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Well, crap: Knee injury ends season, collge career for Jillian Alleyne, Oregon Ducks star forward

Remember when IUPUI was really awful. Thursday, they took down the Wabbits. They get to play the Coyotes today….

For the first time in 25 games, Siena beat Marist.

SNICK. The C-USA got tight as Western Kentucky took care of Middle Tennessee, 62-51.

The WCC continues to be interesting: San Diego over Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s over Santa Clara.

#13 Stanford knocked the teeth outta the #7 Beavers, 76-54.

Princeton is licking their Ivy League championships chops: Cornell pulled off the stunner, topping Penn, 51-46.

Looking ahead to Saturday: 

#5 Ohio State v. #20 Michigan State. Can the Buckeyes recover their moxie? Can the Spartans get folks to believe in them?

Temple v. #21 USF. An Owl win could make the the NCAAs a realistic goal – which makes this news intriguing: Two players exit women’s basketball program

2nd place in the Horizon: Wright State v. Milwaukee

Always pay attention to the WCC: San Francisco will battle Saint Mary’s, BYU v. Gonzaga.

Big Sky is up for grabs: Idaho (12-3) v. Eastern Washington (12-3).

#22 Oklahoma State v. West Virginia. The Mountaineers have made enough noise to get the attention of the Selection Committee. Both teams are 10-6 in the Big 12. An upset would really seal the deal.

It’s a home game, so I don’t thing UTEP will be looking a head… ’cause the 49ers sure deserve their attention.

Senior Day at UConn prompts ESPN’s MC Barrett to ask: Is Breanna Stewart the best UConn player in history?

Harvey is back! (And writing long form) Breanna Stewart, UConn’s Wow Factor, Always Had a Sweep in Mind

With Auriemma’s standard roster of multipositional excellence beside her, Stewart has, in her time at Connecticut, indisputably qualified as one of those rare raise-the-bar talents. She has occasionally been heralded by pundits as potentially the best female player ever.

“And if you want to be considered that good, you’ve got to have those wow moments — in games, in practices,” Auriemma said. “Every day, Michael Jordan did something that made you say, What?”

That is what Auriemma believes Stewart is capable of on the women’s scale of athletic enhancement. And while he does not deal in ranking individuals across playing eras, given Connecticut’s parade of elite alumnae, he did offer contextual elaboration by recounting another of Stewart’s wow moments, from this season, one with a better result, if not a perfect one.

Sunday: 

Georgia Tennessee. A battle of unranked SEC teams will garner a lot of attention.

An interesting A-10 battle: Duquesne (13-2) v. St. Bonaventure (11-4)

Equally interesting battle between two 16-3 teams in MAAC: Quinnipiac v. Iona.

Duke v. UNC: Two blue teams – literally and psychically.

Minnesota v. #6 Maryland. Obviously, the Gophers have to play a better out-of-conference schedule… but Rachel they are sure are doing their best to get noticed. Will the Terps have gotten the message?

From Salt Lake: Alta product Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher exceeding expectations at BYU

About that great Dane: Albany’s Caribbean-born Shereesha Richards an aspiring pro

About that Grand Bahamian: Despite Injury, Jonquel On Pace To Be Wnba Draft Lottery Pick

Speaking of the draft: Countdown to the 2016 WNBA Draft: No. 8 South Florida’s Courtney Williams

Looking ahead: Diana Taurasi refreshed for Phoenix Mercury return, 4th Olympics

Interesting: Her Love Of Basketball Knows No Boundaries, But U.S. Law Says Otherwise

Jo had 26 points and 10 rebounds that March night in 2009 in San Antonio, and those numbers don’t begin to tell half of her story. The New England prep school player of the year in 2005, she would go on to be a two-time Division II player of the year and the all-time D-II leading scorer. Drafted by the Connecticut Sun in 2010, Jo played for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics and tied Erika de Souza of Brazil as leading scorer. Jo Leedham, who played in a few exhibition games in 2013 with the Sun, plays for Bourges in France. She scored 28 points Thursday for Great Britain in a stirring comeback over Montenegro in a Eurobasket qualifier.

Kirsty, meanwhile, starred at Cheshire Academy and at Caldwell (N.J.) College before becoming a graduate assistant while getting her MBA in sports management at New Haven. She returned to coach Cheshire Academy for two years before becoming coordinator of player development at Binghamton this season.

No family has given any more to New England small college basketball, to New England basketball, in the past decade. That’s worth remembering today as Jen Leedham fights to remain in this country.

