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Sunday Games

#20 Kentucky didn’t bounce back v. Miami.

#22 Villanova just barely escaped Temple, 69-64.

The “Clash of Color Palettes!” was fun – and after a furious fourth (a combined 65 points scored!), the Vols emerged victorious.

Graham: Fearless freshmen help Tennessee topple No. 2 Texas

There was a time this was the place teams came to prove themselves. Or at least it was a place where they came to try, even if the team that took the court in orange inside Thompson-Boling Arena proved too much to overcome most days.

So the script felt familiar Sunday as the faithful filed in nearly 10,000 strong for one of the grand old rivalries of women’s basketball. Familiar but not quite the same.

In this case, the home team had something to prove in Knoxville. And the shade of orange that stood in the challenger’s way wasn’t bright but rather burnt orange.

#25 Cal had to work hard to hold off Pacific, 92-85.

(Those of us who listen to Radio Deluxe will get this comment) Maddie Pizzarelli better shout out Brown women’s basketball. They’re at 9-1.

Good time is for Ohio. Tough times for Purdue. Bobcats top the Boilermakers, 77-71, for the first time since 1982.

Someone did get their first loss of the season, but it took OT. New Mexico over Navy, 94-87.

“It was the kind of game we expected from two undefeated teams,” Bradbury said. “It didn’t disappoint and the atmosphere was great. I can’t thank the fans enough. I don’t know if we’d have hung in there to the very end without them.

Monday Games

Remember when I said I was intrigued by the Ivies? Still am. Penn beat St. Joseph’s and Dartmouth upset Colorado, 81-75. (Hope starter-of-the-WHB-blog Ted & Sara are proud.)

Colorado women’s basketball coach J.R. Payne didn’t like the vibe around her team throughout the day on Monday.

“Our shoot-around wasn’t very good, our warm-up wasn’t very good,” Payne said. “It was kind of a flat feeling all day long.”

That flat feeling continued into the evening, as the Buffaloes were handed a humbling 81-75 loss to visiting Dartmouth at Coors Events Center.

Upcoming games I’m interested in:

Tuesday:

  • Fordham v. St. John’s, 7pm.

Wednesday:

Thursday

  • Troy v. Middle Tennessee, 7:30pm.

Friday

  • South Dakota State v. Creighton, 5pm.
  • Dartmouth v. #13 Ohio State, 7pm.
  • #19 Texas A&M v. USC (9-0), 10pm.

Also:

NCAA.com: UConn women’s basketball: Geno Auriemma, Chris Dailey on the verge of win No. 1000

Paying attention: Ball State women’s basketball receives AP Top 25 vote

The State: South Carolina climbs in the latest AP poll, thanks to fast-rising rival Tennessee

Dabnabbit! Not the update I wanted: ASU women’s basketball guard Sabrina Haines out for season with knee injury.

Well deserved: Oklahoma State’s Loryn Goodwin named espnW player of the week

Guard Loryn Goodwin will be playing for Oklahoma State for just one season. But what a season that is shaping up to be.

The 5-foot-9 senior is the espnW player of the week after leading the Cowgirls to an 87-72 upset of No. 7 UCLA on Friday. She had 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

For the season, she is averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.3 steals.

 

 

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A *narrated* review

2pm: #18 Texas A&M v Central Arkansas. I expect the Aggies will bounce back, but the Sugar Bears are a solid program. *narrator* They are. TAMU by 11, 72-61.

In general, I’m intrigued by the Ivies thus far. Feels like their in-conference games will rock. *narrator* Well look at that! Penn gave Notre Dame all they could handle. Irish escape, 66-54. (And let’s just ignore Maine beating Big Green, shall we? And Buffalo squeaking by Columbia)

3pm: #16 USF v Oklahoma. I’m not optimistic about the Sooners, but Coale was pretty cranky after their last game. *narrator* She was. Oklahoma wins, 79-74.

3pm: North Dakota v. North Dakota State. ’cause who doesn’t love an in-state rivalry! The Fighting Hawks win, 79-68! *narrator* That would be North Dakota.

4pm: Utah v. BYU. Utes try to keep on rollin’. *narrator* They don’t. Cougars get an important win (and Hamson blocks 9), 77-68.

