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From the AP: Ginny Doyle, Natalie Lewis mourned

One was the constant in Richmond women’s basketball, the beloved assistant coach who had been on staff for 15 seasons, remaining through two coaching changes. The other was hardly out of college, always cheerful and willing to help.

Associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were killed Friday in a fiery hot air balloon crash along with the pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, who had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as “Capt. Kirk.” The three were mourned Sunday by friends, family and colleagues alike.

“There’s not a person in this business that doesn’t see Ginny as just a light,” Joanne Boyle, now the coach at Virginia, said of Doyle, who was on her staff with the Spiders from 2002-05. “She was just a light for other people, and when you talk about this business and the genuineness and caring about the kids and what’s best for the student-athletes, she epitomized that.”

From Philly: Former Archbishop Ryan basketball player killed in balloon accident

Doyle was a huge Phillies and Eagles fan, Mooney said, and they often talked about Philadelphia sports and their time at Archbishop Ryan.

After graduating from Ryan, Doyle played basketball at Richmond, where she broke an NCAA record in the early 1990s for consecutive shots made at the free-throw line – 66.

She also beat TV basketball analyst Billy Packer in a free-throw shooting contest after Packer criticized women’s basketball and dismissed Doyle’s record.

From North Carolina: Former ECU women’s basketball coach dies in balloon crash

Justice-Hinson said she remembers watching Doyle play basketball against ECU even before she started working at ECU.

“I remember first watching her play and she was so good. She was almost the kind of player you hated to play against because she was just that good,” Justine-Hinson said.

From Buffalo: Third body found, leaving no hope for Nardin star after hot-air balloon crash

“I’ve known this girl since she was 8 years old. She was one of the elite swimmers to come out of Western New York,” said Scott Vanderzell, Lewis’s former coach with the Tonawanda Titans Swimming Program. “I’m in absolute shock. The world has lost an outstanding young woman.”

 

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While the rest of the ranked teams (UCLA-recovering nicely from that Cal-Northridge oops, TAMU, Tennessee, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Cal) were dispatching their overmatched opponents by various ridiculous margins, two “undefeated” and ranked teams were tested: Georgia by the mighty Illini (6-5) and #25 Arkansas by the fierce Coppin State (4-7). One escaped, the other didn’t. What up with your scheduling, Dawgs and Hogs? (And yah, there are no upsets in women’s basketball, just inaccurately ranked teams, right? Which explains what happened to #20 Texas at the hands of Iowa, right?)

Is the Stanford/UConn game on yet? (UConn’s Geno Auriemma, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer expect lots of offenseStanford-UConn: More Than A Fairy Tale,

While you’re waiting, check out Mel’s blog on early Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year candidates. (I’ll say, as a Lib fan of “a certain age and longevity, I’ve been following the Hilltoppers since Shea Mahoney. Flashback, much?)

Then wander over to Swish Appeal and check out The state of the WNBA: 2012 edition

Hmmm… maybe the third year’s the charm for Caldwell. Her LSU team goes down to FGCU.

Will Spidey make the Tourney? Bilney! They might!

How tough is it in Sooner-land? The volleyball players are coming to the rescue.

From at Amy Farnum the NCAA.com: Forging the path – Kansas star Goodrich looks to inspire other Native Americans

Kansas senior point guard Angel Goodrich may be known for her vision on the court in women’s basketball circles, but it is her perseverance that may be her greatest strength.

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From Lady Swish

A Spider story: Richmond’s Crystal Goring: player, student and mom, too

After a semester of summer school at Richmond prior to her freshman year, Goring went back home, but by spring had returned to the school to the delight of Spiders coach Michael Shafer. Only one thing.

She was pregnant.

“I cried when I found out honestly, because I had no clue what I was going to do. I had just come back to school after I had left for my own little reasons. I didn’t know what to tell the coach.”
So Goring didn’t tell him.

“I actually had someone else tell him for me because I had no clue how to break it to him. Literally, I was bawling, crying. I couldn’t even speak.”
Shafer wasn’t angry. Instead, he offered his full support.

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A Thump! (Georgia-Southern Miss)

A Thump! (Baylor-Notre Dame)

A Thumpity, Thump! (Oklahoma- Sam Houston St)

A Thumpity, Thump! (Green Bay-North Dakota)

A Thumpity, Thump, Thump! (Tennessee-Lamar)

A Squeak! (Georgetown-Richmond)

A Thumpset! (Michigan St-Florida St)

And another Thumpset (Bowling Green-Vanderbilt)

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