Some say the journey is more thrilling than the end result. And with March Madness still two months away, UConn and UNC reminded us of that fact Monday with a frantic and flawed but fantastic nonconference showdown.
NC State pitcher Emily Weiman was decidedly imperfect, walking an NCAA tournament record 11 batters, but the Wolfpack have a perfect record after beating No. 4 seed Georgia to advance to Sunday's regional final.
Freshman Taya Reimer, who will step into the starting lineup for injured Natalie Achonwa, doesn't need to win the game for Notre Dame. But it's going to be difficult for the Irish to advance past Maryland without her.
Tuesday's regional final came down to a spectacular showdown between Alyssa Thomas and Shoni Schimmel. Maryland emerged the winner, preventing Thomas from joining a long list of great players who never reached a Final Four.
Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points, Katie Rutan hit clutch 3-pointers and freshman Lexie Brown kept the Terps composure as No. 4 seed Maryland overcame a four-point halftime deficit to beat No. 3 seed Louisville 76-73.