Hey, Kim Mulkey. Cher called. She wants her outfit back.
“If I could turn back time…”
Just funnin’. All respect to Coach Mulkey and to her LSU Tigers. That was more than impressive. LSU didn’t even blink in the face of those early Caitlin Clark 35-footers. LSU did not freak when their star, Angel Reese, had to sit out pretty much the entire second quarter with foul trouble. In fact, the Tigers built a lead with Reese riding the pine, and went on to set a Finals scoring record with a 102-85 win over an Iowa team that knocked off defending champ and previously undefeated South Carolina team on Friday.
As for Clark, she finished the NCAA tournament with 191 points, the most ever by any woman or man. Iowa had Clark. LSU had waves of superior athletes. And LSU had Coach Mulkey, who adds a fourth national title to the three she won at Baylor.
This is kind of cool, culturally. Do you think either UConn or San Diego State can leave as big an impression tonight in the men’s final? Things are changing, and in a good way.
That was good stuff Sunday as Corey Connors held off Sam Stevens to in the Valero Texas Open. Connors now heads to Augusta, where he finished 6th in the 2002 Masters. I did feel badly for Patrick Rodgers, who entered the final round with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to 73 and a fifth-place finish. Rodgers has now been the 54-hole leader four times, but has yet to close the deal.