During a week when rival teams dig in and prepare, Mikayla Lyles and Toni Kokenis are reaching out. During a week when programs with a history might be talking a little trash, Lyles and Kokenis want to start a dialogue.
Lyles, a senior guard from Cal, and Kokenis, who played three seasons at Stanford before concussions forced her off the court, carved out time this week — in the run-up to the annual back-to-back games between the Bears and Cardinal — to create a shared space for inclusion and a conversation about acceptance.
Archive for January, 2014
I truly love what I do — but it sure as heck can interfere with blogging about the basketball I’ve been keeping up with from afar.
The perk is: I got to speak to two amazing women – Mimi Griffin and Michelle Edwards – at ridiculous length. What a privilege.
Of course, you’re going to have to wait for the results to appear at Fullcourt. Which means I need to transcribe and write… Um. Gotta go!
Posted in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II & III, WNBA, tagged Abby Scott, Barb Stevens, Bentley University, Candice Wiggins, Chattanooga Mocs, Cynthia Cooper, Diamond DeShields, Ebony Rowe, Gary Blair, Jim Foster, Kansas, Keli Warrior, Lakota Beatty, Lamar, Middle Tennessee State, Morgan Tuck, New Mexico State, Off the Rez, Oklahoma State, Shauna Long, Shoni Schimmel, surgery, Tina thompson, USC women's basketball on January 25, 2014|
UConn’s Morgan Tuck To Have Surgery, out for season, leaving the Huskies with 8 scholarship players for the rest of the season. (7 for their next game: Banks is out with an ankle sprain.)
You can hear coaches game planning: “What we need to do is get them into foul trouble.” True, but not as easy as it sounds. UConn has adjusted nicely to the new rules, especially considering the fierce defense they play. Things could get interesting in the paint!
Speaking of interesting:
Gaels are now 9-0 in the MAAC. Their biggest threats the rest of the (conference) season lurks at the end of their schedule: Quinnipiac and Marist.
As mentioned, big win for Cynthia Cooper as USC takes down #19 California. (Somebody stop Ariya Crook, writes Nick Kranz) With some nice recruits coming in next year, things are looking good for the Trojan program.
The #14 Sun Devils needed free throws to escape the Utes and, in the battle of great names (Nyingifa v Ogwumike), it was close in the first half but #4 Stanford pulled away in the second for a 17pt win over UCLA.
Upcoming games of interest:
Sunday brings us a little SEC “legit” road test: #10 South Carolina v. #16 Vanderbilt (2pm ESPN2) followed by #11 Tennessee v. #17 Texas A&M at 4pm. BTW, Dave’s podcast asks: #WhyNotVandy? Melanie Balcomb & Vanderbilt host South Carolina in a battle of SEC upstarts.
“Big Monday” means USC v. Stanford for the top spot in the Pac 12. Which means Tina Thompson and Candice Wiggins will do a little Twitter ‘Smack Talk’
From Todd Carton: Can the Terps stop the Irish Invasion?
Glenn Logan worries about Kentucky:
I hate to say it, but right now, the women’s Kentucky Wildcats basketball team is just not very good. They are shooting the ball extremely poorly, and the object of the game of basketball, or at least one of the two main ones, is to put the ball into the basket. Kentucky is defending well enough to win, but when they simply cannot score.
Better, but a lot of ground to be made up: Texas women’s basketball still struggling to reinvigorate fan base – Over past decade, average home attendance has declined by half
Also the school’s all-time rebound leader, Rowe is averaging 22.2 points and 11.7 rebounds this season. She has 16 double-doubles, including 10 in a row, and a school-record 69 in her career.“I’m not the fanciest, I can’t do the best moves, not the quickest, can’t jump the highest. But I’m just in a system that all five people on the court know what to do, and we work so well together.”
Spotlight #2: UNC’s Diamond DeShields dares to dream
UNC’s leading scorer can splice two defenders, perform pirouettes on her way to the basket, make passes that some point guards would never dare try to make. When she makes a routine play by her standards, a highlight reel, “did-you-see-that?!” play by layman’s standards, DeShields, 18, simply smiles, a cheek-to-cheek glow that lifts her 6-foot-1-inch body off the hard court.
“It can make me very happy,” DeShields said of basketball, “but it can also make me really mad.”
Spotlight #3: Jersey girl Mabrey boosts Irish
In WNBA land, Nate has: 2013 Tulsa Shock season review: What kind of talent did Fred Williams inherit?
