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Lots of scoreboard-watching as ranked teams got surprising resistance from unranked teams.

By 1: In a battle of the unbeaten between Iowa and #13 Florida, the Seminoles escaped by the hair of their chinny-chin-chin thanks to a furious fourth quarter comeback.

By 1: The lead flipped back and forth between #15 Maryland and Virginia until the Terps’ Kaila Charles scored the last three points to secure the win.

By 3: #25 Villanova avoided the “we’re back in the rankings!” jinx, escaping the Princeton Tigers, 62-59.

By 6: Showing they’re no longer a pushover, the Rice Owls battled Texas A&M to the end. Aggies emerged victorious, 82-76.

Not so much an issue:

#16 Stanford by 20 over San Francisco.

#3 Notre Dame by 20 over #22 Michigan.

#6 Mississippi State by 57 over Louisiana. Of note: Ameshya Williams is no longer with the Bulldogs.

Keeping an eye on…

Sitting at 6-1, William & Mary’s program is still growing.

Ditto with IUPUI, who’s got a  5-1 record.

North Carolina gave Minnesota its first loss, 88-83.

Good win for Temple over a strong St. Joseph’s, 69-66.

Hello! Ball State (6-0) is still undefeated.

Ball State has overcome its first six opponents to start the season 6-0 for the first time ever.

“It was important to put this group on the road with a lot of games thrown at them early just to see how we would respond and see how some of the new kids would play under the lights,” head coach Brady Sallee said. “Clearly we have passed all those test pretty well and we have had some different kids step up.”

Interesting: San Diego State tops San Diego by 2, 77-76. Also, FWIW: SDSU women’s hoops arrived at compromise over anthem protests

Less than three weeks before the Aztecs were to open their season Nov. 3 with an exhibition against Cal State Los Angeles, a group of players, inspired by the demonstrations of other athletes, decided they wanted to kneel for the national anthem.

A number of their teammates, some of whom have family members serving in the military, were adamant about not doing so.

Sirens of anxiety went off in the school’s athletic department.

Few players in the college realm, and none at SDSU, had performed protests. There was a legitimate fear that the young women would face an angry backlash, especially in a city stridently devoted to the military.

That’s the juicy, headline-grabbing part of the story. The inspiration comes in how the players eventually came to decide upon a display that apparently has been embraced by all while bringing the teammates closer together.

“It has turned into something bigger than I could have expected,” Aztecs head coach Stacie Terry said.

The State: ‘Something that our team needed’: USC is set to rebound from its first loss, Dawn Staley says

The Gazette: Iowa State women’s basketball seeks second scoring option

Listen up! Around the Rim with McGraw, Collen Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw and Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen discuss their hopes for the season, transfers and relocation on LaChina Robinson’s latest podcast.

In case you were wondering, The Mercury News’s Elliot Almond explains: Why Stanford and Cal women have tough starts to season

AP: Rutgers star thriving after missing year to fix heart defect

Tyler Scaife went for a routine physical a few years ago that turned out to be anything but normal.

This was after her sophomore year and doctors detected a heart murmur. After further testing, it was discovered Rutgers’ star guard had a congenital heart defect. Scaife was shocked at the diagnosis.

“I said ‘I play basketball I can’t have a heart murmur,’” she recalled Wednesday after practice. “Then they did a lot of tests and it came back that I did.”

Press of Atlantic City: Hard work at Fordham paying off for Lower grad Holden

50? NCAA.com: Women’s basketball: 50 named to Naismith Trophy watch list

WNBA

O! O! O! *crosses fingers* AP Doug: WNBA President expects Liberty to stay in New York

WNBA President Lisa Borders expects the Liberty to stay in New York.

“We understand there is a significant interest in the team,” Borders told The Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday.

Update: WNBA Overseas: Stewart Impressing, Sims And McBride Productive

CONGRATS! Minnesota Lynx Star Maya Moore Wins Sports Illustrated’s Performer of the Year Award

Listen Up!  “Maya Moore Talks Mass Incarceration.” The WNBA legend speaks to us about prosecutorial misconduct, why she advocates for the voiceless, why leadership is so important, and much more.

Got a few bucks hanging around? Minnesota Lynx to host garage sale

Gonna need a bigger business card: Pokey Chatman assumes Fever GM role; Krauskopf remains team president

Congrats! With North championship, Tamara Moore ‘finally out of the shadow of the boys’ (and in the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame next September).

Who woulda thunk it: Susie Shelton has built a dynasty for girls’ basketball at Mountain Heritage

Shelton wasn’t just a standout in high school but went on to have a Hall of Fame career at Mars Hill University. She was the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in 1996 and averaged 19.1 points per game, which was the best in school’s history when she graduated.

After a year away from college, she attended an open tryout for the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting. Out of more than 300 players, she was one of two players to receive a spot on the developmental team.

She eventually was moved up to the active roster and played spot minutes her one season on the team.

“It was neat to do. I don’t really talk about it a lot,” she said. “These kids don’t realize it has been so long ago. I can say I was there and i did it.

International: Q&A with Paul Nilsen: Team USA’s and Belgium’s outlooks for the FIBA Women’s World Cup

And, ’cause it’s important to remember, from Richard Deitsch: Revisiting Sexual Harassment of Female Sports Reporters and Media Members

In August 2015, I wrote a piece that chronicled sexual harassment toward female sports reporters, hoping to provide some insight as to how often this happens to women in sports media. This week I decided this week to re-run the piece (with additional reporting below) given the nationwide conversation about sexual harassment and assault, as well as the near-daily stories about alleged and confirmed sexual predation.

From the female sports reporter above who works for a major East Coast outlet:

“The only thing I wanted to add is that despite everything that is happening right now, women in sports are staying silent (so far). Why is this? What does it say about our industry and the pervasive fear of speaking out? I’m not sure any other field is so thoroughly dominated by men, from the athletes we cover to the people in power of hiring and firing. While a number of us have shared stories on social media and under the #MeToo movement, sports and sports media are unscathed by this scandal. In my opinion that’s not because harassment doesn’t exist, it’s because women who work in this business are terrified to talk. It doesn’t help that ESPN is about to layoff a number of people again. If you talk with both men and women in sports journalism, most of us feel lucky to have a job. No one wants to jeopardize their employment.”

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’cause ESPN didn’t carry it. Sure, you could have shelled out some not insignificant (relatively) bucks to watch the stream….but do we really trust streams? And shouldn’t a game between #3 and #6 have been on some ESPN platform? Or mebbe SnappyTV? I made do with the Notre Dame radio feed, and it sounded like a great game. After staking South Carolina to a bit of a lead, the Irish roared back, seeming to have the game in hand until those last few minutes. Ah, the stuff of a coaches nightmares. BUT, they held on for the win.

Jackie Young and Notre Dame sent a clear message Sunday night. The Irish are a force yet again.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points, Young added 22 on her way to tournament MVP honors and No. 6 Notre Dame beat No. 3 South Carolina 92-85 on Sunday night to take the Gulf Coast Showcase championship and snap the defending national champion Gamecocks’ 17-game winning streak.

More on new coach Powell: Pride standout takes helm of GCU women’s basketball. Wins are hard to come by, though.

Congrats to coach for win #300, coach Fisher.Turnovers Do In UCSB Women in 71-58 Basketball Loss to San Diego

From Sue: Coach’s Chair: Matthew Mitchell, University of Kentucky and Coach’s Chair: Charlotte Smith, Elon University – Women’s Hoops World

Brave: Calling the shots: Alumna prepares for career as NBA/WBNA referee

Welcome back: Women’s basketball rankings: UConn stays atop AP Top 25, Villanova ranked for first time since ’04

USC cruisin’: Women’s basketball enjoys 3-0 weekend

Not an insignificant win for Texas State: Women’s basketball wins first home game of the season against Fresno State

From Graham: Jen Wellnitz looks to quarterback Green Bay to another winning season

Jen Wellnitz remembers the first touchdown, an end around that saw her race nearly the length of the field to score. She also remembers with no small amount of satisfaction the looks on the faces of the opposing team’s players when they realized a girl had done it.

She remembers, too, the time she took off on another run around the end of the line, a designed run for the quarterback, only to be blindsided by a tackler on the hardest hit she ever absorbed.

What isn’t entirely clear from talking to her is which memory she thinks of more fondly.

Listen up: UConn Women’s Insider Podcast: Katie Lou Samuelson’s Injury, West Coast Dominance And More

About tonight: UConn’s Gabby Williams excited for her homecoming day and Wolf Pack women brace for its toughest test ever – hosting No. 1 UConn

Hey, ESPN. Not only is your wbb scoreboard an embarrassment, what is with your wbb homepage’s NOW section leading with a 9-day-old tweet from Graham. Not a good look for you. If you’re a fan of the game, feel free to send along your comments: @ESPN_WomenHoop @espnW @ESPNStatsInfo @espn @CStiffESPN

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All Eyes On…

the battle of the undefeateds in the Gulf Coast Showcase: #3 South Carolina v. #6 Notre Dame, 7:30pm. Interested to see how McGraw’s patched-together team matches up against Staley’s replace-what-we-lost team. FWIW, the Irish have played two ranked teams (#18 Oregon State and #17 USF), the Gamecocks one (#15 Maryland).

Mitchell for threeeeeee (and the NCAA record).

As far as NCAA record-setting goes, this one was pretty quiet. Kelsey Mitchell’s game is anything but.

Thanks to a highly efficient and dominant game Friday, Ohio State’s Mitchell is now the NCAA’s all-time leader in made 3-point field goals. The 5-foot-8 senior guard hit seven 3-pointers and now has 402 for her career.

And only about 150 people were there to see it.

Checking on the highlights of the holiday games:

Games Thursday: 

  • 1:30 #7 Mississippi State v. @24 Arizona State.  Bulldogs, 65-57, thanks to McCown. 
  • 3:30: DePaul v FGCU. Could be a barnburner. ’twas, w/the Eagles as OT winners, 89-84.
  • 4:00: 4-0 Oklahoma State v. South Dakota. Good game, with Cowgirls coming out on top, 76-68.
  • 6:30: #20 Marquette v. #12 Tennessee. Whassup, teams? Lots of points, with the Vols winning in OT, 101-99.
  • Gonzaga v. Belmont (3-1). Established strong program v. growing program. And Belmont continues to grow, topping the Bulldogs, 71-63.

Friday

  • 1:30 #3 South Carolina v. 4-0 Rutgers. Whatcha got, Scarlet Knights? A lot, but not enough, as A’ja scored 33 and the Gamecocks came away with a 78-68 win.
  • 1:30: Green Bay v. #24 Arizona State. How strong are the Phoenix? How much has ASU grown? Strong enough to thump the Sun Devils, 61-48.
  • 2:00: Creighton v Washington. Solid v. struggling? Tight game, as a Blue Jays comeback in the fourth fell just short. Huskies win, 67-64.
  • 2:30: NC State (5-0) v. South Dakota Sate (3-1). Nice test for both teams. Wabbits win! 75-67.
  • 3:00: UT Arlington v. Fresno State. UTA is 4-0. And they’re now 5-0. Mavericks win, 67-54.
  • 3:30. Drexel v. #11 West Virginia. The Mountaineers barely escaped Butler. How will that do against the Dragons? Hush, Helen, we’ve got this. But sure as heck ESPN’s tech folks do not. What is UP with the dang scoreboard! It says WVA didn’t score in the fourth.
  • 3:30. 4-0 Syracuse v. 0-4 Vanderbilt. Two programs, two different directions. Stay the course or make a change? Nice battle, with the Orange coming out the winners, 84-78.
  • 4:15: #5 UCLA v. Kansas State (4-0). Hangover? Mebbe a smidge? (or should we take K-State seriously?) Bruins win behind Billings’ double-double, 64-55.
  • 5:00: Elon (5-0) v Alabama (4-0). Keep an eye on Charlotte Smith’s team (again). ’cause they’re now 5-0.
  • 6pm: 3-1 Mercer v. 1-3 Western Kentucky. Hilltoppers have fought hard, but don’t have the wins. What happens now? They get a win, 67-62.
  • 6:30: #6 Notre Dame v. East Tennessee State, who sits at 4-1. Thump. Irish by 31.
  • 8pm: USC v. Purdue. Trakh has the Trojans at 4-0. And now has them at 5-0 after a 58-46 win.
  • Not on my radar: LSU scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch #2 Texas. Longhorns win, 75-66.
  • Also not on my radar: Rice is 5-0.
  • Yes, I see LaTech taking down Penn State, 71-59.

Saturday

  • 11am: Green Bay v. #7 Mississippi State. The Horizon’s best up for an early morning test? Not so much. Bulldogs by 21.
  • 2pm: #25 Michigan v. Ohio. Bobcats are 3-0. Michigan outscores Ohio by 10 in the fourth for a 13-point win.
  • 3pm: #1 UConn v. Michigan State (4-0). Thump.
  • 3pm: #18 Oregon State v. #16 Duke. Bounce-back time for both teams. Blue Devils bounce higher, winning by 7.
  • 3:15: Battle of two undefeateds: North Dakota State v. Navy. The Mids used a strong first half to earn a 13-point win. 
  • 4:00: Georgia v. BYU. Early season temperature test. Georgia passes with flying colors.
  • 5pm: Indiana v. St. Mary’s. Gaels win, 88-82.
  • 5pm: Iowa v. Elon. Established v. Up-and-coming coach. Not yet, Phoenix. Hawkeyes explode in the fourth to seal the win.
  • 5:30: Oklahoma v. #10 Oregon. What’s up with the Sooners this season? Another loss, as the Ducks were clicking on all cylinders.  
  • 6pm: Virginia Tech v. #11 West Virginia. Neighbor v. Neighbor. Mountaineers say, “Not so close, friends!” with an 18-point win.
  • 6:30: #5 UCLA v. Creighton. The game-after-the-game game. We got this – Bruins by 9.
  • Hello! The rematch was a doozy, showing how much Stanford has grown. Ran out of gas in OT, though, as Ohio State pulled off the 94-82 win.
  • ’cause that’s now THREE wins. St. Peter’s Peacock’s over Delaware Blue Hens in double-overtime, 90-87.
  • Ahem: That’s Belmont over FGCU, 75-65.
  • Ahem, ahem: Central Michigan earns the Junkanoo Jam title with a 81-61 win over Iowa State.

News:

Daily Herald: BYU Women’s Hoops: Judkins developing youth during preseason schedule

Anyone win the lottery? Warriors looking into a WNBA team once the Chase Center is complete

Damnit: Georgia high school girls basketball coach charged with sexual assault

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Counting your blessings…

Ann Killion: Book details Tierra Rogers’ comeback from tragedy, troubles (Was JUST thinking about Tierra – probably because it’s near what used to be Maggie Dixon Classic at the Garden time… and Tierra won the Maggie Dixon Courage award in 2011.)

There are not many people who have a story worthy of a book after just 25 years of life.

Tierra Rogers is one.

There are even fewer people who would, alone and with no experience, write and publish that book.

Rogers did.

“I have something to say,” Rogers said this week at a coffee shop not far from her San Francisco home. “There was something deeper driving me to do it.”

 

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Turkey Tip-offs and Tidbits

As you squeeze in family friends, a little basketball distraction for those down/quiet times. Be safe. Give hugs. Share laughter. are plans…speakingbof which: Maybe one of these years convince your clan to travel to one of the Thanksgiving tournaments. So. Much. Fun.

Games today: 

  • 1:30 #7 Mississippi State v. @24 Arizona State.
  • 3:30: DePaul v FGCU. Could be a barnburner.
  • 4:00: 4-0 Oklahoma State v. South Dakota.
  • 6:30: #20 Marquette v. #12 Tennessee. Whassup, teams?
  • Gonzaga v. Belmont (3-1). Established strong program v. growing program.

Friday

  • 1:30 #3 South Carolina v. 4-0 Rutgers. Whatcha got, Scarlet Knights?
  • 1:30: Green Bay v. #24 Arizona State. How strong are the Phoenix? How much has ASU grown?
  • 2:00: Creighton v Washington. Solid v. struggling?
  • 2:30: NC State (5-0) v. South Dakota Sate (3-1). Nice test for both teams.
  • 3:00: UT Arlington v. Fresno State. UTA is 4-0.
  • 3:30. Drexel v. #11 West Virginia. The Mountaineers barely escaped Butler. How will that do against the Dragons?
  • 3:30. 4-0 Syracuse v. 0-4 Vanderbilt. Two programs, two different directions. Stay the course or make a change?
  • 4:15: #5 UCLA v. Kansas State (4-0). Hangover?
  • 5:00: Elon (5-0) v Alabama (4-0). Keep an eye on Charlotte Smith’s team (again).
  • 6pm: 3-1 Mercer v. 1-3 Western Kentucky. Hilltoppers have fought hard, but don’t have the wins. What happens now?
  • 6:30: #6 Notre Dame v. East Tennessee State, who sits at 4-1.
  • 8pm: USC v. Purdue. Trakh has the Trojans at 4-0.

Saturday

  • 11am: Green Bay v. #7 Mississippi State. The Horizon’s best up fro an early morning test.
  • 2pm: #25 Michigan v. Ohio. Bobcats are 3-0.
  • 3pm: #1 UConn v. Michigan State (4-0)
  • 3pm: #18 Oregon State v. #16 Duke. Bounce-back time for both teams.
  • 3:15: Battle of two undefeateds: North Dakota State v. Navy.
  • 4:00: Georgia v. BYU. Early season temperature test.
  • 5pm: Indiana v. St. Mary’s
  • 5pm: Iowa v. Elon. Established v. Up-and-coming coach.
  • 5:30: Oklahoma v. #10 Oregon. What’s up with the Sooners this season?
  • 6pm: Virginia Tech v. #11 West Virginia. Neighbor v. Neighbor.
  • 6:30: #5 UCLA v. Creighton. The game-after-the-game game.

Jeff Eisenberg, Yaho sports: How Avery Marz overcame a devastating stroke to achieve her dream of playing college basketball

“Think of the most uncoordinated human you’ve ever seen jogging, and that was me,” Marz said. “I remember watching that video with a knot in my stomach because of how bad it looked. I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if I can do this. I can barely run from one line to the other. How am I going to be able to move well enough to compete with Division I athletes again?’”

NCAA.com: Tennessee’s Nared, Russell intend for leadership to go a long way

Jaime Nared put time, effort and travel into preparing for her role as a leader of Tennessee’s women’s basketball this season. Hard to understate the travel part.

NCAA.com: Six-foot-7 Teaira McCowan tops the Starting Five

Michelle Smith: Kristine Anigwe ready to help return Cal to national prominence

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State defense suffers when offense goes cold

Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff has noticed a trend with his team.

When the Buckeyes are making shots, McGuff said, their defense is locked in. But when the shots aren’t falling, he said, the defense dips.

“I think right now our defense is being driven on how well we do on offense, and that’s a really, really dangerous way to play the game,” McGuff said after an underwhelming 85-76 win over Washington on Sunday.

More Moore in USAToday: Op-ed: WNBA star Maya Moore pushing for change to criminal justice system

The West Australian: Lynx star Courtney Williams honours late friend in Perth stint

Fate and a burning desire to honour her best friend’s memory are driving Perth Lynx star Courtney Williams this season.

The WNBA star, and member of America’s national squad, is Perth’s boom recruit and she’s inspired by her best friend, Coco.

Williams played in Turkey at the end of the 2016 WNBA season and Coco joined her overseas.

The pair returned to America for the mid-season break and were set to fly back to Turkey in the first week of March this year. Then, tragedy struck as Coco drove home from getting her nails done.

A drunk driver veered onto the wrong side of the road, crashed head-on into Coco’s car and killed both the 23-year-old and her passenger Jaqhayla.

Williams’ world caved in. The pair had been inseparable since primary school.

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Welp…

LA Times: Out of their league: UConn reminds No. 5 UCLA who’s No. 1

That was fun while it lasted — which was about, what, seven minutes?

Three days after a euphoric victory described by the coach as a “monumental step forward” for the program, UCLA was visited by an opponent who placed that moment of glory in its proper context.

Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion, Connecticut reminded the Bruins that in the world of women’s basketball, there’s UConn and there’s everyone else.

Daily Bruin: Women’s basketball unable to get past Connecticut in 78-60 loss

Senior Jordin Canada shot just 5-of-16 from the field and had four turnovers, and the point guard placed a lot of the blame on her own shoulders.

“It starts with me,” Canada said. “I didn’t do a good job of setting the tone in the second half, and (the) whole game for that matter, and it definitely showed tonight.”

Connecticut handed UCLA its first loss of the season, snapping the Bruins’ 32-game winning streak at home. This was the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation behind the Huskies’ streak of 67.

Daily News: UCLA women hope to learn from loss to No. 1 UConn

Mechelle: For UConn, everything falls into place at historic Pauley Pavilion

“With Pheesa, for whatever reason, she’s been tentative,” Auriemma said. “Now, some of it is she hurt her foot when we were in Italy (during the summer) and I think it’s still bothering her a little. The other part was I spent the first month of practice yelling at her all the time about, ‘You stink; you can’t play defense. You have to get more involved in everything else other than just scoring.’ “

Auriemma said perhaps that dented Collier’s confidence on offense, too. But Tuesday, she looked back to her usual self.

Summit: Takeaways: UConn Beats UCLA 78-60

Powered by a swarming defense, UConn handily beat UCLA 78-60 at historic Pauley Pavilion Tuesday night.  Both teams started out tentative, but it was the Huskies that got comfortable  while the Bruins seemed to be under duress most of the game. 

Swish Appeal: After UConn rout, what went terribly wrong for No. 5 UCLA?

Pac-12:  No. 5 UCLA women’s basketball hangs tough but falls to No. 1 UConn

Hartford Courant: Napheesa Collier Scores 23 Points To Lead UConn Over UCLA, 78-60

The atmosphere was energetic and the crowd hostile as No. 5 UCLA nipped at the heels of No. 1 UConn Tuesday night. Under all of those title banners, the Bruins were keeping pace and the crowd was hopeful.

But as one UConn team after another has done over the years, the Huskies seized the game and didn’t let go. An 11-point halftime lead turned into a third-quarter blowout, sucking the air out of the building and silencing the crowd.

New Haven Register: No. 1 UConn women rout No. 5 UCLA

“They had a great crowd, and we have a tendency to draw big crowds in big games, and we grew up as a team today, we really did,” Auriemma said after UConn extended its NCAA women’s Division I record road winning streak to 39 games. “If we had come in here, there was 1,000 or 2,000 people, the place was dead and it would be just another game, you wouldn’t really know that much, but we came in, and the way the game played, the environment, the team that we played, how good they are, we created a little bit of identity for us. Tonight was a big night for us, really big.”

Other games of note:

Always tough Troy roared back in the fourth quarter, but came up three points short of an upset of Ole Miss.

Nice win for the Waves, as Pepperdine rides a strong third quarter to give Idaho State their first loss of the season, 80-74.

Virginia escapes Hampton, 66-62.

It took double overtime, but Creighton outlasted UNI, 80-79.

Hello, Eli! Yale defeats TCU, 82-72.

Hello, Western Illinois! They take down Illinois courtesy of 14 3-pointers.

Wyoming moves to 4-0 with a win over Drake.

Loyola Marymount is also 4-0, courtesy of a win over Arizona, 84-70.

“I’m so proud of our team tonight,” LMU head coach Charity Elliott said. “We fought and clawed back and finished with such composure. Cierra Belvin’s defense in the second half got us going and we got some good looks in transition. I’m very proud of this team and how they competed tonight.”

Check out the Weekly Louisville Women’s Hoops Notebook

Check out Mike’s SEC Report: A Select Six For Now

The Southeastern Conference of women’s basketball  – those ranked by the Associated Press – grew to six after one week of the season, with Kentucky sliding in at No. 25.
For the week, five remained unbeaten with one losing to a higher-ranked team.

