Second-round send-offs…

…home or to the next round.

Upset! #6 Oregon State over #3 Tennessee by 7. The Beavers clawed back from an early deficit, then kept the Vols at bay.

Almost and Upset! #4 Texas A&M over #5 DePaul by 1. Honestly, the Blue Demons blew this one. Also, TAMU’s Howard rebounded the heck outta the ball setting the stage for frosh Chennedy Carter to nail the game-winning three.

#2 South Carolina over Virginia by 10. Wilson is amazing, but this “survive and advance” strategy can’t be too comforting for Gamecock fans.

#4 NC State over #5 Maryland by 14. The Wolfpack were strong out the at the start of the 1st and 3rd to send the Terps home.

#1 Louisville over #8 Marquette by 18. A big first half meant the Cardinals could withstand the Golden Eagle’s comeback attempt.

#2 Baylor over #7 Michigan by 22

#1 Notre Dame over Villanova by 26. The Wildcats stayed close in the first half, but ran out of gas as the Irish put on the afterburners. And I’ll say it again, as I’ve said it through most of this season: Muffet McGraw is my choice for Coach of the Year. Do NOT @ me.

#2 Oregon over #10 Minnesota by 28. So, that Ionescu kid is kinda good, huh?

Monday games

#11 Buffalo v. #3 Florida State, 6:30pm

#5 Duke v. #4 Georgia, 6:30pm

#9 Quinnipiac v. UConn, 6:30pm

#11 Central Michigan v. #3 Ohio State, 6:30pm

#11 Creighton v. #3 UCLA, 9:00pm

#9 Oklahoma State v. #1 Mississippi State, 9:00pm

#7 Arizona State v. #2 Texas, 9:00pm

#12 FGCU v. #4 Stanford, 9:00pm

In other news…

Like clockwork, folks who claim to know stuff about women’s basketball (but couldn’t be bothered to cover it, push for coverage, do research on it or demand universities fully fund it in compliance with Title IX regulations) have reared their willfully-ignorant heads. Fortunately, Forbes has David Berri. Let’s Talk About What’s Truly Wrong With Women’s College Basketball

Here are few fun facts about the sports media. 


Timber! (x 6)

Perhaps it’s time for the committee to review “Legacy Bids.” and “One-bid upsets” a little more thoroughly.

Also if we could put in a rider to strongly encourage “Power Five” teams to play Quinnipiac, Mercer, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Mercer, Belmont, North Carolina A&T, Drake, Florida Gulf Coast etc. because, as Graham writes, Mid-majors ruled Day 2 of women’s NCAA tournament

The longest-serving assistant coach in Knoxville, someone who worked alongside Pat Summitt, Dean Lockwood considered a world in which there could be a second-round game like Tennessee and Oregon State and in which the Central Michigans of the world could have their day. It was the world Summitt often said she hoped was coming.

“Every so often when I go past her pictures or the murals on the wall,” Lockwood joked, “I just kind of grumble like, ‘Are you happy now?’ “

Timber! #9 Oklahoma State over Syracuse by 27.

Timber! #11 Buffalo over South Florida by 23.

Timber! #12 Florida Gulf Coast over Missouri by 10.

Timber! #9 Quinnipiac over Miami by 14.

Timber! #11 Central Michigan over LSU by 9.

Timber! #11 Creighton over Iowa by 6.

(Sunday morning quarterbacking – How’s that for madness, Courier-Journal? Women’s basketball needs madness – not sameness. NCAA Tournament is still too mismatched)

#4 Georgia over Mercer by 5. The Bears gave the the Bulldogs quite a game.

#3 UCLA over American by 11. Strong showing by the Eagles to end a strong season.

#7 Arizona State over Nebraska by 11.

 #4 Stanford over Gonzaga by 14.

#5 Duke over Belmont by 14.

#2 Texas over Maine by 29.

#3 Ohio State over George Washington by 42.

#3 Florida State over Little Rock by 42.

#1 Mississippi State over Nicholls State by 45.

#1 UConn over St. Francis (PA) by 88. I’d been leading a professional development all day,, so when I saw the score I went “yikes.” Then I watched the game. The Flash said, “Let’s run with the big dogs” and the Huskies obliged. Listen to coach Walz.

Some REALLY intriguing Round of 32 games today.

