From the .com/aka Indiana’s Kevin Messenger (why you don’t blog no more, Kevin?): A Stroll Made Possible by Mel Greenberg
Mel will turn 70 in April. At 29, he initiated the first AP poll in November 1976, four months after the first Olympic women’s basketball competition and nearly 30 years after the first AP men’s poll in January 1949. He has devoted over 40 years to the sport as its chief print scribe, national publicist, historian and archivist. His current blog, Womhoops Guru, is aptly named. He is effectively retired, but he’s still the guru. He is the Godfather of American women’s basketball and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Without Mel, our relatively short history of women’s basketball would be significantly shorter – at least lighter and less meaningful. Without Mel, my short stroll down memory lane would have had less substance.
Speaking of history: Wide ranging Q&A by Steve Serby with Auriemma:
Q: What did you tell your team after Stanford ended your previous 90-game win streak?
A: We deserved to lose. We sucked. That whole stretch took a lot out of us. We looked tired, we looked like we had used up a lot of emotional energy. There was a lot of media nonsense back then about UCLA, and this and that and the other thing. It was the first time that anybody had in that situation, and our kids were hearing all kinds of stuff: “Yeah it’s only women’s basketball, you guys suck, you’re not UCLA, you’re not this, blah blah blah blah blah.” And we never said we were. But we deserved to lose.
UConn Women Put 91 In Books; Breeze Past SMU, 88-48, Courant
SMU Coach Uses No. 1 UConn As Program Model, Courant
UConn women set NCAA record with 91st win in a row, Register
UConn Women Win Their 91st Straight and Rewrite History Again, NY Times
It’s business as usual for UConn in record-setting win, Mechelle Voepel, ESPN
UConn Huskies’ NCAA-record win streak: 91 and counting, ESPN
UConn women win 91st straight to break their own NCAA record
Flashback: The UConn Women’s Basketball Dynasty Is Over
Again, worth noting a program demonstrating culture change: Norfolk State is now 3-0 in the MEAC.
That fwap-fwap-fwap sound you hear is everyone in the WCC still beating up on each other. Early take? They’ll be going down to the fourth line in the tiebreaker rules to try and figure out conference tournament seedings.
With a win over Toledo, Northern Illinois stakes a claim to the MAC West. Current rival? Central Michigan (Feb 8th). What’s bigger than basketball? NIU women’s basketball team rallies behind teammate with cancer
She was set for surgery in mid-December when she inquired about a small lump on her clavicle that had become sore. Doctors thought it was an infection, and told Castro, a Harvest Christian graduate, that they needed to treat it and eradicate it before they could proceed with the hip surgery.
When the lump didn’t go away, doctors looked closer. Just before the Huskies went on holiday break, they determined that Castro, 19, has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
Castro’s fight to save her career suddenly became a fight to save her life.