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In this case, it’s women’s basketball players and blood clots:

Antonita Slaughter from Louisville.

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers from Kentucky.

Rebekah Dahlman from Vandy.

Other injury news: Washington freshman Chantel Osahor out indefinitely with stress fracture

Returning from injury news: Marist visits rivals with Casey Dulin set to debut

The last time Casey Dulin played in a game she scored 13 points to lead the Marist College women’s basketball team in its NCAA tournament opener in March.

Today, 266 days since that loss to Michigan State, the senior guard returns to action, making her 2013-14 debut against host Boston University after breaking her right foot in late October

Speaking of Marist: Marist hurdled obstacles to find success again

In transfer news: She moved in high school, and it looks like she’s moving in college: Breanna Hayden to leave Baylor.

Friday the 13th brought no bad luck for East Carolina, which made mincemeat of Alcorn State and kept their record unblemished.

San Diego resisted the WHB curse and moved to 10-0 with their win over Long Beach State.

In the battle of the W’s (Williams and Wetmore v. Wurtz and Whyte) it was Washington over Wisconsin.

Army played Ohio State tough, but the Buckeyes squeezed out a win.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team got a do-over with the clock ticking toward zero last night at Value City Arena and left smiling this time.

The Buckeyes, who lost to Gonzaga on a buzzer-beater on Sunday, rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 2:23 to reel in Army 59-56 in front of a crowd of 4,183.

Wow — tough to got through two overtimes and lose by 13. Welcome to UCF’s fate against the Owls of Florida Atlantic.

Mechelle adds her voice to the good wishes sent to the Frese family: Frese’s son wraps up chemotherapy- Tyler Thomas, 5, will get his blood checked regularly for the next year and a half

...the image you immediately see in your head when the Maryland women’s basketball coach is mentioned is her standing on the sideline, nodding, clapping and sending out good vibes to her players.

Likewise, with every public mention of her son, Tyler Thomas, and his battle with leukemia, Frese has been similarly upbeat. One can imagine that in private, she and husband Mark Thomas have shed tears and had their low points of fear and worry. There is no worse emotional pain than that felt by a parent or guardian of a sick/injured child.

But Frese has always talked about Tyler winning against the disease and about how he received terrific medical care at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg Children’s Center. You can surmise that 5-year-old Tyler both inherited and was inspired by his mom’s buoyant attitude.

Speaking of Mechelle’s voice, check her out as she (and Coach McCallie) talk Duke v. UConn with David at Dishin’ & Swishin’: Is #2 Duke ready for #1 UConn?

More on the upcoming game from John Altavilla: Coach McCallie On A Number Of UConn-Duke Topics

On the current condition of senior guard Chelsea Gray, who is back after a dislocated knee cap ended her junior season on Nov. 17, 2012:
“It’s been extraordinary; I have never been a part of that kind of story [recovering from knee dislocation]. She’s worked hard, preserved, put herself into position to be in tip-top shape. … We’re not there yet. It’s December, but we are at a good stage with her. I’m proud of her. It’s a hard injury.”

And: Jay Bilas Offers A Fresh Insight Into Duke-UConn and Gray And Jones A Potent Duke Guard Combination

Over at Mel’s blog, Mike Siroky toots the SEC horn: Kentucky Plays Another Masterpiece Game

The Southeastern Conference women’s college basketball teams retain their mastery of the rest of the world.

Those AP-ranked teams are now 47-3 (and there is another undefeated league team and two with one loss each, which makes the top nine 73-5).

Déjà vu all over again: For the second straight week, the biggest win was by the team we have dubbed the best in the league, the national Game Of The Season (so far).

From Lady Swish: JMU preps for St. John’s tourney

For JMU, the next five days are filled with opportunity and possibilities.

The Dukes (6-2) will play three games over this span, with two of them coming against resume-enhancing opponents. If successful, JMU can brand itself as not just a team good enough to make the NCAA Tournament, but one capable of making some noise once they get there. And trust us, perception is important when it comes to the NCAA selection committee.

Some players making an impact:

From Carl Adamec: UConn’s Chong reports for freshman duties

“Sometimes it’s hard being the only freshman. A lot of times I’m doing things on my own,” Chong said. “I’m the only freshman and I know they have their eyes on me. I have to give them my 100 percent every time and let them know I’m working hard.

“My roommate (Jade Strawberry) is a volleyball player so I didn’t always see her during her season. She’s out practicing or I’m out practicing so I have to do a lot of things on my own. I’ll go to class by myself. I’ll interact with other people on my own. But when things get tough I just ask the older girls on the team and they’ll help me.”

From Vicki L. Friedman and Paul White Shae Kelley doing it all for ODU

Through eight games, Shae Kelley leads Old Dominion in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, minutes played, yards after the catch, goals-against average….

OK, we made a couple of those up. But only a couple.

