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From Dishin & Swishin part two of a look at ten “game-changing players”

This time, it’s Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame and Niveen Rasheed, Princeton

And yes, ACC folks, that was the first #9 seed to beat a #1.

And congrats to BECOY KBA. Beyond well deserved.

(And yes, I noticed my Headline Writer hung me out to dry on an earlier post. Just wait ’til I see her face in the mirror. She is so fired.)

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Former basketball sensation Linda Page found dead in her Yeadon home

Contemporaries of former Dobbins Tech girls’ basketball sensation Linda Page, who broke Wilt Chamberlain’s individual local high school scoring record when she scored 100 points against Mastbaum in February 1981, reacted with shock and fond remembrances Wednesday to her death. She was 48.

At his blog, Mel writes: Remembering N.C. State’s Linda “Hawkeye” Page

Somewhere back in time when Villanova longtime women’s basketball coach Harry Perretta was accepting an award on behalf of Shelly Pennefather, one of his former all-time players from his Wildcats teams of the late 1980s who later became a cloistered nun, he related that in a conversation he had, she mentioned to him that you never know sometimes how many other lives you many touch from something you do.

Surely, it is something to ponder with the news late Wednesday afternoon that announced that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had passed away at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs, with his company’s technological innovations of such devices as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, as well as the growth of Mac laptops and desktop computers, certainly affected for the betterment thousands of lives of persons across the globe that he never met.

In the same manner it seems between the stretch drive of the end of the WNBA season, which could occur Friday night in Atlanta unless the host Dream find a way to rally against the Minnesota Lynx, and the start of the collegiate season, which is phasing into preseason practice, the Guru has been consistently running into stories, blogs, facebook announcements and tweets of women’s basketball notables who are making a difference in the lives of persons they may never meet.

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From A.J. Carr at Fox Sports South: Melvin Enjoys Sweet Basketball Ride

She recalls how Yow preached about maintaining ‘a positive attitude, respecting the coach, respecting the system’ and saying ‘be ready when your opportunity comes.’

“I still prepare as if I’m a starter,” Melvin said. “I’m still capable, a leader, bring a lot to the team.”

That includes nurturing younger teammates, much the way NC State’s seniors embraced her when she arrived as a ‘naive’ freshman from Roseboro, a small town in Eastern North Carolina. For the record, that ‘naive’ freshman quickly turned into a noble freshman who led the Pack in scoring and to an NCAA Tournament berth.

What, .com, you don’t have a photo of her in her Mystics uniform?

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Those with long memories will remember Linda Page, who scored 100 points in a Public League high school game for Dobbins Tech, also Staley’s alma mater, in 1981 against Mastbaum to break Wilt Chamberlain’s record in Philadelphia, which was the 90 he set at Overbrook High.

She went on to play for the late Kay Yow at North Carolina State.

Page, the native of Yeadon in the suburbs whose nickname is “Hawkeye”, recently reached out to the Guru through his facebook page and informed of a book she has written — Love, Pain & Passion: The Heart of a Champion.

She has worked as a probation officer asd well as social worker and information about her life and shooting clinics, as well as more about her book, can be found at her website http://lindapage100points.com.

On Saturday, July 17, Page will host a book signing and dinner party at Cafe Harlem, 717 Church Lane in Yeadon.

Tickets are $45, the deadline is Saturday, and you can mail payment to her at Linda Page, P.O. Box 5260 Yeadon, Pa., 190501. Page will mail the official invitation upon receipt.

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…on Debbie Yow’s departure: Yow Legacy Mostly Positive

Enter Yow, who was hired as Maryland’s athletic director in 1994, at a time when not much was going right for the department. Yow inherited a massive $51 million debt, a history of poor academic performance among athletes, fan apathy and a slew of unsuccessful varsity programs.

To say that Yow’s arrival was not well received among many in the school’s gentrified alumni and booster base would be an understatement. She’s originally from North Carolina, which immediately made some Maryland folks suspicious, because that state was home to the ACC power base that was perceived to look down on its northern-most (at the time) school. Fueling further skepticism was the fact that she was hired away from St. Louis, a Midwest school with no great history in athletics.

Topping it all off, however, was the fact that Yow is a woman. Maryland had never had a female athletic director, and some close-minded fans and boosters wished the school never did. There was a large segment of Terrapin Club members who never truly supported Yow and seized upon any misstep or problem as evidence that she was not qualified for the job.

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