4pm: UC Davis v. St. Mary’s. The Aggies are making program history at 8-0 and the Gaels are trying to set themselves up for a run the the WCC. *narrator* You’re witnessing history. UC Davis earns a 74-50 win.

7pm: #4 Louisville v. Middle Tennessee. The Cardinals started out a little shaky last game. Don’t do that when you play the Blue Raiders *narrator* They didn’t. Cardinals win *GULP* 80-26.

7pm: Bowling Green (7-1) v. South Dakota State (7-2). How to the Wabbits wecover from their nice win over Oklahoma? *narrator* With aplomb. Wabbits what the Falcons, 76-44.

You’ve read the articles, now check out the video:

 

A h/t to hoopism for this bit of history: From ‘Chicks’ to champions: How South Carolina women’s basketball got its start

Last April, in Dallas, Texas, South Carolina’s women’s basketball team did something it had never done before: win a national championship.

Tens of thousands of fans watched with bated breath as the Gamecocks battled Mississippi State. Media outlets from across the country wrote thousands of words about Dawn Staley and her team. And at the end of the day, Staley and her players hoisted the trophy, cut down the nets and came home to a parade in their honor.

Forty-six years ago, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, another South Carolina women’s basketball team did something no other one had done before.

In 1971, women’s collegiate athletics were not recognized or organized by the NCAA. Even the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the organization that filled the role of the NCAA for women college athletes, would not be fully established for another year.

And for those of us who remember more recent wbb coverage history: A shoutout to Kim and her site ChicksWithBalls. She did enormous work, and all fans of wbb owe her a “thank you!”
Speaking of history, don’t forget to read Richards SI piece on Maya: Maya Moore Is the Greatest Winner in History of Women’s Basketball—and Best May Be Yet to Come

Maya Moore answers questions in long paragraphs, and you have asked her about a topic she has thought about often: How do you define winning?

Her response is far from simple.

“The answer can be very deep depending on your perspective and how you are measuring success, how you are measuring failure and how you are measuring winning,” says the 6-foot forward for the Minnesota Lynx. “I think it takes different types of winners to maintain a winning culture.

“You have to have some winners who know how to win people, to [keep] people together with vision and perspective. Then you have to have toughness and resiliency because sustained excellence is way harder than it looks. You have to be able to bounce back and deal with disappointment, failure and weaknesses, and a lot of that happens behind the scenes for teams that are very successful.

“I think a winner has to be a master of preparation, they have to be a master of connection, extremely competitive and have really high standards for themselves and the people around them. They have to be willing to put in that emotional energy to hold each other accountable. They have to have a lot of passion—sustained excellence takes conviction and passion and focus. When you are dealing with a team sport, you also have to be willing to adapt and be flexible.

“Hopefully, that is a pretty reasonable definition.”

A little somethin’ on a little someone: Sophomore guard Crystal Dangerfield continues to open eyes for No. 1 UConn

At the midway point of the first quarter there was no indication Crystal Dangerfield was on the verge of going where few if any UConn women’s basketball players had gone before.

Dangerfield had an assist 12 seconds into the road game against former conference foe DePaul, but no other tangible proof that she had an impact on Friday night’s game. When the sophomore guard’s night was over with 6:32 remaining on the clock, the numbers she put up in the 103-69 victory were simply remarkable and unmatched.

Have fun watching Sunday’s games!

Well, well, well….

WHB readers know all about the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast and the journey that program has made from non-existent (1997) to NAIA/DII/DI status. I’m sure many have wondered why another A.D. hasn’t swooped in (USC tried) and plucked coach Smesko from his Naples perch. After their upset of #20 Kentucky, ya gotta believe folks might take redouble their efforts..

Florida Gulf Coast University had more thoroughbreds, and at the buzzer, they whooped and hollered and hugged each other with sheer delight.

Facing the second-highest ranked team to ever visit Alico Arena, FGCU’s  women’s basketball team ran past, through and around No. 20 Kentucky, 68-64, in front of a raucous crowd. 

The only other time FGCU hosted a ranked foe was in the Eagles’ very first Division I game back in 2007, when No. 19 Florida State drummed the Eagles, 93-53.

That seems like forever ago. 

So, a couple of posts ago a I drew your attention to Oklahoma State. Seems the WHB jinx didn’t kick in as they finally got a win over a ranked team: #7 UCLA, 87-72.

