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Games I wish I'd seen: 15 November 2013

A Top 25 team got upset, but it wasn't Connecticut.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

There was one game yesterday that I didn't need to wish to see, because I saw it:  Connecticut at Maryland.  Connecticut, with both Tuck and Mosqueda-Lewis out, and with Banks hurting her ankle it looked like the Huskies might fall.  But no, Connecticut not only won but won decisively.

So what else was going on?  There were a lot of games that could have made this list - and if these games were televised I might be watching them today on tape delay - but I'll pick four that struck me as interesting.

George Washington beat California 75-72 at home in a shocker
. The #10 Golden Bears are now 1-2 to start the season.  From what I'm reading, it sounds like California just wilted under the pressure late in the game.  With one minute left, California completed a three-point play to bring the Golden Bears to 73-72 with one minute left in the game but freshman forward Courtney Range of California got called for two offensive fouls in the last minute, and the Colonials under Jonathan Tsipis have started the season 2-0.

Portland beat Washington 91-77 at Washington
.  The Pilots shot 50 percent in that game and shot a fantastic 14-for-23 from 3-point range, condemning the Huskies to an 0-2 start.  Junior guard Kari Luttinen had 19 points and six steals for Portland. 

Lincoln (PA) beat Morgan State 94-86 in overtime in the "non-DI beats DI category".  The Lady Bears of Morgan State led 52-38 at halftime but the Lions answered with a 24-3 run fueled by a career high game from Lincoln (PA) junior center Zephrah Pam, who scored 28 points and 15 rebounds.  Morgan State only shot 19 percent in the second half.  The only unfortunate thing about the game was the foul fest (Lincon PA - 28, Morgan State - 31).  Lincoln University is a Division II school.

Indiana traveled to Indiana State and won 57-54 in an in-state battle matching two 2-0 teams.  Three players from both sides ended up fouling out but the Hoosiers held on to win despite 22 turnovers.  The Sycamores had the ball with 31 seconds left and down by three points, but junior forward Rachael Mahan missed a layup with 19 seconds left, putting Indiana on the line.  Senior forward Milika Taufa missed both of Indiana's free throws and the Sycamores had another chance to tie.  Unfortunately, senior guard Anna Munn's last-second 3-pointer wouldn't fall.