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Hello, Delaware! Theresa Grentz returns to the sidelines for Lafayette
South Carolina: Tiffany Mitchell: USC’s leader on and off the stat sheet
There’s every reason to believe she will excel in another position. She’s done it every other time.
South Carolina needed a dynamic shooting guard? Tiffany Mitchell became a two-time All-American and SEC Player of the Year. The Gamecocks needed someone fearless enough to take a last shot in a Sweet 16 game? Tiffany Mitchell drove, the lane opened and she hit the layup to finally dispatch the nemesis Tar Heels.
In her senior year, Mitchell will still play the two, still take the last shot. She has been asked to assume another position, the most crucial as USC attempts to win its third straight SEC championship and advance to a second straight Final Four.
“She’s really worked all the way up to the top,” said senior center Shelby Cheslek. “For a lot of teams, when your head coach leaves, you’re not going to stick together. But nobody thought about leaving. Everybody just went about their same workouts. It shows just how connected we are here.”
Baylor was the upper crust, the 1 percent of college basketball that season. So was Durr, a high school guard who would soon enough have her pick of scholarship offers from those 1-percenter programs.
Yet like much of the country outside of Waco that night, she embraced the underdog. Durr, too, was swept up in what will be remembered as one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.
“Everybody pretty much knew, or thought, that Baylor was going to win,” she said. “I really liked how [the Cardinals] came out and they kept playing. They didn’t give up. Coach [Jeff] Walz coached his butt off, the players played their butts off and they never gave up. They didn’t back down from Brittney Griner. I really liked that about them.
Not since the days of Heather Ernest, Kim Corbitt and Melissa Heon have there been higher hopes for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.
Coach Geno Auriemma hopes his team is in Indianapolis on April 5 playing for that record-breaking title. This will be the first time that all three divisions of women’s basketball will hold their title games in the same city. The Division II and III finals will be played the day before the Division I championship.
“I’m not one to think about the end of the season when the season hasn’t even started yet,” Auriemma said. “And I’m not one to think that just because everyone thinks you should be playing that Tuesday night in that national championship game, that you’re entitled to that. ‘Cause that’s tremendously disrespectful to all the other coaches.”
When Tulane women’s coach Lisa Stockton thinks about her team making the NCAA tournament last season, her mind goes to the challenging preconference schedule.“That got us in the tournament,” she said. “We handled it well. We beat some of those teams early, and they wound up being conference champs. We beat Miami, N.C. State, teams like that, and it really helped us when our name was on that table as an at-large team.”
For the first time since coming to the United States, Florida State’s Leticia Romero can focus on basketball.
”This year I am more concerned about what the team needs from me and am more established,” Romero said. ”I am trying to talk more, communicate and lead from the point guard position along with leading more and getting more engaged. So far it is really good.”
When the University of South Florida women’s basketball team held its first practice last month, the Muma Center scoreboard clock already was set.
”We were that close,’’ Bulls senior guard Courtney Williams said. “It still burns me.’’
Courtney Banghart notices it when she’s on the road recruiting or at a summer camp or making one of her television appearances.
Alex Wheatley sees it when she walks around town.
Princeton University women’s basketball is popular.
In Sal Buscaglia’s first season as head coach, the Robert Morris University women’s basketball team went 3-24.
The season after, the team’s record was 20-10.
“When we first got here there were a lot of things we had to change,” said associate head coach Charlie Buscaglia, Sal’s son. “That was, really, I think something that made us get noticed right away. We had a historic turnaround and we just kept building off it every year.”
Lindsay Gottlieb envisions the future when she visits high school gymnasiums. Before recruiting the best available talent, the Cal women’s basketball coach asks herself a key question:
Will those players fill needs in two, three or even four years?
That approach should ease the Bears’ transition into a new era, one without All-America guard Brittany Boyd and Pac-12 Player of the Year Reshanda Gray.Gottlieb signed freshmen Asha Thomas and Kristine Anigwe to help replace Boyd and Gray, and the newcomers so far are exceeding expectations.
Banham, who tore her ACL last season but returned for her fifth year to get a shot at the school’s career scoring title and playing in her first NCAA tournament, is certainly capable of an offensive explosion in Friday’s opener against Wofford at Williams Arena.
But the U’s second all-time leading scorer — she trails Lindsay Whalen by 107 on the career list — doesn’t have to carry as big an offensive burden as she has in the past.
For the first time in Banham’s career, she’ll be playing with another guard who can light it up: Wagner.
“We both can score,” Banham said. “I think we both can get 20 points a game if we want. We hit a lot of threes, so that’s just a lot of scoring in general. Being back on the court with Carlie, I think we just work really well together.”
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