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And the weather’s looking a little stormy, so who knows how much time I’ll be spending underwater. Sigh.

BUT, teams sure sent me off with a bang, though!

Turtles overturned.overturned. Purdue put on its upset hat and, in College Park, snapped Maryland’s seven-game winning streak, 75-65.

We own you.” Alabama made good on their claim on the Lady Vols, this time in TBA. In a see-saw battle, their fourth-quarter surge sealed #11 Tennessee’s fate, 72-63.

“Orange-you-glad I didn’t say ‘Banana.'” Syracuse gets a “big win,” taking down #17 Duke, 68-65.

“Hold on, Horizon!” Cleveland State got an early lead over #19 Green Bay, and held on for the 71-60 win.

#8 South Carolina kept #20 Georgia at bay, 77-65. From The State: Free throws — lots of them — fuel South Carolina to crucial win over Georgia

#13 Missouri escaped Auburn, 59-51.

#17 TAMU used a fourth quarter come-back to avoid the Gators’ jaws, 85-80. Despite UF’s women’s basketball team’s current five-game losing streak, coach Cameron Newbauer isn’t deterred

#24 Belmont is just stomping all comers.

Belmont has a 15-game winning streak and its first national ranking in school history but understands that won’t mean much to the NCAA Tournament selection committee if it slips up at the wrong time.

That simply comes with the territory for teams in traditional one-bid conferences.

Mercer is still undefeated in the Southern. (And yes, I’ve noticed that Chattanooga is really struggling this season.)

LSU continues their winning ways.

From The Breeze: Family over everything: a mindset for JMU women’s basketball

NCAA.com: Women’s basketball players of the week: Oregon’s nearly-flawless Ruthy Hebard leads Starting Five

Wait, is this legal? Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving gave this Louisville women’s basketball star some new kicks

Yale Daily News: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Psych and the Guth Life

Every Tuesday and Thursday, roughly 1,200 Yale students file into Woolsey Hall for “Psychology and the Good Life,” the most popular course in University history. Among them is Allison Guth, head coach of the Yale women’s basketball team.

As suggested by the course’s record-setting enrollment figures, the science of happiness has captivated much of the Yale community. The nuances of emotional well-being have also peaked the interest of the women’s basketball third-year head coach and her coaching staff.

“I am committed to being a lifelong learner,” Guth said. “I was motivated to audit the course by one of my players who thought I would really enjoy the material.

Not a question I thought to ask: Which D1 women’s basketball program has the most NJ alums on its roster?

In case you were wondering: 6 of the best scorers in Division II women’s basketball

The Eagle:  Congratulations to the women’s basketball team

In news you may have missed, AU’s women’s basketball program is currently on a 13 consecutive win streak, the second-longest winning streak in the program’s history. With head coach Megan Gebbia – recently inducted into the Frederick County’s Sports Hall of Fame – at the helm, the all-women staff and team has risen to the top of Patriot League standings. We’d like to take the time to highlight these student-athletes for their tremendous work in repping the Eagles – despite a generally apathetic student community.

Players do not enjoy the liberty of full academic breaks. They maintain full-time course loads and involved community roles while also putting the University on their backs and dribbling us all the way to the top of Patriot League standings.

Ta da! MAC women’s basketball power rankings

In case you’re an New Yorker looking for a team to cheer on: Hostos Chomps Away at Queensborough in CUNYAC Semifinals, 89-39

The No. 1 and top-seeded Hostos Community College women’s basketball team kept its magical season going Tuesday night with an 89-39 victory against fourth-seeded Queensborough Community College in the semifinals of the 2018 CUNYAC/Army ROTC Community College Women’s Basketball Championship at BMCC.

On the road again: Sparks sign veteran guard Cappie Pondexter, a two-time WNBA champion

Ummm… If she builds it: Picture this: 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne in a bobsled

Las Vegas Sun: Coming up Aces: Catch up with the coach of Las Vegas’ new WNBA team

Eeeuuuw, gross! Dissecting the Liberty’s move to Westchester

WATN? Former WNBA all-star Katie Douglas-Poe opens new fitness studio

Good question: What’s next for Team USA’s backcourt? and Why two former Duke women’s basketball players want so badly to make the USA National Team

High School, Indianapolis: Maddie Nolan carries Zionsville to new heights while smashing mom’s records along the way

Damnit! Tuscon: Girls’ basketball coach arrested on suspicion of sex with a minor

Insta-update: Only slight puddle-jumper delays. Landed safely, as did the rest of my dive crew… internets went out, but they’re BACK!

