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BG and Glory was, “At least the authorities took it seriously.” ’cause like some readers, I had a flashback to Rosalind Ross.

The ESPNers wrote eloquently about the “other” things that came to mind: An espnW email chain about the Brittney Griner arrest

When news broke on Thursday that Brittney Griner and her fiancée, Glory Johnson, had been arrested for a domestic incident, it sparked the following thoughtful exchange among several espnW writers about the various complicated tentacles to the story.

How do you cover such a complex issue — breaking news about domestic violence between two women who are both active athletes, are stars of their respective teams and are engaged to each other?

The headlines also prompted other folks to speak. From Arizona: Alesha Durfee, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Women and Gender Studies at ASU’s School of Social Transformation, Talks About Domestic Violence Among Women

In other W news:

Sweet turnout for basketball star Stefanie Dolson’s visit home

“It was over the top to get to meet Stefanie,” said Catie O’Connor, a fourth-grader at Goshen Intermediate School. “She was so nice. It was really special, it was awesome. It means the world to me. I really look up to her. I’m very excited.”

Dolson, a Minisink Valley graduate who won two national championships at the University of Connecticut and now plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA, spent more than two hours meeting with fans at Family Farm. At one point, a long line formed outside the building. According to Family Farm co-owner Jean Halahan, about 500 people showed up to meet the personable Dolson.

Post Draft News:
Liberty makes superb additions on WNBA Draft Day

It was supposed to be an unremarkable draft for the New York Liberty, which traded its first-round pick to the Connecticut Sun in last year’s deal for center Tina Charles, but coach Bill Laimbeer had some surprises. The Liberty traded guard-forward Alex Montgomery to the San Antonio Stars for the ninth pick, with which they chose Brittany Boyd, a tenacious point guard from the University of California who modeled her game after Cappie Pondexter.

Boyd, who played in the 2013 Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden, said she loved the energy of the arena. If called upon, she’s ready to be the Liberty’s floor general.


Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel ready for her journey in WNBA

Welch Prepares for Transition to WNBA After a stellar career as a team leader for the Gamecocks

Blake Dietrick, Wellesley native, takes shot at WNBA

Butler High grad Cierra Burdick’s WNBA dream comes true

A little podcast: Dishin & Swishin 4/23/15 Podcast: Stephanie White takes the helm in Indiana, previews the season

WATN? Ticha Penicheiro: Former NBA and WNBA greats put on clinic for Cuban basketball players

and WNBA legend Ruth Riley looking to leave positive impact on Filipino kids.

Ruth also had something to say about how “bad” Connecticut is for the game: UConn raises women’s basketball in US, says former WNBA star

For former WNBA star Ruth Riley, the dominance of University of Connecticut in women’s college basketball does not present a problem.

It’s the catalyst that should raise the bar for the sport in the United States.

“You respect your opponent and you respect the fact that you know it’s an incredible program,” Riley, who won Olympic Gold in the Athens Games in 2004, said Thursday afternoon at Marriott Hotel.

Another WATN? Former Tech and WNBA player Alicia Thompson to be named Lubbock High’s girls basketball coach

On the college front, some disconcerting news, but not totally surprising if you’ve read some of the surrounding area’s message boards:

From a mother’s perspective: The WSU women’s basketball allegations

Former Wichita State players and parents are speaking out about the allegations that Coach Jody Adams and her coaching staff have mentally and verbally abused players in the program. The mother of a former player that transferred said these allegations are nothing new.

She also said that what brings it to life now is the fact that there are four transfers and two of them are starters.

“We’ve voiced concerns for a while now. There have been groups of players that have gone in together. I know several parents that have written letters and have had meetings.”


Eric Sexton issues statement on Jody Adams allegations

Former WSU players speak out on abuse allegations

Former players talk about allegations against WSU women’s basketball – KSN-TV

More Chiney! My Message To My Younger Self (UNFILTERED | CHINEY OGWUMIKE #3)

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Cheryl Miller

You could say that Cheryl Miller, with her versatile athleticism and unapologetic flare, stood the women’s college basketball world on its head. But that only begins to describe a player who once literally stood on her head.

And why is it so dang hard for ESPN to understand that if you don’t have links to women’s basketball stories on the women’s basketball pages THAT STAY, it’s hard for people to find the stories. Like this one, on Rosalind Ross, who was murdered in September of 2010: At the corner of love and basketball

MALIKA WILLOUGHBY LOVED ROSALIND ROSS. She loved her from the moment she saw her, when Willoughby was only 14, playing summer league basketball, and Ross, 17, already a local star full of swagger, approached her and complimented her game. Ross told her she had potential, looked her right in the eye and smiled. After that, Willoughby was seized with a sense of recognition so jarring that she could not stop thinking about Ross, about how Ross made her feel and what that might mean.

