By Lauren Taylor
Let’s get it out up front: No other team has put out a strong enough showing during this tournament (or season) to make me doubt that the “purple haze” we’ve fallen into won’t continue.
I’d like to see another team besides Northwestern come out on top, (better for the game), but that’s personal wish – not professional opinion.
Here’s what they’ve got: Every player in a Northwestern jersey can run and gun, throw and catch and understand the game thanks to Kelly Amonte Hiller. She’s crafted a team whose balance is its greatest asset, and, ultimately, that’s what makes them unbeatable.
There’s not one girl to face guard; there are seven. There’s not one lock-off defender; there are seven. They are a team with players who take turns leading by example, and that quality – perhaps more than any other – has made them the dynasty they have become.
Northwestern may be a runaway favorite, but there is a lot to see when they take the field.
Five stats to watch for: