The team has long been a national power in women's basketball.
So why would a national power play a team that its second string could beat by 30?
Two national powers fell Thursday night, each in the final seconds.
"Total war means you use all the elements of national power," he told me recently.
But in the last two seasons, still without a home court, Monroe has built a national power.
The 21st century may well bring a struggle between yet another universal system of values and national power.
Lack of resources is a serious challenge for Japan to overcome to increase its national power.
It could also be a stepping stone to national power.
In such a world, the military is only one instrument of national power.
In this way, research at the local level might serve as an avenue to knowledge about national power.