WNBA

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Documents show WNBA files to name team ‘Las Vegas Stars’

.com: Inside The W with Michelle Smith: Eyes on April’s WNBA Draft

Listen up: President & COO of the drops gems on what being a is all about on  .

“Stick to Sports? Nawwwww” continued:

Repeat/amplify: Minnesota Public Radio: Maya Moore tackles prosecutorial reform

NCAA.com: An Uncommon Conversation

They come together, even though they are so far apart.

An advocate from a lesbian rights group. A leader in a Christian sports ministry. The chief diversity officer from the largest university in the country. An athletics director from an evangelical Christian college. A transgender swimmer. And nearly 45 others.

Their paths converge, if only for a couple of days, on the campus of Houghton College, a small Christian school located in the rolling countryside of western New York. It is an unlikely setting for an unlikely undertaking.

“I believe this conversation is one of the most important conversations going on in our country today,” Houghton President Shirley Mullen says, welcoming the group to the third iteration of an NCAA program called Common Ground. “That is a big claim, I know. But let me explain.”

From Deadspin: Bree Horrocks Is Ready To Play Her Game

Panel discussions like the one that Bree Horrocks took part in at Purdue University in spring of 2015 tend not to make national news; they may not even make the school paper. For Horrocks, it was a different story. By participating in the Purdue LGBTQ Center’s panel on inclusion in sports, Horrocks accidentally thrust herself into the spotlight by becoming not only the first openly gay athlete in a revenue sport at Purdue University history, but also the first openly gay female athlete among the Power Five conference schools. 

 

“One reporter turned to me and said, ‘So how does it feel to be the first out gay women’s athlete in college?’” Horrocks remembered. “And I thought, what are you talking about? I knew other people who were out. Why was this title falling on me?”

The label landed heavily.

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Pauley Pavilion will be Poppin’

and if you don’t have a seat... Hurry! It’s almost too late! If you can’t be there, tune in: 10:30EST, ESPNU

LA Times: UConn women visit UCLA, but for once it’s the Bruins who are looking to extend a winning streak

Hartford Courant: Everything You Need To Know About No. 1 UConn vs. No. 5 UCLA

Go Joe Bruin: UCLA Basketball: The women can make a statement against UCONN

The fact that UCLA is a part of this contest is no surprise. Head coach Cori Close has been the architect, contractor, engineer and landscaper that has made this Bruins squad the #3 team in the nation.

Close has been quietly putting together a team that has championship potential, on the conference and on the national level.

New Haven Register: UConn’s Dangerfield, UCLA’s Canada highlight Top 5 showdown

“I have tried to figure out a way that when she turns her little screen on in the plane in front of her, a picture of (UCLA guard) Jordin Canada pops up and it stays there the entire flight,” Auriemma said before the team left for its week and a half road trip featuring games in California, Oregon and Nevada. “I am sure Crystal will be up for it, she will be excited about it. They are similar in some ways, so Pauley Pavilion, two great guards going at it, it is going to be pretty exciting.”

Hartford Courant: UConn, Geno Auriemma Prepare To Visit John Wooden’s Home

The UCLA women’s program is on the rise and there’s a link to Wooden. Coach Cori Close began her career as an assistant at UCLA in the mid-1990s, when Wooden was still a visible presence at the school. Close approached Wooden and asked for advice, forming a friendship with the Wizard of Westwood.

Close, in fact, is somewhat of a link between Wooden and Auriemma. While she considers Wooden a mentor and she carries his spirit with her program, she is also an unabashed fan of Auriemma and five years ago she brought her entire UCLA staff to Storrs to watch UConn practice.

Hartford Courant: Injury Keeps Katie Lou Samuelson’s Hometown Fans From Seeing Her Play

“I know that this is an important trip for her and it’s great to play in front of family and friends, and all the people who love her,” Mater Dei High coach Kevin Kiernan said. “But I also know that she knows the big picture, that UConn is playing for big stakes and it’s a long season and it’s better to be safe and get completely healthy.”

Orange County Register: Miller: Katie Lou Samuelson and No. 1 UConn bring more hoops history to Pauley Pavilion

The position was an awkward one, this UConn women’s basketball player doing something that rarely has happened over the past three decades.

She disappointed one of the team’s fans.

With her mere presence at a grocery store near campus last week, Katie Lou Samuelson left the poor guy crestfallen.

He was there without his young daughters, meaning a moment begging to be captured in a picture instead would vanish faster than the Huskies typically put away their opponents.

“He was so bummed,” Samuelson said. “I actually felt bad about that one.”

In other news: “Stick to Sports? Naaaw” Maya steps up with First Step

Welcome to First Step, a video series featuring athletes engaging the communities most affected by today’s social issues, from healthcare access and gender equality, to childhood obesity and mental health. Former NBA all-star Jerry Stackhouse travels around the country and meets with athletes to discuss issues that are important to them. 

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with Minnesota Lynx Forward Maya Moore on her work to push for prosecutorial reform in the American justice system. Moore discusses her personal connection with individuals who have been wrongly convicted, the need to fight for and spread awareness about the most vulnerable people in the criminal justice system, and the consequences that follow their sentence for the larger community.

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So much to catch up on!

But it was great visiting with the ‘rents, checking out the “other” Kelli O’Hara in Brigadoon and seeing amazing drawings at the Morgan and Met. 

Any-hoot-‘n-annie… what caught my basketball eye?

WNIT preseason champ #5 Louisville and espnW’s Player of the Week, Asia Durr. Yowza. They handled a feisty #10 Oregon team with an impressive amount of aplomb. And hassled Ionescu into a miserable game. (Didja miss the “Louisville Slugger” on Around the Rim?)

“If you let your guard down, she’s going to make you pay,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. But, he continued, “It’s not just Durr. I think on any given night they can beat anybody.”

Samuelson-less #1 UConn continues to roll as Azura Stevens steps in and up.

No, it’s not a great year for Washington, but they did stay within nine points of #9 Ohio State, even with Mitchell’s 27.

“We were terrible on the boards. I still feel like, even in the second half,” Mavunga said. “And it’s kind of bad because we’ve been really working on that, he’s been really emphasizing boxing out, hitting your person, going to get the rebound.”

Speaking of “staying within” – look at #18 Oregon State putting a scare into the #6 Irish. Notre Dame wins, 72-67.

Upset! Villanova with the (of course) threes dropped and dropped #11 Duke, 64-55.

Yes, #8 UCLA did take down #3 Baylor. But I wouldn’t crow too loudly about a win over a team minus their coach and top player. Bears dealing with a lot of emotion.

Ouch: #17 Florida State Gets Largest Road Win at Florida

Ranked teams I have questions about…

Yes, #25 Kentucky is undefeated, but (no disrespect intended) a 5-point win over Washington State?

Coach Gottlieb visited her alma mater Brown, and they gave Cal a run for their money. It was a 4-point game at the end of the third, but the Golden Bears pulled away in the fourth for a 10pt win.

Ouch. Talk about offensive offense: #14 Stanford has won its last two games (CSU Bakersfield and UC Riverside), but only managed to score a total of 110 points. They scored a total of 117 against Ohio State and UConn.

Know Their Name teams

Yes, I saw Phoenix scorched the Wabbits. ‘ware Horizon!

Dayton’s win over Virginia puts the Flyer’s at 4-0…and ya gotta believe the Cavalier coaching seat is heating up.

A win over the Dukes helps St. Joe’s stay undefeated and sends JMU to a 1-3 start.

Kansas State squeaks by North Texas by 1, and stays undefeated.

Hello, 3-0 Blue Raiders.

Hawkeyes are 4-0.

Ouch. That was South Alabama taking down the Tar Heels, 85-84.

Upcoming games that might pique your interest: 

Monday
Ranked undefeated v. unranked undefeated: #17 South Florida v Butler.
Undefeated Indiana v. 1-3 Chattanooga.

