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Posts Tagged ‘President Obama.’

FIRST FOUR, Game 1 at Dayton: W. Kentucky 59 Miss. Valley State 58

 

President Obama & Prime Minister Cameron in attendance (megasportsnews.com)

(courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics via wikipedia commons)

DAYTON, OHIO — With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in attendance, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 59-58 in the first game of the 74th NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship.

The Delta Devils led by as many as 16 points, (53-37) in the second half.

The Hilltoppers went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes to wins its 19th tournament game.

The 15-point deficit by the Hilltoppers with 5 minutes to go was the biggest in that time frame. Before that, the deficit was Illinois coming back to beat Missouri in the 2005 Elite Eight.

T.J. Ford and Derrick Gordon led Western Kentucky with 11 points each. While George Fant and Gordon led the way on the boards with 11 each.

The Hilltoppers are in their 22nd NCAA and have a record of 19-22. Their last win coming in 2009.

Head coach Ray Harper, who took over in the middle of the season, is now 11-7.

Western Kentucky, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, are 16-18 on the season. The only team in the tourney with a losing record.

Mississippi Valley State ends the season at 21-13. They earned their way into the tournament by winning the fifth Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in their history.

They drop to 0-5 in the NCAA tournament.

The Delta Devils were led by Kevin Burwell with 20 points, William Pugh with 11 and Cor-J Cox with 10.

The Delta Devils were outrebounded 60-32 in the game.

Their head coach is Sean Woods, who played at Kentucky who graduated in 1992. He is one of college basketball’s “Unforgettables” from the Kentucky team which lost to Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final.

The game was the 88th NCAA Championship game hosted by UD Arena, spanning 33 years (1970-2012). The home of the Dayton Flyers became the most-used site in the NCAA Tournament’s history last year while hosting the First Four. UD Arena passed Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium which 83 games from 1940-1964.

 

78 wins in a row and a National title for the Connecticut women’s team

compiled from staff, wire reports and Connecticut Athletics

Geno Auriemma (UCONN)

Maya Moore (UCONN)

The NCAA women’s national championship game in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday night was being played by two of the best in the game, Stanford and Connecticut.

The halftime score was 20-12 Stanford. Yes, you’ve seen it 20-12. The Huskies missed 18 straight shots, from layups to 3-pointers and missed free throws. The Connecticut women went 10 minutes, 37 seconds between points.

Huskies star Maya Moore took control of the game.

Moore scored 11 points during a 17-2 run to start the second half of the national championship game, a key point in the game that put the Huskies back in control and on their way to a 53-47 win over the Stanford Cardinal on Tuesday night. Maya Moore finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tina Charles added nine points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

The win, their record-stretching 78th straight, capped a two-year run in women’s college basketball history, going undefeated from start to finish.

Connecticut finished the season the way as they did last season: 39-0 and National champions. Associated Press player of the year Tina Charles reminded everyone during the trophy ceremony, as she sent a message to the White House, “tell President Obama, we’re Baaaaaaaaaaack’.

UConn’s unbeaten streak is moving into sacred territory. If they can start the 2010-2011 season at 11-0, the Lady Huskies would top the 88-game streak by John Wooden’s UCLA men in the early1970′s.

Auriemma won his seventh national title in a 25 year career. That puts him one behind Tennessee’s Pat Summitt for most titles among women’s coaches.

Tina Charles (UCONN)

The Stanford Cardinal,  who finishes the season at 36-2, was the last team to beat UConn, exactly two years before, at the 2008 Final Four. In the last 15 months, Stanford has beaten everyone its faced except Connecticut. This was the their third straight loss.

They met earlier this season on December 23, 2009 in Storrs, Connecticut. Stanford led at the halftime, but lost by 12. It was the closest that anyone has ever been to beating the Huskies all season long.

Stanford center Jayne Appel closed her career with a game she will soon forget, going 0 for 12 from the floor and failing sore from the field.

Kayla Pederson led the Cardinal with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

The game in San Antonio was played before a crowd of 22,936 that included Vice President Joe Biden as well as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.