From Aggie Sports: Gilbert making an impact on and off court in her hometown

Gilbert does her student teaching in the area and enjoys when she is recognized for her on-the-court work, but she also takes great pride when fans recognize what she hopes to do in the classroom.

“It defines me as not only a basketball player, I’m also someone who desired to teach and help out younger kids and be a big part of the community,” she said.

From Mike Esse at Penn State Athletics:

Two words: patience and dedication. Put those two together and you get Lady Lion senior Talia East.

The 6-foot-3 forward from Philadelphia wasn’t seeing the playing time she wanted in her first two years due to injuries and veterans in front of her. In 2012-13, East began to show flashes of the player she could be and now in her final year in Happy Valley, she is a dominating force inside for the Lady Lions.

From Ken Sickenger at the Albuquerque Journal: Lobo women’s hoops: Alexa Chavez goes from walk-on to key performer

“Honestly, I told her what I tell all our walk-ons,” Sanchez said. “‘You probably won’t play much, you probably won’t travel, and your main job will be to work hard at practice and help the team get better.’”

Chavez was undeterred by the high-work, low-reward prospects.

“Alexa came in and just never stopped working and never stopped improving,” Sanchez said. “Now she’s in a position to help us win basketball games and she’s skilled enough to do it.”

So, where are you traveling to in 2015?

In W news: Use Of Instant Replay Headlines WNBA Rule Changes

In Arizona, the New Phoenix Mercury GM is Phoenix Suns exec

From the Daily Nebraskan: Former Husker basketball player Kelsey Griffin finds happiness playing abroad

Kelsey Griffin left Nebraska as a 2010 First-Team All-American, a three-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection, the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year and the No. 3 player on Nebraska’s career scoring list with 2,033 points.

Yet somehow, when she entered the WNBA after being drafted as the No. 3 overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx and subsequently traded to the Connecticut Sun, she felt as if she was on her own.

Jim Massie writes about what we already know, but it’s always fun to read his work: Katie Smith returning to WNBA — as a coach

Next spring will find Katie Smith feeling a familiar itch that time finally has persuaded her to scratch in some other way.

Smith, the most-decorated player in Ohio State women’s basketball history, ended her long playing career at the end of the 2013 WNBA season. The 39-year-old returned to her home in Upper Arlington to finish her graduate work for a degree in dietetics and to serve as a grad assistant mentor to the current OSU women’s team.

Several basketball players on espnW’s “Impact 10

NO. 2 BRITTNEY GRINER

NO. 6 ELENA DELLE DONNE

NO. 7 MAYA MOORE

NO. 9 CANDACE PARKER

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the first time this has happened on the recruiting trail. But “should” it?

From Clay at Full Court: Ohio State and Kevin McGuff know what matters most

the formula for the success the Ohio State University wants is simple: Win with talent.

So when McGuff hired Kelsey Mitchell’s dad Mark as an assistant coach, he made it clear to all that’s he serious about earning his salary, and that he will push the boundaries to get talent to Ohio State.

Now, Mitchell’s dad is a long-time, and very successful, boys’ high school coach, and he helped out with his twin daughters’ AAU team over the past few years, but there’s no way he was the most qualified person to fill out the Buckeye staff – except for his contribution to the gene pool.

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And the NCAA Women’s Basketball Television Broadcast page is a waste.

Put in today’s date and BOOM!, you get kicked back to the Baylor-ND game in April. Where’s Sue Donohoe when we need her?

Luckily, ESPN’s Carol Stiff seems to have stepped up her game. Check out this listing. (I believe Baylor’s on FOX Sports SW and ND/Ohio State’s on NBCSN)

1:00 PM Lamar at (1) Baylor Tickets
10:00 PM Fresno State at (4) Stanford Tickets
7:00 PM Mount St. Mary’s at (5) Maryland Tickets
4:00 PM (7) Notre Dame vs. (19) Ohio State* Tickets
7:00 PM (15) Texas A&M at (9) Louisville Tickets
8:00 PM Sam Houston State at (11) Delaware Tickets
10:00 PM Lehigh at (13) California Tickets
3:30 PM Texas vs. (14) St. John’s* Tickets
7:00 PM North Carolina-Wilmington at (17) West Virginia Tickets
8:05 PM North Carolina A&T at (18) Nebraska Tickets
7:00 PM (20) Tennessee at Chattanooga Tickets
6:30 PM Cal Poly at (23) Oklahoma State Tickets
8:00 PM North Florida at (24) Miami (FL) Tickets
6:30 PM Nicholls State at (25) DePaul

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and gives the Buckeye’s the blues.

