So, yes, I admit it took me by surprise. Was at work late, crashed at a decent hour, and woke up to… SNOW!!! Best part? Small hill across the way – sounds like the town pool in summer. :-)
So, now a bit about basketball….
Fascinating meltdowns at the fact that an employee might use their skill set to leverage a better gig. Doesn’t mean I like it – but this is a business and if you’re not happy where you are (or have goals that can’t be met there) then I have to respect your willingness to take a risk an move along. That being said, hear the words for yourself: Elena Delle Donne appeared on the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast and spoke.
Some analysis from VICE:
Delle Donne officially becomes a restricted free agent in January, a not-uncommon status for the league’s best players who don’t sign extensions before their rookie contracts end. It’s not really freedom, though: any offer from another team can be matched. WNBA teams seldom even go through this process, since the retention of signature players is generally a given.
But with Delle Donne making it clear that she’s looking for a long-term fit, not only on the court but a place to build her life, the calculations change. Chicago can match an offer, but Delle Donne has the option of sitting out until a deal is worked out.
Washington is kinda droolin’… as would any team. Interesting comment by reporter Sarah Spain
Tremendous bummer to hear that Delle Donne wants to force trade to another team. Fowles all over again (but worse).Don’t know if it’s just desire to be close to home for EDD, but the Sky need to figure out if they’re doing s.thing to push away top talent.
This headline read differently, now, don’t it (as does that caz mention of EDD during intro): For Chicago Sky’s new head coach, the dream gets real
It’s about friggin’ time! Seattle to host 2017 WNBA All-Star Game. And I agree with Sue Bird on KeyArena: There is something about that building. Ask me one of these days about how my first trip to Key ended me up in Spokane….
WATN: Board hires Nicole (Ohlde) Johnson as 2nd-grade teacher. Hardest-best job you’ll ever have, kid.
Final exams *shudder* have made games/his sounds like in was unpleasant to experience: Baylor shatters record for biggest rout in a Division I women’s game
Routs are weird – or maybe I’m weird when I look at rout scores. I see South Carolina women’s basketball: Recap, box score from 83-61 win against Clemson and think, “that’s a good score differential for the Clemson program. This headline agrees: Clemson’s strong start livens women’s basketball rivalry game with No. 6 South Carolina
I look at No. 16/17 Texas Women’s Basketball tops UTRGV, 85-61 and I think, “Texas should not be letting them score 61 – though the Vaqueros (shouldn’t it be Vaqueras?) have been improving.” Similar thoughts about UCLA’s game v. the Gauchos: Jordin Canada leads women’s basketball to 71-52 win over UCSB. Santa Barbara followed that game up with a 1pt win over Fresno State, 50-49. Hey, considering recent years, a win is a win, y’all, especially if it’s a buzzer beater.
“Yea!” (NCAA.com: Green Bay named Team of the Week) followed quickly by “WOWZA!” Merrily We Not So Roll Along: Badgers women’s basketball: Suzanne Gilreath scores 17 points as UW stuns UW-Green Bay. A little more on Wisconsin: Badgers women’s basketball: Marsha Howard opening eyes with recent play.
“Yea, we’re ranked!” Boink! Ole Miss handily quacked the #25 Ducks, 83-67. I want to be impressed, but they’ve only faced one other ranked team (WV, and lost). They’ll deal with #5 Mississippi State and #6 South Carolina back to back starting 1/16. FWIW, Oregon got stomped by MSU on 11/25.
Kinda under the radar: OSU women’s basketball: Wiese collects triple-double in blowout win. The 9-1 Beavers have a fun stretch coming up: Washington State (12/30), #11 Washington, Cal, #8 Stanford, #9 UCLA…. ah, West Coast basketball… woot!
Talk about “under the radar” South Florida’s at 8-0. No one hugely impressive on their schedule so far, but keep an eye out for Laia Flores, who set a school record with 17 assists in the Bulls’ 91-41 win over FIU. UConn looms Jan 10th.
At 8-1, USC has one “significant” win (over TAMU). Looking forward to their game against #15 Colorado (12/30) and later against #11 Washington (1/6). I’d also not overlook their game v. Utah (1/1).
LadySwish wonders Signature wins – who has the best so far?
Whoa. I know it’s been a tough season, but…UND’s Johnson, Asuncion leave women’s basketball team
After leaving Penn State, Jenny DeGraaf embraces second chance with UNCW women’s basketball
The transfer from Penn State brings enthusiasm, leadership and experience in a winning situation to a program in need of all three as it tries to rebuild
Upcoming games of note:
LadySwish previews Sunday Showdown (Part 1): Radford at Kentucky. 2pm ESPN3
Toledo fan wanted some attention – lucky them! They’ve got the Irish next! 2pm ESPN3
#9 UCLA v. #5 South Carolina. Looking forward to Ms. O, Canada battle the trees. 2pm why is this not on ESPN(3)!
#10 Stanford v. Tennessee. There’s history in these matchups. What kinda fight do the Vols have in’em? 3pm why is this not on ESPN(3)!
#24 Virginia Tech (10-0) v. Alabama (8-1). Good measuring stick for both teams. 5pm
In Vegas, it’s #20 Oklahoma v. Xavier (7-1) 5:15pm.
#12 Ohio State at #1 UConn, 7pm. Why is this not on ESPN(3)! Good news for the Buckeyes: Linnae Harper’s debut finally at hand and Facing UConn was learning experience for Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell
Intriguing match up of unrated teams: Virginia (7-2) v. Georgia (7-3)
‘cats v. dogs, as Gonzaga (7-2) hosts Northwestern (10-1), 9pm.
Also in Vegas, UNLV (8-1) v. Oregon State (7-1), 11pm.
Six 0-for teams that you might want to send some winning vibes to: Coppin State, Incarnate Word, Sam Houston State, Alcorn State, Chicago State and Pepperdine.
If you have been paying attention to women’s basketball over the past 7 years, you know who LaChina Robinson is. If you haven’t heard of her yet, it’s time to get familiar. In a sports landscape where the skill and knowledge exist in equal measure to the men, but the sponsorships, salaries and media exposure don’t, broadcasters like LaChina are part of an important movement seeking to change the status quo.
Standing outside the team bus in Oklahoma City last June, Carol Hutchins could only grimace and shake her head. The longtime Michigan softball coach was upset.
But it wasn’t because her team lost a season-ending 1-0 game in the Women’s College World Series to Florida State. It wasn’t because the Wolverines’ search for a second national title skidded to an end. It wasn’t because some key players had a tough weekend at the WCWS.
It was because she wouldn’t get to coach that team again. And because that team wouldn’t get to play for her again.
Up next: I’m doing the all day Christmas bird count tomorrow. I keep saying to myself, “This will be fun.”
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