Takeouts: Health Care Q&A, NCAA Women's Basketball

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich answers listeners' questions on how the health care reform will affect them.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  The NCAA women's basketball tournament heads to round two with the favorite (U-Conn) still in the lead; but, is an upset on the way? We turn to Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.


Ibrahim Abdul-Matin and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Marine Olivesi

Comments [1]

Paul Landaw from Bellerose Terrace, NY

Dear Takeaway:
I wish that Ibrahim would just admit that he doesn't know much about women's basketball instead of going on about it erroneously. First thing: John Wooden had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) at UCLA 40 years ago, not 30 as stated. Jabbar went pro in the '69-70 season, and won the NBA title with Oscar Robertson in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks. Wooden's last national championship was in, I believe, 1975, which is 35 years ago, and that was after Bill Walton graduated, which was after Alcindor graduated.
One of the most intriguing matchups in the Women's NCAA brackets is the potential regional final in the Dayton region, where UConn would probably have to beat Ohio State, which has been a top-10 team all year long just down the road from their home in Columbus. Ohio State has two all-American candidates in center Jantel Lavender (vs. likely National Player of the Year Tina Charles), and one matchup in OSU's favor, with point guard Samantha (Sammy) Prahalis, from Commack, NY vs. fellow Soph Caroline Doty. The question is, will Ohio State have an answer for Maya Moore? Or will Moore, who runs hot-and-cold, give the Buckeyes a chance? Assuming that form holds up, the Huskies will have their last three tournament games vs. Ohio State in Dayton, Ohio, then Tennessee (whose coach, Pat Summitt, has taken UConn off their regular season schedule, probably due to the fact that she doesn't like abrasive Geno Auriemma), and Stanford in the National Championship game, the last team that beat UConn. It's a compelling narrative. Jayne Appel vs. Tina Charles for a third time in the final four in their last collegiate game before each moves on to the WNBA.

Mar. 23 2010 09:53 AM

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