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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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Ready for my Road Trip!

11:30am (who the heck plays basketball at THAT hour. sigh.)#11 Buffalo v. #2 South Carolina

1:30: #5 Duke v. #1 UConn

4pm: #4 Texas A&M v. #1 Notre Dame

6pm: #11 Central Michigan v. #2 Oregon

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come!

And folks HAVE been coming: Women’s tourney sees most fans since 2008

Expert picks: Predicting the Sweet 16

Listen Up! What’s In A Number? LaChina Robinson delves into the mid-majors that are making noise in the NCAAW tourney and chats with University of Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Central Michigan’s Sue Guevara. Plus, WNBA champion Candace Parker joins to break down the Sweet 16!

Michelle Smith Preview: Pac-12 Women’s Basketball claims a quarter of the spots in the NCAA

NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen Preview: Lexington Region

Will point guard play determine winner in Kansas City Regional?

Morgan William smiles and says she tries to get out all of her mistakes during practice. The Mississippi State point guard measures much of her performance in games on turnovers and attempts to limit them as much as possible without it impacting her aggressiveness.

She has done that brilliantly; William has 157 assists to just 38 turnovers in her senior season.

FRIDAY, 7pm

#6 Oregon State v. #2 Baylor

#4 NC State v. #1 Mississippi State

9pm

#4 Stanford v. #1 Louisville

#3 UCLA v. #2 Texas

In Other News
Listen Up: The Jump Around with Blade Dudonis: -St Francis (PA) HC about “that UConn game” & his thoughts on the discussion around it – about UConn, if she could play in today’s WNBA, why she doesn’t change the channel when UConn is destroying & more
Flashback to yours truly writing for the WBCA in 2008: MEDIA COVERAGE AND THE ALTERNATIVES: Paper, Pods, Streams and Blogs

Even as we track the steady growth in popularity of women’s basketball, it’s not unusual for coaches, players and fans to feel that media coverage has not kept pace.

“Progress doesn’t necessarily move on a linear line in terms of coverage of sports,” explained Mechelle Voepel, sportswriter for the Kansas City Star and a regular contributor to ESPN.com. “It really depends on the personalities that are involved at a newspaper and the commitment of that newspaper to diversify its coverage. Also, it can follow an economic cycle. And all those things can change over time. For instance, you could have a newspaper that ten years ago might have been doing a much better job of women’s basketball than it is doing now, just because of one of those factors.”

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BIG MAC ATTACK!

(and I’m REALLY cranky, ’cause I created a post bright and early this AM before I went off to teach featuring CMU/Buffalo links and… not only did it not publish, it’s GONE. #))$**@)! technology!)

Central Michigan over Ohio State by 17. #ChipsUp indeed. Guess now we know why folks don’t like to play teams from the MAC (flashback to Ball State over Tennessee). This was not a “squeak,” this was a “stomp.” Tough way for Mitchell’s amazing college career to end.

Buffalo over Florida State by 21. Truly trampled. Yes, the Seminoles had their shaky moments this season, but who no earth expected this?

Upset! (and a somewhat overshadowed one at that) Duke over Georgia by 26. Wheels kinda fell off for the Dawgs, huh.

The other games were exciting for…about a half. And then they weren’t.

Mississippi State over Oklahoma State by 15.

Stanford over Florida Gulf Coast by 20.

Texas over Arizona State by 20.

UCLA over Creighton by 21.

UConn over Quinnipiac by 25.

In case you were wondering: How they got here and what’s next for every team in the Sweet 16

In other news:

Imani McGee-Stafford: Texas Eyes History in NCAA Tournament

For Maryland women’s basketball, a down year is still pretty successful

Why some jobs open: Working moms in coaching balance basketball and family

Brooke Wyckoff laughs at the thought now, but when the 37-year-old Florida State women’s basketball assistant found out she was pregnant, she remembers thinking, “How hard could this working mom thing be?”

A former standout forward for the Seminoles, Wyckoff had seen other female coaches balance basketball and family. The first two years of her career, Wyckoff considered herself a solid multitasker. Then she had a baby, and her respect for working mothers — especially coaches — increased exponentially.

“There’s nothing like winning a big game on the road,” Wyckoff says, “then asking the trainer for a bag of ice to keep your breast milk cold while you walk through airport security with a cooler.”

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Second-round send-offs…

…home or to the next round.

Upset! #6 Oregon State over #3 Tennessee by 7. The Beavers clawed back from an early deficit, then kept the Vols at bay.

Almost and Upset! #4 Texas A&M over #5 DePaul by 1. Honestly, the Blue Demons blew this one. Also, TAMU’s Howard rebounded the heck outta the ball setting the stage for frosh Chennedy Carter to nail the game-winning three.

#2 South Carolina over Virginia by 10. Wilson is amazing, but this “survive and advance” strategy can’t be too comforting for Gamecock fans.

#4 NC State over #5 Maryland by 14. The Wolfpack were strong out the at the start of the 1st and 3rd to send the Terps home.

#1 Louisville over #8 Marquette by 18. A big first half meant the Cardinals could withstand the Golden Eagle’s comeback attempt.

#2 Baylor over #7 Michigan by 22

#1 Notre Dame over Villanova by 26. The Wildcats stayed close in the first half, but ran out of gas as the Irish put on the afterburners. And I’ll say it again, as I’ve said it through most of this season: Muffet McGraw is my choice for Coach of the Year. Do NOT @ me.

#2 Oregon over #10 Minnesota by 28. So, that Ionescu kid is kinda good, huh?

Monday games

#11 Buffalo v. #3 Florida State, 6:30pm

#5 Duke v. #4 Georgia, 6:30pm

#9 Quinnipiac v. UConn, 6:30pm

#11 Central Michigan v. #3 Ohio State, 6:30pm

#11 Creighton v. #3 UCLA, 9:00pm

#9 Oklahoma State v. #1 Mississippi State, 9:00pm

#7 Arizona State v. #2 Texas, 9:00pm

#12 FGCU v. #4 Stanford, 9:00pm

In other news…

Like clockwork, folks who claim to know stuff about women’s basketball (but couldn’t be bothered to cover it, push for coverage, do research on it or demand universities fully fund it in compliance with Title IX regulations) have reared their willfully-ignorant heads. Fortunately, Forbes has David Berri. Let’s Talk About What’s Truly Wrong With Women’s College Basketball

Here are few fun facts about the sports media. 

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Timber! (x 6)

Perhaps it’s time for the committee to review “Legacy Bids.” and “One-bid upsets” a little more thoroughly.

Also if we could put in a rider to strongly encourage “Power Five” teams to play Quinnipiac, Mercer, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Mercer, Belmont, North Carolina A&T, Drake, Florida Gulf Coast etc. because, as Graham writes, Mid-majors ruled Day 2 of women’s NCAA tournament

The longest-serving assistant coach in Knoxville, someone who worked alongside Pat Summitt, Dean Lockwood considered a world in which there could be a second-round game like Tennessee and Oregon State and in which the Central Michigans of the world could have their day. It was the world Summitt often said she hoped was coming.

“Every so often when I go past her pictures or the murals on the wall,” Lockwood joked, “I just kind of grumble like, ‘Are you happy now?’ “

Timber! #9 Oklahoma State over Syracuse by 27.

Timber! #11 Buffalo over South Florida by 23.

Timber! #12 Florida Gulf Coast over Missouri by 10.

Timber! #9 Quinnipiac over Miami by 14.

Timber! #11 Central Michigan over LSU by 9.

Timber! #11 Creighton over Iowa by 6.

(Sunday morning quarterbacking – How’s that for madness, Courier-Journal? Women’s basketball needs madness – not sameness. NCAA Tournament is still too mismatched)

#4 Georgia over Mercer by 5. The Bears gave the the Bulldogs quite a game.

#3 UCLA over American by 11. Strong showing by the Eagles to end a strong season.

#7 Arizona State over Nebraska by 11.

 #4 Stanford over Gonzaga by 14.

#5 Duke over Belmont by 14.

#2 Texas over Maine by 29.

#3 Ohio State over George Washington by 42.

#3 Florida State over Little Rock by 42.

#1 Mississippi State over Nicholls State by 45.

