(Becomes Monday! Monday! Monday! – and I’m home again Finnegan…)
But it was Saturday that saw some surprises.
Costal Carolina (5-11, Big South) snuffed the Flames, 58-61. First time since February 19, 1996.
Who misses Ms. Jones? George Washington. They fall to VCU, 79-68.
Always keepin’ it interesting in the WCC: Pacific surprises Gonzaga in OT, 84-83. And BYU women’s basketball wins its first WCC regular-season championship
Tennessee-Martin makes a statement about who rules the OVC, stifling SIU-Edwardsville, 86-50.
If UC Riverside’s women’s basketball Highlanders pull this off, it’s going to be quite the narrative. Not sure if you could sell it as a movie script, although it certainly seemed to work in “Hoosiers.”
UCR remains undefeated in the Big West, running its record to 11-0 in conference and 18-7 overall following an 83-58 thumping of Long Beach State Thursday evening at the Rec Center.
The Highlanders did so with seven available players.
While I was working my way home, Sunday happened. All the ranked teams pretty much held serve, except
..and #24 Tennessee. The Vols have a habit of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. This time, LSU was the beneficiary. The loss meant Tennessee dropped out of the polls for the first time in forever. Mechelle says Tennessee must focus on present, and future
The juxtaposition of so much going right for the Huskies and the difficulties facing the Lady Vols is an unpleasant thing for Tennessee fans. There is no other way to put it. There was a time not so long ago when UConn and Tennessee were both ahead of the rest of women’s basketball.
Since Tennessee ended the series after the 2007 season, the two programs haven’t met. Tennessee won its eighth title in 2008, but hasn’t been back to the Women’s Final Four since. UConn hasn’t missed a Final Four since 2007.
Alas, what Tennessee has to do now, though, is focus on trying to play as well as possible for the two games left in the regular season, the SEC tournament, and the NCAA tournament, which they still are projected to make.
Rachel B proves it wasn’t a fluke, going for 52 (and Kobe liked it) but, unfortunately, in a losing cause. Likely we won’t see her in the NCAA tournament… unless the Gophers can pull off the huge Big 10 Conference Championship upset.
Squeak! Abilene Christian escaped Southeastern Louisiana (4-21, 3-11), 72-70.
In other news:
A story leaps to mind for Cynthia Rodriguez of her daughter, Dani, finding $30 on the ground at a market near their Downey, Calif., home.
To a third-grader, that’s a fortune, so she kept the cash close. But the next day at the same market, a woman was begging for money.
Dani, in her youthful wisdom, gave her fortune away.
“I asked her why she gave the money to that woman, and she said, ‘I found it it, and I didn’t need it,’ ” Cynthia recalled of their conversation afterward. ” ‘She needed it more than I did.’ “
As a senior point guard, Danielle Rodriguez’s capacity to give to others is tallied up: She’s dished out 429 assists in her career, the fifth-most in school history. But many of her good works off the court are being brought to light as she’s one of 10 women’s basketball players named to the AllState WBCA Good Works Team, which highlights the community service of student-athletes.
Columbus: Ohio State seniors face final home game
The instant that Cait Craft cut to the basket on Thursday night in Value City Arena, Ameryst Alston delivered a bounce pass in traffic so seamlessly that the two Ohio State senior guards appeared connected by some second sense.
The assist and the layup became a sentence within a paragraph of a story four seasons in the writing, and explained why each would describe her feelings as “bittersweet” heading into the pair’s final home game with the Buckeyes today against Illinois.
“It went by so fast,” Alston said. “I tell the young ones, enjoy the moment because it goes by so fast.”
Adut Bulgak has the name of her late brothers — Deng Atem and Bul Atem — on each shoe.
The 6-foot-4 center for No. 10 Florida State is one of the top seniors in women’s college basketball, averaging 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She will graduate in May with a degree in sociology, likely be selected in the WNBA Draft and try out for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
For some, that much going on could be overwhelming, but not for the 23-year-old.
“I built a tougher mentality because I had some terrible things happen to me just like other people have,” she said.
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Or the 20th season of the W: Refreshed, stronger Diana Taurasi still at the peak of her profession
The shorthand way of describing why Diana Taurasi did not play the 2015 WNBA season for Phoenix was that she took off the summer to rest.
Except that’s not exactly what happened.
“I did three months of heavy working out in the summer, Monday through Friday, just weekends off,” Taurasi said Sunday at the first day of USA Basketball’s national team training camp. “I didn’t necessarily take any basketball time off. But I got to work on things I needed to work on, strength-wise, stability-wise.”
In other words, last summer wasn’t about just taking a breather and texting snarky comments to motivate Mercury teammate Brittney Griner (although she did both).