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Can’t imagine Jeff enjoys it very much, though. Louisville by three over USF, thanks to Shoni’s 38.

Griner played 37 minutes in a 30-pt blow out, scoring 40. Against Texas Tech. Wonder if someone was sending a message?

A bad shooting day from Poppens v. a good day from Angel? #23 ISU goes down to Kansas, 78-73.

The Dukes got a tussle from the Colonials, but prevailed in OT.

And then there were two atop the Patriot: Navy and American U.

In a game Debbie would have liked, Florida Atlantic got surprised by Louisiana-Monroe, 90-86.

The Albany Great Danes are romping in the Am. East. Feb 20th is when they’ll get a rematch v. BU.

Fresno State is 6-1 in the Mountain West. They’ll face their main challenge, San Diego State, two games from now, Feb. 9th.

The Wabbits are number wun.

Upcoming games:

Auburn’s Women’s Basketball: Home-court advantage key in stopping 4-game slide

Auburn and LSU enter Thursday night’s game with a similar dilemma.

Both are outstanding at home, combining for a 19-2 record on their own floors. But both Tiger squads have struggled mightily on the road, going a combined 5-13 this season, including 0-8 in the SEC.

Good news from Jayda: Mailbag: Washington’s Jazmine Davis medically cleared, Seattle U hits the road and NCAA rankings

From Lady Swish: Only one HU and it’s Hampton and Delle Donne closing in on CAA scoring record

BTW, FGCU’s success not just due to 3-point shot

“We’re known for our offense, but we take great pride in our defense,” Smesko said. “We’re usually first in the conference on defense. We want to be the best offensive team in the conference and we want to be the best defensive team in the conference.

The UW Daily’s Thuc Nhi Nguyen has the mid-term Pac-12 power rankings: Women’s basketball

Mike Siroky’s SEC Report says: Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies — The Best Player in the Best League

At the Examiner, It’s 1984 and the WNBA is calling (Photos)

Congrats to Duke’s Kira Orr Announced as ACC Women’s Basketball Legend

How can you not respect this kid? Mingo Turning Darkness Into Light: Drey Mingo is trying turn a moment of darkness into a point of light through her ‘Sounds of Serentiy’ foundation.

Mechelle’s chatting: Send in your questions!

She also continues the Total Vol Access continues: Sports a Spani family tradition (interviewing Mr & Mrs. Spani)

Taber Spani wasn’t yet 3 years old, but Grandpa Frosty still felt sure she could follow along. Thus, Spani started learning about “X’s and O’s” well before she had even mastered the alphabet.

Now here is the Tennessee senior — just turned 22 last weekend — in the final months of her college career. Sunday, she’ll be back home in Missouri — she’s the only Show-Me Stater who has competed for the Lady Vol hoops team — as Tennessee takes on the new-to-the-SEC Tigers. And it’s a good time for her to reflect.

“I could never have scripted it,” Spani said of her time at Tennessee. “It’s much different than I thought it would be.”

Dang: University of Tennessee assistant director for sports medicine Jenny Moshak said Isabelle Harrison will need surgery to repair the meniscus in her left knee.

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Julie Caputo helped Cyprus win the Region 6 title last season.

Julie Caputo took her first dribble at age 7. Soon after, she was scrimmaging with the boys on the church-ball hardwoods. By high school, she found herself under the tutelage of a former WNBA player and a legendary local coach.

But for the Cyprus point guard, the road to becoming the leader of a team in contention for the Class 4A state title started with a few tears.

At Swish Appeal: Catch talks about winning the WNBA title, Pat Summitt, and Lin Dunn

How did it make you feel to have Coach Summitt present when you won the WNBA Championship?

(Long pause) “I mean…gosh, I don’t even know how to explain the feeling. She came to the Atlanta series, and I remember seeing her there, it was the first round of the playoffs and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ (Because) we lost the other two games (to Atlanta) in the regular season and Pat was there for both of them. I was like, “Ok, Mickie this is bad (luck), we can’t have her here.’ And Mickie was like, ‘No, no, no, we’ll just put her in a different spot, she won’t be where she normally is’ (laughing). It was kind of funny; we won that game and ended up winning the series. And she came back for the Finals, just having her there — I mean, Pat and I have just gone through a lot; and I’ve had a lot of ups and downs over my 11 years being with the Fever. Being able to call her, I’ve called her countless times crying about different situations — she’s always just known what to say. To have her there, she was like, ‘I’m so proud of you’ and I was just (emotional). She’s like my second mom. Going to college and being away [from home] — yeah to have her there, it was just a memorable moment.”

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How cool!

The world premiere of Granny’s Got Game is next week on Friday, February 8th as part of the Athena Film Festival.  The screening will be held at at 6pm at Barnard College in New York City.  Do you live near New York?  Do you have any friends and family in the area?  Please help us by spreading the word about the screening.  I will be attending the screening along with the team captain, Judy Barton, who is featured in the film.  We will do a Q&A session after the film and would love to meet our supporters in person! Tickets are still available here:

http://athenafilmfestival.com/program/2013-films/grannys-got-game/

You can use the promotional code “BUSTAFF21” to save $2 on the adult tickets.