#1 UConn over St. Francis (PA) by 88. I’d been leading a professional development all day,, so when I saw the score I went “yikes.” Then I watched the game. The Flash said, “Let’s run with the big dogs” and the Huskies obliged. Listen to coach Walz.

Some REALLY intriguing Round of 32 games today.

12pm Marquette v. Louisville

2pm Oregon State v. Tennessee

 2pm Maryland v. NC State

2pm DePaul v. Texas A&M

7pm Villanova v. Notre Dame

8:30 Michigan v. Baylor

9pm: Virginia v. South Carolina

10:30: Minnesota v. Oregon

Meanwhile…

Overseas Report: Fowles Wins Chinese Title, Euroleague Semifinals Set

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Most held true to seed

Baylor over Grambling by 50.

Oregon over Seattle by 43. (Triple double #6 for Sabrina this season, if you’re counting.)

Tennesse over Liberty by 40.

Louisville over Boise State by 32.

NC State over Elon by 27.

Oregon State over Western Kentucky by 24.

Maryland over Princeton by 20.

Marquette over Dayton by 19.

Notre Dame over CS Northridge by 18… but sure am impressed the Matadors scored 81 on the Irish. Bad news: Westbeld may be out next game.

Michigan over Northern Colorado by 14.

Texas A&M over Drake by 13. Bulldogs put up a fight.

DePaul over Oklahoma by 11.

South Carolina one North Carolina A&T by 9. Great showing by the Aggies.

Upsets

Minnesota over Green Bay, 89-77.

Villanova over South Dakota State in OT, 81-74. Jackrabbits stormed back to tie, but had nothing left in the tank.

Upset (via injury)

Virginia over California, 68-62.

Up Next

11am

Huskies v. Flash

Trojans v. Seminoles

Bruins v. Blue Devils

Chippewas v. Tigers

1pm

Colonials v. Buckeyes

Bears v. Bulldogs

Bulls v. Bulls

Bobcats v. Hurricanes

3:30

Eagles v. Bruins

Eagles v. Tigers

Huskers v. Sun Devils

Cowgirls v. Orange

5:30

Colonels v. Bulldogs

Black Bears v. Longhorns

Bulldogs v. Cardinal

Blue Jays v. Hawkeyes

Awful Announcing Q&A: ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo on women’s hoops media coverage …

WOOT! Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and wife Penny Taylor have baby boy

A high-level look at the prospects the Mystics would consider this year

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As we begin, a flashback

to something I put together Monday, March 26, 2001 on Clutchcity.com. Warning: Sarcasm alert.

Bleary-eyed from the extraordinary 12-hour Saturday marathon of the Women’s NCAA Elite Eight, Sunday morning found me clutching my coffee and half-listening to National Public Radio.

I came to full attention when, during the local news break, the New York reporter announced, “Duke and Stanford have advanced in the NCAA Tournament.”

“Excuse me?” I thought. “Didn’t I just see Duke upset? And Stanford? They didn’t play yesterday!”

I didn’t take me long to realize my mistake. They were, of course, speaking about the Men’s tournament. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of the Women’s tournament, even though nearby power UConn had again advanced to the Elite Eight.

It was not the first time the Women’s tournament had been dismissed by omission, and so I composed the following imaginary “Consumer Complaint.”

At the local NPR affiliate WNYC, the studio phone rings.

WNYC: Hello, WNYC.

CALLER: Yes, I’m calling to correct an error during this Sunday’s morning broadcast.

WNYC: Thank you, we always appreciate input. What was the error?

CALLER: Well, you reported that Duke and Stanford moved on in the NCAA Championships. Actually, Duke, the #1 seed, was eliminated yesterday. And as for Stanford, they lost week.

WNYC: My goodness, that’s a significant error. Let me check the wire….

CALLER: I can give you some information if you’d like. Duke was upset by Southwest Missouri State.

WNYC: Who?

CALLER: Southwest Missouri State and Jackie Stiles.

WNYC: Um, sorry… Jackie?

CALLER: Yes, Jackie Stiles scored 41 points in the game. You know, of course, she’s the leading scorer in NCAA Women’s Division I history. She surpassed the record for most points in a single season early in the first half…

WNYC: Jackie…. That would be a girl.

CALLER: Yes. It was quite a day of basketball. TWO #1 seeds were eliminated…. In the same bracket Xavier upset perennial favorite Tennessee. Goodness, Pat was upset with her Volunteers. It was their earliest exit in seven years…

WNYC: Excuse me, I don’t mean to be rude, but aren’t you talking about women?

CALLER: Yes, of course. Weren’t you? I mean, the reporter did say “the NCAA Championships.”

WNYC: Um, yes. But I believe he meant the MEN’S championships.

CALLER: The Men? The men are playing the women in the NCAA Championships…

WNYC: Actually, it’s a separate championship – if you watched CBS, you’d see live coverage….

CALLER: Oh. Well, then. Perhaps your reporter wasn’t incorrect in his facts.

WNYC: No, I believe he wasn’t. We’re very careful about what we broadcast.

CALLER: I see. Well, then, since you are so careful bout what you broadcast, I’d like to correct an error on your Sunday broadcast.

WNYC: And what would that be?

CALLER: There was absolutely no mention of the Women’s NCAA Championship.

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2018 flash-forward and a reminder of Kim “Chicks With Balls – Women’s Basketball Online- Callahan’s handy-dandy guide to encouraging media coverage.

  • Click on links.
  • Send “thank you” emails.Send polite “I’m a fan why aren’t you
  • covering this?” emails.
  • Subscribe to newspapers.

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NO!

Do I have to go to work?

YES!

Have you filled out your brackets?

Sorta….

Challenge Doug in the group “Doug Twitter Followers.

Challenge Michelle in the group “Nevertheless We Persisted.

Speaking of Brackets: Inside Ed offers their Academic Tournament Bracket, 2018 (Women’s Edition)

Need help?

espnW: Region-by-region previews: Must-see players and predicted winners

Listen up! Breaking Down The Brackets: LaChina breaks down the round of 64 with ESPN WBB analyst Andy Landers, espnW writer Mechelle Voepel, WBB analyst Angel Gray and 2017 National Champion Allisha Gray.

12pm

Broncos v. Cardinals

Hilltoppers v. Beavers

Sooners v. Blue Demons

2pm
Flames v. Lady Vols

Bulldogs v. Aggies


Phoenix v. Wolfpack

Flyers v. Golden Eagles

5pm
Matadors v. Irish

Gophers v. Phoenix

 Cavaliers v. Golden Bears

Bears v Wolverines

 7pm
Tigers v. Bears

Redhawks v. Ducks

Aggies v. Gamecocks

Wildcats v. Jackrabbits

In other news

Ohio State: Ohio State scoring machine Kelsey Mitchell is a reluctant superstar

Job opening: Southern Utah fires women’s basketball coach Chris Boettcher

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Tick, tick, folks…

More pre-NCAA tourney stuff:

LSU’s Raigyne Louis’ emotional journey 5 years and 1,500 points in the making

With highs like a Sweet Sixteen her freshman year, to the lows of a season-ending knee injury as a junior.

Now the Lady Tigers senior leader is doing everything she can to make for a perfect ending.

“I’ve been through a lot here, not in a bad way, but just to have the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament and hear your name called it’s a blessing so hopefully we can make this one count.”

Millan stayed with UMaine while others moved on

She was part of the Spanish trio last year, one of three freshmen that started the 2016-17 season opener for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

Tres amigas.

“We were close,” Blanca Millan said.

But when five international players transferred after last season, Laia Sole and Naira Caceres were among them, leaving one Spaniard, Millan.

“It was really hard,” she said. “But I wanted them to be happy.”

She never considered leaving.

Raining 3s: FGCU keeps flourishing from beyond the arc

Taking a slew of 3-pointers is easy. What separates FGCU is that the Eagles insist on taking only the right kind of 3s — a far more disciplined approach than some sort of chuck-and-duck gimmick philosophy. The Eagles usually don’t take step-backs, they aren’t pulling up from 28 feet in transition or running players off a series of staggered screens just to get another 3 in the air.

