into the future….
What a week (life), what a week (work), what week (basketball). Setting some time aside to review the last.
See, when they put it all together, they can be quite a force! #24 West Virginia gave #2 Baylor quite the run for their money (lets not talk about that call with three minutes left, shall we?). Bears win, 79-73.
Yesterday’s Debbie Antonelli special? Marquette over #19 DePaul in OT, 102-101. Which gives me a moment to remind folks that the Big East is a dogfight between the Golden Eagles, the Blue Demons and the Blue Jays.
Hello, Belmont and their 8-0 OVC record.
Tough 1-point loss for Norfolk State to Hampton. But the close call still highlights how far the Spartan program has come. Some sucky news for the Pirates, though: Here’s the word on Hampton’s Tate-DeFreitas and her knee
They came in their largest numbers of the season. Despite the opportunity to slip away from campus for a long weekend, by tipoff Saturday against Indiana, Northwestern students filled the bleachers at either end of Welsh-Ryan Arena in matching seas of white shirts.
They roared when Nia Coffey scored for the Wildcats and did their best to hoodwink Indiana players into shaving seconds off the shot clock unnecessarily. They cheered like college kids. Northwestern coach Joe McKeown said they were worth at least 10 points in a 13-point win.
Yet those bodies could have filled not only the small arena but the larger football stadium next door. They could have spilled onto the streets of this suburb on Lake Michigan. It wouldn’t have mattered. No more than it mattered that there were exactly enough chairs on the sideline for the team’s players, coaches and staff. Not a single seat went unfilled. All of it was an illusion.
No matter how many were there, Jordan Hankins was not.
Daily Northwestern: Amber Jamison finds motivation in Hankins’ memory
“I am definitely playing with more energy and more confidence,” Jamison said. “I’m trying to do what I know she would do. Just trying to be like her.”
Sending good thoughts: MSU women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant takes leave
Well, this is a hot mess: WSU holds out coach Jody Adams-Birch for two games; sources say team boycotted practice
“That kid has not missed a practice in three years,” Merriweather said. “She’s so extremely tough, and she plays herself into shape and she cares about being ready to play. You just have to love that kid. Most players miss at least one practice or two every year.”
It’s one thing to fight through the standard bumps, bruises, sprains and strains that arise over the course of a season and make it to every practice when you know you’re going to be starting every game.
But that wasn’t the case for Smith when she showed up at Wright State, which was the only Division I offer she had coming out of the storied Homewood-Flossmoor prep program in Chicago as an undersized post player at 5-10 1/2 inches.
Hartford Courant: UConn Women Have Had No Trouble Finding Points Despite Loss Of Big 3
Where would the new-look Huskies find all of those baskets?
As it turned out, the are coming from all over the court and from multiple players. Seventeen games into the season, the unbeaten Huskies are averaging 84.1 points and they have two of the best scorers in the country: Katie Lou Samuelson (21.4) and Napheesa Collier (19.4).
As they go for #93, from Ron Sirak: Don’t let UCLA do to UConn what Tiger did to Annika Sorenstam
Here we go again. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is dominating opponents in an unprecedented way, yet there are those who bend over backward trying to devalue the team’s accomplishments. That’s not something new in women’s sports. I’ve been down this road a few times before.
Tough times for the Bears. From the Daily Californian: Cal women’s basketball hopes to stop recent skid against Arizona
Fans who have been consistently watching the Cal women’s basketball team this season have a plethora of reasons to be disappointed. If someone isn’t upset by the fact that the Bears haven’t triumphed over a top-25 team since Dec. 20 (which shows a distinct lack of high-caliber basketball), there are a wide range of other issues that could enrage a watcher.
Courier-Journal: Walz’s Cards aim to prove themselves on road
Finding the words to describe Monique Billings’ game isn’t easy.
First, there is the UCLA junior forward’s skill set. In Sunday’s game against Oregon, where she posted a career-high 30 points, Billings’ full cache was on display. She was 11-16 on turn-around jumpers, reverse layups, floaters and hook shots. She snatched a game-high 14 rebounds, which lead to many critical second-chance points. Billings stole the ball six times, had one block, and at the end of the game tried a dunk after running away from everyone else on the floor.
She missed, but the Pauley Pavilion crowd rose to their feet and cheered.
Dayton Flyers: Women’s Basketball Has Turned Corner, Found Success in A10
Tallahassee.com: Culver: FSU women’s basketball team deserves packed house
In case you were wondering: DI Women’s Basketball Championship to maintain format
After reviewing survey results from NCAA member schools, in which almost 80 percent of Division I conferences felt the tournament should not change its format, the Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee on Tuesday decided it will instead focus on ways to enhance the championship.
Round and round we go: Tayler Hill, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, and Leilani Mitchell enter WNBA free agency
But not you: Dream put franchise tag on Angel McCoughtry
Whether it’s to plan for their future once basketball is done, promote healthy living or just to have some fun, WNBA players such as Sue Bird and Maya Moore are getting involved in the food industry.
The key is to do it with people they trust.
Bird has invested in restaurants in the Northeast for over a decade, getting started when UConn coach Geno Auriemma presented the opportunity for his former players to buy into his place at the Mohegan Sun.
WATN? At UC-Riverside, January 24th: WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw will visit UCR for the screening of “Mind/Game,” the documentary based on Holdsclaw’s life.