Got to dive this morning. Keeping the cold at bay with doses of medicinal rum.

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Count down to…

Belize!!!

It’s the annual February school break SCUBA trip, and I’m psyched to be able to get down to Belize and, weather permitting, visit their famous Blue Hole.

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How cool is THAT!!

And yet… basketball doesn’t stop.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the lack of communication from the New York Liberty. It’s soul crushing for the fans. Wrote a friend:

I told her I wanted to cancel. No why, no discussion about it. She confirmed my credit card # for the refund. I asked if I would be getting a full refund. She said yes and I would have it by next week. Of course, I won’t truly believe it until I see the credit posted to my account, but am a little surprised that they didn’t try to pull you signed a no refund agreement. Like with Trump, I think that may be because my bar is so low now that I just expect them to screw us over.

And quite the indictment of the organization as a whole that team (Tina Charles, Katie Smith urge fans to follow Liberty to White Plains), @MoheganMaven (aka, Amber Cox/Connecticut Sun), @SportsSiren (aka, the Fabulous Holly Rowe) and @LynxCoachReeve (some kid in Minnesota) chime in before @nylibery (aka A Shadow of Its Former Self):

Certainly you’re prerogative to leave them when they need you most. What we do is more than basketball…women supporting women is powerful – and necessary! Perhaps you can recruit a fan to take your place in the “fight” for the

I think Coach Reeve has a good point. Again, too bad the Lib could give a flying frack.

SWITCHING GEARS AND CLEANSING MY PALATE!

Was overjoyed to get a call from a colleague – and Louisville fan – last night before their UConn game. My stomach sank for him after the first quarter of the game, but the Cardinals did well to gather themselves and fight to the end. The headlines kind of say it all.

Other games to reflect on as I work my way out of my Liberty-gone funk….

#18 Georgia was not-quite-ready for prime time in their game v. #11 Tennessee.

Speaking of “not-quite-ready“… #21 Michigan falls to MSU. Not a good way to set yourself up for the end of the regular season.

Yes, Kitija Laksa can go off, and USF has had a up-and-down-and-up-and-down season… but if you’re not worried about #13 Ohio State, you’re not paying attention.

LSU, upset queens, take down #14 Texas A&M. Something’s brewin’.

I see you, Bethune-Cookman, sitting at 11-0 in the MEAC.

It was tight in the fourth, but Dayton held off George Washington, 57-53, to go to 13-0 in the A-10.

No one is ignoring Quinnipiac, undefeated in the MAAC.

Moments after Quinnipiac’s home victory over Canisius on Friday night, Tricia Fabbri pulled off her pink high heels and took off for the second half of her son Paul Henry’s high school basketball game.

St. Joseph-Trumbull beat Fairfield Ludlowe by a point for its first win. That made mom happy. Saturday morning, Fabbri was back in her car, heading to Jersey in search of a big recruit.

Not being with the team before a road game was unusual, Fabbri said, but she’d meet her Bobcats later Saturday night in Albany. It’s all good, she said. And the fact that she was set to win her 400th career game at Siena?

“C’mon, you see Geno Auriemma got his 1,000th,” Fabbri, in her 23rd season, said. “Sylvia Hatchell got her 1,000th at North Carolina. Barbara Stevens [at Division 2 Bentley] got 1,000. What’s everyone making a big deal about? It’s a number. I’ve done this long enough. You should hit some numbers.”

RrrrrrOUGH! Drake stays undefeated in the MVC with an 84-61 win over Indiana State.

Can we get a Mississippi State v. UConn regular season game on the schedule? So exciting to see what Vic and company have created.

Of course, in the “on any given day” Big East, DePaul (20-6, 12-2) escapes Xavier (9-17, 2-13), 73-72.