SPOILER ALERT!!! That’s 900 wins for Bentley’s Barb Stevens. BTW, the Falcons are undefeated this season, and sit atop the DII poll.
Up next, Jim Foster going for #800.
Don’t have Netflix? Check this out! “Off The Rez,” the documentary about Louisville’s Shoni and Jude Schimmel from the Umatilla reservation, will finally be available for download TODAY, Jan 24, on iTunes and VOD platforms.
Great excuse to remind you of more good stuff (though it’s old): Eight Native Basketball Players You Need to Know Better: Cliff Johns the first Native American to play for legendary NCAA coach Lute Olsen at the University of Arizona; Kenny Dobbs, the all-universe dunking star; University of Kansas and WNBA star guard Angel Goodrich; Hall-of-Famer Reyneldi Becenti who was the first Native American to play in the WNBA; Two-time Continental Basketball Association champion with the Yakama Sun Kings Richard Dionne; GinaMarie Scarpa, cofounder of the Native American Basketball Invitational basketball tournament.
And did you catch this piece from Graham? Green Bay’s Tesha Buck embraces heritage
To understand her is to understand the universality of a father’s influence on a daughter. Her struggles with separation from what was familiar are the same as those of freshmen across the country. So, too, her ability to eventually adapt and thrive in that new setting. It is a story of someone who aspires to live up to the words tattooed above an ink basketball on her torso: Strong Hearted Woman.
To understand why that is only part of the story is to understand that “Strong Hearted Woman” is merely a translation of the words inscribed permanently on her skin. The words themselves are written in the Dakota language. The language of those who came before her. Of where she comes from. A language and a history rarely represented on Division I basketball courts.
Back in November, Brent Cahwe’s 10 Native American Basketball Players to watch this College Basketball season included Tesha and also named Lakota Beatty, Oklahoma State; Keli Warrior, Kansas; Abby Scott, New Mexico State; and Shauna Long, Lamar University.
Just got this from Keith Fulcher, Executive Director, Delta State University Alumni and Foundation:
See the attached photos on Coach Margaret Wade. Many are “never before seen” that were just digitized by Emily Jones in the Charles Capps Archives and Museum at Delta State University.
Be sure to LIKE and SHARE the Facebook page dedicated to Coach Wade.https://www.facebook.com/coachmargaretwade
From the Facebook page:
(Lucy Harris – Look at those packed stands!)
These photographs were taken by Nanette Laster and donated by her and her brother James Larry Laster. The DSU Archives and Museum is thrilled with this new addition to our University collections.
And, of course, this allows me to re-post one of my favorite blog entries (and update some of the dead links. sigh):
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Margaret Wade: She’s not just a name on a trophyIt’s been about 75 years since most competitive state high school girls basketball was wiped out and 35 years since Title IX was signed. So how about a little history?
Many forget Wade the player who, in 1929, played forward and became captain of the Delta State Teacher’s College team. The team, though, was disbanded in 1932 because the administration thought “intercollegiate basketball could not be defended on sound grounds.” Basically, it was unlady-like.
But, like many women of the era who were driven to play, Wade found a place on the court with “semi-pro” AAU teams. In Wade’s case it was the Tupelo Red Wings. She served as the team’s captain and led them to the Southern Championship before a knee injury ended her career.
As a Red Wing, Wade played with Mary Nelle Brumley Chalk and her sister Dew Drop Rowlett, both who have been inducted into the Freed-Hardeman College (TN) Hall of Fame. Clark was part of 1931-32 Freed-Hardeman College team that won the Mississippi Valley Conference despite the fact that they were a junior college competing against senior colleges. Rowlett attended FHC from 1930 to ’32 and was named to the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament team in ’30, ’31 and ’32. FHC’s women’s team was eventually disbanded.
All three women made a careers teaching and coaching, most famously Wade who, in 19 years at Cleveland High School (MS) compiled a 453-89 record. Invited back to Delta State to resurect the program in 1973, she guided the Lady Statesmen to three consecutive AIAW championships (’75-’77) with a team that included the fabulous Lucy Harris.
Chalk taught in the Tennessee school system, and coached both boys and girls basketball at Lexington High School for 20 years. Rowlett attended Murray State, and then started coaching tennis, track and field in 1936 at Kentucky’s Murray High School. One of the founders of the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in 1968 Rowlett was recognized as one of Kentucky’s Outstanding Women in Sports. There’s an interview with her at the Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History.
Rowlett return to FHU as a coach from 1965-1981. In 1979, her sister joined her to help revive the FHU women’s basketball team. The Lady Lions play in the NAIA and have made ten National Tournment appearances since 1997. This year Stacy Myers was the fourth player in FHU history to be named a Kodak All-American.
