Busy as all get out, but I got to see the mom for Thanksgiving – so it’s all good.
Speaking of good, it was wicked scary, but it seems better: Antonita Slaughter collapses on bench
At 9:57 Tuesday night, U of L player Tia Gibbs posted a picture on Twitter of a text message Slaughter had sent to her teammates saying she was doing OK and congratulating them on the victory.
“I’m good,” Slaughter wrote. “First thing I (asked) was how many turnovers we had.
Things are getting somewhat clearer in the land of women’s basketball. Certainly the very anticipated game between Duke and UConn (Dec. 17th in Durham) got more interesting with the news that Morgan Tuck and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are well on the way to mending.
On the topic of “anticipated games,” we’ve got the Wildcats v. the Bears looming (Hmm? So much for the Sooner Supplanting?). Whoops!
Speaking of interesting match ups, after some intriguing back-and-forth, it looks like there is a chance Notre Dame will continue to play Connecticut.
Speaking of Notre Dame: nice homecoming for Natalie Achonwa in Toronto.
“She’s done so much for our program and really for all of Canada basketball, being the youngest member of [the 2012 Canadian Olympic women’s basketball team],” McGraw said of Achonwa. “She’s very well known in Toronto, and it was just great that her family, friends, teammates could all come out and see her play. We were just so happy to be able to do that for her.”
In a random survey of things missed, I will say Ohio State is proving a stubborn out.
Putting the lie to the old saw, “There are no upsets in women’s basketball:
Spartans defense stunned by IPFW
(Now ranked) Syracuse over Texas A&M – but, of course, it may be the Aggies don’t like (burnt) orange.
In Mexico, ASU took down UNC.
UCLA knocked off Oklahoma on the Sooners’ homecourt.
Washington State got a huge win over Nebraska. And Nebraska also lost to UNC — which might be called an upset.
Too early to know if Kentucky over Louisville was an upset — but when state bragging rights are on the line, it’s all about the emotions.
Speaking about state bragging rights: Northwestern over DePaul.
How much is San Diego State missing Beth Burns?
Yes, I noticed!
Dem Great Danes are sitting pretty at 7-0.
ACC is chock full of undefeateds: Duke, Syracuse, Notre Dame.
Ditto in the Big 12: Baylor is joined by Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
Yup, that’s Villanova at 7-0 in what used to be the Big East. And congrats to co-captain Jessica Wamala, who was named a Rhodes Scholar.
Yes, it’s early, but the Big 10′s Indiana is 8-0.
C-USA could be fun: UTEP and East Carolina are both 7-0.
Hello, EMU in the Mid-American. The Eagles are 5-0.
There have been some tests, but Colorado is 7-0 in the Pac-12.
With a 6-0 record, Holy Cross seems to have regained its mojo.
The SEC has several in the ranks of the unblemished: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee. Three one-loss teams lurk behind them, so much will be revealed during conference play.
West Coast looks like it’s going to be fun: San Diego (Congrats, Coach Fisher: best start in school history), BYU and St. Mary’s are spotless.
In a world often full of coulda-shoulda-woulda’s, here’s an interesting story: SDSU coach Johnston has no regrets about UWGB decision
It’s been six years since Aaron Johnston called former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletic director Ken Bothof from a Minnesota airport to inform him he was having second thoughts about replacing Kevin Borseth as the women’s basketball coach.
He ended up boarding his flight to Green Bay. But by the time he arrived, he had made the decision to return to South Dakota State University.
It’s not been easy in the land of the upstart Eagles, but coach Smesko is encouraged by last victory
No matter how you cut it, 900 wins is extraordinary. Belated shout out to Tara VanDerveeer who, despite her ridiculous record, seems to fly under the radar.
She believes her style is a reflection of her parents, who were both teachers.
“I think I knew from the beginning that coaching is really teaching,” VanDerveer said. “You have 30 public exams a year. I am a student of the game. I know the more I learn, the more there is to learn. I keep studying players and games and try to learn from everyone I’m around.
“I just try to get better every day. Tomorrow, I hope I do a better job than today.”
“I just try to get better every day. Tomorrow, I hope I do a better job than today.” Now that’s a role model.
Bits and pieces from the W:
In a WATN? moment:Adrienne Johnson - Injured Former WNBA Player Loses Comp Case
The Shock, amongst others, are hoping for top prize as WNBA draft lottery is set for next Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 3:30EST on SportsCenter. So, it makes sense that Nate at Swish Appeal has Five guards to watch
I begin this “watch list” with a look at Hartley because she was one of the hardest prospects on this list to “figure out” after the way she played last season – the harsh reality is that the WNBA’s current 11-player rosters aren’t forgiving enough to assume a player will automatically make a roster based on pedigree. But all those challenges she had during her junior season leave us with questions for her senior season, which frame the purpose of a “watch list”.
It doesn’t really matter what league you look at: in most years, the top 10 prospects for any draft are going to change over the course of a season, even if the top three remains the same from start to finish. In the WNBA in particular, we know that players can’t just leave when their stock is high or the moment they show upside, meaning scouts get the added benefit of watching a player for four years – from a prospect with upside to a finished (college) product.
So this “watch list” is the set of players who showed something statistically in their junior season that put them on pace to possibly make a WNBA roster after they leave the collegiate ranks if they stay on pace or improve.
Speaking of guards, Kate Bennert at the .com says Skylar Diggins is Working Harder Than Ever in the Off Season
Speaking of hard workers, WNBA Tamika Catchings Talks About Giving Back to Community