Notre Dame: Sunday Brunch: Irish Rise From Ashes at Louisville

Yea! Belmont earns first AP Top 25 ranking in school history

Listen up! Las Vegas Aces coach/GM Bill Laimbeer

Laimbeer discusses the deals he’s already made this month—for players like Carolyn Swords, Kelsey Bone and Tamera Young—plus the trio of elite guards he inherited from the San Antonio Stars, along with how he plans to deploy them: will Kelsey Plum, Moriah Jefferson and Kayla McBride play together? How often and when?

.com: Senior Watch: Frontcourt Versatility

Doug: Taurasi ready for final go-round with USA Basketball

“I’m as healthy as a 35-year-old can get,” Taurasi said. “I’ll take these three months to rehab and be ready for the whole gauntlet of the WNBA and world championship.”

USA coach Dawn Staley has been thrilled that Taurasi and Sue Bird decided to keep playing for the U.S.

“They bring so much every time they step on the court and off it as well,” Staley said.

Sapakoff: Dawn Staley’s Team USA task more about tweaks than cuts for 2020 Olympics

Vroom: WATCH: Cycle’s new Breanna Stewart video on life in China

WELCOME: Tina Thompson, Chamique Holdsclaw highlight Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 class

Stick to sports my ass: Fox News pulls column by executive vice president/executive editor John Moody that claimed USOC wants a “Darker, Gayer, Different” Olympics

..’cause the WNBA schedule is out and Lib fans are SCREWED!!!

Here’s the new reality for any fan interested in seeing 15 of the Liberty’s 17 home games (assuming they’re on a weekday):

  • From Grand Central, peak train 6:10 gets you to White Plains @ 6:45.
  • Google says 9 minute walk to the arena
  • After security/bag check, you’re into the arena by 7pm.
  • Since it’s “peak time” your outgoing fare is $12.25. Your return fare is $9:25 (off peak.)
  • To get back to the city (on a weekday) you can grab a 9:09 (arriving at Grand Central by 10:01) or catch the 10:05pm train and arrive 10:44.
  • So, this season, you get to fight commuters going home and pay $21.50 a game.
  • COOL!

Basically, my question is “Why even bother?” I’ve also got questions on who arm-wrestled Dolan into not totally pulling the plug on the teams…. Methinks this is worse.

OK. You can uncover your eyes now.

In other news:

Ta, da! Women’s basketball team of the week: NC State Wolfpack riding a month-long win streak

Look who’s rising: Who else? Green Bay returns to top of mid-major rankings

Ah, bracketology.

Independent Florida AlligatorFlorida women’s basketball team showing potential despite recent losses

Chippewa’s: Sue’s superstition: Women’s basketball yet to lose MAC game in gold jerseys

Dawg Nation: Joni Taylor has right stuff for Georgia women’s basketball

Sometimes your emotions betray you. You sense that a person has extraordinary qualities, but after plum bobbing and further review, you find that all the dots, which might be superficial, don’t connect.

This leads to the reality that what you often see is not what you get. But I am happy to aggressively creep out on the limb with confidence that I am secure in submitting to a rave review of the Lady Dawgs basketball program. It is not premature to sing the praises of coach Joni Taylor.

Courier-Journal: Louisville’s Bionca Dunham driven to prove doubters wrong and be family’s first college grad

Bionca Dunham has a literal chip on her shoulder. 

It’s a 3-inch poker chip tattooed next to her right collarbone. At its center, “Critics, Doubters & Haters,” is written in neat, curling script. Encircling the chip are the words, “Doing Everything They Said I Couldn’t.” 

Kentucky freshman lost her way obsessing about three-pointers. Here’s how Cats got her back.

“She’s a perfectionist so she was dead set on if she wanted to be a stretch four she had to make threes,” assistant coach Kyra Elzy said of McKinney. “She became obsessed with it.”

It was nothing that a long discussion over a salad and fried pickles couldn’t fix for McKinney, whose emergence has happened as Kentucky has won three of its last four games.

Womenshoopsworld asks: Who are the most indispensable players of them all?

Indispensable.

