This might not turn out to be a memorable March for Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee (though I still wouldn't want to be the team favored by seeding to deny the Lady Vols a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time), but apparently the coach's Rocky Top magic is finding other avenues to assert itself.
Consider Monday's triple-overtime Southern Conference final.
Nothing messes with DVR plans like overtime, so I didn't get a chance to watch this after getting home from the Big East semifinals, but Western Carolina sports information director Denise Gideon passed along a great story about the end of the first overtime (well, great if you're not an alumnus of the College of Charleston).
Trailing by two points after a Charleston field goal with 1.8 seconds left in the first overtime period, Western Carolina had to inbound the ball under its own basket. As Gideon relayed it, after a Catamounts timeout, sophomore Emily Clarke took the ball out. A Charleston player shadowed Clarke as she moved along the baseline but ran into Western Carolina's Lauren Powell, surreptitiously positioned to draw the foul from the defender focused on Clarke. The Catamounts got the whistle and Powell hit both free throws to send the game to a second overtime.
Western Carolina went on to win the game and clinch an NCAA tournament berth.
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