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Score! Scoring 60 points still seems surreal to Gophers guard Rachel Banham (Speaking of surreal: Kobe Bryant congratulates UMN’s Rachel Banham for her 60-point game). Yah, it took double OT, but wowza. The Star Tribune says: Appreciate the Gophers’ Rachel Banham while you still can

Said Stollings:

“I think one of the big things is we only have three home games left, and we have one of the most special players to ever wear a Minnesota uniform in Rachel Banham. I think people shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see her in one of these final three home games. She’s a rarity. Players like her don’t come around that often.”

Yes, I mentioned Charlotte Smith’s Elon, and they won, so that means they escaped the WHB jinx…. but what’s with 66 total points in a double-OT game? Oh. I see – a Top 10 on Sports Center

A strong final quarter helped Notre Dame escape Louisville, 66-61.

Three freshmen and a pair of sophomores had the floor Sunday when, near the end of the first half, 13,847 at the KFC Yum! Center rose to their collective feet.

Louisville’s women’s basketball team upped its lead to nine points on No. 3 Notre Dame, the surest sign yet during a lengthy winning streak the Cardinals are a budding national power.

Talented yet inexperienced, however, youth showed itself down the stretch of a 66-61 Irish win.

Well, the MVC is going to be tight. Drake knocks off Missouri State to squeak into the top spot. Don’t look now, but Loyola (CHI) is still a contender.

A feeble final quarter doomed Tennessee against TAMU. It allowed the Aggies to get to overtime and grab a win, 76-71. More importantly: Jordan Jones released from hospital, X-Rays and CT scan results normal

The Crimson tied it up against the Tigers and sent their game to OT… but couldn’t topple Princeton, 92-83.

DUCK(s) upset the Huskies courtesy of a 35-point fourth quarter (seems to be going around).

Ouch (if you’re USC): A three-point play with 1.9 seconds left gave #8 Arizona State a win over USC, 69-68.

St. John’s won the Tri-State Battle over Seton Hall, 72-64.

George Washington is still missing Jonquel Jones (5th game)… but they’re back to their winning ways.

Defense was optional in the Maryland v. Ohio State, which made it wicked fun. The Buckeyes scored more, so they’re now atop the Big Ten.

Ohio State fans looking for March basketball, you have a team.

It’s a confident, up-tempo team on the attack with a dynamic one-two scoring punch and multiple options on the inside and perimeter who can score when defenses focus on stars Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston. 

It’s a swarming defensive pressure team that can slap on a press and maintain it, forcing opponents to play their game at their speed (smaller and faster) even when that opponent is a top-10 mainstay and one of the best rebounding teams in the country.

It’s the best team in the Big Ten, no doubt.

Double boink: St. Francis (PA) makes sure Bryant loses two in a row, 85-72.

Make that TWO IN A ROW: Norfolk State over Maryland Eastern Shore, 74-63.

Wow: Howard (4-18, 2-7) stuns MEAC leading Hampton in OT, 83-77.

Interesting: Manhattan beat Marist (who was missing sixth-year senior Tori Jarosz), 64-59.

Surprise! 

Bobbie Kelsey created something of an Internet firestorm a couple weeks ago when she went on a little rant about her University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s need to get its collective butts in the gym to work on its shooting.

While that postgame monologue after a loss at Nebraska attracted widespread attention, it was a variation on a theme that has been consistent throughout Kelsey’s five years at UW.

And Monday night, it appeared to finally pay some dividends as the Badgers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 64-57 Big Ten Conference victory over Purdue before a crowd of 3,149 at the Kohl Center.

So, yeah, there was this game in Columbia….

UConn coach Gene [Hello, autocorrect?] Auriemma smiled at his three senior starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season.

“I carry five cellphones now with all the coaches who want to schedule us next year when these guys leave,” Auriemma said Monday night.

Count South Carolina coach Dawn Staley among them after Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson combined for 53 points in No. 1 UConn’s 66-54 blowout of the second-ranked Gamecocks.
Garnet and Black Attack: Gamecocks fall 66-54
Hartford Courant: UConn Women 66, South Carolina 54: Happy Geno Means Happy Huskies; Other Things Learned
New Haven Regiser: Big 3 lead No. 1 UConn past No. 2 South Carolina
New Britain Herald: UConn women’s basketball quiets South Carolina for easy win
Hartford Courant: Jeff Jacobs: Huskies’ Road Show Is A Beauty To Behold
Hartford Courant: UConn Women’s Notebook: Geno Has Great Admiration For Dawn Staley
UConn Daily Campus: Women’s Basketball: Huskies shine under bright South Carolina lights

Those who call it “boring” get schooled: Breanna Stewart’s shot at history

Yea! IU GLBT Alumni Association to host annual Pride Day in support of IU women’s basketball

Congrats! Hope women’s basketball gives coach Brian Morehouse 500th career win

Congrats! Tom Shirley wins 700th career game as women’s basketball defeats Dominican (N.Y.) 59-54

In W news:

Keep up with who’s going where and when…you can count down the W draft or get update on free agency at Today’s Fastbreak.