By earning a share of their first Big 10 title since 2004, I don’t know that Coquese Washington has quite exorcised the ghost of Rene-past — and she may never win over a certain core group of PSU fans — but for those of us who’ve followed Co’s journey, it is a wonderful moment. Writes Mechelle:

It might be trite to say Penn State needed this, but it’s still true. The school, buried under so much harsh publicity in the last three months, needed it. The program, which hadn’t won a Big Ten championship since 2004, needed it. The players, who this season lost two of their first three league games (both at home), needed it. And coach Coquese Washington, who took over at Penn State in 2007 hoping to give the program a completely fresh outlook and atmosphere, needed it.

You also can say that Washington and the players didn’t just need it, they deserved it and earned it.

“It” is the Big Ten regular-season title, which No. 17 Penn State has at least a share of now after an 84-66 victory over No. 11 Ohio State on Monday.

Kentucky righted the ship after three losses, keeping Vandy at arms length through out the game, and secured the 70-61 win.

The Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana got a win…. but dang, it wasn’t in the Sun Belt, so their still 0-fer in the conference.

Both Hampton and Florida A&M won, keeping the MEAC very, very interesting.

Hmmm… what’s going on with High Point? They started so strong, and now are 9-5 in the Big South.

Say what? The Blackbirds (9-7) of Long Island were all over the Pioneers of Sacred Heart (13-3), 74-68.

Happy Beth and Debbie moment: Double OT and the Red Flash pull out the win over Central Connecticut, 86-83.

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From David Horn at  the Dallas Morning News: Baylor’s Griner has skill set not seen in women’s basketball

That Brittney Griner changes the dynamics of the game every time she plants her size 17 shoes on a court is beyond debate.

She’s 6-8 with a 7-foot, 4-inch wingspan. But she’s no lumbering giant. She’s blessed not only with exceptional size but with the athletic ability to run, jump.

A little video and, from Berry Tramel at the Oklahoman: Sooners’ Danielle Robinson doesn’t let sickle cell trait slow her down

Good thing the blood disorder was discovered. Now the Sooner staff can monitor Robinson during “extreme situations,” Coale said.

What other kind of situation is there for Dani California?

The senior point guard plays basketball like her hair’s on fire.

From Jim Massie at the Columbus Dispatch: Tennessee full of confidence, quick players

Glory Johnson smiled when she said it.

With the cool, even tone of a Western gunslinger, Johnson offered this certainty about the Ohio State women’s basketball team and its chance to win a shootout in an NCAA Tournament regional semifinal with Tennessee today in the University of Dayton Arena.

“I know for sure they can’t run with us,” said Johnson, a junior forward for the Lady Vols. “We have quick posts and quick guards. And I think if we can push it, we can use that to our advantage.”

From David Cladwell at the New York Times: On UConn’s Bench, a Little Size in Reserve

Moore, guard Kelly Faris and the reserve guard Lorin Dixon share an on-campus apartment with Buck. Buck’s roommates know how difficult her college career has been, and how badly she wants to contribute. They say they are thrilled that she is healthy enough to play again.

“I was really proud of her, the way she stayed so positive through it,” Moore said, referring to Buck’s injury. “She’s not a starter, but she has maturity, as far as putting the team first. She’s still growing, and I really don’t know if her role is set in stone yet. When she goes up and plays with reckless abandon, it boosts us when she can show that aspect of her game.”

Check out Cheryl’s great per-game list of articles on the Sweet Sixteen games at Hoop Feed.

Curt Rallo at the South Bend Trib has: Smallbone a leader for Tennessee

“I think seniors help with focus and keeping the team ready to play,” said Smallbone. “Angie and I, the two seniors, we’ve been to the Final Four, so we’ve seen what it takes. It’s our responsibility to try and carry that over by having good solid practices and preparation. Being as prepared as possible is very key, especially with scouting and knowing the different teams. You have to lead by example, be vocal and hold people accountable.”

At Swish Appeal: Ohio State, Tennessee Prepare For Survival Of The Fittest In Sweet 16

After covering the last home game for Michigan State, I was able to see a team that I didn’t recognize: “THE” Ohio State Buckeyes.

Now mind you, these were the same players and same uniforms but not the same team. As in year’s past, Ohio State had developed a reputation as a team that doesn’t always play up to their potential. But that game in Lansing showed a tenacity and fire that seemed to be absent for most of the season.

Elliot Almond at the San Jose Mercury: Super sophomore subs steady Stanford women’s basketball

They stand 6-foot-3, wear their blond hair in ponytails and cite versatility as the hallmark of their games.

The similarities don’t end there for Stanford sophomores Joslyn Tinkle and Mikaela Ruef, whose bench roles have dramatically increased on the eve of the Sweet 16 matchup Saturday night against fifth-seeded North Carolina.

Coach Tara VanDerveer said they could determine how far the second-ranked Cardinal (31-2) goes as it tries to reach its fourth consecutive Final Four this weekend in Spokane.

Scott Venci at the Green Bay Press Gazette: UWGB players stands tall among nation’s elite

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team has turned a roster of players unwanted by big schools into one of the top teams in the nation.

