Archive for February, 2012

an expert in Virginia area/CAA stuff: Former ODU assistant, University of San Diego coach Fisher, wins Coach of the Year honors

You loyal readers of the WHB aren’t totally surprised by this, but you might be by this little nugget: “picked to finish seventh in the WCC, [the team] is in a tie for second place with Brigham Young.”

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wouldn’t you say?

Here’s what Debbie Antonelli, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo and Stephanie White, Beth Mowins and Brenda VanLengen have to say about a season “that featured non-traditional teams and players emerging, new teams jumping into the top 25 and exciting games being played across the board.” (WHB note: Except for most every Big Monday game…)

Memorable moment from a particular venue or fan base of a game you covered?

LOBO: My moment happened after the UConn at Baylor game ended when fans were allowed to come onto the court. A bunch of elementary and middle-school-aged kids began playing basketball and the Baylor men’s team joined them for an impromptu pickup game. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it was awesome.

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“Battle of the Bays” poster is prepared for fans attending the Bears v. Cardinal game this Sunday, 9pm, EST. This could be a seriously important “Notice us!”game for Cal.

The NCAA tv/streaming page says it’s on FSN (Fox Sports Net). My local NYC listings says it’s also playing on MSGPlus (channel 48). Fingers crossed I’ll be late for work on Monday.

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their tournaments, others are still playing their regular season games.

For instance, if you ignore the big fat liar that is ESPN, there were several games yesterday.

Poor Houston Baptist is not having a season to write home about.

In the battle of the Ohios, (Miami) (11-5, MAC) beat Ohio (6-10), 51-49.

Kelly Packard did a great job managing the players she inherited from Tracy Roller, but since winning the Maggie Dixon RCOY, Ball State has fallen on tough times. On the other hand, how many ADs are paying attention to Toledo coach (and Purdue grad) Cullop’s fine work? The Rockets experienced five-consecutive losing campaigns prior to Cullop’s arrival. Since then: 72-30, not including this season’s 20-8 record. (BTW, if named queen of all women’s basketball websites, I would decree that a team’s current record be listed at the top of their schedule/results page.)

In the battle of the Michigans, Central (8-8, MAC) upset Eastern (13-3), 61-46. Hmmm, wonder if Toledo sent the Chippewa’s seniors a thank you.

Bowling Green just wailed on Kent State.

Mizzou had the lead over Texas at the half, but they couldn’t hold on.

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co-founder of the Women’s Hoops Blog Sara Sampsell-Jones.

Yes, she is cool…. But Sara. Ted. You don’t write, you don’t call…. whatupwiththat?



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Congrats to 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year Marcia Pinder of Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale):

Florida’s all-time winningest high school basketball coach, Pinder recorded her 800th career victory on Feb. 9 and currently leads all Florida high school girls’ and boys’ basketball coaches with an 804-175 win-loss record. She won her third consecutive –– and seventh overall — state championship as coach of the Panthers this past Saturday.

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Next Goal for the Blue Hens: Undefeated Conference Season

A win against William and Mary on Wednesday would mark an undefeated season in conference play for the Blue Hens. This perfect season would be the first in 10 years for any Colonial Athletic Association team.

“We started something really special, and now it’s time to finish it,” said Coach Tina Martin. “For these kids, for my players, this is a dream come true.”

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