Archive for January, 2018

than to speak out and remove all doubt”?

Too bad the Missouri AD didn’t. Oiy vey, gevalt!

And that’s all I’m gonna say about THAT!


In case you missed it: Duquesne women’s basketball off to its best start in Atlantic 10 Conference play at 8-0

Robert Morris continues to rule the NEC. BTW: Robert Morris’ Honoka Ikematsu is one of the best shooters in women’s basketball

Honoka Ikematsu’s ability to shoot separated her from the pack as a high school basketball player in Kumamoto, Japan. She possessed an American shooting style, using one hand to guide the ball and her second hand to push it, in a country where many players use both hands to push the ball.

That form gave the Robert Morris coaching staff confidence that Ikematsu would have a relatively painless transition into American basketball.

The Big East…*insert puzzled emoji*

Still not distracted by the polls, TCU handles Iowa State, 75-52.

Whoa! Two overtimes, and St. Louis comes out with a win over Fordham, 91-85.

It was a squeaker, but North Carolina A&T got by Norfolk State, 53-51, to move to 7-0 in the MEAC.

Duquesne v. Dayton… and it’s Dayton with the 79-70 win to stay perfect in the A10.

A win is a win. #8 Texas over Kansas, 55-41.

Nothing like a good stomping to help you feel better about yourself: #18 Ohio State over Penn State, 94-64.

Central Michigan stays undefeated in the MAC, taking down challenger Buffalo, 86-79.

In the Mountain West, a battle between Wyoming and Colorado State. The Rams got the (upset?) win over the Cowgirls, 64-53.

Congrats! Lisa Bluder Named Recipient of IGHSAU First Lady Award

Some upcoming games of interest:

6:30: #12 Tennessee v. #14 Texas A&M. The Vols try and right the ship.

7pm: #3 Louisville v. Virginia. Both are 8-1 in the ACC. Guess we’ll see if that means anything.

7pm: #10 Florida State (6-2) v. NC State (6-3).

7pm: #11 Maryland v. Rutgers. So Scarlet Knights – ya wanna be a pretender or a contender?

7pm: South Carolina hosts UConn: USC’s historic challenge of facing No. 1, No. 2 back-to-back is no risk, huge reward

From Sean Hurd: Gabby Williams putting finishing touches on stellar UConn career

Gabby Williams has never been a fan of boxes, likely because she has never fit into one.

The UConn senior is a position-less player in a position-oriented game, making her an enigma in a sport that seems desperate to define her.

Hartford Courant: Azura Stevens Joining The UConn-South Carolina Party

From Mechelle: After NCAA title as a freshman, Tyasha Harris working hard for more

Nothing rattles Tyasha Harris. Not even a theater going pitch-dark during a horror film.

“We went to see ‘Insidious,’ and the crazy thing is, in the middle of the movie, the town had a power outage,” Harris said of a recent outing with her South Carolina teammates. “So the movie went down, and they just gave us a free ticket so we could go back and see it. It wasn’t that good a movie, though.”

A calm floor leader is exactly what South Carolina needs.

Also: Kia Nurse’s breakout season keeps UConn offense humming

8pm: Michigan v. Purdue. The Wolverines try and keep their run going against the (occasionally) upset-minded Boilermakers.

8pm: #17 Georgia v. LSU. Speaking of upset-minded….

8pm: Nebraska v. Illinois. The Huskers aren’t ranked (yet), but this game likely won’t garner them the voters’ attention – unless they lose.

8pm: Western Illinois v South Dakota. If the Leathernecks want the upset, they’ll have to do it on the Coyotes’ home.

8:30: #2 Mississippi State v. #15 Missouri. What’s the Tigers’ post-kerfuffle mood?

9:00: Gonzaga v. San Diego. The Bulldogs have quietly moved to 9-0 in the WCC.


NCAA.com: Watch list for 2018 Nancy Lieberman Award narrowed to 10

Also NCAA.com: Quinnipiac asserting dominance in MAAC, earns Team of the Week

The Southern: Hefferman: Hinson’s actions speak louder than words for Stiles

Barry Hinson saw most of Jackie Stiles’ 3,394 points when they were both at Missouri State University, which was then known as Southwest Missouri State.

Stiles, a 5-foot-8 guard from Kansas City, Kansas, took the Lady Bears to the 2001 Final Four and was the NCAA’s all-time women’s scorer until Washington guard Kelsey Plum broke her record last season. She later played in the WNBA. Now Hinson is trying to be with Stiles in spirit, as she prepares for surgery this week for ocular melanoma.

SIU’s men’s basketball team wore black shooting shirts before tipping off against Missouri State in Springfield Saturday that said “Fight Love Pray” on the front and “Stiles 10” on the back.

WNBA news (not the news we want, but we appreciate it: Inside The W with Michelle Smith: Offseason Preview

The WNBA Free Agency period opens February 1, giving teams the first opportunity to begin making roster moves ahead of April’s Draft. Some franchises will look to secure key players. Others seek role players who can provide the missing piece to contention.

Summitt: WNBA Offseason Primer: Washington Mystics

and WNBA Offseason Primer: Connecticut Sun

and WNBA Offseason Primer: New York Liberty

Post-Bulletin: Whalen wants another title before retiring

In the, “I’m gonna need a bigger plate,” category: Opals coach Sandy Brondello preparing for big 2018 with Commonwealth Games and World Cup action


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— granted, I ran a Professional Development, drove to Boston to see my mom, got to hear the amazing Bill Charlap trio, ate bacon, and saw my college roomie, so it was a GOOD weekend for me. But dang, did women’s basketball have a weekend!

Flashing back… That Baylor v. Texas game was kind of a dud. Unless you were a Baylor fan. Kristy Wallace leads way for Baylor on emotional night. Explains why Wallace was named espnW’s player of the week.

Something’s up in #21 Georgia (like their ranking?). Dawgs downed the #11 Tigers, 62-50.

We knew #12 Ohio State’s lack of defense was a sore point… but giving up 103 to unranked Iowa? Ouch.

Shall we say Maryland lost their focus after their big win over the Buckeyes? Terps escaped Northwestern by 3.

’cause we know in-state rivalries are the BEST. South Dakota took down the Wabbits, 67-61. Coyotes are now 7-0 in the Summit.

Things went pretty much as expected on Friday... except for Stanford whomping #24 Arizona State, 74-50. And St. Peter’s getting their first MAAC win of the season!

Drexel is making a statement, taking down Elon, 58-56, and moving to 7-1 in the CAA.

Saturday, Kelsey Mitchell became the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer as Ohio State got a desperately needed win over Michigan State, outscoring the Spartans by 13 in the fourth to win by 14.

Disappointing to see Rutgers continue it’s Big Ten slump. They fall to Indiana, 64-58.

Mercer stays undefeated in the Southern, overwhelming Chattanooga in the third quarter to cruise to the 71-50 win.

Belmont is just roaring through the OVC. If (more like “when”) they make the Tournament, I pity the team who faces them.

Whoops! Portland gets its first WCC win, beating St. Mary’s, 68-65.

UC Davis moves to 7-0 in the Big West, coming from behind to beat an improving Santa Barbara, 69-63.

Sunday was nobody’s day of rest.

#3 Baylor waited until the second half to get going, finally putting away #20 West Virginia, 83-72.

#5 Notre Dame continues to make the case for McGraw as COY, smothering #8 Florida State, 100-69.

Took ya long enough, Sabrina. Sheesh! Ionescu gets her 9th triple-double9th triple-double as the #7 Ducks defeated Utah, 84-68.

Ummm…going 14-27 on free throws would probably mean defeat for most teams. But if you balance that with crashing the boards and grabbing 23 – count’em: 20. 3. offensive rebounds, you give yourself a chance. And that’s exactly what LSU did v. #10 Tennessee, winning 70-59.

Sooooo, I guess these if you look up “chippy” in the dictionary, you’ll see a video clip of South Carolina v. Missouri. Lot’s of pre-game stoking of the fires of discontent, and they flared. Tied with about four minutes left, Gamecocks pulled away for the win, 64-54.

Yes! Iona gets its first win of the season.

I can’t figure Virginia out. Can you? They’re at 8-1 in the ACC.

Hello, Nebraska: Huskers humble Hawkeye women

In other news, Mechelle is stomping around in her old grounds: Two-sport standout Peyton Williams is a quick study at Kansas State

You might assume someone who has been playing Division I sports nonstop since August and is also a top-notch student in anthropology wouldn’t have much time to read for fun.

But Peyton Williams currently has seven books going. The Kansas State volleyball and basketball standout was reading four of them while at home in Topeka, Kansas, during a brief holiday break. She left those there and took three new ones for the Wildcats’ first post-break road trip, a four-hour bus ride to Oklahoma State.

“I’m a book-book person,” Williams said, referring to her preference for the real thing, rather than the electronic version.

Jayhawks, Wildcats come together to celebrate 50 years of women’s sports

There is an old adage, perhaps equal parts truth and cynicism, that maintains that history is written by the victors. But you could say of women’s basketball, history is written — and has been made by — the persistent.

The facts aren’t always as readily available, the stories typically not as well-known. But they are especially meaningful if you get to talk to the people who lived them.

Such was the case Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, as the women’s basketball teams from Kansas and Kansas State met for 117th time.

More history: 1992-93 Iowa women’s basketball: A fairy-tale season

Listen up! Around the Rim: Marquette head coach Carolyn Kieger shares her experience being a young coach, talks about her recruiting strategy, the vision she’s set for the program, her journey to coaching

Cool! Duke and China women’s basketball teams collaborate

Count down: Chattanooga’s Jim Foster downplays looming 900-win milestone

Looming: With Upcoming South Carolina Test, UConn Women On Right Track,

When a legend leaves: Washington U. women’s basketball is adjusting to new style

When Randi Henderson accepted the job as head women’s basketball coach at Washington University, she expected challenges.

After all, she was taking over for Hall of Famer Nancy Fahey, who stepped down last March to take the job at the University of Illinois. In 31 seasons with the Bears, Fahey’s teams went 737-133 (.847 winning percentage), won 23 conference titles and made 29 NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Her squads made 10 Final Fours and captured national championships in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2010.

“One of the first things I wanted to make clear was that Coach Fahey and I have very similar visions for this program — to win championships,’’ Henderson said.

Summitt Hoops: WNBA Offseason Primer: Dallas Wings and WNBA Offseason Primer: Seattle Storm and WNBA Offseason Primer: Chicago Sky

OZY: Is the WNBA Ready for This College Star (Wilson)?

WATN? Lindsey Harding: Former WNBA Players Learning Life After Basketball At NBA League Office

WATN? Vanessa Nygaard’s pro pedigree elevating Windward basketball


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So that happened….

I think we can all agree that #12 Ohio State is somewhat allergic to defense, but honestly, who had the scout on Christinaki? #14 Maryland squashed the Buckeyes, staking a claim to the Big 10 title and setting the Columbus locals to thinking about their aspirations for Final Four… a 30-pt loss?

Around the corner, #16 Michigan said, “Don’t overlook us,” as they dismantled Michigan State, 74-48.

The victory…snapped a four-game losing streak to the Spartans (14-7, 4-4).

“They try and remind me to enjoy the moment sometimes, because as a coach, you are always looking to the next game, and sometimes you don’t sit back and look how far you’ve come,” said Michigan sixth-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico after Tuesday’s win.

“But I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of this team. We got robbed last year not getting to the NCAA tournament, and they have been on a mission since that announcement.”

Yes, I see (soon to be ranked?) Nebraska, winning 75-51 over Purdue. Coach Williams as Conference COY, anyone?

The galloping Cowgirls got tripped up by Iowa State, 78-69. Thanks to Bridget Carleton’s career-high 39 points, the Cyclones outscored #19 Oklahoma State 30-17 in the fourth quarter. Ouch.

Stinky news for West Virginia’s Tynice Martin, but I don’t know that anyone’s really surprised. Didn’t stop the Mountaineers from handling Texas Tech, 82-52.

#24 TCU made sure their first ranking since 2010 didn’t go to their head, defeating Kansas, 68-63.

In a match up of Patriot heavyweights, Bucknell came out ahead. Navy and the Bison both sit at 6-3. They join Lehigh, who got upset by Loyola (MD), 67-64, on a last-second three by Alexis Gray. Of course, they’re all chasing American, now 8-0 in conference play.

Well, lookee here! Stephen F. Austin continues to grow in the Southland. They defeat perennial conference-boss Central Arkansas, 59-46, and move to 7-0 in the conference.

YES!!!! Air Force gets their first win of the season, 57-50 over Utah State. Iona, you’re next!

In other news

Graham: Tennessee freshman Rennia Davis a quick study on and off the court

By the time a freshman plays in the NCAA tournament, she isn’t really a freshman anymore. At least that’s the adage. Accumulated wisdom is supposed to shape her into something more like the player she will be as a sophomore than the naive new arrival of the previous fall.

Its freshman class at the forefront of a resurgence with the promise to end a decade-long Final Four drought, Tennessee had reason to hope there was a kernel of truth to the line after a 15-0 start this season. Following a brutal four-game stretch that included a meltdown at Notre Dame and a blowout loss against Mississippi State, that adage becomes a necessity for Rennia Davis, Anastasia Hayes and Evina Westbrook.

Listen Up! LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby gear up for We Back Pat Week by chatting with Tennessee’s Jaime Nared, Mercedes Russell and Lady Vol great Tamika Catchings. Plus, WBB analyst Brenda VanLengen talks Big 12.

Hail, the mid-majors! Top three remain the same in mid-major top 10 poll

Landed: Ex-Nebraska coach Yori joins Creighton’s staff as Connie Yori returns to roots, takes role as Creighton women’s basketball adviser

Damn: Davidson’s Andrea Robinson has leukemia, out remainder of season

Chiney speaks: The WNBA All-Star and first-generation Nigerian-American on how basketball helped her define her identity

I went to my first basketball practice when I was 9, living in Houston. It was my older sister Nneka’s first practice too. We both showed up wearing jean shorts, halter tops, glasses and Keds sneakers. We had no idea what we were doing. I ran to hide in the bathroom, crying while Nneka stumbled through practice — she’s always been the more curious one, while I want to win at everything I do. I made her play me one-on-one at home after every practice. She was basically my first coach.

Nneka and I both play in the WNBA now, and our two younger sisters, Olivia and Erica, are pre-med students who play basketball at Rice. We never could have imagined that basketball would change our lives. Most of the Nigerian parents I knew had very strict ideas about child-rearing: You went to school, got good grades and came back home. That was it, that was your childhood. Any child who didn’t aspire to be a doctor or lawyer had a lot of explaining to do.

Maya speaks: A Pioneering Spirit – The Lynx forward is as fearless and captivating off the court as she is on it

Dear Black Athlete,

Don’t ever forget that you are a citizen—a part of a community

With being an athlete there comes privilege and responsibility—mainly the responsibility to never stop seeking to understand your fellow citizen and neighbor—more importantly, the ones who aren’t exactly like you.

This has been my journey as I’ve stepped into the world of mass incarceration in America and how this phenomenon has unfairly impacted black and brown men and families.

I’ve witnessed double standards and unchecked power in our home of the United States and I’m moved to act.

San Antonio-Express: Hammon has made an impact on, off the court

Congrats: Potomac honors former basketball standout Lynetta Kizer

Speaking of congrats: Williams Reflects On MVP Season In Perth

More international: Import Sydney Wiese bids fond farewell to Fire after title win

The WHB has mentioned them… and here’s something from the AP on’em: Small Ohio school quietly makes college basketball history

Last Saturday’s 113-75 victory over Northwood in front of 242 fans in Livonia, Michigan, was the 19th of the season and the 56th straight.

Ashland broke the NCAA Division II record with its 52nd consecutive win back on Jan. 6, surpassing the string put together by Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, in 2005-06.

Coach Robyn Fralick and her players are perfectly polite but somewhat indifferent about the reporters and TV crews visiting campus since they broke the record. They know this team has been good for a long time.

Now hush – #6 Texas is playing #3 Baylor….

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Aaaaand, they’re back.

Both A’ja Wilson and Tyasha Harris returned to the line up, and #10 South Carolina easily handled Kentucky, 81-64.

#1 UConn returns to form (sans Samuelson) and plucked the Owls.

Mississippi State’s 72-52 win over the Vols finally gave viewers a chance to measure the Bulldogs against a ranked team (Oregon’s been the only one they’ve faced). They look impressive, don’t they? Seasoned and solid.

“Today for us, it was about toughness and competitive spirit,” Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said.

Schaefer referenced the location, the opponent and the occasion in complimenting his team. The victory occurred on “We Back Pat” day, an annual event to honor the late Pat Summitt and raise awareness for the former Tennessee coaching legend’s foundation and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

“She wouldn’t be proud that we won,” Schaefer said. “But she would be proud of how we won.”

Notre Dame took on Clemson and there was not one smidge of drama involved.

Soooo, Florida State started shaky and, to be honest, it was looking like it was going to be a Louisville blowout. But the Seminoles regained their balance, and slowly clawed back. And then everybody decided to JUST STOP SCORING. Eventually, the 14,248 attendees at the YUM watched FSU give the Cardinals their first loss of the season…*squints* 50-49.

Not sure how to categorize UNC’s 92-86 OT win over #16 Duke. Surprising? Huge? Season shifting? Or was it just a product of in-state-rivalry pride? Pick whichever suits, but celebrate if you’re a Tar Heel named Paris Kea.

Glad I warned’em! Cal escapes with a 3-point win over USC, 62-59.

Nebraska over Rutgers, 52-42, and this may explain why: Omaha World-Herald: Strength coach Stuart Hart helps Nebraska women’s basketball physically and mentally

“He’s really raised the bar of the expectations they have of themselves,” coach Amy Williams said. “I’ve talked a lot about the increase in confidence — I know I sound like a broken record — but I think a lot of that has to do with what Coach Stuart has done with them and the confidence he’s instilled in pushing them beyond what they’re capable of.”

Marquette tries to settle things down in the Big East by downing Villanova, 67-57.

Duquesne says to George Mason, “Don’t @ us,” 71-64. Paul Zeise: Duquesne is the center of the Pittsburgh basketball world

The women’s team is loaded with skill. It feeds off its fearless leader, Chassidy Omogrosso, who, pound for pound, is the best basketball player in the city. The team feeds off her energy but certainly isn’t a one-man show. Burt has assembled a perfect mix of international and local players.

Elon says to the Blue Hens, “Don’t get cocky,” 64-51.

IUPUI stakes a claim to the second spot in the Horizon rankings with their 64-61 win over Wright State. Of note: WSU retired Kim Demmings’ jersey.

Demmings, a 2011 Richmond High School graduate, graduated from Wright State in 2016, after scoring 2,677 points, the most in Horizon League women’s basketball history and in Wright State men’s or women’s basketball.

“She is incredible as a person and a player, and she will be an amazing coach,” Richmond High School girls basketball coach Casey Pohlenz said in a text message.

Wichita State says, “They don’t call us the ‘Shockers‘ for nothing,” takes down South Florida, 64-56.

*All Sing* Fi-na-lly! Coach Graves’ #7 Ducks get the win over #18 Oregon Statefirst time in the last 15 tries.

“That’s a heck of a team,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said of the Beavers. “They do not quit. I thought we were obviously in control the whole game and they just keep coming at you, coming at you, coming at you.”

Gophers got game. They take down #20 Iowa, 77-72.


7pm: WaPo: Maybe not a women’s basketball rivalry, but #14 Maryland- #12 Ohio State is a big game

7pm: LSU v. #15 TAMU. Been kinda topsy-turvy for the Aggies. Just in time, coach Blair sits in the Coach’s Chair.

Can you talk about your experience coaching at Louisiana Tech, at the dawning of women’s collegiate basketball?

Sonja Hogg is the first lady of college basketball: she knew how to dress, how to press, and she knew how to recruit. Leon Barmore was the Bobby Knight of women’s basketball. I was in the middle of that with recruiting. All three of us were six months apart in age. It worked, and I don’t know if it could ever work again with the egos that the three of us had. My job was to massage the egos.

It was back then Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, Long Beach State, Western Kentucky and Cheney State that were the big dogs. Those were the programs, and then they died out to start the 1980’s. You could get it done at those smaller venues back then. We would pack them in to the old field house, and after two years when we won National Championships, we moved (the venue) to the new assembly center. Karl Malone was playing at Louisiana Tech at that time. We opened that arena in the 1983-84 season and we played Cheryl Miller and USC in the opening round (of the NCAA Tournament) and we got beat at home. You could tell Cheryl was the next coming. She was the first 6-3 kid who could play all five positions. She was ahead of her time.

In other news

Poll time! TCU in Top 25 for first time since 2010

Bracketology time! And some words from Charlie.

Congrats! Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas named espnW’s player of the week

The Spokesman-Review: Emma Stach’s energy key to Gonzaga’s defense

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier says it all the time: “Our offense starts with our defense.”

Often that means shutting down the other team’s best player. It’s a thankless task — unless you’re senior guard Emma Stach, who wouldn’t have it any other way.

Damnit: Former Baylor player Chameka Scott dies at 33 #f*ckcancer. From Mechelle

“For me, as an athlete, my body had been tested physically day in and day out,” Scott told ESPN in 2016. “So the challenges I had to face with cancer — the weight loss, the surgeries, the recovery — no matter how bad it got, I knew there was a process. You push your body hard, then you build back up. And the discipline to do that is like playing, too.”

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The entertainment continued…

Friday saw all sorts of fun-ness.

Utah doubled up #22 Arizona State in the fourth quarter to eek out the 2-point upset.

“We didn’t play perfectly, but we hung in there and I am so proud of our team,” Roberts said. “This was a game that was going to be about toughness and it really was.”

#18 Oregon State’s Kat Tudor made seven 3-pointers (career-high 34 points) to help lift the Beavers to an OT win over #7 Oregon. Ionescu, who forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation, led all scorers with 35 points. Gotta love those in-state rivalries!

Speaking of which – #21 Cal kept it a tight one with the #13 Bruins, but eventually UCLA earned the 60-52 win.

Soooo…. about the Big East. Butler over Creighton. Georgetown STOMPS Marquette. Villanova double stomps DePaul. What is going on?

Drake is for real making a run at the MVC, taking down Northern Iowa, 81-64. (Yes, I see you, 6-1 Missouri State!)

Saturday, everyone pretty much stuck to form (Yes, #24 OSU squeaked by Oklahoma and North Dakota stunned Northern Colorado) giving us plenty of time to catch up on some reading.

From the Detroit Free Press: Katelynn Flaherty: Unassuming guard now Michigan’s top all-time scorer

Scoring is what Flaherty, now with 2,478 career points, has always done. She never has been the biggest or most athletic. She has faced exotic defenses — box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos — throughout her life. 

Yet none of that seems to stop her.

“Here you have this little 5-foot-7 guard that owns the Michigan scoring record now — like who would’ve ever thought it?” said Lynn Flaherty, Katelynn’s mother. “Because I say, if you just see Katelynn walking down the street, you would probably never even pick her out to be a basketball player sometimes.”

College Insider: Mid Major Poll

Interesting: NCAA Division II expands international reach to Mexico

Congrats! (I still miss hearing her call games) NCAA president honors broadcaster Robin Roberts

Proximity is power,” Roberts said. “Every coach I’ve ever had has stressed to me that it’s position, position, position. You can hope and pray all you want — and I’m a very spiritual person — but if you don’t put yourself in position to make the basket, you don’t put yourself in position for good things to happen to you. It kind of clicked with me that I was always doing that in sports. I was always worrying about my positioning. I had to do the same thing off the court.”


The Astonishing’s Interview with Women’s Basketball Great Pokey Chatman!

Summitt: WNBA Offseason Primer: Atlanta Dream

Bullets Forever: Checking in on the Mystics who are staying in the United States

Sunday Slate of Games

12pm: Marquette v. Villanova. It’s the Big East, so I have not a clue.

12pm: George Mason (4-1) v. Duquesne (5-0). Interesting A-10 matchup.

12pm: #10 South Carolina v. Kentucky. This might have been more interesting in past years, but injuries are the wildcard.

But while both teams have plenty of their own issues to deal with, there’s no overlooking the intense, sometimes heated rivalry between the two programs.

“Doesn’t matter what the records are,” USC coach Dawn Staley said Friday. “It’ll probably be a knock out, drag out (game).”

1pm: Delaware (5-1) v Elon (3-3). Just keeping an eye on the Blue Hens.

2pm: IUPUI v. Wright State. Both are wannabes to Green Bay’s Horizon crown.

With 2,677 points, Kim Demmings isn’t just the most prolific scorer to wear a WSU uniform, she’s the Horizon League’s all-time top scorer in women’s basketball and is ranked as the No. 34 all-time scorer in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.

The 5-foot-8 guard was the Horizon League’s newcomer of the year as a freshman and as a junior she was named the Horizon League’s player of the year, was MVP of the conference tournament and led WSU to its only NCAA Tournament berth.

2:30: #15 Duke v. North Carolina. Neighbors going at it.

The last time the Blue Devils started 0-2 in ACC play was the 1992-93 season, when they began conference play 0-9. Since getting off to the same two-game start this season, however, Duke has made sure that history doesn’t repeat itself. 

The No. 15 Blue Devils will roll into Carmichael Arena to face North Carolina Sunday afternoon riding a four-game winning streak after dropping their first two conference games. Duke has beaten the Tar Heels by a combined 60 points in the past two meetings between the rival programs in Chapel Hill, including a 95-71 blowout last year.

3pm: #3 Mississippi State v. #6 Tennessee. Can MSU stay unbeatenunbeaten? How do the Vols recover from an awful loss?  AP: Turnovers Bothering No. 6 Lady Vols During Difficult Stretch.

Three days after committing 28 turnovers to blow a 23-point lead at No. 5 Notre Dame , Tennessee (16-2, 4-1 SEC) is back home Sunday to face No. 3 Mississippi State (19-0, 5-0). Tennessee has the second-highest turnover total in the SEC, while Mississippi State leads the conference in turnover margin.

“They get after you,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said of Mississippi State. “You’d better protect the ball.”

Tennessee hasn’t done that often enough.

 BTW: Check out Pedal for Pat 2018

4pm: #21 California v. USC. Overlook USC at your own peril.

5pm: #12 Florida State v. #2 Louisville. Am I wrong to feel like FSU has been shaky this year (they only have 2 losses)? Huge crowd at the YUM Center for this game.

6pm: Nebraska v. #25 Rutgers. Gotta win if you want to stay ranked.

8pm: #18 Oregon State v. #7 Oregon. Revenge meet crankiness: Coaches frustrated by quick turnaround for women’s basketball Civil Wars

Did you catch this? Dawn Staley speaks out powerfully in support of WNBA player alleging sexual assault. THEN READ THIS. Because if you think girls/women’s basketball is immune to the horror that has enveloped US Gymnastics, you’ve not been paying attention: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, How to Stop Sexual Abuse in Sports

The national #MeToo movement seems like a sudden wildfire, but within the Olympic world sexual abuse has been a decades-long slow burning fuse. Sexual abuse of Olympic athletes, unfortunately, is neither new nor surprising for those of us who have seen and experienced it firsthand during our athletic and professional careers. It’s an issue that has only been exacerbated by U.S. Olympic Committee and National Sports Governing Bodies policies that are designed to deflect from civil liability.


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Are you not THOROUGHLY entertained!

So, everything was falling into place for #6 Tennessee’s first win over #5 Notre Dame in a loooong time. Big lead – but on the Irish’s home court. When slowly, inexorably, McGraw’s team started chipping away. The Vols couldn’t get the ball in to Russell or hold on to the ball (too many turnovers), and fell apart under Notre Dame’s onslaught. The result? The greatest successful comeback in Notre Dame women’s basketball history culminated in a 14-point win.

Unfortunately for Notre Dame, much of the Irish’s narrative this season has been summed up by three awful letters: A-C-L. Coach Muffet McGraw’s basketball team has been hit so hard by knee injuries — four players are sitting out with them — that you half-expect a knee brace to be added to the Fighting Irish’s leprechaun logo.

But what they did Thursday in a table-turner for the ages against Tennessee — from down 23 to winning 84-70 — wasn’t just the “fight” part of the Irish in a never-give-up sense. They fought to establish what has become a staple of McGraw’s program: a smart, efficient, dependable offense.

Meanwhile, Penn State got the upset win over #25 Rutgers after Teniya Page (34pts) made 4 of 5 free throws with a second left (Getting T’d up can be brutal). That’s their first win over a ranked team this year.

#2 Louisville got three quarters of doggedness from Pittsburgh, and then put the Panthers away in the fourth.

