2005-03-18 / Sports

Clark, Droesch Enter March Madness Dance

By Elio Velez


The NCAA Sunday Selection Show on CBS is one of the most anticipated events in the sports calendar. Iowa State was one team that were on the bubble and clearly biting their nails.

The Cyclones had won in first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament by beating Baylor.

Former Beach Channel star Rahshon Clark, who started 20 games in his freshman season, scored 20 points in the victory

But with their elimination in the next round to Texas Tech, Iowa State was not assured of a NCAA postseason bid. Even with an 18-11 record and wins over four top 25 ranked teams, Clark and the Cyclones had to nervously wait for their NCAA fate.

The team was assembled for television purposes in the basement of assistant coach Damon Archibald. After the first two regionals were announced, the NCAA finally placed Iowa State in

the Syracuse bracket Clark, who was sitting at a couch in front of the television cameras, led the Cyclones’ in total jubilation of their addition to the tournament as the ninth seed. It was an enjoyable moment indeed for the Rockaway star.

The team will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina in the first round and take on #8 seed Minnesota today at 12:30 p.m. Iowa State will need the continued contribution from their talented backcourt of N.Y. born-Curtis Stinson and Will Blaylock.

f the Cyclones win, the tough task will be on Sunday when they face #1 seed North Carolina (27-4). The Tar Heels feature future NBA talent such as Sean May, Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton.

Four In A Row for Droesch

It’s the last year in the spaces of the Wave that we will report on Clare Droesch, who will play in the NCAA Tournament for Boston College (19-9). The senior has appeared in the tournament every season.

The seventh seeded Eagles take on #10 seed Houston in the first round on Sunday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (ESPN at 2:30 p.m.).

The team will have a tough go this time around because of the loss of co-captain and senior Jessica Deveny. She led the team in scoring and the Eagles suffered with four of six losses after she went down on February 2.

But the Eagles have the flair for the dramatic and recovered with a huge late regular season win over top 10 ranked UCONN. “We’ve had a rough year,” Droesch told Susan Bickelhaupt of the Boston Globe. “But we really want to win and do well, so it’s good that people show respect for us.”

Droesch picked up third team all Big East Conference honors and the Eagles finished fifth in the entire country in field goal percentage, three point percentage and assists.

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