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Chicago Sky Waives Angie Bjorklund

Storm waive Krystal Thomas

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Queen of the “Court”: The Story of Courtney Vandersloot, Part I

There’s an old adage that simply states, “There’s two sides to everyone.”

And two pre-draft interview questions revealed two sides of Courtney Vandersloot, one the best point guards to enter the WNBA in quite some time.

Kayla Pedersen – The Next ‘Larry Bird’ For The Tulsa Shock?

In a week where Liz Cambage is hobnobbing with playoff-bound Kevin Durant, Kayla Pedersen isn’t grabbing headlines yet.

But in another month, don’t be surprised to see Pedersen’s name sharing the Tulsa Shock headlines.

WNBA Draft 2011 Analysis Part I: Which Teams Got The Best Value?

Say whatever you want about the Pac-10, but nobody ever really figured out a way to stop Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe.

And Washington fans got their fill of her in her final trip as a collegian to Seattle in which she led the team with 24 points and six rebounds in a 74-66 win on February 19.

“I’m just glad we’re not the only team she does that to,” former Washington Huskies coach Tia Jackson said in the week after that loss.

WNBA Draft 2011 Analysis Part II: How Four Teams Looked To Fill Needs

I try not to talk about drafts in terms of winners and losers – by the sensationalistic standards on which most people judge draft prospects, the Washington Wizards might have gotten an A+ for selecting a Kevin Garnett/Chris Webber hybrid superstar to lead their franchise into the future with the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

Nevertheless, as I looked over this year’s WNBA Draft, I just couldn’t help but acknowledge one clear winner: Angie Bjorklund.

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Tenacious Summitt Still Driving Tennessee

A throng of callow freshmen from 2008-9 has matured into confident juniors. Tennessee became one of only two teams to defeat second-ranked Stanford and went undefeated through its 16 SEC games in the regular season.

The Lady Vols are not without flaws, lacking a true point guard and the defensive voraciousness of past championship teams. Injuries have slowed the 3-point specialist Angie Bjorklund (foot) and center Kelley Cain (hip and back). Still, Summitt will take her chances with imperfection.

“Hey, if a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its butt,” she said.

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From Michelle and Left Coast Hoops: Pohlen and Rueck should win Pac-10 awards

From Mel: Atlantic 10 Fit To Be Untied By Temple-Xavier Showdown

Lady Swish has: Virginia-Virginia Tech part II; JMU goes for 14th straight

From Rich Elliot: Maya and Kathryn Moore: Teammates In Life

while many people have made an impact in her life there is one person that stands above the rest. It is a person who has been with her every day of her life, helping her to overcome the hurdles that life put in her path. It is her mother, Kathryn. Maya’s teammate in life.

“She’s more than a teammate,’’ Maya Moore said. “I know she’s going to be on my side. We’d do anything for each other. And definitely a teammate as far as you work hard with your teammates … You have preseason workouts and you go through crazy practices and when games come you feel that sense of `that’s my sister out here.’ So I feel the same way with my mom. It’s like we’ve gone through a lot of things. We moved when I was a kid and just kind of being on our own for a little while. We’ve been through a lot of things that brought us closer. So it’s kind of like that unspoken bond that you know you have with that person that I have with my mom.’’

From Palo Alto Online: Pac-10 basketball title No. 20 is only the beginning for the Cardinal women

From Dan Fleser at Go Vols Xtra: Angie Bjorklund begins saying goodbye and Pressure, adversity has prepared Sydney Smallbone

Sydney Smallbone hasn’t let quantity determine the quality of her Tennessee experience.

As a freshman, she enjoyed the view from the top of a step ladder as a member of a national championship women’s basketball team.

Last fall, a two-day assessment as part of an interview with a multi-national logistics firm felt more like game day than pressure to the senior. She landed a job with the firm.

“She’s way ahead of where I’d have been,” UT coach Pat Summitt said.

From Tom Archdeacon at the Dayton Daily News: Nothing ‘plain’ about UD’s Ebony

She was the center of attention at the University of Dayton women’s basketball Senior Day game against Fordham at UD Arena. She was the player who struck chords of pride and inspiration in others, the player who brought so many to tears.

The 6-foot senior got a standing ovation at the game’s outset and in the final minutes of UD’s 69-51 victory she had the student section chanting “We Want Ebony.”

There has not been a day like this around UD sports in quite a while. And there has never been a Flyers athlete who’s had a career quite like Gainey’s.

In anticipation of the Bears/Sooners match up: Baylor’s Brittney Griner has changed the women’s game

Similar to Chamberlain routinely swatting away shots decades ago, forcing teams to shoot from the perimeter, Griner has changed the way teams prepare for the No. 3 Bears, who play Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

“When OU had Courtney Paris, even though she was on the All-Defensive team three times, you still ran your same stuff,” Blair said. “Griner changes the way you can score. She can intimidate you. You’re going to short-arm a lot of shots. She’s effective even if she doesn’t block any shots.”

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Pester Graham at 4pmEST, see if he can untangle the Bracketology mess the Baylor loss has made.

Also, make sure you check out EPSN2 tonight when Georgia goes after #4 Tennessee (7pm EST) followed but the Big 12 match up between #23 Iowa State and Texas.

Ryan Black says the Lady Dogsare trying to ‘shut up’ the Lady Vols (not a very lady-like headline), Carroll Rogers of the AJC says Georgia is “looking for rarity against Vols — a win streak,” and Coach Landers thinks his team is ready for the “raucous arena.

Maria Cornelius at Inside Tennessee previews the game and Vol fans will be happy to know that Angie Bjorklund will be back in time for this SEC showdown.

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