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Great atmosphere. Great game. More, please!

Shout out to both teams. Big shots. Big misses. Thoroughly entertaining. In the end, UConn’s six were mightier that Texas’ 10. (Oh, and…. freeeee throooows!) Read all about it:

The evidence of the dogfight top-ranked UConn found itself in was the purplish bruise that had halfway closed Katie Lou Samuelson’s left eye.

The shiner was courtesy of a tough Texas elbow shortly after tipoff that served notice that unlike most of this season, the Huskies weren’t going to get anything easy from the No. 7 Longhorns.

San Antonio Express-News: Texas takes UConn to wire, but comes up short

Texas coach Karen Aston believed Monday’s game between No. 1 UConn her No. 9 Longhorns would be great for the sport, regardless of outcome. And in a macro sense, she was absolutely right.

Geno Auriemma said he was proud of his players and sounded like he meant it. With the top of his dress shirt unbuttoned as he spoke on the court, he looked like someone at the end of a long night of work. He looked like someone with reason to be proud of what had transpired.

Which is why Connecticut needs games such as this. And why the rest of the country does, too.

At the moment, Louisville is No. 2 behind UConn in women’s basketball poll.We’ll see how long that lasts. No surprise, Louisville’s Asia Durr named espnW’s player of the week

From Mechelle: Consistent Teana Muldrow helps drive Mountaineers

After a terrific run through the Big 12 tournament last season to win the title, West Virginia’s women’s basketball team had high aspirations for 2017-18. The Mountaineers expected four starters to return, including guard Tynice Martin, who emerged as a major threat during her sophomore season.

But as has been the case for several teams, West Virginia has dealt with injuries — including to Martin — that have changed the dynamics for the Mountaineers. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Teana Muldrow.

Ames Tribune: Hopes again high for Wise after solid Big 12 outing

Here we go! DII Bentley women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens shoots for win No. 1000 against Adelphi

Get your McDonalds All-Americans here!

Tonight’s DI games of interest:

7pm: #19 Maryland v. Indiana. Have the Terps regained their equilibrium?

7pm: #8 Ohio v. #19 Michigan. Wolverines look for the upset on the Buckeye’s home court.

8pm: Nebraska v. #20 Iowa. Have you noticed that Nebraska is no pushover this year?

 

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A Sunday Surprise

Good win for coach Taylor’s Bulldogs, as Gabby Connally made her return to her home state memorable. The freshman scored 37 points (15 in OT) as Georgia earned a 92-84 win over #17 Texas A&M.

More like a Sunday Stomping.

#13 Florida State wasted no time with putting away Virginia Tech. After a 28-8 first quarter, they cruised to a 107-62 win. But, said Sue Semrau,

“We’ll continue to work on the little things. I don’t think this team is satisfied with where they are right now.”

#2 Notre Dame was all over Boston College, 89-60.

“Quite frankly, that game was embarrassing,” Shepard said of Thursday’s, “and we knew that was not how Notre Dame basketball is played, and we knew we had to come out today in front of our home crowd and just play hard and play together.”

It was a close first quarter. The rest? Not so much. #5 Baylor over Oklahoma, 74-52.

​Down by six at the end of the first quarter, the fifth-ranked Lady Bears rode senior co-captains Dekeiya Cohen and Kristy Wallace to a 74-52 victory over the Sooners Sunday afternoon despite off games from Brown and 6-4 sophomore Lauren Cox.

​”You can’t be any more proud of your two seniors,” Mulkey said of Cohen and Wallace, who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. “Your two seniors carried your ball club today.”

#22 Oregon State over Arizona, 88-48.

“We knew we had to take it to them because the first half was a little shaky,” [Kat] Tudor said of the second half barrage. “I think we just knew we had to knock them down and just make a statement.”

As #14 UCLA routed Colorado, 93-55, Jordin Canada notched  11 assists to become the UCLA record holder in assists (700) and the first player in Pac-12 women’s basketball history to record 1,800 points & 700 assists.

A strong second made sure #4 Mississippi State stayed unbeaten, 75-61.

“This was a special day,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “They had nine thousand fans in attendance and (assistant) coach Jackson had her baby. Hats off to Alabama. They played extremely well. They have seasoned veterans. They keep fighting.

Perhaps Wilson’s injury took a little shine off the match-up, (and it had close-ish moments). But #6 Tennessee’s Russell made sure #9 South Carolina went home with a loss, 86-70.

But Sunday, in a critical junction of this season, the Lady Vols demonstrated the kind of steely resolve that Warlick has been seeking. In front of 14,763 fans at Colonial Life Arena, No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 9 South Carolina 86-70 and made a statement.

