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This time it’s Connecticut’s turn: UConn’s Banks out for season with ACL injury

Even worse news: Monica Quan, Titans Basketball Coach, and Fiance Keith Lawrence Found Shot to Death

Any other basketball news seems besides the point, doesn’t it?

Hug your friends.

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the Official USA Basketball store doesn’t seem to have any women’s team gear, dontcha think?

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Pirate’s Booty and Diana Taurasi Team up to Score Points for After-School All-Stars

Pirate’s Booty, leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, is pleased to announce its participation with Diana Taurasi of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury in Hoop Heroes, a fundraising initiative that benefits After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a 501(c)3 charity that provides free after-school programs to disadvantaged youth across the nation.

Pirate’s Booty will donate $10 for every point WNBA All-Star Guard, Taurasi scores during the 2011 WNBA season.

I’ve got to admit, I love me some Pirate Booty. (And yes, I’m just going to leave that statement hanging….)

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Jenny Boucek gets her own Q&A.

Plymouth-Carver High School grad Nancy Darsch offers Plymouth athletes advice about being a leader

In a WATN?, we read about Barb Farris’ coaching gig: Curtis girls basketball team continues to crush opponents

Alana Beard will be at the Girl Up! Pep Rally in DC Tomorrow

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you don’t know nothin’ about: Florida Gulf Coast University

From Seth Soffian at News-Press: FGCU junior fights adversity – Guard back after third knee injury

Grimacing in pain, Courtney Chihil clutched at her calf with what proved to be only a cramp.

When it comes to the FGCU women’s basketball team’s unsung leader in intangibles – three times the victim of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, among other leg ailments – such sights can be scary.

From Craig Handel, also at the News-Press: FGCU women’s team still perfect

FGCU’s women’s basketball team doesn’t have the chance to play in the Final Four this season.But at least the ladies are among the final four to be unbeaten.

Dana Caldwell at the Naples News writes: FGCU shakes off rust, whips Belmont

Florida Gulf Coast University‘s women shook off the holiday rust and Belmont during Monday night’s first game back since a 13-day break.

Against a taller and beefier team that seemed to work the clock as much as FGCU’s middle in a bit of an unattractive first half, the Eagles managed just 34.3 percent from the field. Yet they led by 20 before putting on a second-half clinic as FGCU continued its best start in its ninth-year history (now 10-0) and remained one of only four Division I unbeatens with a 79-39 rout in front of 1,886 in Alico Arena.

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From the Register-Guard’s Curtis Anderson: Oregon State women’s basketball: Smiling time again – Oregon State’s road back to respectability starts with a Newberg connection

In college basketball, the leap from Division III to Division I is seldom made, so when Rueck threw his hat into the ring when the OSU women’s basketball head coaching job became available last summer, he kept his expectations low.

“I never truly believed they would hire me,” he said. “I was just hoping to get an interview, to learn more about the process, and maybe that would make me a better coach at George Fox.”

But the 41-year-old Rueck, who was born and raised in Hillsboro, underestimated his talents as a coach, and how much weight would be given to his being a 1991 OSU alum, graduating with a degree in education.

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Bret Bloomquist: Ex-UTEP women’s star finds success

Portraying the two years former UTEP women’s basketball star Natasha Lacy spent in Europe as a kind of exile was an easy assumption to make when she finally broke into the WNBA this year.

After a spectacular start in her first few games for Nolan Richardson’s Tulsa Shock, she and her team cooled off a bit. But by the end of the WNBA season, Lacy had cemented herself as a valuable bench player for a building team.

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Bluder gets 200th win at Iowa, Hawks beat Drake

Kent State women’s basketball team gives coach 400th career victory

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(as opposed to those who are writing about it) UCLA players prepare for UConn’s 89th

“I don’t know if I’ll be watching the [Connecticut] game because of the emotions involved in it,” said Marques Johnson, who was a freshman when the streak ended in 1974. “But on a certain level, if they do happen to win it and break the record or tie the record or whatever they end up doing, I have a lot of respect for the accomplishment. I’m really impressed with the job Coach Auriemma has done and how his players have responded to the challenges placed before them.

“There are some differences, but the fact they’ve won as many games as they’ve won, to win 88 games in a row at any level is a remarkable achievement. To be able to fight off fatigue and general malaise and things that can happen to a basketball team, to be able to win night in and night out, that’s a testament to just how good of a team they are and I’m happy for them.”

From Steve Litel at SlamOnline: UConn’s Winning Streak: Another Perspective – It’s not a men’s record. It’s not a women’s record. It’s a NCAA Division I record.

From my perspective: Of COURSE it’s a Division I record. But, when they talk about the men’s records, they never seem to say, “He holds the record for most points scored in Division I basketball, both men AND women’s.” While, they *almost* always say, “Pat Summitt is the winningest coach in both men’s and women’s basketball.”

Heck, remember when … Pitino? took his third team to the Final Four? So many reporters called him the first to do so, when we all know it was CViv.

If we can get reporters and fans to stop presuming, I’ll be happy. Hell, if we can get reporters to use MEN’S basketball as often as they use WOMEN’S basketball, I’ll be happy. Ish.

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Slain N.J. student mourned in Montco – Jessica Moore, a 2009 graduate of Upper Merion High, was shot to death near Seton Hall University.

As the Facebook posts turned from “get better soon” to “R.I.P.,” several recent graduates and current Upper Merion High School students spent the weekend mourning the murder of 2009 graduate Jessica Moore.

Moore, a 2009 cocaptain of the Upper Merion girls basketball and softball teams, was fatally shot at a Seton Hall University off-campus apartment early Saturday morning by a gunman who also wounded four others after he was denied access to a party.

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from the HoopGurlz staff: Talent out of national team’s shadow

While several of the first-half NCAA exposure tournaments seemed to suffer a bit from the absence of elite prospects pursuing a gold medal in France, the Nike Summer Showcase is so centrally located, it instead served to feature many recruits who might have been otherwise overlooked. The sprawling, 288-team event especially revealed some of the risers in the 2011 class.

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Washington High School.

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