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2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Preview, predictions, schedule and games to watch for

Joanne P. McCallie’s journal: Preparing for the 2013 ACC Tournament

2013 Pac-12 tournament: Stanford’s path to reclaiming title will be tougher than usual

2013 Atlantic Sun tournament: FGCU looks to repeat as champions

From student-athletes:

Sarah Hansen’s journal: Studying for North Florida, and Sarah Hansen on FGCU’s win in A-Sun tournament

Lindsey Moore’s journal: Huskers ready for Iowa

Brittany Kennedy’s journal: Ready for N. Florida

Brianna Sanders’ journal: Excited for B1G tourney

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Not an easy year for Semeka Randall’s Ohio team: they’re 0-10 in the MAC.

On the flip side, it’s the Great Danes of Albany at 11-0 in the Am. East. BU is trying to keep pace (10-1). Of course, it’s more about pride than the conference tournament, since they won’t be invited. Why? They’re moving to the Patriot League next year.

Speaking of the Patriot League: The Leopards made it a game, but Navy prevailed in OT, 60-42. Coaching at any Service Academy ain’t easy, but coach Pemper has done a nice job since arriving in -08.

FGCU (12-0 A-Sun) is still soaring. This time, their victim was USC Upstate, 72-49. Interesting commentary by David Moulton: Time for the A-Sun to set in FGCU athletics history

Six years ago, the Atlantic Sun conference was FGCU‘s savior. They were there when no one wanted the university.

FGCU has done well by the A-Sun and vice versa.

For example, just this year FGCU had the best volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams in the conference with both soccer squads winning titles and earning NCAA berths. Both basketball teams are in first place with the women having not lost an A-Sun game in two years. The softball team is the defending conference champion and both the softball and baseball teams are pre-season favorites this year. Throw on top of that a Top 50 swimming/diving program and Florida Gulf Coast University is arguably the best athletic program in the A-Sun.

Which would be great if the Atlantic Sun conference wasn’t dying.

The Fightin’ Camels of Campbell (8-5) are trying to keep the Big South close by taking down conference top dog Winthrop (9-3), 84-69.

Cynthia’s Texas Southern is still winning. They now stand at 10-1 in the SWAC. Clearly, the runaway COY in the conference. They’ll face Southern, their best competition, on the 28th. The Jaguars (10-2) got surprised by Arkansas Little Rock (4-8), 59-50.

It was all Chambers for K-State (34,12,4), but she couldn’t overcome Iowa State’ Poppens and Christofferson.

That’s why sometimes a dunk is not just two points: it gets your teammates up and motivated: Baylor wipes the floor with Texas, 75-48. (Speaking of Baylor: Baylor women’s basketball transfer Destiny Brown enrolls at University of Delaware.)

Fresno State had a chance to claim the top spot in the Mountain West, but San Diego State  said, “No thank you, that spot is still ours.

Davidson (11-1) kept pace with Chattanooga (13-1) in the Southern by taking down Appalachian State, 56-49. The Mocs dismissed Elon, 63-40.

Again, it’s a long journey to recovery, but IUPUI is now 7-3 in the Summit. Of course, they have to face the Jackrabbits next, who may be looking for revenge. SDSU thumped Oakland, 83-48.

And again, I’m just sayin’: St. Francis (NY) wins again.

I’m sorry “I saw you,” Sam Houston: the Bearkats go down to their Southland conference challengers, 52-48.

It took OT, and 26pts from Smith, but St. John’s is still clinging to the NCAA tourney bubble — which is nice, since they’re a host.

Northern Colorado is on a roll, with back-to-back wins over the Montanas. They’re now a half game out of the top spot in the Big Sky.

Green Bay continues to be the class of the Horizon, dispatching Milwaukee, 64-49.

Couple of huge upsets: Bradley, (10-12, 4-7 in the MV) shocked Wichita State (16-7, 10-1). In fact, it wasn’t even close: the Braves by 20. #2 and #3 in the conference met, and the Redbirds of Illinois State took it to Creighton in the second half, capturing the 66-60 win.

Middle Tennessee (18-6, 13-2 Sun Belt) may have overlooked Troy (5-18, 2-12). IN Murfreesboro, the Trojans took the Blue Raiders to OT, and didn’t fade. MTSU goes down, 74-70.

It took 3OTs, but Arkansas finally got the win over Alabama, 91-80.

In the battle of the Tu’s, Tulsa used a strong second half to send the Green Wave to a loss.