“It feels good,” said Goodwin, who scored 35 points against Mississippi State. “We all knew we could do it, but to prove it to everybody else feels amazing. All your hard work, and coming up short a couple of times, to finally pull it out in front of our home fans, is priceless. Playing in those close games and learning from our mistakes and getting better, and having everybody buy in and everybody be on the same page, it really helped a lot.”

No upsets in Terp land, as Maryland easily handled George Washington, 80-54.

“This was a game that I was really, really pleased with our defense,” Frese said. “It was, by far, one of our most complete games for 40 minutes defensively.”

*all sing* “Number 999, number 999, number 999.” Yup, Auriemma got his 999th win against his buddy, Doug Bruno. He goes for #1000 December 19th against another buddy, Sherri Coale.

Other games of note:

Rutgers being less Rutgers, beating in-state rival Seton Hall, 70-45.

Yah, yah, I see their schedule. But that makes 8 wins for Clemson.

Upcoming games to keep an eye on:

2pm: #18 Texas A&M v Central Arkansas. I expect the Aggies will bounce back, but the Sugar Bears are a solid program.

In general, I’m intrigued by the Ivies thus far. Feels like their in-conference games will rock.

3pm: #16 USF v Oklahoma. I’m not optimistic about the Sooners, but Coale was pretty cranky after their last game.

3pm: North Dakota v. North Dakota State. ’cause who doesn’t love an in-state rivalry!

4pm: Utah v. BYU. Utes try to keep on rollin’.

4pm: UC Davis v. St. Mary’s. The Aggies are making program history at 8-0 and the Gaels are trying to set themselves up for a run the the WCC.

7pm: #4 Louisville v. Middle Tennessee. The Cardinals started out a little shaky last game. Don’t do that when you play the Blue Raiders.

7pm: Bowling Green (7-1) v. South Dakota State (7-2). How to the Wabbits wecover from their nice win over Oklahoma?

Sunday

1pm: #20 Kentucky v. Miami. Bounce back time for the Wildcats as Mitchell stays put. 

2pm: #13 Florida State v. Arizona State. The Seminoles put their unblemished record on the line. This will be a nice prep for them, as they face their first ranked team on the 17th – #2 Texas. Waiting on an official injury report for Sun Devil junior Sabrina Haines.

2pm: #22 Villanova v. Temple. Wildcats are still undefeated…and what do we say about in-state rivalries? Nothin’ like’m!

3pm: #2 Texas v. #11 Tennessee. Both teams are undefeated, and the “Clash of Color Palettes!” has proven to be a fun game.

3pm: Navy v. New Mexico. Someone’s gonna get their first loss of the season…

In other news

Mechelle writes about a rising star: Former UNC star Charlotte Smith finding own success on sideline as Elon coach

Elon’s campus in North Carolina is often listed as one of the most beautiful in the country. But not much looked prettier to coach Charlotte Smith than seeing “Elon” pop up on the NCAA tournament bracket last season.

It wasn’t a surprise; the Phoenix had the automatic berth with their 78-60 victory over James Madison in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Still, it was a long-awaited moment for a program that went Division I in 1999 and 18 years later made its first Big Dance appearance.

Sue interviews Minnesota’s Marlene Stollings.

You’re in your fourth season at Minnesota. Does the program feel like yours now?

It does, for the first time. This is the first season that it truly feels like our program, because we’re playing the way we want to play, and we have depth for the first time. For the first time since I’ve been here, we can go into our bench – we can go eight or nine deep. We play so fast, that we’ve got to go into the bench.

Dumb: St. Norbert women’s basketball team benched for 10 games

Please: Here’s hoping the WNBA’s Liberty stays in New York

.com: WNBA Overseas: Jones Dominating, Dolson and Zellous filling stat sheets

Slam Online: Hold On, Be Strong – Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray overcame two devastating knee injuries, a rookie season that saw her ride the bench and a trade to become one of the top floor generals in the WNBA.

Really? Nerves? Lindsay Whalen fights nerves before season debut … with Timberwolves

Dallas News: Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith on her busy offseason, looking for basketball games to go to in D-FW

BUT – I got to lead a puppet workshop and, luckily, the basketball world stayed semi-sane.

Monday

Unfazed by being the only ranked team playing on Monday, #24 Michigan took care of business against winless Detroit Mercy.

