NCAA Women's Basketball Final: Too Good to be True?

By C. Michael Curtis
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You can hear the scriptwriters at work, plotting last night's NCAA basketball championship for women, which pitted University of Connecticut against Stanford:

"Lets have UConn fall behind early, though not hopelessly behind. Maybe they can't buy a basket for a couple of quarters. Score only 12 points before half-time."

"No-one would believe that! Connecticut, after all, has won 77 straight games, including five in this tournament by more than 40 points per game. They score 12 points quicker than most people run a fast break."

"Well, let's say Stanford is tough defensively, the Connecticut players are un-nerved by the occasion, and their shots are just a little bit off. Maya Moore, in particular, can't buy a basket, goes 0 for 8 in the first quarter or so."

"Okay, but let's let UConn's defense keep them in the game, holding Stanford to a stingy 20 points over two quarters."

"And in the second half we can turn Maya Moore loose, let Tina Charles begin hitting that in-deep hook, and take Jayne Appel, Stanford's All-American center, outside the lane, where Charles hits a 15-footer or two."

"Keep it close until the fourth quarter, when UConn zooms ahead by 15 points or so. Then give Stanford a faint chance to get back in the game, hitting threes in the final two minutes. But to no avail. UConn wins its 78th straight game and its second consecutive national championship."

"A good plan, but what do we do next year? Maya Moore is only a junior!"

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