Matt Doherty? June Jones? Um, let’s not forget about Rhonda Rompola. I’m not one to sit around on the Sabbath watching women’s college basketball. But there I was. And, believe it or not, it paid off. Flipping around the dish I stumbled upon ESPN2’s broadcast of SMU vs. UT-El Paso. After 30 minutes here’s what I can tell you: Rompola can coach. SMU can shoot free throws. And the Mustangs, for the first time since 2000, are going to the NCAA Tournament.
Full disclosure: I do have a rooting interest in SMU. Though my very vague kinfolk Haley Day only contributed one rebound in one minute yesterday, the Mustangs set a school ecord with their 24th win, a 73-57 victory over Conference USA top seed UTEP. When UTEP made an 18-0 run, Rompola switched to a zone that stymied the momentum. And when asked to seal the deal, SMU stroked 29 of 33 free throws.