Of interest was Rutgers being Rutgers in their 54-43 win over Virginia.

Don’t look now, but Ball State moved to 7-0 with their win over Purdue (first time since 1979)

Don’t look now, but Clemson is at 7-2.

Tuesday, the usual suspects did their usual stomping.

  • #4 Louisville by 35.
  • #5 South Carolina by 26.
  • #8 Baylor by 62.
  • #20 Kentucky by 38.

Of interest, Big Green moves to 6-1 with their win over New Hampshire.

Yup, that’s the Tribe, moving to 8-1.

North Texas was feisty, but lost to Indiana, 68-63.

Utah stomps Pepperdine and moves to 7-1.

UT Rio Grand takes care of business agains North Dakota, 82-79, and now sit at 9-2.

Wednesday

Take no prisoners by the usual suspects.

Interesting to see BYU lose to Utah State. Ends a 39-year drought for the Aggies.

Penn State roared back in the fourth to escape Fordham, 65-60.

Mercer came out in the first firing on all cylinders, cruising to a 61-44 win over George Washington.

Navy’s still undefeated AND Delaware took down Army.

Well now. Nebraska gave Kansas their first loss, 66-49.

Yah, Oklahoma’s in trouble. The Wabbits whomped them, 67-61.

Look at the Omaha Mavericks move to 7-2!

In state rivalries rule: Iowa over Iowa State by 6 and Colorado over Colorado State by 3.

Listen up! In The Heart of Texas: LaChina Robinson breaks down UConn’s come from behind win over Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic and welcomes No.2 Texas head coach Karen Aston to the show. (Love, LaChina but honestly, can’t we get you some better mics? You sound like you’re broadcasting with a tin can.)

Take note: Lobos look to set new record, face Texas Tech at home *narrator* They did.

City Paper: The Duquesne women’s basketball program is looking to take a big step toward the big time

Knoxville Sentinel: Lady Vols’ Meme Jackson trying to be better about consistency

No surprise: Kelsey Mitchell becomes Ohio State women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer

Ditto: Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas named espnW player of the week

In a week with a lot of intriguing games — including another UConn-Notre Dame grudge match and a quadruple-overtime marathon between Creighton and Drake — there were plenty of terrific performances. Shakayla Thomas’ stood out — earning our espnW national player of the week honors — because of her ability to put No. 13 Florida State on her back and then take it to the finish line in two challenging road games.

Sweet: Katelynn Flaherty an all-time great for Michigan women’s basketball

One day, maybe a decade ago, Katelynn Flaherty and her dad Tom were driving around near their Point Pleasant Beach home when they came across a park with an empty basketball court.

“We said, ‘That’s the place to go,’” Tom Flaherty said. “We put up nets and we’d play there from April to November.”

Other top players from Hoops America, the Red Bank gym where Katelynn trained, would start coming around. Soon Orchard Park became the place to be.

Cool:20 questions: Dawn Staley is leading by example, and Eli Manning’s riding the bench

Ouch: Kyra Lambert to redshirt for Duke after tearing knee ligament during NCAA tournament

Washington Post: For the WNBA, business isn’t as bad as it looks

The Nation: WNBA MVP Maya Moore Takes on the Criminal Justice System and Maya Moore Accepts Performer of the Year at Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Again: WNBA again earns top grades for gender and racial diversity

Hey, there: Lindsay Whalen fights nerves before season debut … with Timberwolves

News: Storm’s KeyArena to be Redeveloped

So… is the WBCBL the new NWBL? Marynell Meadors to Coach New WBCBL Team in Atlanta

With Durr struggling, #4 Louisville was down at the half by 8 to the Wabbits. They clawed back to win, 68-64.

“I told myself that I knew eventually my shots would fall,” Durr said. “I just tried to stay positive, stay aggressive and tried and create.”

Oklahoma State kept the pressure on #6 Mississippi State all game long. Bulldogs escape with a 79-76 win.

 Vic Schaefer searched a few seconds for the right word. He settled on “meekness.” Yeah, he said after repeating the word to himself a couple of times, there is no room for that on Mississippi State.

Down 11 in the fourth (and two preseason All Americans), #1 UConn powered pastpowered past #3 Notre Dame, outscoring the Irish 26-9 in the fourth to secure the win.

