atlanta coach Andy Landers walked into a tiny trinket shop in Tijuana, mexico, This the summer months, While on a side trip from his vacation in southern california. As he was browsing one of leather goods and fake Rolex watches, The man behind the counter noticed him. “ah, claims he, “The coach at ga,
Such is the condition of women’s basketball today that Landers, Who was once detained by security guards who didn’t recognize him at his own gym, Is now a celebrity in other countries. Connecticut advisor Geno Auriemma, Who took his family to Florida after his team won the NCAA world-class in April, ended up playing Pied Piper to autographhunting children who trailed him down the beach. Auriemma’s moment on a sunny day didn’t last forever, rustic, handcrafted lighting. He was recently greeted by a keen fan who thought he was. paul Theismann.
yet still, There’s no avoiding the fact that women’s basketball has a higher profile these days. Three years ago it was a lrage benefit when the Final Four sold out. Now match your needs how quickly the tickets will go. This season’s shining game, In charlotte now, had sold out concerts last April. Overall attendance topped 3.6 million continue working season, Triple that of about ten years ago, When only a handful of teams had a chance to win the national title. This year any of seo 10 teams could win it all. And there’s a good possibility that none of them will. “year in year out now, There’s a chance of someone instead of the statusquo powers winning, Says Vanderbilt coach Jim promote. “there might be seven or eight preseason Number l’s. But cell number 9 might win,
Landers wants. His Georgia team wasn’t ranked in the preseason last year but reached the last Four with four sophomores and a junior in the starting lineup. the girl Bulldogs fell flat, simple fact that, Losing 7351 to tn. After the summer season Landers told his team it needed more bulk, And members of the squad have tried desperately to comply. They’ve done a fine job in the weight room but again have proved to be lightweights at it will be best table. “We’re just lean, Says junior frontward La’Keshia Frett, Who often eats two food. anticipation, created, are heavy. “We got to one last Four last year, But we should not settle for that, Says individual guard Saudia Roundtree. “If we got that far a last year, capable to win it now,
most recent season Connecticut was 350, And the Huskies’ perfect run was like gasoline on the fire that was building in the women’s game. They hope last year’s enthusiasm can be sustained now that player of the season Rebecca Lobo has graduated. “It’s like women’s basketball was delays for something to happen, states 5’5″ more mature point guard Jennifer Rizzotti, who all, and as well 6foot forward Jamelle Elliott and 6’7″ centre Kara Wolters, Is back as a starter. Nykesha Sales will join the lineup at forward after a freshman season this she came off the bench to average 11.4 points and earn Big East Rookie of the season honors. UConn’s top recruit, 6’3” Tammy Arnold, may see playing time early.
Will these Huskies make fans can’t remember Lobo? unexpected, But UConn should remain a national event. “We even see Connecticut women’s football shirts in Nashville, Says Vanderbilt clinic Angela Gorsica. “But you see Vanderbilt shirts, too,
And deservingly so. Vanderbilt lost only one firststringer from last season’s lovely 16 team, Yet Foster expects two newcomers to play right away as well as perhaps start. Freshman Beth Ostendorf has worked at every position used, and only redshirt freshman Nettie Respondek, Who sat out last season with a stress crack in each foot, Or freshman Paige Redmond could displace mature Ginger Jared at point guard. “competitors are what made America great, instill says.
There’s no chance that tournament will ruin the team’s sense of family. unbeknownst to her coaches and teammates, Sophomore forward Na’Sheema Hillmon was four months conceived when she earned a spot on the SEC’s AllTournament team last March as a freshman. On august. 15 she delivered a boy, Zahkir Kahari HillmonBaker, Whose father is Vanderbilt sports player Fred Baker. Vanderbilt forward Sheri Sam was on hand for the delivery and is the newborn’s godmother.