Analyst Debbie Antonelli heaps praise on Sooners, Amanda Thompson

by Mel Bracht Modified: March 26, 2010 at 8:10 am •  Published: March 26, 2010

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Antonelli said the third-seeded Irish led by freshman guard Sklar Diggins, will be a tough test again for the Sooners. Notre Dame beat OU, 81-71, in the Virgin Islands.

"Notre Dame is solid in all five positions,” said Antonelli, who has broadcast four Irish games. "There’s not any flash to them, which I mean as a compliment. They are fundamentally strong, well-coached and very guard oriented. At this time of year, you have to have excellent guard play.”

In the second regional semifinal game, Antonelli called Big 12 champ Nebraska the favorite to beat Kentucky in a Big 12-SEC battle. The Big 12 and SEC tied with four teams each in the Sweet 16.

"I’m very excited the Big 12 could get four in, because in the last few years they’ve had some early exits,” she said.

In Kansas City, Antonelli will team with play-by-play announcer Pam Ward and sideline reporter Beth Mowins as ESPN’s only all-female broadcast team in the regionals. She has worked a lot with both announcers, and even hosts a weekly 30-minute podcast with Mowins, "Shootaround with Beth and Debbie,” at www.wbca.org.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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