A little audio: Swin Cash On Internet Trolls, Life After Basketball

Even though it’s 2016, Cash has still dealt with the less-than-desirable underbelly of the internet. You know, the ones who are dumbfounded that a black woman would be able to talk about professional sports from merit and experience. No mind that the WNBA star is one of the most decorated athletes with her pair of NCAA National Titles, treble of WNBA Championships as well as two Olympic gold medals, of course.

Cash brushes off the ignorant, baseless criticism.

“You have to have a sharp mind to have discernment of what’s coming in and what you’re actually putting out,” said Cash.

Have you listened to the new audio source: ‘Around the Rim’: Talking Women’s College Hoops

Speakin’ of audio: Dishin & Swishin 2/25/16 Podcast: Moriah Jefferson ready to join the Huskies of Honor, but what comes next?

Lady Swish asks: Is your team going to the NCAA tournament?

In theory, each of the state’s 13 teams could qualify for the NCAAs by winning their conference tournaments. Barring that, we feel that only four Virginia schools have even an outside chance of nabbing an at-large bid. Virginia schools have gone five years without receiving an at-large bid. Based on what our teams have done so far, that streak is likely to continue in 2016.

Here’s our thinking on what’s going to happen as we approach postseason:

Mike Siroky’s SEC Notebook: The Upperclasswomen Lead the Way

The Ben-Gals won their third SEC game this season by one. The Orange lightning is crashing over the once-proud UT program that hit its bottom. Doesn’t matter how they lost. 
 
It’s that they lost.
 
The Lady Vols proved once again they have no clue this season. This should be the death knell for the assistant coaches because that’s the only way an embattled coach makes a perception she is willing to accept blame and make changes.
 
The urban legend that former Pat Head Summitt players make good coaches is dead. D-E-A-D dead. 
 
Not Holly Warlick, not anyone else. 
 
The campus is embroiled in too many other coming lawsuits and other distractions in the important campus sports to make a direct move on Warlick.
 
It is over. As in so many other things.

A little history: 40 years later: Judi Warren stole the show at first girls basketball state finals

“Judi Warren,” Brown said. “Anybody who was  there would tell you they were impressed with Judi Warren. She pretty much dominated play and she was such an exciting personality. If it was just ho-hum, who knows how it would have gone. But she was so fun to watch.”

The girls basketball finals will be played on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 40 years after Warsaw’s 5-1 Warren captured the hearts of Hoosiers. She played with the exuberance of a first-grader allowed 20 minutes extra at recess. For Warren and her Warsaw teammates, the 1976 state finals marked the culmination of four years of playing mostly in front of family and close friends.

If Warren had graduated one year earlier, she would have never had the opportunity.

USA Basketball: Geno Auriemma pleased with camp, but questions linger for Team USA and Geno Auriemma, USA Basketball Face Tough Decisions With A Luxury Of Riches

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shouldn’t you be blogging?

Yes, but then I would have missed seeing the “hound dog” of birds, (the Skimmer), the “Turtles of birds” (the Ruddy Turnstone) and the “catch’em while we can ’cause their food supply is getting wiped out” of birds” (Red Knot).

So, yah, about that basketball game between Great Britain and the US. Lots to chew on if you watched it — if you were hoping ESPN3 was going to archive it – ooops! I will tell you that if you watched you’d know that Candace Parker… or maybe it was Maya Moore? came off the bench nicely, while Sylvia Fowles…or Tina Charles — really, who can keep track? is still struggling to establish herself in the paint.

Anyhoo, Doug “can’t believe he didn’t take me along” Feinberg was busy doin’ his thing tweeting (Second leg of trip down now on to Istanbul. Asked taxi driver if it rained every day in Manchester: his response only days that end in ‘y’) and writing: Bench sparks U.S. women’s basketball team over Britain and Britain women’s basketball team could create waves at Olympics

“I’m delighted with our progress,” Maher said. “Four years ago we were rubbish. Now we can play and look respectable. We’ve learned a lot from when we played Australia, France. It’s fantastic. You can see the learning. They’ve come so far and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The locals were thrilled with their team’s performance: Maher: We’ve gained respect

Doug also talked USA BBall with Dishin’ and Swishin’

He also can’t get that They Might Be Giants song out of his head the team travel to Turkey: US women’s team set for next leg of pre-Olympic journey heading to Istanbul

Diana Taurasi and her U.S. women’s basketball teammates are used to crazy travel schedules playing in the WNBA and overseas.

So their pre-Olympic training trip that has the Americans traveling a quarter of the way around the world is nothing new to the players.

By the time they reach London on July 25, the team will have gone nearly 6,750 miles, hitting three countries in just 10 days.

BTW, coach Meadors will be checking in during the Games: Marynell’s Memories – July 20

No one who follows the WHB was surprised to hear Jo Leedham’s name (A LOT) during the exhibition — but I’m sure, like me, you were thrilled as punch at her performance. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a DII kid play in the W?

