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From (newly re-named) High Post Hoops: The perpetual greatness of women’s basketball, on display

The Hall of Fame women’s basketball writer, Mel Greenberg, didn’t have to ponder much when asked if Friday, March 30, 2018 was the greatest night in the history of what is a rich, often hidden history of women’s basketball.

Sure, there was that night back in 2005 when Baylor and Michigan State roared back from steep deficits to upset Sylvia Fowles’ LSU and Kim Mulkey’s Baylor took down Tennessee, but the sheer magnitude of basketball, the punches and counter punches, well, Greenberg had it on his scorecard as the very top.

Michelle Smith: Women’s Final Four: On historic night, history repeats as UConn falls on OT buzzer-beater, this time to Notre Dame

It was a testament to talent and toughness and a rebuttal, all at the same time. It was the most heart-pounding night in the history of a sport, good for “the game” down to the last shot.

For the first time ever, two overtime games decided who will play for the NCAA Women’s Championship on Easter Sunday in Nationwide Arena.

Mississippi State punched its ticket with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville in the opener, a game that looked like it couldn’t possibly be topped after Tierra McCowan finished with a Final Four record 25 rebounds in a game that featured 15 lead changes, four ties and a 3-pointer by fifth-year senior Roshunda Johnson with seven seconds to go in regulation to send the game into OT.

And then came Notre Dame.

GAME ON TOMORROW!

Everything you need to know about the NCAA title game

Final Four Q&A: Jessica Shepard is both veteran and newcomer for the Irish

GAME ON TODAY! 

Possible record crowd could witness WNIT title and future of IU women’s basketball

If you are a follower of Indiana University basketball, you have seen Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill more often than … well, more often than anyone else in the women’s game. Buss, with 1,439 minutes played, and Cahill, with 1,367, rank Nos. 1-2 in the NCAA this season.

But when a possible record crowd gathers Saturday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, fans will be anticipating more than a WNIT championship. They will glimpse the future of the Hoosiers, who will be far from destitute once Buss and Cahill sign off.

Hoop Hall mates: Katie Smith, Tina Thompson Announced as Members of Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Speaking of history, at the Nationwide Arena tonight, Brian Agler, Katie Smith and those ABL kids.

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Always got time for history: Flying Queens’ success, style was a game changer for women’s basketball

The trip from Kingfisher County took five hours by car, across Oklahoma and down the Texas panhandle.

A basketball star in high school, Kaye Garms had heard about a Baptist college near Lubbock that had a women’s team. She and another player wanted to try out.

“The local banker’s wife drove us,” Garms recalls. “She had a nice car.”

It was the mid-1950s, well before Title IX, and girls were still being told that basketball was too rough and tumble, that it might prevent them from having babies later in life.

Movin’ on : UMaine women’s basketball sharpshooter plans to transfer

Thinking ahead: Five questions for South Carolina women’s basketball heading into the offseason

How ’bout in 2020? GOLDSTEIN: Marquette will be great next year, but what about after that?

This sounds bad: Former NCCU women’s basketball players call foul

What North Carolina Central did with its players was within the rules — the days of a full four-year scholarship are over. While schools can provide multiyear deals, many offer one-year scholarships that are renewable each year.

Several North Carolina Central players said a December letter sent to parents from Stafford-Odom stated that some scholarships would not be renewed.

Yet, 10 players essentially being cut in one day — that number is shocking.

The Undefeated made several telephone and email requests to interview Stafford-Odom and North Carolina Central athletic director Ingrid Wicker McCree for this story, but neither was made available to comment.

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Are. You. Kidding. Me!?!?!??!

Guess that’s what happens when the top four teams reach the Final Four, huh?

What a joy it was to be in the arena last night. How SMART we are to be fans of the women’s game. And LOOK at those kids. LOOK at those coaches!!! LOOK at those fans. Wowza. Thank goodness we have a day to recover. Bunch of us need to send out for a new voice…. because…

Women’s Final Four produced many bananas statistics and the following incomplete sentences

Mississippi State over Louisville, OT.

After a first quarter to forget, all bets were off….

Notre Dame over UConn, OT.

Quick flashback to their first game this season, then the Huskies went on a run, then Notre Dame refused to fold, then player after player after player made plays. YEA BASKETEBALL!!!

And more
Random note to the NCAA, #2: YES to “Greats of the Games” doing free-throw/shooting contests during the game. More please.
Random note to the NCAA, #3: HOW COOL TO HAVE THE “This Award Was Named After Me” folks on the court. MORE OF THAT, PLEASE!!!!
Random note to the NCAA, #4: Remember when the D2/D3 Championships happened at the Final Four. AGAIN!!!
Final note to readers: If you complain about coverage, and haven’t clicked on a ton of these links, hush. If you have, THANK YOU!!! If you feel inspired, drop the writers and editors a quick note of thanks, please do. It helps.
And, as always, check out the Columbus Dispatch coverage. Support local papers.
Now I gotta go grab some throat lozenges and a gallon of coffee. WHAT A NIGHT!!!!!!

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Final Four

No one does more to leech the madness out of March than the Connecticut Huskies.

The Final Four trip is practically a timeshare for Geno Auriemma and his team. First weekend in April. Book it and see you there.

But Auriemma, who has made more Final Four trips that any coach in college basketball history (19), would like everyone to know that being a heavy favorite also comes with a sometimes soul-crushing weight of expectations.

