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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2B — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, April 3, 2005 NCAA CONTINUED FROM Page 1B Illini headed to title game for first time Coming Up Tuesday - NB at Canyon, 7 p.m.; SA Roosevelt at SV, 7 p.m. Softball - NB at Canyon, 7 p.m.; SV at Judson, 6 p.m. Soccer - State playoffs: SV girls vs. SA MacArthur, Ranger Stadium, 6 p.m.; NB girls vs. Pleasanton, Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.; Canyon girls vs. Gregory-Portland, Beeville, 7 p.m. Thursday Golf - NB, Canyon boys, girls at District 27-4ATournament, Rayner Ranch Tennis — NB, Canyon at District 27-4ATournament, Dripping Springs Friday BasebaM — LakeTravis at NB, 7 p.m.; SA Churchill at SV, 7 p.m.; Canyon at Burnet, 7 p.m. Softball — NB at LakeTravis, 7 p.m.; Burnet at Canyon, 7 p.m.; SA MacArthur at SV, 7 p.m. Tennis - NB, Canyon at District 27-4A Tournament, Dripping Springs Saturday Tennis — NB, Canyon at District 21AATournament Dripping Springs Monday, April ll Tennis — SV at District 26-5A Tournament, McFarlin, San Antonio Tuesday, April 12 Golf — NB, Canyon boys, girls at District 27-4A Tournament, River Crossing Baseball — NB at Marble Falls, 6 p.m.; SV at Judson, 6 p.m.; Lake Travis at Canyon, 7 p.m. Softball - Marble Falls at NB, 7 p.m.; Canyon at LakeTravis, 7 p.m.; SV at SA Reagan, 6 p.m. Tennis — SV at District 26-5A Tournament, McFarlin, San Antonio Wednesday, April 13 Tennis — SM at District 26-5A Tournament, McFarlin, San Antonio Track — NB, Canyon at District 27AA meet, LakeTravis Thursday, April 14 Track — NB, Canyon at District 27-4A meet, LakeTravis; SV at District 26-5A meet, Blossom Friday, April 15 Baseball — Burnet at NB, 7 p.m.; SM at SA Reagan, 6 p.m.; Canyon at Dripping Springs, 7 p.m. Softball — NB at Burnet, 7 p.m.; Dripping Springs at Canyon, 7 p.m.; SA Lee at SV, 6 p.m. sent his two children to school there, learned the coaching ropes as an assistant to Dean Smith. When Carolina first called, Williams couldn’t bring himself to leave Kansas. But he finally made the move that always seemed his destiny when the Tar I leels came back to him in 2003, eager for the right man — the only man — to rebuild a program that fell into disarray under Matt Doherty. Now, just three years removed from a 20-loss debacle, North Carolina is one victory away from its first national championship since 1993. Williams’ last trip to the title WOMEN CONTINUED FROM Page 1B Bears can even score vs. LSU today year. Don’t count on any of that rattling Baylor (31-3), which beat top-seeded North Carolina to get here and lost to LSU by one point back in November after trailing by 21. Wide open? Definitely. “I think theres just parity now in women’s basketball,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. “We’ve talked about it for many years. I think each year, you just have players that go and help build programs for whatever reason. The more parity, the more WRIGHT CONTINUED FROM Page 1B More to coach’s exit than meets the eye should she decide to break her contract and abandon her job. Well, I'm told that Knapik didn’t exactly abandon her job. Known for being pretty tough to please, she was toppled by either a mutiny or a coup d’etat. Some players no longer wanted to play for her and complained to administrators. All of a sudden, the day after playing one game and two days before playing the No. I team in the state for the district lead, the coach hit the road. Was it only players who game was his last hurrah at Kansas. The Jayhawks lost 81-78 to Syracuse, a potentially tying 3-pointer blocked in the waning seconds. Illinois 72, Louisville 57 ST. LOUIS — The best season in a century of Illinois basketball just got better. The Illini moved one win from the first championship in their 100-year history Saturday thanks to Roger Powell Jr. and Luther Head, who scored 20 points each to spark a 72-57 victory over Louisville and keep coach Bruce Weber’s magical bus ride going straight through the title game. The Illini (37-1), the best team in the country all season, got the tough test they expected from the Cardinals (33-5) and Rick Pitino, who made history by taking his third different program to the Pinal Four. exposure we’re each going to get.” The Lady Bears certainly have brought some positive exposure for Baylor, which was rocked by scandal in the men's basketball program and never made the NCAA women’s tournament before Mulkey-Robertson arrived in 2000. Baylor was the worst team in the Big 12 when she took over. Now, the Lady Bears are two victories from becoming the top team in the country, and Mulkey-Robertson will be the first to have played and been a head coach in the Final Four. She played in three Final f ours at Louisiana Tech in the early 1980s. “Its happened rapidly," revolted? Theres a difference between a mutiny and a coup, and the latter is usually led by someone in particular. I think we’ll leave that one alone, too. My take? Don’t expect the NBISD to press too hard trying to