Rosalind Ross loved Malika Willoughby too, but she was cagier. Three years older, raised in Milwaukee’s rough Harambee neighborhood, Ross had seen some things. She’d heard her father talk about “faggots.” Seen what happened to those kids, the ones who were different, like her younger brother Spencer, who played with her dolls and knew how to double-Dutch jump.

When Ross and Willoughby met, Ross had a boyfriend, Kevin. He and Ross later attended the prom, where she’d wear the third dress of her entire life and pose for the camera, smiling, head tilted, demure, the way she knew she was supposed to be. Kevin was handsome and kind, but he was not Willoughby. He did not make her laugh or cry. He inspired no feeling at all, not like Willoughby, young and beautiful and hungry for Ross in a way neither of them fully understood.

“I’m not gay.”

“I’m not either.”

So they told each other, even as they courted, exchanging passionate letters, then kisses that Willoughby said made her “lose her mind for two days.”

“I love you.”

“I love you too.”

So they told each other, and no one else, knowing what would happen if they did.

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13 years

for the murder of Rosalind Ross.

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From Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel: Bradley Tech pays tribute to fallen star Ross

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Roz’s murder, but after hearing it, she writes about the issues that surround the tragedy: Love and Basketball: Not Always a Happy Ending

In many ways violence in lesbian and gay relationships is no different than violence in heterosexual relationships. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with how well we deal with relationship conflict, infidelity, or just growing apart. Our ability to cope with the anger, jealousy, anguish and depression that often go with a break up has nothing to do with whether we are gay or straight. Though we hear more about violence in heterosexual relationships, relationship violence of any kind, whether the relationship is straight or gay, is a problem.

On the other hand, many gay relationships must be negotiated without the institutional and personal support that are taken for granted by heterosexual couples. Coping with the relationship issues that are inherent in being in one are often exacerbated by isolation fear, and discrimination that many LGBT people face every day in a culture that tells them they are sick, sinful, immoral or crazy.

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From Dishin’ and Swishin’:

Today on Dishin & Swishin, www.wstrradio.com after 1 pm ET

A very special tribute to Rosalind Ross, featuring her friends Etta Maytubby and LaNeisha Caufield-Daniels and her brother Spencer (the brother Voepel wrote about a few years back that idolized his sister). A fitting and moving tribute to a tragic loss.

LaChina Robinson, color commentator for the Atlanta Dream and I discuss the team’s emergence from expansion laughing stock to near WNBA champion in a fun piece

and

Clay Kallum (sic) and I discuss the USA Basketball FIBA World Championship squad, and a look at a couple of challengers to the team.

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From Georgia Pabst of the Journal-Sentinel: Rosalind Ross, who played for Tech, Oklahoma, remembered as strong leader, good friend

When friends and former teammates heard of her death, they quickly organized Saturday’s benefit.

“We decided we had to do something,” said Malina Wiggins. “Even though we live all over the city, we keep together and we’ve stayed close.”

“She was my best friend – like my sister,” said Keeshay Davis, who added that she had lived with Ross and her family for a time because she had a troubled family life. “Her parents are like family to me.

“Roz loved everybody and touched a lot of people, so this was our way of getting together and giving back to her family because of what they gave to us and to help with funeral expenses.”

I haven’t seen any confirmation that Roz was off to help recruit at Oklahoma University. In fact, it’s a little odd that there’s no mention of Roz’s passing on the OU site.

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in the wake of her murder, check out the Rebkell thread.

Of note:

Photo gallery

Donations:
Rosalind Ross Memorial Fund
Landmark Credit Union
5825 W Hope Ave Milwaukee, Wi 53216
CALL TO CONFIRM: (262) 796-4500
Make it out c/o the Memorial Fund.

Bruce Levy Associates has provided the following information: here’s the address they suggest sending donations to.

A charity game in her honor will be played at Bradley Tech High School at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A Facebook Page was created to recognize and remember Rosalind Ross: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=160857227258378&ref=ts

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From Mechelle: In the midst of life …

I was writing late into the evening about the Seattle Storm’s triumph and the Atlanta Dream’s also-fine season when I got a message about Rosalind Ross’ death.

The former Oklahoma standout was fatally shot outside a restaurant in her hometown of Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Police said a 27-year-old woman was in custody, and knew Ross.

I wanted to write a column today about my memories of Ross, the kid who played despite a torn-up ACL that never was really fixed, who always seemed to be smiling, who stood up the best she could, along with her OU teammates, against the greatest women’s college basketball team I’ve seen, 2002 UConn, in the championship game.

But I found that this morning, as I tried to write it, tears kept stopping me. For Ross, and for every other young woman I’ve covered in my career who I knew dealt with difficult circumstances that were beyond anything I’d ever experienced. Young women who found basketball as a ticket away from hardship. Some of them really, truly got out of bad situations permanently. Others were out for a while, and maybe experienced the best days of their lives while on a college team, but then went back to struggles they’d always had to deal with.

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and fans: Former Sooners standout fatally shot

Former Oklahoma basketball player Rosalind Ross was fatally shot outside a Milwaukee restaurant.

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