I was at the game Saturday and at the most there were maybe 850. Yes, the gym was packed but there was also standing room along the baseline. Alas, I have to say Bates put an old fashion but kicking on the Saints. They beat them at there own game. Out rebounding, out hustling and capitalizing on the turn overs. There were also alot of unforced turnovers which hurt even more. In there defense, those were some very tired girls going up against a team with over a weeks rest. Check this out...
During Bates "vacation" the Saints played 3 games and look at the minutes.....
1) Paez Norw 39 min, Salem 33 min, Bates 38
2) Johnson, L. Norw 28 min, Salem 36 min, Bates 29 min.
3) Johnson, P. Norw 33 min, Salem 26 min, Bates 24 min (foul trouble in Salem and Norwich games)
4) McCoy Norw 33 min, Salem 36 min, Bates 30 min.
That's alot of minutes for your main players, not to mention the intensity level of a championship game, and 2 NCAA playoff games. Lets not forget the "heat in the gym" I would have to say that was around 75-80 degrees, then add in the fans and it goes up another 10. Then think about that damn hot pipe on the top seat of the bleachers behind the teams benches. Hats off to Bates, they played like the #3 team in country. Also congrats to the Saints for finishing with the best record in school history at 27-3!!