Women’s tournament at a glance
Sunday’s lesson: The SEC still rules, with three in the top eight for the third time in the last six years.
*--* GREENSBORO REGIONAL
* Arizona State 67, Bowling Green 49
* Rutgers 53, Duke 52
at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
* Arizona State (31-4) vs. Rutgers (25-8), 4 p.m.
*--* DAYTON REGIONAL
* Tennessee 65, Marist 46
* Mississippi 90, Oklahoma 82
at UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
* Tenn. (31-3) vs. Mississippi (24-10), 4 p.m.
*--* DALLAS REGIONAL
* Purdue 78, Georgia 65
* North Carolina 70, George Washington 56
at Reunion Arena, Dallas
* N. Carolina (33-3) vs. Purdue (31-5), 6 p.m.
*--* FRESNO REGIONAL
* Connecticut 78, North Carolina State 71
* Louisiana State 55, Florida State 43
at Save Mart Center, Fresno
* Connecticut (32-3) vs. LSU (29-7), 6 p.m.
*--* FINAL FOUR
at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
* Dallas champion vs. Dayton champion
* Fresno champion vs. Greensboro champion
* April 3: Semifinal winners
It’s not just Parker
* Everything might seem to revolve around one player at Tennessee, but Marist’s Brian Giorgis said: “It’s funny, because so many people kept asking me, ‘How do you stop Candace Parker?’ It’s a great question, which I think every coach gets. My woes were what could we do against their defense?”
The best since
* Armintie Price, a 5-foot-9 guard who was more highly recruited for track and field than for basketball, became only the second player since former USC standout Cheryl Miller to get 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals in her career. Said the Mississippi senior star, who was left off the Kodak All-American team last season, after her team eliminated third-seeded Oklahoma: “It’s my last year, and I’m trying to do all I can. We just had to keep our heads up.”
And now they meet
* Aubree Johnson never forgot Rutgers’ gesture after her brother’s death caused Arizona State to no-show for a game, which the Scarlet Knights chose not to win by forfeit. “It’s incredible [Rutgers] put life as a priority because in college basketball it really gets blown up as the most important thing.”