For the past several seasons, talent, potential and a parade of All-Americans that should have returned Southern California into a premier program underachieved. That all changed Sunday as the Trojans earned their first NCAA berth since 2006.
After nearly blowing a 30-point lead, Stanford hung on to beat Cal 70-64. The two teams meet again Sunday, with the Cardinal looking to play 40 solid minutes and the Bears trying to finish what they started in Thursday's second half.
Chiney Ogwumike didn't have to live up to the high standards her older sister set at Stanford. Instead, Chiney has carved out her own place on the basketball court, as a player, as a personality and as a leader.
Two big games does not a season make. But Colorado knows it has an opportunity to establish itself as a legitimate national contender in its upcoming home games against No. 19 Cal and fourth-ranked Stanford.
Nicole Powell, a forward for the Tulsa Shock and a 10-year WNBA veteran, wasn't looking to immediately start her coaching career. But Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves couldn't be happier with his first-year assistant.