and 10. Danielle Robinson and Nyeshia Stevenson both had 10 for the Sooners, giving all five starters double figures in scoring for a relatively easy win. (1) Oklahoma will play (6) Purdue for the Oklahoma City Regional Final tomorrow night.

In tonight's Elite Eight Games-

(3)Louisville vs (1) Maryland in the Raleigh Regional Final- I'm a Big East guy, and I'll be rooting for the Cardinals to beat the Terps. I love Angel McCoughtry's game for the Cards... but I think the combination of Kristi Toliver and the peaking Marissa Coleman (42 points against Vanderbilt) will be too much to handle. PICK-Maryland.

(2) Stanford vs (4) Iowa State in the Berkeley Regional Final- my instincts say take take Stanford, they're playing close to home, they're the higher seed, they have more height and better inside presence. But the hot three point shooting of the Cyclone might just be able to pull this out, sending them to The Final Four. PICK-Iowa State, in an upset.

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