“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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
In the “almost” vein -
“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.”
- #5 Louisville (welcome back Antonita) handled SMU.
- #9 UNC dispatched BC.
- #6 Maryland over Georgia Tech by 11.
- #8 South Carolina rebounded and rolled Alabama.
- #25 Texas A&M obliterated Mississippi State.
- #16 Penn State had to rally to take down Michigan State. Ah, the Big 10.
- #1 UConn wiped out Rutgers, impressing the heck out of CViv (who has Scaife and Copper to look forward to).
“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 -
Keep improving? Check! St. Francis (NY) wins.
Continue to challenge for the Horizon? Check! Penguins ruuuuule!
Run away with the Big Sky? Not so fast (Pt. 2)! North Dakota stumbles against Montana State, 76-65.
Adding to the OT list:
- Howard over MD-E Shore by 2.
- Buffalo over E. Michigan by 1.
- Rice over Marshall by 6.
- Tulane over Southern Miss by 2.
- Jackson State over Prairie View by 1 (2OT)
- Cal Poly over Long Beach State (in a game Debbie would have loved), 107-102. Yes, LBS lost, but there IS going to be a wedding!
- UC Davis over CS Fullerton by 2.
- Big win for UNC-Asheville over Liberty, 83-80. It’s the first victory for Asheville over Liberty since Feb. 24, 2007.
- Zahui netted 25 on 10-11 shooting, but it was still Indiana over Minnesota by 5
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.