Tuesday
Undefeated Troy v 3-1 Ole Miss.
Oklahoma v. Colorado State
#1 UConn v. #5 UCLA

Wednesday
#25 Michigan v. Oakland

In other news: 

Have you noticed: Drake women’s basketball team’s social media game is getting it exactly right

Speaking of social media: NFL reporter Stacey Dales destroys Twitter troll questioning her basketball knowledge

Too late: South Carolina women’s basketball champions decline White House invite

Well done, now find a buyer for the Lib: WNBA receives ‘A’ on race and gender report card

.com: WNBA Overseas: Teams Off To Undefeated Starts, Banham Showing Confidence

Katie, wondering if she has a summer gig, Smith: Smith says Central Ohio is her home

Speaking of coaches: Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeves visits Winona, speaks on women’s leadership in athletics

Finally, “Stick to Sports” my azz:  Check out “That’s What She Said”  episode “Sexism in Sports” – Stories from some of the biggest names in sports on how they overcame sexual harassment – @sarahspain, , , , Jackie Mac, , , & .

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Steady as she goes…

if you’re Louisville, Baylor, and West Virginia.

Hmm…. look at Kent at 2-0 with a win over the Penguins.

Guess Shepard likes the wearin’ of the green. Her double-double propels the Irish over a stubborn Hilltopper squad.

“We did a lot of good things, but they’re a really good team,” McGraw said. “I’m really impressed by the job Michelle is doing. They’re well-coached. Their zone gave us a lot of trouble and they are a very good team that is going to do a lot of damage in the conference.”

Ouch and congrats: Florida falls to Arkansas State. The Red Wolves have been strong in the Sunbelt, but this is their first win over an SEC team since 2007 (Alabama)

Congrats and ouch: Central Michigan stomps Vandy, 92-75. And we WHB readers know all about Sue’s program. (It was her 300th win)

Congrats and ouch – Northern Iowa tops Iowa State, 57-53. But you read the WHB, so you know UNI is not to be trifled with.

“It’s a big deal. We’re going to enjoy it for sure. It’s definitely not something we take for granted. It’s a great program, and to get to play them in the McLeod and get the win is just awesome.”

Hmm… Looks looks to be a challenging year for Tulane. They fall to Southern Mississippi, 66-58.

Don’t look know, but the Pilots are 3-0.

No surprise: South Dakota State starts out on top of mid-major rankings

NCAA.com: Freshman Destiny Harden learning on the fly with West Virginia

re the Lib: Mechelle follows up with some background and some hopes, but no new info.

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Call 911! I need a cash infusion!

The perennially horrible and incompetent Dolan has finally dropped the shoe we’ve been fearing: he’s put the Liberty up for sale. (Did Bill know?) Gulp. So, Seattle has Force 10. Can the tri-borough produce a Team Triumvirate? Please?

BTW – @CStiffESPN? The draft was trash.

Speaking of the draft:

#1 Vega$!
#2 Indiana
#3/4: Chicago

Also: WNBA President Lisa Borders On The League, Social Activism, Atlanta Politics

Oh, and ia Chris Sienko the Dream’s new General Manager?

Now, back to our regular programming.

Wowza, DePaul! That’s the way you bounce back from a loss! Take down #21 Oklahoma in OT. On a buzzer beating three. Love it!

The play designed by DePaul coach Doug Bruno never materialized, so Coleman took it upon herself to swish a three-pointer at the buzzer for an pulsating 111-108 overtime victory over No. 21/21 Oklahoma Monday night.

“It was an accident,” Coleman said with a smile. “There was a mix-up, and I thought: `Oh shoot.’ I just tried to make a play.”

And after the senior guard released the game-winning shot?

“When I let it go, I knew it was going in.”

It looked like a blowout, then… wowza! SO, riddle-me-this, #4 South Carolina: Tired legs, feel the target on your back or didja lose focus? Don’t do that with the #15 Terrapins, ’cause they can sneak up on ya (hello, sophomore Kaila Charles!). A’ja saved the day, though, as South Carolina escaped with a win.

“She’s a woman amongst girls,” Frese said of Wilson, who was not old enough to join three teammates from last season’s team in the WNBA. “She should be in the pros. She’s just that talented.”

Have we not TALKED about New Mexico since forever? They get a new coach (Mike Bradbury) and don’t miss a beat. Junior Jaisa Nunn had herself a game, converting a three-point play with 1.8 seconds to play and notching a career-high 39 points (a Lobo single game scoring record) giving New Mexico the 88-87 upset over #16 Marquette.

Tough start to the Mocs’ season. They lose their opener to perennial Horizon power Green Bay, then upstart UCF takes them down IN Chattanooga, 58-57.

Hello first win, coach Adair! Delaware over Hartford, 72-63.

I’m going to call this a good win for Alabama, as they come back in the second half defeat the Utes 65-60.

How do the Rams react to losing? They thump Gonzaga, 65-49.

“The areas that required some guts and some heart and toughness, like the glass, like loose balls, like just playing the next play even if you do turn it over, our kids just kept playing and fought their hearts out,” Williams said. “That was a great win against a Gonzaga team that’s probably not going to lose too many games this year.”

*All sing* We are reviewing. The situation. Polls

Tonight: Looking forward to how newly #5 Louisville reacts to success.

So: espnW preseason Player of the Year Wilson headlines the Wooden Watch list. But this is how you define a “stacked team:” Five Connecticut players are also on the list: Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson, Azura Stevens and Gabby Williams. If she keeps it up, Dangerfield might add her name to the list.

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And we’re off!

Ouch. That wasn’t so much fun if you were a Stanford fan. Can only hope the Cardinal do the growing Tara hopes for. Dangerfield for 24, as UConn rolled.

Ionescu for 29 (oh, and another triple-double) as Oregon flew over the Bulldogs.

UCLA spread the wealth as they dispatched Presbyterian, 76-40.

Louisville went an extra 5 to get the upset over Ohio State, and Asia got 47 — setting a new Louisville scoring record. #SorryNotSorryAngel.

18 minutes, 18 points for Higgs, as Texas topped the Hatters.

Coach Karen Aston isn’t sure her Texas Longhorns are completely deserving of their lofty preseason ranking but nothing they did in the opener will discourage the voters.

Huge expectations. Huge debut.

24 minutes, 24 points for Kalani Brown as Baylor mauled Coppin State.

22 minutes, 20 points (and 10 rebounds) for Russell, as Tennessee wins their opener.

10 minutes, 0 points for Jacksonville State, as Florida State roared back in the second half to secure the win.

20 points for the 51st time? That’s Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty, as the Wolverines prevailed.

Nancy – meet your long-term project. Illinois is swamped by Florida Gulf Coast.

They don’t win a lot, so I’m celebrating St. Peter’s victory over Lafayette (another team that doesn’t win a lot).

11 3-pointers propelled Norfolk State to a strong start to their season – and 14-point win over VCU.

It took OT, but North Carolina got the win over Colorado, 87-80, thanks to Paris Kea’s 28.

Warned ya: In OT, South Dakota State over George Washington, 97-88.

Warned ya, too: Idaho State over Washington, 79-59. (Once again showing why preseason rankings mean nothing – especially if the “rankers” don’t pay attention.)

St. Mary’s is no joke (They just happen to play in a conference w/BYU and Gonzaga): Gaels over Washington State, 81-75.

Big Green! Dartmouth over Boston College.

Well, now.. Go coach Z! Texas State over Texas Tech, as senior Taeler Deer dropped 44 in 39.

Monday games!

#4 South Carolina v. #15 Maryland. So, just what does this new season have in store for these two teams? 7pmEST.

#22 Oklahoma v. #25 Depaul. Let’s see if the Blue Demons can recover from their opening loss. 8pmEST

#17 Marquette v. New Mexico. Ought to be a nice test for the Golden Eagles. 9pmEST

Coach Smith will try and keep Elon growing, as they face off against North Carolina A&T.

Interested in how Oakland matches up against Michigan State.

Colorado State loss their home opener. Next up – Gonzaga. Yikes!

 

 

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…what happens when you start gathering links and then work/life get in the way. So, the first set is old, but work your attention:

Lynx-talk-a-lot (You see what I did there?): In the first episode of the Offseason Podcast, talks with . to talk her new head coaching job, and in case you missed it, Around the Rim‘s LaChina Robinson wrapped up the WNBA season by going one-on-one with WNBA champion Rebekkah Brunson talking Finals, her new venture as a business owner and much more.

