We’ve had a few blogs during March (and April) Madness about Washington players involved in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
I decided it’s high time the women get their due, too.
Have you been watching the NCAA women’s tournament? I haven’t been able to catch a whole lot, but I did take in both Final Four games yesterday, which means I got to see Angie Bjorklund from University High of Spokane get to tomorrow night’s championship game with Tennessee.
I was fortunate to cover Bjorklund at four Class 4A state tournaments. Great player, great kid. I wasn’t surprised to see her start as a freshman for Pat Summitt. Lately, however, Bjorklund is coming off the bench. She apparently has struggled with her shot. She played just 14 minutes against Lousiana State last night and was one-for-four, although baskets were hard to come by in that low-scoring affair (47-45). In all, Bjorklund has started 30 of 37 games for the Vols. Pretty impressive. Don’t be surprised to see her impact that title game against Stanford.
Earlier in the tournament, I caught Jacqua Williams from Rainier Beach zipping up and down the court for Georgia Tech. Commentators raved about her defensive pressure. She set a school record for steals with 118. Had she gotten 119, the Yellow Jackets might have beaten Iowa State. Instead, Williams was whistled for a somewhat controversial foul that led to the clinching free throws.
Williams, a junior who set the school record of 95 steals the year before, had an outstanding game with a season-high 18 points and team-high eight rebounds, plus the three steals. She was voted to the ACC All-Defensive team.
Freshman Alex Montgomery from Lincoln of Tacoma also plays for Georgia Tech and enjoyed a stellar season, landing on the ACC All-Freshmman team. She had a rough game against Iowa State, however, as she missed all eight of her three-point tries and failed to score. She averaged 10.8 points on the season.
Which local stars have you caught in the women’s tournament?