The National Pro Fastpitch season ended without a champion for the first time in the league's nine-year history because of weather delays and what the league cited as scheduling conflicts for players on both teams.
Monica Abbott was her usual brilliant self in the pitcher's circle for Chicago on Saturday. But it was the Bandits' catcher, Shannon Doepking, who was the star in the opener of the NPF championship series.
From the moment they all committed to North Carolina a year and a half ago, the women's basketball world has been abuzz. And a month into their college careers, the Tar Heels freshmen are coming through on the court.
In a game featuring two of the country's top freshman classes, Tennessee's more experienced players made the biggest impact, leading the Lady Vols past North Carolina in a sometimes sloppy 81-65 victory.