Baylor – NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions

Congratulations to Baylor for going a perfect 40-0 and winning the championship. I know they worked hard for it, and it’s great to see that hard work pay off. Congratulations as well to Notre Dame for reaching the finals their second year in a row. I know they will come back hungrier than ever next year to win a title.

What do you do when you lose or make a bad decision at a pivotal point? Do you hang your head and wallow in self pity, get angry at the others around you, give up? When I was younger, I would get angry. I remember my senior year of college we were playing in a tournament and all we had to do was get past this one team and we could move on. We had played this team all year, and the games had been really close. I poured my heart and soul into that game. I played some of the best defense of my life. But as the saying goes there is no I in team. I couldn’t carry the team by myself. We were up at the end of the game but then our team got foul happy. We ended up losing the game by one point. I was upset. I was angry and even snapped at a few people after the game. It hurt to lose that way. To be so close and then all of sudden denied. I had to change. I had to grow up.

Now, my MO is this: I acknowledge my hurt. I acknowledge the fact that yeah, I lost or yeah, I made a wrong decision. After that I analyze the situation for areas in which I need to improve. Then I forget about it. I let it go. You can’t dwell on the bad because that will just pull and keep you down. When you let it go, you get back up. You go back to work, you get better and resolve within yourself that next time will be better. Next time you’ll get it. Next time you’ll succeed. It’s important to state that success may not come exactly the next time. It may take you weeks, months years to finally succeed. But you cannot let your seeming failure deter you. You have to keep pushing and forging ahead never looking back. In every failure you learn and grow stronger. You learn what works and what does not work. So while the next time may not be a complete success, you are not making the same mistakes, and you are putting all the pieces together to finally be completely successful.

Skylar Diggins has this mentality of going to work. After the loss last year in the title game, she worked hard and got better. It may not have ended with a national title this year, but she’s just putting the pieces together. You can guarantee she will work even harder this offseason and come back really hungry for the title next year. I’m learning that success happens as long as you stay hungry and work for it. If you get complacent or give up, success will continue to elude you. You may be moments, inches away from succeeding, but if you give up you will never see that success. Keep going, keep pushing, keep working, keep your head up. Stay positive. You will succeed.

NCAA Title Game Set

Finally, we will get the matchup we have been waiting for. Baylor vs Notre Dame. Even though Stanford had some success in isolating Brittney Griner, other players stepped up for Baylor and they were able to get past Stanford. Notre Dame fought for its place in the title game by beating UConn in overtime. Brittany Mallory came up huge with her 3 pointers. I’m looking forward to a tough physical game because these two teams are hungry for a title. Two of the most talked about players, unsung heroes of the season and two excellent coaches will converge on the court April 3rd to determine who takes it all.

#1 Seed Final Four

The Final Four in Denver will consist of all #1 seeds of the tournament. I expected a few games to come down to the wire. The UConn-Uk games was tight there in the first half, but UConn was able to pull away in the second half and get the win. Everyone can see Baylor and Notre Dame are out for blood, and easily getting it, and most of the spotlight is on them. UConn and Stanford are dominating in their games as well. To be honest, I expected a little more excitement than Brittney Griner dunking and Skylar Diggins getting a triple-double last night. But I must say, the way Baylor and Notre Dame are dominating their opponents is exciting in and of itself. Most people want to see these two teams matched up in the Championship game, myself included. If that happens, it will be one heck of a game for both teams. For now in the Final Four, let’s see if Notre Dame can continue its success against UConn and Baylor can be a dominant force against Stanford.

Stiff Competition in Elite 8

With the field set for the Elite 8, the upcoming games may go down to the wire. The teams include Baylor, Notre Dame, UConn, Maryland, University of Kentucky, Tennessee, Stanford and Duke. Maryland ousted defending champs Texas A&M, Griner dunked again and Notre Dame blew by St. Bonaventure. Sad to see Georgia Tech go. I think they are one of the best defensive teams I have seen, but they couldn’t stop Baylor. Texas A&M had a lot of chances to win the game, but give Maryland credit for fighting back and overcoming 2 double digit deficits to get into the Elite 8. Expect these teams to be stingy with points and some games to have thrilling finishes.

Brittney Griner on Her Dunk Against Florida

Here is what went though Brittney Griner’s mind when she dunked against Florida in the second round:

“…I caught it, I palmed…I just went up and threw it in.”

Simple as that.

Sweet 16 is Set

Baylor, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, Stanford, Connecticut, Maryland, Texas A&M and Tennessee all make the Sweet 16. A couple of upsets in this round #11 Kansas beat #3 Delaware and #11 Gonzaga beat #3 Miami(FL). I am sad to see Delaware go. I was hoping, as I am a lot of people were, that they would advance further in the tournament. They have a good program, and I hope to see them back in the tournament next year. I was a little surprised to see Notre Dame tied with California at half time. I know Skylar Diggins was not happy with that. I’m glad to see they pulled themselves together and got the win. Now on to the Sweet 16. This is the sticky part where some teams, even if you like them a lot, have to go. I’m looking forward to the scene that unfolds.

#1 Seeds and Player Blogs to Follow

2012 NCAA Tournament #1 Seeds All rights go to ESPN

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One team that didn’t make it, and I’m sad about this, is UNC. I love UNC.

One team that did is Georgia Tech. I enjoy watching them play, and I hope they do well in the tournament.


Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) –

Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) –

Elena Delle Donne (Delaware) –

Chelsea Gray (Duke) –

Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State) –