I’m (almost) ready to go!”
Yup, February Board of Ed Break in NY means it’s time for my annual SCUBA trip. Off on Saturday and back on Saturday. Please don’t start the impeachment hearings until I get back.
Before I go, some things to keep you busy:
Listen Up! Howard (dang, it’s hard to keep up!):
Breanna Stewart talks about her journey to China, how offseason changes alter her role on the Seattle Storm, and what she plans to do for an encore in the year ahead.
Harvard coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest head coach in Ivy League history, talks about fighting Title IX battles in the 1970s, her career arc, how the Ivy League has developed, her young, talented 2016-17 team, and where the game goes from here.
Listen Up! Richard: Kim Barnes-Arico taking Michigan to new heights
Listen Up! College Sports Now and Rebecca Lobo.
Rider continues it’s nice run in the MAAC, defeating Marist, 65-46.
Belmont has moved to 14-0 in the OVC.
Yes, Tennessee lost to Alabama, but let’s not bury the lede: Diamond took a whack to the head/neck and was taken off the court on a board. Sounds like she may be okay, but head-neck injuries are no joke.
Another significant injury: Shakayla Thomas’s shoulder put her in a sling. Wheels fell off #4 Florida State wagon and Virginia’s up and down season had an up(set). Cavaliers over the Seminoles, 60-51.
JINX! (Sorry Kim). #2o Michigan falls to Indiana, 72-61.
Ouch – Montana State (11-3) loses to Portland State (5-8).
“Hello, it’s…Drake:” Drake takes over top spot in espnW mid-major poll
You might have heard that Connecticut is still unbeaten in conference play — and every other kind of play. Maryland and Texas are similarly making runs at conference perfection in the Big Ten and Big 12, respectively.
But those three giants aren’t alone in their excellence. With only a handful of games remaining, Belmont (Ohio Valley), Drake (Missouri Valley), New Mexico State (WAC) and Penn (Ivy) are also close to wrapping up unbeaten conference seasons.
Three of the four appear below. Spoiler alert: sorry, Aggies.
The biggest problem for Kim Barnes Arico these days: Everything may be going a little too smoothly.
Her Michigan women’s basketball team is 21-5 overall, the best start in program history.
The No. 20 Wolverines are 10-2 in the conference with four games remaining and can clinch the No. 3 seed or higher in the Big Ten tournament with a win at Thursday at Indiana.
Only twice in program history has U-M finished the conference season in third place or higher.
So what’s she worried about?
Staley’s crew has heard from the online critics who panned what the team didn’t do at UConn.
“We do got a lot of coaches out there that want to coach our basketball team,” she quipped. “But you can’t just coach on game days. Got to get in here, got to coach on waking up, losing to a team and then getting them back, psychologically.
“Be fans, don’t be coaches, because there’s a lot that goes into coaching. It’s just not X’s and O’s.”
It involves stressing to the team that a championship can still be won without putting undue pressure on it.
Congrats: Texas named NCAA Team of the Week.
Ciao (Thank you for the memories Bria Hartley! and welcome (An Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman frontcourt will open up the Mystics’ playbook this season) from Bullets Forever.