Last night Kish and I decided to take it easy and stay at home, and I decided to watch some basketball. As I did some channel-surfing I stumbled upon the Big Ten network and the pregame show for a semi-final game in the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Basketball is basketball, so I decide to watch a bit.
It turned out to be an exciting, offense-oriented, up-and-down game, and I watched it from beginning to end. After trailing for virtually the entire game, Ohio State finally pulled away at the end, winning 82-73. I came away very favorably impressed by the skills and athleticism of the women on both teams. In Ohio State’s case, the team seems to be well-stocked with excellent players, led by unflappable low-post star Jantel Lavender, who seems able to hit bank shots from anywhere around the key and drains her free throws, and Samantha Prahalis, a scrappy, emotional, dribble-between-the legs point guard who can hit the three-pointer, make the no-look pass, or drive to the hoop. Together, they scored 56 points.
Not having a daughter, I’ve never followed women’s sports. I know some guys don’t like women’s basketball because there are no dunks, but I appreciate the kind of team basketball that was on display in yesterday’s game. The Buckeyes will play Iowa for the tournament championship at 4:30 this afternoon. The game will be televised on ESPN2, and I’ll be watching.
UPDATE: The Buckeye women came from 16 points down to edge Iowa in the closing seconds. Jantel Lavender was tremendous, scoring a career high 35 points to lead the Buckeyes to victory.