All hail unlady-like women!
Posted in NCAA Division I, WNBA, tagged Angela Taylor, Becky Hammon, Dawn Evans, E.J. (Lee) Ok, Fred Williams, Jewell Lloyd, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Karen Bryant, Phoenix Mercury, St. Norbert College Tilley, upsets, WNBA All Star Game 2014, women's basketball on January 24, 2014|
In other games:
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 in C-USA. That’s odd to type. Speaking of the Blue Raiders: Alysha Clark doubling as WNBA player, college coach
The battle of the Green Clad (Tulane v. Charlotte) added to our OT list. (The Green Wave won.)
OT: Ole Miss over Mississippi State by 2.
OT: The Fightin’ Campbell Camels over Winthrop by 3.
OT: Niagara over Manhattan by 4.
OT: Northern Colorado over Northern Arizona by 4.
Idaho’s victory over Grand Canyon lets me type the following: Vandals rule the WAC.
Meanwhile, Baylor took their revenge on the Jayhawks in-state rival, stomping Kansas State in the first half and, depending on your point of view, cruising or giving coach Mulkey more cause to play her bench — or worry — in the second half.
In other news:
Not the timing she’d like, but it’s better to have a healthy kidney.
Full Court notices the Gaels, too: Newly dominant Iona fuels hot race for top of MAAC
Congrats! St. Norbert College’s Tilley becomes 13th coach in DIII to reach 600 wins
Hello! Q&A with Becky Hammon
What’s next? Karen Bryant ready for new challenge
More congrats: E.J. (Lee) Ok’s Jersey Retirement Set for Saturday. Ok is one of two players in program history to score more than 2,000 points in a career as she finished with 2,208 points (second all-time).
Posted in NCAA Division I, tagged Amanda Zahui, Antonita Slaughter, Baylor, C Vi, Chelsea Gray, Duke, Kim Mulkey, Louisville Cardinals, Minnesota, Odyssey Sims, Terri Williams-Flournoy, women's basketball on January 20, 2014|
“There are no upsets in women’s basketball” are simply out-of-touch neanderthals.
’cause lookee what Graham said! Not only did he name the Penguins the “Team of the week,” he noted it was “a weekend in which nine ranked teams lost to opponents that were either ranked lower or unranked.”
And honestly, looking at some of the records of those unranked teams only makes the upsets even more stunning.
Not to be outdone by their in-state rival, Kansas became a Bear-toppler as Baylor left Texas for the first time this season and not only lost back-to-back for the first time since 2010, but they also lost their nation-leading road win streak and their 44 or is it 53-game conference win streak. That earned Kansas’ Gardner is player of week honors. Wrote Mechelle:
Mulkey knew her young players were perhaps too buoyed by their performance against UConn and not ready for potential adversity on the road in the Big 12. She said she saw the “deer in the headlights” look from several of them Sunday.
Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims had 31 points, but it took her a school-record 37 shot attempts to get that. She made 13 shots from the field and 3 of 5 free throws. Combined with her 4-of-25 night against UConn, Sims has shot 27.4 percent (17-of-62) in her last two games.
“Vanderbilt did a nice job of getting the right players the right shots at the right times,” head coachNikki Caldwell said. “They didn’t force anything, they played within their gameplan and they did a good job of sharing the basketball. We have to be more discipline in our halfcourt defense and not miss assignments. We just weren’t aware and alert, that hurt us. We have to be more serious about our defensive effort.”
Saunders joked that the rim has never looked that big for her in her career.
“It was pretty huge,” Saunders said. “I was really feeling it, and it was a great feeling. My teammates found me in great places, all of my guards have great vision, and I was just happy they were able to find me and I was able to knock it down.”
In the “almost” vein –
“Besides the fact that we blew it, I don’t know what to really say,” Tigers head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “The opportunity was there, we played hard, sometimes we just didn’t do everything that we needed to do like rebounding the basketball on the defensive end.”
- #5 Louisville (welcome back Antonita) handled SMU.
- #9 UNC dispatched BC.
- #6 Maryland over Georgia Tech by 11.
- #8 South Carolina rebounded and rolled Alabama.
- #25 Texas A&M obliterated Mississippi State.
- #16 Penn State had to rally to take down Michigan State. Ah, the Big 10.
- #1 UConn wiped out Rutgers, impressing the heck out of CViv (who has Scaife and Copper to look forward to).
