Sunday, March 21, 1999

Mideast gets surprise final


Iowa State Rocky's vs. Georgia twins

BY JOHN ERARDI
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's the Surprise vs. “The Twins.” No.4 seed vs. No.3.

        Iowa State vs. Georgia in the championship game of the Women's Mideast Regional at UC's Shoemaker Center at 7:30p.m. Monday.

        Iowa State qualifies as a Surprise, because it shocked top-seeded (and perennial powerhouse) Connecticut 64-58 on Saturday.

        ISU coach Bill Fennelly, however, prefers a Rocky theme.

        “Our kids always play Rocky music before each game,” he said. “That helped us, because UConn hit us hard, real hard, but we were able to survive and stay in the game.”

        Meanwhile, Georgia's identical twins, Kelly and Coco Miller, had an atypically schizophrenic performance in the second game, but still managed to pull away from Clemson 67-54. Kelly led all scorers with 22 points; Coco, who had come into the game averaging 19 points, was shut out.

        Iowa State doesn't figure to be able to shut down Coco again.

        “I appreciate how Kelly changed gears,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “Normally we're a running team, but we knew we couldn't play that way (Saturday). Coco was a little bit anxious. She was forcing it offensively. She realized that Clemson was very well-prepared for her.”

       



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