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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 41

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"'"Tl eC THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 c Tennessee's mystic doesn't cut it with Louisiana Tech v- A memories is to create new great ones. So, what would it be like to play the best for the right to be The Best? Barmore sure didn't want to talk about it, interrupting a question to his players about the potential matchup during the post-game news conference. "I would like to give Arkansas an opportunity to play the game," Barmore said of the Razorbacks, who played Tennessee in the second semifinal. "So I really don't think our players need to comment on that. And I don't want to comment either." There were ti;e Vols again, in the game when they weren't even in the room. The Techsters didn't mind talking about a chance to play Tennessee, a team they certainly . know well. The first game of the season was a 75-61 loss at Knoxville. It was the toughest first game anyone had to play in women's basketball, as the Vols were coming off their second consecutive national championship and the Techsters a loss to Florida in a Mideast Regional semifinal. La Tech regrouped, motivated by practicing and playing in a gym every day that had 11 Final Four banners and one with the words NCAA Div. I national champions hanging from the rafters but not one with the fingerprints of anyone on this team. KANSAS CITY, Mo. The best-ever ponderings, the day-glo orange, the book, the HBO documentary, the undefeated season, Tennessee this, Tennessee that, and a minute of the NCAA Women's Final Four had yet to be played. No one on Louisiana Tech was complaining. Never mind the Techsters themselves are a perennial power. Tradition doesn't win games. "Everything should be Tennessee," La Tech forward Monica Maxwell said. "We haven't done anything in the recent past to have our name out there." If the Techsters had not made it to the Final Four this season, senior Alisa Burras would have After the loss to Tennessee, there would be two more defeats: to Old Dominion and to arch rival Western Kentucky. But who cared? Tennessee lost TEN games last season. The Techsters rattled off 16 consecutive wins after their last loss and are right back where they started. A perfect storyline with the possibility for a storybook ending for La Tech. "I think we can beat Tennessee," La Tech guard Tamicha Jackson said. "But nobody's beaten them yet. They're the national champions, and they deserve everything they get until someone proves they're better." at least, that's what cranky coach Leon Barmore revealed after La Tech defeated N.C. State 84-65 in the first semifinal Friday at Kemper Arena. Last time the Techsters were in the Final Four was 1994, when Charlotte Smith's three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Tar Heels the National Championship. Evidently, the loss still stings. "Let me tell you something," Barmore said. "That was the most hurtful thing that has happened to me in my coaching career, and I would appreciate it if I didn't have to relive that event. It took me a long time to get over it." Doesn't sound like a man who's let go of the past. Sometimes, the only way to banish old Cheryl Rosenberg College basketball the distinction of being a member of the only class not to make it that far. Burras came to La Tech from Westark (Ark.) Community College last season, so she didn't have to suffer the entire four years. But any year is torture when you have to sit and watch instead of play. Of course, sometimes playing is just as gut-wrenching La. Tech runs into title game The Associated Press . KANSAS CITY, Mo. Running, always running. That's how Louisiana Tech got back to the Final Four this season, and that's how it moved within one more win of its third national championship. Flying down court for easy baskets all night long, the Lady Techsters ran past North Carolina State for an 84-65 national semifinal victory Friday and their sixth trip to the NCAA title game. Guards LaQuan Stallworth and Tamicha Jackson set a turbo-charged pace that wore out the bigger, slower Wolfpack. "We knew we had to keep running with the ball," said Stall-worth, who had 18 points and nine assists. "We knew if we were tired, they had to be tired. Coach -- ,Hrr tiirjiiiigrUiiiartiiinffhli lili ViiiiriiiiMrnri irta'tr riiini "ilmrr -r- ifi-- - iia. iiVMna itn rinlll . ' : i j ; ! o I ; I ' " ! (I , ; H ! (Leon Barmore) told us to keep runfiing!" ,"Playing in its ninth Final Four but rts first in four years, 1 ecn (Jl- 3) Won its 16th straight game and will ,meet heavily favored lennes-seefor the championship Sunday night. '''I can speak for all of us i when we came to Louisiana i ech 1 all :we wanted was an opportuni-tv,?said Monica Maxwell, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. "And Sunday we'll have an opportunity to 'hang not only a Final Four banner, but a championship Dan- nef." NORTH CAROLINA ST. KS) - Lewis M 0-1 7, Shenard 2-4 0-0 4, Meivln 14-26 9-15 37, Jones 3-7 l-i 7 GHicsole 1-2 0-0 I Erb 1-3 0-0 2. Wallace 1-4 04 3, Williams 1-4 1-2 3, McLendon 0-0 0-0 0. Bates 0-1 0-0 0, Poteat 0-0 04 0 Totals 26-40 1 1-20 45. LOUISIANA TECH 4) - Maxwell 4-9 2-2 14, Wilson 10-15 0-1 20, Burras 4-11 0-2 S, Stallworth 7-12 4-5 II, Jackson 71 1-1 It, Snider 0-0 1-2 1, Burn 04 0-0 0, Cociiran 0-1 1-2 1, Butler 04 04 0, Scheppmenn 1-2 0-0 2 Gilmore 1-3 2-2 4, Bowman 04 04 0. Totals 34- M If. 17 84 Ha4f Mma-Louisiona Tech 41, North Carolina St. 32. Three-point goals North Carolina St. 2-7 (Lewis 1-2, Wallace 1-3, Gillespie 0-1, Williams 0-1), Louisiana Tech 5-12 (Maxwell 4-, Jackson 1-31. Fouled uMNone. Rebounds Norm laronna m. m iwer uin k Louisiana Tech 41 (Maxwell 12). Assists- North Carolina St. 12 (Williams 4), Louisiana Tech 21 (Stallworth 9). Total fouls North Carolina St. it, Louisiana Tech II. A-NA. Randall's defense venient Store locations. key s win With 31 con BellSouth Mobility 1 VERO BEACH 561-567-1375 2176 58th Ave. 2 ROYAL PALM B E A C H 561-753-8586 10123 Southern Blvd. WEST PALM BEACH 561-478-7344 1889 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. 4 WEST BOYNTON BEACH 561-732-1114 149 N. Congress Ave. VOLUNTEERS From 1C H I A L E A H 305-556-4849 1295 W. 49th St. AVENTURA 305-682-8000 20335 Biscayne Blvd. D O R A L 305-593-1180 9573 NW 41st St. FLAGLER PARK 305-261-1338 8279 W. Flagler St. 17 It It 20 second half, Arkansas had scored just three points and the Vols led 57,33. 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LAUDERDALE 954-537-6001 1525 N Federal Hwy. PEMBROKE PINES 954-431-4434 18275 Pines Blvd. 12 n 14 n MARATHON 800-772-KEYS 9713 Overseas Hwy. 21 KEY WEST 305-296-5007 1 1 17 Key Plaza Q Sales & Service Center Smith said. "But we didn t do it. We didn't cut down on turnovers. We didn't make our shots." Smith was the personal project of Randall. She'd heard before the game Smith hadn't committed a turnover in her last 79 minutes. Randall's goal was to force Smith to give up the ball. ."At the end of the first half I know she had two turnovers, so I did my job halfway through the game," Randall said. I The lead increased to 30 with 9:57 left, and the players on the Tennessee bench sat back and relaxed. Summitt said there was never a moment this season she thought the: Vols would not be playing Sunday. "What I told this basketball team is that this is your team," Summitt said. "What has happened the past two seasons, that's part of the Tennessee tradition. 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