Today in Greensboro, the BasketCases had the privilege of witnessing one of the most emotional and thrilling upsets in women's basketball, as Kay Yow's NC State Wolfpack defeated Duke, 70-65. There are no longer any undefeated teams in women's D-I basketball. But it was much more than that . . . It was watching a team inspired by its coach's incredible courage rise to a level that few thought they would attain this season. Not long ago, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels when Carolina was ranked second in the country, and today they knocked off the unanimous top ranked team in the nation. They had to come from behind and play a good part of the game without their 6' 7" senior post, Gillian Goring, who was in foul trouble much of the second half, and fouled out with a little over two minutes left. But it didn't matter, because the whole team stepped up and never gave up, and now have given Coach Yow a shot at tomorrow's ACC title.
Before we sign off from Greensboro, the BasketCases would like to share an observation about the intra-state dynamics surrounding the ACC Tournament. Although Duke and Maryland are rivals, as are Carolina and Maryland, nothing matches the hatred that the fans of those two North Carolina schools appear to have for each other. Which means that when Duke was playing NC State today, everyone in the arena, including Tar Heel fans, was rooting for the Wolfpack. And it also means that when Maryland played Carolina, all the Duke fans were rooting for the Terps. (One Duke fan sitting near us put on a shirt that said "Anybody but Carolina" before the Maryland-UNC game.) In fact, it sometimes seemed to be the Dukies who were the most vocal in their disdain for Ivory Latta and her on-court antics and drama.
While it was, of course, disappointing to see Maryland lose, seeing Kay Yow's team gut out that win today was unforgettable.