Ohio v. Connecticut – So, Mitchell was Mitchell in the first half… and then Connecticut figured out how to shut her down. Didn’t help that the Buckeyes turned it over a lot. UConn is so opportunistic, you cannot be undisciplined on either end of the floor. Huskies are also wise to have such a strong fitness ethic. As the Register notes: UConn women’s basketball starts racking up minutes as well as wins.
Mikayla Pivec came up with a big steal and hit two free throws with 14 seconds left and the No. 25 Oregon State women’s basketball team rallied for a 62-59 win over UNLV in the Play4Kay Shootout at the T-Mobile Arena on Monday night.
“Thankful we could pull that win out,” senior point guard Sydney Wiese said in a radio interview after the game. “Mik came up with a huge play at the end with that steal and to seal the deal. I know how hard she’s been working.”
Yea, I overlooked another one – I know Long Beach has improved a ton, but I ddin’t think they had it in them to take down (no longer) undefeated USF, 73-68.
“After we closed the gap, we turned it over too many times in a row, and you just can’t do that against really good teams,” Georgia Coach Joni Taylor said.
Through three quarters, Northwestern appeared on the verge of extending its seven-game win streak to eight. It took just one quarter for Gonzaga to flip the narrative.
Playing against their first ranked opponent of the season, the Bears found themselves up by three with less than three minutes to play against No. 20 Oklahoma (8-3). The Sooners finally had everything going their way, having cut down what was at one point a 25-point lead for Cal. The Bears desperately needed someone to stop the bleeding and protect their small lead and undefeated record.
Star sophomore Kristine Anigwe answered the call on a three-point play to extend the lead to six, and then drained two clutch free throws shortly thereafter to put the game away for good.
Yes, we see you, UCF (under former Great Daner):
New UCF women’s basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson promised to dial up the speed.
But no one could have predicted just how quickly – and dramatically – the results would come in year one of the rebuild. The Knights stomped Omaha 81-41 Tuesday afternoon at CFE Arena to amass a 10-2 record marking the program’s best season start in over 30 years.
Hmmm… After losing to Oklahoma 81-69, Xavier then falls to Southern Mississippi, 73-59.
Intrigued by Oregon’s next game: #9 Washington.
Don’t want to overlook #23 Virginia Tech v. Radford, 1pm
Bounce back time? # 14 Stanford v. George Washington, 7pm
Vanderbilt v. #8 Louisville
Vanderbilt women’s basketball has a top-50 RPI, a few votes in the Associated Press poll and a top-10 opponent coming to Memorial Gym.
It’s about as good of a situation as coach Stephanie White could imagine six weeks into her debut season. Now her Commodores have a big chance to capitalize on their hot start with a home game versus No. 8 Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
#25 Oregon State v Oklahoma State (man, that’s a lot of orange!) 11pm
Before Jennifer Rizzotti joined Geno Auriemma’s coaching tree, she stood up to him, Washington Post
Michelle Smith: Inside The W with Michelle Smith: Lisa Borders Q&A Part I
’cause rumors are fun: WNBA Trade Buzz: McCoughtry, Williams reuniting in Dallas?
If you’re in to footwear: Elena Delle Donne On Getting Her Own Shoe
Congrats, Bridget! Pettis picked for Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Still looking for that holiday gift for your basketball loving friend? Check this out: Pioneers of women’s basketball spotlighted in new book, Northeast Arkansas Town Crier
…beginning in 1936, a determined group of women began to break down those gender barriers by proving that women can play basketball at a high level and make money at it at the same time.
Molina interviewed 88 women in his preparation for Barnstorming America–Stories From the Pioneers of Women’s Basketball (Acclaim Press, $34.95). Most of the women featured in the coffee-table book were among the first professional basketball players who played on barnstorming teams in the middle of the 20th century. Also featured are women who were part of the early professional women’s leagues.
Ah, year end reviews. From Yardbarker: 2016 in sports: Where down is up and up is down
ESPNW: Impact 25: Women of the Year