#1 UConn beat Tulsa by 18, but don’t talk to Geno about it. Fans Deserve Money Back After ‘Disgraceful Effort’ Vs. Tulsa. Pity them at their next practice. Pity their next opponent.

#10 South Carolina is still without A’Ja Wilson or Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, and Vandy tried to take advantage. Nope, said Alexis Jennings (27pts), as the Gamecocks win, 95-82.

Told ya to keep an eye on Wake Forest. #12 Florida State (missing starting point guard AJ Alix because of the flu) had to stage a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to get the game into OT. The Seminoles prevailed in the extra quarter and escaped with a two-point win, 81-79.

Make that 25-in-a-row. Behind Haley Gorecki’s career-high 28 points and Lexie Brown’s, #15 Duke made sure Virginia Tech stayed put, 86-75.

Other News

NCAA.com: TCU women’s basketball doesn’t view last week’s consecutive Top 25 wins as upsets and, from TCU 360: Okonkwo key to Horned Frog women’s basketball

Oi! Oi! Australian Lauren Mills makes unique journey to Iowa State women’s basketball

Hmmm… A picture in time: UConn, Mississippi State sit atop first NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee top 16 reveal . Charlie has some thoughts.

Interesting to see who is NOT on the list (did they submit bids?) Cleveland, Dallas among Women’s Final Four finalist bid cities for 2021-24


.com: WNBA Overseas Update: Pair of Seattle Teammates Shining, Williams Honored

In case you’re dreaming about your team’s possibilities: WNBA Free Agency 2018: Unrestricted Free Agents

Bullets Forever Blog wonders: Roundtable: How long is the Mystics’ championship window?  (no pressure)



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Are you not STILL entertained?

#18 Michigan learned a lot from the overtime loss to #8 Ohio State, and they put it to good use, coming away with at 84-75 win IN Columbus.

Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico wouldn’t let up. With 30 seconds remaining and her team leading No. 8 Ohio State 84-75, she screamed at her team from the sideline. The Buckeyes made their final push. The clock continued to tick.

Then with 12 seconds remaining, Wolverine junior center Hallie Thome pulled down the rebound after senior guard Asia Doss’ off-balance 3-pointer clanked off the rim, sealing No. 19 Michigan’s upset. Arico turned around and finally relented, breaking out in a smile and raising her arms to the sky before hugging senior forward Jillian Dunston, who stood behind her.

The Wolverines had done it.

Listen Up! Kim Barnes Arico on Michigan Insider audio boom

Not to be outdone, Nebraska knocked off #20 Iowa.

An improved season for the Nebraska women’s basketball season had still been missing something, but not anymore.

Nebraska defeated 20th ranked Iowa 74-65 on Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, giving Nebraska its first win against a ranked team this season in its third attempt at doing so, and coach Amy Williams’ first win over a ranked opponent with the Huskers.

Unwilling to be part of a three-fer-upsetter, Maryland fought back in the fourth to down Indiana, 74-70.

#17 West Virginia, though, obliged, falling to #24 Oklahoma State, 79-73.

Told you I have no idea what’s up with the Big East. Villanova falls to Penn, 79-77.

Another upset: Loyola (MD) over Bucknell, 68-65.

Yup! The A10’s gonna be a battle. Dayton squeaked by Fordham, 63-62.

In other news

Listen Up! Sirius (ly): Around the Rim is now on @espnUonSiriusXM chanel 84 starting this Sunday.

Listen Up! La China joins the fabulous Burn It All Down podcast

Listen Up! Louisville coach Jeff Walz joins Mark Ennis and Luke Hancock.

NCAA Women’s basketball players of the week: Asia Durr leads Louisville to first No. 2 ranking

Michelle Smith: Pac-12 Women’s Basketball sophomores shine

Borislava Hristova, Washington State. Up in Pullman, they call her “Bobby Buckets.” Hristova is a redshirt sophomore, having missed most of last season with a knee injury after establishing herself as an impact player as a freshman. She was leading the Cougars in scoring at the time of her injury. Hristova, who is tied for the Pac-12 scoring lead at 19.2 points a game, looks like she has shaken off any rust from sitting out last year. Last week, Hristova put up a career-high 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting against Colorado, tying for the third-most points in a game in program history. The Bulgarian native has put up seven 20-point game this season.

Also: Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two

This past summer, Hebard traveled with USA Basketball’s U19 team to Italy for the U19 FIBA World Cup. There, she got a look at her new teammates, Anneli Maley and Aina Ayuso, and played against some top-tier international talent.

Hebard’s physicality has been hugely beneficial for Oregon. Now ranked No. 7 in the country — its highest ranking ever— the intensity is taken up another notch.

Also: Anne Patterson, AP:  Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is about more than just triple-doubles

“I just play, to be honest, I don’t think about anything,” she said. “I just go out there and play and do the best that I can in order for us to win. So if that’s rebounding, passing, scoring, whatever it is. That’s what I focus on. Just to win.”

BTW: She left U-Conn. — and became college basketball’s leading rebounder at George Mason

Butler’s career GPS, though, introduced a few short detours. First there was a season at Georgetown, where the late-blooming 6-foot-5 center became an unexpected collegiate force and the Big East freshman of the year. Then came three years with the most famous program in the sport: Butler played in two Final Fours with Connecticut, won a national championship and graduated with a degree in communications. And then — recalculating, recalculating — the route finally wound back home to Mason.

Also! January 21st starts “We Back Pat” week. “She would love this team” – Warlick reflects

BOOM! Barb Stevens joins the 1000 win club.

Barbara Stevens couldn’t imagine being mentioned in the same conversation with Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt.

Yet Bentley’s longtime women’s basketball coach has a chance to join those two icons in the 1,000-victory club on Wednesday. A win over Adelphi, which has beaten Bentley four straight times, would give Stevens 1,000 wins, making her the fifth women’s college basketball coach to reach that milestone. Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell are the others.

“You look at all those coaches. They are huge names in the sport,” Stevens told The Associated Press by phone. “I don’t see the connection with me and them. I found my niche and I don’t need any limelight. I don’t need anything like that. What I’m trying to do in a small way is create a program that can be successful and that’s it.”

Heads up! First NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee Top-16 reveal set for January 18

Speaking of the Tourney, from Charlie: Mid-majors missing an opportunity for at-large inclusion

With a lack of worthy candidates and minimal conference tournament upsets, last season’s NCAA tournament field included only one at-large bid for a mid-major team (Northern Iowa) — for just the second time in 10 years.

With the Big 12 possibly only a four-bid conference this year, the bottom half of the SEC struggling to find its footing and the American Athletic Conference showing a large drop-off after Connecticut and South Florida, the door appears wide open for multiple mid-major at-large entries.

If only there were as many worthy candidates.

High School

Wait…what? Andrew Hill leaves game against Lick in third quarter

During a timeout in the third quarter of his team’s girls basketball game against Andrew Hill, James Lick coach Kyle McIntyre was about diagram a play when his players told him to turn around.

Andrew Hill was leaving the gym.

Lick led on its home court 56-25 on Thursday night when Joanne Winterstein gathered her players and walked out of the facility while yelling at and taking pictures of the referees, according to McIntyre.


Aussie! Aussie! Bye! Bye! It’s Time to Draw the Curtain (Erin Phillips)

Aussie! Aussie! Hello? Liz Cambage to return to WNBA with Dallas Wings after season end with Melbourne Boomers

Congrats! Atlanta Dream’s Bria Holmes to miss 2018 season because of pregnancy

Welcome back! Crystal Robinson Hired as Assistant Coach on Dan Hughes’ Staff

Please do: Keep room in your heart for Jackie Stiles as she battles cancer

Sure, we don’t know if they’ll be playing or WHERE they’ll be playing, but Tina Charles given franchise tag by the New York Liberty

The. Shoe. Drops.

WNBA All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon has filed a civil lawsuit against the regents of the University of California, alleging she was sexually assaulted by Mohamed Muqtar, a longtime Cal-Berkeley athletic department employee.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, claims negligence on the part of the regents, who oversee Cal-Berkeley. Muqtar, 61, who has worked in the athletic department for more than 25 years, also is named as a defendant. He is the assistant athletic director for student services and graduated from the school in 1987 with a degree in economics.

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Are you not entertained?

Great atmosphere. Great game. More, please!

Shout out to both teams. Big shots. Big misses. Thoroughly entertaining. In the end, UConn’s six were mightier that Texas’ 10. (Oh, and…. freeeee throooows!) Read all about it:

The evidence of the dogfight top-ranked UConn found itself in was the purplish bruise that had halfway closed Katie Lou Samuelson’s left eye.

The shiner was courtesy of a tough Texas elbow shortly after tipoff that served notice that unlike most of this season, the Huskies weren’t going to get anything easy from the No. 7 Longhorns.

San Antonio Express-News: Texas takes UConn to wire, but comes up short

Texas coach Karen Aston believed Monday’s game between No. 1 UConn her No. 9 Longhorns would be great for the sport, regardless of outcome. And in a macro sense, she was absolutely right.

Geno Auriemma said he was proud of his players and sounded like he meant it. With the top of his dress shirt unbuttoned as he spoke on the court, he looked like someone at the end of a long night of work. He looked like someone with reason to be proud of what had transpired.

Which is why Connecticut needs games such as this. And why the rest of the country does, too.

At the moment, Louisville is No. 2 behind UConn in women’s basketball poll.We’ll see how long that lasts. No surprise, Louisville’s Asia Durr named espnW’s player of the week

From Mechelle: Consistent Teana Muldrow helps drive Mountaineers

After a terrific run through the Big 12 tournament last season to win the title, West Virginia’s women’s basketball team had high aspirations for 2017-18. The Mountaineers expected four starters to return, including guard Tynice Martin, who emerged as a major threat during her sophomore season.

