Friday, March 21, 2003
Women: Mideast Regional team capsules
1. Tennessee (28-4)
Coach: Pat Summitt
Top players: G Kara Lawson, F Gwen Jackson, G Shanna Zolman
Comments: The Lady Vols have won a record six national championships and played in all 22 tournaments. They were upset by LSU in the SEC Tournament final after winning their sixth regular-season conference championship.
2. Villanova (25-5)
Big East Conference
Coach: Harry Perretta
Top players: G Trish Juhline, F Katie Davis, F Courtney Mix
Comments: The Wildcats ended UConn's winning streak at 70 games, in the Big East Tournament final. Villanova plays outstanding defense and commits few turnovers, and its deliberate style is tough to play against.
3. North Carolina (27-5)
Atlantic Coast Conference
Coach: Sylvia Hatchell
Top players: G Coretta Brown, G Nikita Bell, F La'Tangela Atkinson
Comments: North Carolina can't beat Duke, but the Tar Heels are still a solid top-10 team. Brown is a two-time ACC first-team player and Atkinson, a strong rebounder, is one of the top freshmen in the country.
4. Penn State (24-8)
Big Ten Conference
Coach: Rene Portland
Top players: G Kelly Mazzante, G Tanisha Wright, G Jessica Brungo.
Comments: Mazzante, the Big Ten Player of the Year, and Wright give Penn State a solid 1-2 offensive punch. The Lions won the Big Ten regular season but lost to Ohio State in the tournament semifinals.
5. South Carolina (22-7)
Coach: Susan Walvius
Top players: F Jocelyn Penn, F Petra Ujhelyi, G Cristina Ciocan
Comments: This is a veteran team that reached the Elite Eight a year ago. Penn ranks fourth in the nation in scoring (24.4 ppg).
6. Colorado (22-7)
Big 12 Conference
Coach: Ceal Barry
Top players: C Tera Bjorkland, F Linda Lappe, F Sabrina Scott
Comments: The Buffaloes are tall and talented. Bjorkland, a 6-foot-5 junior, has become a dominant player in the post. Lappe (6-0) and Scott (6-2) have had outstanding senior seasons after injuries slowed both last season.
7. George Washington (24-6)
Atlantic 10 Conference
Coach: Joe McKeown
Top players: G Cathy Joens, C Ugo Oha, F Anna Montanana
Comments: The Colonials, who won 21 of their last 22 games, are in the tournament for the 10th time in 13 years. Joens was the conference player of the year, and Valerie Williams was the A-10's top sixth player.
8. Virginia (16-13)
Coach: Debbie Ryan
Top players: F Brandi Teamer, G Cherrise Graham, G LaTonya Blue
Comments: Ryan, who is in her 26th season, showed patience and the Cavaliers came together in the second half and finished a strong third in the ACC. Teamer, Graham and Blue are all sophomores.
9. Illinois (17-11)
Coach: Theresa Grentz
Top players: F Angelina Williams, F Cindy Dallas, F Aninata Yanni
Comments: Illinois was trounced by Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament but has a top-30 RPI and top-10 schedule. Dallas was the Big Ten's top rebounder.
10. Oklahoma (19-12)
Coach: Sherri Coale
Top players: G Dionnah Jackson, G Chelsi Welch, G Maria Villarroel
Comments: Coale lost all the key players from last year's team that lost the NCAA title game to UConn. Jackson has emerged as the Sooners' new leader, and Welch was the Big 12 co-Freshman of the Year.
11. Brigham Young (19-11)
Mountain West Conference
Coach: Jeff Judkins
Top players: G Erin Thorn, F Danielle Cheesman, G Kestlee Nelson
Comments: BYU, which lost to New Mexico in the MWC title game, returns after reaching the Sweet 16 last season. Thorn, a four-time MWC first-team selection, is one of the top 3-point shooters in the country.
12. Chattanooga (26-4)
Coach: Wes Moore
Top players: F Jennifer Wilson, G Miranda Warfield, F Nneka Irons
Comments: Chattanooga is in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, and this time the Mocs, who tied a school record for victories, believe they can win a game. No one averages in double figures.
13. Holy Cross (24-7)
Coach: Bill Gibbons
Top players: C Katie O'Keefe, G Maggie Fontana, F Mary Rose Campbell
Comments: The Crusaders posted their ninth consecutive 20-win season and reclaimed the Patriot crown after losing to Bucknell in last year's final. O'Keefe has played in a school-record 122 games.
14. Austin Peay (27-3)
Ohio Valley Conference
Coach: Susie Gardner
Top players: G Brooke Armistead, F Gerlonda Hardin, F Ashley Haynes
Comments: The Lady Govs closed the regular season with 22 straight wins, the third-best streak in the nation. Armistead, a 5-9 senior, was the OVC player of the year.
15. St. Francis (Pa.) (23-7)
Coach: Myndi Hill
Top players: F Carin Cheswick, C Beth Swink, G Sami Allison
Comments: The Red Flash tied the school record for wins as they won their seventh NEC title in eight years. Swink was fifth in the nation in field goal percentage.
16. Alabama State (20-10)
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Coach: Freda Freeman-Jackson
Top players: F Shameka Jackson, C Crystal Kitt, G Chrishutta Lewis
Comments: The Hornets, opened the season 1-7 against a lineup of nonconference opponents.
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Gonzaga 74, UC 69
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Bobbitt wastes last shot
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Muskies planning to seize moment
Near upsets get XU's attention
Coach's intensity bringing out best in rookie Boothe
OTHER NCAA TOURNAMENT
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Harper visits IUPUI
Daugherty: Crenshaw torn about playing during war
Satellite viewers at CBS' mercy
Three upsets and four that were close
East: Midgley shoots, California advances
Midwest: Tulsa upends Dayton; Wisconsin moves on
South: Okafor, UConn bounce BYU
West: Superior 'Zona handles exhausted Catamounts
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