Semi Survival

Originally Published: December 22, 2009
By Mindi Rice | HoopGurlz

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- This year, fans don't have to wait until March -- the dream matchup is on Tuesday: No. 1 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) versus No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

However, neither team was a shoo-in to the Nike Tournament of Champions Joe Smith bracket championship, despite having two stars in their starting rotations.

As California Division II Mater Dei (9-0) watched after pulling out a 56-50 win in the final seconds against No. 5 Long Beach Poly (Long ...

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