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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunday, March 12,2000 • Savannah Morning News - 7B

                                                                                                                             WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

                                                                                                                NCAA committee job brings prestige, criticism
                                                                                                                By Chuck Schoffner                                                                                                                          ference learns, four of whom finished
                                                                                                                The Associated Press                                                                                                                        .500 or below in the league.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               "That's not a job I would want,',',,
                                                                                                                      Come Sunday afternoon, it will all                                                                                                    Iowa State coach Bill lenneHy saicC
                                                                                                                  be over.                                                                                                                                  "Those people work so hard, it's a dif-
                                                                                                                     After three days of exhaustive dis-                                                                                                    ficult job and every year, somebody is
                                                                                                                  cussion and number-crunching at a                                                                                                         ticked off. No one is going lo say yp,y,,
                                                                                                                  downtown Indianapolis hotel, 64                                                                                                           did a great job. The only questions are..'
                                                                                                                  teams will have been selected for the                                                                                                     how come this team didn't get in or
                                                                                                                  NCAA* women's basketball tourna-                                                                                                          how come they were seeded so and so,,
                                                                                                                  ment, each sitting oh so neatly on its                                                                                                       "No matter what you say, it's a very
                                                                                                                  line in the bracket                                                                                                                       difficult thing to do, to try to explajrj t.
                                                                                                                     Then Bernadette McGlade will                                                                                                           in a 30-second answer what has.,
                                                                                                                  stand up and address the other mem-                                                                                                       taken a whole year to do."
                                                                                                                  bers of the selection committee, who                                                                                                         As for those No. 1 seeds this year,'.
                                                                                                                  arrived at the hotel Thursday and                                                                                                         top-ranked Connecticut and No'. 2 .
                                                                                                                  never left. "Any more questions?"                                                                                                         Tennessee appear to have two of
                                                                                                                  she'll ask. "Is everybody satisfied?"                                                                                                     them locked up. Georgia a n d ;
                                                                                                                     When the committee gives its                                                                                                           Louisiana Tech seem to be next irY
                                                                                                                 assent, the pairings go in the books,                                                                                                      line, with Penn State and Notre Dartii
                                                                                                                 another trying task out of the way.                                                                                                        also possibilities.
                                                                                                                     If only that were the end of it For                                                                                                       Each of the contenders has draw- '-
                                                                                                                 McGlade, who chairs the committee,                                                                                                         backs. Georgia beat. Tennessee by 27'
                                                                                                                 the hard work will just be starting.                                                                                                       in mid-January but lost in the semifi- '
                                                                                                                     She's the one who has to go before                                                                                                    nals of the Southeastern Conference,
                                                                                                                 the nation to explain — and some-                                                                                                         tournament. Louisiana Tech plays in i
                                                                                                                 times defend — what her committee                                                                                                          a lower-rated league — the Sun BeltJ-
                                                                                                              . has just done. Chairing the women's                                                                                                        — and hasn't been challenged since.V
                                                                                                                 basketball committee is one of the                                                                                                      . losing to Connecticut hy 27             .'..,
                                                                                                                 most prestigious jobs within the                                                                                                          • Penri State won the Big Ten regular;.',
                                                                                                                 NCAA, but it also can be a lightning                                                                                                      season championship, then lost to.,
                                                                                                                 rod for criticism. When a coach or ah                                                                                                     Purdue in the tournament finals.
                                                                                                                 athletic director has a gripe, they usu-                                                                                                  Notre Dame lost only to Connecticut
                                                                                                                 ally go first to the leader. -                                                                                                            in Big East play but was beaten by v
                                                                                                                     "It really is a privilege," said                                                                                                      Rutgers in the conference tourn#i v
                                                                                                                 McGlade, who is in her second year of                                                                                                     ment semifinals.                   . ...',,,
                                                                                                                 chairing the committee. "It's an                                                                                  Th e Associated Press      What's a committee to do?           ,, H ,/
                                                                                                                 honor to be thought of by your peers        the room on Sunday, she always dis-            my responsibility to field those.                  "It's a.combination of everything'
                                                                                                                 like that. That's probably the most         cussed the questions that might be                "My couple of years were pretty that's important in a team's success,",,
                                                                                                                 special part of the honor. But it takes     asked about the bracket.                       easy because the committee did a McGlade said. "Not only the overall,
                                                                                                                 a lot of determination.                    . Ponsetto said she never minded                pretty darn good job. I had very few wpn-lpss record, but the conference^
                                                                                                                    "And," she added, "you have to           other members talking about the                daggers to deal with."                         record, the, level of their conference/
                                                                          Scott BroAn/The Associated Press
                                                                                                                have a pretty tough skin."                   selections—she just wanted to make                Ponsetto had to explain in 1998 in the RPI ratings, the type of non-
  Old Dominion's Okeisha Howard (5) drives under North Carolina-Wilmington's                                        Coaches don't hide their displea-        sure the group spoke with one voice.           why Connecticut, which had been in conference                     competition       thejj i
  Jeri fynn Coker in the CAA tournament final on Saturday.                                                      sure when they're upset about some-            "It wasn't a private party, I can tell       line for a No, 1 seed, was dropped to a        engaged in. •
                                                                                                                thing, whether it's their seeding, the       you that," she said. "It was fine with         No. 2 after Nykesha Sales ruptured                "We look at all those factors. Cer-
                                                                                                                regional to which they've been               me for anybody to comment. But if              her Achilles' tendon. Last year, tainly the wins and losses against

