Sunday, April 04, 2010

Checking Out The 2010 Women's Final Four

I'll get my hate on for Dork, er Duke tomorrow night, but tonight I'm going to sit down and watch the Women's Final Four and the national semifinal games from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

First up is Stanford versus Oklahoma. I'm rooting for Oklahoma not only because of all the Texans on their squad, but because they have an Olajuwon on the team.

Abi Olajuwon that is. And yes, she's the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer and my UH classmate Hakeem Olajuwon.

Number 2 Stanford made UConn work to beat them earlier this season. They had a two point halftime lead before they succumbed 80-68 and also has a Houstonian on their squad in sophomore and Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Interestingly enough her sister, high school All American Chiney will join her on the Stanford campus next year.

But the game I and every NCAA women's basketball fan is waiting for is UConn versus the Baylor Lady Bears.

It's my Houston homegirl and Baylor freshman phenom Brittney Griner and her baby Lady Bear teammates versus the b-ball juggernaut that is UConn.

Seems this season Brittney has become known more for blocking shots than dunking them. She broke the NCAA tournament record for blocks in only four games, and will probably add to that tonight.

Baylor is also playing 150 miles down I-35 from their Waco campus. Sic 'em Bears.

But they have an Amazonian task in playing mighty UConn.

The Huskies have won 76 straight games are only two games away from becoming the first NCAA women's team ever to repeat as national champs with unbeaten records in both seasons.

The last loss for UConn? The 2008 Final Four national semifinal against Stanford.

So will Maya Moore and Tina Charles lead UConn to a historical title coronation? Will Oklahoma finally break through and win their first title? Will Baylor get a dunk or two and lots of blocks from Brittney Griner in order to slay the basketball giants UConn and win their second title in school history? Or will Jayne Appel and Stanford add another title to their storied women's basketball tradition?

Should be fun to watch.

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