Every team has a player that they absolutely can’t do without. It might not necessarily be the best statistical athlete, although sometimes it is. The indispensable player is the one who pushes the pace, makes the clutch plays, fills up the stat sheet even in ugly games, and who often seems to put on a cape and do super human things – including carrying the team.

Kris Gardner, contributing writer for the HRReview; Cain Currie, a Southern-based basketball analyst; Rob Knox of Mel Greenberg’s Womhoopsguru blog; and myself each compiled lists of our seven Division I indispensable players. Athletes are listed in no particular order. Some of us chose the same players, but each of our views are unique.

There is, however, one commonality: every woman on this list is a true gamer.

NY Times: Morgan William Is Still Chasing That Perfect Shot

Morgan William has gotten used to life as a minor celebrity. It’s her jump shot she’s worried about these days.

Listen up! LaChina Robinson chats with Bentley head coach Barbara Stevens who weighs in reaching 1,000 wins. Also, Women’s Hoops World editor Sue Favor helps us break down the week’s biggest games. Plus, Texas A&M’s Anriel Howard and Chennedy Carter join.

Listen up! No Ceilings Podcast: Milestone Moments: Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin speaks about her team’s big win at Stetson that snapped a long drought in DeLand, going 2-2 through the toughest test, avoiding a letdown late in the season, NBA trade deadline and more.

Summitt: From 11 in her high school class to NCAA All-American: Iowa’s Megan Gustafson

Port Wing has a population of only 364 and not a single stoplight. Gustafson’s graduating class at South Shore High included just 11 seniors.

Filling out school athletic teams required some creative combinations. Gustafson grew up playing with girls nearly three grades higher or on coed teams matched against all-boys teams.

The residents of Port Wing knew Gustafson was something special from the moment she scored her first basket.

Fordham’s Bre Cavanaugh: The Journey: Where It All Began

It’s funny, in most cases, that some people don’t realize that my parents are white. Yes..I said it, white. It all started in Camden, New Jersey, with my birth sister Takiesha, and my birth brother Dawonye. My mother at the time had Takiesha at around 14 years old, and had my brother at around 15 years old, then finally me at 16 years old. My parents were young, naïve, and in my personal opinion, assumably weren’t ready to have children.

Difice came into our lives, shortly after my birth sister mysteriously had broken her arm. In actuality, my father had done it, as he pulled her from the crib aggressively by the arm. Our social worker was named Donna, and from that point on the journey to becoming adopted soon began. Right now you’re probably thinking it was great, there was happiness, and there was beauty. It’s actually the complete opposite of that. It was horrible, terrible, scary, and absolutely inhumane. Physical, mental, and emotional abuse took place for 6 years. Yes…6 whole years. It was quite terrifying and scary, because at one point I didn’t think I was going to make it through these different foster homes alive. Lucky enough, I had gone through everything with my brother, which is quite rare I shall add.

As I get deeper into this journey I ask my readers of three things. One, to keep an open mind, two, to not feel sorry or to feel bad, and three, respect it.

Cr@p: Duke women’s basketball guard Haley Gorecki ruled out for season with left hip injury

Flashback! ‘We’re gonna’ have fun tonight’: remembering Ivory Latta’s 70-point game

Player’s Tribune: Angel is Feeling Good Again

You should’ve seen my grandma when I told her that I wasn’t going to play in the WNBA last year.

It was like she’d just found out that her favorite television show had been canceled.

Actually, no, it wasn’t like that — that’s what it was.

The Day: Girls and Women in Sports: Women can be the boss, too; just look at Amber Cox

The very name — National Girls and Women in Sports Day — connotes certain images, most notably of girls and women playing or coaching. It is to be celebrated, surely, this attainment of more opportunity for girls and women than ever before.

But this is the story of a woman who is very much a player without being one. This is the story of Amber Cox, a beacon for girls and women everywhere, who illustrates the concept of opportunity beyond playing and coaching.

FYI :The ‘s new game, designed with student-athletes in mind, is free to play on Facebook and Kik. Just search PLAY IX or @WSFplayIX on either platform, start a conversation by sending a message and you’re in. Get playing today in celebration of !

Ears stopped ringing yet?

