Ethan: Wow, that was some crazy tournament action after a boring first two rounds. How do you like this Final Four?
Amir: Boring first two rounds?! Did you see that Arkansas/Oklahoma State OT thriller? The Women's NIT has never been more exciting.
Ethan: Did I see it? Don't be ridiculous! I was in the arena watching it live. How about some of those grudge matches, too? Portland-Portland State?! There's no love lost there!
Amir: That's what separates the WNIT from the actual tournament real teams, real matchups. What's so fun watching an undefeated UConn team destroy their competition? Really quick about that battle of the Portland's game: Claire Faucher was a beast in the paint. I mean
Ethan: And this Final Four is just amazing. I mean, look at the names: Illinois State's there for crying out loud. No way Kristi Cirone doesn't make her presence felt under the bright lights. Plus, South Florida's Lady Bulls are there. I know some people say that Lady Bulls are actually just cows, but they'll change their tunes once they see Jessica Lawson ball.
Amir: There is no chalk in this tournament, only cindarellas. And guess what? The slipper still fits.
Ethan: So things get serious tonight. It's win or go home. Who ya got: Kansas @ Illinois State and South Florida @ Boston College?
Amir: It's tough to go against BC just because they're so physical and so long
but South Florida, (their opening round OT thriller not withstanding) has shown me something, so I'm going to go against vegas and pick USF in an upset. The other game is too close to call at this point.
Ethan: Too close to call? The Lady Jayhawks are playing at home, man, and they've got Danielle McCray. You know she was an All-America regional honoree, right? I mean, are you kidding me? Too close to call? I'm starting to wonder if you even watch the women's NIT.
Amir: I'll watch at work on demand, but sometimes I'm out and I forget to TiVO the nights games.
Ethan: That's reasonable. Anyhoo, guess we've talked long enough about this. All fooling aside, we should probably get to the real tournament. Who do you like?
Amir: I still love UConn. They have the experience, the toughness, and they know how to play as the one seed. Though if you're looking for that one team that can take them down its definitely Stanford.
Ethan: Jayne Appel make's Stanford's front line pretty imposing. She's got the experience, plus she's 6'4". I can't believe how tall some of these players are getting.
Amir: I'm a Cal alumn so I can't root against my least favorite sports team of all time: The Lady Cards.
Ethan: Speaking of Lady Cards, does Angel McCoughtry have what it takes to get Louisville past Courtney Paris and Oklahoma?
Amir: That Angel IS a centerfold. But I don't trust her supporting cast.
Ethan: See, I think Deseree' Byrd and Candyce Bingham are going to shine on basketball's brightest stage. You just gotta trust Jeff Walz to coach them up. Plus, he's got Bethann Shapiro Ord helping him on the bench; I've been saying she's one of the best assistant coaches in women's hoops since her stint at Dayton from 1997 to 1998.
Amir: Can we go through one column without you mentioning Bethann Shapiro Ord? My word
Ethan: I just think her body of work shows she's ready for a head coaching job! Look at the recruiting job she did at Colorado! I'm sorry
we're getting sidetracked. Who do you like in this Oklahoma-Louisville game?
Amir: That's like asking me to choose between Duke or Johns Hopkins in a womens LAX game. I mean I can flip a coin, but it's really going to come down to who scores the most goals.
Ethan: Yeah, it's going to be great! Remember, though, it's April 1, which can only mean one thing: that the WNBA season is a mere two months and five days away from tipping off!
Amir: The fantasy magazines are probably already printing, and while we know Candace is going to the first pick in this years draft, who are your sleepers?
Ethan: You know, it's popular to say players are going to have sophomore slumps, but I like Sylvia Fowles a lot. If she can improve just a little on last year's 10.8 points and 7.6 boards, things are going to be looking good for your fantasy team and my beloved Chicago Sky. How bummed are you that Lisa Leslie's retiring after this year? I said after Chamique Holdsclaw I wouldn't let myself be hurt like this again
Amir: You can't expect the legends to stay around forever. I remember how bummed you were when Cynthia Cooper retired. It's a new generation.
Ethan: Yeah, well, that doesn't mean I have to like it. I'm still going to wear my Jennifer Rizzotti Cleveland Rockers jersey once a week. At this point, it's a throwback. Is the league going to miss the Houston Comets?
Amir: The league, the sport, the country are all going to miss the Comets and everything they stood for. And even some things they didn't stand for.
Ethan: Well, we'll always have the memories, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba. You'll always be my favorite pro athlete from Mali, even if you are playing for the Monarchs now. Got an interesting fact for the week?
Amir: I mentioned this earlier, but the Lady Bulls of South Florida are looking to become only the SECOND team in womens NIT history to win their opening round game in OT then claim the title. Guess who the other team is.
Ethan: Are you kidding? I thought it was supposed to be an interesting fact, not something everyone already knew. It's Arkansas State, of course. That run they made to the title in 1993 is something I'll never forget for as long as I live.
Amir: Too obvious?
Ethan: A little, but hey, I understand that you're so busy with your WNBA mock drafts that you can't really find good facts.
Ethan: Until next week, get excited for softball!
Amir and Ethan run a Women's Hoops blog over at StraightCashHomey.net!