Spent the morning meeting a second cousin, visiting the Coronado Historic Site and the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo and eating yummy food at Sophia’s Place.
Should now be working on that keynote thing, but decided procrastination was necessary because of the wins by St. Peter’s and San Diego.
The Marist College women’s basketball team has not lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament game since March 6, 2005, exactly 10 years ago on Friday.
Now, all the Red Foxes want is to make that streak last four more days.
This weekend, and this year’s MAAC tournament, may be the greatest test Marist has faced since its string of nine consecutive titles and nine consecutive automatic bids to the NCAA tournament began.
(BTW, Patty’s sister Mary’s team, is doing well: Knight’s career-high 24 helps Rutgers Prep advance past Gill St. Bernard’s)
“I’m really, really proud of the team. This was a huge team win,” said USF head coach Jennifer Azzi. “They defended, they had a look in their eye tonight like ‘we are going to win this game,’ and it was fun to see them out there and be able to just pull things together. They’ve really come out strong at the end of the season. They’ve bought into continuing to work and continuing to improve throughout the season.”
Next up: the winner of San Diego v. Santa Clara.
Gonna watch’em play on the 10th: Penn women’s basketball’s senior class is four-ever a winner – Quakers bid adieu to winningest class
The year was 2011.
The Dallas Mavericks had just won their first NBA title. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was named the number one song of the year. Nearly all of America had woken up at 5 a.m. to watch the Royal Wedding.
And four talented freshmen joined Penn women’s basketball, eagerly hoping to make their mark on what was, at best, a mediocre — if not downright dismal — program.
The Black Bears have achieved their recent success with a roster that includes seven international players.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s never boring because you’re always learning something new,” said junior Liz Wood of Catlett, Virginia.
Fourth-year head coach Richard Barron has assembled the group during the last three years, including seven players recruited in 2012. The European contingent features players from Austria, Finland, Sweden, Germany, England, Serbia and Greece.
UMaine, the league regular-season co-champs, includes two players each from Maine and California and one apiece from Virginia, Kentucky and Utah.
After delving into some more history and the underlying stated goals of earlier committees, it seems the commitment to the S-curve takes a distant second place to keeping teams as close to home as possible. So Oregon State, as the last team on the No. 2 line, is back in the Spokane Regional, paired with the final No. 1 seed, Maryland.
That also means the top No. 2 seed, Tennessee, is now with Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed. That isn’t exactly even at the top, but with the right mix of 3- and 4-seeds, and geography still a priority, the overall regional balance is there.
It’s not ideal for some, but it accurately follows what past committees have done and honors what the NCAA has said is the hope of the individual institutions — to enhance the experience by playing closer to home even if it means a more difficult path.
At Swish Appeal, Mike Robinson argues that Why the Atlantic Sun deserves two teams in this year’s NCAA tournament
Tamecka Dixon is one of only three women’s basketball players to have her number hung in the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse. That’s how good she was.
The Linden, New Jersey native came to Kansas in the fall of 1993 and immediately got started on an impressive Kansas career. As a freshman, she only started six games, but averaged 17 minutes per game off the bench. That year, she averaged 6.8 points per game and helped KU to a second round NCAA tournament appearance. The 22-6 Jayhawks were a nine seed and lost to the top-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions in the second game.
Watching Alana Beard with a basketball in her hand, while sporting the orange, blue and white uniform of the Southwood Lady Cowboys from 1997-2000, was the sporting equivalent of Princess Odette slicing through the air at the Bolshoi Theater.
“Alana was so smooth in her movements. Great body control,” is how former Southwood head coach Steve McDowell described her.
Ironically, the ballerina-like Beard would more than likely turn down an invitation to ply her trade at the famed Moscow venue…for climatological reasons.
Thanks for losing, Knicks! From the New York Times: The Shy One? She’s the Red Storm’s Fiercest Rebounder – St. John’s Amber Thompson Transforms Herself and Her Team
When Amber Thompson arrived at St. John’s four years ago as the recipient of a basketball scholarship, her body language was not promising. She would hold her hand in front of her face when she spoke. She would look away from others to avoid eye contact. She was so painfully reserved it raised questions about her ability to assert herself on the court.
But then practice began and Thompson unveiled a strikingly different persona, that of a fierce, no-holds-barred competitor intent on succeeding.
Marc Mitchell was born and raised in Newark. Now 46, he has coached New Jersey basketball teams — recreation league, middle school, high school and college — for more than 20 years.
Still, he had never heard of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham, before applying for the position of women’s basketball coach there in 2009. A few days before interviewing, he called the admissions office and set up a campus tour. He wanted to learn about the college, which is in Madison, about 15 miles west of Newark.
Six years later, Mitchell has helped make F.D.U.-Florham a recognizable name in Division III athletics. The Devils were 33-0 last season and became the first team from New Jersey to win an N.C.A.A. women’s basketball title. This season, their only loss came on Feb. 7, in overtime, when Eastern University ended their 53-game winning streak, the longest in the nation at the time for a men’s or women’s team, regardless of division.
A little W news:
Someone’s cranky: The 2015 Mystics: A lot like the 2014 Mystics