Archive for February, 2011

From Michelle and Left Coast Hoops: Pohlen and Rueck should win Pac-10 awards

From Mel: Atlantic 10 Fit To Be Untied By Temple-Xavier Showdown

Lady Swish has: Virginia-Virginia Tech part II; JMU goes for 14th straight

From Rich Elliot: Maya and Kathryn Moore: Teammates In Life

while many people have made an impact in her life there is one person that stands above the rest. It is a person who has been with her every day of her life, helping her to overcome the hurdles that life put in her path. It is her mother, Kathryn. Maya’s teammate in life.

“She’s more than a teammate,’’ Maya Moore said. “I know she’s going to be on my side. We’d do anything for each other. And definitely a teammate as far as you work hard with your teammates … You have preseason workouts and you go through crazy practices and when games come you feel that sense of `that’s my sister out here.’ So I feel the same way with my mom. It’s like we’ve gone through a lot of things. We moved when I was a kid and just kind of being on our own for a little while. We’ve been through a lot of things that brought us closer. So it’s kind of like that unspoken bond that you know you have with that person that I have with my mom.’’

From Palo Alto Online: Pac-10 basketball title No. 20 is only the beginning for the Cardinal women

From Dan Fleser at Go Vols Xtra: Angie Bjorklund begins saying goodbye and Pressure, adversity has prepared Sydney Smallbone

Sydney Smallbone hasn’t let quantity determine the quality of her Tennessee experience.

As a freshman, she enjoyed the view from the top of a step ladder as a member of a national championship women’s basketball team.

Last fall, a two-day assessment as part of an interview with a multi-national logistics firm felt more like game day than pressure to the senior. She landed a job with the firm.

“She’s way ahead of where I’d have been,” UT coach Pat Summitt said.

From Tom Archdeacon at the Dayton Daily News: Nothing ‘plain’ about UD’s Ebony

She was the center of attention at the University of Dayton women’s basketball Senior Day game against Fordham at UD Arena. She was the player who struck chords of pride and inspiration in others, the player who brought so many to tears.

The 6-foot senior got a standing ovation at the game’s outset and in the final minutes of UD’s 69-51 victory she had the student section chanting “We Want Ebony.”

There has not been a day like this around UD sports in quite a while. And there has never been a Flyers athlete who’s had a career quite like Gainey’s.

In anticipation of the Bears/Sooners match up: Baylor’s Brittney Griner has changed the women’s game

Similar to Chamberlain routinely swatting away shots decades ago, forcing teams to shoot from the perimeter, Griner has changed the way teams prepare for the No. 3 Bears, who play Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

“When OU had Courtney Paris, even though she was on the All-Defensive team three times, you still ran your same stuff,” Blair said. “Griner changes the way you can score. She can intimidate you. You’re going to short-arm a lot of shots. She’s effective even if she doesn’t block any shots.”

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TV Alert!

Make sure you check women’s basketball online for the listings. Here’s a sampler for today (CST):

James Madison at Hofstra……….TBA……….FiOS1 TV
Niagara at Rider……….10:30am……….MSG Plus
Saint Joseph’s at George Washington……….11:00am……..CBS College Sports
Northwestern at Penn State……….11:00am……….Big Ten Network
Virginia at Virginia Tech..12:00..Comcast SportsNet/Fox Sports Net/NESN
North Carolina at Duke……….12:00……….Fox Sports Net
Iowa at Indiana……….1:00……….Big Ten Network
Delaware at Old Dominion..1:00..Comcast SportsNet/Comcast Network PA
Marshall at East Carolina……….1:00……….CBS College Sports
LSU at Tennessee……….1:00……….ESPNU
Kentucky at Auburn……….1:00……….SEC Network
Vanderbilt at South Carolina……….1:00……….Fox Sports Net
Florida at Georgia……….1:00……….CSS
Texas A&M at Texas……….2:00……….Fox Sports Net
Xavier at Temple……….3:00……….ESPNU
Wisconsin at Ohio State……….3:00……….Big Ten Network
Baylor at Oklahoma……….4:00……….ESPN

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ranked teams were pretty straight forward unless, of course, you’re intrigued by a ton of turnovers or a team in a tailspin with a cranky coach.

