NCAA II Women's National Championship - San Antonio

I am going to blog out of order a little bit. I'll talk about my experience shooting WWU in San Antonio during my next post. Ashland University played Dowling University in the national championship. The game seemed very similar to Ashland's game against Western Washington University during the previous round. Dowling fell early, and couldn't close the gap. Both Dowling and Western couldn't seem to hit their shots. After seeing two consecutive games of the same thing happening, I gotta hand it to Ashland for playing tough defense.

Shooting the national champion was a different kind of opportunity for me. It's not everyday I have a press pass to a national championship game and have no deadline nor client. I didn't have to stick around the baseline searching for great action picture because at the end of the game, it's all about the celebration. And shooting the celebration was where I took a different approach than those who were shooting for newspapers, for the NCAA and for sports information directors. I stood at the top of the stands and shot the celebration from a bird's eye view with a long lens rather than rush in with a wide angle lens. It was a no lose situation for me because even if I came out with nothing, there was no consequence. After a minute or two, I made my way to the floor and kept shooting exclusively with my long lens. In the past when everyone rushes the floor and big celebrations ensue, I have shot with a shorter lens getting all the predictable pictures. This experience will change the way I cover celebrations in the future.

 

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Ashland's Kari Daugherty (44), left, and Ashland's Daiva Gerbec (42), right, try to stop Dowling's Danielle Wilson (23) on her way to the basket. Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland's head coach Joe Pellicane talks with a referee as Ashland University beats Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland's Alyssa Miller (12), left, tries to reach over Dowling's Connie Simmons (10) to block her shot as Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey gives her team instructions during a timeout late in the second half. Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland's Alyssa Miller (12) holds the ball over her as she looks for pass. Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Dowling's Danielle Wilson (23) looks over her shoulder at the referee and players after she was called for a defensive foul. Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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A colorful Ashland University fan cheers on his team as they beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland University players rush each other after hearing the final buzzer go off signaling their national title triumph over Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland's Kari Daugherty (44) cries as she gets interviewed by CBS Sports after Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas. Daughterty was named the tournament's MVP. 3-29-13 NCAA II Championship Dowling vs Ashland0599

Ashland's head coach Sue Ramsey holds back tears as she watches her players getting individually recognized after Ashland University beat Dowling University 71-56 in the NCAA II women's basketball national championship, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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Ashland University players hold up a up the NCAA II national championship trophy after beating Dowling University 71-56, Friday, March 29, 2013, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

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