Losing key leaders from last year's squad wasn't easy for Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights wore it on their sleeve this season. But a newfound mindset brought the team together -- just in time.
Auburn plays well on the road, but this won't be its usual road swing. The Tigers will take on Rutgers in an NCAA tournament second-round game Monday -- on the Scarlet Knights' turf.
DeWanna Bonner led the scoring with 26 points, but point guard Whitney Boddie did everything else to guide Auburn to the second round.
A first-round game many will dismiss as a foregone conclusion means everything to the 15th-seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
So just what sort of personnel would it take to end UConn's perfect run this season? The combination of these five players just might be able to handle the Huskies.
Auburn's road to success this season can be traced not just to DeWanna Bonner but to Nell Fortner's first recruiting class after returning to the college game. And now, those four seniors and their single goal tell the Tigers' tale.
The request was short and simple. But picking the country's top 15 players of the 2008-09 season was not.
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The march to equal opportunity continues to play out on athletic playing fields. But the push to get more women on the sideline as coaches is lagging behind the times.
That Detroit is good is no surprise. What might be stunning is the Shock could be even better than they were last season. That could mean trouble for the rest of the league.
Though Kim Smith has played sparsely in the playoffs, she made a significant contribution off the bench early in the season for Sacramento.
The Monarchs made a statement in Game 1 by playing the best offense ever seen in the WNBA Finals. But Sacramento's defense is the key to successfully defending its title.
It has taken the whole season, but DeMya Walker (maternity leave) and Kara Lawson (illness) are back to their old selves. And that has Sacramento back to its championship form.
She's one of the game's best pure scorers -- who also happens to be Detroit's point guard. Thursday, she toed the line perfectly, tallying 17 points and five assists.