The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant.
(AP) In a tournament filled with close calls and upsets, few would have been surprised if 11th-seeded Marist scared or even beat Iowa on its home floor. The only thing stunning on Sunday night was how well the Hawkeyes shot the ball.
(AP) Maggie Lucas sank one 3-pointer, followed with another, and pushed the crowd into a frenzy. Penn State’s comeback was on full blast, and Lucas was leading the charge. She refused to let the Lady Lions fall on the wrong side of history – not in this tournament, not on her home court.
(AP) Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant was a little concerned about how her team would perform after a two-week layoff. Freshman Aerial Powers and senior Annalise Pickrel put her worries at ease right away.
(AP) Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament Saturday. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the Big Ten tournament champions who have won 13 of 14 games.
(AP) Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron 84-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
Four Big Ten teams were named to the 2014 WNIT field, it was announced Monday night, hours after five of the conference’s teams made the NCAA tournament. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern will compete in the tournament, starting Wednesday. Read more about each team’s berth in this post.