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Iowa’s Kathryn Reynolds out with torn ACL

Riddle me this: Departing trio thins roster of U-Tennessee Martin women’s hoops program

The Bulldogs have a new boss: Pebley Takes Over Fresno St. Women’s Basketball

No pressure: With five starters back, Baylor women can shoot for 80-0

Mechelle follows up on her blog post about Aston’s hiring at Texas. (Did you see her blog on the Big 12?)

Karen Aston recalls piling into a car with some of her college teammates in Arkansas and driving to Ruston, La., to see what greatness in women’s basketball looked like in the 1980s. Southern California and Cheryl Miller were playing at Louisiana Tech.

An “epiphany” is how Aston describes it now. Watching Miller — one of the best athletes to have played the sport, regardless of era — was one thing. But capturing Aston’s attention even more was the atmosphere at Louisiana Tech’s Thomas Assembly Center: The way that women’s hoops seemed to really matter to the university and the community.

Nate’s been busy: 2012 WNBA Draft Prospects: A Statistical List Of 50+ NCAA Seniors

Mom and I are busy, too, lookin’ at this beauty (Red Legged Honeycreeper).

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Kim Mulkey is Title IX personified

Mulkey looks back at her playing career in Ruston, La., with fondness in particular for the administrators whose acceptance of women’s sports didn’t seem forced by Title IX.

“I think F. Jay Taylor was a visionary and pioneer in the women’s game,” Mulkey says. “There’s probably not another university president at that time that valued the importance of a women’s basketball program more than him. He was proud, he loved it, he talked about it, he gave it the resources.

“How many male presidents at that time could envision what this would mean to a university in north Louisiana? He was special in my life and to all of us at Louisiana Tech.”

Makes me think of another conversation I had while I was in Kentucky. A co-worker, 65ish, spoke fondly of his mother-in-law’s enthusiasm for the game of women’s basketball. Apparently she played and watched the NCAA tourney obsessively, edging closer and closer to the screen as her eyesight failed, yelling at the players. Said my friend, “I remember conversations about the game between her, who had played, my wife, who wasn’t allowed to play, and my daughter, who now could play.”

Talk about a lost generation in sports.

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There were lots of the Standard Stompings:

#1 Connecticut v. #16 Hartford

#4 Maryland v. St. Francis (PA)

#7 Louisville v. #10 Vanderbilt

#2 Xavier v. #15 South Dakota State

#3 Florida State v. #14 Samford

#2 Texas A&M v. #15 McNeese State

#1 Baylor v. #16 Prairie View A&M

#6 Georgia v. #11 Middle Tennessee

#7 Rutgers v. #10 Louisiana Tech

It looks like More of a Stomp than it was

#3 Miami v. #14 Gardner-Webb

#6 Oklahoma v. #11 James Madison

#5 Georgetown v. #12 Princeton

Almost a stumble

#5 Green Bay v. #12 AR-Little Rock

#4 Michigan State v. #13 Northern Iowa

And the Trip Ups

#9 Purdue v. #8 Kansas State

#9 West Virginia v. #8 Houston

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West Virginia’s gentle out of conference schedule is showing, as is DePaul’s quiet strength. The Blue Demons took the Mountaineers down. With authority, 78-55.

Marist is still unbeaten in the MAAC.

In spite of a key injury, the Princeton Tigers are still rolling. And, their coach is feeling honored to be in charge.

Maybe flashbacks are good? Texas has won three in a row, and the WATN? for the 1985 undefeated team continues.

The Terriers, with their 9th straight win, are getting more local coverage.

Note to Wolverines: Do not overlook a Gopher.

Th sweet shooting Nittany Lion Lucas helped send Ohio State to another loss.

More press for Suzie: Duquesne’s McConnell-Serio has success at many levels

Oooo, this is a pretty tortured trying-to-be-cute headline: Broncos weathered by Techster storm: Former WNBA star coaches La Tech to victory against BSU

UCLA is off to its best start in 30 years.

Tennessee continues to be the class of the SEC, but you have to wonder how hard Georgia is going to have to work to earn a NCAA bid, as they go down to LSU.

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From Ethan Conley at the News Star: From player to coach, Tech recruit a winner – Former coach remembers the birthday recruiting gig

Tech went 118-14 during Weatherspoon’s four years. She was a two-time Kodak All-American and the 1988 Wade Trophy winner. She went on to play on two Olympic teams, make five WNBA All-Star teams, and win the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award twice.And now Weatherspoon is Techsters’ head coach.

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Hogg, Taylor Recall Techsters Beginning at National Championship Reunion Luncheon – Packed house hear about the very beginnings of the storied program

A sense of nostalgia filled the banquet room at Squire Creek Country Club Saturday afternoon as hundreds of Louisiana Tech basketball fans turned out for a luncheon honoring members of the Lady Techsters three national championship teams.

Memorabilia filled two tables taking Lady Techster fans old and new back three decades to the first of the three national championship titles when LA Tech defeated Tennessee 79-59 on March 29, 1981.

Original footage from all three national title games rolled off a projector against a screen in the room, which included game footage as well as postgame interviews with players such as Jennifer White, Angela Turner, Teresa Weatherspoon and more.

BTW, thanks to Spoon, the LaTech program has a future: they’re unbeaten in the WAC.

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