Friday, March 29, 2013

SEC, meet the CAA

Officially, there's no such thing as a CAA-SEC Challenge. But as we get to the business end of the NCAA and WNIT, the two conferences are set to square off in three Saturday showdowns:

NCAA Sweet 16
Delaware (32-3) vs. Kentucky (29-5), noon
    - Delaware's 27-game winning streak is Division I's third-longest (Baylor's won 32 straight and Notre Dame's won 28 straight)...Elena Delle Donne ranks eighth on the Division I all-time scoring list with 3,006 points and is poised to pass Cheryl Miller (3,018 points), Chamique Holdsclaw (3,025) and Maya Moore (3,036) in today's game...Kentucky ranks second in Division I in forcing turnovers...The Wildcats are just 10-10 lifetime against CAA teams (3-8 vs. Old Dominion).

WNIT quarterfinals
Florida (21-14) at JMU (25-10), 4 p.m.
     - The Dukes are 16-0 all-time in NCAA (4-0) and WNIT (12-0) games played in Harrisonburg. ...Florida is the only WNIT team to have played and won all three of its tournament games on the road...Gators freshman guard/forward Sydney Moss, who made the SEC All-Freshman team, is the daughter of NFL star Randy Moss. Sydney Moss leads the Gators in assists and ranks second in points, rebounds and steals.

Drexel (25-10) at Auburn (19-14), 7 p.m.
    - Drexel's 25 wins are a program record...Dragons are 10-5 in road games and will be looking for their first-ever victory over an SEC program...Auburn is coached by Terri Williams-Flournoy (Boo's sister), who is in her first year with the Lady Tigers after a highly successful eight-year stint at Georgetown... Auburn is 15-3 at home this season, 10-0 against non-conference opponents.

If all three CAA teams were to prevail:

- Delle Donne would likely wind up playing against the program she originally signed with and fled because of a desire to be closer to home - UConn;

- JMU and Drexel would meet for the seventh time in the last two seasons in the WNIT Final Four.

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