Nothin’ like a little basketball interruptus!
That being said, the game wasn’t BAD. It just was, to quote David Byrne, “the same as the other game…same as the other game…”
Deja vu all over again in LA.
It kinda looks like we’ll get what we all thought we’d get (once the games actually started and we all ignored the GMs), but I sure as heck wish EDD was healthy and Phoenix would get it together, don’t you? Sparks and Lynx move within 1 win of WNBA Finals showdown
Next: Sparks’ Candace Parker at her peak as series shifts to Chicago
And-1: On cusp of WNBA Finals, Sparks fly
Rejuvenated Parker steers LA past falling Sky
Sparks make it look easy, cruise past Sky, 99-84, for 2-0 series lead
In the thick of a turbulent third quarter Friday night, when a bevy of Sparks mistakes gave the Chicago Sky a hint of life in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, one of the Sparks’ steadiest players was exactly that.
Jantel Lavender does not start. She does not sink three-pointers or make attention-grabbing plays at the rim.
But the 6-foot-4 center simply produces, almost without fail, and was key in the Sparks’ 99-84 win at Staples Center.
She should have been happy, but that’s not the way newly named WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeve operates. Scanning a stat sheet on the way to the postgame news conference Friday, Reeve appeared puzzled, as if the numbers didn’t add up. But she couldn’t figure out why.
In a physical, long, brutal game that featured 54 fouls and 68 free throws, Reeve’s Lynx outlasted the Mercury 96-86 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal.
Lynx a win from WNBA Finals after grinding one out against Mercury
Lynx: Thanks to ‘Mighty Mouses,’ Minnesota minimizes letdowns
Minnesota Lynx edge out Phoenix Mercury in foul-ridden Game 2
An imperfect win: Lynx need to clean up fouls, defense
Big cat: Lynx coach Reeve named WNBA coach of the year
League-best Lynx reap WNBA awards
Mercury in trouble as Lynx take commanding 2-0 lead
WNBA stars and sisters Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, star in a new NCAAcommercial that hits back at “empowerment” advertising. They say women and girls do not need “empowerment ads,” to show that they can be strong and accomplished athletes; they just are.
The new campaign, called “Done” points out that women have been succeeding in their own right all along and want to be known as “athletes,” not “female athletes.”
Katie Fitzpatrick, a four-year member of the Mansfield University women’s basketball team, and her father Tom were featured on CBS 3 in Philadelphia during Wednesday night’s 11 o’clock news.
This past summer, Katie underwent surgery to remove part of her liver to save her ailing father’s life. The full story was the topic of the GoMounties.com feature story Fitzpatrick’s Greatest Assist in August.
The CBS 3 story can be viewed here: Father, Daughter Share Special Bond Over Life-Saving Transplant
Katie is currently student-teaching in Mansfield’s education department and is set to graduate this December. She ended her basketball career last season ranking fourth in program history in scoring with 1,301 career points.
A must-read article: San Diego Union Tribune: The real reason Beth Burns was fired at SDSU
Hirshman, perhaps unwittingly, also illuminated what this case was really about: That Burns, winning as much as she did, would never have been fired if she coached football or men’s basketball or any other Division I “revenue” sport.
Regardless how the legal maneuverings play out, important lessons can be culled from a $3.35 million judgment from what by all accounts was an educated and engaged jury following a month — a month — of testimony. SDSU would be wise to heed them instead of doing like Sterk did with journalists in Missouri last week and proclaiming, “I’d do it again.” Instead of getting petty and, say, downgrading the prospects of the eminently qualified Don Oberhelman, a former interim athletic director at SDSU whose testimony in the trial was largely favorable for Burns, in its current AD search.
Hitting bigotry where it hurts: The wallet. CIAA pulls championships, basketball could be next
Another tourism hit from House Bill 2 arrived Friday afternoon when the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association board moved eight of its 10 sports championships located in North Carolina from the state and left open the possibility of relocating its lucrative basketball tournament from Charlotte after 2017.
The CIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament came to Charlotte in 2006, five months after Time Warner Cable Arena opened.
It was said that the late Eleanor Dickinson Baker, of the class of 1936, would have averaged 45 points per game had today’s basketball rules been in effect in 1934, a year in which her 7-0 team was the state sectional champion, defeating Lindenhurst.
Her son, Dick Baker, said his mother, born in 1918 at Third House in Montauk, led Montauk’s junior high team to three successive undefeated seasons before coming to the high school.
“Can you imagine what travel was like in the 1930s for Montauk athletes to get back and forth, or for their families to attend games?” Baker asked. “The stretch across Napeague wasn’t paved at the time — it was a cinder road.”
More history: UMaine at Presque Isle hall of fame to induct three
Jeanette Morrill, who graduated from the school in 1974, enjoyed an outstanding career in volleyball, softball and basketball at UMPI.
The Greenville native accomplished that while majoring in physical education.
In 1976, Morrill was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that carries high blood pressure from the arteries to the lungs. Morrill was given two years to live and was confined to an electric wheelchair and 24-hours of oxygen.
In spite of that, Morrill resumed her teaching career at Greenville High in 1982 and coached middle school girls basketball, varsity softball and girls soccer and JV girls basketball at the school. She retired from teaching in 1997.