Monday, March 27, 2006

Barbara Turner Overdrive

Barbara Turner propelled UConn into the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA basketball tournament last night with 31 points, the most points she ever scored in her four years at UConn. The game ended with 4 three pointers. Georgia's Cori Chambers hit a three with 20.3 seconds left. On the final play, Connecticut had a hard time moving the ball, and at the bottom of the TV screen, there was Turner, gesturing, no, insisting that the next pass go to her. She finally got the ball with 5 seconds on the clock, and closely guarded by two Georgia players, she fired up a desperation, falling away from the basket, hell, falling off the court three-pointer. Which went in. Georgia got off a final shot on the inbound when Tasha Humphrey, who had a huge game for Georgia, hit the rim with a shot fired from three quarters of the length of the court.

Whew. What a game.

Hope the Huskies make it to Boston next weekend. Now that BC is out of it, they're the last Northeast team with a shot.

WaPo: Turner's Late Basket Bails Out Connecticut

Boston Globe: UConn heaves sigh of relief

ESPN: Turner the star, but gets plenty of help (with video of the final sequence in a box on the right hand side of the page)

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