It was a nail biter! 3-10-23

Iowa women beat Nebraska in OT – I had to clean a bit in my sewing room while the game was on because I was so nervous. I got messages from several of you wondering if I was having a heart attack. Ha!

Caitlin did not have a good first half but then I think they all calmed down and played well. Nebraska is a great team and this game could have gone either way.

While watching highlights we saw that there was a “scuffle” at the LSU/S Carolina game and many players were ejected for fighting. I feel safe saying you’d never see that happen with Iowa players.

Nothing got sewed today – maybe this evening or tomorrow. Spring break has cancelled many church activities this week so I’ll have extra time except for dog sitting Finn and Ivy on Tuesday.

I promise basketball will be over soon and I’ll shut up and find something else to talk about. Promise.

45 thoughts on “It was a nail biter! 3-10-23

  1. DebMac

    I don’t follow sports at all but have enjoyed hearing about Caitlin and the Iowa team. Thanks for sharing; it has been interesting.

  2. Anne in NC

    Hey! Yes, your gals took awhile to get going, but they finally brought it on home, congrats! 😉 And then I watched my SC gals, yikes. My college roomie & I think the refs let them play too rough overall, & eventually it leads to trouble.
    I learned a couple of their rules today … if they jump off the bench & participate in the “fight” they’ll be ejected … & the penalty for our SC player (who knocked the LSU player to the floor) includes not playing in the first round of the upcoming nat’l tourney. What a day!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Anne – you just answered my question – I wondered why they wouldn’t be barred from tourney action and I guess they are. It was brutal to watch and yes, they play extremely rough – our Iowa nice girls will never be able to fight like that which means they will get beat if they have to face them during March Madness – sadly. So how many players jumped off the bench and got barred from the first round? And the first round hardly counts for SC.

      1. Anne in NC

        Well, the LSU player started it, & our SC gal rushed over & knocked her to the floor … & whoa, it was on!!!
        One guy from the stands jumped over the scorer’s table & rushed into it, so a cop jumped over the table & pushed him toward the exit … they reported later that he was that LSU player’s brother.
        Anyhoo, the refs poured over the replay for about 20 minutes, making notes on paper. They called 2 technical fouls … 1 each on the LSU gal who started it & 1 on our SC gal who tossed her down. They also tapped our gal for fighting, which is why she won’t play in SC’s first tourney game.
        Everyone on the LSU bench was ejected for rushing into it, plus all but 2 of the SC players … SC’s PauPau was waiting to check-in by the scorer’s table, so she wasn’t ejected … & 1 other SC gal stayed on the bench, so she wasn’t ejected either. But it was really REALLY cuckoo there for awhile!!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Anne – the first tourney game will be #1 SC playing a 16 seed – what punishment is that? Every one of those players from both teams who joined in the fray should be barred from the tourney. I know that sounds harsh but Lisa Bluder would never put up with behavior like those girls displayed yesterday. Compare Bluder to Staley and Mulkey And then know what class really is. This again is my personal opinion – but I’ll bet some of you will agree with me.

          1. Anne in NC

            Oh yes, I agree the punishment should’ve affected more than just 1 player who was involved in the fight. My SC roommate is a SC native & she immediately jumped to the SC player’s defense … big time. She only blamed the LSU player who started it, which wasn’t fair.
            The refs allow them to play too rough & their calls are inconsistent … it creates problems. I’m no basketball expert, but when 2 players go at each other during the entire game like happened yesterday, they should bench them much earlier.

      2. Jeanine from SE Iowa

        The only player barred from playing in the first NCAA tourney is the South Carolina player that pushed the LSU player down. The players that were ejected were not barred from playing. We did watch it, and it was something we have never seen happen before. The refs took a long time to sort it all out.
        So happy for our Iowa girls. The turning point of the game was when Gabby Marshall blocked that three point shot, caught the ball and quickly called a time out. I have enjoyed watching her so much. She is such a good defensive player. She is only 5’9″, so that was quite an accomplishment for her being shorter than the shooter. Good luck to them in the tournament. It sounds like both the Drake and Iowa State women will also be in the tournament. Iowa will be well represented.

  3. Cindy K

    Great game today-called my sister to let her know it was on a channel she has so she could watch too. So we exchanged a few texts-like: What a game!!! And-What a nail biter!!’ Lol. Definitely kept everybody on the edge of their seats. Even hubby watched.