UWGB arrived here on Friday in preparation for its Sweet 16 game against Baylor on Sunday with a cast of characters who have proven it’s not always physical attributes that makes a player successful.

Sometimes it goes much deeper than that.

I honestly would love to know who runs Sports Illustrated.com. When you go to their Women’s Tourney page (as bookmarked by SI) you get this AP article by Kristie Rieken on the Aggies: A&M focused on matchup with Lady Bulldogs

BUT, if you search on the site with Richard Deitsch, you get these articles including Region-by-region breakdown of women’s Sweet 16

Avert your eyes, Charles Barkley. The Big East has produced five of the Sweet Sixteen teams in the women’s tournament, including top overall seed Connecticut, which stormed through its first two games as expected. (The Big 12 is next with three teams, including Baylor and Texas A&M.) Among the Sweet Sixteen games of note: Feisty Wisconsin-Green Bay (32-1), which has won a nation’s-best 25 straight, meets Baylor and Brittney Griner in Dallas. Top-seeded Tennessee has a tricky game against a sizzling Ohio State in Dayton, and the winner of Gonzaga-Louisville in Spokane will be stunningly one game away from the Final Four. Here’s a quick reset of the tournament.

Because I got a heads-up from a reader, you also might find this article by L. Jon Wertheim: Towering Power – Led by Brittney Griner, a 6’8″ center who plays above the rim with incomparable skills, Baylor is poised to win its second national championship in six year.

Want a vivid illustration of the success of Title IX? Take a tour of the women’s basketball facilities at Baylor University. The Lady Bears play in front of exhilarated home crowds as large as 10,569 (the record), routinely outdrawing their counterparts on the Baylor men’s team. At halftime the players repair to an NBA-quality locker room, flush with a kitchen area, a whirlpool and a theater-style screening room. The players’ dressing stalls are outfitted with individual flat screens and DVD players.

On off days the team runs through its sets at its own gym in the practice facility. The irrepressible coach, Kim Mulkey, has an office with a private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the practice courts. “Ask me what my budget is, I can’t give you a dollar figure,” says Mulkey, whose salary tops $1 million annually. “But I can tell you this: I’ve never been turned down for anything I’ve asked for. We don’t want for anything.”

In basketball’s version of the chicken-and-egg conundrum, it’s debatable whether the luxe trappings lure elite players who win games or whether the elite players who win games generate the luxe trappings. Regardless, this we do know: Waco, Texas—home to the Dr Pepper Museum, Rudy’s gas-station barbecue and more trucks than cars—is a new hotbed for women’s hoops.

Why do you think these articles aren’t ‘neath the Women’s Tourney tab? Are the webmasters just dingbats, or is SI running a subtle campaign of obfuscation of their women’s bball coverage so they don’t have to do it any more…..

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Yah, there were some tickets punched (which is a rather violent way to be invited to Dance). Certainly the ‘dogs, Foxes and Vols (um, ESPN? “Laugher”? Really?) were expected and I’d call the Blue Devils and “all but” expected. Xavier? Well, yah, but I’m still not sure what to make of them and wonder if they might be the first major upset in the tourney.

The Tigers’ success was impressive, considering they’d lost their top player to an ACL.

I bet Ohio State’s 14-point win over Penn State to win the Big 10 title is making everyone wondering, “Jeckyll or Hyde, which one will we face?”

You may have caught Appalachian State’s heartbreak as Samford won the Southern Conference crown and earned their first NCAA bid.

In the, “Oh, really?” vein, Oral Roberts may be 16-2 in the Summit, but Oakland (1-6) took’em down in the semis.

It was the #2 seed Stetson defeating Jackson to earn the A-Sun championship. Ditto in the Ohio Valley, where #2 UT-Martin took down #1 Tennessee Tech to earn their first trip to the Dance.

I SAID Hartford was sneaking up on people, and they did just that in the AEast semis, trouncing conference leader UMBC by 20. They have to wait until the 12th to face Boston U and see who gets the automatic NCAA berth.

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Video: Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender on ‘being feminine and being good on the court’

While perusing Ohio State’s website for statistics the other day, I saw the video above in which center Jantel Lavender articulates discusses how she thinks about being a feminine athlete at about the 4:30 mark in a voice over while getting her nails done.

“I know when it’s time to get down and dirty and I know when it’s time to be girly and prissy – I enjoy the finer things of being a girl,” Lavender said. “You never have to be too much of one thing – I don’t think you have to be too ‘manly’ or anything just to be a great basketball player. I really take pride in that and I really want to be a feminine basketball player.”

The question is what exactly does it mean to be a feminine basketball player?

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they fall down. Again. This time, Kentucky was “out hustled” by Georgia, 69-51.

Speaking of wobbling, Duke fell to Maryland. Hard. The BasketCases had lots of reasons to be happy.