“It’s got to be open,” senior Taylor Gradinjan said. “Open 3s, open 3s, open 3s. Those are so much easier. Our offense just opens up for those.”

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is one of most exciting players in tourney

“Her overall skill is incredible in every phase of the game,” Graves said. “And I see what she’s done for our crowds. They’re coming out because we have a really good team and other good players. But it’s like at Gonzaga, when we started to grow, grow and grow because of Courtney. She was such an iconic player for our program, and people wanted to see her.

“Even that 18-45-year-old male demographic that typically doesn’t come to our games unless they have kids? They are coming out and saying, ‘Sabrina is incredible.’ And that’s pretty cool.”

Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team feels its schedule has it well prepared for NCAA Tournament

Michigan women’s basketball exhales after making NCAA tournament

“It will always leave a mark on us,” Barnes Arico told reporters on a conference call, referencing last season’s snub. “From year to year, it definitely matters who’s on the committee and what they’re looking for in each team. This year is a different team and we were on a mission.”

With an eye toward the future, Katelynn Flaherty running the show for Michigan

Arico was skeptical. Flaherty had been a point guard in high school in New Jersey, but this was the Big Ten — faster, more physical, with more on the line. Michigan needed Flaherty to score big to complement junior Hallie Thome inside, and asking Flaherty to do that while running the offense seemed too much. Arico knew this from personal experience as a guard at Montclair (New Jersey) State University in the early 1990s.

But Flaherty was adamant: I’ll work this summer on ballhandling and decision-making. I’ve got this. Trust me.

The black coaches in the NCAA women’s tournament

With Dawn Staley and South Carolina’s victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA tournament championship game last year, women’s basketball saw only its second black head coach hoist the trophy. Staley followed in the footsteps of her predecessor and mentor Carolyn Peck, who with her Purdue Boilermakers became the first black and youngest coach to win the championship in 1999.

So who are the black coaches you need to know about in the women’s game this March Madness? There are four majors headed by black coaches and six mid-majors looking to burst someone’s bubble this week.

Jason Flowers has the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball program going places

The 16th-seeded Matadors, who play at No. 1 Notre Dame on Friday in their NCAA tournament opener, have the right person at the helm. Because when it comes to navigating roundabout routes, coach Jason Flowers is a human GPS.

Flowers, 38, dreamed of playing at UCLA when he was a kid growing up in Watts. But, like his team this season, he didn’t get off to a promising start. He was cut by the Bruins as a walk-on, transferred to UC Irvine and made a name for himself in two seasons there, then worked his way back to Westwood.

“He was definitely tenacious and relentless in bringing a competitive spirit to every practice,” recalled Steve Lavin, his coach at the time. “His teammates were better prepared for competition because he went full throttle every day.

Iowa women’s basketball: Making NCAA Tournament not enough for Hawkeyes

“I feel like we’ve proven to ourselves and to others so many times this season that we’re such a great team,” senior forward Chase Coley said. “We can beat other great teams, and we’ve done it. Yeah, we’ve had some slip-ups in some games, but toward the end of the season is really when you start to clean all that up.

“I really feel like if we come together and play how we know how to play, we can really make a good run in this tournament.”

UConn is favored in NCAA tournament, but BPI likes field

The world knows UConn is the favorite. But the Huskies’ edge is less than most might think.

ESPN’s brand-new Basketball Power Index (BPI) for women’s college basketball gives Geno Auriemma’s team a 37 percent chance to win this year’s NCAA tournament, one year after the Huskies came up short in the Final Four. (You can read a little bit about the methodology behind our model here).

.com: Senior Watch: 2018 NCAA Tournament Is Set

Hello! Lynx sign ‘retired’ former WNBA star Tanisha Wright

Listen up! Lynx Off – Season Podcast Ep 7 Seimone Augustus

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*all sing* Shut up and

Dance!

Wait! Can we talk about who got in and who didn’t and why and where are they going and why? Okay.

Now, fill out your brackets, stock up on takeout menus and remember how to set the “unavailable” notice on your phone.

Friday, 12pm

16 Boise State v. 1 Louisville

11 Western Kentucky v. 6 Oregon State

12 Princeton v. 5 Maryland

12 Oklahoma v. 5 DePaul

2pm

14 Liberty v. 3 Tennessee

13 Drake v. 4 Texas A&M

13 Elon v. 4 NC State

9 Dayton v. 8 Marquette

5pm

12 CS Northridge v. 1 Notre Dame

10 Minnesota v. 7 Green Bay

10 Virginia v. 7 California

10 Northern Colorado v. 7 Michigan

7pm

15 Grambling v. 2 Baylor

15 Seattle v. 2 Oregon

15 North Carolina A&T v. 2 South Carolina

9 Villanova v. 8 South Dakota State

Saturday

11am

16 St. Francis (PA) v. 1 UConn

14 Little Rock v. 3 Florida State

12 Belmont v. 5 Duke

11 Central Michigan v. 6 LSU

1pm 

14 George Washington v. 3 Ohio State

13 Mercer v. 4 Georgia

11 Buffalo v. 6 South Florida

9 Quinnipiac v. 8 Miami

3:30

14 American v. 3 UCLA

12 Florida Gulf Coast v. 5 Missouri

10 Nebraska v. 7 Arizona State

9 Oklahoma State v. 8 Syracuse

5:30

16 Nicholls State v. 1 Mississippi State

15 Maine v. 2 Texas

13 Gonzaga v. 4 Stanford

11 Creighton v. 6 Iowa

More DI Post Season:

WNIT DRAW: (Really, Rutgers? You don’t give Tyler Scaife more time on the court?)

WBI DRAW

Other news:

Job opening: Washington State announces women’s basketball coach June Daugherty won’t return in 2018-19

Job opening:  Southern Utah Fires Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Boettcher

Job opening:  Steelman Resigns as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Presbyterian

A question to always ponder: The Report Card: Why Aren’t More Women Coaching Women?

100 percent of the men in the men’s basketball tournament are coached by men.

That’s a luxury nowhere near true for women. In fact, across all college sports, it’s true for only four out of 10 women.

But there’s a woman at the University of Minnesota trying to change that.

“It’s interesting because I often get the question, why should we care that girls and women are coached by women?” Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., said. “And my answer is, the data shows us same-sex role models matter. For confidence, and self-perceptions, and emulation. Most all boys have a male head coach at some time. And that’s just not the case for girls. And they need same-sex role models just like their male counterparts.”

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Last, but certainly not least.

Sunday saw the final group of teams battling for the automatic bid to the NCAAs.

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles: A-Sun. The Eagles slowly pulled away, and then held Jacksonville at arms length to earn their spot in the Dance.

Princeton Tigers: Ivy. Not an ounce of suspense in this won, as the Tigers were all over Penn from the get go.

American Eagles: Patriot. Great season capped off with a championship for the seniors who’ve helped raise the profile of this program.

Nicholls State Colonels: Southland. In a tale of two halves, Tykeria Williams proved the difference maker, sealing the upset with free throws and sending her program to their first Dance.

Liberty Flames: Big South. The Flames steamrolled UNC-Asheville in the second half to earn the 60-42 win.

St. Francis (PA) Flash: NEC. It’s been a hot minute, but behind Northeastern Conference Player of the Year Jessica Kovatch’s 29.

Drake Bulldogs: MVC. Deja vu, as the Bulldogs draw on their bench to defeat Northern Iowa by 11.

Little Rock-Arkansas Trojans: Sun Belt. UALR had just enough to defeat Texas State,

 

As we wait for the Women’s Tourney Reveal

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*All Sing* Shall we…

dance? YES! (even though ESPN says “There are no NCAAW events for Saturday, March 10, 2018”)

Central Michigan Chippewas, MAC. Great game between the Chips and Buffalo. And I very much enjoyed the radio call by the CMU folks.

Guevara after 2018 MAC Tournament title: ‘I love this team’

“Back in November, when we were picked, the expectations were so high,” Guevara said. “I guess everyone kept talking about stress and pressure, but we didn’t talk about that. This is the first team I’ve ever been a part of to buy that Kool-Aid and continue drinking it.”