“How they performed — I’m really proud of them. It’s great to see,” Warlick said. “When South Carolina made the run, [the Lady Vols] kept their composure. I’m probably more emotional than our whole team. And today, that was better.”

As USC waits on an MRI for Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan (and Wilson), injured in the second half,  of the Post and Courier reflects: Enough basketball adversity for Dawn Staley and Co. to create a new Gamecock Gauntlet video game

NO surprises, thank you very much.

No triple-double from Sabrina, but #8 Oregon did keep #18 Arizona State at bay, 74-64.

Virginia kept’em honest, but in the end, #16 Duke earned the 55-48 win.

Behind Anigwe’s 30 points and 17 rebounds, #24 Cal came back in the fourth to overcome a stubborn Washington State team, 66-60.

Whose state? OUR STATE! USF over UCF, 62-45.

Whose state? OUR STATE! North Carolina over Wake Forest in OT, 79-76.

Whose bragging rights? OUR bragging rights! Navy over Army, 70-44. Just in time: Coaches Chair: Stefanie Pemper, Naval Academy

Whose pre-conference schedule is under scrutiny? OUR P-C-S. NC State over Syracuse, 60-56.

What’s going on with the Big East? WHO KNOWS! St. John’s over Villanova, 70-64.

Who currently rules the A-10? Dayton!

Who’s making trying to make some noise in the CAA? 4-1 Delaware is!

Who’s struggling in conference play? Elon is!

Who’s undefeated in the Patriot League? American is!

MLK Day games of interest

7pm: #25 Green Bay (4-1) v IUPUI (5-0). Huge game for coach Parkinson and the Jaguars program.

Horizon League play has started off with a bang for the Jags who are off to the best start in program history at 13-3 and have a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. In those five wins, the Jags have won by an average of 23 points.

7pm: #1 UConn v #7 Texas

San Antonio Express: Texas, UConn women brace for showdown

“(Texas has) at least as athletic a roster as there is in the country,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a crazy, crazy environment. We’ve got our hands full, I know that. Hands full with rebounding, hands full with athletic ability. That’s going to be a tough game.”

Now would be the perfect time for sophomore Joyner Holmes to rediscover the form that made her a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season. Since returning from a 10-game suspension, she has averaged just three points on 26.7 percent shooting.

In case you were wondering: Are the Louisville women a Final Four team? These former stars think so

“They have more offensively than we did at each position,” Bingham said. “(Asia Durr) can shoot the ball and (Myisha Hines-Allen) is good, and over four years of being there she’s gotten better each year. There are some comparisons but sometimes offensively they’re a little bit better than us.

“I think we could guard them, though,” she added. 

In other news

Who ya got? A mock WNBA draft chosen by panel of league’s coaches, GMs

Don’t count ’em out

Soooo…. Hello, Purdue. First it’s Rutgers, now it’s #18 Iowa? Guess they like Big 10 play!

Megan Gustafson “got everything she wanted,” according to Purdue Coach Sharon Versyp, posting a career-high in scoring.

Purdue’s No. 10 … well, she can play, too.

Andreona Keys nearly tripled her season average, scoring 34 points and leading Purdue past 17th-ranked Iowa, 76-70, in a Big Ten women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

It was Purdue’s first win here in nine years.

And again! Down 18,  TCU pulls off the upset on the road at No. 15 West Virginia, 76-74. Nice day for junior Amy Okonkwo, who made the layup to tie score at the end of regulation and the 3-pointer to win it in OT.

And another upset, as Kaylee Page hit six 3-pointers and, with her 20 points, helped KSU take down #20 Oklahoma State, 80-64.

Behind Holmes and Atkins, #7 Texas won by 17 over Kansas.

Meanwhile, about 4 hours away, Stevens’ 19 leads #1 UConn to 95-35 rout over Houston.

I’m sure she’d rather the win, but Tulane’s Kolby Morgan joins the “2,000-Career-Points” club as the Green Wave fell to Wichita State,  64-56.

Got the win over Nebraska in OT AND Kate Flaherty has now scored more points than anyone at Michigan, she passing Glen Rice’s mark of 2,442. The Wolverines escaped (block? not a block?) Nebraska in OT. It was quite the game, inspiring this tweet from after Deja Church “was fouled on a triple from the corner with 0.7 left. Will have three free throws

Been coaching 20 years – 1st time I witnessed a freshman step to the line, on the road, in front of thousands of screaming fans and do what did. #woweee#ice#goblue 💛💙 

Kelsey Mitchell moves into the rarified “3000 point club” as #10 Ohio State wins over Indiana, 77-62.

