Last four tickets to Elite 8 punched….along with thousands of defibrillators

If you were like me, it took some time to recover from watching Tennessee’s defeat of Gonzaga in overtime, 73-69:

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – For more than 33 minutes, Gonzaga did more than answer every challenge presented by Tennessee.

The underdogs were running the storied Lady Vols out of the gym, on the cusp of pulling off an upset that would be regarded as one of the best in NCAA Tournament history even if it came with the tinge of having somewhat of a homecourt advantage.

And then it was gone for No. 11 seed Gonzaga. The second-seeded Lady Vols turned up the pressure and the Bulldogs wilted in the closing minutes, losing 73-69 in overtime, bringing to an end their NCAA tourney run.

The Lady Vols won it on free throws – 21 0f 22 overall, and 10 in overtime. They didn’t score one field goal in the extra period:

SPOKANE, Wash. — Tennessee was having trouble sinking field goals but fortunately the free throws kept dropping and dropping.

The Lady Vols made all 10 of their shots from the line in overtime — and missed all five field goal attempts — to beat Gonzaga 73-69 on Saturday to advance to the Spokane Regional final of the NCAA tournament.

Tennessee shot only 32 percent from the floor for the game, but made 21 of 22 free throws to come back from a 17-point, second-half deficit for the win.

Kara Lawson’s analysis.

Before that we had an upset, as Dayton topped Louisville, 82-66.

We had an unsurprising win, as Maryland downed Duke, 65-55.

And Connecticut routed Texas, 105-54.

Tomorrow’s schedule:

South Carolina vs. Florida State, noon Pacific time, ESPN.

Baylor vs. Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, ESPN.

Monday’s schedule:

Dayton vs. Connecticut, 4 p.m. Pacific, ESPN.

Maryland vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m. Pacific, ESPN.

More Tournament news:

What it’s like to play for Dawn Staley.

Division II:

California University of Pennsylvania ended an emotional season, which included the death of a teammate, won the Division II Championship last night. They took down Cal Baptist, 86-69.