Jerry Sullivan: No need to cry for UB women

Over the years, I’ve seen too many of our women’s college basketball teams fall short in conference tournaments. It presents a sad postgame tableau, with seniors breaking down in the  interviews and lamenting careers that seemed to end way too soon.

But it was an altogether different mood Saturday after the UB women fell to Central Michigan, 96-91, in the MAC Tournament final at Quicken Loans Arena. It wasn’t tears and regret, but the sustaining hope and promise of a UB team that has more challenges to face before this remarkable season is through.

Northern Colorado Bears, Big Sky. Yup, a lot of points – and a ton of them scored by the Bears. It’s their  first NCAA tournament appearance.

Some teams live by the 3 and some die by it, but Northern Colorado earned its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament by defending it.

Savannah Smith scored 20 of her 34 points in the first half and the top-seeded Bears won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 91-69 victory over Idaho on Saturday.

North Carolina A&T Aggies, MEAC. Hampton gave it all they had, taking the Aggies to overtime.

“(Hampton coach David Six) is an experienced coach who has had his team in the finals a bunch,” Robinson continued. “It was an electric crowd, so our ladies were a little bit hesitant early. But we came back in the second half playing Lady Aggies basketball, letting our defense create our offense and living off our transition.”

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, C-USA. WKU pulled away from UAB in the fourth to secure their bid to the Dance.

“I was really proud because we changed up a lot of defenses and tried a lot of different things,” WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard said. “They shoot the 3 very well, especially in transition. To be able to come and play three games in a row with seven or eight players, that just shows how tough we are as a team and they trust in us as a staff and that’s what happened.”

Seattle University Redhawks, WAC – UPSET. The Redhawks take down the Roadrunners, 57-54.

Forty years after Seattle University began playing women’sbasketball, the Redhawks are heading to their first NCAA tournament.

Elon Phoenix, CAA – UPSET

Elon women defeat Drexel in CAA Conference title game

It’s the second time in two seasons that Elon claimed the championship by beating the opposition on its own court. It downed host James Madison in last year’s title game.

“We consider every court our home court,” said Elon coach Charlotte Smith, a former North Carolina all-American.

Grambling Tigers, SWAC – UPSET

Grambling unleashes Hill on Southern, wins SWAC women’s basketball title

Somewhere on the bottom of the pile at Delmar Fieldhouse was Shakyla Hill.

For 40 minutes, Southern struggled to chase down Grambling’s star guard, but once the clock hit zero, the Tigers found her quick and piled on at center court.

Grambling’s women are going dancing, SWAC basketball tourney title captured

Grambling wins SWAC title, awaits tournament fate

Grambling State downs Southern, seals 1st SWAC title, NCAA tourney bid in 19 seasons

Q&A with Shakyla Hill, the Grambling State star responsible for the first quadruple-double in 24 years

CSU Northridge, Big West – UPSET. The Matadors took down top-seed UC Davis.

CSUN Defeats UC Davis To Punch NCAA Tournament Ticket

“I’d like to start off by saying something that our kids will never hear. I was completely wrong,” said CSUN head coach Jason Flowers. “I stood in the locker room at Cal Poly told them that there was no way we could win the conference tournament playing zone defense. Obviously, I was wrong. With that being said, hats off to Jenn[ifer Gross]. Jenn does an outstanding job, she’s the back-to-back coach of the year of this conference for a reason. She runs a great program. Their kids played extremely well, had a great season. We were looking forward to the battle, we knew it was going to be a tough challenge.

I’m extremely proud of our young women. We talked about, before we left, it was not about what you win at the end of this. It’s about who you become at the end of this. It’s going to sound crazy but they’ve grown a lot in the last week and a half. I’m extremely proud of who they’ve become throughout this tournament, and hopefully that will propel us forward as we play next week and up until the offseason whenever that comes.”

Semis: 

Upset in the MVC: Northern Iowa over Missouri State, 70-58.

Upset in the Southland: Nicholls (18-13, 11-7) over top-seed Lamar (22-7, 17-1), 74-68.

Upset in the Big South: UNC-Asheville over Radford, 60-50.

Sunday games

11am: Patriot FINALS! Navy v. American. Can the Middies upset the top seed?

1pm: Southland FINALS! Nicholls v. Stephen F. Austin. SFA has had a great season, and I’m sure the Colonels would love to play the spoiler.

2pm: Big South FINALS! Liberty v. UNC Asheville. UNC-A didn’t have a flashy season, but they got it done when it counted. Do the have enough to take down the Flames?

2pm: NEC FINALS! Robert Morris v. St. Francis (PA). Great match up of two evenly matched teams.

3pm: MVC FINALS! Drake v. Northern Iowa. Can the Bulldogs stay perfect in the MVC?

3pm: A-SUN FINALS! Jacksonville v. FGCU. A fab in-state rivalry of green & white.

4pm: Ivy FINALS! Princeton v. Penn. “So we meet again…”

7pm: Sunbelt FINALS! Little Rock v. Texas State. Established v. Upstart.

From friend of the game Richard at SI: Post Players Set to Take Spotlight in Women’s NCAA Tournament

This March, Mississippi State will not be the only title contender to rely on a power player inside: It’s “the era of the Big Girls,” as South Carolina 6’5″ senior A’ja Wilson puts it. “Coming in my freshman year it was a guard-heavy game,” says Wilson, the likely No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA draft. “I had an opportunity to be in the Final Four in 2015, and there were big-time guards like Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame. Now, the post players are taking over. Of course, you still have [Louisville’s] Asia Durr and [Ohio State’s] Kelsey Mitchell and some phenomenal guards, but a post player in the tournament can give you the best of both worlds: She can give you the best shot on the court, which is in the paint, and she can also defend the paint.”

A formidable five in the post will have an outsized impact on the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.

Updated Bracketology!

Job Opening: Terry Zeh out after 14 seasons coaching Canisius women’s hoops

Job Opening: Longwood and head coach Bill Reinson part ways

Job Opening: Valparaiso head coach Tracey Dorow relieved of duties

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for The Big Dance.

Boise State’s got their blue suede shoes ready, but it took a last second shot to punch their ticket. Heartbreak for Nevada.

Gordy Presnell shuffled his feet a few times as the ball left A’Shanti Coleman’s hands and kissed off the backboard. When it fell through the net, he threw his hands in the air and started to run. He then stopped, and put his hands up again.

Despite heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years, Boise State’s 13th-year head coach wasn’t quite sure what to do.

“I didn’t look very coordinated, did I?” Presnell said.

The Maine Black Bears cap off a great season in memorable fashion, holding off Hartford, 65-74, to win the America East title and return to the NCAA Tourney.

It’s the first championship — and trip to the NCAA tournament — for Maine (23-9) since 2004, and the historical significance wasn’t lost on its coach.

“When someone said 14 years since we’ve gone, I was kind of was surprised at it. It just didn’t seem like that long, but it has been,” said Vachon, who helped lead the Black Bears to three NCAA bids as a player from 1997-99. “To be able to bring it back … is just really great.”

Man, the Chip’s are giving their fans heart attacks! This time they escape Miami (OH) to get to the MAC semis. They’ll face Buffalo, who dismissed Western Michigan, 85-53.

An upset in the MEAC, as Bethune-Cookman falls to Hampton, 61-60. The Pirates will face North Carolina A&T, who handled pesky upstart Florida A&M, 65-61.

Upset in the Big West, as Cal State-Northridge turned up the defense and took down Cal-Poly, 73-50.

Upset in the CAA. What an odd year for Elon… seems they’ve gotten it together in the conference tournament, taking down James Madison, 76-53.

The Elon women’s basketball team has moved to the brink of reaching a goal.

“Coach tells us to look forward, so we’re going to win the CAA Tournament,” senior guard Shaylen Burnett said last week.

Upset in the WAC semis, as Seattle U defeats New Mexico State, 84-61.

Grambling continues to grow, this time taking down SWAC perennial-power Texas Southern, 66-59.

Great run for Natasha Adair’s Blue Hens, who took Drexel to OT before falling in the CAA semis, 58-53.

Wait till next year: Nicole Powell‘s ‘lopes bow out in the WAC semis. But/And: Congrats to Bakersfield, who head to their FIRST EVER WAC final.