But as has been the case for several teams, West Virginia has dealt with injuries — including to Martin — that have changed the dynamics for the Mountaineers. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Teana Muldrow.

Ames Tribune: Hopes again high for Wise after solid Big 12 outing

Here we go! DII Bentley women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens shoots for win No. 1000 against Adelphi

Get your McDonalds All-Americans here!

Tonight’s DI games of interest:

7pm: #19 Maryland v. Indiana. Have the Terps regained their equilibrium?

7pm: #8 Ohio v. #19 Michigan. Wolverines look for the upset on the Buckeye’s home court.

8pm: Nebraska v. #20 Iowa. Have you noticed that Nebraska is no pushover this year?


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A Sunday Surprise

Good win for coach Taylor’s Bulldogs, as Gabby Connally made her return to her home state memorable. The freshman scored 37 points (15 in OT) as Georgia earned a 92-84 win over #17 Texas A&M.

More like a Sunday Stomping.

#13 Florida State wasted no time with putting away Virginia Tech. After a 28-8 first quarter, they cruised to a 107-62 win. But, said Sue Semrau,

“We’ll continue to work on the little things. I don’t think this team is satisfied with where they are right now.”

#2 Notre Dame was all over Boston College, 89-60.

“Quite frankly, that game was embarrassing,” Shepard said of Thursday’s, “and we knew that was not how Notre Dame basketball is played, and we knew we had to come out today in front of our home crowd and just play hard and play together.”

It was a close first quarter. The rest? Not so much. #5 Baylor over Oklahoma, 74-52.

​Down by six at the end of the first quarter, the fifth-ranked Lady Bears rode senior co-captains Dekeiya Cohen and Kristy Wallace to a 74-52 victory over the Sooners Sunday afternoon despite off games from Brown and 6-4 sophomore Lauren Cox.

​”You can’t be any more proud of your two seniors,” Mulkey said of Cohen and Wallace, who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. “Your two seniors carried your ball club today.”

#22 Oregon State over Arizona, 88-48.

“We knew we had to take it to them because the first half was a little shaky,” [Kat] Tudor said of the second half barrage. “I think we just knew we had to knock them down and just make a statement.”

As #14 UCLA routed Colorado, 93-55, Jordin Canada notched  11 assists to become the UCLA record holder in assists (700) and the first player in Pac-12 women’s basketball history to record 1,800 points & 700 assists.

A strong second made sure #4 Mississippi State stayed unbeaten, 75-61.

“This was a special day,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “They had nine thousand fans in attendance and (assistant) coach Jackson had her baby. Hats off to Alabama. They played extremely well. They have seasoned veterans. They keep fighting.

Perhaps Wilson’s injury took a little shine off the match-up, (and it had close-ish moments). But #6 Tennessee’s Russell made sure #9 South Carolina went home with a loss, 86-70.

But Sunday, in a critical junction of this season, the Lady Vols demonstrated the kind of steely resolve that Warlick has been seeking. In front of 14,763 fans at Colonial Life Arena, No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 9 South Carolina 86-70 and made a statement.

“How they performed — I’m really proud of them. It’s great to see,” Warlick said. “When South Carolina made the run, [the Lady Vols] kept their composure. I’m probably more emotional than our whole team. And today, that was better.”

As USC waits on an MRI for Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan (and Wilson), injured in the second half,  of the Post and Courier reflects: Enough basketball adversity for Dawn Staley and Co. to create a new Gamecock Gauntlet video game

NO surprises, thank you very much.

No triple-double from Sabrina, but #8 Oregon did keep #18 Arizona State at bay, 74-64.

Virginia kept’em honest, but in the end, #16 Duke earned the 55-48 win.

Behind Anigwe’s 30 points and 17 rebounds, #24 Cal came back in the fourth to overcome a stubborn Washington State team, 66-60.

Whose state? OUR STATE! USF over UCF, 62-45.

Whose state? OUR STATE! North Carolina over Wake Forest in OT, 79-76.

Whose bragging rights? OUR bragging rights! Navy over Army, 70-44. Just in time: Coaches Chair: Stefanie Pemper, Naval Academy

Whose pre-conference schedule is under scrutiny? OUR P-C-S. NC State over Syracuse, 60-56.

What’s going on with the Big East? WHO KNOWS! St. John’s over Villanova, 70-64.

Who currently rules the A-10? Dayton!

Who’s making trying to make some noise in the CAA? 4-1 Delaware is!

Who’s struggling in conference play? Elon is!

Who’s undefeated in the Patriot League? American is!

MLK Day games of interest

7pm: #25 Green Bay (4-1) v IUPUI (5-0). Huge game for coach Parkinson and the Jaguars program.

Horizon League play has started off with a bang for the Jags who are off to the best start in program history at 13-3 and have a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. In those five wins, the Jags have won by an average of 23 points.

7pm: #1 UConn v #7 Texas

San Antonio Express: Texas, UConn women brace for showdown

“(Texas has) at least as athletic a roster as there is in the country,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a crazy, crazy environment. We’ve got our hands full, I know that. Hands full with rebounding, hands full with athletic ability. That’s going to be a tough game.”

Now would be the perfect time for sophomore Joyner Holmes to rediscover the form that made her a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season. Since returning from a 10-game suspension, she has averaged just three points on 26.7 percent shooting.

In case you were wondering: Are the Louisville women a Final Four team? These former stars think so

“They have more offensively than we did at each position,” Bingham said. “(Asia Durr) can shoot the ball and (Myisha Hines-Allen) is good, and over four years of being there she’s gotten better each year. There are some comparisons but sometimes offensively they’re a little bit better than us.

“I think we could guard them, though,” she added. 

In other news

Who ya got? A mock WNBA draft chosen by panel of league’s coaches, GMs

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Don’t count ’em out

Soooo…. Hello, Purdue. First it’s Rutgers, now it’s #18 Iowa? Guess they like Big 10 play!

Megan Gustafson “got everything she wanted,” according to Purdue Coach Sharon Versyp, posting a career-high in scoring.

Purdue’s No. 10 … well, she can play, too.

Andreona Keys nearly tripled her season average, scoring 34 points and leading Purdue past 17th-ranked Iowa, 76-70, in a Big Ten women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

It was Purdue’s first win here in nine years.

And again! Down 18,  TCU pulls off the upset on the road at No. 15 West Virginia, 76-74. Nice day for junior Amy Okonkwo, who made the layup to tie score at the end of regulation and the 3-pointer to win it in OT.

And another upset, as Kaylee Page hit six 3-pointers and, with her 20 points, helped KSU take down #20 Oklahoma State, 80-64.

Behind Holmes and Atkins, #7 Texas won by 17 over Kansas.

Meanwhile, about 4 hours away, Stevens’ 19 leads #1 UConn to 95-35 rout over Houston.

I’m sure she’d rather the win, but Tulane’s Kolby Morgan joins the “2,000-Career-Points” club as the Green Wave fell to Wichita State,  64-56.

Got the win over Nebraska in OT AND Kate Flaherty has now scored more points than anyone at Michigan, she passing Glen Rice’s mark of 2,442. The Wolverines escaped (block? not a block?) Nebraska in OT. It was quite the game, inspiring this tweet from after Deja Church “was fouled on a triple from the corner with 0.7 left. Will have three free throws

Been coaching 20 years – 1st time I witnessed a freshman step to the line, on the road, in front of thousands of screaming fans and do what did. #woweee#ice#goblue 💛💙 

Kelsey Mitchell moves into the rarified “3000 point club” as #10 Ohio State wins over Indiana, 77-62.

Hmmm… UAB is 4-0 with their win over Western Kentucky, 79-61. Watch out, C-USA.

“It was a really great win for our program,” head coach Randy Norton said. “I told our players this is all part of the process. It is one game. We have given them the 24-hour rule. They have 24 hours to enjoy this and then next week is redemption week. Our girls are going to be ready to go.”

That’s 12-in-a row at home for Rutgers as CViv continues her inexorable march to 1000 wins. What an amazing career. (What an amazing season we’re having in the records department!)

Yes! Detroit Mercy gets their first win of the season. Still waiting on Iona, Mississippi Valley State, Chicago State and Air Force

Sunday games

1pm: Notre Dame women’s basketball looks to bounce back against Boston College

Just in case: How #9 South Carolina could beat #6 Tennessee without A’ja Wilson (2pm)

…Staley and the rest of USC’s squad has had two days of practice since beating Auburn on Thursday, and in that time, they’ve been working under the assumption that Wilson will not play, Staley said. And if that’s the case, South Carolina will be relying on some combination of underclassmen to fill the massive role Wilson currently shoulders for the Gamecocks.

“I think what we do if (A’ja’s) not able to play is keep the game simple for our young post players, just give them things they can remember and execute,” Staley said.

Anyone know what’s up with Elon? Women’s Basketball Closes Homestand With Defending CAA Champion Elon Sunday

3pm: Virginia v. #16 Duke. So, Cavaliers – you’re 5-0. What does that mean?

3pm: American v Lehigh. Lead in the Patriot at stake.

8pm: #8 Oregon v. #18 Arizona State. It”s been a while since an Inonescu triple-double, hasn’t it?

Monday games

Texas Sports: Arrive early for UConn game; Record-breaking crowd expected (7pm)

7pm: #25 Green Bay (4-1) goes up against IUPUI (5-0). Remember when the Jaguars were a hot mess?

In other news

AP: Women’s basketball: Short-handed Maryland still in the mix in tight Big Ten race

“This group has been resilient. They never felt sorry for themselves,” Frese said. “There’s just a smaller margin for error we’ve got to be able to come to the table with.” 

