by Roger Le Grove Rogers
December 10, 2002
Kristin Moore is our heroine of one of the most emotional final game cliffhangers seen in NCAA championship history, and TV commentators Beth Mowine and Wendy Gebauer Palladino show the world how to cover the women's game
The events of the last ten minutes of this fine showpiece of how far the women's game has come was an emotional wringer for those watching. It built to an unbelievable level when the Portland goalkeeper was injured making two courageous saves, and then the entrance of a freshman keeper with less than an hour of playing time during the whole season added to the intensity of an evenly matched contest. We were then treated to a demonstration by a player putting everything out on the field as Kristin Moore made what seemed to be an impossible steal of the ball as she ran in from more than ten yards away, and not only making a fine end run but finishing with a perfectly driven cross for Sinclair to put away for the winner.
The television coverage was the best we have seen all year as two knowledgeable commentators, assisted by Ellen Weinberberg on the field, gave this event the most professional and complete presentation seen on ESPN for a long time. No complaining letters received by WSW about this game, in fact the general hope is that these two will cover the World Cup in China next year.
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