BTW: Thanks for supporting the women’s game, ESPN: There are no NCAAW events for Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Real fans know better.

11AM!!! MAC Finals: Central Michigan v. Buffalo.

1pm!!! CAA Finals: Elon v. Drexel

1:300!!! SWAC Finals: Grambling v. Southern
2pm: Big South semis: Liberty v. High Point

2pm: Southland semis: Nichols State v. Lamar

“It’s good to have the two byes because you’re guaranteed to be in the semifinals,” Harmony said. “You can give your kinds a couple of days off that normally you can’t do. At this point of the season, an hour and a half of practice; in and out. We already know what everyone is going to do.  We know our stuff. It’s to stay fresh and stay in shape.”

2:30: MVC Semis: I would say “Drake and everyone else,” but that seems rude and would likely bring down the WBH curse. They face Southern Illinois.

3:05!!! Big Sky Finals: Northern Colorado v. Idaho. I’m expecting a lot of points.

University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball team one win away from NCAA tournament

3:30!!! MEAC Finals: Hampton v. North Carlina A&T.

NC A&T women to take on Hampton for MEAC championship

4pm Big South semis: UNC Asheville v. Radford. Eyes on a growing Highlander program….

4:30 Southland semis: Stephen F. Austin (16-2) v. Central Arkansas (14-4). This could be a fun game.

5pm: MVC semis: Northern Iowa v. Missouri State. Couple of conference heavyweights going at each other.

5:00!!! WAC Finals: Seattle v. SCU Bakersfield.

5:30!!! Conference USA: Western Kentucky v. UAB. Haven’t we all been conditioned to expect the Finals to include MTSU? And hello, Blazers! Also noted: UNT’s remarkable run in C-USA tourney ends

6pm Ivy semis: Princeton v. Yale 

6pm Sun Belt semis: Troy v. Little Rock.

7pm!!! Big West Finals: CSU Northridge v. UC Davis.

 “I am extremely, extremely proud of our group and their effort,” said CSUN head coach Jason Flowers. “The last week we challenged them at the end of the season. The vision was always the same from the beginning. We told them that all of this was possible if they did certain things. They bought into it, I don’t know what took them so long, but they bought into it and I am really happy for them to be able to go through this and go through this experience.”

 

With its offense running at slightly above freezing, the UC Davis women’s basketball team relied on its defense to spark a second-half rally to edge UC Riverside, 49-46, in a Big West Conference Tournament semifinal match Friday at the Honda Center.
“Sometimes you just have to get out the first game jitters,” said BWC Coach of the Year Jen Gross, whose team improved to 25-5 overall and will play Cal State Northridge for the championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. “It can be hard because you’re playing someone who’s coming off a win, coming in with confidence.”
8:30pm Ivy semis: Harvard v. Penn

Early in the recruiting process, Michelle Nwokedi’s file was dismissed by Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin — for being too good. 

“I remember in high school, I was getting all these generic letters, going to people’s camps, and obviously the big schools are the ones where I was like ‘Oh my god! Texas A&M! Texas!’” Nwokedi said. “And then I got a University of Pennsylvania one, and I was like ‘what is this?’ you know?” 

8:30 Sun Belt semis: Louisiana v. Texas State.

Listen up! The Around the Rim podcast is Entering March Madness Mode: LaChina Robinson chats with women’s basketball analyst and former Division-I head coach Gail Goestenkor on the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which teams should fans be closely watching and gives some insight into her illustrious coaching career.

Tennessee Lady Vols preparing to be NCAA tournament hosts

Come on down! Come Join QU Women’s Basketball for Live Viewing of NCAA Selection Show

You too! Texas to host NCAA Selection Show watch party

Making plans: Purdue women’s basketball: Case for and against NCAA tournament bid and  If bypassed by NCAA, Purdue women’s basketball prefers WNIT road games

Cool: Duke basketball sat down with our three jersey retirees , and .

Hello, Aces, ya wanna collaborate? Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament moving to Las Vegas

Summitt Hoops: 2018 WNBA Draft Big Board v. 4.0: Trade aftermath

Nice: Jonquel Leads Her Team Into Title Series In Wcba

SLAM Online: Layshia Clarendon On International Women’s Day, Creating Social Change

Amsterdam News: Chamique Holdsclaw celebrates her NYC roots with WBHOF honors

“When you’re a player, you really don’t think about moments like this,” said Holdsclaw. “You’re playing the game and worrying about your teammates. To look back at all the people—this is for the people who helped me along the way. This is for all little girls who, like myself, were told they couldn’t do something because it was the boys only.”

She added, “It’s not where you’re from; it’s where you’re going with hard work and discipline. It’s special in so many ways.”

Sure! It’s time Canada supported professional women’s basketball

On a side note: Longtime readers know I love women’s basketball history (hence creating the Women’s Basketball Timeline.) I don’t begrudge any website using my work to create their timelines. Anything to spread the word. But, would it kill’em to acknowledge the source?

 

 

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This pisses me off every year: At the TOP of @espn women’s basketball page is says: “There are no NCAAW events for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wrong. Disrespectful. SUCH an easy fix.

Patriot League semi-finals: Navy v. Bucknell and Army v. American.

NEC semis: LIU Brooklyn v. Robert Morris and Sacred Heart v. St. Francis (PA)

CAA Quarters I’m intrigued by the William & Mary v. Elon matchup.

There were games, yesterday, too.

MAC
SQUEAK! Eastern Michigan roared back in the fourth quarter to give top seed Central Michigan quite the scare. The Chippewas escaped the MAC quarters, 67-64.

Ball State was not so lucky, falling to Western Michigan.

MEAC
Top seed in the MEACNorth Carolina A&T, moved into the semis relatively unscathed.  Their MEAC rival, Bethune-Cookman, followed suit. 

WAC
With a win over Utah Valley, Nicole Powell has coached her Grand Canyon team into the semis of the WAC. Next up: CSUB.

Big Sky
Mini-upset – and an Antonelli-pleasing score – in the Big Sky quarters: Idaho State over Weber State in OT, 111-109, after the Bengals fought back from a 25pt deficit.

I see you, Portland State, upsetting Big Sky power Eastern Washington.

A-Sun
It took OT for Jacksonville to get into the A-Sun Finals. No surprise, they’ll face FGCU.

Big West
Upset in the Big West, with UC Riverside sending UC Irvine home, 86-74. In the process, Highlander senior Michelle Curry became the first Highlander ever to score 40 points at the Division I level.

Mountain West
Boise State is on a roll, thumping perennial Mountain West top dog Colorado State, 76-51 on their way to the finals. Whoa! They’ll face Nevada, also on a roll, who upset Wyoming, 67-63.

In other news:

Western Kentucky’s Tashia Brown quietly becomes a leader, and one of the nation’s best

Western Kentucky coach Michelle Clark-Heard had traveled to get to tiny Valdosta, Georgia. But she knew she’d found what she was looking for when she walked into the gym at Lowndes High School.

“We actually just saw her work out,” Clark-Heard said of star forward Tashia Brown. “We didn’t see anything else.”

Brown had reached the 1,000-point club and averaged 22 points per game her last two years at a high school known more for football. Yet, Clark-Heard didn’t need to see any of that. Brown’s work ethic and sweet jump shot sold her on the spot.

After a frustrating season, Akienreh Johnson has emerged as key scorer for Wolverines

It was February and Akienreh Johnson was ready to let her frustration out into the open.

The sophomore guard had torn her ACL in the midst of the 2016-17 season, then was cleared in time for the start of her sophomore season. She had put in the work during practice and extra workouts. But she wasn’t seeing the results.

Johnson met with Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico not about playing time, but about finding a way to start seeing the returns on those hours.

Delle Donne Says UConn Women Are Good For Women’s Hoops

Nice shoutout from Drexel Athletic Director Dr Eric Zillmer: Joanne Aldrich refereed her final game in today’s win over UNCW. Over her 30-year career as a D-I women’s basketball official, she managed games with poise and confidence. She was good for the game of basketball and a class act. Thank you!

Quiera Lampkins: Hooping in Switzerland

…when Lampkins heard that one of the reasons she wasn’t drafted was because she didn’t shoot many jump shots in college, she was driven to show that she could do more than drive to the hoop.

