Title game a happy end for Himes Former Old Mill star bows out at Old Dominion

March 30, 1997|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

CINCINNATI -- Win or lose, tonight's NCAA championship game will be the final one for Old Dominion senior guard Stacy Himes, and the outcome won't bother her as long as the effort is there.

"As long as we go out and play our best and give it our all, win or lose, I'm going to feel like I went out the best way possible," said Himes, a member of three state championship teams at Old Mill High School.

Himes, who started all 35 games this season, is a role player for the Lady Monarchs, averaging nearly as many assists (3.0) as points (3.3). She said the catalyst for this season's title march was the pain left from last year's loss to Virginia in the East Regional finals.

"We had worked too hard to go out like that. It wasn't just a loss. It was absolute disappointment because we had envisioned going much further," said Himes.

Himes said she normally doesn't look into the crowd before a game but took a peek before Friday's semifinal against Stanford and spotted her father Walt. "I came out and I saw my father and I thought, 'Wow. This is something,' " said Himes.

Fish aren't biting

Let's just say that the Saturday morning ESPN outdoors lineup doesn't get the stamp of approval of Old Dominion point guard Ticha Penicheiro. She said she and Himes, who are roommates on the road, had trouble sleeping after Friday's overtime victory over Stanford and woke up at 7: 30, deciding to watch ESPN's "SportsCenter."

"I was like, 'Let me see if we really won, if we were really playing in the Final Four and if we really have a chance to win the national championship,' " said Penicheiro. "I went to watch 'SportsCenter' and there was men fishing. I was so disappointed. The USA Today didn't come under my door. I was so disappointed."

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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