The Hurricanes survived a feisty Boston College team, 90-80 and Florida State escaped Wake Forest with a 3-point win. This all makes it mighty crowded at the top for the ACC.

Ohio State’s title streak is over, but that didn’t stop them from taking down #23 Penn State, 89-67.

From Rocky Talk Talk (say that quickly three times): Lady Vols Earn Share of SEC Crown by Beating South Carolina 82-60

There is much to say about the game but precious little to learn.  With a combined 35 fouls – almost none of which were called in the closing minutes – the game never really had any kind of flow.  Both teams seemingly spent more time preparing for free throws than running offenses and hustling back on defense.  The sputtering nature of the game was significant enough that it must be addressed first.  And boy, it’s a game the refs would like to forget ever happened.

Chris Solari says Michigan State is a win away from history.

With their 19-point victory over Troy, Middle Tennessee is now 13-1 in the Sun Belt.

James Madison and Dawn Evans are now 13-1 in the CAA, courtesy of a win over Towson.

The CAA is a bit of a dogfight this year: ODU (11-3) lost to VCU (10-4) to give coach Beth Cunningham’s team their first sweep of the Monarchs in program history.  Drexel (7-7, CAA) needed overtime to take down William & Mary (1-13, CAA).

Eeeeuw: Hartford moves to 9-4 in the Am. East with a 55-37 win over Binghamton.

The America East top spot holders flipped with UMBC’s victory over Boston University.

“Houston, we have no problems.” The Cougars are now 12-0 in C-USA.

Last year’s Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year T-Spoon has LaTech 11-0 in the WAC.

Ouch. Cal Poly (10-2 in the Big West) stumbled against CS Northridge (4-9, BW), 68-65.

Gonzaga’s win over Santa Barbara clinches them a share of the conference title.

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all about UConn’s victory over West Virginia, but really, John Altavilla’s tweet says is all:

Tiffany Hayes just picked up her fourth foul with 15:49 to play in the worst game ever played

Congrats to Khadijah Rushdan, who recorded a triple-double in Rutgers’ win over Pittsburgh. (Last RU player to do the deed? Tasha Pointer.)

From Robert Oller at the Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State lacking heart

More on the fabulous Maggie Lucas at Penn State: Lucas proving worth

Jolette Law is having a tough season, and Joe Souligne goes Inside the numbers behind Illinois’ 7-game losing streak

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Whoa, Ohio State.

I remember sitting next to  a coach during Duke’s furious comeback against UConn in 2004 — the one where Foley nailed a three for the win. As the meltdown was happening, I asked him, “As a coach, how do you feel watching this huge lead disappear?” “Awful,” he responded, “because I’ve been there and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do to stop it.”

I’m thinking Buckeyes’ coach Jim Foster is feeling like that after Ohio State lost to Northwestern (spoiling Prahalis’ triple-double).

Haven’t checked the polls yet but if Penn State doesn’t get some love after their defeat of #22 Iowa, the fix is in.

Rutgers welcomed Syracuse to the ranks of the top 25 by giving them a defeat.

Maryland stormed, Baylor blew, Michigan State whipped and UCLA handled.

DOH! The WHB curse zapped UNC-Wilmington as they got surprised by Georgia State (3-8 in the CAA).

Speaking of the CAA, Delaware is enjoying the return of Delle Donne. Drexel? Not so much.

Sticking with our theme, with their win over ODU, JMU moves into sole possession of the CAA’s top spot.

You know, the Badgers are 8-3 in Big 10 play. Just sayin’…

The WHB didn’t manage to jinx Houston, who are now 9-0 in C-USA. Mechelle? Graham? Get on this!

On Saturday, Toledo moved to 9-1 in the MAC.

Oklahoma took that old saw (Free throws are just that: FREE!) to heart and escaped Iowa State with a win.

UConn had a little romp over DePaul.

It took overtime, but Xavier is now 10-0 in the A-1o.

Yup, that’s Temple taking down Duquesne and staying undefeated in the A-10.

Danielle Adams helped A&M escape the battle in Texas.

Those poor Penguins. The #17 Phoenix jumped out to a 26-0 lead and never looked back.

Oral Roberts is 12-0 in the Summit.

Oakland (9-3/Summit) squeaked by IUPUI (1-10/Summit).

Stanford stomped Arizona by 30.

UCLA took down USC.

Oregon and Washington didn’t need OT to score a total of  186 pts, but the Ducks came out on the short end.

Calling them paper-Mountaineers is a little like chanting “Over-rated” — it disrespects your teams’ effort (in this case, Pittsburgh) in taking down the #15 team in the country. In front of West Virgina’s third largest crowd in program history.

Portland State came up with a big with over Northern Colorado (8-2/Big Sky).

Penn lost another heart breaker, this time to Harvard in double overtime.

