Congratulations to the Maryland Terrapins, the champions of the 2006 women's tournament. A painful loss for Duke, though not particularly frustrating. Sure, losing sucks, but there weren't those mental errors that have plagued past squads. Two missed free throws late in the game are understandable, and I had a feeling they would be doomed once Maryland had a lead. (The Lady Devils aren't exactly the buzzer beater type.)
All in all, a noble effort that gives me hope that Coach G might eventually win the big game. This was their best chance for a while -- a lot of talent graduates -- but rebuilding can be fun.
The 2007 Final Four rocks out in Cleveland. Who goes? I predict Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio State, and USC. Will that cute Shay Doron and the Terps repeat? Nah. Despite Pat Summitt's best attempts to jinx her team with incessant whining, expect the Lady Vols to win anyway, led by the dunkalicious Candace Parker and the best name in the sport, the rhyming Nicky Anosike.