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“There are no upsets in women’s basketball” are simply out-of-touch neanderthals.

’cause lookee what Graham said! Not only did he name the Penguins the “Team of the week,” he noted it was “a weekend in which nine ranked teams lost to opponents that were either ranked lower or unranked.”

And honestly, looking at some of the records of those unranked teams only makes the upsets even more stunning.

Kansas State took down #13 Iowa State by 6 (making one ponder the Cyclones’ pre-conference schedule.)

Not to be outdone by their in-state rival, Kansas became a Bear-toppler as Baylor left Texas for the first time this season and not only lost back-to-back for the first time since 2010, but they also lost their nation-leading road win streak and their 44 or is it 53-game conference win streak. That earned Kansas’ Gardner is player of week honors. Wrote Mechelle:

Mulkey knew her young players were perhaps too buoyed by their performance against UConn and not ready for potential adversity on the road in the Big 12. She said she saw the “deer in the headlights” look from several of them Sunday.

Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims had 31 points, but it took her a school-record 37 shot attempts to get that. She made 13 shots from the field and 3 of 5 free throws. Combined with her 4-of-25 night against UConn, Sims has shot 27.4 percent (17-of-62) in her last two games.

#24 Vandy stayed red-hot with its 9-point win over #14 LSU.

“Vanderbilt did a nice job of getting the right players the right shots at the right times,” head coachNikki Caldwell said. “They didn’t force anything, they played within their gameplan and they did a good job of sharing the basketball. We have to be more discipline in our halfcourt defense and not miss assignments. We just weren’t aware and alert, that hurt us. We have to be more serious about our defensive effort.”

Miami’s Saunders went toe-to-toe with #20 NC State’s Gatling, and the Hurricanes earned the upset by 9.

Saunders joked that the rim has never looked that big for her in her career.

“It was pretty huge,” Saunders said. “I was really feeling it, and it was a great feeling. My teammates found me in great places, all of my guards have great vision, and I was just happy they were able to find me and I was able to knock it down.”

Flip-the-coin-and-see-which-team-you-get #22 Purdue eked out the upset over #18 Nebraska by 2. This has sure become a fun B10 rivalry.

In the “almost” vein -

#10 Kentucky escaped Auburn (11-7, 2-3), 73-71… and the Tigers had a chance in the final seconds.

“Besides the fact that we blew it, I don’t know what to really say,” Tigers head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “The opportunity was there, we played hard, sometimes we just didn’t do everything that we needed to do like rebounding the basketball on the defensive end.”

#3 Duke showed it IS missing Gray, but leaned on Liston to escape Virginia Tech, 74-70.

Meanwhile:

“Remember when Geno said, “`I have Diana Taurasi and you don’t’?” Stringer said. “That’s what he means. Breanna’s the No. 1 player in the country, right? She’s the best player in the nation. It doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten but it’s Connecticut and everybody else.”

Said Auriemma of the (almost) “end of an era”:

“It was one of the better games we’ve played here in a very long time,” Auriemma said of the ease with which his team went about its business. “But it didn’t even feel like we were at Rutgers. I don’t know what’s going on. The last two games – maybe the fans are feeling sorry for me now that I am getting older. When I was younger they didn’t treat me like that.”

In other games -

Get mojo back? Check! San Diego handled BYU, 60-45.

Keep improving? Check! St. Francis (NY) wins.

Continue to challenge for the Horizon? Check! Penguins ruuuuule!

Let go of the Horizon? Not so fast! Green Bay took down Cleveland State, 90-72.

Run away with the Big Sky? Not so fast (Pt. 2)! North Dakota stumbles against Montana State, 76-65.

Clear leader in the A-10? Not so fast! Dayton over Fordham, 73-64 and St. Joe’s over La Salle.

An itty bit of revenge? Yup! Drexel over Delaware. Dragons and JMU are 3-0 in the CAA.

Oregon continues to score a lot and lose a lot. And USC is now the first team ever to score 100 points at the Galen Center AND 6-1 in the Pac-12.

Adding to the OT list:

Charlie tries to make sense of the wins and loses in his new Bracketology. (Though I probably would have procrastinated until AFTER tonight’s Tennessee/ND game.)

And, on this MLK day, I invite you to read Kate Fagan’s piece.

Nobody wakes up one morning and understands the experiences of everyone who is “other.The goal is to keep our minds open and be willing to listen — to realize that even when we think we get it, sometimes something happens that makes it clear we have so much more to learn.

And in those moments, the only wrong move is digging in your heels.

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Or, in my case, while you were putting out fires at work, editing a chapter, reading thesi…thesettes? many thesises? and tromping through upstate New York with a surprising lack of internet access…

WhadImiss?

Well, if you’re a Lib or Seattle fan, not much. Ouch.

If you’re a Shock fan, you missed by a hair.

If your last name is Toliver, you missed being excoriated for your voluminous turnovers because you didn’t miss the shot.

If you’re Minnesota, you’re barely missing a beat, even when you have a hiccup.

