The Huskies are again one step away from the Final Four. It has been a long, trying journey for the nation’s top-ranked team. But one more win will make everything worthwhile. I wanted to pass long a few tidbits from today’s game.
Freshman Lorin Dixon, who had not played the first two games of the tournament, played four scoreless minutes. “The fact that I finally got out there was just great,’’ she said. “Everyone wants to play in an NCAA Tournament. It is every girl’s dream, every guy’s dream. So to actually have a chance to get out there for the first time was amazing to me. I was really nervous in the first half. I hadn’t played the last two games and the team has been playing so great that I wanted to go out there and do well. I was fine in the second half. Before every game I am nervous and I have to settle down, but I am fine after that.’’
Renee Montgomery became the 10th player in team history to reach 200 steals (201).
Ketia Swanier (247) needs one steal to tie Rita Williams for sixth all-time in team history, and five to tie Shea Ralph for fifth.
How much admiration do the Huskies have for senior Brittany Hunter? Here’s this comment from Montgomery: “She practices only half the time, and she comes in the game and still plays with a good rhythm and still plays in sync with us,’’ Montgomery said. “You can tell she’s extremely talented. She’s playing on one leg, and she still gets a lot of stuff done. She makes me so nervous. Any time anything happens where she might get hit hard, I’m on pins and needles because I know with her knee she could get hurt any moment. How aggressive she plays is amazing. You wouldn’t think somebody who has had that many injuries would be that aggressive and be relentless after every rebound. She plays as if she was never hurt, and I admire that.’’
And one more from Geno: “She is a real magnetic force on this team,’’ he said. “Kids are drawn to her. She’s a little bit older. She has a great way with the younger guys. Man, some of the plays she made down there in the second half were just … She’s one of the few guys on our team that’s athletic enough. She can make a 15-footer, post you up. She blocks shots. She goes after every rebound. I’m really proud of her.’’
Lastly, a few Rutgers fans had “ODU’’ signs on their red sweatshirts in the stands today and were cheering for the Lady Monarchs.