Notre Dame did not have an easy time with South Florida, but they emerged victorious.

South Dakota got revenge over rival North Dakota, 69-53.

Liberty is now 8-1 in the Big South, but it was a close one against High Point (4-5/B. South).

Marquette’s play has improved, and a buzzer-beating three helped them take down St. John’s, 55-52.

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simply plays better when they’re unranked.

Last night, the #23 Buckeyes lost a lead, and then the game, to Michigan. Michigan had never beaten Ohio State twice in a season and the Wolverines had not won in Columbus since Jan. 21, 2001.

In the ACC, #15 Florida State won a barn burner and #22 Miami survived North Carolina State.

Green Bay stayed perfect in the Horizon League after winning a dog fight with Butler. The Ducks were no match for Stanford, and UCLA put away Arizona State.

Friend Pseudonymity has the “who can figure what’s going on here?” SEC wrap up:

Dawn Staley got her first win against a ranked team at South Carolina by upsetting Georgia behind Newton’s 5 of 5 from the 3 pt. line.

#6 Tennessee overcame a first half deficit to rout Mississippi State behind Johnson’s standout performance.

Kentucky grabs the lead in the final minutes to beat Ole Miss.

Arkansas beats LSU in low-scoring game.

Florida beats Alabama to stop the bleeding at four.

Wednesday saw much of the same ole same ole amongst the ranked teams: #3 Duke smooshed Clemson, #2 UConn survived Rutgers, #2o Iowa State handled Nebraska and #5 Texas A&M v #12 Oklahoma was an Adams/Robinson duel where DRob won the battle, but DAd won the war.

#25 Texas Tech was not so fortunate against Texas, as the Longhorns got a nice win.

BU is now 8-0 in the Am. East. Ditto with Middle Tenn St. And Bowling Green’s home win streak didn’t survive its encounter with the Rockets. From Swish Appeal: Toledo’s “Steel Curtain” defense ends Bowling Green’s 23-game home winning streak

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That sound you heard was the transmission joining the wheels that fell off earlier: Northwestern knocked off Ohio State, 64-53.  That’s the Wildcats first win over the Buckeyes in 19 tries.

Either Georgia is giving notice, or Arkansas record was a paper tiger. The Bulldogs took down the Razorbacks, 59-56.

#10 Michigan State survived #25 Iowa, 63-60 and #9 UCLA managed Oregon State, 58-46.

It was close early on, but eventually Kentucky tamed South Carolina, 66-48.

#13 Maryland is now 0-2 in the ACC, because Boston College took’em down 78-69.

Tennessee continues their destruction of their SEC competition. This time it was Florida, losers by 43.

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From Mike Carmin at the Journal Online: Early upsets bad for Big Ten’s women’s basketball image

In the world of Big Ten women’s basketball, the universe is upside down.

Check the standings.Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin are 2-0. Those programs have a total of one conference championship. Meanwhile, Iowa, Purdue and Ohio State — winners of 29 league titles — are a combined 0-5.

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(And I typed that before I read Jim’s headline) Now, to Jim’s headline: Ohio State’s free fall is picking up speed.

Ohio State was schooled by Michigan, who snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Looks like things got a little cranky during the game. Prahalis (1-13, no assists) got called for an intentional and a double-T was called later.

Speaking of cranky, C Viv is (somewhat confusedly) cranky because Tennessee wouldn’t reschedule last night’s game (Tennessee stomped all over the Knights):

“They never saw a tape [of Tennessee] or anything,” Stringer said of her team. “I tell you we could have had far better representation of ourselves. It could have been worth the money, worth the time to come here if we’d had a little bit more [time].”

If anyone is paying attention, Baylor’s won 10-straight and Duke is still undefeated (though you’ve got to believe that Temple’s pleased to have kept the game to single digits – especially in Durham.)

I’ve said before that I’m glad to be able to cheer for Penn State again (And players nicknamed Zha Zha). It’s said that it can take a new coach five years to rebuild a program. In her fourth year, Coquese Washington has had to battle the Portland-excusers and a program that was struggling with its reputation. So, nice to see Co get a big win for (at home), as the Lions took down #13 Iowa, 68-59.

“We made the big shots when we needed them down the stretch,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. “Zha Zha made some huge shots down the stretch. Alex made a really big basket driving to the basket.”

Oh, and there some records you just don’t want.

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Duquesne rallies and takes down #12 Ohio State, 71-67. Writes Jim Massie: Buckeyes’ slump deepens – Collapse in final five minutes leads to third loss in past four

There are different ways to be lost, ranging from a simple wrong turn to the sudden realization that the path in the pristine forest has led to an ocean of brambles with no exit in sight.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team felt like it had wandered into the deepest, darkest set of woods imaginable last night after blowing an eight-point lead in the final 5:04 of the game and dropping a 71-67 decision to Duquesne in Value City Arena.