If you’re a Washington fan, you’re missing the good old days of Julie Plank.

If you’re Phoenix, dang, you’re missing players whose name last name starts with T.

If you’re a Dream fan, you’re not missing much sleep, ’cause Angel is rockin’ and the Price is right.

If you’re a Sky fan, you’re thinkin’ “We’re not missing the playoffs this year!”

If you’re an Indy fan, you’re thinking, “Gee, when we’re not missing our star player, we’re pretty good!”

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damned if you don’t when it comes to the question of parity in women’s basketball: if you say, “Look at all the ranked teams that lost (many to unranked teams)” folks will say, “The ranked teams aren’t that good,” or “it’s a down year for women’s basketball.”

Of course, if all the ranked teams win, then they’ll say, “There’s no parity.”

So, Sunday, clearly the ranked teams aren’t that good:

#9 Ohio State lost to Minnesota (12-11), 76-65.

#19 Penn State lost to Michigan State (13-9), 83-77.

Yes, #12 Rutgers had Rushdan go down (hopefully temporarily), but how do you only score 36pts in your loss to #16 Georgetown?

Ranked, and lucky to escape with a win:

#13 Texas A&M by 2 over Iowa State (11-8).

#16 Delaware by 7 over James Madison (15-5).

#24 Georgia Tech by 9 over Clemson (5-14)

#25 North Carolina by 4 over Wake Forest (12-9).

In the spirit of “there’s no parity in women’s basketball:”

#6 Kentucky over Alabama by 14.

#8 Miami over Boston College by 31.

#9 Tennessee over #15 Georgia by 17.

#21 Nebraska over Illinois by 20.

Conference undefeated UTEP over UCF by 29.

Conference undefeated Marist over Sienna by 11.

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but you’ve got to wonder if (and that’s a qualified “if the tall Aussie doesn’t return) we didn’t see the WNBA finalists in action last night.

True, Indy needed a last second basket (from Bobbitt!) to squeak out a win over Washington — but they did get the win.

Not a lot of drama in Minnesota after the first quarter — the Lynx simply ran over the Storm.Yah, the Lynx are having fun being number one but, writes Tim Leighton at the Pioneer Press,

The Lynx, however, are leaving elevated excitement levels to their fans.

“The bottom line is that we haven’t done anything yet,” head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We have a lot of work left to do, and we haven’t seen San Antonio yet. I don’t know if I am ready to say we are the team to beat, but we have put ourselves in a position to gain a lot of respect.”

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Swoopes is ready for season with Shock

“It was a no-brainer,” Edwards said. “I mean, if she wasn’t (already) playing, how wonderfully blessed would we be if she is capable of playing. I wish she wasn’t struggling with a swollen knee but yes, she has brought everything I thought she could to the team. I’m very impressed with her.”

In Atlanta, Lindsey Harding Gives Dream Another Scorer

Connecticut is Moving On Without Sandrine Gruda and there’s the matter of A Player and A Symbol: Native American WNBA Guard Has Dual Responsibilities

In Phoenix, Penny Taylor treasures her career and Seth says the Merc are Bigger, Stronger, Tougher

In Minnesota, Lynx rookie Maya Moore talks: Bob Sansevere listens

San Antonio is busy Revitalizing the Silver Stars

In New(ark) York, a Rookie in W.N.B.A. Who Is Veteran in Life’s Lessons Faces Battle to Make Liberty

On draft day last month, the Liberty acquired Breland, a 6-foot-3 forward, from Minnesota, which selected her in the second round with the 13th overall pick.

This is business. Breland has to absorb a new system and prove herself quickly to stick around for the Liberty’s June 5 opener at Atlanta. But she is getting her chance to become a professional, armed with a new perspective forged on the hard road from diagnosis to remission.

In Chicago, the New Sky coach Chatman is not new to everyone


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From Chicago: Hoops with House features assistant coach Jeff House.

Each week I will share with you a little of what is going on as we prepare for our ’11 training camp. It may be a little player personnel update or some coded, behind the scenes, special insight into Coach Chatman’s look at how she plans to instill the Fight, Focus and Finish for 40 mentality from Day One with your team. It could be some basketball tactics, techniques or strategy. It might be to answer some of your questions. Now please don’t start emailing the “Who are we drafting?” questions, I would tell you, but then you’d have to be locked in the Sky offices and sequestered until the draft in April.

From Minnesota: On and on with Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen

It has been one year and one day since former Gophers basketball star Lindsay Whalen was acquired by the Lynx in a trade. Whalen is playing for a team in Prague in the Czech Republic for the fourth WNBA offseason in a row. So here she is, via e-mail …

 

 

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playing some basketball and the .com’s paying attention: Euroleague Wrap: Wright’s Week

Minnesota’s Monica Wright received the FIBA Europe Player of the Week award in the third week of overseas action. Wright, who is playing in Poland on the Lotos Gdynia squad, scored 26 points on 12-of-23 shooting to give her team its first win of the season. Lotos’s record improved to 1-2 on the season and ranks them fourth overall in Group B standings.

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