“She had such a great career over in the U.S.,” Auriemma said after Wednesday’s game. “She’s one of those really smart individuals who really knows how to play and takes advantage of all the little things that you may or may not do. She knows how to get open. She doesn’t miss very many open shots. She’s very crafty, to say the least. I’m sure on her team, they’re asking her to do a lot and I was really impressed with the way she played.”

USA Basketball is doing their part to keep the women’s team on the ‘net:

USA Women’s National Team Gets Back To Practice After Win Over Great Britain

USA Basketball Women’s National Team Rallies Past Great Britain, 88-63,  plus photos and additional quotes

Nate has some post-game analysis, and there’s not much to disagree with: USA Women’s Basketball Still Relied Heavily On Transition Points In Defeating Great Britain

Just looking at the scoring flow of the game, this was a wake up call for the U.S. simply because they dug themselves a hole early. However, the primary problem for Team USA was the same in both games: their offensive chemistry is still not there yet.

In other Olympic news: *shakes head* Izzy, Izzy, Izzy: Iziane Castro Marques Off Brazilian Olympic Team. 

The pressures’ building on Liz: Cambage: shy and clumsy to superstar and Cambage a big key to unlocking gold and Dream run for Mornington Peninsula’s Liz Cambage and Liz Cambage tipped to become women’s basketball’s next superstar.

Full Court is doing their usual Full Court Coverage of the games — in person: Maya Moore spurs U.S. rally over Great Britain in Manchester exhibition.

Team USA got a major wake-up call Wednesday evening in Manchester, England.

To be fair, they deserved one. After a fast-paced two-day training camp in Washington, D.C. and Monday night’s 99-67 defeat of Brazil in a physical exhibition game, the men’s and women’s U.S. National Basketball teams headed to the airport in the middle of the night to wing their way across the pond, arriving late Tuesday. Though the Americans declined to make excuses, with jet lag and a five-hour time change factored in, they can be forgiven for a rather sluggish start.

I met Lee Michaelson in Athens, and all I could think was “Damn, she’s workin’ hard!” I’m sure other folks will use FC’s homework as a resource — and if so, they should credit Lee & Co — but you can always just go to the source:

London 2012: Angola — Just happy to be there

London 2012: Canada — Needs a little luck to advance

Q & A with Team U.S.A.: What to see in London

London 2012: China — It’s been a struggle since Beijing

London 2012: Croatia — Here’s the upset special

Next up for the women: USA vs. Croatia  – July 21 @ 11 am EDT Istanbul, Turkey

Word has it that the game will be streamed here and here.

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recent coulda-woulda-shoulda-beens… Charles, Brunson and Peters…. sigh.

While the Lib play “anything you can do, I can do worser” with the Mystics, Peters’s play haunts New York fans.

There are games on TV today, so watch: Saturday Open Thread: The League Commemorates Title IX’s 40th Anniversary with Three Games, Starting at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT.

If you do, you’ll probably catch this W-spiced Boost Mobile advert.

Is there something in the Gatorade, ’cause “worst loss in franchise history” seems to be a theme – welcome to the club, Sun.

If you can figure out the SASS, call me, ‘kay? They’ve been a conundrum since that phantom foul that sent Phx to the Finals.

Sucks to be Prince-less.

You know you’re in trouble when a writer calls your site “influential.” Sure I am — that’s why the NYTimes doesn’t have a WNBA tab for game scores.

Congrats to WHB fav Jo Leedham, GB Olympian (along with Harvard’s Fagbenle and Florida’s Stewart), who pulled a rare double-double v. the Czech Republic: 19-pts, 12 steals.

Their best-ever performance, defensively and offensively, came after a 10-day road trip which has seen Great Britain also defeat Argentina, South Korea and Canada who are all ranked in the world’s top 12.

Surging like that would certainly suggest a realistic chance of making the quarter-finals in the London Olympics and possibly beyond – a remarkable achievement given where the team started from.

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Kickin’ butt for England: Israel bows before Brits, out of tourney

Minutes before leaving for Israel’s game against Great Britain, coach Eli Rabi sat in the lobby and admitted he did not know how the game that would determine the fate of the national women’s basketball team would turn out. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends with us 20 points ahead or with them 20 points ahead.” With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Rabi’s prophecy came true – in the wrong direction. Britain had gone 52-32 up en route to a 74-51 thrashing of Israel.

Reading the article I had a Big East WATN? Laine Selwyn.

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Poland!

(Readers of the WHB will know Jo from her time with the Franklin Pierce Ravens.)

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