Posts Tagged ‘Courtney Pilypaitis’

with Jackie Stiles: Coaching. (So, when’s that book coming out, Mechelle?)

A little USTYPT (You stay put) in Cincinnati: Elliot Signs Extension

A little, it closes the book, but it doesn’t end the pain: Memphis native gets 29 years in stabbing death of her MTSU roommate, Tina Stewart

A little “congrats” to the Miami Sol fan’s favorite oh, so black-and-blue player: Former Saint Joseph’s Standout Debbie Black To Be Inducted Into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Have not been able to confirm rumors that Teresa Weatherspoon will introduce her at the ceremony…. *evil grin*

A little Bears and ‘bama at the White House.

A little, “I’m not done yet!” Cheryl Ford continues basketball comeback – Former Lady Techster to give back to Ruston this weekend.

A little, no, I’m not surprised: Pilypaitis emerges as leader on Canadian women’s basketball team and Gloucester’s Courtnay Pilypaitis is reviving Canada’s hoop dreams

An industrious athlete recognized more for her exceptional work ethic and all-around game rather than star power, Pilypaitis, 23, raised her game to an unprecedented level during the FIBA world Olympic women’s qualifying tournament in Ankara, Turkey earlier this summer. In doing so, she orchestrated her team’s return to the Olympic women’s basketball tournament for the first time in 12 years.

But Pilypaitis almost didn’t make it to Turkey to help land Canada a fifth-place finish and the final berth in the 12-country Olympic tournament.


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  • Like my cats, I know, I just don’t learn. Whipped out a brand, spanking clean, white “Proud member of the women’s basketball intelligentsia” t-shirt for my trip down to D.C. and, once on the train, I promptly dribbled coffee on it. Sigh. Me and white Ts have a love/hate relationship.
  • Speaking of love/hate, the Drive is still alive in New Jersey!
  • You know, at crunch time your senior leadership should not dribble into a shot clock violation. And yah, she’s rookie-of-the-year-in-waiting, but exactly HOW MANY rebounds did that Nerd City kid get?!?
  • Yes, it was against Tulsa, but Miyah was on Fiyah at the Four (No truth to the rumor she’s putting in for a legal name change – perhaps she was too busy chatting?). Minny is proud of their three Olympians.
  • Speakng of the Olympics, a mini-snark moment: Ya think Catchings is going to talk about how this group of Olympians could beat the Dream Team of 1996?
  • Yes, it was against an Angel-less Dream, but the SASS don’t care – they just keep on winning. Becky is happy.
  • Perhaps inspired by the approaching Olympics, Katie goes off on Taurasi (not for long?)-less Merc.
  • Prince-less Sky go down in overtime. Hey, that’s the Sun winning on the road! (And yes, we want “-less” to disappear during the break, please.)
  • A little M&M before the Olympic break.
  • A Q&A with a little focus on Seimone’s arm/body artistry. And isn’t nice to note how her fiancee LaTaya is mentioned with the same “weight” as one might use when mentioning LeBron’s fiancee Savannah.
  • Can’t resist a sports pun: I get off the train and see the following name on an elegant, white bus: “Chariots for Hire”
  • Yes, a bunch of Blackberry-sporting Canadians just asked me if I knew where the nearest Chick Fil-A was. Guess they were scared to go into the Whole Foods to ask.
  • Speaking of Canadians and Olympians, Courtnay Pilypaitis (which the Blackberry-sporting folk didn’t know about. Tsk, tsk.) was named an assistant coach at Vermont.
  • Coach Summitt makes the ESPYs worth watching

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Congratulations, you’re going to the Olympics!”

And yes, the team featuring a Cornhusker, a Catamount, a Fighting Irish, a Wave, a Pride, a Wolverine, three Utes and two Minute(wo)men won on Canada Day. Nice job, eh?

Speaking of the Fighting Irish: They say “You stay put!” to coach McGraw.

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now it’s Istanbul not Constantinople.… Yup, it’s a Sunday morning musical reference. Why?

Galatasaray broke open a close game midway through the fourth quarter and beat VICI Aistes in the EuroLeague Women opener for both sides on Thursday evening.

New Gala star Diana Taurasi had 31 points, including a perfect seven-of-seven effort from long range, and Alba Torrens added 18 as the Turkish giants won 83-66 in Istanbul.

And a shout out to Catamount Courtney Pilypaitis, who dropped in 17pts for the Lithuanian team.

Do keep up with the Euroleague through the work of Paul Nilsen. He brings us this (awful) news about Amaya:

The contrast of emotions during week one could barely have been starker than in the Spanish capital. It’s hasn’t been the greatest of starts to the season for Rivas Ecopolis who firstly lost the Liga Femenina SuperCup and then crashed at home to Gospic Croatia Osiguranje.

To make matters considerably worse, the influential Amaya Valdemoro sustained a serious injury after a horrific fall which resulted in her breaking both of her wrists. I am sure everyone associated with the competition will join me in wishing her a speedy recovery.

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