(Unless you’re UNC, JMU, South Carolina Upstate, George Mason, East Carolina, UCF (mebbe I made’m mad?), Loyola (CHI), Eastern Michigan, OSU, Tulane, Missouri State, San Diego…)
Will say that my boxscore reading concerns about #25 Chattanooga seem to have been on point: the Mocs lose to Indiana (WNIT game), 54-43.
Another upset: Florida Gulf Coast forgets how to score in the third quarter.. and lose to Florida Atlantic, 62-55.
“I think the obvious thing to take away from tonight is that FAU really outplayed us in the second half,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “They dominated the boards, they took advantage of every defensive breakdown we had and we couldn’t get things going offensively at all. We have to start to improve every day because the schedule is just going to get harder.”
Using the previous 30 years as a gauge, the progress made by the St. Louis University women’s basketball team last season was significant, even if the Billikens again failed to break .500.
They were 15-16, beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 12 years and had several young players recognized with postseason Atlantic 10 honors. For coach Lisa Stone, it wasn’t enough.
It’s been since 2004-05 that Columbia started 2-0.
Toughness. It’s the difference, senior guard Elisha Davis says, between the way Arizona State will finish this season and the way it finished the last one. It boils down to that one word.
“And when I say that, I don’t mean acting tough, but being tough enough to still do the little things at the end of the game,” Davis said. “The hard cuts, the hand signals, the counter moves you have to have when someone has scouted you. We have to be tough enough to push through it to the end.”
Kentucky: U of L women adjusting to new NCAA rules
Accompanying usual press notes and roster sheets at Sunday’s Louisville women’s basketball opener was also an NCAA explainer. This year, games split into four periods, not quarters, and it’s officially called intermission, not halftime.
“Did they by chance dim the lights on and off for everybody to come back to their seats?” Cardinals coach Jeff Walz joked after U of L’s 75-71 loss to California at the KFC Yum! Center.
Both Walz and Bears coach Lindsay Gottlieb otherwise praised rules changes that call for two free throws on the fifth foul of every period and allow teams the option to advance the ball up court via a timeout inside of a minute to go in the fourth.
Forget about the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship and the trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Forget about 1,000-point scorers Jessica Green and Jas’Mine Bracey as well as WNBA first-round draft pick Crystal Bradford.
Forget about them because they’re all gone, graduated and out of eligibility.
As the CMU women’s basketball team enters the 2015-16 campaign it enters a new era, one where the likes of Britni Houghton, Brandie Baker, Kaihla Szunko, Shonda Long, Taylor Johnson, Niki DiGiulio and the aforementioned triad are no longer around to put a face on the program.
In short when you open the doors into the upcoming season you must understand you’re entering into a new era of CMU women’s basketball, one that leads not so much towards what will be but rather what might be?
For emphasis, maybe just out of pure excitement, Connie Yori raised her hands to demonstrate the point she was trying to make about the Nebraska women’s basketball teams rapidly improved inside game.
During a recent news conference, the Nebraska coach raised her left hand and made a zero with her fingers. That represented how in recent seasons the Huskers have had no true inside post players.
Then Yori raised her right hand and held up five fingers. That’s how many post players Yori thinks can make an impact for the Huskers this season.
Junior Rina Hill is more than the starting point guard for the LSU women’s basketball team — she’s the team’s CEO.
Hill is the first Japanese national to play basketball in the Southeastern Conference and was named the starting point guard for the Lady Tigers before the start of the season. LSU coach Nikki Fargas recruited Hill and said she isn’t surprised she chose to major in business when she arrived in Baton Rouge.
“When Rina comes to practice, she has an agenda,” Fargas said. “She’s very organized and committed. She commands the same level of attention to detail as if she was running a company — as if she were the CEO or COO of her own company.”
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Where has time gone? It’s been literally a month since my last post. People tend to assume that my life slows down once the season ends, but it’s quite the opposite.
Despite taking a 3-week break from working out, I’ve been getting my fair share of exercise just running through airports en route to meetings, appearances & events! From Baton Rouge, to New York, to Indy, to Louisville… God is truly setting me up for something big!!
With so much going on I’ll just give you a brief synopsis of this months highlights:
Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi… ouch:
The Canberra Capitals’ miserable season has taken another major hit, with Lauren Jackson suffering another injury setback which will keep her out of WNBL action until January.
Capitals coach Carrie Graf admits she faces the biggest challenge of her career to lift Canberra out a horror slump which has put the club on the verge of the longest losing streak in its history.
Speaking of Australia: Alaska hoops star Griffin will become an Australian
From Terrence McCoy at the Washington Post: How one of the nation’s most promising basketball players became homeless
On a summer day in 2012, a basketball superstar walked into Jimmy John’s in downtown Washington just as employees were attempting to kick out a homeless woman. Chamique Holdsclaw, who was drafted first overall in 1999 by the Washington Mystics and played in six all-star games, tried to ignore the commotion until she suddenly became part of it.
“Chamique,” the homeless woman begged. “Please buy me a sandwich.”
Holdsclaw had nearly mistaken her for a man. She was tall — taller than Holdsclaw, a former forward who stands 6-foot-2. She was dressed in baggy, dark men’s clothing. Her long fingers clutched a cigarette. She seemed disoriented, Holdsclaw recalled, maybe even on drugs. But her voice was smooth, feminine — and familiar.
Then it hit Holdsclaw. This wasn’t just another homeless person in a city full of them. It was Schuye LaRue.