The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 155
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 155

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' 6C THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 Tennessee's mystic doesn't cut it with Louisiana Tech After the loss to Tennessee, there would be two more defeats: to Old Dominion and to arch rival 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 Cheryl Rosenberg 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 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 the Vols again, in the game when they weren't even in the room. The Techsters didn't KANSAS CITY, Mo. The -- best-ever ponderings, the day-glo orange, the book, the HBO docu-"mentary, the undefeated season, Tennessee this, Tennessee that, and a minute of the NCAA Wom-,en's Final Four had yet to be splayed. - No one on Louisiana Tech was ) complaining. Never mind the 'Techsters themselves are a pe- I- rennial power. Tradition doesn't -.win games. "Everything should be Tennessee," La Tech forward Monica i Maxwell said. "We haven't done j' 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 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. ; t "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." ! 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 every day that had ll 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. map lap IsaM n(o) iriiinuo j La. Tech runs into national j title game j The Lady Techsters, ; seeking another ! national title, are too ; quick in a 84-65 win : against N.C. State. : 1 The Associated Press ; KANSAS CITY, Mo. Run-' ning, always running. ! That's how Louisiana Tech got J 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 semifi-" nal victory Friday and their sixth J lrip to the NCAA title game. J I Guards LaQuan Stallworth and Tamicha Jackson set a turbo- charged pace that wore out the bigger, slower Wolfpack. fl "We knew we had to keep funning with the ball," said Stall- t worth, who had 18 points and nine I t assists. "We knew if we were ' J tired, they had to be tired. Coach (Leon Barmore) told us to keep I funning." Playing in its ninth Final Four but its first in four years, Tech (31- 3) won its 16th straight game and will meet heavily favored Tennes- see for the championship Sunday 1 t night. The Lady Techsters, who won national titles m 1982 and 88, lost 75-61 at Tennessee to start the season. "I can speak for all of us when we came to Louisiana Tech I all we wanted was an oooortuni I ty," said Monica Maxwell, who had t 14 points and 12 rebounds. "And Sunday we'll have an opportunity to hang not only a Final Four banner, but a championship ban I ner. 1 Louisiana Tech took control of the game with a 14-0 first-half run and put it away with a 12-0 surge r early in the second hall. K Amanda Wilson scored 14 of her 20 points in those two bursts I to go with 1 1 rebounds as the Lady With 31 convenient ellSouth Mobility Store locations. ; Techsters spoiled the rinal four debut of Kay Yow, North Carolina B State s coach t - Yow has won 495 games in her 23 seasons at N.C. State, but she never had been as far as the regional finals before. The Wolf- Ii 2 tpack (25-7), who finished the sea-J son ranked No. 10, upset No. 2 I Old Dominion and No. 3 Connecti- Jcut to reach the national semifi j nals, but their size was no match ' for the quickness ot No. 4 l ecn VIRO BEACH 561-567-1375 2176 58th Ave. ROYAL PALM BEACH 561-753-8566 10123 Southern Blvd., WEST PALM BEACH 561-478-7344 1889 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. WEST BOYNTON BEACH 561-732-1114 149 N. Congress Ave. GREEN ACRES 561-964-7207 6722 Forest Hill Blvd. EAST BOYNTON BEACH 561-732-1495 1602 S. Federal Hwy. DELRAY BEACH 561-272-3811 1000 Linton Blvd. BOCA RATON 561-451-0400 9834 Glades Rd. CORAL SPRINGS 954-753-4422 2204 University Dr. FT. LAUDERDALE 954-776-3952 6311 N. Andrews Ave. DEERFIELD BEACH 954-421-1503 27 S. Federal Hwy POMPANO FASHION MALL-KIOSK 954-943-1811 1400 NE 23rd St. DAVIE 954-473-4004 2056 S. University Dr. HOLLYWOOD 954-981-7090 5043 Sheridan St. EAST FT. LAUDERDALE 954-537-6001 1525 N. Federal Hwy. PEMBROKE PINES 954-431-4434 18275 Pines Blvd. H I A I 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. MIAMI LAKES 305-622-6300 5600 NW 167th St. MIAMI BEACH 305-534-7323 339 41st St. MIAMI 305-350-2527 550 Brickell Ave. CORAL REEF 305-259-6566 13777 SW 152nd St. KENDALL 305-273-5120 8941 SW 107th Ave. MILLER SQUARE 305-388-8308 13874 SW 56th St. CORAL GABLES 305-445-5335 2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd. S U N I L A N D 305-259-4393 11525 S. Dixie Hwy. HOMESTEAD 305-245-9495 825 N. Homestead Blvd. MARATHON 800-772-KEYS 9713 Overseas Hwy. KEY WEST 305-296-5007 1117 Key Plaza Sales & Service Center j "As I told the team in the 'locker room, they're a special 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 21 27 21 21 o f team." Yow said. "They did some- ; thing at N.C. State that no other ii 12 n M n n team nas aone, iney Drougnt in.. ! State to the Final Four. And I told J them we can't forget that." Chasity Melvin, the Wolfpack's 6-foot-3 forward, set a national i semifinal record with 37 points, J two more than Tennessee's Mary Ostrowski scored against iCheyney in 1984, the tourna-I merit's third year. J But Tech took away the rest of J North Carolina State's powerful inside game and raced to an 18-0 advantage in fast break points. Wolfpack freshman guard Tyn-Jesha Lewis seemed most un- nerved by Tech's quickness. Lew-is had just seven on 3-for-9 shooting, and she committed six of J North Carolina State's 19 turn- overs. j . "You can't take anything away i from La Tech's defense, but some Jof it was nerves," Lewis said. Bring This Coupon To Any BellSouth Mobility Store On Friday, Saturday, or Sunday To Receive $10 Off Any Accessory Otter valid on March 27, 28, and 29, 1998 only at participating BellSouth Mobility locations Limit one coupon per person. Not good on previous purchases. Offer not available in conjunction with other accessory discounts. 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