Hmmm… UAB is 4-0 with their win over Western Kentucky, 79-61. Watch out, C-USA.

“It was a really great win for our program,” head coach Randy Norton said. “I told our players this is all part of the process. It is one game. We have given them the 24-hour rule. They have 24 hours to enjoy this and then next week is redemption week. Our girls are going to be ready to go.”

That’s 12-in-a row at home for Rutgers as CViv continues her inexorable march to 1000 wins. What an amazing career. (What an amazing season we’re having in the records department!)

Yes! Detroit Mercy gets their first win of the season. Still waiting on Iona, Mississippi Valley State, Chicago State and Air Force

Sunday games

1pm: Notre Dame women’s basketball looks to bounce back against Boston College

Just in case: How #9 South Carolina could beat #6 Tennessee without A’ja Wilson (2pm)

…Staley and the rest of USC’s squad has had two days of practice since beating Auburn on Thursday, and in that time, they’ve been working under the assumption that Wilson will not play, Staley said. And if that’s the case, South Carolina will be relying on some combination of underclassmen to fill the massive role Wilson currently shoulders for the Gamecocks.

“I think what we do if (A’ja’s) not able to play is keep the game simple for our young post players, just give them things they can remember and execute,” Staley said.

Anyone know what’s up with Elon? Women’s Basketball Closes Homestand With Defending CAA Champion Elon Sunday

3pm: Virginia v. #16 Duke. So, Cavaliers – you’re 5-0. What does that mean?

3pm: American v Lehigh. Lead in the Patriot at stake.

8pm: #8 Oregon v. #18 Arizona State. It”s been a while since an Inonescu triple-double, hasn’t it?

Monday games

Texas Sports: Arrive early for UConn game; Record-breaking crowd expected (7pm)

7pm: #25 Green Bay (4-1) goes up against IUPUI (5-0). Remember when the Jaguars were a hot mess?

In other news

AP: Women’s basketball: Short-handed Maryland still in the mix in tight Big Ten race

“This group has been resilient. They never felt sorry for themselves,” Frese said. “There’s just a smaller margin for error we’ve got to be able to come to the table with.” 

Rats: Oklahoma State starting guard Areanna Combs (8.5 PPG) is out for the season with an injury

WATN? Former OSU star Tiffany Bias continues basketball career while building career in modeling

Since her career at OSU, Bias won a WNBA title with the Phoenix Mercury and continues to play overseas and in the new mixed-gender league started by rapper and businessman Percy “Master P” Miller. Bias leaves next week to start a season in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She is also an aspiring fashion model, appearing in several magazines.

Arizona Daily Star: Adia Barnes’ basketball travels have taken her to WNBA Finals, Final Four and Europe

SF Chronicle: Cal’s Gottlieb balances being basketball coach and new mom

Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb is supervising a drill in practice, oblivious to the baby boy entertaining himself some 30 feet away.

Moments later, Gottlieb wanders over during a break. Her son, Jordan, seems eager to see his mom, though he’s really fixated on the whistle hanging around her neck. He cries when she turns back toward the court, so she leaves the whistle with him and he instantly calms down. (Jordan soon loses interest, naturally, and she discreetly circles back to retrieve the whistle.)

This is Gottlieb’s new reality.

From the Daily Californian : Cal women’s basketball season update: young stars, team chemistry assist in handling pressure

Waco Tribune: Unspoken (and sometimes spoken) bond: BU’s Cox, Brown form impressive post duo

Courier Journal: It’s time to start paying attention to the best team in Louisville: Women’s basketball

Coach Jeff Walz wouldn’t quite admit it, but his University of Louisville women’s basketball team delivered a warning shot Thursday that echoed far beyond the imposing walls of the KFC Yum Center. 

The women’s basketball world was rocked to its core as Louisville dismantled No. 2 Notre Dame in a 100-67 beatdown and did it with the ease of an uncontested layup banked off the glass. 

Natchez Democrat:When I grow up: 12-year-old uses city basketball league to help toward goals

“I want to be in the WNBA,” Davis said. “Girls can do anything boys can do. I play around boys a lot, and a lot of the times I beat them.”

Umm, hello Idaho? Girls basketball coaches resign after car vandalized

Don’t mess with a Nerd City kidPresident Trump’s view of Africa is not what WNBA’s Chiney Ogwumike sees 

Chiney, 25, makes her living playing and talking basketball but her true passions are family and Africa, a continent close to her heart which is nothing like what President Trump called it last week.

“It is a beautiful place,” Chiney says over the telephone.

She politely declined to respond to the President’s comments disparaging immigrants from Africa and Haiti. The pain, however, did hit close to her heart.