Bowling Green made a (12-3) MAC statement by stomping Kent State, 80-59.

American moved to 10-4 in the Patriot by disposing of (Beth Mowins’) Leopards, but Navy matched them with their 75-59 victory over Colgate, and earned the #1 seed.

Stony Brook surprised the heck out of Binghamton, 54-37.

Toledo (13-2 MAC) followed suit by being surprised by Northern Illinois (6-9)

Coast Carolina lost by 20 to Liberty, which is now 12-1 in the Big South.

Centenary finally won a game!!!

Sacramento State won a game in the Big Sky!

Down 16, BYU moved to 13-1 in the MWC with a 56-52 win over San Diego State.

There goes Hampton, now 14-1 in the MEAC.

Spoon and her Techsters are still undefeated in the WAC.

Gonzaga (yah, they’re ranked, but quietly) is 14-0 in the WCC.

That’s three losses in their last four games for USC.

The Bulldogs beat the Crimson, but the Tigers still rule the Ivy League.

Chicago State lost their first Great West game courtesy of South Dakota.

Portland State roared back from a 10-pt halftime deficit to take down Montana State. Both teams are now 10-4 in the Big Sky, but it’s Northern Colorado in the top spot, on the verge of winning their first regular season title.

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coach Tanya Warren and her Northern Iowa team (really, readers shouldn’t let me post without my coffee!) who won their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

We knew this: From SI via the AP, Cooper-Dyke building UNC Wilmington into a winner

During her Hall of Fame playing career, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke always seemed to make the toughest moves look easy – and she’s doing the same thing as a coach.

In her first season at North Carolina-Wilmington, she has the Seahawks on the verge of setting a school record for victories. They’ve won 20 for just the third time in program history, and she’s got them believing they can earn the school’s first NCAA tournament berth – if not this year, then soon.

“It’s been a great experience to play for a Hall of Famer,” senior Brittany Blackwell said. “Just being dominant in the league, it’s just another state of mind and feeling. You’ve kind of got swag with you, and I think we’re gaining the respect of our league for once, which has not been the case.”

It’s been hard to put your finger on Georgetown this season — they’ve been up and down. But, there’s no doubt the program is continuing its upward trajectory. From Joseph White at the AP: Georgetown women want to add their own hardware to Hoyas’ trophy case

There are more than 100 trophies, plaques, statues and other mementos won by various Georgetown sports teams in the John Thompson Lobby at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium, including awards earned by the baseball, soccer, golf, track and field and cross-country teams.

And, of course, rows upon rows are dedicated to men’s basketball, including nets that have been cut down after the biggest wins, most of them overseen by the longtime Hall of Fame coach whose name is part of a mural near the lobby’s ceiling.

Not a single item in any of the trophy cases was won by the women’s basketball team.

UConn will play the next two weeks or so with an even shorter bench.

The Duke-UNC game on Sunday is SOLD OUT! DWHoops has a game preview.

Florida’s win over Vanderbilt was their first in Nashville since 2004.

With their 22nd straight win, #21 Marist also clinched the MAAC regular season title (17-0). Loyola (MD) stayed on their heels (15-2) with an OT win over Iona.

Creighton (12-4 MVC) got “Shocked” by Wichita State (7-8 MVC), 60-51.

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Well, over at Swish Appeal, James Bowman has For Your Consideration: Ten Outside Prospects for WBB Coach of the Year. It’s certainly worth a look, because he spotlights programs that are…well, usually out of the spotlight.

I’m proud to say that we at WHB have noticed the rise of Appalachian State and Florida Gulf Coast.

We do wonder why, if June gets a nod (even with Nate laughing),  Scott Rueck doesn’t get a big ole slap on the back? And how about Cougar coach Todd Buchanan? No one in C-USA is laughing.

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On getting it right,

and how sometimes it seems people get it wrong deliberately.

From the Title IX blog: Default was not “consequence” of Title IX

There were a lot of issues/controversies raised by last week’s story about a male high school wrestler who defaulted his match rather than wrestle a girl. Religion, violence, gender roles. Title IX was not one of them. Why? Because of the contact sport exception.