Final Four Talking

Columbus Hosting

Mississippi State v. Louisville

UConn v. Notre Dame

Awards? We got awards! 

News Conference: WBCA Coaches’ All-American Announcement

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw wins AP Coach of the Year after tough road to Final Four

Best in the country! A’ja Wilson named National Player of the Year twice in one day

WBCA Defensive Player of the Year is Nurse

Championship on the line! Saturday, March 31 Virginia Tech at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network

Emery Scores 13 in Fourth to Push Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball into WNIT Final

Tyra Buss leads IU to WNIT final: ‘Our ultimate goal, you know, is to hang that banner’ (btw: Fourth-largest crowd in @IndianaWBB history watched the Hoosiers advance)

Job opening

SC State Will Not Renew The Contract of Women’s Basketball Coach Doug Robertson, Jr.

Wanna help?

Mercedes Russell’s mom launches GoFundMe to join daughter for WNBA Draft

Hey, History Buffs!!! 

fans, 36 years ago today and won the last AIAW championship. A bunch of us old guys with help are working on a documentary to make sure they’re not forgotten. Here’s the trailer, more coming.

More history with a FIBA flashback as Paul asks: What happened to the USA players who won the first ever FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2010? (Steward, Loyd, Tuck, Williams, Graves, Stafford, Massengale, Lewis, Laney, Burdick, Adams, Smith)

If the front page article at the Washington Post (She coached her team to the NCAA tournament. Then she quit, for her daughter.) wasn’t enough to convince you, how about Vic Dorr.

Joanne Boyle, who retired Tuesday after seven seasons at the helm of the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball program, likely will never become a hall of fame coach. But that’s OK. To me she is — and always will be — a hall of fame human being.

Here’s why: In October of 2002, Boyle was very nearly late for her first practice as the new head coach at the University of Richmond. As she drove toward the Robins Center, she saw an elderly man in distress on the shoulder of College Road. He had slipped on loose gravel and fallen. He could not climb to his feet. Boyle stopped to assist. She helped the man into her car and drove him to his home. He asked to be taken into the TV room. Once there, he asked that the television be tuned to NBC for that afternoon’s Notre Dame football game. Boyle did as the man requested. She made certain that he was comfortable and calm before leaving for practice.

Then she did something remarkable. She returned after practice to not only check on the man but also to watch some of the football game with him. I know this because I knew the man. He was my father.

Good luck and Godspeed, Joanne. You’re something special. 

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*all sing* I’m BACK! Back in a

New York groove! *tries to get out of bed* WHOA. Lemme sit down and pop some more cold meds. Bleh.

So yea, was able to track the UConn and Notre Dame wins through a feverish blur. How good a coach is Muffet McGraw! How much fun is it to watch the Huskies pass the ball?

UConn over South Carolina

Notre Dame over Oregon.

Gettin’ Ready for Columbus:

Ben Baskin at SI: Women’s Final Four Preview: Can Notre Dame Stop UConn? Who Will Win Louisville-Mississippi State?

Notre Dame v. UConn

Louisville v. Mississippi State
In other news
GAMES TONIGHT!!! WNIT Semifinals
  • Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
  • TCU at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET

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*all sing* I’ve got a fever

FEVER! No. Really. I have a fever. Totally stinks.

Know who else is smokin’? The unday #1 seeds. They were NOT messing’ around.

Louisville over Oregon State by 33.

Mississippi State over UCLA by 16

Monday!

South Carolina v. UConn

Oregon v. Notre Dame

In other news:

USA BballTeam Quest Wins USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 U18 National Championship

WNIT post-season‘s at the semis: Wednesday, March 28

  • Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET
  • Indiana vs. TCU, 7 p.m. ET

Congrats to DII ChampionsCentral Missouri stuns Ashland to win NCAA Div. II Championship

Congrats to NJCAA DII Champions: Kirkwood women’s basketball falls to Monroe in national championship

Listen up! Cheryl Reeve Offseason Interview, Part Three: Lynx Have ‘Succession Plan’ in Place, but Focus on 2018

Hello, Columbus!

 

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Steady on! Learning lessons from Baylor and Texas, the rest of the top-seeds made sure they took care of business.

Louisville over Stanford. Still impressed by the final Tara crafted out of a tough season.

Mississippi State over NC State. 

Notre Dame over Texas A&M. Coach McGraw’s team continues its improbable run. And the Aggie’s Carter is ONLY a freshman!

Oregon over Central Michigan. Ionescu doin’ Ionescu things. Thank goodness she’s only a sophomore! And what a run for CMU (and Buffalo)! MAC attack, indeed!

South Carolina over Buffalo. A couple of observations from my Albany road trip:No surprise, a great turnout for the Bulls. They kept the Gamecocks honest – especially Cierra Dillard. She reminded me of Gopher Whalen – fearless, surprisingly quick, relentless. A’ja Wilson is a joy to watch in person.

UConn over Duke. Is it possible Gabby Williams is a rubber band in human form? And, did anyone else watching the Blue Devils’ Odom have flashbacks to UNC’s LaToya Pringle?

 Sunday Games!

Louisville v. Oregon State

 UCLA v. Mississippi State

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Just. Shut. Up.

Oregon State over Baylor. Great to listen to the OSU radio call. They weren’t sure it was going to happen, especially when the Bears made the last few minutes so….Interesting.

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