“This has been crazy the last few days,” she added. “I haven’t spoken to my parents about it because I don’t need to. I know what my family stands for.

Follow the Frosh!

That’s what #17 Texas A&M did, on their way to upsetting #6 Tennessee, 79-76 in OT.

Texas A&M knocked Tennessee from the ranks of the undefeated on Thursday night. This was the second year in a row that the game between these two teams in College Station was decided in overtime. The Aggies also won in 2017, 76-71.

The game featured 17 lead changes. The Aggies had three players score more than 20 points, led by Khaalia Hillsman with a double-double at 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Danni Williams with 22 points as well. Chennedy Carter, the NCAA freshman leader in points per game – among many other stats – had 21.

Michigan State also got the upset win, 82-63, over the # Terps. Maryland was dealing with the loss of their starting guard Blair Watson, their second leading scorer, to a *#$@@! ACL.

“We better get used to it,” Frese said of Michigan State’s aggression. “It’s not going away. That’s what you’re going to see every night, and I don’t think we responded well to it at all. I thought we got caught up in the officiating, they just let them play. They let both teams play.

Yes, it was an “upset,” but were you really surprised? (A bit, yes, at the marginNo. 3 Louisville dominates No. 2 Notre Dame for first win over Irish since 2009. From Graham:

So No. 3 Louisville played a game worthy of the weather. It gave a performance worthy of a champion, a 100-67 victory against No. 2 Notre Dame that pushed the Cardinals to 19-0.

“I thought Louisville looked like the best team in the country today,” Muffet McGraw said.

A Hall of Fame coach’s assessment is always worth noting. All the more when the team she coaches beat South Carolina and pushed Connecticut to the final minutes earlier this season.

That there wasn’t actually a trophy at stake didn’t seem to bother any of those on hand.

As advertised, Auburn was feisty, but South Carolina kept them at bay, 71-63. Of concern? 2000-club member A’ja’s ankle.  (btw: Heathwood Hall retires A’ja Wilson’s jersey)

#12 Missouri tried to make it interesting by letting Vandy outscore them 23-9 in the fourth, but the Tigers held on for a 81-70 win.

Quinnipiac is enjoying the MAAC so far.

Interesting. With a solid win over Bucknell, Lehigh moves to 4-1 in the Patriot.

Squeak! Little Rock moves to 5-0 in the Sun Belt with a 2-point win over UT Arlington. Looking forward to their next game v. Texas State. The Bobcats are an improving program.

Whoa. Pacific gets their first win in the WCC with an impressive showing against San Diego, 81-68.

Weber State staking a claim to the Big Sky by giving Northern Colorado their first conference loss.

I see you Portland State, sitting at 3-1 in the Big Sky while ending Montana State’s 31-game home win streak.

US Santa Barbara squeaks out a one-point win over CSU Northridge and gets to 3-0 in the Big West.

Strong defense in the fourth pushed #22 Oregon State over #18 Arizona State, 57-54.

It’s not just Billings and Canada, as Michaela Onyenwere‘s 20 helps #14 UCLA overcome Utah, 81-74.

The Dukes say, “Not. So. Fast. Phoenix.” JMU stays unbeaten in the Colonial, sending Elon to their second conference loss, 70-67.

So…ETSU beat Chattanooga for the first time since 2010.

Marquette moves to 6-0 in the Big East.

WOW.

I mean, just WOW.

Marquette swiped a win out of the hands of Butler quite literally on Friday night, beating the Bulldogs, 69-67, thanks to a buzzer beater from Allazia Blockton.

CHECK IT OUT, and then we’ll get to how it happened.

Upcoming games:

2pm: Rutgers: No. 21/19 Women’s Basketball Looks To Get Back On Track Against Minnesota on Saturday

2pm: Ball State v. Buffalo – both are 3-1 in the MAC.

3pm: Oral Roberts v Wabbits. 3-1 v. 3-0 in the Summit

3pm: Still unbeaten in the Horizon, IUPUI goes up against Oakland.

4pm: Can Portland State keep the Big Sky run going v. Montana State (4-1)?

4pm: Already mentioned: Interesting Sun Belt match up – Little Rock (5-0) v Texas State (4-1).

5pm: TCU v. #15 West Virginia. How does each team react to “the game after” game?

8pm: Good test. #23 Michigan (3-2 in the Big 10) goes up against Nebraska (3-1 in the Big 10).

Sunday

Tennessee Lady Vols must move on from loss to face South Carolina as A’ja Wilson injury puts status for Tennessee game in doubt

In other news

Swish Appeal: Why USC may not repeat — and what’s turning everyone’s head in women’s basketball? This edition of the Triple Double touches on records that were broken, and why one particular team may be in trouble.