A raucous, sold out arena and some timely shooting help lift #2 Mississippi State to a 67-53 win over #7 South Carolina.

Mississippi State stunned the world against Connecticut, but South Carolina left the Final Four with the national championship.

That hurdle remained, and with it that last little bit of lingering doubt.

That doubt remained after a painfully slow first quarter Monday night. It remained when South Carolina took a lead into the fourth quarter. But Victoria Vivians, the one player who, for better or worse, seems immune from doubt kept shooting. And a run allowed a wave of noise from the biggest crowd in program history to wash away the doubt.

#3 Baylor won their 19th straight, beating Oklahoma 74-65.

#15 Missouri eked out a win over Florida, 66-64.

In Cali, UCLA women’s basketball completes season sweep of rival USC

Add ons: Former Ute Malia Nawahine plays key role for BYU women’s basketball

Hello: Maryland women’s basketball enters top 10 for first time this season

Vandy: WBB “on the right track” – 

On Jan. 4, Vanderbilt women’s basketball dropped an 81-52 loss to Georgia at Memorial Gym. The Commodores fell to 0-2 in SEC play due to an inconsistent performance vs. the Bulldogs, headlined by 28 turnovers.

That loss didn’t sit well with Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White. Her Dores needed a jolt with a road trip to rival Tennessee on the horizon. After the Georgia game, White issued a challenge to her roster.

“Right before we went to Tennessee, we said, ‘From here on out, we want to be the most improved team in the SEC,’” White said.

ESPN: Late-season top 20 for John R. Wooden Award includes four players from UConn

Looking ahead: Courier-Journal: Can Louisville women beat UConn this season? Here’s a look at their most memorable games

This month’s clash is set up to be the one of the biggest yet between Louisville and the 11-time national champions. 

With that in mind, former Cardinals players helped to recap five of Louisville’s most memorable games against Connecticut: 

Brava: Former basketball player Crystal Griner received the NCAA Award of Valor for saving lives during the congressional baseball shooting

WNBA news

Check out Amanda Ottaway’s  book THE REBOUNDERS: A DIVISION I BASKETBALL JOURNEY comes out March 1, 2018 from  You can preorder it here:

A slow, yet painful, death: James Dolan, MSG decide not to sell WNBA’s Liberty and move most of their games out of the Garden this season and into an arena in suburban Westchester County.

Meanwhile, Force10 is kicking ass and taking names: Storm’s parent company strikes deal to manage Reign ticket, service operations

Game on!

All eyes are on Starkville as undefeated #2 Mississippi State goes up against #7 South Carolina, 7pm.

The State: USC is ready for Mississippi State: ‘They’ve been tweeting at us for the past month’

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of being in an environment that appreciates women’s basketball. I like Mississippi State in the (Humphrey Coliseum). I hope our players are prepared to play in an NCAA-type game.”

Mississippi State has reached unprecedented heights under Vic Schaefer, but the Bulldogs have never defeated South Carolina in his tenure, and that fact has often prevented the program from reaching its major goals.

After 11-straight outcomes featuring the same result, will this time be different?

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: Mississippi State face South Carolina on their quest for 24-0

Mechelle: Bulldogs to test unbeaten streak against defending NCAA champs

My players continue to battle, to fight and to handle having that target on your back,” said Vic Schaefer, who took over the Bulldogs in 2012.

AP: Mississippi State’s 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan has turned raw game into dominance

Teaira McCowan’s first workout at Mississippi State was supposed to be simple.

Associate head coach Johnnie Harris wanted the 6-foot-7 recruit to work on one of the most fundamental moves a post player can make — the drop step. Harris gave a few instructions, stepped back and waited for McCowan’s first move.

The freshman responded with a blank stare.

“She was extremely raw,” Harris said. “But she had all the tools.”

Commercial Dispatch: Sold-out crowd awaits No. 2 MSU, No. 7 South Carolina

Also: Schaefer proves labels don’t apply

Too small. Too slow. Too short. 

Blair Schaefer has heard those words plenty of times in her career. But the 5-foot-7 guard didn’t grow into an integral piece of the No. 2 Mississippi State women’s basketball team because she listened to what other people thought about her. 

