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Allisha Gray leaving North Carolina. Remember that great 2013 #1 Recruiting Class of Diamond DeShields, Allisha Gray, Jessica Washington and Stephanie Mavunga? Mavunga is the last one standing.

For folks (read UNC athletic staff) who aren’t taking this whole academic scandal thang seriously (who, us?) you all better stand up and take notice. Speak up, clear the air… or your athletic program may implode.

Speaking of transfers: Former Terps guard Lexie Brown to transfer to Duke

Thank you: Lester Galyon leaving Gordon Lee after successful 14-year run

After one of the longest and undoubtedly the most successful runs in the program’s history, Lester Galyon is leaving the girls’ basketball program at Gordon Lee High School.

Galyon came to Chickamauga 14 years ago and inherited a program that was just starting to get back to the top. He arrived at Gordon Lee one year after the Lady Trojans broke a long state playoff drought.

His teams would go on to be in the state tournament in each of the first 13 years of his tenure, winning over 300 games, averaging 21 wins a season and never having had a losing season. He helped coach the Lady Trojans to six Region 6-A championships and the Class A Public School state championship in 2013.

Thank you, too: Lusinger leaves Summit girls basketball for MISD office

Summit girls basketball head coach Tammy Lusinger has resigned to accept the position of assistant athletic director at the Mansfield ISD office.

Lusinger, who helped guide the Lady Jaguars to state championships in 2009 and 2012, leaves the program after 13 years, the last eight as head coach. She served the first five years as the program’s assistant coach, dating back to the opening of the school.

Her record at Summit was 229-65 and 330-142 overall, which includes time spent at Dripping Springs, Richland and LaPorte before arriving at Summit.

The Lady Jaguars also collected four district championships and six regional appearances in addition to the two state titles.

In W news:

Do not even pretend you had this marked in your prediction book: Surprising Sun sit atop the Eastern Conference in WNBA

“I think we are (shocking people), but I don’t think we are shocking ourselves,” guard Jasmine Thomas said. “I think that this is exactly what everyone wanted, what we were fighting for and what we were expecting to be doing.”

That said, the Sun will be tested this week as they head West for a three-game swing against the Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury.

One of the reasons: Bone-Jarring: Sun Post Player Likes To Mix It Up Underneath

Kelsey Bone were a hockey player she would be an enforcer. That seems clear.

“Listen, if I was coordinated enough to skate, I would have tried my hand at hockey,” Bone said. “And if it meant I would end up in the penalty box, well, I’m fine with that.”

That’s because Bone, as solid a 6 feet 4 as there is in the WNBA, does not shy away from the physicality that often defines low post play. In fact, she’s often a spoon that stirs it.

And don’t even TRY to say you had THIS marked in your prediction book: There are a lot of good vibes from new-look Mercury

What has been discussed most about the WNBA’s defending champions is all that has changed for the Mercury from a year ago. But especially after a big victory at home Sunday, it’s a good time to talk about who the 2015 Mercury actually are, not who they aren’t.

So let’s look at that through the eyes of two veteran players — guard Leilani Mitchell and forward Monique Currie — who until this season spent their WNBA careers in the Eastern Conference. Now they’re in the Mercury’s starting lineup.

Chicago ouch: Tamera Young out after thumb surgery.

New York ouch: Dabnabbit! There goes our Aussie!

Thank you: WNBA’s Indiana Fever Pay Tribute to Lauren Hill

Thank you: Tina Charles donates half WNBA salary to her foundation

Soooooo, can Cooper recapture the Dream or is Atlanta joining San Antonio’s race for Stewart?

Finally, longtime WHB readers remember this story. Thank you, Danielle: Green to receive Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPYS

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On the weekend of Veterans Day, Curt Rallo at the South Bend Tribune does an important follow up: More than another game

Former Notre Dame women’s basketball player Danielle Green fought to overcome a childhood in which she was raised by a mother addicted to drugs, fought to earn a college scholarship and escape the mean streets of Chicago, and fought for her country in Iraq.

And when Green joins coach Muffet McGraw and the Irish on the deck of the USS Yorktown for Friday’s women’s basketball season opener against Ohio State in the Carrier Classic, the Purple Heart recipient will still be fighting.

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“It’s important to honor the women in the military,” Green said. “We’re forgotten. People forget that women serve their country, too. I feel like women are the backbone of the military, and people really don’t see us out there. Women have come so far. I feel we need to make people aware of women’s contributions to the military. It’s an important fight.”