“A lot of people think it was like, ‘Well, she couldn’t shoot,’ ” Lampkins said. “And it was not — that was never the case. It’s just that I didn’t shoot.”

What a surprise! College sports racial and gender report card

Unfortunately, as the NCAA’s most visible month nears, a separate problem remains prominent within its member institutions and minimal progress has been made to fix it.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) released the 2017 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card (CSRGRC) on Wednesday and the results for progress were again underwhelming. The annual report revealed that in 2017:

  • College sports received a C-plus for racial hiring practices by earning 78.3points, a decrease from 78.5 points in the 2016 CSRGRC.
  • College sports received a C-plus for gender hiring practices by earning 75.1points, up from 73.5 points in the 2016 CSRGRC.
  • The combined grade for the 2017 CSRGRC was a C-plus with 76.7 points, up slightly from an overall C-plus with 76.0 points in 2016.

This was the lowest combined grade of all the racial and gender report cards for the second year in a row after falling from an overall grade of a B with 81.2 points in 2015. Also, college sport was the only area covered to have below a B for racial hiring practices.

Wanna got to a conference? How about USA Basketball’s Women in the Game – Los Angeles

The USA Basketball Women in the Game initiative educates girls and women about career paths in the sports industry. The lineup of expected speakers at the USA Basketball Women in the Game conference set for April 7-8 at Windward School in Los Angeles today was announced, and the list includes professional females from high school basketball, the NCAA, the WNBA and sports media.

  • Kelly Barsky, University of California, Santa Barbara deputy athletics director/senior woman administrator
  • Ruthie Bolton, two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Cori Close, court coach at the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team training camp and UCLA head women’s basketball coach
  • Ashley Miller, WNBA Dallas Wings vice president of basketball operations
  • Vanessa Nygaard, gold medal winning assistant coach for the 2017 USA U16 Women’s National Team and Windward School head girls basketball coach and senior associate athletic director
  • LaChina Robinson, basketball analyst and founder of Stretch Beyond
  • Wanda Szeremeta, NCAA women’s basketball regional advisor/evaluator
  • Penny Toler, WNBA Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager

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*All sing* Hold on,

I’m comin’!”

Summit: South Dakota State. Tough one for South Dakota, after having such a good season. It’s the Wabbits’ 8th Summit League tourney title in 10 years. (Good news, perhaps, for Nebraska, Rutgers, Minnesota and Creighton.)

Horizon: #21 Green Bay. Seems the Phoenix always rises

American: #1 UConn:  Deja vu all over again.

Big East: DePaul. After a topsy-turvy regular season, the Blue Demons made sure they made the Dance by blitzing Marquette with 16 threes . It is DePaul’s third Big East Tournament title.

 

West Coast: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have reached the WCC title game 13th times, and this is their second title in a row.

Upcoming games of interest:

12pm: MAC Quarters: Eastern Michigan v. CMU

2:30pm: MAC Quarters: Ohio v. Miami (OH)

3pm: WAC Quarters: Utah Valley v. Grand Canyon. Look where Nicole’s team is!

7pm: A-SUN Semis: North Florida v. Jacksonville

7pm: A-SUN Semis: Lipscomb v. Florida Gulf Coast

9:30pm: Mountain West Semis: Colorado State v. Boise State

11:59: Mountain West Semis: Nevada v. Wyoming

As they/we wait:

Women’s Basketball: Defense will be key for Bobcats in MAC quarterfinals

Listen up! Terrika Foster-Brasby fills in for LaChina Robinson and goes one-on-one with three head coaches whose teams are win streaking above 20 game mark ahead of the conference tournaments: Ashland head coach Robyn Fralick, Mercer head coach Susie Gardner and Belmont head coach Bart Brooks.

ACC Tournament title adds to an already stellar season for Louisville women’s basketball

Latest ESPN projection puts Syracuse women’s basketball in tough NCAA Tournament spot

Indiana awaits the committee’s decision

WSU women’s basketball star overcomes odds

There’s a bright star on the Weber State University women’s basketball court who easily could have chosen a life of darkness.

Junior point guard J’Aiamoni Welch-Coleman, 20, is known as an athlete with seemingly endless enthusiasm who gives the game her all.

Yet her story is about early struggle as she was raised by her grandparents.

White excelling at right time for Texas

Congrats! NYU Coach Lauren Hall-Gregory Earns 100th Win

WNBA

You stay put: Six-Time WNBA All-Star Candice Dupree Signs Multi-Year Contract

You go there: Mercury Acquire Briann January from Fever

You sign thisAuthor of two new books, Delle Donne to have signing event at Concord Pike Barnes & Noble

You can play: Liz Cambage set to play for Australia at Commonwealth Games

You should play: Why Maria ‘The Terminator’ Vadeeva should be 2018 WNBA Draft first pick, but probably won’t

You can chat: Kings Q&A: Assistant Coach Jenny Boucek

You can learn: Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve sharpening her general manager skills

Listen up! Sarah Spain, That’s What She Said! Elena Delle Donne tells Sarah her two new books discussing changes in her life and changes she would like to see in the WNBA

 

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*All Sing*

“Let’s dance!”

Big 12: Baylor. As the Caterpillar said to Alice Karen, “Keep. Your. Temper.” Hard fought, tight game between the Bears and Longhorns, and then Aston got a technical. Baylor then went on a 9-0 scoring run to put the game away.

Baylor is back on top as Big 12 tourney champs

There have been seasons when winning the Big 12 women’s basketball tournament was not terribly important to Baylor. Times when the Lady Bears were really good and knew it, and the league tournament was just something to get through before the NCAA tournament started.

But this season, the Big 12 tournament — which Baylor has all but owned the past several years — meant a little bit more.

MAAC: Quinnipiac: Jeff Jacobs: Quinnipiac women dance away the pain,

The day did not start nearly as well as it ended for Quinnipiac. The pain behind Jen Fay’s left knee was real. So was Marist’s seven-point lead in the second quarter.

Oh, Monday would end with Fay bouncing up and down in glee and coach Tricia Fabbri urging everyone at Times Union Center to put on their dancing shoes, but it began with the MVP of the MAAC women’s basketball championship unable to bend one of her dancing legs.

“When I woke up, it was pretty bad,” Fay said.

What does this all mean? Check out the Updated Bracketology.

*all sing* “I wanna Dance with somebody!

12pm: The Horizon Finals: #22 Green Bay v. Wright State.

2pm: The Summit Finals: South Dakota v. South Dakota State. This is gonna be fun!

4pm: West Coast Finals: Gonzaga v. San Diego. Bulldogs should win, but Toreadors have been on a roll.

5pm: American Finals: *all sing* “Working for the clampdown!”Recognizing that some folks get upset when they score too many points, UConn decided to go in another direction. Down their (second) best defensive player, the Huskies simply refused to let Cincinnati score. Their next opponent will be USF, who pulled away in the second half against UCF to reach the finals.

7pm: Big East Finals: Marquette v. DePaul. Not really a surprise, but you couldn’t predict the league this year. Should be a fun game.

From the .com: Senior Watch: Championship Week

A little somethin’: A legend in her own time, Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians is ready for what’s next

 

 

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Jab, Jab, Right Hook…

Teams are starting to punch their tickets to join Belmont in The Big Dance (and, I’m sure, Athletic Directors are starting to notice potential new head coaches.)

Mercer: It’s the Bears’ first Southern Conference title. And their first trip to the NCAA Tourney.

Mercer earns first-ever bid to Division-I NCAA Tournament with conference championship victory

Mercer women’s basketball’s season in two words? Record breaking.

The Bears have won a program-record 27 straight games. They tied a Southern Conference record of 27 straight wins.

Senior Kahlia Lawrence became the first-ever three-time conference Player of the Year. And Mercer earned its first-ever bid to the Division-I NCAA Tournament with its first-ever SoCon Championship Sunday.

George Washington: They took down top-seed Dayton, and then they took care of business against St. Joe’s.