The two top dogs met in the MAC (West & East), and Toledo topped Ball State, 68-64, but only after blowing a 20pt lead. The Cardinals will have a change for revenge on last day of conference play, March 6 @ Toledo.

Whyte did everything she could to keep Arizona in the game (26, 7, 8) but she couldn’t stop Cal from getting their 9th win in a row.

Charlotte gave St. Joe’s their first conference loss, and now there are four one-loss teams lurking behind Dayton. Actually, three, ’cause Dayton beat Fordham. But, unlike previous years, it wasn’t a cakewalk.

After the Lions roared away from Michigan State, the Big 10 is a bunch of teams looking up at Penn State – Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan and Illinois.

Fittingly, Delle Donne breaks Dawn Evans’ CAA scoring record against JMU. I’m sure she’s happier that Delaware got the win, 71-64. Oh, and the Hens’ pre-game trick shot was pretty cool, too.

In a battle of two teams who may have coaches feeling the heat, NC State raced away from Clemson, 79-45.

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Top NCAA women’s seeds could be tested on road

Putting together the NCAA bracket is one giant jigsaw puzzle. The selection committee tries to make every piece fit using a certain list of procedures and principles.

This year, the group was in a bind because many of the host schools for the opening two rounds were going to be seeded in the lower half of the bracket. Only three of the top 16 teams in the tournament were sites for the first two rounds, leaving many of the higher seeds left to potentially play on opposing floors.

The committee spent hours trying to avoid that situation. They actually had three brackets working at once, but in the end it was impossible to make it work.

From fellow-APer Tim Reynolds: Florida Gulf Coast’s long-awaited NCAA trip awaits

More 3-pointers made than any team in the country. One of only four teams ranked among the nation’s top 15 in both points scored and points allowed per game. Owners of the third-longest current winning streak in women’s basketball, along with the fifth-best record in the nation.

Yes, Florida Gulf Coast’s resume is catchy.

Forgive the Eagles if they’re not impressed.

Florida Gulf Coast—which is headed to NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility, five years after playing in the Division II championship game and then transitioning to the top level of college sports—isn’t that keen about keeping up on all its numbers, even though many of those stats have the Eagles in line with the nation’s elite.

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Avoid playing Illinois in the first round of the conference tournament. As Wisconsin learned, Law’s team has a habit of knocking you off — in this case, 63-56. (SPOILER ALERT!) That felt so good, they decided to knock off Michigan, too. This is an Illini team that has two — count’em TWO conference wins.

With their 81-58 victory over the Hokies, Georgia Tech may have sealed Virginia Tech coach Beth Dunkenberger’s future — or lack thereof. (SPOILER ALERT!) GT then turned around and guided Maryland to the exit, and is now in the ACC semis.

Purdue escaped Indiana, (SPOILER ALERT!) but wasn’t so lucky against Penn State. It was Lions 73,  Boilermakers 61. Mingo had 14/7 and Bentley had 19/1.

Wake Forest and Virginia have similarly unimpressive records, but does anyone feel like it’s the Deacon program that is in better shape?

Alabama only managed 36 points against LSU. Boy, if only the Crimson Tide cared a SMIDGE about women’s basketball.

A one-point difference meant Eagles go home and the Wolfpack move into round two of the ACC.

Upset in the Southern conference — Wofford (3-17 in conference) took down UNC Greensboro, 69-64.

In another upset, the Atlantic Sun quarters, the Fighting Camels lost to the Bruins. Maybe if they were the Spitting Camels?

Shouldn’t Borton be on the hot seat in Gopher-land? Minnesota lost to Northwestern in the first round of the Big 10 tourney, 53-44.

Don’t wanna jinx’em, but that’s THREE conference wins the Penguins at Youngstown have notched. Their latest victim? The UIC Flames, 72-58.

Northern Iowa continued its rise in the MVC, defeating Indiana State 73-46. Remember when the Sycamores were makin’ some noise and then their coach went away because of…. stuff?

The first round of the SEC tourney saw Mississippi State upset Auburn, 49-47. (And yes, when I typed their name, I thought to myself: M-I-SS-I-PP-I.)

The regular season ended in the Pac-10 without an upset and Stanford completing their second undefeated regular season conference schedule. (I think there’s a better way to say that, but it is Friday and… well, it’s Friday.)