1) LEGENDS IN THE MAKING

Going into the New Year, we saw three records broken in the NCAA.

The first was on Saturday, December 30. Maranne Johnson of the Sacramento State Hornets set the Big Sky conference record for career three-pointers with 257. Some may remember Johnson from last season, when she briefly led the NCAA in three-pointers per game (she finished 13th overall). Johnson, a senior who was initially a walk-on from Antioch, CA, has been arguably the best long distance shooter the Big Sky has ever seen, and could potentially be the first-ever player from the conference to be drafted into the WNBA (in the league’s 21-year history, there has never been a player drafted from the Big Sky).

Listen up: No Ceilings Podcast: Conference Opening Win:

Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin addresses her team’s ASUN opening win at UNF, the continued growth of the team, what is most special about returning home this weekend, motherhood affecting coaching & more.

SF Gate: Senior Cowling already a legend of Cal women’s basketball

Moving on: Espinoza-Hunter Transferring From UConn Women’s Basketball Team

Kansas City Star: She changed from post player to guard for Mizzou’s best basketball team

To become the player she is now, Amber Smith had to lose the pizza weight.

Which is funny because a year ago, the sophomore on the Missouri women’s basketball team was gaining it to be successful. At 5 feet 11, she was undersized for a post player, but the Tigers had lost All-SEC forward Jordan Frericks to an ACL tear. They needed Smith to take her place, which meant Smith had to build up her body.

Jeffers, a two-time national champion now in her 32nd year as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Capital University, is currently ranked second among active Division III coaches in total victories and possesses the fifth-most overall victories among Division III coaches, all-time.

ALMOST congrats: Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens will go for her 999th victory Saturday afternoon against New Haven and potentially her 1,000th win Wednesday at home in Waltham against Adelphi University.

Job alert: Former NBA Player, Chicago Native Awvee Storey Returns Home For Coaching Role With Chicago Sky

Wanna job at Nike?  Sports Marketing WNBA/GL Account Manager

Cool: Chamique Holdsclaw, UConn’s Chris Dailey among 10 finalists for Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Sending good thoughts….From KWTX: Former Lady Bears star is in a fight for her life

Chameka Scott, 33, a former Lady Bears standout who helped lead the team to its first national championship in 2005, is in a fight for her life.

Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015 and underwent surgery followed by rounds of treatment.

The cancer has recurred in what Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey described Friday as a very aggressive manner.

’cause we can’t “stick to sports.” From Becky Carlson : Female Athlete Sexual Abuse in Sports

“Wo, that was a little too close,” the first man said.

“Yeah, _________ is popular with college girls.” the second man responded. “I heard the high school girls love him too.”

“Don’t you think that’s a little weird?” the first man asked.

“Nah, he seems to know his stuff and if any of the girls were uncomfortable then I’m sure they would say something.” the second man said.

“I guess so.” the first man replied, sounding unsure.

“I mean, young guy like that, probably not easy being around all those young girls all the time. I’m sure it’s nothing but… I mean, as long as it’s not my daughter.” the second man said.

Don’t forget: Women In Sports To Watch In 2018

From the historic Women’s March to feminism being celebrated as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, women spoke out loudly in 2017.

Athletes like the WNBA’s Breanna Stewart and two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman bravely shared their #MeToo stories, and once again the sports world drew an even greater appreciation for powerful female athletes.

What will 2018 bring for women in sports? Get ready for even more heroism, broken records and historic firsts.

Yes, it’s problematic to point out to the “exceptional” immigrants to counter trump’s racist agenda, but this is worth a read: Why do we let immigrants from ‘holes’ into our country? Because of people like this.

The Bible teaches that there are no real “shitholes,” of course, that the only things that defile us come from somebody’s mouth. But if that source isn’t persuasive enough for you, there is always the evidence you can acquire from firsthand acquaintance with someone from a faraway place.

Ngozi Anosike was one of those “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here” immigrants. Coach Pat Summitt met her 15 years ago next week, in a gymnasium on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2003, when she recruited Ngozi’s daughter Nicky to play basketball at the University of Tennessee. Pat and Ngozi immediately recognized something kindred in each other: They both started from “holes.” “At the bottom, and I mean as far at the bottom as you can possibly go,” Nicky said.

Dope Magazine: The Perfect Storm: WNBA Team the Seattle Storm Ignites Social Justice

“I think in some ways, as women, we’re used to speaking out about social issues,” says Dawn Trudeau, Co-owner of WNBA team the Seattle Storm. “We’re concerned about taking care of our community and our families. I think that even just women’s professional sports, to some degree, is a social issue.

