Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Thursday, March 04, 2010

To no one's surprise, Nebraska beat Kansas convincingly on senior night in Lincoln. It was a game with emotion but not much suspense. "We made a pact that we weren't going to cry," senior Cory Montgomery said; coach Yori started taking her seniors out, one by one, with seven minutes to go.

If the Huskers win Saturday at K-State they'll be the seventh team ever to do so in NCAA Division I play: 2009-10 would also become the first year in which two teams went without a loss. Since K-State just barely beat Colorado-- and lost five games before last night's close win-- it seems like Nebraska's biggest enemy this weekend might just be overconfidence (which has felled top teams before).

Elsewhere around the Big XII, Iowa State's coach Fennelly loves Twitter. Last night his team lost to Oklahoma State.

The box score tells you how weird both teams' strategies are (and how much fun both of them are, on a good night, to watch). OSU's Andrea Riley scored 32, which isn't unusual for her: her high-scoring team had just nine assists. ISU lost despite sinking 13 three-pointers: they attempted 35-- that's more than half their total shots.

Also weird, and disturbing, for Cyclones fans: Alison Lacey missed the game due to unspecified illness.

Lacey, who leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio and leads her team in almost every category, is one of eight finalists for the Lieberman award; Riley is another.