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From Graham: Watch to watch for in the week ahead

Florida Gulf Coast at USC Upstate: An otherwise light schedule just means more of the spotlight is available for an Atlantic Sun showdown between teams focused on regular-season glory. Florida Gulf Coast knocked off NCAA tournament regular East Tennessee State on Saturday in conference play and looks to secure another big road win here. USC Upstate dropped to 4-1 in conference play with a loss against Stetson on Saturday but has the league’s leading scorer and rebounder in Chelsea McMillan (16.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg). Kelsey Jacobson needed just 10 shots to lead Florida Gulf Coast with 21 points Saturday, hitting five of 10 3-pointers and all six of her free throws. (Postponed)

 

 

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Louisiana College women’s basketball coach dies

Louisiana College women’s basketball coach Janice Joseph-Richard died Wednesday of breast cancer.

Joseph-Richard, 46, directed the Lady Wildcats to the ASC championship and the program’s first berth in the NCAA Division III tournament last season.

A native of Alexandria, La., Joseph-Richard earned NAIA All-American honors at LC before playing professionally in Europe and the United States.

In 1986, Richard led LC to a No. 1 national ranking and an NAIA final four appearance. She was twice named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference player of the year and still holds school records for points in a season (822), most field goals in a season (315), and most free-throws made in a season (192).

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a reminder: Kim at WomensBasketballOnline.com wakes up bright and early every morning and gathers all the online articles on women’s basketball. Consider today’s offering:

Arizona State: ASU women’s basketball looks to rebound
Atlantic Sun Conference: FGCU Headlines Polls; McMillan Preseason Honors
Austin Peay: Lady Govs take a break from basketball practice
BYU: Women’s basketball picked third
UCLA: Pac-10 Conference Best Practices: UCLA Lays It Out for Recruits
College of St. Benedict: CSB will use last season’s playoff loss as motivator
Colorado State: CSU women’s basketball team picked eighth in MWC
UConn: Auriemma says with 5 freshmen, UConn will lose
UConn: Moore Back At UConn After Spending Summer With U.S. Team
UConn: Lessons Just Beginning For UConn Freshman Class
UConn: For now, UConn women are limping
UConn: Round three starts soon
Florida: Florida adds toughness with addition of alum Murriel Page to women’s basketball staff
Florida: Butler expects up-tempo Gators
Florida: Newcomers will add depth to Gators’ backcourt
Florida Gulf Coast: FGCU women, picked to win A-Sun, making most of extra practice time
Indiana: Women’s basketball seniors prepare for final season
Iowa: Lindy’s Sports Tabs Iowa 19th In Preseason Poll
Kentucky: “21 Questions” with Kastine Evans
Long Beach State: Women’s basketball outlook
LSU: Chancellor speaks at media day
LSU: ‘Fighters and Scrappers’
LSU: Chancellor wants more exciting game from Lady Tigers
LSU: Three freshmen could see significant playing time
Mount Saint Mary: Mount Saint Mary women will emphasize offensive boards
Mountain West Conference: Women’s Basketball Coaches and Media Pick TCU to Win Mountain West Conference Title
UNLV: Lady Rebels picked seventh in Mountain West preseason basketball poll
Niagara: Faustin Receives Contract Extension
Northern Illinois: Brown gets her lyrical groove on
Northern Kentucky: Norse expect to grow into contenders
Notre Dame: Irish women’s baskebtall holds public practice at Diggins’ alma mater for a cause
Notre Dame: Diggins back in spotlight at Washington
Notre Dame: Owens goes to work getting Irish up to speed in paint
Oregon: Ducks look to bounce it around
Oregon State: Walk-ons will have a chance to make an impact for the OSU women’s basketball team
Oregon State: OSU women’s basketball team will practice against men
Portland State: Defensive-Minded Bishop Key To Vikings’ Success
St. Cloud State: SCSU opens dealing with adversity
STLCC-Meramec: Women’s basketball hopes to make Magic this season
Stanford: Head Coach Tara VanDerveer Meets With The Media
Stanford: Stanford expected to contend for national title again
TCU: TCU women picked to repeat as champion
TCU: To improve, Lady Frogs will emphasize rebounding
UTEP: Post Jerica Hughes Era Begins for UTEP
Vermont: Women’s Basketball Announces Captains for 2010-11 Season
Washburn: Lady Blues take on new roles
Washington: Morton Hoping to Lead UW Women to Their Goals
Washington: UW women’s basketball team envisions a turnaround in 2010-11 season
West Virginia: WVU tries to manage without Miles

Follow your team. Follow your competition. Follow women’s basketball by reading all about it….

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