  4. Martha W in WY

    The Iowa game was great. We only saw the last half because of the time change. AZ doesn’t do daylight savings time so we for got it would be a 2 hr difference rather than 1 hr. But, that last half and overtime kept us on the edge of our seats.

  5. Rhoda Ebersole

    I watched the end of that Iowa game and finally got to see the famous Caitlin Clark play. What a treat it was too. That game was so close and yes it could have gone either way.
    Watched the Academy Awards tonight and Jimmy Kimmel does a good job emceeing it I think.

  6. Rosie Westerhold

    I was actually at my Sunday Sew with my Sewing Sisters so didn’t get to watch the game. I’ve seen highlights, and it WAS a good game. Heartbreaker for Nebraska, though. This was one of the best seasons for women’s basketball we’ve had in recent years. Go Big Red🙌🙌. And congrats to Iowa and Caitlin Clark.

    I worked on my EPP project of Queen of Diamonds with Tula Pink fabrics. It was HUGELY expensive, but the amount of fabric received each month is most generous. I’m quite sure I’ll have enough fabric left to make AT LEAST one more quilt. I’m only on the second month of 12 months. Still a long way to the finish, but it is very relaxing for me to hand-stitch as I’m watching TV in the evening.

    Off to go shopping tomorrow for my new bathroom. Then I hope to finish machine-quilting another donation quilt in the afternoon, and will turn in 2 more donation quilts at my guild meeting in the evening. A VERY busy Monday for me. Also need to take my small Janome travel machine in for servicing. It just doesn’t seem to want to sew 2 layers together at the beginning of a seam. What’s up with that? Had just taken in one of my Featherweights to be serviced. Got it at an antique store in Vermont or New Hampshire in 2000, I think. Only paid $35 for it. Ha! Joke’s on me because it needs a new motor, at LEAST $350🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. That will need to wait awhile. I have many other machines to sew with, but I really wanted to sew with this one for a bit.

  7. Alice in SW Ohio

    That game was a nail bitter! I normally don’t turn the TV on on Sunday afternoons, but just took a chance I might be able to watch the Iowa – Nebraska game! Those two teams were very well matched! I love women’s basketball & even my friend who lives across the street enjoyed the game! So happy for Caitlin & her team!!

  8. Gwen

    I love having you write about basketball, especially about Iowa basketball. It brings back so many wonderful memories.

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l don’t follow sports at all but l did watch the naturalist? Robert Redford movie about baseball the other day, he certainly is easy on the eye!Visiting the quilt shop tomorrow to use the voucher l won, then the bra shop, how exciting! Half the blocks done for the wedding quilt,so happy with progress. I need to do a little bit of housework soon too! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  10. Karen Smith

    I thank you for telling us about Caitlin and the Iowa team and all of her hard work. I am watching from Ohio.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Karen – if you’re from Ohio you know what a great team Ohio State is – I was shocked when they lost – as was the entire women’s sports audience.

  11. Gloria from CC

    I was hanging pictures and waxing woodwork at the end of the Iowa game (go Hawks!) because it was making me so nervous! Referring to the SC/USC game overall: if rough housing is what it takes to win a game then I’m okay with Iowa losing a game to a bunch of girls who are physical. Iowa girls are too classy to participate in this kind of behavior. I blame it on the coaches (LSU coach is insane) and the referees. They’ve promoted and let it go unpunished for too long.
    Spring cleaning is finished in the lodge and now I’ve started on the house. My goal is to be done by the end of March. Everyone have a great week.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – if Iowa meets either of these teams in the tournament we will surely lose – these girls are BIG and they are rough. And if we meet up with Nebraska again, it’s a tossup. They are a very good team – but we have Caitlin. We all count on her to pull out a win!

  12. Donna Jo

    What an exciting, nail biter of a game! It was too close for comfort though! I like being up by 20 points! I can’t believe you cleaned your sewing room but I admit it was hard to watch! Mary you can’t quit talking about basketball! 😳 You got a lot of us following basketball so you’re responsible for keeping us up to date!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I didn’t really clean my sewing room but I did sweep it – not vacuum – and I straightened things up because I just couldn’t sit still during that game. I have never watched a nail biter quite like that and Nebraska has a really great team!! They will go far in March Madness.

  13. KathyG from Oak Creek, WI

    In our house ESPN and any other sports network is all that we watch! So I’m in on the Caitlin chatter. She sure has elevated the game for all women. I enjoy your commentary. I feel really lucky to be in a city that has decent sports teams to follow. My sewing room television has Milwaukee Bucks games on these days.