So I was surprised to read a blog post on the Chicago Tribune website Chicago Now entitled “The Unforeseen Consequences of Title IX” by Kirk Mango. Note that the title is pretty ubiquitous. Opponents of Title IX use it all the time to talk about a myriad of issues. But the post colon blog title “Top Iowa High School Wrestler Defaults, Won’t Face Girl” was a little surprising. Because, again, Title IX does not require integration of teams when the sport is a contact sport.

And then, as the Title IX Blog notes, sometimes they correct their error.

Would they if no one had called their attention to it?

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As our friend Pseudonymity notes, wet weather did a number on some SEC games:

Rain delay? What sport are we talking about? Tennessee beats Ole Miss in rain-shortened game after roof failure.

The same weather system caused the Florida-Vanderbilt game to be postponed until Friday night.

Auburn ends losing streak, upsets Georgia.

LSU wins overtime home game against South Carolina.

Mathies’ layup in the final seconds gives Kentucky the home win over Arkansas
Slow start dooms Alabama against Mississippi State, ending their mini-win streak.

I believe the following analysis is correct: With South Carolina’s loss to LSU, three of the first round byes in the SEC tournament are set: Tennessee is the #1 overall seed, and Kentucky and Georgia have byes. Vanderbilt can clinch a bye with one win in their next two games, tonight or against South Carolina on Sunday.

Otherwise, the fourth bye is complicated.

Want more on the SEC? Check out Rocky Top Talk, where David Hooper write: Three Weeks Is Enough Time for the Lady Vols

In a way, I really couldn’t be happier about how the regular season has gone for the Lady Vols.  Despite dropping a real head-scratcher to Georgetown in the Paradise Jam, the no-show against Baylor, and the multitude of dubious wins throughout conference play, Tennessee is positioning themselves for their best shot at a deep NCAA run since the Candace Parker-led championship teams.  The depth may actually be the greatest in the history of Tennessee basketball, and the mix of players affords Tennessee the opportunity to match up favorably against just about anything the field can throw their way.

In other games:

Note to self – Don’t be an idiot: Flip a finger, lose your Senior night. Guess it was a “fun” game between Rutgers and the University of South Florida.

In the “We’re not dead yet,” category: Ohio State got a pound of flesh when they rallied to upset #8 Michigan State.

No really, what is going on with the #16 Tar Heels (no disrespect to Georgia Tech intended)? North Carolina goes down for a third straight game.

There was no drama when the #9 Blue Devils met the Cavaliers.

Being ranked didn’t go to Houston’s head. The #25 Cougars easily handled the Thundering Herd.

No really, keep an eye on “insanely awesome” Miami. The #14 ‘Canes won big against #12 Florida State.

#17 Maryland easily defeated Virginia Tech and Green Bay hand no problem with Valpo, earning them the Horizon title.

Speaking of the Horizon, Butler (11-5  – Horizon) got surprised by Milwaukee (7-5), 73-66.

I’m thinking that if you’re in the CAA, you simply don’t want to face the Blue Hens and Delle Donne in the conference tourney. Delaware (9-7 – conf) took down VCU, (11-5 – conf) 75-67.

Doink! Maybe it’s a delayed WHB curse: Penn State lost to Purdue, 51-49. Mingo snagged 16 rebounds and 12 points.

Squeak! Maybe it’s a delayed reaction to their Stanford loss, but UCLA just squeaked by Arizona, 74-70.

Sports Illustrated (aka the AP) writes about this year’s new crop of players: Talented young guards make immediate impact

So does Mechelle: Simmons, Fussell live up to expectations – Freshmen from Tennessee and Texas shine in loaded and talented rookie class

Meighan Simmons has a little scar on her forehead, the kind you guess was caused by some childhood mishap. Considering the Tennessee freshman does everything at about 100 mph, you correctly suspect she wasn’t much different as a toddler.

“I was 2 years old,” Simmons explained. “I ran into the wall, split my head open. I was running from my older sister, and my dad had told me to slow down. Then I turned around to look to see if my sister was still coming and — bam. The wall was right there.”

And DishnSwish writes: From Rings & Medals to the Bottom of the Big East, Anne Donovan Is Loving the Challenge

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