Congrats! Former Lee’s Summit star Danielle Adams chosen to NJCAA women’s basketball hall of fame

Say it ain’t so! Aussie star Taylor set for WNBA swansong

WATN? Simone Edwards: Simone4children Foundation Needs Base

“In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.

“Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.

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NAIA Division II

Davenport (MI) finished the regular season at 33-0, and kept themselves in the #1 slot. 1-loss Northwestern (IA) (That loss against guess who) sits in second followed by Morningside (IA).

The NAIA Division I final poll doesn’t come out until the 9th.

NCAA Division III

Not to be outdone in the undefeated race, Thomas More boast a gaudy 28-0 record, and sits atop the polls. Lurking are Amherst (26-1), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2502) Babson College (also undefeated at 27-0) and University of Chicago. Hope College, a perennial top 5 team, dropped to the sixth slot, but I’m thinking that that’s just going to make’em cranky when they start tournament play.

Check out D3Hoops.com for a preview of the tourney. (And their picks)

This is where we pick a Cinderella team, a surprise team that ideally can win two games on someone else’s floor to advance to the Sweet 16. We’ll also pick a disappointment and a champion. We’ll pose a big question in each bracket that goes beyond which team will win a particular game. We’ll offer a first round toss up that could go either way. And we’ll toss out a marquee matchup that would provide fun story lines in later rounds.

As an added bonus, I’ll be at the Final Four in Bloomington while Pat’s in Salem. So when your team advances through the bracket and proves me wrong, you can tell me how wrong I was in person. That’s one more reason for you to look forward to the Final Four.

NCAA Division II

Gotta wonder what’s going on in women’s basketball ’cause, well, LOOK at who’s got the #1 slot: ANOTHER undefeated team: Clayton State University (GA) with a record of 28-0. They’re followed by Arkansas Tech and (quiet historian cheer) Delta State.

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The NJCAA’s Top 26 (I like that!) sees 27-0 Pensacola State College at the top. Vincennes is #2, and the ever present Trinity Valley sits in third.

NAIA Division II: Davenport (MI), Northwestern (IA) and Morningside (IA).

NAIA Division I: (Drum roll please!) Union (TN) *gasp*, Oklahoma City and college name of the day Azusa Pacific (CA)

NCAA Division III: (Deja vu all over again?) Thomas More (KY), Hope College (MI), Amherst (MA).

NCAA Division II: Clayton State (GA) earns the top spot with their 26-0 record, followed by Lander (NC) and Fort Lewis (CO).

NCAA Division I: Yadda, yadda and yadda… Oh, LOOK! It’s HOUSTON coming in at the 25th spot!

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From Lee Lamberts at the Holland Sentinel: Thoughts on Hope-Calvin women’s basketball rivalry

The Hope College-Calvin College women’s basketball team reaches its own milestone today when the two teams play their 100th game against each other.

Here are some thoughts from those who have participated in the teams’ history.

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Hope denied at Calvin

Break out the clichés about rankings not mattering when two big rivals play each other. Unranked Calvin knocked off No. 1 Hope at VanNoord Arena 56-55 to take over first place in the MIAA and hand the Flying Dutch their first loss of the season.

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— just ask Delta State.

Clearly my good wishes caused the Lady Statesmen to lose to Harding U by three, and as a consequence, they tumbled from first to fourth in the NCAA DII Coaches’ Poll. Sorry about that, kids.

Lander University (SC) claims the top spot with their 17-0 record, followed by Arkansas Tech, Clayton State (Ga) and Fort Lewis (CO) tucked behind Delta in the fifth spot.

In NCAA DIII poll, Amherst’s loss to Kean (NJ) also dropped them from first to fourth. A familiar name, Hope College (MI), rules the roost, followed by Thomas More (KY) and Kean. Babson (MA) comes in at #5.

In NAIA Division I, that’s 41 straight weeks in the top spot for Union (TN). They’re followed by Oklahoma City, Campbellsville (KY), Freed-Hardeman (TN) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

There was some movement in the NAIA Division II poll, but not at the top, which is where you’ll find Iowa’s Davenport. Then it’s Northwestern (IA),  Sioux Falls (SD), Morningside (IA), and Saint Francis (IN.) and Black Hills State (SD) tied at No. 5.

So, what are the top 5 in NJCAA, you ask?

Pensacola State College (19-0)
Trinity Valley Community College (17-0)
Vincennes University (12-2)
Jefferson College (14-1)
Independence Community College (16-0)

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she plays for a fine program, and she hit an impressive milestone. So a WHB shout out to Carrie Snikkers who hit the 1,000-point mark.

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