Rats: Oklahoma State starting guard Areanna Combs (8.5 PPG) is out for the season with an injury

WATN? Former OSU star Tiffany Bias continues basketball career while building career in modeling

Since her career at OSU, Bias won a WNBA title with the Phoenix Mercury and continues to play overseas and in the new mixed-gender league started by rapper and businessman Percy “Master P” Miller. Bias leaves next week to start a season in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She is also an aspiring fashion model, appearing in several magazines.

Arizona Daily Star: Adia Barnes’ basketball travels have taken her to WNBA Finals, Final Four and Europe

SF Chronicle: Cal’s Gottlieb balances being basketball coach and new mom

Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb is supervising a drill in practice, oblivious to the baby boy entertaining himself some 30 feet away.

Moments later, Gottlieb wanders over during a break. Her son, Jordan, seems eager to see his mom, though he’s really fixated on the whistle hanging around her neck. He cries when she turns back toward the court, so she leaves the whistle with him and he instantly calms down. (Jordan soon loses interest, naturally, and she discreetly circles back to retrieve the whistle.)

This is Gottlieb’s new reality.

From the Daily Californian : Cal women’s basketball season update: young stars, team chemistry assist in handling pressure

Waco Tribune: Unspoken (and sometimes spoken) bond: BU’s Cox, Brown form impressive post duo

Courier Journal: It’s time to start paying attention to the best team in Louisville: Women’s basketball

Coach Jeff Walz wouldn’t quite admit it, but his University of Louisville women’s basketball team delivered a warning shot Thursday that echoed far beyond the imposing walls of the KFC Yum Center. 

The women’s basketball world was rocked to its core as Louisville dismantled No. 2 Notre Dame in a 100-67 beatdown and did it with the ease of an uncontested layup banked off the glass. 

Natchez Democrat:When I grow up: 12-year-old uses city basketball league to help toward goals

“I want to be in the WNBA,” Davis said. “Girls can do anything boys can do. I play around boys a lot, and a lot of the times I beat them.”

Umm, hello Idaho? Girls basketball coaches resign after car vandalized

Don’t mess with a Nerd City kidPresident Trump’s view of Africa is not what WNBA’s Chiney Ogwumike sees 

Chiney, 25, makes her living playing and talking basketball but her true passions are family and Africa, a continent close to her heart which is nothing like what President Trump called it last week.

“It is a beautiful place,” Chiney says over the telephone.

She politely declined to respond to the President’s comments disparaging immigrants from Africa and Haiti. The pain, however, did hit close to her heart.

“This has been crazy the last few days,” she added. “I haven’t spoken to my parents about it because I don’t need to. I know what my family stands for.

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Follow the Frosh!

That’s what #17 Texas A&M did, on their way to upsetting #6 Tennessee, 79-76 in OT.

Texas A&M knocked Tennessee from the ranks of the undefeated on Thursday night. This was the second year in a row that the game between these two teams in College Station was decided in overtime. The Aggies also won in 2017, 76-71.

The game featured 17 lead changes. The Aggies had three players score more than 20 points, led by Khaalia Hillsman with a double-double at 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Danni Williams with 22 points as well. Chennedy Carter, the NCAA freshman leader in points per game – among many other stats – had 21.

Michigan State also got the upset win, 82-63, over the # Terps. Maryland was dealing with the loss of their starting guard Blair Watson, their second leading scorer, to a *#$@@! ACL.

“We better get used to it,” Frese said of Michigan State’s aggression. “It’s not going away. That’s what you’re going to see every night, and I don’t think we responded well to it at all. I thought we got caught up in the officiating, they just let them play. They let both teams play.

Yes, it was an “upset,” but were you really surprised? (A bit, yes, at the marginNo. 3 Louisville dominates No. 2 Notre Dame for first win over Irish since 2009. From Graham:

So No. 3 Louisville played a game worthy of the weather. It gave a performance worthy of a champion, a 100-67 victory against No. 2 Notre Dame that pushed the Cardinals to 19-0.

“I thought Louisville looked like the best team in the country today,” Muffet McGraw said.

A Hall of Fame coach’s assessment is always worth noting. All the more when the team she coaches beat South Carolina and pushed Connecticut to the final minutes earlier this season.

That there wasn’t actually a trophy at stake didn’t seem to bother any of those on hand.

As advertised, Auburn was feisty, but South Carolina kept them at bay, 71-63. Of concern? 2000-club member A’ja’s ankle.  (btw: Heathwood Hall retires A’ja Wilson’s jersey)

#12 Missouri tried to make it interesting by letting Vandy outscore them 23-9 in the fourth, but the Tigers held on for a 81-70 win.

Quinnipiac is enjoying the MAAC so far.

Interesting. With a solid win over Bucknell, Lehigh moves to 4-1 in the Patriot.

Squeak! Little Rock moves to 5-0 in the Sun Belt with a 2-point win over UT Arlington. Looking forward to their next game v. Texas State. The Bobcats are an improving program.

Whoa. Pacific gets their first win in the WCC with an impressive showing against San Diego, 81-68.

Weber State staking a claim to the Big Sky by giving Northern Colorado their first conference loss.

I see you Portland State, sitting at 3-1 in the Big Sky while ending Montana State’s 31-game home win streak.

US Santa Barbara squeaks out a one-point win over CSU Northridge and gets to 3-0 in the Big West.

Strong defense in the fourth pushed #22 Oregon State over #18 Arizona State, 57-54.

It’s not just Billings and Canada, as Michaela Onyenwere‘s 20 helps #14 UCLA overcome Utah, 81-74.

The Dukes say, “Not. So. Fast. Phoenix.” JMU stays unbeaten in the Colonial, sending Elon to their second conference loss, 70-67.

So…ETSU beat Chattanooga for the first time since 2010.

Marquette moves to 6-0 in the Big East.


I mean, just WOW.

Marquette swiped a win out of the hands of Butler quite literally on Friday night, beating the Bulldogs, 69-67, thanks to a buzzer beater from Allazia Blockton.

CHECK IT OUT, and then we’ll get to how it happened.

Upcoming games:

2pm: Rutgers: No. 21/19 Women’s Basketball Looks To Get Back On Track Against Minnesota on Saturday

2pm: Ball State v. Buffalo – both are 3-1 in the MAC.

3pm: Oral Roberts v Wabbits. 3-1 v. 3-0 in the Summit

3pm: Still unbeaten in the Horizon, IUPUI goes up against Oakland.

4pm: Can Portland State keep the Big Sky run going v. Montana State (4-1)?

4pm: Already mentioned: Interesting Sun Belt match up – Little Rock (5-0) v Texas State (4-1).

5pm: TCU v. #15 West Virginia. How does each team react to “the game after” game?

8pm: Good test. #23 Michigan (3-2 in the Big 10) goes up against Nebraska (3-1 in the Big 10).


Tennessee Lady Vols must move on from loss to face South Carolina as A’ja Wilson injury puts status for Tennessee game in doubt

In other news

Swish Appeal: Why USC may not repeat — and what’s turning everyone’s head in women’s basketball? This edition of the Triple Double touches on records that were broken, and why one particular team may be in trouble.


Going into the New Year, we saw three records broken in the NCAA.

The first was on Saturday, December 30. Maranne Johnson of the Sacramento State Hornets set the Big Sky conference record for career three-pointers with 257. Some may remember Johnson from last season, when she briefly led the NCAA in three-pointers per game (she finished 13th overall). Johnson, a senior who was initially a walk-on from Antioch, CA, has been arguably the best long distance shooter the Big Sky has ever seen, and could potentially be the first-ever player from the conference to be drafted into the WNBA (in the league’s 21-year history, there has never been a player drafted from the Big Sky).

Listen up: No Ceilings Podcast: Conference Opening Win:

Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin addresses her team’s ASUN opening win at UNF, the continued growth of the team, what is most special about returning home this weekend, motherhood affecting coaching & more.

SF Gate: Senior Cowling already a legend of Cal women’s basketball

Moving on: Espinoza-Hunter Transferring From UConn Women’s Basketball Team

Kansas City Star: She changed from post player to guard for Mizzou’s best basketball team

To become the player she is now, Amber Smith had to lose the pizza weight.

Which is funny because a year ago, the sophomore on the Missouri women’s basketball team was gaining it to be successful. At 5 feet 11, she was undersized for a post player, but the Tigers had lost All-SEC forward Jordan Frericks to an ACL tear. They needed Smith to take her place, which meant Smith had to build up her body.

Jeffers, a two-time national champion now in her 32nd year as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Capital University, is currently ranked second among active Division III coaches in total victories and possesses the fifth-most overall victories among Division III coaches, all-time.

ALMOST congrats: Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens will go for her 999th victory Saturday afternoon against New Haven and potentially her 1,000th win Wednesday at home in Waltham against Adelphi University.

Job alert: Former NBA Player, Chicago Native Awvee Storey Returns Home For Coaching Role With Chicago Sky

Wanna job at Nike?  Sports Marketing WNBA/GL Account Manager

Cool: Chamique Holdsclaw, UConn’s Chris Dailey among 10 finalists for Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Sending good thoughts….From KWTX: Former Lady Bears star is in a fight for her life

Chameka Scott, 33, a former Lady Bears standout who helped lead the team to its first national championship in 2005, is in a fight for her life.

Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015 and underwent surgery followed by rounds of treatment.

The cancer has recurred in what Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey described Friday as a very aggressive manner.

’cause we can’t “stick to sports.” From Becky Carlson : Female Athlete Sexual Abuse in Sports

“Wo, that was a little too close,” the first man said.

“Yeah, _________ is popular with college girls.” the second man responded. “I heard the high school girls love him too.”

“Don’t you think that’s a little weird?” the first man asked.

“Nah, he seems to know his stuff and if any of the girls were uncomfortable then I’m sure they would say something.” the second man said.