Instead, Schaefer attacked the game with an approach that dared others to be tougher than her or to take and to make more big shots in smaller windows. 

Starkville Daily News: Bulldogs, Gamecocks have developed into SEC powers

Games gone by…
  • Austin over Dallas-Fort Worth with style. #8 Texas held #22 TCU to 4 first-quarter points and cruised to a 92-65 win.
  • #20 Green Bay got a tussle from Wright State, but held on for the 75-68 win.
  • Boomer! Sooner! Oklahoma defeats #21 West Virginia by 19.
  • After North Florida stunned Florida Gulf, 75-73, the Eagles responded with a 2-point win over Jacksonville.
  • AmEast upset: New Hampshire over Albany, 74-68.
  • NEC top dogs battled… and St. Francis (PA) roared away with the 68-47 win.
  • STILL undefeated in the Patriot: American over Army in OT, 71-63.
  • Upset in the Southland, as SE Louisiana took down Central Arkansas, 78-70 in double-OT.
  • Upset in the Big West, as CSU Northridge sent UC Davis to their first conference loss, 75-71 in OT.

In other news…

Polls! Bye, WVa & Cal. Hello NC State and Arizona State.

Holly talks to Sabrina.

Syracuse.com: Louisville loss shrinks postseason margin of error for Syracuse women’s basketball team

WNBAInsidr is talking free agency.

FYI: Emma Meesseman releases statement on her WNBA absence

Thank you! Jia Perkins retires.

Listen Up: WNBA’s Imani McGee-Stafford Speaks Up on Mental Health in Sports

Fly Eagles Fly! Coach’s Chair: Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast University

What was your approach in creating your program, both on and off the court?

When we first started out we didn’t have a gym; our offices were in trailers. Everything was emphasizing the vision of what FGCU could become. Early on we took the best players we could find who would be coachable. That included walk-ons to transfers to signed freshmen. We pieced a team together, and in a lot of ways it was easier than rebuilding a program because we got to pick the pieces for ourselves and fit them into the overall plan. We wanted players who were willing to share the ball, who were really good shooters. Kids that could move their feet and play man-to man-defense. We were bringing in kids who could play the way we’d like them to play.

Coach’s Chair: Kamie Ethridge, University of Northern Colorado

What was your 1988 Olympics experience like?

For me it was the culmination, the hardest thing that I did in that I had always been the starting point guard. But I got hurt the year before the Olympics and was lucky to be on the team. Coach Yow was loyal to me and put me on the term after what we’d done (win the World Championship) in 1986. When I look at it, it was such a good experience to not be the best player or the starter, and get minutes when I could, having that role. And at the same time, knowing it wasn’t a one tournament experience. When you finally get an Olympic gold medal and you’re standing on the podium watching the flag go up, hearing the anthem playing, it’s one of the most special and one of the greatest accomplishments as an individual. For to be an Olympian, I feel very fortunate. I felt such gratitude. I thought of all that my family had sacrificed for me.

6:30: #12 Tennessee v. #14 Texas A&M. The Vols try and right the ship. They exploded in the fourth quarter to make sure the ship stayed afloat.

7pm: #3 Louisville v. Virginia. Both are 8-1 in the ACC. Guess we’ll see if that means anything. Meant zilch. Cardinals in a romp.

7pm: #10 Florida State (6-2) v. NC State (6-3). Down go the Seminoles!

7pm: #11 Maryland v. Rutgers. So Scarlet Knights – ya wanna be a pretender or a contender? Pretender.

7pm: South Carolina hosts UConn: USC’s historic challenge of facing No. 1, No. 2 back-to-back is no risk, huge reward  Not sure what was more brutal – the final score or the awful TV commentary (really disappointing).

8pm: Michigan v. Purdue. The Wolverines try and keep their run going against the (occasionally) upset-minded Boilermakers. Purdue gets the upset in OT.

8pm: #17 Georgia v. LSU. Speaking of upset-minded…. I need to get me a lottery ticket.

8pm: Nebraska v. Illinois. The Huskers aren’t ranked (yet), but this game likely won’t garner them the voters’ attention – unless they lose. OOOf. Illinois scored ONE point in the second quarter… so, yah, Huskers win.