12pm Marquette v. Louisville

2pm Oregon State v. Tennessee

 2pm Maryland v. NC State

2pm DePaul v. Texas A&M

7pm Villanova v. Notre Dame

8:30 Michigan v. Baylor

9pm: Virginia v. South Carolina

10:30: Minnesota v. Oregon


Overseas Report: Fowles Wins Chinese Title, Euroleague Semifinals Set

Most held true to seed

Baylor over Grambling by 50.

Oregon over Seattle by 43. (Triple double #6 for Sabrina this season, if you’re counting.)

Tennesse over Liberty by 40.

Louisville over Boise State by 32.

NC State over Elon by 27.

Oregon State over Western Kentucky by 24.

Maryland over Princeton by 20.

Marquette over Dayton by 19.

Notre Dame over CS Northridge by 18… but sure am impressed the Matadors scored 81 on the Irish. Bad news: Westbeld may be out next game.

Michigan over Northern Colorado by 14.

Texas A&M over Drake by 13. Bulldogs put up a fight.

DePaul over Oklahoma by 11.

South Carolina one North Carolina A&T by 9. Great showing by the Aggies.


Minnesota over Green Bay, 89-77.

Villanova over South Dakota State in OT, 81-74. Jackrabbits stormed back to tie, but had nothing left in the tank.

Upset (via injury)

Virginia over California, 68-62.

Up Next


Huskies v. Flash

Trojans v. Seminoles

Bruins v. Blue Devils

Chippewas v. Tigers


Colonials v. Buckeyes

Bears v. Bulldogs

Bulls v. Bulls

Bobcats v. Hurricanes


Eagles v. Bruins

Eagles v. Tigers

Huskers v. Sun Devils

Cowgirls v. Orange


Colonels v. Bulldogs

Black Bears v. Longhorns

Bulldogs v. Cardinal

Blue Jays v. Hawkeyes

Awful Announcing Q&A: ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo on women’s hoops media coverage …

WOOT! Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and wife Penny Taylor have baby boy

A high-level look at the prospects the Mystics would consider this year



As we begin, a flashback

to something I put together Monday, March 26, 2001 on Clutchcity.com. Warning: Sarcasm alert.

Bleary-eyed from the extraordinary 12-hour Saturday marathon of the Women’s NCAA Elite Eight, Sunday morning found me clutching my coffee and half-listening to National Public Radio.

I came to full attention when, during the local news break, the New York reporter announced, “Duke and Stanford have advanced in the NCAA Tournament.”

“Excuse me?” I thought. “Didn’t I just see Duke upset? And Stanford? They didn’t play yesterday!”

I didn’t take me long to realize my mistake. They were, of course, speaking about the Men’s tournament. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of the Women’s tournament, even though nearby power UConn had again advanced to the Elite Eight.

It was not the first time the Women’s tournament had been dismissed by omission, and so I composed the following imaginary “Consumer Complaint.”

At the local NPR affiliate WNYC, the studio phone rings.

WNYC: Hello, WNYC.

CALLER: Yes, I’m calling to correct an error during this Sunday’s morning broadcast.

WNYC: Thank you, we always appreciate input. What was the error?

CALLER: Well, you reported that Duke and Stanford moved on in the NCAA Championships. Actually, Duke, the #1 seed, was eliminated yesterday. And as for Stanford, they lost week.

WNYC: My goodness, that’s a significant error. Let me check the wire….

CALLER: I can give you some information if you’d like. Duke was upset by Southwest Missouri State.

WNYC: Who?

CALLER: Southwest Missouri State and Jackie Stiles.

WNYC: Um, sorry… Jackie?

CALLER: Yes, Jackie Stiles scored 41 points in the game. You know, of course, she’s the leading scorer in NCAA Women’s Division I history. She surpassed the record for most points in a single season early in the first half…

WNYC: Jackie…. That would be a girl.

CALLER: Yes. It was quite a day of basketball. TWO #1 seeds were eliminated…. In the same bracket Xavier upset perennial favorite Tennessee. Goodness, Pat was upset with her Volunteers. It was their earliest exit in seven years…

WNYC: Excuse me, I don’t mean to be rude, but aren’t you talking about women?

CALLER: Yes, of course. Weren’t you? I mean, the reporter did say “the NCAA Championships.”

WNYC: Um, yes. But I believe he meant the MEN’S championships.

CALLER: The Men? The men are playing the women in the NCAA Championships…

WNYC: Actually, it’s a separate championship – if you watched CBS, you’d see live coverage….

CALLER: Oh. Well, then. Perhaps your reporter wasn’t incorrect in his facts.

WNYC: No, I believe he wasn’t. We’re very careful about what we broadcast.