LadySwish’s gettin’ (video) fancy!

espn gettin’ picky: Counting down the top 25 women’s basketball players for 2017-18

Who are the most talented women’s college basketball players in the country? From which ones do we expect big things this season? Who are the front-runners for national player of the year? After tallying the votes from Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel, espnW is counting down the best in the nation. Come back each day this week as we add another five honorees.

Let’s not ignore the point guards! Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

Dabnabbit! Virginia’s Amandine Toi to Miss the 2017-18 Season.

Okay, now… from a plea Ian LevyVerified account @HickoryHigh, Senior NBA Editor and Columnist for | EIC for Support your local basketball creatives

If you’re like me, you can no longer trust the market to protect the work you value. So here’s my plan: Actively support that work and the people who do it, myself. This means promoting their social media accounts and sharing their work (even more than I already do). For podcasters, it means subscribing, listening, downloading, and leaving ratings and reviews. I know sometimes it seems silly to share the same thing that every other person on Twitter is sharing but clicks and shares and podcast reviews are currency and, stupid as it may be, they really do matter. The nice thing is that clicks and likes are absolutely free and I intend to spend them liberally. But that’s not all.

Changing my behavior as a content consumer will sometimes mean putting my money where my values are and paying for things, including those that could be replaced for free. If anyone is interested in joining me, I’ve compiled the following list of ways to support creative basketball people, either through direct financial support like a Patreon or Go Fund Me, subscription services, or by purchasing artwork, apparel, or books.

Some WNBA specific folks to support from the list he’s compiled:

We’re On Live’s Patreon — A WNBA podcast hosted by Jack Maloney, current CBS NBA writer and former WNBA.com writer, and Ryne Prinz, who covers the Chicago Sky for Pippen Ain’t Easy. Support the podcast at any financial level to help pay for equipment and hosting costs, as well as delicious snacks for the hosts. Follow Jack (@jackhaveitall) and Ryne (@ryneprinz) on Twitter.

BTW, thanks to whoever at ESPN (@CStiffESPN, perhaps?) who made sure the NCAAW games were on the drop down “Top Events” menu. Sometimes it’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that then don’t know. So, if you’re complaining, don’t complain into the ether, complain @ a person.

SUNDAY GAMES!!!! SUNDAY GAMES!!!! SUNDAY GAMES!!!!

Obviously the “main event” are the games that feature two ranked teams… but keep an eye on these early-in-the-season matchups, ’cause they might be interesting prognosticators.

1pm: Drexel v. Penn State. I have my eye on the Lions and, in particular, coach Washington’s seat on the bench, which is feeling a little warm.

1:30pm: #10 Stanford v. #1 UConn

2pm: ETSU v. # 14 Tennessee. Seems like every season feels “important” for the Vols – this one is no exception.

2pm: UNC v. Colorado: How do the Tar Heels respond to an opening day loss?

2pm: SDSU v George Washington. Tough second game for the Colonials.

3pm: LSU v SE Louisiana: Feels like coach Vargas’ seat might be a tad warm, no?

3pm: #20 Texas A&M v. Louisiana-Lafayette. Don’t expect an upset, but the Ragin’ Cajuns are no longer Sun Belt pushovers.

4pm: Louisville v. #5 Ohio State, ESPNU. This oughta be fun!

4pm: Grand Canyon v. #12 Duke: Tough second game for new head coach Nicole Powell.

4pm: Washington v Idaho State. The Bengals are a solid team, and Washington is dinged up.

4pm: UT San Antonio v Arizona State: Again, not expecting an upset, but the Roadrunner’s program is growing.

5pm: #8 UCLA v Presbyterian: A little sympathy the Blue Hose, who’ve traveled across the country to be fodder for the Bruins’ scoring machine.

5pm: Drake v. #11 Oregon: ’cause the Bulldogs are trying to build something and who doesn’t want to watch Ionescu play?

5pm: UC Davis v Pepperdine. Great chance for coach Milton to check out the competition.

With the same intense focus and mentality that helped her capture two WNBA championships and two Olympic gold medals throughout her 17-year professional playing career, Milton-Jones said she hope to bring that same approach back as the head coach, hoping not only for success, but also growth and a deeper passion for the game of basketball among her players.

“Learning from some of the best minds in the game of basketball with the likes of Michael Cooper, Bill Laimbeer, Carol Ross and Geno Auriemma has helped me develop my coaching style,” Milton-Jones said. “I’ve been able to pull from all of their coaching philosophies and styles in many different facets.”

6pm: Illinois v Florida Gulf: D3 legend Fahey faces  Karl Smesko, a coach any AD’s must have their eyes on.

In other news:

For UK women’s basketball, there is one indispensable player in 2017-18

Yeah~ Second-graders fill Pittsburg State’s Mikaela Burgess’ cheering section

Wowza: Chico State star plays through spina bifida

Didja catch this? Michelle Smith Feature: Preview of the non-conference Pac-12 women’s basketball slate

Hello: Check out a young Asia Durr in this commercial for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

Yikes: After death of her father, Khayla Pointer refuses to miss LSU’s home opener

Listen up: WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw talks with John Walk for ‘Inspirational Athletes’ [podcast]

And yet, they set it up as a media event (not judging, just noting): This WNBA star didn’t want a media frenzy when she came out. But thousands watched her wedding.

So, ya think you can do better? Director of Player Operations – WNBA (Corporate) at MGM Resorts International

Encourage you to read this: When You Can’t Throw All Men Into The Ocean And Start Over, What CAN You Do?

As a society, we also don’t place responsibility on the individual men who are, even with their societal conditioning and enabling, still choosing with their own minds and bodies and patriarchal power to violate the consent of others in a myriad of ways. Approximately 3% of rape victims will ever see their rapist spend a day in jail. And while 1 in 5 female college students reports being the victim of sexual assault, we have a president who is actively working to make sure that the choice to rape a classmate will not endanger a rapist’s chance at graduation.

We instead place the entire responsibility for the damage done to women… on women.

I also encourage you to read this: The Noise

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, especially today on Veterans Day, is what it means to have a platform.

I guess it’s tempting, sometimes, to think that it doesn’t mean anything. With everyone out there on Twitter, and Facebook, and IG and all of that … with all of the opinions and narratives that are always flying every which way on cable news … it’s a lot of noise. And you hear enough of that noise, and you kind of start to wonder if anyone can — or even wants to — hear anyone else at all.

But if there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that all of that noise we keep hearing — it’s not an accident. We’re hearing that noise because there are real people out there, facing real issues, and real inequalities, some in ways like never before. In 2017, in America, silence is no longer an option.

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Tip Off Trip Up

Surprise! Western Kentucky (who long-time readers KNOW is good) over #16 Missouri by 3.

Northern Colorado, another team familiar to WHB readers, outscored #25 DePaul, 94-88.

Lookee here… Hampton pulls away in the fourth to upset North Carolina, 70-66.

UC Davis has grown so – enough to take down Washington State.

Nice way to start the season for Delisha and Pepperdine – the Wave defeat Long Beach State, 83-71.

Well, hello ’49ers! Charlotte over Duquesne, 75-72.

Roar! Princeton overwhelms George Washington, 72-52.

Crimson! Harvard over Dayton, 72-66.

Go, Navy! They defeat Marist, 77-70.

Hmmm… interesting: Idaho over Colorado State. By 14. 

A win’s a win… but Miami only a 8-point margin over Florida International?

Yes, we know St. Mary’s is no slouch – they gave #20 Cal a scare, 87-80.

Close one between South Dakota and Iowa State. Cyclones escape, 81-76.

#5 Ohio State over #10 Stanford by 21?  Hmm…. worried the UConn/Stanford game could get ugly.

Let’s just burn the tame of the Tulane/Maine and Clemson/Kennesaw State games, okay?

Daily Press: For ODU’s Nikki McCray, every day is a blessing

Nikki McCray’s office features several works from an unknown artist named Thomas Penson. He’s 4 years old, impossibly cute, and his mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Old Dominion.

“They’re all over the place,” she laughs.

There’s also a plaque above her desk that she treasures. “Count Your Blessings,” it reads, and McCray has plenty of those.

