Amazing story: Chinwe Okorie’s journey from Nigeria full of sacrifice
Ephraim’s life is the inspiration behind why Okorie ended up at Mississippi State in 2013. She is now enjoying her best season as the starting center of the No. 5 Bulldogs (20-1, 6-1 SEC) despite not seeing her family since she left Nigeria on Feb. 11, 2012. Ephraim had been deceased for less than a year when Okorie decided to leave.
“It was the hardest decision of my life,” she said.
To understand why Okorie left home, it is important to know her father’s past. Ephraim was the son of a fisherman. He earned an academic scholarship to a school in Hungary and, similar to Okorie, he left Nigeria at 15 to pursue a dream. He returned to Nigeria 14 years later as an economist.
A fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Ollie….Wichita Eagle: Linda Hargrove eases the transition for Wichita State’s women’s team
Linda Hargrove hasn’t coached in 15 years, but she couldn’t mistake the melancholy mood the first time she met with the Wichita State women’s basketball team.“Some of them were confused, some of them were sad, but they were all stressed,” Hargrove said. “It’s been a very stressful situation for everyone involved. I don’t think anybody won in that situation.”Hargrove, who coached WSU from 1989-98, has always prided herself on her ability to tap into what motivates a team and its individuals, but this might be her most difficult venture yet. She went from watching the Shockers in the stands one game to coaching them the next, being chosen by athletic director Darron Boatright to finish out the season after Wichita State and former coach Jody Adams-Birch agreed to part ways on Jan. 22.
“I don’t know if our team’s athleticism is under-appreciated,” said Collier, whose best block of the season is still the one that came against Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas in the final seconds of the Nov. 14 game that preserved a one-point lead. “I haven’t heard anyone say that. Clearly, we are athletic. It shows how we can play when we want to. We can be a good defensive team. We can get out in transition.”UConn (21-0 overall, 9-0 AAC) has made a living this season with its transition offense and turning turnovers into points. Its defense, expected to be a question mark at the start of the year, has been reliable most nights.Add it together, and it’s easy to see while its NCAA record winning streak now stands at 96.
You want comparisons, maybe go to the longer-running Broadway hits – Cats in its day or Wicked, go back to A Chorus Line. Just put the name on the marquee – UConn women – and people know what they’re walking in to see.
Wednesday night, the name was on a North Broad Street marquee.
This is one of those seasons when Connecticut’s stars had moved on, like Broadway stars going on to movies or television and the understudies have taken over. The reviews are in, the show has gone on.
There’s a temptation is to look at the Dukes’ record – 14-6, 7-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association – shrug and say, “typical JMU.” In fact, what’s unfolded in Harrisonburg is actually an expert rebuilding job cleverly disguised as typical JMU.
It’s close enough now that South Carolina can almost see the blue and white of the uniforms. But the fourth-ranked Gamecocks still have business to attend to in conference before they can focus on the greatest women’s basketball program of all time.
USC’s showdown against No. 1 Connecticut looms one week from Monday, when the 11-time national champion Huskies will almost certainly be trying to extend their record winning streak to an even 100 games. But the Gamecocks have two SEC contests remaining before then, beginning Sunday afternoon at Arkansas
Let’s make this perfectly clear.
Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw absolutely abhors losing games.
So don’t even begin to think she has any intention of endorsing any of the three losses her Irish (21-3) have endured so far in 2016-17.
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Sunday’s ranked games seem a snoozy… unless teams underestimate their opponent…
- If whack-a-newly-ranked-team is still in effect, #24 Syracuse should watch out for Boston College.
- #15 Duke should keep an eye on random-upsetter Virginia.
- #5 Mississippi State is hosting up-and-down Missouri. Let’s see which Tiger team shows up.
- Yes, Vandy has only one SEC win. But how much faith do you have in this year’s #25 Kentucky Wildcats?
- #10 Washington v. Colorado. The Plum-i-na-tor is playing, what other reason to watch do you need?
- #23 Arizona State’s a little unsteady on their pins, and the Ducks are finding theirs….
Other games to keep an eye on:
- USC v. Cal. Two teams who’ve had frustrating Pac 12 seasons look to take it out on each other.
- St. John’s v. Marquette. Hello Big East battles.
- Tulane v. Temple. Both teams have six wins in the American.
- Tennessee v. Georgia. Can the Vols keep their groove going?
- A-10 battle: St. Joes (7-3) v. St. Louis (8-2)
- MEAC match-up: Howard v. Bethune-Cookman. 5:39PM. Not 40, so don’t be late.
- Magarity has New Hampshire undefeated in the America East. They visit the Great Danes, 7pm.
- In-state rematch: #6 Florida State v #16 Miami, 7pm
- Teams trying to get their mojo back: #7 Notre Dame v. #9 Louisville, 7pm ESPN2.
- Super in-state rematch: #2 Baylor v. #12 Texas, 8pm FS1.
- And, keeping with the theme: #13 UCLA v.
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