“Remember when Geno said, “`I have Diana Taurasi and you don’t’?” Stringer said. “That’s what he means. Breanna’s the No. 1 player in the country, right? She’s the best player in the nation. It doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten but it’s Connecticut and everybody else.”
Said Auriemma of the (almost) “end of an era”:
“It was one of the better games we’ve played here in a very long time,” Auriemma said of the ease with which his team went about its business. “But it didn’t even feel like we were at Rutgers. I don’t know what’s going on. The last two games – maybe the fans are feeling sorry for me now that I am getting older. When I was younger they didn’t treat me like that.”
In other games –
Keep improving? Check! St. Francis (NY) wins.
Continue to challenge for the Horizon? Check! Penguins ruuuuule!
Run away with the Big Sky? Not so fast (Pt. 2)! North Dakota stumbles against Montana State, 76-65.
Adding to the OT list:
- Howard over MD-E Shore by 2.
- Buffalo over E. Michigan by 1.
- Rice over Marshall by 6.
- Tulane over Southern Miss by 2.
- Jackson State over Prairie View by 1 (2OT)
- Cal Poly over Long Beach State (in a game Debbie would have loved), 107-102. Yes, LBS lost, but there IS going to be a wedding!
- UC Davis over CS Fullerton by 2.
- Big win for UNC-Asheville over Liberty, 83-80. It’s the first victory for Asheville over Liberty since Feb. 24, 2007.
- Zahui netted 25 on 10-11 shooting, but it was still Indiana over Minnesota by 5
And, on this MLK day, I invite you to read Kate Fagan’s piece.
Nobody wakes up one morning and understands the experiences of everyone who is “other.”The goal is to keep our minds open and be willing to listen — to realize that even when we think we get it, sometimes something happens that makes it clear we have so much more to learn.
And in those moments, the only wrong move is digging in your heels.
After an awkward start, WSU seems to have hit a groove with some odd hiccups. They’ve beaten (then) #24 ASU, #10 Nebraska. They’ve lost to Dayton (?), BYU (sure), and WVU (understandable, considering what the Mountaineers are showing – SPOILER ALERT! Down goes Oklahoma!).
What does this tell us? I’m thinking that, save UCONN, there is a TON of parity, talent-wise, in women’s basketball. Coaching is key.
Upcoming/current games that have my attention:
- Can San Diego get their mojo back? They face BYU.
- The Black Bears v. the Great Danes. No, I don’t expect a Maine win, but it’s fun to see a team move from being a total doormat to a team that you need to think about.
- Sacred Heart v. St. Francis (NY). The Stags aren’t having their usually stellar (NEC) season, but they have history on their side. SF(NY) is trying to change theirs.
- Speaking of changed histories: Cleveland State (3-0, Horizon) goes up against the Horizon team generalists know, Green Bay, who are a stunning 1-2 in league play.
- The Penguins, 3-0 in the Horizon, will go up against Phoenix Slayer Milwaukee.
- North Dakota will pit its 6-0 Big Sky record against Montana State’s 4-1.
- Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep those Mocs a rollin’! Under Jim Foster, Chattanooga is 6-0 in the Southern.
- It’s not gone to their heads (yet): Iona moves to 7-0 in the MAAC (but their spelling has suffered: “juior (sic) guard Damika Martinez” was one of 29 players named to the watch list of candidates for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award.)
- Speaking of the MAC, not the MAAC – they were kind enough to add to the OT list: Important win for Central Michigan over Bowling Green, 82-79.
- The SEC has not been kind to Mississippi State (1-3) and has been to Texas A&M (4-0). Wonder what’ll happen when the go at each other. BTW, welcome back! Texas A&M women’s basketball taps Sydney Colson as graduate assistant coach
- #14 LSU v. #24 Vandy might — or might not — tell us something.
- #2 Notre Dame v. #12 Tennessee (Monday, ESPN2) sure as heck will.
- Drexel’s (and Redick, who got the Dragon’s first triple-double) turn? They face the Blue Hens.
- Rutgers and UConn meet for the second-to-last-time as conference-mates… stoopid football, game that I love. Hoping there will be a General Admission ticket for me somewhere.
- So, how interesting will the A-10 be? Let’s chat post Fordham (4-1) v Dayton (3-0) and LaSalle (4-1) v. St. Joseph’s (2-2)
- Ah, the Big 10: Michigan State (4-0) v. #16 Penn State (3-1). Ought to be fun.
Check out the Dishin’ and swishing’ Roundtable with Steph White, Mechelle Voepel and Cindy Brunson as they talk the first half of the season.