From Dave Zirin: Jaylen Brown and the Evolution of the Activist Athlete: By offering a systemic critique of racism and poverty, the 21-year-old is demonstrating how to bring depth to our political discussions.

Roughly 18 months ago—as Colin Kaepernick was peeling back people’s eyelids—I was told by a friend at Cal-Berkeley that there was an NBA rookie—yet to play a single minute of pro ball—who was going to rock the sports-politics landscape. “He’s NBA talent, no question,” I was told, “But he’s also like those political athletes you write about. A lot of the same professors and lecturers at Cal who have been dialoguing with Kap [Colin Kaepernick] rave about this kid.”

He told me the young man’s name, Jaylen Brown, and I immediately put it out of my mind for two reasons. First, Kaepernick was setting the sports world on fire, and NBA rookies who impressed their college professors was not at the forefront of my mind. Secondly, he had been drafted by the Boston Celtics, and I am some combination of genetically or behaviorally conditioned to ignore anyone doing anything while wearing that cursed Celtic green. I had too many young memories of Larry Bird tearing out my heart and felt too set in my ways to change.

But damn, was I wrong. Jaylen Brown, now in his second year and already a budding star, just gave an extensive interview with The Guardian, and everything that those professors pointed out were on display: a sense of history, a belief in resistance, a systemic critique of racism and poverty, and a contempt for a certain orange demagogue who uses race to rule.

Wait, what?

Perhaps I’m as guilty of “looking ahead” to the Monday night MLK #7 Texas v. #1 UConn as the Longhorns were. Horned Frogs made’em pay for the overlook, notching a 79-77 upset. It’s the first time in 8 years that TCU (great picture!) beat a top 10 team.

In another upset – a game that would upset ANY stomach – #21 Rutgers lost to Purdue...*squints at scoreboard to make sure ESPN hasn’t forgotten to post BOTH halves* 47-33.

Indiana had upset on its mind, but #23 Michigan’s Flaherty and Brown said, “Not this time, kids!”

*don’twannajinx’emdon’twannajinx’em* Hartford is 3-0 in the America East.

*ithinkijinxedthemithinkijinxedthem* Cincinnati over Houston, 88-82.

I have NO idea what’s going on in the Big East – except that Marquette seems to be winning.

TONIGHT!

7pm: Big goings on at the YUM center as ACC foes #2 Notre Dame meets #3 Louisville. Will this finally be the game that the Irish’s slew of injuries make themselves known? Or will the Cardinal’s shrinking margin of victory do’em in?

7pm: #6 Tennessee visits #17 Texas A&M. Can the 12th man help the Aggies pull an upset?

“I think they’re trying to figure out how we’re going to guard Chennedy Carter and Danni Williams and their inside game,” Warlick said.

7pm: #9 South Carolina hosts a feisty Auburn. How do the Gamecocks react to the loss v. Missouri?

7pm: Same question for #13 Florida State as they host Miami.

7pm: Yes, I’m comparing Devils and Deacons, but I am intrigued by the #16 Duke v. Wake Forest game.

7pm: Kentucky v. Florida. SOMEbody’s gonna get their first SEC win.

Congrats: Brian Agler, Dan Hughes, Cheryl Reeve to Serve as Court Coaches at USA National Team

Also congrats: Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie joins FOX Sports Florida as pre-, postgame analyst for Magic

Listen up! Kara Lawson, Former WNBA player and Current Washington Wizards TV Analyst: Jeff and Sam sit down with Kara Lawson and talk about her career, the Wizards, and the league.

Also listen up! LaChina recaps the week’s matchups and goes 1-on-1 with the quadruple-double posting guard from Grambling State Shakyla Hill. Plus, she profiles Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu and Ducks head coach Kelly Graves.
Lauren Cox launched a shot Saturday that stuck between the rim and the backboard. Kalani Brown glanced at her, as if to say, “You got this?” Cox did, jumping up to knock the ball free. Both the 6-foot-7 Brown and the 6-foot-4 Cox easily could do that, but here’s the thing: Most of the shots they take go through the net.

Boom!

THAT was a weekend of basketball!

