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We’ve known for a while that the teams had changed — and kinda knew who the were. Finally, confirmation: Summitt’s Lady Vols to play in Maggie Dixon Classic

The card:
Baylor v. St. John’s
Tennessee v. DePaul
Some where I saw the games listed for an 11am start.

NOTE:
Over the last few years I’ve corralled a huge group of random fans (45+ last year) to attend the Classic. I’ve been fortunate enough to snag great seats ($40-$45) and it would be my pleasure to help anyone interested in attending avoid Ticketscalper fees.
Just drop me a line (womenshoopsblog @ gmail.com) and we’ll celebrate Maggie, Pat and all the good things women’s basketball has given us.

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2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Rolls To 112-53 Opening Victory Over South American Rival Brazil

Racing out to a 25-6 first-quarter lead, the  2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team (1-0) never looked back as it posted an impressive 112-53 opening victory over Brazil (0-1) on Sunday morning in Shenzhen, China.

In her first game in a USA Basketball jersey, Elena Delle Donne (Delaware/ Wilmington, Del.) scored a game-high 17 points to lead five U.S. players in double digits as Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford/Cypress, Texas) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor/Irving, Texas) pitched in 14 points each, and University of Tennessee’s duo of Glory Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) added 12 points apiece.

Post game quotes here.

Bill Fennelly, USA head coach (Iowa State University) – On this morning’s game:

I’m glad we finally got a chance to play. I think I was more nervous than the players, to be honest with you. It’s nice to get everyone involved and get our first win. Overall, I thought the last 16 minutes of the first half we really played well. We defended and shared the ball. We had scrimmaged Brazil, and to the players’ credit they played with a lot of emotion even though I think they knew we probably should have won the game. It was exciting to finally put the uniform on and get started. Our goal is to win every quarter, and we won four quarters today. I was pleased overall.

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playing tomorrow, but you can follow them tonight.

That’s what happens when you participate in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. (The team plays 8/14 at 10am and that translates to 10pm on 8/13). From the USA Basketball website: Road warriors

Most people look at a cross-country flight as a long travel day. That doesn’t even come close to what the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Teams did over almost a 30-hour span. After beginning to load their respective buses from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 4:30 a.m. (MDT) on Mon., Aug. 8, the men’s and women’s teams rolled out of town and up to Denver.

Following a short delay, the squads flew to San Francisco and then onto Hong Kong. By the time everyone landed in China, the travel day was already about 24 hours long … and counting. After gathering along with several swimmers outside customs, everyone went through a special “Universiade” passport control lane, gathered luggage and then walked through another special customs lane dedicated to the event participants.

Then it was time for a bus ride to the border, where everyone off-loaded the buses, went through another customs control area to leave the Hong Kong territory and about 50 yards later, pushed bags through customs at the official mainland China boarder. Then it was onto the third bus of the day and a short while later the World University Games village loomed large in the distance.

Hey kids, consider it prep for the WNBA flights out of Atlanta.

Don’t forget to check out Pat Summitt’s “WUG Flashbacks”

Teachers were her mentors, but so were the basketball coaches who helped her develop her game from grade school to college. In fact, it was her UTM basketball coach, Nadine Gearin, who suggested that she try-out for the United States World University Games team that summer. The USA would be making its inaugural appearance in women’s hoops at the “Universiade” being held in Moscow, USSR. Jill Upton of southern powerhouse Mississippi College for Women was the head coach, and she was to be assisted by Billie Jean Moore from Cal State at Fullerton. Jeanne Rowlands of Northeastern University (Mass.) would serve as the team manager.

The first WUG Trials for the U.S. women’s team were held at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. For Head, who wondered if she would ever really leave the family farm, going to Iowa seemed so far away.

She had never participated in anything like that before, and Head was surprised when her name was called as a 5’10” forward/center to advance to the USA training camp at Northeastern University.

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of basketball. Tonight’s crew is going to have to pull out the stop to match’em. Mechelle sizes up the games.

Every team except Green Bay that will be playing in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament Tuesday night has previously been to the Sweet 16. Even though for some of them, it has been a long time.

That includes No. 3 seed Miami, which faces sixth-seeded Oklahoma on Tuesday for a trip to the Dayton Regional semifinals.

About last night:

The Stomp:

#1 Stanford was pushed in the first, but pulled away in the second behind their sister act to take down the #9 Red Storm, 75-49. Writes Michelle Smith:

Connecticut. Tennessee. Duke. Texas. DePaul. Gonzaga. UCLA. Xavier. Rutgers.

All have been to Maples Pavilion in the last four years. None of them have won.

Now add St. John’s to that list.

The Stanford seniors bade farewell to their beloved home court Monday night in impressive style, as the top-seeded Cardinal overcame an early eight-point deficit to blow past ninth-seeded Red Storm, 75-49.

So it’s time for the final tally: 63-0. Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen walked off the floor for the last time in their careers never having experienced the disappointment of a home-court loss.

The Semi-Stomp:

#2 Notre Dame took a lead into the half and maintained it through the second half to defeat the #10 Owls, 77-64.

