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Bleecher Report, but this one hasn’t exploded into anything ugly (yet).

Tim Daniels has 5 Bold Predictions for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball 

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From Dishin’ and Swishin’

Throughout the NCAA women’s basketball season, Dishin & Swishin kept you up to date mostly through conversations with coaches and journalists. The reason for this is that at DNS, we respect how busy the schedules of the student-athletes can be and have tried not to disturb their routine. Now, you have all been so patient, it is time to get fired up for postseason play with a special two part, two-day podcast, featuring ten of the absolute best players in the nation, five today and five tomorrow.

Today, not a bad first five:

Brittney Griner, Baylor
Chelsea Gray, Duke
A’dia Mathies, Kentucky
Nneka Ogwumike, Stanford
Julie Wojta, Green Bay

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I was listening in to Debbie and Beth’s podcast from last week (love their State of the (Basketball) Union addresses) so I could pick up the names of five “under the radar” players (though I wouldn’t call Julie UTR) and give them a little shout out:

At Florida International, it was sophomore guard Jerica Coley. She’s had 5 30+ games and her 24ppg sits her right behind EDD in the scoring race.

At Hofstra, it was junior forward Shante Evans. She entered her junior season with 1,024 career points and 665 career rebounds (putting her at eighth all-time in program history.

At VCU, it was senior forward Courtney Hurt. “Hurt turned in perhaps the greatest season in VCU history in 2010-11, leading the nation in rebounding (12.4 rpg) and double-doubles (25), while ranking second in the NCAA in scoring (23.2 ppg).”

At Green Bay, it was senior forward Julie Wojta. Shooting 52% from the field this season, she averages 18.7 ppg, is an 82% FT shooter, and has snagged 77 steals.

At Gonzaga it was senior forward Kayla Standish. She averages 15 ppg and 7.5 rebs. Last year she scored double-figure points in all but five games; including 12 20-plus point contests and two 30-plus point contest.

A player they might want to holler at: junior forward Central ArkansasMegan Herbert. When the Sugarbears took down McNeese State, Herbert had a season-high 32 points and 15 rebounds for her 56th career double-double and became the eighth player in Sugar Bear history to eclipse the 1,500-point mark. Howee says Van says: she’d exceeded Fowles’ double-double count, and was second only to Courtney Paris in consecutive dd games.

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as the Phoenix rise to 12-0.

From Graham: Julie Wojta had to become more selfish – Center has had to move past pass-first mentality; Phoenix reached Sweet 16 in 2011

The smallest giant in women’s college basketball remains head and shoulders above the competition this season. The undersized center, expected to play guard when she arrived at just about the only school that recruited her, is from a town called Francis Creek that is exactly as small as it sounds.

And she wants to be a certified public accountant.

Let’s see the good people of Knoxville, Palo Alto, South Bend, Storrs or Waco try that trick.

From Scott Venci at the Green Bay Press Gazette: Women’s basketball: Snub doesn’t faze UWGB’s Julie Wojta

Julie Wojta doesn’t show much emotion on the basketball court.

The senior forward for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team is as calm and cool as they come, so it’s not surprising she didn’t seem to care when asked recently if the Horizon League slighted her by not naming Wojta its preseason player of the year at the beginning of the season.

And, yes, it certainly looks like a slight now.

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With Graham today. Ooops! Check out the transcript:

Howard (PA): You’ve always been good at highlighting players from Mid-Majors that often don’t make the radar screens of the media. Who do you like this season in that category?
Graham Hays: Pavlov’s dogs have nothing on me when you mention mid-majors. Thanks for putting it on a tee, Howard. Courtney Vandersloot tops the list for me, but she’s probably firmly on the radar at this point (as is Amber Harris, depending on your definition of Xavier as a mid-major). Lesser known names I would happily pay to watch include Missouri State’s Casey Garrison, Wisconsin Green Bay’s trio of Kayla Tetschlag, Celeste Hoewisch and Julie Wojta, Toledo point guard Naama Shafir, Bowling Green’s Lauren Prochaska, Marist’s Erica Allenspach and Corielle Yarde. Wyoming’s Aubrey Vandiver. I could go on all afternoon.

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