Hartford Women Beat Temple, Make History
Sophomore Danielle Hood led Hartford in scoring Sunday, with her eighth 20-point game of the season.
The victory of 11th seeded Hartford over No. 6 Temple in the first round of the tournament carried tremendous significance. In addition to marking the Hawks’ first-ever win in an NCAA tournament game, it also was the first in program history over a ranked opponent. Temple came into the game ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
In addition, Hartford's win marked just the second time that a women's basketball team from the America East conference has scored a victory at the NCAA tournament. (The first was in 1999, when No. 10 Maine beat No. 7 Stanford.) Sunday's win also gave the Hawks a lot of exposure; the whole country got to see Hartford upset Temple, as ESPN2's regional coverage went national for the last 15 minutes of the game.
The Hawks now move on to face No. 3 Georgia in second-round action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Like the first-round game, Tuesday's match-up will take place at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and on WWUH radio (91.3 FM and www.wwuh.org).
Tickets for Tuesday's game can be purchased at www.sovereignbankarena.com or by calling 888-SBA-TIXX. Single session tickets are $30.
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If you would like to post messages for Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti and her players, visit the “Hawks Hoop-Blog,” at hawksncaa.blogspot.com. Be sure to check out the Hawks Hoop-Blog regularly for detailed, behind-the-scenes coverage of the team’s NCAA experience from Jon Easterbrook, who is in his 11th season as the play-by-play voice of Hartford women’s basketball.
Sunday's victory over Temple now brings Hartford’s record for this storybook season to 27-3. Among their spectacular achievements this season, the Hawks won their second-straight America East tournament championship, as well as their first-ever America East regular season championship. This is the team’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, and its third in five years.
For full coverage of Sunday's Hartford vs. Temple game, visit www.hartfordhawks.com.