#8 Stanford easily parries the #4 Musketeers and rolled to the win, 89-52.

Stanford had just trampled the nation’s No. 4 women’s basketball team in a blizzard of quick passes and three-point shots. It was altogether impressive, the way the Cardinal crushed Xavier on Tuesday.

Great. But what about UConn?

That was the prevailing sentiment in the wake of No. 9 Stanford’s 89-52 joyride at Maples Pavilion.

C & R was there:

R leans to me to be heard above the din and says, “This is a totally different team. This one is good.”

At the time, C and R were sitting with 4,493 fans who braved the misty rain (East coast readers are quoting the “We are a nation of wimps” mantra, but we almost went hydroplaning when we made that U-turn at Embarcadero and got our tennies wet walking back to our car, light rain is no laughing matter in Northern California, but I digress.) Anyhoo, C and R were sitting with all the Stanford fans that interrupted their Christmas vacation and played hooky from work to come out to a rare 1:00 PM game against Xavier, the game that C and R are billing as the revenge-of-the-double-missed-lay-up game from last year’s NCAA regional finals.

I wonder if the WHB curse was in effect: LSU upset #9 UCLA, 55-53.

“I think with this team, we pick and choose when we want to bring our intensity,” Caldwell said. “There are times when our full-court pressure looks good and is disruptive, because all five people are in sync. But there were many possessions in the second half when we didn’t have all five people in sync.”

The rest of the ranked teams held form. As a fan report shows, “The Streak” is bad for women’s basketball:

The U of P folks obviously went all out for this event, their first-ever Women’s basketball sellout. They gave out thousands of free t Shirts, had giveaways from In and Out Burgers and McDonald”s and some pizza place. Local radio celeb types, some dude who plays for the Raiders who grew up in Stockton, TWO mascots, the U of P Tiger and a lion mascot that I finally figured out was the Sacramento Kings mascot, Sac is about a half hour up I-5 from here. Anyhow they put on a pretty good show here for the occassion!

Other coverage:

Top-ranked lady (ack!) University of Connecticut Huskies roll past Pacific in front of sellout crowd

“It is great. We went to the mall the other day and people were excited. They said ‘You guys are playing Pacific right?’ They knew about it and knew what was going on,” Moore said. “It made me feel so happy that people are getting as excited about the game as we are. It is a beautiful thing, even all the way out here in California.”

Pacific vs UConn: UOP Gets Crushed In Front Of Sell-Out Crowd To #1 UConn Women’s Team

Despite lopsided score, visit by powerhouse UConn was great event

UOP vs. UConn women’s basketball game draws hundreds of fans

High school girls watched the nation’s number one team UConn Huskies, got a close look at Maya Moore — the best female basketball player in the United States — and were able to study the talented moves of college level athletes with their own teammates.

“You get to learn from them and see stuff you should work on as a team and as a player,” said Candisse Griffin, a Western Ranch High School JV basketball player.

“It means a lot to us to be here, because we haven’t seen a college game yet,” said Lindsey Booth, attending the game with her teammates from Tokay High School.

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Jim Massie at the Columbus Dispatch writes: Buckeyes look to change their ways – UConn loss put OSU’s effort in bad light

The unraveling started early in the game and didn’t stop until the Huskies had run the Buckeyes’ string around the court 81 times.

“I never thought we would lose by 30,” Lavender said. “But we just weren’t at their level. I really don’t think it takes losses for people to learn lessons, but I think our losses have taught us we need to raise our level.”

Practices, she said, have been better.

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someone else does all the hard work. With a h/t to HuskyNan:

UConn women make it a record 88 straight, Post
UConn women’s report card, Post
Huskies do it as a team, Chris Elsberry, Post

There stood his guest for the game, Gail Goodrich. The same Gail Goodrich who played for legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in the mid-1960s. The same Gail Goodrich who led the Bruins to their first two NCAA titles, including a perfect 30-0 record in 1963-64. The same Gail Goodrich who was part of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ NBA-record 33-game winning streak in 1971-72.

As he too offered congratulations, what struck Auriemma was the look in Goodrich’s eyes.

“He had this look and the only words that came out of his mouth were, `It was my pleasure. You guys are a real team,’ ” Auriemma said about the moment. “Those people that played on those (record-setting UCLA) teams, even though he (Goodrich) didn’t play on that particular one, they understand, we’re a team. We do what teams do. We go out and we play hard and we play together and we accomplish what we set out to do.”

Notebook: Inside job, Post

UConn beats Ohio State, tie UCLA for all time winning streak, Courant
Dolson neutralizes Ohio State All-American, Courant
Extras from the UConn women’s game, Courant
Auriemma, Huskies never at a loss, Jeff Jacobs, Courant

“When you lose it’s easy motivation,” Moore said. “I think what we’re doing is harder. You have to build that motivation from somewhere else. In practice, Coach puts us in tough situations all the time. He puts almost double the guys out there to play against. We lose sometimes. You have to take those failures and come back against the [male] practice players. So it’s not like we never experience that feeling of failure.”

