Doug and company vote: UConn still unanimous No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll
It’s been a wonderful few months for Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
She’s pregnant with her first child due next spring, her team is unbeaten through non-conference play and now the Bears are back in the Top 25. The Bears entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll at No. 21 on Monday. UConn remained the top choice, as the unanimous No. 1.
“Definitely for me I think it’s nice, but I understand how these things go. A lot of it is perception,” Gottlieb said. “For these young women who handled losing last year and finished strong. They did nothing but bring this program back to where we can be. Hopefully it’s a motivating factor to keep doing what we are doing.”
The Bears are 12-0 and off to the best start in school history. They open up Pac-12 play in Arizona on Thursday before facing No. 18 Arizona State on Sunday.
Hello, Harvey! UConn Women Say ‘Nah’ to Rebuilding Year
Brian Stewart told people so. For four historically triumphant years, he contended that the Connecticut women’s basketball team was greater than the sum of Coach Geno Auriemma’s prize recruits, a conga line of achievers that included Stewart’s daughter, a once-in-a-generation talent by the name of Breanna.
(Finally ranked) Cal’s Kristine Anigwe is espnW’s player of the week
Cal was off to the best start in program history entering last week’s Puerto Rico Classic. However, with a schedule strength that ranked in the bottom half of the country, no one was sure exactly what to make of the Bears’ 9-0 record or just how good they are this season.
They emphatically answered the question in their second game at the South Point Arena (the eight-team tournament was moved from San Juan to Las Vegas due to lingering fears of the Zika virus). And top scorer Kristine Anigwe provided the necessary emphasis.
Remember when we mentioned Northern Iowa? Schonhardt’s comeback has been worth the wait
Thursday night, she turned back the clock with one of her best performances in nearly three years as a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds helped UNI (7-4) upset No. 24 Kansas State, 67-59.
“I’m so happy for our seniors,” UNI head coach Tanya Warren said afterward. “For the Hannah Schonhardts who came back for a fifth year after two knee surgeries and has a double-double. That stuff for me is priceless because I know the pain that she’s been through and I know the pain that she goes through on an everyday basis.”
The Crimson’s red hot: Harvard Women’s Basketball Stays Competitive as Ivy League Talent Grows
A coach doesn’t go 546-375 over 34 seasons by being lucky.
Especially when that coach competes in the Ivy League.
The Ivy is one of the top two academic leagues in D1 women’s basketball — along with the Patriot League — and Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has done a masterful job with the Crimson despite the academic rigors and standards that hold Ivy schools to higher a standard.
From Corvalis: OSU women’s basketball: Beavers gaining momentum
Turn back the clock to Oct. 8, 2016.
It was the day before the Montana women’s basketball team lost Big Sky Conference preseason MVP Kayleigh Valley to a non-contact injury in practice. Even then — with Valley, senior post Alycia Sims and junior forward Mekayla Isaak heralded as returning starters — it was going to be hard for the Lady Griz to win the conference.
Now that Valley and Sims have been lost for the season with knee injuries, Montana’s climb toward a potential third league title in five years seems incredibly steep.
From the Lincoln Journal Star: Ex-Husker Page surprised she’s first from program with Olympic medal (BTW, got a chance to listen to the Husker’s radio broadcast team, Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch and they pretty much rock. Great analysis and respect)
When Danielle Page made the Serbian national women’s basketball team, and Serbia qualified for the 2016 Olympics, Page became just the second Nebraska women’s basketball player to make an Olympic team.
Page’s former teammate, Chelsea Aubry, was a captain for the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.
Once at the Olympics, Page did one better, becoming the first former Husker women’s basketball player to win a medal when she helped her adopted country to its first-ever Olympic medal in women’s basketball, a bronze.
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From Excelle: WATCH: The 10 best moments in women’s sports from 2016
Q: I remember talking to you during the whole (WNBA) draft process. Were you surprised you didn’t get drafted?
A: Not really. (Laughs.) Like I said before, in my mind, I always thought it was a 50-50 chance. If you got drafted, you got drafted. If you didn’t, well, you know, then it is what it is.
Q: You still believe you can play in the WNBA, don’t you?
A: I still think I can. It’s up to me to get better. Nothing is impossible.
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Aussie! Aussie! Taylor may have called time but is still in the loop
One of the game’s greatest Australian players and the finest product to come out of the Dandenong Basketball Association, Penny Taylor will be returning to Dandenong to be part of the WNBL Jayco Rangers 25 Year Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 14 January 2017.
The recently retired Taylor will be the headline act on this special occasion to mark a significant milestone of Rangers involvement in the elite Women’s National Basketball League with every past player, coach and sponsor being invited to be part of the day.
The first thing you notice is the smiles that take up the entire photograph, beaming, laughing expressions of the most perfect joy. The next thing is the uniforms, white with brown numerals and the letters which read, “BEARS.”
The team wearing the jerseys is the Javon Lady Phenoms from Arua, Uganda, an East African country which is one of the poorest in the world.
The donation of the jerseys came from the Stonington High School girls’ basketball team, nearly 7,000 miles away, facilitated by head coach Paulla Solar through one of her former players, Vianna McGugan, who is the president of an organization called “Teammates for Life.”
Yea, history! Utah has rich history of basketball as game celebrates 125 years Boo shortchanging the women’s game!
“Women’s basketball was offered at about the same time as men’s basketball in the state, but it wasn’t until 1982 that the modern-day NCAA women’s basketball tournament era began.”
That’s basically it. Guess they couldn’t be bothered with actual research. For instance a google search that would bring up Utah women’s basketball from early 1900’s and 1908 and and 1909 and 1910 and 1911 and 1912 and 1934… you get the idea. (BTW, Hi Nat and Debbie!)
Dave Zirin discusses why was 2016 the year of the “activist athlete“? Check out a discussion with Nick Kapetan.
After the captains met at midcourt, Morgan Kennedy, the lone senior on the girls basketball team at West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, was sobbing. She gathered herself together during the pregame prayer before audibly losing it again, head shaking, lips quivering, during the national anthem.
Beautiful Murray-Bey, a sophomore forward, squeezed Kennedy’s shoulder. Zayda Wilson, a sophomore guard, bit her lip and reached for Kennedy’s hand. The Lady Burrs were hosting their first home game of the season last week, but the night’s emotions were over a former teammate who last played on this court more than six months ago.
In the early-morning hours of June 12, Akyra Murray, 18, was celebrating her graduation from West Catholic at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. She was the youngest of the 49 people killed that night in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.