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Sorry, Brittney, ODU’s Donovan is the one to beat out

SportsCenter is full of highlights of the feat, and the media keep repeating it, so it must be true, right? Baylor’s Brittney Griner is the NCAA leader in blocked shots with 665. Who she’d best to get it? Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s in California finished her career in 2011 with 663.

If you wonder why Anne Donovan’s 801 career blocked shots aren’t even a footnote in this conversation, it’s because the Old Dominion superstar played two of her years in the AIAW, and we’re not counting two years of her phenomenal shot-blocking statistics. Apparently, basketball statistics didn’t exist before the NCAA, a condescending attitude given Donovan and her Lady Monarch teammates Nancy Lieberman and Inge Nissen are regarded as some of the best to play this game.

 

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which turned out to be a whole lotta Skylar.

From Curt: Irish, Diggins hold off late Tennessee surge and  Irish, Diggins rain on Vols’ parade

“I think this was a great win in a hostile environment in front of a great crowd that made for a great game,” said Irish coach Muffet McGraw. “It was an electric atmosphere. They came out with a lot of emotion and got up early. I thought we maintained our composure.”

From Mechelle: Notre Dame notches first win in Knoxville

After viewing the film “The Impossible” (family struggles to survive/reunite after the 2004 tsunami) and a major tearjerker “Downton Abbey” episode (no spoilers for you stragglers who are still in the dark), I figured I did enough blubbering over the weekend.

So I was really hoping for a great, old-fashioned, fun, competitive, down-to-the-wire basketball game on Monday night. Well … we almost got that.

From Daniel Benjamin at the Examiner: No. 2 Notre Dame staves off late challenge from No. 9 Tennessee

From Cory Bernard at The Observer: Rocky Topped – Diggins scores a career-high 33 points as the No. 2 Irish down Lady Vols in Knoxville

At GoVolsXtra, Dan writes: Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols – Notre Dame executes as expected

Hard to miss Skylar Diggins Monday night, but Tennessee somehow lost her anyway.

The All-American cut down the lane unimpeded early in the second half, as if she was jogging through a park. She received a pass and scored a layup.

John Adams writes:  Lady Vols could have used a boost from past

The Lady Vols raised a banner in honor of former coach

Pat Summitt in pregame ceremonies as some of their greatest players looked on at courtside. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t script the game.

All-Americans Michelle Marciniak,Chamique Holdsclaw,Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker joined the rest of the crowd in a pregame standing ovation for Summitt, who led the program to eight national championships. But their contributions were limited to cheering.

“I wanted to put them in,” UT coach Holly Warlick said with a smile.

Speaking of folks who wear orange, Mechelle writes about Oklahoma State’s Toni Young.

Basketball most definitely was not Oklahoma State senior Toni Young’s first love. From the time she was a little girl, she was captivated by art and wanted to draw all the time. Hoops wasn’t even in the picture.

Basketball wasn’t her second love, either. That was volleyball, the first sport that she really embraced.

Basketball was something that other people thought Young should pursue, as was track and field. Young initially wasn’t too keen on either one — to say the least — when she finally took them up in high school.

“I didn’t start basketball until my sophomore year,” Young said. “And then I got forced into track when I was a sophomore, too. My coaches and my brother made me do it; I hated it then. But it was something I was good at, so it became a hobby.”

Young grins now as she recounts this, because it sounds preposterous. She was an All-American in the high jump at the NCAA outdoor track meet last summer (placing fifth) and then competed in the U.S. Olympic trials. That’s some hobby.

I haven’t jinxed Texas Southern yet: they took down Alabama State, 74-40.

Belmont is making some noise in the OVC. Their win over Morehead State puts them at 8-2 in the conference.

Okay, yes, they beat up on the Blackbirds, but I just need to say this: St. Francis (NY): 4-4 in the NEC.

I doubt they’re a threat to Quinnipiac, who move to 8-0 in the NEC. They don’t play St. Francis (PA) until Feb. 16th.

Yup, Hampton has set themselves up as the class of the MEAC, taking down rival Hampton handily: 67-45.

Sienna stayed even with the Red Foxes in the second half — but not in the first. Marist is now 8-0 in the MAAC.

They took the pedal off the medal in the second half, but that didn’t prevent Green Bay from securing the win over Wright State — and an 6-0 record in the Horizon.

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Unless, of course, you’re a NFL fan. And then you’re yelling, “Officiating in pro football is an outrage!”

Funny how every sport seems to have issues. From the NYTimes article, Probable Choice of Game Referee Draws Skepticism

“What’s happening right now is that the best officials are not working the best games,” said Jim Daopoulos, who worked 11 years as an on-field official and 12 years as a supervisor of officials before becoming an officiating analyst for NBC. Daopoulos added that he believed that the grading of some officials, including Boger, was altered because the league had a predetermined assignment in mind.

“I’m looking at the seven guys who are working in the Super Bowl, and to be quite honest, several of them should not be on the field,” Daopoulos said.

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Some are calling it the one of the best high school games ever.

See for yourself: Game replay: Ossining vs. St. John Vianney girls basketball

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