Notre Dame had the impressive NCAA tourney resume.With a dominating inside game Monday night, the Fighting Irish just padded it some more.Their 77-64 victory over Temple advanced the Irish to the regional semifinals for the ninth time, and second in a row.It wasn’t exactly easy as Temple refused to quit, pulling within five points early in the second half and within nine late thanks to a defense that forced 19 turnovers. But when they needed a play, the Irish got it.

Almost a stumble:

It’s not as if #1 Tennessee was totally out of sorts as much as it was that #8 Marquette simply would not stop. Writes Mechelle:

…for a while, it looked like the Golden Eagles just might be able to pull what would have been one of the bigger upsets ever in the women’s NCAA tournament. Not because Marquette isn’t a strong team; the Golden Eagles proved they were. But because Tennessee has been impossible to beat at home in Thompson-Boling Arena in NCAA tournament games.

That record remained intact, but not until after the Orange Nation probably needed to munch on a Tums or two.

It was a tale of halves: the first one went to #6 Penn State, the second to #3 DePaul, as the Blue Demons survived, 75-73. PA native Keisha Hampton’s free throws were the difference. Writes Graham:

The NCAA tournament isn’t sentimental. It’s thrilling precisely because it’s ruthless, an unfeeling entity that exists not to reward the valiant or the deserving but simply the team that scores more points.

If you want a happy ending, you have to go out and write it yourself. And DePaul junior Keisha Hampton wrote one for her seniors Monday night.

#2 Duke was down, then up, then survived as Marist gave’em all they could handle, even after losing their best player to an ankle injury. From DWHoops.com:

Incredibly, Marist’s resolve hardened even further when their star guard Erica Allenspach when down with an injury and did not return. The Red Foxes pushed the lead to 11 on a couple of occasions and still led by 6 late in the game, but Chelsea “The Closer” Gray led the late charge, along with key baskets from Jasmine & Krystal Thomas. The mantra from the players after the game was simply “Survive and advance”. Duke played poorly for much of the game but their experience, toughness and resolve allowed them to ultimately prevail.

#5 Georgia Tech had a slim halftime lead over #4 Ohio State, but Lavender said, “Nope.” (Um, AP editor? How do you let someone get away with a sentence like this: “MaChelle Joseph said when Lavender got untracked, the game shifted.”

“She is the best post player in the country, and one of the top three players,” Joseph said. “She was aggressive in the second half. In the first half, she was a little passive, setting picks outside away from the basket. But then they started getting the ball to her on the block.”

The Trip Ups

#5 North Carolina was up on #4 Kentucky by 10 at the half and won by 12. I don’t know that I’m surprise the Wildcats fell, but I’m slightly surprised it was the Tar Heels who took’em down.

“We just haven’t had a game like that that our team just wouldn’t go to the boards,” Mitchell said. “We just got caught standing in the middle. So we wouldn’t go rebound, jogging back, it was a real uncharacteristic game for us. That’s why I’m so disappointed I could not get the team motivated to play North Carolina.”I thought it was a very pathetic performance in transition. When you let North Carolina get out and go 3-on-1 and you’re just jogging back; lights out, you’re done. It was one of the most disappointing performances I’ve ever seen from our team here at Kentucky.”

The Bruins were up by three over the Bulldogs, but Standish and Vandersloot put down the hammer and pushed #11 Gonzaga to a 89-75 win over #3 UCLA. (Vandersloot became the first player in Division I history — men or women — to record 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in her career.) Write Mechelle:

…no one can argue that Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves has built a terrific program in Spokane, and Vandersloot has been the centerpiece. The senior guard was sensational Monday: 29 points, 17 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals. During the game, she scored the 2,000th point of her career. Are you watching, WNBA scouts?

And it’s not too often that a player could score 30 points and be overshadowed by her teammate, but Gonzaga’s Kayla Standish was. Not that she minded.

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Here’s the link.

And here’s Charlie’s reaction. Pretty much agree with this:

Texas’ being selected is not a crazy notion. The Longhorns probably shouldn’t be in, but the bubble was soft, so we’ll live with it. But making Texas a No. 9 seed conveys that the Longhorns were in more easily than they should have been.

It’s a sentiment he echoes in his post-selection chat. Obviously, the question of geography will be a talking point. I’m sure attendance figures will feed into the discussion. And yes, the athletes have said they’d rather play in front of fans, thank you very much.

Speaking of talking points, honestly, can’t someone help Carolyn. Every time she starts talking, you can feel the other hosts tense up in anticipation of some sort of fumble-pas or new-word creation.

And yes, ESPN graphics crew, we all saw what you did….

Mechelle writes:

I know, I know. You’re sensing the force-feeding coming. You’re saying, “Oh, great … this again.” You’re feeling like “the media” will hype it well out of proportion. You’ll say, “Wait a minute, Voepel, didn’t even you write a few years back something about, ‘Deliver us from the Evil Empires?'”

Well … yes, actually I did in 2003, after UConn and Tennessee made it into the NCAA final, which meant we were guaranteed one of the two would win the national championship for the seventh time in nine years.

Here are ESPN’s fearsome foursome’s picks.

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Mark your calendars!

The teams for the 2011 Maggie Dixon Classic have been set: Baylor, Duke, Rutgers and St. John’s.

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