8pm: Western Illinois v South Dakota. If the Leathernecks want the upset, they’ll have to do it on the Coyotes’ home. It was a game Debbie Antonelli would love, but South Dakota emerged victorious, 92-81.

8:30: #2 Mississippi State v. #15 Missouri. What’s the Tigers’ post-kerfuffle mood? Pretty feisty, but not enough for the upset.

9:00: Gonzaga v. San Diego. The Bulldogs have quietly moved to 9-0 in the WCC. Make that 11-0.

#24 Stanford sure is stubborn. They take down #16 Oregon State, 60-57.

Other news:

Ouch: MTSU women’s basketball collapses in fourth before falling to LA Tech

Register-Guard: Oregon Ducks women’s basketball will be the hunted, not the hunter, this weekend

My Dayton Daily News:Dayton women’s basketball flying higher and higher

The Gazette: It’s February now, and urgency increases for Iowa women’s basketball

The Sentonian: Defensive intensity key for women’s basketball

Interesting: Inside the Texas Women’s Basketball film room

Also: Richardson Motivates On The Court And Is Inspired Away From It

It was as if the words glanced off of Diane Richardson.

The first-year Towson University women’s basketball coach didn’t want to believe what she was hearing. She sat there frozen, helpless from the news she was just given.

“I took it really hard and for three days, I couldn’t speak,” said Richardson, last week as specks of late afternoon sunlight shined through the corners of her office window. “My husband and I were college athletes and to have our first born to be diagnosed with autism and not be able to talk or walk or do anything or eat on her own was kind of a shock to the both of us.

Watch list for 2018 Lisa Leslie Award narrowed to 10

Watch list for 2018 Katrina McClain Award narrowed to 10

Watch list for 2018 Cheryl Miller Award narrowed to 10

NCAA.com: Jordin Canada’s legacy with UCLA goes beyond court and UCLA’s Jordin Canada leads Starting Five after recording 300 career steals

And counting: Ashland Women’s Basketball Sets Division II Record for Consecutive Wins

Hello: SUNY Oneonta coach Daphne Thompson featured this week on D3Hoops.com

Let’s hope: Lynn Holzman committed to growing game as Vice President of women’s basketball

Momentary Gulp: Lindsay Whalen exits USA Basketball, will still play in WNBA as Twenty-Two Athletes Expected to Attend USA Women’s National Team Camp

Check out the WNBA transactiions, including Seattle Storm Inks Courtney Paris to Multi-Year Contract

WNBA Offseason Primer: Los Angeles Sparks plus WNBA Offseason Primer: Minnesota Lynx plus

BTW: WNBA Coaches, GMs Tab A’ja Wilson for Top Pick in Mock Draft

Damnit: Lake County girls basketball referee charged with sex crimes

than to speak out and remove all doubt”?

Too bad the Missouri AD didn’t. Oiy vey, gevalt!

And that’s all I’m gonna say about THAT!

Games

In case you missed it: Duquesne women’s basketball off to its best start in Atlantic 10 Conference play at 8-0

Robert Morris continues to rule the NEC. BTW: Robert Morris’ Honoka Ikematsu is one of the best shooters in women’s basketball

Honoka Ikematsu’s ability to shoot separated her from the pack as a high school basketball player in Kumamoto, Japan. She possessed an American shooting style, using one hand to guide the ball and her second hand to push it, in a country where many players use both hands to push the ball.

That form gave the Robert Morris coaching staff confidence that Ikematsu would have a relatively painless transition into American basketball.

The Big East…*insert puzzled emoji*

Still not distracted by the polls, TCU handles Iowa State, 75-52.

Whoa! Two overtimes, and St. Louis comes out with a win over Fordham, 91-85.

It was a squeaker, but North Carolina A&T got by Norfolk State, 53-51, to move to 7-0 in the MEAC.

Duquesne v. Dayton… and it’s Dayton with the 79-70 win to stay perfect in the A10.

A win is a win. #8 Texas over Kansas, 55-41.