hold Knapik to her contract. If Reaves let But Plead and Powell made the difference as Illinois pulled away in the second half. Head, one of three guards who make his team tick, made his first four 3-point attempts in the second half to help the Illini on an 11-0 run for a 61-49 lead with 6 minutes left. Powell, meanwhile, proved Illinois isn’t just about guards. The 6-6 forward hit a pair of 3s and powered underneath for a few more buckets to help the Illini pull away and give them an edge on the inside in an otherwise very even game. Next for Illinois, a matchup Monday against North Carolina for the championship. If the Illini win, they’ll become the first team since the 1974 North Carolina State Wolfpack to win the championship without getting on an airplane in the postseason. Indeed, this one felt a lot like a home game for the Illini, Mulkey-Robertson said. “I don’t think any of us expected it to happen this quickly.” Baylor won the Big 12 regu-lar-season and tournament championships and takes an 18-game winning streak against LSU, which has impressive credentials of its own. Coach Pokey Chatman got the Lady Tigers to the Final Four last year while subbing for Sue Gunter, who later retired. This season, LSU spent 11 weeks at No. I and went 14-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The team’s only loss in the last 21 games was to Tennessee, 67-65, in the final of the SEC tournament. Last year’s Final Four trip ended on a disheartening Rhoades out of his contract, Knapik more than likely has a case for being released from hers. The school board has scheduled a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and one item is set aside to talk about the state of NBISD athletics. Back in January, I said that whose Orange Crush fan base has followed them around the country this season, especially over the last three weeks, when they’ve played in Indianapolis, Chicago and now St. Louis — all just a bus ride away. Head’s backcourt mates, Deron Williams and Dee Brown, each struggled, shooting a combined 5-for-17, and just 3-for-14 from 3-point range. But, as usual, they did the little things. Williams, who scored Illinois’ first and last bucket of the game, finished with nine assists and five rebounds to go with his five points. Brown ran the point and took care of the ball, adding four assists. Williams, Brown and Head also put some major ‘D’ on Louisville. Francisco Garcia, the Cardinals’ best player most of the season, finished with four note. The Lady Tigers lost to Tennessee, 52-50 in the semifinals on a basket with 1.6 seconds left, after Temeka Johnson stumbled and lost the ball. Though Michigan State’s Joanne R McCallie didn’t have to start at the bottom as Mulkey-Robertson did, she still has brought the Spartans a long way in her five seasons. Before this year, Michigan State had never advanced beyond the second round of the NCAA tournament, but McCallie felt this team could be different. They made it with a team built on local talent. Starters Kristin Haynie, Lindsay Bowen, Liz Shimek and Victoria Lucas-Perry all are from Michigan. With the Spartan only a community can decide what it wants in its athletic program. I think it’s already been decided, and it’s probably pretty likely the NBISD will hire its new football coach/AD from within. Really, no outsider could deal with all of these politics and honestly believe he ll points and ended the season with two subpar games, this one coming on top of the come-from-behind win over West Virginia in which he fouled out and watched the last 9 minutes from the bench. Taquan Dean and Larry O’Bannon picked him up in that one, but not this time. Dean never found his touch, going 4-for-15 and only making two 3-pointers as part of a 12-point night. O’Bannon went 4-for-IO for 12 points. Forward Ellis Myles led the Cardinals with 17 points, but that was the problem: louisville simply doesn’t win much when it has to look to its forwards for the bulk of the scoring. Pitino put on his usual show — stomping, screaming, trying to coax more out of a team that has largely been regarded as an overmatched underdog on many of its stops this year. men playing North Carolina Saturday, Michigan State is the sixth school to get both teams in the Final Four at the same time. Tennessee, seeking its first NCAA title since 1998, survived an injury-wracked season. Three of the team’s highly touted freshmen were side-lined by knee problems, including the most acclaimed member of that group, Candace Parker. late in the season, reserve Sidney Spencer was lost to a knee injury. But coach Pat Summitt made all the right adjustments and along the way, she passed Dean Smith as the career victory leader among NCAA coaches, her total now at 882. alone have total control of a program that’s now in tatters. Perhaps that’s why Reaves believes it will take until May before the NBISD finds such a man. Personally, I ’m not convinced that it can — at least not one from outside die Unicorns fieldhouse. LIMITED TIME! 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