Once again, Shoni Schimmel fell short on the court against UConn, but Monday was about more than one game. It was a chance to celebrate someone who has become a part of the Louisville community and united the Native American nation.
Playing short-handed, it was clear Friday just how small Connecticut's margin for error is right now. But in putting together a 72-55 victory over No. 8 Maryland, the gap between the Huskies and the rest of the country remains.
If Tennessee has a chance against No. 1 Oklahoma, it will be because it can throw aces Ellen and Ivy Renfroe at the Sooners. The sisters have a combined 169-39 career record heading into Monday's championship series.
Washington coach Heather Tarr stuck to a philosophy, and her plan paid off. The Huskies didn't give up any outs and were able to take advantage of Missouri errors to grab a 2-1 eight-inning win in Game 1 of their super regional.