Loyola savoring sweet NCAAs after grass-roots rebuild

Loyola savoring sweet NCAAs after grass-roots rebuild

Loyola savoring sweet NCAAs after grass-roots rebuild

After her Ramblers defeated 3-seed Tennessee in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, Sister Jean welcomed Vols legend Candace Parker home with open arms. Nervous energy filled the air of Spectrum Arena and although UMBC fell short 50-43, they can hang their hats with confidence as that are the only team in 136 attempts to beat a top-seeded team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She attends as many games as she can, wearing maroon-and-gold Nikes with her name on the heels ("Sister" on the left, "Jean" on the right), and has been with the team every step of the way during its magical March run.

Darren Rovell, ESPN's sports business reporter, said Sister Jean has been tweeted about more than any other person connected with any team during the NCAA tournament.

"We've known how much of a blessing she has been to us for years, since I got the job", Moser said. It marked the second-biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history.

They matched the 29 wins of their 1963 national championship team when Donte Ingram's last-moment 3-pointer beat Miami in the NCAA opener Thursday.

Sister Jean plans to travel again with the 11th-seeded Ramblers to the Sweet 16 in Atlanta, where they will face No. 7 seed Nevada on Thursday night in a South Region semifinal.

Sister Jean was an athlete herself and was instrumental in starting girls' sports programs before beginning her career as a teacher at Mundelein University in 1960. Tennessee eventually got its first lead 62-61 behind Grant Williams' three-point play. "But I have a second bracket, which I call the Cinderella dream bracket, where I have them going to the final game".

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The Vols' Jordan Bone got a decent look at last-gasp 3, but it bounced away, and Custer threw the ball off the scoreboard high above the court as he was mobbed by teammates in the same spot that the Ramblers celebrated Ingram's dramatic victor. "He makes it like a 98 percent clip". Returning to California after entering the convent in Iowa - she joined the order in 1937 when she was 18 - she taught elementary school and volunteered as a coach in public schools in Los Angeles when she was teaching in that city. At the end of the game, we want to be sure that when the buzzer goes off that the numbers indicate that we get the big W. The first four wins were during his 17 seasons leading the Texas Longhorns. "We weren't going to bend on the academic reputation", he said. They are a very talented team that can score points in many ways, and their 49% shooting performance is an accomplishment very few teams have been able to achieve against Cincinnati's stifling defense.

She has not missed a single game this year and although she is restricted to a wheelchair on the sidelines, her limitation is movement has not limited her "divine" influence on the team.

15 of the 48 games played in the first two rounds were won by the underdogs, according to seedings.

"It's great to get some exposure for our school and our fans", Richardson said.

In the pregame prayer, "we asked God to help us and I told God that we would do our part if he would do his part", she said. Schofield scored 14 for Tennessee.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have certainly backed that statement up so far in this years tournament.

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