    You mentioned daylight savings time yesterday and I’m with you on hating it. Only my reason for the dislike is that I run 3 miles on the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee before I start my day and it’s a little scary when it’s so dark outside. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to fall into the lake if I’m not careful.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy G – if you run 3 miles everyday before you go to work, I think you’re superwoman – how can you work all day after a run like that? I know I’m old but even when I was young I couldn’t do it. Well done!!!

  14. Meredith in Cincinnati

    With both the men’s and women’s March Madness coming up, I’m sure this is the best time of the year! I do hand sewing and cross stitch the whole time. Fun!

    1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

      Meredith – Gabby Marshall is from Cincinnati, and we Iowa fans love that girl!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Meredith – you’re my BFF now because I’ve also said that March was the best month of the year for watching tv and Sam laughed at me. I showed her your comment and she laughed and said she loves that I love it so much. And I do love it!!!

  15. Diana in Des Moines

    Oh PLEASE talk basketball! Greatest thing Iowa has going for it right now is Caitlin and the girls!! My hubby had to leave for a church meeting at the end of regular play, so he missed the OT. Recorded it and watched when he got home. I was not allowed to tell him the outcome. LOL

  16. Cheryl Regan

    I was able to watch quite a bit of the game yesterday….so fun for Iowa fans. What an amazing team. Thanks for talking about it.

  17. Sheryl Harrison

    It was a great game! I am staying with my grandsons while their parents and sister are on a little trip. The boys were really interested in the game because their family went to the Iowa Nebraska game in Nebraska when Iowa lost.

    While we were watching the game, we talked about what we were having for lunch and it would be a late lunch but that was ok b/c the time was off an hour. My 10-year-old grandson had lots of questions about daylight savings time. That was an interesting conversation!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – you’re good if you could expIain DST to a 10 year old!! Explain it to me some time – I see no reason to put us through all that.

      1. Sheryl Harrison

        LOL! We had quite a conversation. He was horrified we lost an hour of our lives until I explained we’d get the hour back in the fall. Around bedtime, he tried to talk me into a later bedtime because 9:30 was really 8:30. It’s spring break so we stayed up later.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sheryl – hmm, clever kid to think he could adjust the time to his bedtime

  18. Linda

    Gosh-it was just the best game and I was so upset in the first half that Caitlin was not at her best……Then the exciting second half….I will miss Caitlin playing college ball for sure….I can’t wait for the NCAA tournament to start….Caitlin might get that ring yet…

    I HATE daylight time—I have such a hard time getting used to it and—I like it light in the morning!!!!

  19. Shirleyf

    I never watch basketball, but I did watch this one! I’m happy that your Iowa girls won.

  20. Connie in NV

    I may be a lone dissenter, but I love Daylight Savings Time! I like having it light later in the day. Wish we were on that time the whole year.
    Keep talking basketball and anything else of interest to you, it is good to have our interests tweaked with things we normally don’t pursue.

  21. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Never stop talking about basketball!! The game was such a nail biter! I agree Gabbys blocked shot was the turning point. My husband and son even watched with me. I had to tell them not to talk a few times because i was so nervous and even though they were talking about the game, I couldn’t take it!! I can’t wait for the tournament.

    Planting some seeds to put under grow lights today. But not having to plant as many flats of flowers as last year for my daughter’s wedding, I’m enjoying it much more! Have a great day everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – funny you should mention the wedding-I just picked up your card and wedding picture today. How are the newlyweds?
      I paced the whole game and since Rick just had to talk on speaker phone during the game (!) I left and came to the quilt shop where I could hear!!!

      1. Gloria Gleason

        I love ALL your posts, animals, quilts, and read it every day. I watched Caitlin and the IA team every time they played. You are WONDERFUL at everything you do! I’m going to start quilting my quilts like you do. Your piano playing is so very special!! I loved it and know the man and Jesus did too. Enjoy the rest of IA’s games!
        Your new friend from CO, Gloria (78 year old retired 5th Grade Teacher)

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Gloria – where in Colorado? Thanks for being an Iowa fan – I will be so sad when basketball is over for the year, won’t you? No, I am not wonderful at everything I do, believe me. I only tell you the good parts – haha!!!,

      2. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

        Rick made me chuckle! Husbands!! The newlyweds are wonderful. So much less stressed this year than last year at this time! They and their 3 dogs and 3 foster cats are great.

  22. Mary

    Don’t ever stop posting about what you enjoy! I am not a big sports fan and I watch very little tv, but your enthusiasm about the games and Caitlin have been fun to read about.

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