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