Congrats: Ashland women’s basketball sets DII record with 52nd consecutive win

Saturday games

  • Milwaukee v. Green Bay. Good Horizon battle. Nope.
  • Northern Kentucky v. Oakland. Let’s see how the Horizon upstart fares. Not so well. Oakland by 26.
  • Jacksonville State v. Belmont. Both are undefeated in OVC play. Belmont rolls by 16.
  • #6 Baylor v. Kansas. Maybe an interesting Big 12 game? Nope.
  • Montana v. Northern Colorado. Both are undefeated in Big Sky play. Even with a wimpy fourth, Northern Colorado wins handily.
  • Rutgers v. Penn State. The Scarlet Knights continue to push to return to the polls. Here they come!
  •  Loyola Marymount v. Gonzaga. Both are undefeated in WCC play. Bulldogs by 10.
  • #1 UConn v. South Florida. Perhaps the only interesting matchup in the American? Big nope.

Sunday games

Not on the radar:

Things worth noticing: 

Other news:

Coach’s Chair: Brady Sallee, Ball State University

You guys are off to a great start this season. Did you see that going into the year?

I did think we had the pieces. It’s interesting because last year we graduated three seniors who played lot of minutes for us. Replacing those pieces gave a lot of people some questions, but the good news internally is that we knew what he had (still) sitting here. We’re a little bit of a different team than we have been, as we were big and pounded it inside, and now we’re six feet spread out across the line. Tempo is the big story, as it has picked up. We’re averaging 83 points per game, which had been 71 in past years. Our point guard is really good in the open floor. For the first time in my time here, we can always put five players on the floor who can score double figures. All of our players have scored at least double figures this season. We are hard to guard.

Sending good vibes: Lady Bears legend, assistant coach Jackie Stiles to undergo ocular melanoma treatment

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All about the coaches….

Summitt: PODCAST: Texas head coach Karen Aston: Howard Megdal is joined by Texas head coach Karen Aston. The two discuss the development of Lashann Higgs, particularly her efficiency at the offensive end. Brooke McCarty’s ability to create her own shot and improved distribution gets a closer look. Precisely how to work Joyner Holmes back into the mix, what she’ll provide and how she’ll change the dynamic of the team also comes up

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: After 100-win milestone, Burt aims to get Duquesne back to the NCAA Tournament

When you reach 100 wins four games faster than Geno Auriemma and 18 games slower than Pat Summitt, you know you’re doing something right.

Yet it’s something Duquesne women’s basketball coach Dan Burt, in his fifth season as head coach, didn’t stop to consider until after it happened. He reached 100 wins in 149 games, which is the fastest in program history.

“When you see that list, it’s just like ‘Uh, most of these people are in the Hall of Fame,’” Burt said. “Like, why is my name there? Why is the dumb kid from Washington, Pa., in there? … It’s been really nice.”

Lynx: Episode 5 of the Lynx Offseason Podcast is up! Focke chats with Coach Reeve about her new role, the offseason and more.

Kim Barnes Arico – 124 Wins: Take a look back at some of head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s biggest wins as she sets all-time wins mark

Sue’s Coach’s Chair: Sue Semrau, Florida State University

You’ve had such a long record of success in coaching – especially at Florida State. What is the most challenging task in maintaining that level of consistency?

It’s staying fluid with change and not being so set in a certain system in any area. The change could be in the players you have on the court and what they’re able to do. The change could be players you need to recruit, or the needs of the players you have. I learned that from (longtime Seminole football coach Bobby) coach Bowden. He wasn’t a man set in his ways. I don’t believe in handouts; that fosters (feelings of) entitlement. That’s an important in process – understanding what athletes need and want, and having them earn the things they want.

All about the players

Michelle Smith: Ionescu’s record play gives Oregon’s offense a boost

With eight, count them, eight, triple-doubles on her college basketball resume just a year and a half into her already record-setting career, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is ready for what comes next.

Attention? Awards? Expectations? Nope. Ionescu is ready for more winning.

Around the Rim: Lady Bears’ Kalani Brown talks about what she expects from the season, the matchup she most looks forward to, her spare time and much more!

WRALSports: After hip, shoulder injuries, Duke’s Gorecki back and better than ever

When you’re one of the most highly recruited guards in the country, expectations are plenty high.

That was true for Duke guard Haley Gorecki when she arrived in Durham ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Gorecki appeared in 14 games for the 17th-ranked Blue Devils that season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.

And then the injury bug struck.

WAVY.com: Kayla Roberts helps lead Norfolk State women to hot start

New Haven Register: UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield navigating the learning curve

The first time Crystal Dangerfield came off a screen and calmly drilled a mid-range jumper it could have been considered merely part of the drill. However, when the sophomore guard did exactly the same thing on the next two possessions in a recent practice, it had to be viewed as more than a coincidence.

When the UConn women’s basketball team reconvened after Christmas, Dangerfield received the message loud and clear that she can’t simply think about passing the ball each time the top-ranked Huskies are on offense. Especially after she made a combined five field goals in the last two games before heading home for Christmas.

