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Bjorklund, Tennessee kick-start NCAA women

Were your eyes open enough to see the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament get off with a bang … Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) hitting her first three 3's, to be 19 of 21 over five games, as Tennessee beat somebody … and an early upset, Marist over Iowa State, which I picked.

Anyway, now we focus on McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga faces Iowa at 1, followed by Montana and UCLA.

For all we can find in the time we have … read on.

Iowa and Gonzaga have high powered offenses so of course the game is going to hinge on defense; Montana and UCLA live with defense so it depends on which team can score. We also had a notebook and an item on practices being closed,plus short game capsules on GU-Iowa & UM-UCLA. … You know, I think I'll quit blogging. I can't find all the work we did on line, which kind of defeats the purpose.

In case you missed the late addition to last night's post, Bud Withers of The Seattle Times caught up with Courtney Vandersloot.

I just got some Tennessee stuff, starting with the box score. How about this note: Bjorklund’s fourth three (her 20th make in her last 23 attempts) gave the Lady Vols a 70-32 lead with 15:21 remaining in the game. (I know I probably can't shoot that well from the free throw line and I'm a little worried I couldn't do that well in a layup drill.)

Pat Summitt on Bjorklund: “I would say that she really wants to see this team win a championship. She has worked so hard as we all know getting in extra shots, working on her pull-up game and trying to do a better job of getting paint points. As far as being a three-point shooter, she’s been the best in this program. I’d like to see her go out as the best with our team being right there with her. She has a calming effect. You don’t see her rush shots. Even when someone is coming hard at her, she will shot-fake and go around. I think she is at a very comfortable place with her game. I also hink she knows she has to hunt shots. There are going to be a lot of double-teams on her. She has to come off screens. I think she is very capable of going into this next game and here on out, really hunting her shots. She knows she has to put them down.”

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