 No. 14 Old Dominion                                                                                            assigned or perhaps being left out. of
                                                                                                                the tournament altogether.
                                                                                                                    Yet McGlade, an assistant commis-
                                                                                                                sioner for the Atlantic Coast Confer-
                                                                                                                                                             there was a particular situation or a
                                                                                                                                                             high level of volatility, I felt like it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                            McGlade had to detail why .the com- common opponents is significant ALL
                                                                                                                                                                                                            mittee took eight Southeastern Con- of that information comes into p l a y ' '

                                                                                                                ence, said she never felt like she was
                                                                                                                under siege after last year's pairings
                                                                                                                were revealed.          .                                                                                                                             SEMINAR

                                                                                                                    "Overall, I feel we did a very good
 The Associated Press                                          26 games while reaching the 30-victo-            job," she said. "All of the feedback on
              .   .           •                .   «       .   ry mark for the first time in the pro-           the bracket when it was announced
    RICHMOND, Va. —The (ears start-                            gram's 28-year history.                          was for the most part very positive.
 ed as tile final seconds ticked away on                                                                        The top 16 teams ended up advanc-                                                                                                            Saturday. March 11
 Wendy Larry's NCAA-record ninth Mid-Eastern Athletic Association                                               ing in the bracket so that either says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11 am      • From the Ocean
 consecutive tournament champi- Hampton 66, Norfolk St. 6 4 '                                                   we did a realty great job or that the
 onship, but they had almost nothing                                                                            home court is realty an advantage."                                                                                                                      to the Table
 to do with the final score.                 RICHMOND, Va. — With the game                                          The top four seeds in each of the                                                                                                                    Capt. Spuci
    "This is going to be a tough one to on the line, Hampton freshman                                           four regions play at home in the first
 talk about," the Lady MonarcKs LaShondra Dixon showed the nerve                                                two rounds. Because of that, picking,                                                                                                                    Woodward & Capt.
 coach said, he"r voice still choked with of a veteran.                                                         those teams has become one of die                                                                                                                        Dominic
 emotion 30 minutes after No. 1$ Old       . Dixon hit the game-winner with 12                                 committee's stickiest jobs.
 Dominion won the CAA title with a seconds left to lead Hampton to the                                              There's, not much difference in
 92-49 victory against North Carolina- Mid-Eastern Athletic Association title                                  ability between a team that's seeded                                                                                                          12 pm        Fun & Easy

Wilmington on Saturday.                   with a 66-64 victory over Norfolk                                    fourth and one that's seeded fifth. But                                                                                                                   BottoiH Fishiric)
    Benjamin was killed in a car acci- State on Saturday.               • ' : :/••                             there's a huge difference in the tour-
dent on Feb. 16, Sharron Francis and         The fifth-seeded Lady Pirates (16-                                nament because the No. 4 seed stays                                                                                                                       for Whiting
 Nicoie Bellinghausen lost family 14), now headed to the NCAA tourna-                                          home and the No. 5 seed travels. If                                                                                                                       Paul Christian
members within the ensuing two ment, won three straight games over                                             everyone played on a neutral court,
weeks and star center Lucienne higher-seeded teams and gave coach                                              like in the men's tournament, those
Berthieu was injured and hasn't suit- Patricia Bibbs her 300th career victo-                                   numbers would not be so meaning-                                                                                                                          Keepihg & Rigtjincj
ed up for the last eight games.           ry in the tide game.                                                 ful.                                                                                                                                                      Live & Dead
   But the eight Lady Monarchs               Dixon, a feisty 5-foot-5 guard, fin-                                  "Because the parity is just getting
remaining kept Carry's team flawless ished with 23 points.                                                    so strong in women's basketball, it                                                                                                                       Baits' Gordon
in nine years of CAA tournament                                                                               continues yearly to make that more                                                                                                                        Rogers & Capt.
play, and did it in vintage Old Domin- Southwestern Athletic Conference                                       difficult," McGladesaid. "It's a small-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spud WbdtiWard
ion style to boot.      .                 Alcorn St. 83, Grambllng St, 58                                     er margin of information or statistics
   The Lady Monarchs (27-4) took                                                                              that separates teams when you talk                                                                                                                          Artificial Reefs
control with one of their trademark         BILOXI, Miss. -^- Daisha Reed                                     about a four seed playing on the                                                                                                                          off the Georgia
defense-driven first-half runs to take scored 17 points and Alcorn State                                      home Court and a five seed going on
control against the Lady Seahawks held the highest-scoring team in the                                        theroad.                                                                                                                                                  Coast — Fish
(18-12), using a 27-2 run to turn a 13- nation 31 points below its average,                                        "Or an eight seed versus a seven                                                                                                                     BoWls of
10 deficit into a 37-15 lead that ended beating Grambling State 83-58.                                        seed. I find that a more tedious
the suspense early.                         The Lady Braves (22-8), seeded                                    process than picking the number                                                                                                                           the Atlantic       Capt.
   Then, it was on to their 102nd con- second in the tournament, earned                                       ones because the parity is definitely                                                                                                                     Mark Covington
secutive victory against CAA compe- their first trip to the NCAA tourna-                                      there."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Redfish. Trout
tition, and an NCAA record with the ment with the victory and ended the                                            Jean Lenti Ponsetto, who chaired
ninth tournament title in a row. Texas' Lady Tigers' streak of four straight                                  the committee before McGlade took                                                                                                                         & Tarpon" Capt.
women won eight straight Southwest SWAC tournament champions                                                  over, said that before members left                                                                                                                       Matt Starling
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