Evansville Courier-Press: Tyra Buss cementing legacy in Indiana University women’s basketball program

Oregon Live: How Oregon’s Lexi Bando became one of college basketball’s best shooters

Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill said she wanted to hear LeBron James’ reaction to her feat. Well, here it is.

All about the teams

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State women’s basketball | Notebook: Small rotation so far not a problem for Buckeyes

Mechelle: LSU is latest to step up in ultra-competitive SEC race

“I’m excited about our team taking a step forward,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said, “being able to come on the road and get a quality win.”

LSU’s next mission is even more daunting: Try to hand No. 5 Mississippi State its first loss this season. That will be one of the intriguing games Sunday in the SEC, which has two of the nation’s four unbeaten teams. No. 7 Tennessee moved to 14-0 with a 70-59 victory over Auburn on Thursday. That score was tied at 57 with 2 minutes to go, but the Lady Vols closed on a 13-2 run.

The Tennessean: What’s wrong with Vanderbilt women’s basketball?

All about the games

NCAA.com: Ashland women’s basketball on brink of history, goes for win No. 52 in a row

*all sing to Miami Sound Machine* TOs are gonna get you... but not THIS time. Tennessee and Oregon survive/stave off teams… but turnovers are gonna bite you in the end.

#2 Notre Dame takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ — though Miami gave’em a run for the money, 83-76.

#3 Louisville keeps on winning, but the margins are getting tighter…

LSU upset Sophie Cunningham-less #15 Missouri, 69-65.

STOMP. #14 UCLA continues regrooving, sending #16 Oregon State to a 35-point loss.

Mini-upset: #23 Cal falls to #25 Arizona, 80-71.

Whoops: Boston College takes down North Carolina, 77-64.

Double Whoops: Delaware takes down Elon, 80-66.

Interesting: Virginia is 3-0 in the ACC after their 73-63 win over NC State.

Ouch! Bucknell smooshes Army, 60-36.

Hello, Patriot league! American (3-0) defeats Navy, 46-41.

Southern Illinois makin’ some noise in the MVC, with its 60-53 win in OT over UNI.

Upset: St. John’s gives Creighton their first Big East loss, 72-65.

So, is this the real Marquette? The Golden Eagles move to 3-0 in the Big East beating DePaul, 93-81.

Upcoming games

  • 2pm: Milwaukee v. Green Bay. Good Horizon battle.
  • 3pm: Northern Kentucky v. Oakland. Let’s see how the Horizon upstart fares.
  • 3pm: Jacksonville State v. Belmont. Both are undefeated in OVC play.
  • 3pm: #6 Baylor v. Kansas. Maybe an interesting Big 12 game?
  • 4pm: Montana v. Northern Colorado. Both are undefeated in Big Sky play.
  • 4:30: Rutgers v. Penn State. The Scarlet Knights continue to push to return to the polls.
  • 5pm: Loyla Marymount v. Gonzaga. Both are defeated in WCC play.
  • 7pm: #1 UConn v. South Florida. Perhaps the only interesting matchup in the American?

Sunday

  • 12pm: #10 Ohio State v. #22 Michigan. Interesting Big 10 game.
  • 1pm: #11 Florida State v. Syracuse. Can the Orange break through?
  • 2pm: #4 South Carolina v. #15 Missouri.
  • 2pm: #5 Mississippi State v. LSU. How much of a challenge will the Tigers present?
  • 2pm: Kentucky v. Georgia.
  • 2pm: Marquette v. Creighton.
  • 2pm: Dayton v. Saint Joseph’s. Both are undefeated in A10 play.
  • 2pm: Drexel v. James Madison. Both are undefeated in CAA play.
  • 3pm: Drake v. Southern Illinois. Both are undefeated in MVC.
  • 4pm: #24 Stanford v. #25 Arizona State.
  • 5pm: Oklahoma v. #20 Oklahoma State. Both are at 2-1 in the Big 12.
  • 8pm: #9 Oregon v. #14 UCLA.

All about everything:

Episode 35: The Best of Burn It All Down 2017, part 2 . Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

Chicago Daily Herald: Babcock McGraw: A look back at the top women’s stories of 2017

Grandstand Central: The New Superpowers.

On the second episode of Schtick to Sports, the GSC panel discusses the rise of leagues like the WNBA, NWSL and NWHL, the ways in which coverage of these leagues needs to evolve, and the challenges and opportunities that these leagues face in a fight for attention in a crowded sports landscape.

Anyone wanna bet? Watch West Florida women’s basketball sink three half-court shots in a row

A loss: Storm founder Ginger Ackerley dies at 79