CALLER: I see. Well, then, since you are so careful bout what you broadcast, I’d like to correct an error on your Sunday broadcast.

WNYC: And what would that be?

CALLER: There was absolutely no mention of the Women’s NCAA Championship.


2018 flash-forward and a reminder of Kim “Chicks With Balls – Women’s Basketball Online- Callahan’s handy-dandy guide to encouraging media coverage.

  • Click on links.
  • Send “thank you” emails.Send polite “I’m a fan why aren’t you
  • covering this?” emails.
  • Subscribe to newspapers.


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Speaking of Brackets: Inside Ed offers their Academic Tournament Bracket, 2018 (Women’s Edition)

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Broncos v. Cardinals

Hilltoppers v. Beavers

Sooners v. Blue Demons

Flames v. Lady Vols

Bulldogs v. Aggies

Phoenix v. Wolfpack

Flyers v. Golden Eagles

Matadors v. Irish

Gophers v. Phoenix

 Cavaliers v. Golden Bears

Bears v Wolverines

Tigers v. Bears

Redhawks v. Ducks

Aggies v. Gamecocks

Wildcats v. Jackrabbits

In other news

Ohio State: Ohio State scoring machine Kelsey Mitchell is a reluctant superstar

Job opening: Southern Utah fires women’s basketball coach Chris Boettcher

Tick, tick, folks…

More pre-NCAA tourney stuff:

LSU’s Raigyne Louis’ emotional journey 5 years and 1,500 points in the making

With highs like a Sweet Sixteen her freshman year, to the lows of a season-ending knee injury as a junior.

Now the Lady Tigers senior leader is doing everything she can to make for a perfect ending.

“I’ve been through a lot here, not in a bad way, but just to have the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament and hear your name called it’s a blessing so hopefully we can make this one count.”

Millan stayed with UMaine while others moved on

She was part of the Spanish trio last year, one of three freshmen that started the 2016-17 season opener for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

Tres amigas.

“We were close,” Blanca Millan said.

But when five international players transferred after last season, Laia Sole and Naira Caceres were among them, leaving one Spaniard, Millan.

“It was really hard,” she said. “But I wanted them to be happy.”

She never considered leaving.

Raining 3s: FGCU keeps flourishing from beyond the arc

Taking a slew of 3-pointers is easy. What separates FGCU is that the Eagles insist on taking only the right kind of 3s — a far more disciplined approach than some sort of chuck-and-duck gimmick philosophy. The Eagles usually don’t take step-backs, they aren’t pulling up from 28 feet in transition or running players off a series of staggered screens just to get another 3 in the air.

“It’s got to be open,” senior Taylor Gradinjan said. “Open 3s, open 3s, open 3s. Those are so much easier. Our offense just opens up for those.”

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is one of most exciting players in tourney

“Her overall skill is incredible in every phase of the game,” Graves said. “And I see what she’s done for our crowds. They’re coming out because we have a really good team and other good players. But it’s like at Gonzaga, when we started to grow, grow and grow because of Courtney. She was such an iconic player for our program, and people wanted to see her.

“Even that 18-45-year-old male demographic that typically doesn’t come to our games unless they have kids? They are coming out and saying, ‘Sabrina is incredible.’ And that’s pretty cool.”

Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team feels its schedule has it well prepared for NCAA Tournament

Michigan women’s basketball exhales after making NCAA tournament

“It will always leave a mark on us,” Barnes Arico told reporters on a conference call, referencing last season’s snub. “From year to year, it definitely matters who’s on the committee and what they’re looking for in each team. This year is a different team and we were on a mission.”

With an eye toward the future, Katelynn Flaherty running the show for Michigan

Arico was skeptical. Flaherty had been a point guard in high school in New Jersey, but this was the Big Ten — faster, more physical, with more on the line. Michigan needed Flaherty to score big to complement junior Hallie Thome inside, and asking Flaherty to do that while running the offense seemed too much. Arico knew this from personal experience as a guard at Montclair (New Jersey) State University in the early 1990s.

But Flaherty was adamant: I’ll work this summer on ballhandling and decision-making. I’ve got this. Trust me.

The black coaches in the NCAA women’s tournament

With Dawn Staley and South Carolina’s victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA tournament championship game last year, women’s basketball saw only its second black head coach hoist the trophy. Staley followed in the footsteps of her predecessor and mentor Carolyn Peck, who with her Purdue Boilermakers became the first black and youngest coach to win the championship in 1999.

