Louisiana Tech's Barmore would call timeout if he could

April 03, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

RICHMOND, Va. -- Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Leon Barmore is a veteran of Final Fours, making his seventh appearance in this year's event.

But Barmore, the only male coach to win a women's national championship, has not been to the national semifinals since 1990, and the landscape has changed since then.

Four years ago, when the Techsters lost to Auburn in the semifinals, there was a day between the semifinals and championship game, but in the past three years that day has been wiped out so that CBS can televised all three games.

Barmore yesterday criticized the lack of time to prepare for today's final.

"If I did what I should do, I would take my team and go home," Barmore said. "It's wrong to do what they're going to have us do. You're supposed to put these kids in position to be successful. We haven't done that with this deal."

But Linda Bruno, chair of the Division I women's basketball committee, said the situation will stay as is until CBS' tournament contract with the NCAA expires after the 1997 tournament.

Calling the sick bay

The six-member medical team assembled by Virginia Commonwealth, the host school, was put to work yesterday, as six players were injured during the semifinal round.

Three Louisiana Tech players, Amy Brown, Vickie Johnson and Kendra Neal, sprained ankles, and teammate Pam Thomas pulled a groin muscle in the first semifinal. Thomas is expected to play in today's championship game. The other three will be evaluated before game time.

Alabama guard Niesa Johnson cut her hand on a sink in the dressing room at halftime.

In the second game, Purdue forward Stacey Lovelace turned her ankle, and North Carolina guard Tonya Sampson reaggravated a groin pull. Sampson also is expected to play today.

How the mighty have fallen

North Carolina's win over Purdue, the last remaining top seed in the tournament, means that for the first time in the 13-year history of the women's Final Four, the championship team will not be either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

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