“I guess so.” the first man replied, sounding unsure.

“I mean, young guy like that, probably not easy being around all those young girls all the time. I’m sure it’s nothing but… I mean, as long as it’s not my daughter.” the second man said.

Don’t forget: Women In Sports To Watch In 2018

From the historic Women’s March to feminism being celebrated as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, women spoke out loudly in 2017.

Athletes like the WNBA’s Breanna Stewart and two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman bravely shared their #MeToo stories, and once again the sports world drew an even greater appreciation for powerful female athletes.

What will 2018 bring for women in sports? Get ready for even more heroism, broken records and historic firsts.

Yes, it’s problematic to point out to the “exceptional” immigrants to counter trump’s racist agenda, but this is worth a read: Why do we let immigrants from ‘holes’ into our country? Because of people like this.

The Bible teaches that there are no real “shitholes,” of course, that the only things that defile us come from somebody’s mouth. But if that source isn’t persuasive enough for you, there is always the evidence you can acquire from firsthand acquaintance with someone from a faraway place.

Ngozi Anosike was one of those “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here” immigrants. Coach Pat Summitt met her 15 years ago next week, in a gymnasium on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2003, when she recruited Ngozi’s daughter Nicky to play basketball at the University of Tennessee. Pat and Ngozi immediately recognized something kindred in each other: They both started from “holes.” “At the bottom, and I mean as far at the bottom as you can possibly go,” Nicky said.

Dope Magazine: The Perfect Storm: WNBA Team the Seattle Storm Ignites Social Justice

“I think in some ways, as women, we’re used to speaking out about social issues,” says Dawn Trudeau, Co-owner of WNBA team the Seattle Storm. “We’re concerned about taking care of our community and our families. I think that even just women’s professional sports, to some degree, is a social issue.

From Dave Zirin: Jaylen Brown and the Evolution of the Activist Athlete: By offering a systemic critique of racism and poverty, the 21-year-old is demonstrating how to bring depth to our political discussions.

Roughly 18 months ago—as Colin Kaepernick was peeling back people’s eyelids—I was told by a friend at Cal-Berkeley that there was an NBA rookie—yet to play a single minute of pro ball—who was going to rock the sports-politics landscape. “He’s NBA talent, no question,” I was told, “But he’s also like those political athletes you write about. A lot of the same professors and lecturers at Cal who have been dialoguing with Kap [Colin Kaepernick] rave about this kid.”

He told me the young man’s name, Jaylen Brown, and I immediately put it out of my mind for two reasons. First, Kaepernick was setting the sports world on fire, and NBA rookies who impressed their college professors was not at the forefront of my mind. Secondly, he had been drafted by the Boston Celtics, and I am some combination of genetically or behaviorally conditioned to ignore anyone doing anything while wearing that cursed Celtic green. I had too many young memories of Larry Bird tearing out my heart and felt too set in my ways to change.

But damn, was I wrong. Jaylen Brown, now in his second year and already a budding star, just gave an extensive interview with The Guardian, and everything that those professors pointed out were on display: a sense of history, a belief in resistance, a systemic critique of racism and poverty, and a contempt for a certain orange demagogue who uses race to rule.

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Wait, what?

Perhaps I’m as guilty of “looking ahead” to the Monday night MLK #7 Texas v. #1 UConn as the Longhorns were. Horned Frogs made’em pay for the overlook, notching a 79-77 upset. It’s the first time in 8 years that TCU (great picture!) beat a top 10 team.

In another upset – a game that would upset ANY stomach – #21 Rutgers lost to Purdue...*squints at scoreboard to make sure ESPN hasn’t forgotten to post BOTH halves* 47-33.

Indiana had upset on its mind, but #23 Michigan’s Flaherty and Brown said, “Not this time, kids!”

*don’twannajinx’emdon’twannajinx’em* Hartford is 3-0 in the America East.

*ithinkijinxedthemithinkijinxedthem* Cincinnati over Houston, 88-82.

I have NO idea what’s going on in the Big East – except that Marquette seems to be winning.


7pm: Big goings on at the YUM center as ACC foes #2 Notre Dame meets #3 Louisville. Will this finally be the game that the Irish’s slew of injuries make themselves known? Or will the Cardinal’s shrinking margin of victory do’em in?

7pm: #6 Tennessee visits #17 Texas A&M. Can the 12th man help the Aggies pull an upset?

“I think they’re trying to figure out how we’re going to guard Chennedy Carter and Danni Williams and their inside game,” Warlick said.

7pm: #9 South Carolina hosts a feisty Auburn. How do the Gamecocks react to the loss v. Missouri?

7pm: Same question for #13 Florida State as they host Miami.

7pm: Yes, I’m comparing Devils and Deacons, but I am intrigued by the #16 Duke v. Wake Forest game.

7pm: Kentucky v. Florida. SOMEbody’s gonna get their first SEC win.

Congrats: Brian Agler, Dan Hughes, Cheryl Reeve to Serve as Court Coaches at USA National Team

Also congrats: Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie joins FOX Sports Florida as pre-, postgame analyst for Magic

Listen up! Kara Lawson, Former WNBA player and Current Washington Wizards TV Analyst: Jeff and Sam sit down with Kara Lawson and talk about her career, the Wizards, and the league.

Also listen up! LaChina recaps the week’s matchups and goes 1-on-1 with the quadruple-double posting guard from Grambling State Shakyla Hill. Plus, she profiles Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu and Ducks head coach Kelly Graves.
Lauren Cox launched a shot Saturday that stuck between the rim and the backboard. Kalani Brown glanced at her, as if to say, “You got this?” Cox did, jumping up to knock the ball free. Both the 6-foot-7 Brown and the 6-foot-4 Cox easily could do that, but here’s the thing: Most of the shots they take go through the net.

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THAT was a weekend of basketball!

Congrats: Ashland women’s basketball sets DII record with 52nd consecutive win

Saturday games

  • Milwaukee v. Green Bay. Good Horizon battle. Nope.
  • Northern Kentucky v. Oakland. Let’s see how the Horizon upstart fares. Not so well. Oakland by 26.
  • Jacksonville State v. Belmont. Both are undefeated in OVC play. Belmont rolls by 16.
  • #6 Baylor v. Kansas. Maybe an interesting Big 12 game? Nope.
  • Montana v. Northern Colorado. Both are undefeated in Big Sky play. Even with a wimpy fourth, Northern Colorado wins handily.
  • Rutgers v. Penn State. The Scarlet Knights continue to push to return to the polls. Here they come!
  •  Loyola Marymount v. Gonzaga. Both are undefeated in WCC play. Bulldogs by 10.
  • #1 UConn v. South Florida. Perhaps the only interesting matchup in the American? Big nope.

Sunday games

Not on the radar:

Things worth noticing: 

Other news:

Coach’s Chair: Brady Sallee, Ball State University

You guys are off to a great start this season. Did you see that going into the year?

I did think we had the pieces. It’s interesting because last year we graduated three seniors who played lot of minutes for us. Replacing those pieces gave a lot of people some questions, but the good news internally is that we knew what he had (still) sitting here. We’re a little bit of a different team than we have been, as we were big and pounded it inside, and now we’re six feet spread out across the line. Tempo is the big story, as it has picked up. We’re averaging 83 points per game, which had been 71 in past years. Our point guard is really good in the open floor. For the first time in my time here, we can always put five players on the floor who can score double figures. All of our players have scored at least double figures this season. We are hard to guard.

Sending good vibes: Lady Bears legend, assistant coach Jackie Stiles to undergo ocular melanoma treatment



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All about the coaches….

Summitt: PODCAST: Texas head coach Karen Aston: Howard Megdal is joined by Texas head coach Karen Aston. The two discuss the development of Lashann Higgs, particularly her efficiency at the offensive end. Brooke McCarty’s ability to create her own shot and improved distribution gets a closer look. Precisely how to work Joyner Holmes back into the mix, what she’ll provide and how she’ll change the dynamic of the team also comes up

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: After 100-win milestone, Burt aims to get Duquesne back to the NCAA Tournament

When you reach 100 wins four games faster than Geno Auriemma and 18 games slower than Pat Summitt, you know you’re doing something right.

Yet it’s something Duquesne women’s basketball coach Dan Burt, in his fifth season as head coach, didn’t stop to consider until after it happened. He reached 100 wins in 149 games, which is the fastest in program history.

“When you see that list, it’s just like ‘Uh, most of these people are in the Hall of Fame,’” Burt said. “Like, why is my name there? Why is the dumb kid from Washington, Pa., in there? … It’s been really nice.”

Lynx: Episode 5 of the Lynx Offseason Podcast is up! Focke chats with Coach Reeve about her new role, the offseason and more.

Kim Barnes Arico – 124 Wins: Take a look back at some of head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s biggest wins as she sets all-time wins mark

Sue’s Coach’s Chair: Sue Semrau, Florida State University

You’ve had such a long record of success in coaching – especially at Florida State. What is the most challenging task in maintaining that level of consistency?

It’s staying fluid with change and not being so set in a certain system in any area. The change could be in the players you have on the court and what they’re able to do. The change could be players you need to recruit, or the needs of the players you have. I learned that from (longtime Seminole football coach Bobby) coach Bowden. He wasn’t a man set in his ways. I don’t believe in handouts; that fosters (feelings of) entitlement. That’s an important in process – understanding what athletes need and want, and having them earn the things they want.

All about the players

Michelle Smith: Ionescu’s record play gives Oregon’s offense a boost

With eight, count them, eight, triple-doubles on her college basketball resume just a year and a half into her already record-setting career, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is ready for what comes next.

Attention? Awards? Expectations? Nope. Ionescu is ready for more winning.