“That fourth quarter really came down to collectively that you could see a change,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said after he won his 998th career game. “It was partly Kia (Nurse), partly Crystal, Pheesa (Napheesa Collier) looks the same all the time, Z (Stevens) had a different look on her. I think it was a collective thing for us. We don’t have that one person who walks around, acts like it and demands that kind of response. You can’t manufacture it and it has to be a team thing, and that is what happened in the fourth quarter. You could see it, the demeanor of the team changed.”

Maybe a little elevated…

A big third quarter (and Thomas’ 26) helped #13 Florida State to at win over James Madison, 79-63.

James Madison women’s basketball exchanged 10 leads and six tied scores with No. 13/11 Florida State on Sunday afternoon as the Seminoles (8-0) were able to edge the Dukes (2-5) 79-63.

With JMU leading 33-32 coming out of halftime, FSU went 12-of-13 from the floor to start the third quarter and secured the lead for good.

#8 Ohio State got a fight from Maine, eventually wining, 83-70.

”We got to get better on defense. We’re not playing defense at all,” Mavunga said. ”We let girls come in here and get 25, 30 points or whatever they want to do against us. We really got to be defensively sound. We haven’t been doing that.”

Pretty much resting rate.

#5 South Carolina’s strong first half allowed them to cruise over #14 Duke, 72-52.

“We’ve played Duke for a few years now, and no one’s ever played Rebecca (Greenwell) that way,” Staley said of Jackson’s performance. “Bianca really didn’t have a lot of offensive (responsibilities) like Tiffany Mitchell had and Kaela (Davis) and Allisha (Gray) but she really locked in. She really locked in on the gameplan and she grew up tonight, and we can only expect her to continue from this and grow from it.”

#11 West Virginia held TAMU to 33% shooting and rode Teana Muldrow’s hot shooting to a 70-56 win in College Station.

You don’t often see what has happened with this year’s West Virginia’s women’s basketball team occur in college sports.

The team’s star player, in this case Tynice Martin, goes down with a serious injury.

We’re not talking about a good player.

We’re talking about an All-American quality player who was a candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points a game last season.

#9 Baylor blew the doors off in the first quarter, and that’s all she wrote. Bears over #16 Cardinal, 81-57.

#12 Tennessee pummeled one-win Alabama State, 104-51.

#20 Kentucky did the same to one-win Tennessee Tech, 82-54.

#25 Villanova shut down St. Joesph’s, 79-44.

#2 Texas dispatched Georgia with ease, 81-53.

“Texas is a really good team,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “I thought we fought hard. I thought we had good effort to try to get back in the game, but you can’t give the No. 2 team in the country a lead like that and expect to overcome it.”

#7 UCLA had no trouble with UC Santa Barbara, winning by 30.

Other Games of Note:

Florida over Oklahoma. Nice win for new head coach Cameron Newbauer, but troubling times for Coale and the Sooners.

“I just want to apologize to our fans,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “I haven’t seen an Oklahoma team play that poorly in 15 years.”

Nothing to write home about – but it was a win for Georgia Tech over MTSU, 48-45.

“Obviously I’m disappointed in our performance today, but I believe that a sign of a good team is when you can play bad and win — especially when you’re playing a very good team and a very well-coached team,” stated head coach MaChelle Joseph. “It’s hard to beat a team three times in a year, but I’m really proud of our team. I thought Francesca Pan refused to lose and made some big plays. Imani Tilford was big off the bench with her defense and I thought overall, we found a way to win when nobody was really having a good day. Breanna Brown came up big with some rebounds and blocked shots. I really felt like today our depth paid off.”

St. John’s by 10 over Miami.

Central Michigan romped over Oakland, 103-85.

CMU senior Tinara Moore had 28 points, junior Presley Hudson had 27 points and Micaela Kelly had 20 points. The trio shot a combined 26-42 from the field and 18-19 from the free throw line while accounting for almost three/fourths of the Chippewas’ 103 points. 

“When our inside-outside attack is going, we’re tough to defend,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “Micaela Kelly, breakout game for her, she has a great ability to penetrate score or dish.” 

Kansas moves to 7-0 with their 71-60 win over Arkansas.

So, Houston’s comeback win over Texas Tech moves them to 7-2. 

Tired just reading the box: In FOUR overtimes, Creighton defeats Drake, 108-100.

And there it is again – a San Diego State win. This time over Arizona, 78-67.