So who are the black coaches you need to know about in the women’s game this March Madness? There are four majors headed by black coaches and six mid-majors looking to burst someone’s bubble this week.

Jason Flowers has the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball program going places

The 16th-seeded Matadors, who play at No. 1 Notre Dame on Friday in their NCAA tournament opener, have the right person at the helm. Because when it comes to navigating roundabout routes, coach Jason Flowers is a human GPS.

Flowers, 38, dreamed of playing at UCLA when he was a kid growing up in Watts. But, like his team this season, he didn’t get off to a promising start. He was cut by the Bruins as a walk-on, transferred to UC Irvine and made a name for himself in two seasons there, then worked his way back to Westwood.

“He was definitely tenacious and relentless in bringing a competitive spirit to every practice,” recalled Steve Lavin, his coach at the time. “His teammates were better prepared for competition because he went full throttle every day.

Iowa women’s basketball: Making NCAA Tournament not enough for Hawkeyes

“I feel like we’ve proven to ourselves and to others so many times this season that we’re such a great team,” senior forward Chase Coley said. “We can beat other great teams, and we’ve done it. Yeah, we’ve had some slip-ups in some games, but toward the end of the season is really when you start to clean all that up.

“I really feel like if we come together and play how we know how to play, we can really make a good run in this tournament.”

UConn is favored in NCAA tournament, but BPI likes field

The world knows UConn is the favorite. But the Huskies’ edge is less than most might think.

ESPN’s brand-new Basketball Power Index (BPI) for women’s college basketball gives Geno Auriemma’s team a 37 percent chance to win this year’s NCAA tournament, one year after the Huskies came up short in the Final Four. (You can read a little bit about the methodology behind our model here).

.com: Senior Watch: 2018 NCAA Tournament Is Set

Hello! Lynx sign ‘retired’ former WNBA star Tanisha Wright

Listen up! Lynx Off – Season Podcast Ep 7 Seimone Augustus

*all sing* Shut up and


Wait! Can we talk about who got in and who didn’t and why and where are they going and why? Okay.

Now, fill out your brackets, stock up on takeout menus and remember how to set the “unavailable” notice on your phone.

Friday, 12pm

16 Boise State v. 1 Louisville

11 Western Kentucky v. 6 Oregon State

12 Princeton v. 5 Maryland

12 Oklahoma v. 5 DePaul


14 Liberty v. 3 Tennessee

13 Drake v. 4 Texas A&M

13 Elon v. 4 NC State

9 Dayton v. 8 Marquette


12 CS Northridge v. 1 Notre Dame

10 Minnesota v. 7 Green Bay

10 Virginia v. 7 California

10 Northern Colorado v. 7 Michigan


15 Grambling v. 2 Baylor

15 Seattle v. 2 Oregon

15 North Carolina A&T v. 2 South Carolina

9 Villanova v. 8 South Dakota State



16 St. Francis (PA) v. 1 UConn

14 Little Rock v. 3 Florida State

12 Belmont v. 5 Duke

11 Central Michigan v. 6 LSU


14 George Washington v. 3 Ohio State

13 Mercer v. 4 Georgia

11 Buffalo v. 6 South Florida

9 Quinnipiac v. 8 Miami


14 American v. 3 UCLA

12 Florida Gulf Coast v. 5 Missouri

10 Nebraska v. 7 Arizona State

9 Oklahoma State v. 8 Syracuse


16 Nicholls State v. 1 Mississippi State

15 Maine v. 2 Texas

13 Gonzaga v. 4 Stanford

11 Creighton v. 6 Iowa

More DI Post Season:

WNIT DRAW: (Really, Rutgers? You don’t give Tyler Scaife more time on the court?)


Other news:

Job opening: Washington State announces women’s basketball coach June Daugherty won’t return in 2018-19

Job opening:  Southern Utah Fires Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Boettcher

Job opening:  Steelman Resigns as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Presbyterian

A question to always ponder: The Report Card: Why Aren’t More Women Coaching Women?

100 percent of the men in the men’s basketball tournament are coached by men.

That’s a luxury nowhere near true for women. In fact, across all college sports, it’s true for only four out of 10 women.

But there’s a woman at the University of Minnesota trying to change that.

“It’s interesting because I often get the question, why should we care that girls and women are coached by women?” Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., said. “And my answer is, the data shows us same-sex role models matter. For confidence, and self-perceptions, and emulation. Most all boys have a male head coach at some time. And that’s just not the case for girls. And they need same-sex role models just like their male counterparts.”