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Update on Melissa Jones: Woman played blind, with no regrets

In the blink of an eye, Melissa Jones nearly lost an eye. It was a loose basketball, there for the taking, and the Baylor senior did what she had done all her basketball life. She dove for the thing.

From SI’s Ben Glicksman: Could Delle Donne reinvigorate dormant Delaware athletics? (though the headline is not the subject written about)

Unintended consequences? From the Wall Street Journal: Where Have All the Fans Gone? The ACC, Long a College Basketball Hotbed, Is Seeing Empty Seats; The Realignment Blues

From Graham: Jude just fine as ‘Shoni’s sister’ – Both halves of Louisville’s Schimmel sister act happy in roles, contributing to Cardinals

You might know her by some of her other titles.

She’s the younger sister of Shoni Schimmel, the flashy, highlight-friendly University of Louisville sophomore star whose every 3-pointer — and there are a lot of them — at the KFC Yum Center is greeted with a signature call of “Threeeeeee, Shoni” from the public address announcer. No last name needed on those occasions.

She’s the other half of a sister act that serves as a source of pride to many Native Americans. Rare is the Louisville road game, whether played in Spokane or Pittsburgh, at which there aren’t at least a few people, and often something closer to a crowd, who show up solely to see two girls who grew up on the Umatilla reservation in Oregon.

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check out this success story from Eric Crawford at the Courier-Journal: Louisville women’s basketball a hot ticket

University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz said his neighbors hadn’t seen his team play yet this season, and late last week he encouraged them to come out when the Cardinals hosted Cincinnati.

He wasn’t surprised when they showed up before the game in the KFC Yum! Center to wish him luck. He was surprised when they told him they had to buy tickets from scalpers to get in the door.

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Jessica Breland returns to Tar Heels’ lineup (in rout of Ospreys)

At times, Jessica Breland looked like her old self by confidently knocking down a turnaround jumper or pulling down one-handed rebounds in traffic. There were also reminders that North Carolina’s fifth-year senior will need some time to get all the way back after missing last season.

Still, with her Hodgkin’s lymphoma in remission, being out on the court again for a real game was a big step.

I’m thinking Foster is thinking, “One down, three to go.” From Mel: Temple women fall to Ohio State, 84-75.

Though one important player was missing from the roster of No. 7 Ohio State, another was trouble enough for the Temple women’s basketball team in the season opener for both Friday night at the Liacouras Center.

In Louisville, the Lady Vols improved to 34-3 in season openers under Pat Summitt (I’m sure it’s stunning, but the new Cardinals arena is called the KFC Yum! Center. Sounds like a playhouse for Hello, Kitty!) (And really, if we can’t let this crap go, investigate or have a friggin’ confab and figure out how to address it. Time to move on, folks!)

Nice win for UCLA on the road against a (young) San Diego State team.

Welcome back to the NCAA, Anne Donovan. Her Hall lose to an always solid Florida Gulf team.

Only real “surprise” is Gonzaga going down to USC. The Seattle Times had 5 things you should be watching about the Bulldogs, Jayda said they are not satisfied with last year’s Sweet 16, but the Trojans were not impressed.

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