Counting down to 1000 wins for coach Hatchell, UNC defeats Appalachian State, 56-43. Nice article about the connection between two coaches who are surviving cancer: Special bond between Appalachian State’s Elderkin, UNC’s Hatchell highlights matchup

Chapel Hill used to be an exciting place for Angel Elderkin.

During her coaching career, trips to play North Carolina became chances to visit one of college basketball’s meccas.

That changed for Elderkin last year. Commutes for the fourth-year Appalachian State women’s basketball coach ended with either office visits, radiation or chemotherapy.

Warned ya!

Green Bay was unimpressed by Marquette’s ranking and took the Golden Eagles down, 63-55. Yah, they’re #1 in the mid-majors rankings, but I’m thinking that if the pollsters actually pay attention, Phoenix gets ranked this Monday. Great time to revisit Graham’s piece on Jen Wellnitz, who’s looking to quarterback Green Bay to another winning season

In a city defined by football and where football is defined by the succession of quarterbacks, from Bart Starr to Favre to Aaron Rodgers, it hasn’t been an easy fall. An injury that sidelined Rodgers threatens to doom the Packers. But on the other side of town, a former middle school quarterback holds the key to a 20th consecutive conference championship on the basketball court. The catalyst of a defense that helped Green Bay upset ranked Arizona State this past week and hold the Phoenix’s first five opponents to fewer than 50 points, Wellnitz remains very much a product of the gridiron.

You can, it seems, take the girl out of the Favre costume, but you can’t take the gunslinger out of the girl.

A Friday game focus: Belmont wins and looks to dominate the OVC. The growth of the Belmont program is an amazing turnaround story. Remember when they scared the bejesus out of Kentucky in the NCAAs? Yes, the architect of the resurgence architect, Cam Newbauer, moved over to Florida, but the cupboard wasn’t left bare for new coach Bart Brooks. They schedule two “big” programs this year – Stanford and Oklahoma. Lost to them both, but I’m wondering if they’re on track to be a team that the big names want to avoid.

The end of the Jacksonville/Troy game was incredible.

WHAT?!?! Quinnipiac beat Richmond 81-0??!?!?! Oh, never mind. It’s ESPN’s crappy scoreboard.

There is no.such.thing. as a WHB jinx. USC’s strong first quarter powered them to a 10-point win over Loyola Marymount. Of note: Trojan Minyon Moore made 21 of 23 free throws.

There is no.such.thing. as a….Oops. Sorry Stony Brook.

There is no.such.thing. as a….Oops. Sorry, Elon. What an upset by Wake Forest! I like what coach Jen Hoover is doing with the Deacs.

That’s one! Mt. St. Mary’s gets into the win column with their victory over Loyola (MD).

That’s one! Bryant does the same, defeating Rhode Island, 58-52.

Coach Swanson has the Tribe sitting at 7-1.

Interesting. Stephen F. Austin (6-1) smoked South Dakota, 77-55.

Life’s been tough for UNI since their upset of Iowa State. They fall to North Dakota.

Speaking of ISU, nice win for Vandy, 77-74.

Dang, in-state rivalries are smokin’ in New Mexico. The Lobos escape the Aggies, 101-93.

Doink! Arizona State schools Buffalo, 76-57.

Doink! Doink! Utah (6-1) over Saint Mary’s (5-2), 74-63, as senior Emily Potter (the reporter) broke the Utes’ program blocks record held by Lauren Beckman (225 shots).

Tough year so far for the Red Foxes. Marist falls to Dartmouth, 60-51.

Saturday games

Yes, #10 Oregon beat Weber State by 27… but the Ducks let’em score 87. Being allergic of defense can cost you in the NCAAs.

George Washington showing some fight v. #17 South Florida, falling by 5, 83-78.

A nice round number: Dawn Staley wins 400th career game and South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is ‘dream merchant’ for players. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley talks with espnW’s Julie Foudy about her remarkable basketball career and how she hopes to inspire others to achieve their goals in life.