Jim Massie from the Columbus Dispatch: Opener against Irish provides early gauge

First impressions matter in life and basketball.

To that end, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is pleased to open its season by playing Notre Dame at 4 p.m. today in Mount Pleasant, S.C., as part of the second Carrier Classic aboard the USS Yorktown.

A year after the Michigan State and North Carolina men’s teams played the first NCAA basketball game aboard an aircraft carrier, the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will become the first women’s teams to do so. Their game will be followed by the OSU men against Marquette at 7 p.m.

Jim also has Playing outside presents challenge

The AP’s Tom Coyne offers up Notre Dame relies on Diggins (no surprise!)

Nate writes: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Top women’s basketball programs face off in 2012 Carrier Classic

The shoe that started to fall at the end of last season for Eastern Michigan continues to drop: NCAA adds to Eastern Michigan’s self-imposed penalties for practice violations – which allows me to say “Hello, Matt of the Hustle Belt! Write more on women’s baskeball!”

From Zac Ellis at Sports Illustrated: UConn hoping for big impact from star recruit Breanna Stewart

Mike Casazza from the Daily Mail: Mountaineers hope to meet expectations in Big 12

Mike Carmin from the Indy Star offers up his Purdue women’s basketball preview

No surprise: Media makes Cardinal Pac-12 women’s basketball favorite again

Also from the West Coast, David Pollak at the Mercury News says Cal women’s basketball setting higher goals, while Elliott Almond writes: Stanford’s women’s basketball team changes up offense

David Hutchinson at the Star-Ledger previews New Jersey teams: Local women’s college basketball, 2012-13

Havard is hoping to challenge the Princeton Tigers: Women’s Basketball Seeks Title

Tom Hinkel writes about Beth Mowins’ school: Lafayette College women’s basketball team ready for a new beginning

From the Burlington Free Press: Vermont women’s basketball at powerhouse Marist for opener

In his Baylor women’s basketball preview: Brittney Griner, Bears will be tested early, the author seems to forget the Green and Gold have to face the Huskies this season.

How can you resist reading the Flat Hat News’ William & Mary preview?

Rachel Whittaker from the Times-Picayune says the Newly named Devlin Fieldhouse is ready for Tulane women’s basketball opener

That bastion of women’s basketball supporters *insert sarcasm* Georgetown notices that the Hoyas Open in Preseason WNIT

Check up (I’m assuming it’s Doug) the AP’s Guide to the women’s basketball season

ESPN has a ton of stuff:

A few years back, former Notre Dame player Danielle Green drew attention not because she was in the service, but because she was injured while serving.

Check out the two part “Catching up with Danille from 2008. Part 1 and Part 2. An article from 2009 caught up with her: Wounded Warrior Diaries: Life Lessons Shape Iraq War Veteran

“I looked over at my left leg and saw my uniform busted open,” she said. “The initial hit, when I first went down, I thought that I was about to die in Iraq, on the rooftop, in the sand, in Iraq. To me, that was the hardest moment — to think that at 27 years old, I was about to die.”

She said that at that moment she was “waiting to die.” As she continued to pray, she remembered, she gained strength and tried to use that energy to leave the rooftop for a safer area to assess her injuries. But she was unable to move, feeling trapped as she continued to hear the small-arms fire in the distance.

Though it seemed what like a lifetime of waiting, she said, comrades were treating her within five minutes of the attack. She later learned that her sergeants had gone up to the rooftop against the company commander’s orders to find her wedding rings.

The sudden rise and tragic death of Maggie Dixon brought attention to the powerful connection between the athletes at West Point. In 2009, Mechelle wrote about Oklahoma’s Caton Hill who followed her father and uncle into the army.

The stories are still there. From Missouri’s News-Leader: Kinga Kiss-Johnson: Getting her life back – Despite wartime injuries, former Lady Bear returns to sports.

Kinga Kiss-Johnson is used to standing above a crowd.

The former Missouri State women’s basketball player stands 6-foot-7, the tallest player in team history. She was the tallest service member in her U.S. Army company when she took the oath of citizenship to the United States in 2007.

And now, three years after suffering devastating neck, back and brain injuries in Afghanistan, she’s one of the tallest on her new basketball team, the Augusta (Ga.) Bulldogs of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, one of two sports she has picked up since her accident.

“It’s given me back my basketball life, a little piece of my life back,” Kiss-Johnson said.

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