. . . But we’ve had a bit of techno difficulty with our web site, which issues hopefully have now been resolved, so I’m just back it.
So that’s why the short delay.
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The U of L woman’s W over Oklahoma was simply one of the most scintillating games I’ve seen, well, ever.
The Cards fell behind 0-9, and were down 2-17 with just a couple of ticks past six minutes gone.
Walz’s Women charged back, and took the lead on two Tia Gibbs’s treys at 40-39 with 2:33 to play before the break, at which point, U of L almost impossibly led by five. The Cardinal advantage continued to grow to 13 midway through the second stanza.
At which point, the Sooners showed their grit, knotting the tally at 73 with 3:33 to play in regulation. With 1:28 to go, Oklahoma had run out to a what seemed to be secure 6 point advantage.
Not so fast, Boomer Sooner. It was Schimmel Time. Shoni converted on a +1. Two Sara Hammond FTs matched a Sooner jumper. Oklahoma canned one more FT, which was overmtached by Jude Schimmel’s block, a Jude layup. Then another Jude layup at :13 to tie the score, and her rebound at:05 to secure OT.
During which extra time, the Cards dominated. The Okies struck first with a FT, then a three by Antonita Slaughter gave the Cards the lead for good.
Louisville captured the WNIT crown, in Norman, by a measured five, 97-92.
What I loved, other than the W and the back and forth action, was that both squads were gritty and chippy. The Sooners learned what Britney Grimes already knows: Don’t mess with the Schimmel Sisters and their ballin’ Cardinal sisters.
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Also on Sunday afternoon, came Belmont’s smackdown of the short-handed Tar Heels in the DeanDome.
And the victory by Iowa State’s Cyclones over Michigan.
Plus UK showed that Robert Morris might have been best advised to forego the big payday in Rupp, and just stay home.
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On the day of the week when I would normally be glued to NFL Red Zone, I acknowledged yet again that I’m a child of Hoopsylvania, a hoopaholic of the highest order.
My basketball jones was sated.
Big time basketball in early November! Thank you Naismithius, Greek God of Hoops.
– Seedy K