Ole Miss: Women’s basketball hopes to build on strong start to season

Good: Oregon State women’s basketball team not satisfied with close losses to top-25 opponents

Is someone paying attention? No. 19 Missouri women’s basketball looks for seventh straight win on Saturday

Upcoming (reminder) games you might wanna try and find:

12pm: #5 South Carolina v. #14 Duke, SECN, WatchESPN

1pm: Saint Joseph’s v. #25 Villanova

2pm: Oklahoma State v. #6 Mississippi State, SECN, WatchESPN

2pm: #16 Stanford v. #9 Baylor, Fox Sports 1

3pm: #4 Louisville v. South Dakota

4pm: #3 Notre Dame v. #1 UConn, ESPN, WatchESPN

Mechelle: Next chapter in Notre Dame-UConn headlines Sunday’s blockbuster schedule

Coach Muffet McGraw smiled when it was suggested that her Notre Dame program has practically taken on the nickname “Guard U.”

That’s because of players such as Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride, Jewell Loyd and Lindsay Allen in the WNBA, and Arike Ogunbowale, Jackie Young and Marina Mabrey leading the Fighting Irish now.

“I think our offense really is guard-oriented,” said McGraw…

4pm: #2 Texas v. Georgia (7-0), SECN, WatchESPN

8pm: #11 West Virginia v. #18 Texas A&M, ESPNU, WatchESPN

In other news

It’s been a hot mess in the Tennessee Athletic Department, so with the recent AD turnover, Mechelle has got to ask: How will John Currie’s departure and Phillip Fulmer’s hire impact Lady Vols?

John Currie was eating breakfast in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, in June, talking about how to mend some fences. He’d been athletic director at Tennessee for just two months, but he had previously worked in administration there for 10 years.

Currie’s primary focus, of course, was football, as it is for most ADs. But when we met in Knoxville during the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction this past summer, we talked about other things. Particularly the fracture that had developed between women’s sports fans and Tennessee’s athletic administration under Currie’s predecessor, Dave Hart.

WBUR: NCAA And The Tax Bill, Backlash In Tennessee, Honoring Maya Moore

Study up! WNBA approves four rule changes for 2018 season

Good news: Alaina Coates is healthy, graduating and getting ready for her first WNBA season

BTW: Tulane men wearing WNBA jerseys for uniforms today at CCC. “You can’t be what you can’t see” DQE6oAjXcAIv1jr.jpg
Love so much about this – especially the old teams….

The losing streak had reached 312 games, dating back about a dozen years, when most of the players were toddlers. The girls on the floor for Carroll Academy on Friday night had nothing to do with the start of the streak, or the hundreds of losses since 2005.

But they put an end to it, using two overtimes to get there, in a small gym in Huntington, Tenn. The Lady Jaguars beat Immaculate Conception Cathedral, a small private school in Memphis, 29-27, ending what is presumed to be the longest high-school losing streak in the country.

Carroll Academy and the Lady Jaguars were featured in a five-part series in The New York Times in 2012, and again in a series of stories in 2013.

A little trash talkin’…

Thursday games

“Whomp.” The sound of South Carolina playing Western Carolina after the Gamecocks’ first loss.

“Whompity-womp.” The sound of #12 Tennessee playing Central Arkansas.

“Whompity-womp-womp.” The sound of undefeated #2 Texas playing LaTech.

“Big12 Rules, SEC Drools!” The sound of #9 Baylor after sending #20 Kentucky to their first defeat of the season.

“Woof.” The sound of coach Q after 7-0 Syracuse survived Northwestern.

“Wheeee!!!” The sound of still-undefeated Georgia

“Check us out!” Virginia Tech, showing off the box score of their game against Illinois.

*all sing* “Devil with the blue dress, blue dress!” #14 Duke upsets #8 Ohio State.

“That’s one!” Nikki McCray getting her first win as ODU head coach.

We’re back!” Knights over Wolfpack. So, yah, Rutgers and Tyler Scaife are making some noise.

Upcoming games to snag your interest

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Looking for their first win: Mississippi Valley State, Rider, Loyola-Chicago v. Chicago State (so someone’s gonna get it), Montana, Mt. St. Mary’s. Bryant, Central Connecticut, Florida A&M, NJIT, Air Force, Iona…

Interesting: College Basketball Super Survivors: Sports Figures Who Survived Cancer

WNBA: Senior Watch: First Impressions

D.C.: Belgium shows how the Mystics and the G League team can have a big homecourt advantage with a smaller arena

International: Q&A with Paul Nilsen Part 2: Breaking down the balance European women’s teams make between continental and domestic play