Nothing like a good stomping to help you feel better about yourself: #18 Ohio State over Penn State, 94-64.

Central Michigan stays undefeated in the MAC, taking down challenger Buffalo, 86-79.

In the Mountain West, a battle between Wyoming and Colorado State. The Rams got the (upset?) win over the Cowgirls, 64-53.

Congrats! Lisa Bluder Named Recipient of IGHSAU First Lady Award

Some upcoming games of interest:

6:30: #12 Tennessee v. #14 Texas A&M. The Vols try and right the ship.

7pm: #3 Louisville v. Virginia. Both are 8-1 in the ACC. Guess we’ll see if that means anything.

7pm: #10 Florida State (6-2) v. NC State (6-3).

7pm: #11 Maryland v. Rutgers. So Scarlet Knights – ya wanna be a pretender or a contender?

7pm: South Carolina hosts UConn: USC’s historic challenge of facing No. 1, No. 2 back-to-back is no risk, huge reward

From Sean Hurd: Gabby Williams putting finishing touches on stellar UConn career

Gabby Williams has never been a fan of boxes, likely because she has never fit into one.

The UConn senior is a position-less player in a position-oriented game, making her an enigma in a sport that seems desperate to define her.

Hartford Courant: Azura Stevens Joining The UConn-South Carolina Party

From Mechelle: After NCAA title as a freshman, Tyasha Harris working hard for more

Nothing rattles Tyasha Harris. Not even a theater going pitch-dark during a horror film.

“We went to see ‘Insidious,’ and the crazy thing is, in the middle of the movie, the town had a power outage,” Harris said of a recent outing with her South Carolina teammates. “So the movie went down, and they just gave us a free ticket so we could go back and see it. It wasn’t that good a movie, though.”

A calm floor leader is exactly what South Carolina needs.

Also: Kia Nurse’s breakout season keeps UConn offense humming

8pm: Michigan v. Purdue. The Wolverines try and keep their run going against the (occasionally) upset-minded Boilermakers.

8pm: #17 Georgia v. LSU. Speaking of upset-minded….

8pm: Nebraska v. Illinois. The Huskers aren’t ranked (yet), but this game likely won’t garner them the voters’ attention – unless they lose.

8pm: Western Illinois v South Dakota. If the Leathernecks want the upset, they’ll have to do it on the Coyotes’ home.

8:30: #2 Mississippi State v. #15 Missouri. What’s the Tigers’ post-kerfuffle mood?

9:00: Gonzaga v. San Diego. The Bulldogs have quietly moved to 9-0 in the WCC.

NCAA News

NCAA.com: Watch list for 2018 Nancy Lieberman Award narrowed to 10

Also NCAA.com: Quinnipiac asserting dominance in MAAC, earns Team of the Week

The Southern: Hefferman: Hinson’s actions speak louder than words for Stiles

Barry Hinson saw most of Jackie Stiles’ 3,394 points when they were both at Missouri State University, which was then known as Southwest Missouri State.

Stiles, a 5-foot-8 guard from Kansas City, Kansas, took the Lady Bears to the 2001 Final Four and was the NCAA’s all-time women’s scorer until Washington guard Kelsey Plum broke her record last season. She later played in the WNBA. Now Hinson is trying to be with Stiles in spirit, as she prepares for surgery this week for ocular melanoma.

SIU’s men’s basketball team wore black shooting shirts before tipping off against Missouri State in Springfield Saturday that said “Fight Love Pray” on the front and “Stiles 10” on the back.

WNBA news (not the news we want, but we appreciate it: Inside The W with Michelle Smith: Offseason Preview

The WNBA Free Agency period opens February 1, giving teams the first opportunity to begin making roster moves ahead of April’s Draft. Some franchises will look to secure key players. Others seek role players who can provide the missing piece to contention.

Summitt: WNBA Offseason Primer: Washington Mystics

and WNBA Offseason Primer: Connecticut Sun

and WNBA Offseason Primer: New York Liberty

Post-Bulletin: Whalen wants another title before retiring

In the, “I’m gonna need a bigger plate,” category: Opals coach Sandy Brondello preparing for big 2018 with Commonwealth Games and World Cup action