Around the Rim: Lady Bears’ Kalani Brown talks about what she expects from the season, the matchup she most looks forward to, her spare time and much more!

WRALSports: After hip, shoulder injuries, Duke’s Gorecki back and better than ever

When you’re one of the most highly recruited guards in the country, expectations are plenty high.

That was true for Duke guard Haley Gorecki when she arrived in Durham ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Gorecki appeared in 14 games for the 17th-ranked Blue Devils that season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.

And then the injury bug struck.

WAVY.com: Kayla Roberts helps lead Norfolk State women to hot start

New Haven Register: UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield navigating the learning curve

The first time Crystal Dangerfield came off a screen and calmly drilled a mid-range jumper it could have been considered merely part of the drill. However, when the sophomore guard did exactly the same thing on the next two possessions in a recent practice, it had to be viewed as more than a coincidence.

When the UConn women’s basketball team reconvened after Christmas, Dangerfield received the message loud and clear that she can’t simply think about passing the ball each time the top-ranked Huskies are on offense. Especially after she made a combined five field goals in the last two games before heading home for Christmas.

Evansville Courier-Press: Tyra Buss cementing legacy in Indiana University women’s basketball program

Oregon Live: How Oregon’s Lexi Bando became one of college basketball’s best shooters

Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill said she wanted to hear LeBron James’ reaction to her feat. Well, here it is.

All about the teams

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State women’s basketball | Notebook: Small rotation so far not a problem for Buckeyes

Mechelle: LSU is latest to step up in ultra-competitive SEC race

“I’m excited about our team taking a step forward,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said, “being able to come on the road and get a quality win.”

LSU’s next mission is even more daunting: Try to hand No. 5 Mississippi State its first loss this season. That will be one of the intriguing games Sunday in the SEC, which has two of the nation’s four unbeaten teams. No. 7 Tennessee moved to 14-0 with a 70-59 victory over Auburn on Thursday. That score was tied at 57 with 2 minutes to go, but the Lady Vols closed on a 13-2 run.

The Tennessean: What’s wrong with Vanderbilt women’s basketball?

All about the games

NCAA.com: Ashland women’s basketball on brink of history, goes for win No. 52 in a row

*all sing to Miami Sound Machine* TOs are gonna get you... but not THIS time. Tennessee and Oregon survive/stave off teams… but turnovers are gonna bite you in the end.

#2 Notre Dame takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ — though Miami gave’em a run for the money, 83-76.

#3 Louisville keeps on winning, but the margins are getting tighter…

LSU upset Sophie Cunningham-less #15 Missouri, 69-65.

STOMP. #14 UCLA continues regrooving, sending #16 Oregon State to a 35-point loss.

Mini-upset: #23 Cal falls to #25 Arizona, 80-71.

Whoops: Boston College takes down North Carolina, 77-64.

Double Whoops: Delaware takes down Elon, 80-66.

Interesting: Virginia is 3-0 in the ACC after their 73-63 win over NC State.

Ouch! Bucknell smooshes Army, 60-36.

Hello, Patriot league! American (3-0) defeats Navy, 46-41.

Southern Illinois makin’ some noise in the MVC, with its 60-53 win in OT over UNI.

Upset: St. John’s gives Creighton their first Big East loss, 72-65.

So, is this the real Marquette? The Golden Eagles move to 3-0 in the Big East beating DePaul, 93-81.

Upcoming games

  • 2pm: Milwaukee v. Green Bay. Good Horizon battle.
  • 3pm: Northern Kentucky v. Oakland. Let’s see how the Horizon upstart fares.
  • 3pm: Jacksonville State v. Belmont. Both are undefeated in OVC play.
  • 3pm: #6 Baylor v. Kansas. Maybe an interesting Big 12 game?
  • 4pm: Montana v. Northern Colorado. Both are undefeated in Big Sky play.
  • 4:30: Rutgers v. Penn State. The Scarlet Knights continue to push to return to the polls.
  • 5pm: Loyla Marymount v. Gonzaga. Both are defeated in WCC play.
  • 7pm: #1 UConn v. South Florida. Perhaps the only interesting matchup in the American?


  • 12pm: #10 Ohio State v. #22 Michigan. Interesting Big 10 game.
  • 1pm: #11 Florida State v. Syracuse. Can the Orange break through?
  • 2pm: #4 South Carolina v. #15 Missouri.
  • 2pm: #5 Mississippi State v. LSU. How much of a challenge will the Tigers present?
  • 2pm: Kentucky v. Georgia.
  • 2pm: Marquette v. Creighton.
  • 2pm: Dayton v. Saint Joseph’s. Both are undefeated in A10 play.
  • 2pm: Drexel v. James Madison. Both are undefeated in CAA play.
  • 3pm: Drake v. Southern Illinois. Both are undefeated in MVC.
  • 4pm: #24 Stanford v. #25 Arizona State.
  • 5pm: Oklahoma v. #20 Oklahoma State. Both are at 2-1 in the Big 12.
  • 8pm: #9 Oregon v. #14 UCLA.

All about everything:

Episode 35: The Best of Burn It All Down 2017, part 2 . Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

Chicago Daily Herald: Babcock McGraw: A look back at the top women’s stories of 2017

Grandstand Central: The New Superpowers.

On the second episode of Schtick to Sports, the GSC panel discusses the rise of leagues like the WNBA, NWSL and NWHL, the ways in which coverage of these leagues needs to evolve, and the challenges and opportunities that these leagues face in a fight for attention in a crowded sports landscape.

Anyone wanna bet? Watch West Florida women’s basketball sink three half-court shots in a row

A loss: Storm founder Ginger Ackerley dies at 79

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and yet… there are people in my neighborhood SLEDDING in this mess. What. Are. They. THINKING!!!!???? Get thee to an indoor basketball court!

Some good games on tap tonight:

6pm: #13 Maryland v. #18 Iowa. Hope fans make it there safe and sound.

7pm: Miami v #2 Notre Dame. Still awaiting news on Thompson’s knee…crap, we go it.

7pm: #3 Louisville v. #17 Duke. Can the Cards extend their program record winning streak?

7pm: #19 Texas A&M v. Kentucky. Can the Wildcats stop the bleeding?

8pm: #15 Missouri v. LSU. First game without Cunningham – how do the Tigers fare against…the Tigers.

Yesterday’s games

#12 West Virginia couldn’t regain their balance after their first loss of the season. Loss number two comes at the hands of Kansas State, 60-52.

#20 Oklahoma State ran out of steam in the fourth, and LaShann Higgs got on a roll, powering #8 Texas comeback win with a career-record 30.

Shout out to Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill, who notched a quadruple-double in a win over Alabama State. It’s only the the fourth quadruple-double in NCAA women’s basketball history and, deservedly so, earned her a ton of accolades.

A little W news:

LA Sports: New Year Resolution for the LA Sparks (and other area teams)

A little more info: Decisions, Decisions: Darius Taylor returns to the bench to join Atlanta Dream coaching staff

WATN? meets “Temper, temper:”  Ward Melville coach Sammy Prahalis ejected vs. Commack in her former gym

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That sigh of relief you heard…

was Missouri, after announcing that Sophie Cunningham (only) suffered a right knee sprain in Sunday’s win at Alabama.

Still waiting to hear from Notre Dame about Lili Thompson’s knee.

May I be the first to say, “Something’s rotten in the state of Texas Tech.” First, Balcomb leaves for “personal reasons,” then they fire Whitaker mid-season. You have to think long and hard before you can name a D1 coach fired in January. At the helm now? Shimmy Grey-Miller,


Upset #1: #21 Villanova fell hard to Butler, 76-53, earning coach Kurt Godlevske his first win at Butler over a Top-25 opponent

Upset #2: Lehigh takes down Navy, 66-63. The Mountain Hawks have made some rumblings these past few years. Perhaps 2018 is their breakthrough year?

“Early in the season this is an important win for us,” said head coach Sue Troyan. “We talk about protecting our home court, and in this league that is going to be really important. This game tonight is probably going to be indicative of a lot of games in this league because I don’t think there’s a big difference between the top and the bottom. It was good being in a close game like this, having to execute down the stretch and pulling it out is probably a sign of things we’ll see in the rest of the year. It’s certainly a big confidence booster coming in and getting a win over a good Navy win.”

Ouch. Just straight up “Ouch.” Iona had the lead going into the fourth. Then Canisius held them to two (yes, TWO!) points to ensure the Gaels remained winless.

‘Twas ugly, and ’twas a St. Johns loss. Providence wins, 49-44.

Mic’ed up Creighton handles mic’ed up Seton Hall, 68-51.

Just sayin’, Houston’s at 13-3. Coach Hughey is making a difference.

One of the biggest turnaround stories in 2017 looks to continue this year as the UH women’s basketball program moved to 13-3 (2-0 in AAC) with its 73-55 win over Wichita State on Tuesday, besting its win total of 12 from last season. The Cougars have won 11 of the last 12 games behind a stifling defense, a barrage of 3-pointers, a knack for second-half comebacks and an average of 18.5 points-per-game from sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris. In his fourth season, coach Ronald Hughey’s team has an RPI of 35 and is in position for its first winning season and postseason appearance since 2011.

Charlie’s got some Bracketology to distract you! Know what’s cool? Two teams from the Horizon and two teams from the Summit are in.

You’ve read about this, I’m sure, but just in case: DIII women’s basketball: Dubuque head coach grabs wheel, stops bus after driver passes out

Oh, and just a little word from the wise Nancy Hogshead-Makar: Next time you hear “there’s no $$ for ” say: “at 104 public FBS schools, total FB HC buyouts are $727M as of 2017. Total buyouts for 4 coaches in FBS playoff: $93M. Total salary for 4: $25M.” There is plenty of $$ for .

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