Leeside basketball star Thornton helps her college deliver in March Madness

Leeside basketball star Thornton helps her college deliver in March Madness
Edel Thornton in action in the US.

Mary White


EDEL Thornton will make history on Monday night as Quinnipiac University compete in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

On Saturday, the 12th seed Connecticut college created one of the biggest first round upsets when they defeated fifth seed Marquette 68-65 in Miami in the hugely anticipated 'March Madness' tournament.

The win was the first time the college ever won an NCAA Championship game, and Thornton's father and aunt were lucky enough to be in the crowd to witness history in the making.

Thornton, from Gurranabraher, frequently featured at point guard, and will be needed to do so again on Monday night as they take on fourth seed Miami at Coral Gables in Florida at 9pm (1am, Irish time).

Miami were tested to the final minute against number 13 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, hitting a game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds left to pull out a nail-biting 62-60 NCAA first round victory also.

And so it will be a huge moment for both universities, and all fans of Irish basketball will be watching closely as Thornton is well known in such circles having impressed both on a local and national stage from a very young age.

"When we won the MAAC Championship close to two weeks ago I told my young ladies to enjoy the moment, because you never know," said head Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri postgame.

"We worked very hard to win that title. But I also said, don't be satisfied. We weren't finished yet. And then we came down here to win a game and advance into Monday and our goal was to play to win Monday. It's a goal that we started last year when we left for summer and we continued just to move forward with our mission. And here we are getting ready to play in the field of 32 come Monday night."

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