This happens, sometimes, when an unranked team of seasoned seniors meets the #2 team in the country. NC State pummeled Notre Dame through through three quarters and withstood the Irish’s fourth quarter charge to earn a stunning upset, 70-62. That ended the Irish’s AAC win-streak at 35 – underscoring how ridiculous UConn’s streak is – this stuff happens
“This is something that they’ll cherish,” Wolfpack coach Wes Moore said. “All night long on ESPN, that (score) is going to be going across the ticker. I may just go home and sit in front of the TV for an hour and watch it: there it goes again, there it goes again.”
Bears-on-a-Roll: #21 Cal women’s basketball adds to perfect record with win over Arizona
Lots written, and well deserved, on a fab game in a GREAT atmosphere (missing the pithy DC Basketcases blog. Hope they were at the game)
WaPo, Jerry Brewer: Brenda Frese’s Terps have closed gap on Huskies, and they’re making a move
It still exists, that feeling the Connecticut women’s basketball team can lose. You felt it in faint and flickering moments Thursday night as Maryland activated a sellout Xfinity Center crowd, which responded with wild cheers at the end of a strangely competitive game.
NY Times, Howard Megdal: UConn Extends Streak to 87, Shrugging Off No. 4 Maryland
“I just think for us, we’re not afraid of the name on the jersey,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “And that’s three-fourths of the battle.”
The idea was more than just wishful thinking.
AP, David, not Doug: No. 1 UConn outlasts No. 4 Maryland
“When we needed a shot, we got one. When we needed a stop, we got one. When we needed a play, we got one. It came from different spots, and we needed every one of them.”
ESPN, Mechelle: Katie Lou Samuelson sparks UConn past Maryland to 87th straight win (is it too much, ESPN video folks, to look at a pronunciation guide before you narrate video? )
Samuelson — known simply as “Lou” by the staff and her teammates — led the way Thursday. She had 23 points to lead five Huskies scoring in double figures.
This despite the fact that she wasn’t feeling well before the game. She was sick enough, in fact, that Auriemma wasn’t even sure she would play. Samuelson, however, said she never had any doubt.
“Once you start, adrenaline gets you through anything that’s going on,” she said, and that included vomiting during the contest. “There were moments I was a little tired. But our team was doing really great stuff, so that got me excited and hyped up.
Yahoo Sports/The Dagger, Henry Bushnell: UConn women’s basketball win streak reaches 87, and it isn’t ending anytime soon (So say the writers, but neither the coaches or players disrespect would their future opponents so)
“I set the schedule up so that this wouldn’t happen,” Auriemma told ESPN’s Kara Lawson after the game. “And it’s happened. I’m flabbergasted.”
USA Today, Nina Mandell: UConn is three wins away from history and seem unstoppable
What makes this UConn team especially remarkable is its resiliency after it lost Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, who went on to be the top three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft. Katie Lou Samuelson, the team’s leading scorer, was spotted throwing up in a trash can on the sidelines in the first half. She went 2-for-8 in the first half, including 1-for-6 from the 3, but came back in the second half and finished with 23 points.
“I just think she’s a relentless player,” Slocum said.
Hartford Courant: UConn Holds Off Tenacious Maryland, 87-81
Speaking of undefeated teams: Utah women’s basketball: Unbeaten Utes open Pac 12 play at UCLA, USC
Nobody can accuse the Utah women’s basketball team of easing into its Pac-12 schedule.
Coach Lynne Roberts and the Utes open conference play Friday night at 10th-ranked UCLA, just 36 hours before a Sunday afternoon battle against perennial power USC.
Utah is 11-0 for the first time since 2000-01. It has lost nine straight games to UCLA, however, and hasn’t yet faced a player like Jordin Canada, the Bruins’ All-American point guard and national Player of the Year candidate.
Courtney Jaco plays at USC and is Canada’s former high school teammate.
“You think you’re in front of her,” Jaco told ESPN, “but she’s so quick [and] so explosive, she’s gone in the next second.”
From Howard “whoopee I’m writing for the NY Times!” and Gabriella Levine, listen to their Year in Review.
Speaking of the Times, did Tom Jolly get fired? *goggles* NOPE, just not in charge of sports anymore. Which might explain the increased coverage of women’s basketbll, including this: Push the Ball! Box Out! Zone! Did You Get All That, Viewers?
Steve Scheer is a basketball junkie. He had often fantasized about eavesdropping on a coach’s huddle during timeouts. The short, edited snippets on some telecasts were hardly enough to satisfy his appetite for access.
Unlike most fans, though, Scheer was in a position to fulfill his wish. As a senior coordinating producer for college basketball at Fox Sports, and a 37-year sports television veteran, Scheer was better positioned than most to see his suggestion for an all-access, commercial-free, live basketball telecast become a reality.
On Friday, when St. John’s plays at Seton Hall in a Big East Conference women’s basketball game at 7 p.m. Eastern, both head coaches will wear microphones throughout a commercial-free telecast on Fox Sports 2. Viewers will be able to hear not only what is said inside the huddle, but also the live interactions and directions from the sidelines and the coaches’ talks inside the locker rooms at halftime.
Brenna Greene offers up the story of Nevada player who’s waited 2 yrs, 9 mos to play a conference game.
I kinda want this t-shirt: How America East is changing the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion in North Carolina
Earlier this month, the University of Maine became the third school in the NCAA America East conference to make a statement about playing in the state of North Carolina. On Dec. 3, when the Maine’s men’s basketball team faced off against Duke University, its players warmed up in America East T-shirts with the conference’s logo silhouetted in bright rainbow colors as a symbol of inclusion. The gesture, which won media attention from across the country, was the biggest move made to date by one of the conference’s nine schools over the state’s passing of House Bill 2. It was also the culmination of a four-year partnership between America East and You Can Play, a national non-profit organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports, specifically LGBTQ players, coaches and fans.
Library additions! ‘Dust Bowl Girls’ by Lydia Reeder is a classic of sports literature
In ‘Dust Bowl Girls,’ Lydia Reeder tells the heroic true story of Sam Babb (whose leg was severed as result of a brutal attack by his father during boyhood days) and the women he coached. Babb diverted from early plans to enter Christian ministry to become a life-long advocate of competitive women’s basketball.Wearing a wooden prosthetic, he became one of the great coaches from the first half-century of organized women’s leagues in America. Sam’s sister was Lydia May Babb Thomas – Reeder’s grandmother.Initially, Babb is the book’s star, but the focus soon shifts to the young women he gathered in Durant to begin challenging studies (classical education fused with passionate Christianity and practical support for women and their dreams).For decades Oklahoma Presbyterian College was home to world-class education and, for a few seasons, the best women’s college basketball program in America. And, for two years running, the national champions.