George Washington women earn NCAA tournament bid with Atlantic 10 title victory

“It doesn’t get much better than that for a Division I athlete,” Cummings said. “This is all we wanted all year. Just so proud of my teammates, my coaches, everybody. We worked hard for this, and it’s just paying off right now. I’m just excited, on top of the world at this moment.”

Also contributing significantly to the Colonials’ recent run of prosperity has been Mei-Lyn Bautista, although the junior has done so in ways more impactful than just scoring.

Louisville: After a tight first half, the Cardinals edged into the lead and had just enough juice to escape with a 2-point win over Notre Dame. (And no, I won’t be distracted by the oddness of that post-game encounter between Jeff and Muffet.)

South Carolina: The Gamecocks made it four in a row as they hand Mississippi State their first loss of the season.

ON EDIT: LOST IN THE EARLY MORNING EDITING! I AM SOOOOO SORRY!!!! (h/t Eileen)

Ohio State: In a see-saw battle with the Terps, it was finally Kelsey’s the Buckeye’s turn.

Oregon: In a season of firsts, behind a kid that’s pretty good, the Ducks one their first Pac 12 championship.

Upcoming games:

1pm: Horizon semis #21 Green Bay battles Youngstown State.

1pm: Summit semis: South Dakota pits their unblemished conference record against Oral Roberts.

2:30: The MAAC finals feature some familiar names: Marist (20-12, 14-4 MAAC) v. Quinnipiac (26-5, 18-0 MAAC).

3:00: WCC semis: San Francisco tries to slow down the runaway train that is Gonzaga.

3:30: Horizon semis: Ought to be a good match-up between IUPUI and Wright State.

3:30: Horizon semis: Ditto for this game, as South Dakota State and Western Illinois battle.

4:00: Big East semis: Creighton v. Marquette. Finally, the Big East will get some clarity on who’s queen of the nest.

4:30: American semis: Who doesn’t love an in-state battle? UCF v. USF.

5:00: WCC Semis – San Diego State v. Pacific. Yes, you’re right. NO BYU and no St. Mary’s. Ah, the WCC this year!

6:30: Big East semis: DePaul v. Georgetown. Inconsistent play has meant that none of the BE teams are currently ranked… wonder if they get two teams into the Big Dance?

7:00: American semis: UConn plowed through the Green Wave, even as Williams and Dangerfield sat with physical dings. Next up, Cincinnati.

9:00: Big 12 Final: Time for a Lone Star show down (and to really test how the Bears are adjusting to no Wallace.) #3 Baylor rolled over TCU and will face #7 Texas, who dispatched West Virginia.

FRIDAY: With an UPSET in the American East, where Maine  will now battle Hartford (who took down the #2 seed Albany, 58-56) for the right to Dance. That ends the Danes’ run at 6 America East titles.

Other stuff:

SXSW: Equality & Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Sport can be a powerful vehicle to address important societal issues. ESPN Reporter & Commentator Kate Fagan will facilitate a panel discussion featuring 2018 U.S. Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist Hilary Knight, US Soccer Legend Abby Wambach, and WNBA player Layshia Clarendon who will discuss their life experiences and how they are utilizing their platform to bring greater attention to equality issues that are important to them.

Washington Post: These pro athletes are courting success outside the arena

Namaste: NBA to Conduct Basketball Camp for Girls in India (Da Rooth and Jen Azzi)

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Super Sunday!

First, Survey Saturday:

Upset (and likely out of the NCAA) – Tough way for Dayton’s season to end.

Upset: West Virginia held off Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Quarters, 69-60 in an outcome that may have Big Dance implications.

No upset, so out of the NCAA – Maryland made sure Nebraska stayed home.

ALMOST a huge upset: With 14 seconds left, Belmont was down six to Tennessee Martin. A three, a block and a three later, they were in overtime. Once there, they sealed their bid to the NCAA tournament, 63-56.

Almost an upset: Oregon comes out on top of another epic showdown with UCLA

The latest check on Oregon’s to-do-first list came at great expense to UCLA. Again. For the Ducks to notch another first, they had to break the Bruins’ heart for the third time in two months.

UCLA guard Japreece Dean’s 3-point attempt hit the rim and bounced away at the final horn, and Oregon — and a strongly partisan northwest crowd — burst into celebration as the Ducks pulled out a come-from-behind 65-62 win in a semifinal that was the most anticipated game of what has already been a competitive, drama-filled tournament.

Also: Stanford routs Arizona State in Pac-12 semis, heads to title game for 15th time in 17 seasons

SQUEAK! Louisville survives NC State, 64-59.

SUPER SQUEAK: #13 Ohio State survives Minnesota, 90-88.

Big 12Ariel Atkins, Jatarie White carry Texas to victory over Iowa State in tournament opener

Ariel Atkins is driven to add a few more chapters to her legacy at Texas before her college career comes to an end.

In one of her best all-around games wearing burnt orange, the senior guard posted an amazing stat line to help Texas earn an 81-69 victory over Iowa State. In a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal, Atkins matched her season-high with 25 points while hitting 10 of 15 from the floor, 5 of 6 behind the three-point line. She added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, three steals, two blocked shots and did not commit a turnover.

Central Michigan focuses and earns a 72-67 win over Toledo, becoming the outright champ and #1 seed in the MAC.

“I’m very happy for our seniors and our program,” Guevara said. “Back to back is amazing, it’s hard and our players were able to come through and get it out right.”

“How’s this all impacting Charlie’s Bracketology,” you ask? Take look.

Coming up:

12:00, A-10 Finals: St. Joseph’s v. George Washington

12:00, SoCon Finals: #25 Mercer v. ETSU

Mercer women’s basketball headed to 3rd straight SoCon Title

“I think it’s important in all games [to get off to a fast start],” Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. “But what it shows me is we’re having the snowball effect from Senior Night. The maturity of this team, we’ve been here before and know how important it is it get off to a quick start.”

Listen up Flashback! On Around the Rim, Mercer head coach Susie Gardner shares her thoughts on her team’s return to the AP Polls in 38 years, winning the 2018 SoCon Coach of the Year award, the No. 25 Bears’ 24-game winning streak, recruiting and much more.

2pm, America East Semis: New Hampshire v. Maine. The job Black Bears coach Vachon has done is extraordinary. Has Maine returned to the ” home of the up-and-coming coaches” moniker?

2pm, ACC Finals: #5 Notre Dame v #4 Louisville,

Vicki: Despite challenges, Irish fight their way into ACC championship game

It’s an anticipated matchup featuring two potential NCAA tournament No. 1 seeds, even if the only time they met this season unraveled into a blowout. Louisville’s 100-67 demolition of the Irish is an outlier among Notre Dame’s results. The Irish’s other loss was by nine to UConn, that despite the loss of three starters to knee injuries.

No. 4 Women’s Basketball Faces No. 5 Notre Dame in ACC Championship

3pm, Big 12 Quarters: TCU v. #3 Baylor

4:30pm, SEC Finals: #8 South Carolina v #2 Mississippi State

Mechelle: Unbeaten Bulldogs stand in the way of Gamecocks’ SEC quest

“I’m glad we get a chance to try to outfox each other again,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said of counterpart Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State. “I think it’s a healthy rivalry. I think it’s great that we’ve both been able to sustain success.”

5:30pm, Big 12 Quarters: West Virginia v. #7 Texas.

7pm, Big 10 Finals: #13 Ohio State v. #17 Maryland

9pm, PAC-12 Finals, #16 Stanford v. #6 Oregon:

Normandy Park basketball star has brought Stanford back from the dead

Jordan McPhee, who is McPhee’s twin sister and the leading scorer for Seattle Pacific University, traveled to Palo Alto earlier this month to spend the weekend. She said she wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Stanford take the league title and go deep into the NCAA Tournament once again this year.

“They have a great shot,” Jordan McPhee said. “They’re a great team to watch on the court. They are all really close, and they fight for each other.”

Michelle Smith Feature: Previewing Oregon v Stanford Pac-12 WBB Tournament championship game

Other stuff:

Jim Clark (remember when he would may game predictions?) AAC Tournament kicks off with Connecticut in the driver’s seat

BTW: From If anyone in central North Carolina would like to play some senior women’s basketball, check out the Steel Cans

Listen up! Just in time for , shares the stories of the first women into pro locker rooms, with an assist from , who took on MLB and won. Click here.