She’s a cancer survivor. She has a husband of 16 years and a budding artist at home. And at 45 years old, she’s still doing what she loves — only now as a Division I head coach.

LaChina’s Around the Rim podcast goes all UConn: What event changed “Vegan Life” for Gabby Williams? Who will be UConn’s best player this year according to Geno?

AP: UConn women motivated, not dwelling on Final Four loss

AP: Nared adjusting to leadership role for No. 14 Lady Vols

Summitt: Brenda Frese optimistic about their basketball season

Take a looksee: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Lisa Leslie Award

Also: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Katrina McClain Award

Congrats! IN FOCUS: Sylvia Fowles

When former LSU women’s basketball player Sylvia Fowles was told her LSU jersey was being retired, she thought she received a prank call.

Congrats, too! Ring of Honor: McBride’s turn

Interesting: WNBA unveils plan to add sponsor logos on the court, more patches on jerseys

Checking in: WNBA Overseas: Players Making Headlines On Foreign Teams

WATN? NEXT STEP: Former K-State 3-point whiz gets fix as assistant coach

Worth a re-listen: Female Athletes Enter #MeToo Dialogue

The #MeToo movement, which started last month as a way for people to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, has been slower to catch on in the sports world. But recently, females athletes have started speaking out.

In the middle of October, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney shared that she was sexually abused by a USA Gymnastics doctor for years, and last week Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart revealed that she was molested as a child. 

Dave Zirin, the sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of “The Edge of Sports” podcast, has been writing about the women who are stepping forward.

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Tick, Tick, Tick….TIP!

Here we go! (HECK, we already have our first upset!)

In other news:

UCLA:  5 games to watch and UCLA women’s basketball hopes to reach new heights

USC (West Coast) Season preview capsule and Trojans upbeat as Trakh is back

Columbus Dispatch: Keys to Ohio State’s season

Buffalo: MAC East favorites return four starters

Odd headline by NCAA.com: Led by South Carolina, UConn, 2017 season tips off Friday

NCAA.com: Indiana State focusing on pace, space in its rebuilding effort

New Haven Register: UConn women’s basketball preview: 5 questions

NC State: Season 44 of Women’s Basketball Begins at Home Friday vs. Jacksonville

Seton Hall: Analyzing the winning formula for women’s basketball

Sports Illustrated: Morgan William’s Giant-Killing Shot Is Still Shaking Up Women’s Basketball

St. John’s: Learning from the Best

Pepperdine (and D’Nasty): A New Wave

Well done: Maryland women’s basketball and football post record Graduation Success Rates

No surprise: South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson is espnW’s preseason player of the year

Don’t @ me, says Graham: Is Azurá Stevens the best Husky of them all?

Mechelle: Power 5 preview: Teams to watch and Five storylines to watch unfold in 2017-18

Like a new season of a television series, the start of the 2017-18 women’s basketball season has many storylines we’re about to see play out. Here are just five of many to keep an eye on.

1. Can Tennessee establish a new (old) identity?

The famed Winston Churchill line about Russia’s intentions being a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma likely has been used more than once to describe Tennessee in the past few years.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick and her players have seemed as perplexed as everyone else over the past few seasons as to why the Lady Vols can appear to be two entirely different teams, sometimes even in the same week.

High School

How this team is coping with its head coach’s deployment to the Middle East

WNBA

Las Vegas Review Journal : Las Vegas inherits young but talented Stars WNBA team

Yes, there’s a wave of hard stories threatening to overwhelm our hearts. I dare you to read them, though. Most recently, this amazing piece by Diana Nyad: My Life After Sexual Assault

Up until his death in 2014, Coach was celebrated by the coaching community, his town, his church. He made it into halls of fame and to the top of the coaching pyramid, the Olympic Games. And so is woven the fabric of the epidemic. These often charming individuals are lauded, presented with trophies for their leadership, from the piggish Weinsteins of Hollywood to the unscrupulous parental figures scattered throughout our suburbs. Statistics bear out the astonishing number of sexual abusers among us.

And therein lies the call for our speaking up. We need to construct an accurate archive of these abuses. And we need to prepare coming generations to speak up in the moment, rather than be coerced into years of mute helplessness.

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Tick, tick….

You’re on the list! Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Cheryl Miller Award

You’re on the list (2)! Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award

espnW continues its the countdown of the best players in the country.

Under pressure: NCAA Senior Watch: Preseason Edition

SFGate: Cal women’s basketball: Team invites great expectations

Cincinnati: Women’s basketball looks to continue success after first winning season in a decade

Marquette: Women’s basketball wants to play fast, regardless of point guard and Introducing Milwaukee’s best basketball team

Draham: After breaking through to win NCAA title, A’ja Wilson and South Carolina must forge new identity

“I know that we’re very energized and very young,” said Wilson, one of just two returning starters. “Some good and bad can come from that. We’re young, so we can grow. At the same time, our system is young now. We have to kind of groom them into the way that we play, so we can get back to places like we did last year. … It’s tough with this generation because everybody’s mind is going, everybody wants to play, everybody wants to get in. But it takes so much more than that.

“They don’t even understand, but they will.”

Mechelle: Geno Auriemma and UConn are ready for another ride to the top

I don’t think we deserved to win that game. Mississippi State did.”

Which is what he told his players afterward.

“Coach was honest, as he always is,” Collier recalled. “He said we worked really hard, and we surprised a lot of people last season. But we didn’t prepare the way we should have for that last game. And because of that, we got the outcome that we did. He told us we had a good season, but we have to prepare differently this season.”

UConn blog:  Which Teams Have the Best Chance to Upset the Huskies?

What are we waiting for? (h/t Joan)

Friday 11/10

Lamar @ #3 Baylor 8 pm
Alabama State @ #4 South Carolina 7 pm (SECN+)
#10 Stanford @ #5 Ohio State 6 pm (BTN)
Virginia @ #7 Miss State 9 pm (SECN+)
San Jose St @ #8 UCLA 10 pm
SE Missouri St @ #9 Louisville 7 pm
CSU Northridge @ #11 Oregon 8 pm
Central Connecticut @ #13 West Virginia 7 pm
Albany @ #15 Maryland 7 pm
Western Kentucky @ #16 Missouri 3:30 pm
North Florida @ #18 Florida State 7 pm
North Dakota @ #19 Oregon State 5 pm
Houston @ #20 Texas A&M 8 pm (SECN+)
St Mary’s @ #20 Cal 8 pm
Belmont Univ @ #22 Oklahoma 8 pm
LSU @ #23 South Florida 5:30 pm
George Mason @ #24 Michigan 7 pm
Northern Colorado @ #25 Depaul 8 pm

Saturday 11/11

Mt St Mary’s @ #6 Notre Dame 1 pm

Sunday 11/12

#10 Stanford @ #1 UConn 1:30 pm (ESPN)
Stetson @ #2 Texas 2 pm (LHN)
Coppin State @ #3 Baylor 2 pm
#9 Louisville @ #5 Ohio State 4 pm ESPNU
Presbyterian @ #8 UCLA 5 pm
#12 Duke @ Grand Canyon 5 pm (ESPN3)
East Tennessee State @ #14 Tennessee 2 pm (SECN+)
#18 Florida State @ Jacksonville State 4:30 pm
Houston Baptist @ #23 South Florida 2 pm

WNBA

In case you were wondering: Why one of the biggest stars of the WNBA doesn’t own a car

WATN? Former WNBA Players Allison Feaster and Stacey Lovelace on the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program

BTW: 3x MVP and WNBA analyst join KG tomorrow in !

International

Blue Star: #EuroBasketWomen2019 Lesser FIBA nations still heavily reliant on naturalized players

Earlier this year, myself and my BlueStar Media colleague Pierre both agreed that one of the most powerful features of EuroBasket Women was the seemingly reduced impact made by the rather controversial naturalized players.

We wrote about this and it got a lot of traction on social media. In the end, four of the top six teams who made it to the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup did not utilize a ‘foreigner’ – only Spain and Turkey did, while France, Belgium, Greece and Latvia did not need any ‘outside assistance’.

