And from one of my favorite albums ever:
And from one of my favorite albums ever:
Posted in NCAA Division I, WNBA, tagged ACL, Chippewas, Courtney Banghart, Dawn Evans, Gonzaga, Iona, James Madison, Jim Foster, Lakeesa Daniel, Magarity, Marist, Mike McLaughlin, Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, Penn Quakers, Princeton Tigers, Stefanie Pemper, UNH Wildcats, UW–Green Bay Phoenix, women's basketball, Wright State Raiders on February 25, 2014|
The biggest surprise: What happened in the Ivy?
I leave, and Harvard looks poised to take the crown…. I come back, and Courtney (with lots of help from red-hot Blake Dietrick) is working on a 7-game win streak and now has the Tigers on top. And the Quakers are lurking (after suffering a “what the heck!” loss to Dartmouth)!
Kudos to Penn head coach Mike McLaughlin, who’s in his fifth season at Division I. You may recall, McLaughlin came over from the very successful program at Holy Family. How good in he? From his bio: “The fastest coach in the history of women’s college basketball to reach 400 victories.”
Take your eye off the A-10 for a moment, and boom, someone else is in charge. This week, it’s Dayton. The tourney ought to be great, what with six teams clustered together hoping to regain the upper hand.
So, maybe Lady Swish was NOT kidding and this is James Madison’s best team. They’re running away with the CAA. Even better, you can Meet the woman who’s going to make Dawn Evans healthy again
Erika Evans laughs when asked the question.
Did you ever think you’d be donating a kidney to someone?
“It wasn’t exactly on my bucket list,” she says.
Evans’ recipient is another Evans — that would be James Madison’s Dawn Evans, her first cousin. Dawn, suffering from focal segmental glomerular sclerosis since December 2009, will receive the new kidney in Nashville in the next two to three weeks. Evans learned her kidney condition had deteriorated when she returned home to Clarksville, Tenn., over Christmas from Arras, France, where she had been playing basketball.
Equally important game looming for MAAC-leading Iona on the 2nd, when they face Marist. But, they’ll have to get through Quinnipiac first. Obviously, the Gaels will lean heavily on Damika Martinez, their Nancy Lieberman Award finalist.
Gonna be a great finish/conference tournament in the Mid-American. Bowling Green and Central Michigan sit atop the East & West with similar in-confrence records (they split the regular season games.) The Chippewas have earned a share of program’s first-ever regular season Mid-American Conference West Division title.
Deja vu, as always, with Hampton as the top dog in the MEAC. What’s surprising is to see how far Howard has fallen…. and that it’s North Carolina A&T (and their defense) who hopes to challenge the Pirates. They face each other in the last game of the regular season.
“It really is amazing when you think about it. No one could ever have expected this group of women to do what they have done,” Pemper said of her first full recruiting class. “I think the fact they fit together so well position-wise has been a big aspect of it. They each have their own niche. There’s no doubt the sum of the whole is greater than the individual parts.”
Navy’s five seniors, who collectively have played 14,903 minutes and 560 games during their careers, will be honored prior to Saturday afternoon’s final regular season home game against Holy Cross. It will be an emotional ceremony as always, but particularly because of what this class has meant to Navy women’s basketball.
Wow – N.J.I.T is the Last of the Independents. Kinda lonely.
Smokin’ Musket is cranky: West Virginia Women’s Basketball, Lacking the Respect They Deserve.
Crappy news out of NC State: Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Lakeesa Daniel gone to ACLs.
I’m going to….
See you in a week!
Former Indiana Fever player Tully Bevilaqua attended the hearing with her wife and two small children.
“We’re hoping that (they’re) going to stand on the right side of history and vote no on HJR-3,” said an emotional Bevilaqua. “We are a family. Same love. We just want to protect our family.”
Monday, supporters of the controversial resolution told committee members they’d rather have HJR3 defeated than have it put on the ballot without the second sentence.
“We would rather see the single sentence defeated than placed on the ballot,” said Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute.
But Tully Bevilaqua’s wife Lindsay said, if it were to pass, they might decide to leave Indiana.
“We’d hate to go,” she said. “But it’s something families like ours will have to consider if this does go through.”
Posted in NCAA Division I, tagged Albany Great Danes, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, FGCU Eagles, Hampton, High Point Panthers, Iona Gaels, JMU, Marist, MTSU Blue Raiders, Muffet McGraw, New Hampshire Wildcats, Notre Dame, Robert Morris, St. Francis (NY), Stetson Hatters, Wichita State, Winthrop Eagles, women's basketball on February 11, 2014|
Speaking of Southern, they’re atop the SWAC, but Texas Southern is lurking. Their first matchup went to OT and was a 2pt win for the Jaguars. Southern will host T.S. for their final conference game of the season. The Jags will have a chance to avenge their only in-confernce loss (Alcorn State) March 1st.
Hampton rules the MEAC and, though Coppin State put up a better fight the second time around, it doesn’t appear that anyone will threaten the Pirates. That being said, never underestimate the power of a rivalry (Hello, Howard?).
Yes, it’s slow climb to relevancy, and it is the NEC, but St. Francis (NY) took down traditional powerhouse St. Francis (PA), 90-76, to equal the program’s record for victories. The NEC leaders are the Robert Morris Colonials (which SF/NY took to double-overtime) with a multi-national team: Greece, France, Italy, Spain and the Democratic Republic of Congo are all represented on their roster.
The race to the finish in the MAC’s going to be fun: Central Michigan is 11-0 and Bowling Green is 10-1. The Chippewas gave the Falcons their only loss (at CMU, in OT, 82-79). They meet again Feb 19th.
How much is the ACC enjoying the addition of Notre Dame? The Irish are making mincemeat of their opponents and are perched confidently atop the conference. Coach McGraw’s win against Syracuse tied her with North Carolina State Kay Yow for 11th place in career wins (737-258).
Zap! That’s the sound of the Wichita State Shockers (11-0) taking control of the MVC. The Sycamores are in second place (still wonder what happened at Indiana State way back when) at 7-3.
Ditto with the Horizon!
Who knows what’s true in the Atlantic Sun. It’s the Hatters and the Eagles both with one conference loss, but Stetson’s was courtesy of FGCU (72-56). The Eagles lost to Northern Kentucky (8-3), 63-43.
The Eagles of Winthrop (12-3) are having a nice season, the result being they’re perched at #1 in the Big South. They’ll meet High Point (11-3) again Feb. 27th, where the Panthers will try and exact some measure of revenge for their earlier 79-72 loss.