Also: In this I had a chat with Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 3x Olympic gold medalist and CEO of , who is one of the leading forces behind the protecting athletes against sexual abuse. Tune in here.

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Saturday Stuff

There’s a dual Queen in the Mountain West: UNLV. Also, Boise battled through to become the Mountain West champs, Wins 12 of final 14, ends regular season on 7-game run.

Roar! They didn’t dominate as they have in the recent past, but it’s Princeton as the regular season Ivy champs.

She’s (almost) back! Even in limited minutes, A’ja Wilson is South Carolina’s difference-maker

South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson didn’t feel good enough to watch the Gamecocks’ regular-season finale last Sunday at Tennessee. Dealing with the effects of vertigo, she stayed home to rest. South Carolina struggled without her, losing by 19.

Wilson also had missed the teams’ first meeting, a 16-point loss at South Carolina on Jan. 14, with an ankle injury. So when the Lady Vols and Gamecocks met for a third time this season on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals, all eyes were on Wilson.

The Tennessean: Ditching Disney, rubber chicken, Matt Insell ousted: Best, worst of SEC women’s basketball

What to watch:

A10 Semis: 
Dayton v.  George Washington, NOW (CBSSN)

St. Louis v. St. Joseph’s, 1:30 (CBSSN)

ACC semis:
#23 NC State v. #4 Louisville, 12pm (ESPNU)

#11 Florida State v. #5 Notre Dame, 2pm

Big 12 Quarters:

#3 Baylor v. Kansas State, 2:20 pm. (First game for Baylor without Wallace.)

OVC FINALS:
#22 Belmont v. Tennessee Martin, 3pm (ESPN3)

SEC Semis
#2 Mississippi State v. #15 Texas A&M, 5pm (ESPNU)

#8 South Carolina v. #19 Georgia, 7pm (ESPNU)

Big 10 Semis:
#13 Ohio State v. Minnesota, 6pm (BTN)

#17 Maryland v. Nebraska, 8:25pm (BTN) Amy Williams bucking for NCAA COY?

Pac12 Semis:
#9 UCLA v. #6 Oregon, 9pm (Pac 12): Previewing Oregon v UCLA Pac-12 WBB Tournament semifinal game

#16 Stanford v. Arizona State, 11pm (Pac12) Previewing Stanford v Arizona State Pac-12 WBB Tournament semifinal game and Pac-12 WBB notes: Stanford’s Brittany McPhee playing for another Pac-12 title; Oregon and UCLA set up an epic rematch

Also: Keeping a gentle eye on CMU as they face Toledo post-on-campus shooting.

Swish Appeal: Deserved hype for under the radar star, new Big East power

How was your weekend? “What weekend?” Women’s basketball walk-on aspires to be orthopedic surgeon

Cole never expected to be play collegiate basketball at Notre Dame. She assumed that her basketball career was over after high school when she chose to come to Notre Dame over playing competitively at other universities. “I got some offers from D2 and D3 schools, but I got into Notre Dame, and my dad went here, so I’ve always wanted to go to Notre Dame,” Cole said. “I could not pass up the idea of coming here.”

However, when she arrived at Notre Dame, basketball did not seem to leave her.

Yikes: Former director with NC State women’s basketball is target of embezzling investigation

WNBA

Summitt Hoops: 2018 WNBA Draft Big Board, v. 3.0: Ranking underclassmen

DesMoines Register: Iowa State star Bridget Carleton already on WNBA radar

Summitt Hoops: WATCH: Tina Charles talks about the next New York Liberty chapter in Westchester

ABC15 Arizona: Community Connection with Susan Casper: WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner gives back

LOL. I’m willing to argue against this: Dallas’ WNBA franchise makes big splash signing ‘arguably the best player in the world’

Pedersen Treasures Sun Experience In Final WNBA Season

“It was amazing,” Pedersen said of her experience with the Connecticut Sun last summer. “It was probably the closest team I’ve been on in the WNBA. The organization, the office, everybody was so supportive of me and I felt like I had a clear, positive role on the team and just enjoyed it. It was a blast.”

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long days at work to catch up.

Basketball doesn’t stop though, what with conference regular play ending and tournaments starting.

Wednesday

Belmont rolled through the first round of the OVC tourney.

Boston College lost to UNC… and then lost their coach. Boy, those big moves the Boston College AD made a few years back sure has paid off. *insert sarcasm emoji*

Much respect to Ole Miss, who lost a ton of games and never gave up – upsetting Florida in the first round of the SEC tourney.

Need some witnesses to explain the demise of Pittsburgh. They get stomped by ever-improving Wake Forest, 72-38.

Huge upset in the Patriot, as Navy washed over American, 76-49. Resting players before the conference tournament, anyone?

Thursday

Perhaps looking forward to Sun Belt tourney? Troy (16-12, 11-6) falls to Georgia State (8-20, 4-13), 85-78.

In the second round of the SEC tourney, Tennessee escaped Auburn courtesy of a Rennia Davis banked in 3-pointer. Lucky for Tennessee, Kentucky dispatched Vol-killer-Alabama, 71-64.

Mercer blew by Western Carolina 75-44, and moved into the Southern semis.

Call it an upset, if you like: Rutgers over Purdue by two in the second round of the Big 10 tourney.

Definitely an upset: Virginia Tech (18-12, 6-10 ACC) over Syracuse (22-8, 10-6 ACC). The Hokies outscored the Orange 29-5 in the fourth to move out of the second round of the ACC.

1st round upset in the PAC12: Colorado over Utah, 66-56.

Quarterfinal upset in the Southern, as Chattanooga falls to UNC Greensboro in double OT,  70-66.

Holy Big 10 quadruple OT, Batman! Indiana upsets Michigan State in the second round, 111-109.

Upset in the WCC, as San Diego (8-10, WCC) took down BYU (11-7, WCC), 61-56.

News

Michelle Smith: Previewing the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Check out this 2018 SEC women’s basketball tournament primer, SEC women’s basketball tournament: Teams, players to watch and a day one report: SEC women’s basketball tournament best and worst: Screaming kids, Predators fan on court

Red and Black: Joni Taylor forges her own legacy as head coach of Georgia

The Tennessean; Pressure on Vanderbilt, Stephanie White after worst season

The Lantern: Jensen Caretti finds another family at Ohio State and oooooo!!! Additional TV Coverage Announced For Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament

Indy Star: Tyra Buss’ career one of IU basketball’s best ever

Mechelle: German native Marie Gülich grows into dominating center for Oregon State

When Marie Gülich came to Oregon State from her native Germany, she wasn’t too worried about being on her own so far from home or getting used to the food or adjusting to college basketball. She could handle all of that. But there was an element of the language difference that gave her pause.

“At first, you don’t really have a personality because you can’t express yourself the way you want to,” Gülich said. “You want to tell a joke, but you may not have the right words yet. So at first, they all thought I was super shy. But I’m not a shy person at all. I just didn’t know how to express myself yet.”

As the cr@ppy news for Wallace is confirmed, the Bracket is set for women’s basketball Big 12 tournament

Bummer. Washington Times: Attendance a challenge for area women’s basketball teams

Daily Utah Chronicle: Potter’s Point of View: My Battle with Mental Health

I have been struggling with whether or not to write this — to say anything at all. The thing about mental health is that people still stigmatize it, and people are still afraid to talk about it. I admittedly am one of those people, but when I was presented with the opportunity to write about mental health, I felt like it was a sign. I knew I needed to speak up.

Last October, I lost a close friend to suicide. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. It was such a shock when it happened because I had no idea she was struggling. That’s when I realized collectively, we need to do better when addressing mental health. It is because of my desire to honor my beautiful friend that I want to open up the conversation about mental health and share my story.

WNBA

The interesting story of an 18-year old New Zealand girl’s path to pro basketball

Courtney Walker has had a taste of what it is like to be in the WNBA.

18-year-old Kobe King-Hawea is the future WNBA star you need to know

The Missing Piece: How Dallas Brought Back Liz Cambage, And Why She’s Worth the Wait

Get to know Skylar Diggins-Smith off the court

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