Yet despite this, as we start a new cycle across the Pond her in Europe with the first FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 Qualifiers, there is no doubt that several nations will be relying heavily on naturalized players.

Here is a list of who, and why, the death of the naturalized player may prove to be premature.

Dayum – Burn It All Down podcast has passed 25 episodes!

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Countdown to tip-off…

In Ohio: Smaller lineup intrigues Ohio State coach

Nebraska: Kate Cain was late addition, but also the right fit for Husker women

“She’s just a great fit for our culture, and great timing for her to come,” said Nebraska coach Amy Williams. “It’s almost like it was meant to be.”

While Nebraska could have used the help of another inside player, Williams said the Huskers weren’t going to add a player late just to have one, be it from a junior college or graduate transfer or an uncommitted high school player. Williams is beginning her second season at Nebraska, and is trying to make sure the team gets better.

The approach I take is detailed in Sports Economics. We begin with the revenue numbers, which we will assume are the same in 2016-17 as they were in 2015-16 (that’s not true, revenue was likely higher). Let’s also assume that players are going to be paid for wins. The teams in these conferences won 1,702 games last season. So with $85.3 million going to the players, each win is worth $50,100. 

Last year Napheesa Collier produced 11.2 wins for the University of Connecticut (Wins Produced is calculated in a fashion similar to what has been done in the NBA). Therefore, Collier was worth $560,644 for UConn. The cost of attending UConn is $51,794. So Collier was paid less than 10% of what she would have been paid if women’s college basketball was like the NBA. A similar story would be told about her teammate Gabby Williams. Last year Williams produced 11.0 wins for UConn. So Williams was worth $550,864. Again, this is nearly 10 times what Williams received in compensation.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune: Q and A with the Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen

Longreads by Matt Giles: The Minnesota Lynx are an Ignored Basketball Dynasty

Put the equivalent of the Lynx in any other professional league and that team would lead off SportsCenter nightly. Op-eds would be written praising the singular focus of the players and the coaching staff. White papers and highlight tapes crafted so that future generations of athletes can internalize and expand upon said greatness. But the Lynx exist in a bubble. While the team does receive some attention, it is nowhere near the level it should be, especially for a team that has reached the WNBA six of the past seven years and was one jump shot away from winning back-to-back titles in 2016.

The argument that no one cares about women’s sports is a lazy one. Everyone cares about winning.

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Slothful Saturday…

Nice to be able to catch up after a busy week. Chicago Daily Herald: Stewart hopes to help with difficult personal story

Hartford Courant: Breanna Stewart Finds Outpouring Of Support After Opening Up About Abuse

Dave Zirin at The Nation: WNBA Star Breanna Stewart Joins the #MeToo Movement, Saying ‘Courage Is Contagious’

The #MeToo movement, which has inspired thousands of people—mostly women—to go public about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, has rocked numerous industries to their foundations. Those who have shared their stories have broken codes of silence that protect abusers and marginalize if not destroy survivors. While Hollywood is receiving the lion’s share of the scrutiny, #MeToo is also shaking the world of sports—and it could not have come soon enough. As Olympic gold-medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar said, “Given the number of vulnerable youth in sports and the power dynamics at play of coaches, scholarships and advancement, abuse has been both inevitable and rampant for too long.”

Listen to the smart, hard-working Nancy Hogshead-Makar as she talks with Dave:

We speak to three-time gold medalist and civil-rights attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar about how the #MeToo movement is shaping the world of sports, as well as about her own work in shedding light on sexual abuse in the field of athletics over the years. We look at the big picture of sexual violence in sports, while also getting into the legal weeds. I cannot imagine a more important topic for this moment or a better person with whom to discuss all of this.

A reminder that these stories don’t end: Girls basketball, golf coach in Ohio pleads guilty to sex crime with student

Jeff Jacobs: From Breanna Stewart To Sue Bird, UConn’s Female Athletes Inspire And Unify

“I know I deferred on this question last year,” Williams said Thursday.

The UConn All-American did not defer during a national media day at ESPN.

“When I step off the court, I’m going to be a black female, I’m not going to be a basketball player,” Williams said. “People are going to see me as that. I need to make sure I feel safe. I think it is good athletes are starting to use their voice, taking advantage of the privilege we have — we are privileged — to use the platform to be helpful to someone other than theirselves.”

Reminder: ‘We can change the world’: Talking race as an NCAA coach

Also: Vanderbilt women’s basketball players kneel during national anthem

Preseason rankings mean nothing, except when it makes people cranky and it means you can say the season opens with #1 v. # 2. Sports Illustrated Women’s College Hoops Preview: Top 10, All-America Team and Geno Auriemma Q&A

ESPN: UConn basketball and the liberation of losing 

Didja listen? Sue Bird, Kyrie Irving join Geno Auriemma in first installment of UConn coach’s new podcast

Mechelle: Ohio State aiming for Final Four in own backyard

“We’ve talked about it. It would be a great thing for our program and this community,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “I don’t want it at the forefront of what we do and talk about on a daily basis, but it is a reminder and kind of a backdrop type of thing, in terms of motivation.”

NCAA.com:  Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw has No. 6 Irish reloading for another Final Four run

Muffet McGraw didn’t get into the Hall of Fame without having to solve a problem or two.

As she enters her 31st year leading Notre Dame, McGraw may be facing her toughest task yet: replacing two All-Americans, one lost to graduation and the other to injury, from a 33-4 team that came within one victory of the program’s eighth trip to the Final Four.

Louisville Athletics: Asia Durr Shines at Women’s Basketball National Media Day on ESPN Campus

Building the Dam asks: Who Will Lead the Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team in 2017-18?

NCAA.com: Marquette not worried about high expectations for upcoming season as the Summitt’s BIG EAST Conference preview says: Marquette the team to beat

The Summitt’s…

From womenshoopsworld:

Jumping coasts: Louisville women’s basketball to announce Beth Burns as addition to staff

No, really, remember when their program was a hot mess? Oakland University’s women’s basketball team has eyes set on championship

Women’s basketball begins its season Saturday after coming off of one of the most successful seasons the program has seen in over 20 years.

Head Coach Lisa Carlsen enters her third season with the Huskies, as her team finished with a 21-12 overall record and a trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship last season. It was only the fifth time in school history that the Huskies accomplished a 20-win season and the team’s first time since 1993-94.

OC Register: New coach, newcomers hope to turn around Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball

Pressure is a privilege. It’s nice to talk about the expectations. But I have to go back to Coach [Mark] French, and I’m a caretaker of a program that man built. We walk by 14 [Big West] trophies every day,” Henrickson said. “Concerning the ‘expectation,’ as a staff, we’ve done a good job of not talking about how the championship game ended. If that’s all we talk about, then you don’t have time to talk about culture, competitiveness, character and unselfishness, which are all of the things that gave us a chance at the end. [Of course] our players have an expectation to have a great year which comes about from the hard work it takes. Part of the excitement with this senior group and Sarah as a junior is how much they’ve gotten better since we’ve left Anaheim to now. For us, it’s about getting better every day.”

Mechelle: Transfers remain tricky but ever-growing part of women’s college basketball

Transfers were a part of many storylines Thursday as some of the top players and coaches in women’s college basketball gathered at ESPN for national media day. In fact, the most high-profile transfer in women’s hoops this season (Azurá Stevens) will be playing for the most high-profile program (UConn).

If you build it…. 

Schools Selected to Participate in the Women’s Basketball Advancement Program (listed alphabetically): Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Dayton, Drake, Florida State, Georgetown, Liberty, Marquette, Miami, NC State, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, San Francisco, Southern Illinois, UAB, UCLA, UMass- Lowell, UMKC, USF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Winthrop.

D2: A new look Top 5 highlights the preseason poll

D3: Amherst women’s basketball opens practice, sets goal of second straight national title

But beware: Tufts’ Basketball Ranked as No. 1 Team in D3hoops Preseason Poll

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Lancaster: WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw coming to Lancaster Thursday for film about her


Pokey Talks WNBA Draft Lottery
 as Las Vegas, Indiana, Chicago to find out who gets No. 1 pick on Nov. 13

.com: WNBA Weekly

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