Notebook: Calhoun praises streak, Courant

Photos: UConn vs Ohio State, Courant
Photos: UConn’s win streak, Courant
Huskies match UCLA’s winning streak, Register
Dolson delivers on the boards, Register
UConn, UCLA now share magic number, Dave Solomon, Register

“It’s two different times, but kind of similar times as far as where both teams are in the course of college basketball history, respective to male and female,” said Moore after a typically exceptional performance that helped UConn to an 81-50 rout of 10th-ranked Ohio State.

“Both teams share the level of competitiveness and expectation that is above everyone else. And the way they show that is by competing and winning every night. We would just like people to remember how much we respect and love the game, and hopefully they can see that when we play.”

UConn women dominate Ohio State, 81-50, Day
88 down, one to go for UConn, Day
Next game will be a big one for UConn women, Day
Rebounding spotlight at the Garden shined on Dolson, Day
To dismiss UConn accomplishment because of gender is ridiculous, Mike DiMauro, Day

No doubting Huskies as they streak on, Republican
Moore her usual steady self in win, Republican
Broadway show, Daily Campus
Dolson welcomes impressive entourage to the Garden, Times Record
A case of sniffles can’t slow Stefanie, Times Record
An event that lives up to its name, Times Record

Buckeyes become No. 88, Columbus Dispatch

The Buckeyes (8-2) had hoped for better but didn’t have the guns to match All-American Maya Moore, Tiffany Hayes and the rest of the Huskies (10-0). They also didn’t have the edge.

“They played a lot harder than we did,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. “We’ve got to run harder. We’ve got to get down the floor and have a sense of urgency.”

Huskies romp for 88th in a row, Philly Inquirer
UConn reaches 88 straight, Boston Globe
UConn’s women’s basketball team wins 88th consecutive game, tying UCLA record, NY Post

PSU volleyball a better comparison, Mechelle Voepel, ESPN

A fellow with a sarcastic wit, a strategic mind, and a knack for making good players into great ones and making great players into legends had a victory cigar this weekend.

OK, cigars are gross (don’t try this at home, kids), but we all have our vices. And when you’ve been this successful at your profession, you can indulge every once in a while.

Think we’re talking about Geno Auriemma? Well, we could be. But in this case, we’re referencing Russ Rose, whose Penn State’s women’s volleyball program won its fourth consecutive NCAA title Saturday night.

Celebrate UConn and UCLA, don’t compare, Graham Hayes, ESPN

“I know there would not be this many people in this [press] room if we were chasing a women’s record,” Auriemma said after the game. “The reason why everyone is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men’s record, and everyone is up in arms about it. All the women are happy as hell and can’t wait to come in and ask questions. All the men who love women’s basketball are excited, and all the miserable bastards who follow men’s basketball and don’t want us to break the record are all here because they are pissed. So that’s the way it is.

“If we were breaking a women’s record, everybody would go: ‘Aren’t those girls nice.’ Just give them two paragraphs in USA Today or give them one line on the bottom of ESPN, and let’s send them back where they belong in the kitchen.”

UConn effortlessly makes history, Wall Street Journal

UConn women’s basketball wins 88 straight, CBS News
UConn women match UCLA, share history, Time
UConn women tie all-time basketball win streak, NBCPhiladelphia
UConn women’s basketball team makes history, NPR
UConn’s game streak should have no relation, Aiken Standard

Even men’s coaches are talking about UConn women, Carolyn Peck, espnW

There’s dominant — then there’s the UConn women, Beyond the Arc, NBC Sports

ESPN going all out for UConn’s record run to 89, Sports Newser
Geno Auriemma: UConn streak* victim of gender bias, Fan House
UConn’s 88th Consecutive Win: A Well-Rounded Effort On Both Ends In Historic Victory, Swish Appeal

From the Inside: Witnessing UConn Women Make Basketball History, Because I Played Sports blog

So here’s my argument – the Huskies were not cheated at all today. They got their well-deserved recognition. We were on our feet. The volume of support in Madison Square Garden was top-notch. Counting down from 25 seconds, everyone rose and started chanting, “Eighty-Eight! Eighty-Eight!” (see video below)  The level of  enthusiasm was comparable to any other professional sports game that I’ve experienced in my lifetime. And it came from the inside, from the core women’s basketball community.

We don’t need mainstream support to acknowledge achievement. All we need to do is come together and get a little louder. And we don’t always need a history-breaking record as an excuse to do it. It can start with a simple conversation, an email, a comment, or a tweet. We just need to start talking.

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NOT how you want to start your season: Prahalis suspended for 3 games by NCAA

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