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Sylvia hits it and CViv nears it (though DePaul said, “not on our watch.“). From Mechelle: Stringer on verge of 900th win – Rutgers’ women’s coach will become fourth to reach accomplishment

Rutgers got victory No. 899 for Stringer on Saturday against Cincinnati, moving the team to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in the Big East. It has been a frustrating season at times for the Scarlet Knights, who are trying to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

Stringer, in her 42nd year as a head coach, has been through countless highs and lows during successful runs at Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. It’s a career marked by professional triumphs and personal tragedies, plus a few controversies — some of which, such as the 2007 Don Imus mess, were completely out of Stringer’s control.

Others, though, she has contributed to herself. Such as when her frustration boiled over Friday as she was questioned by Newark Star-Ledger columnist Dave D’Alessandro about her team’s difficulties, which follow three consecutive early-round exits from the NCAA tournament.

From Doug Feinberg: 900-win club will welcome a few new members soon

Sylvia Hatchell just got there. It’s only a matter of time before her friend C. Vivian Stringer joins her. But there won’t be many more coaches entering the 900-win club. Women’s basketball is getting more competitive, and the pressure of the job is growing, too.

There was a time when women’s basketball was an afterthought to athletic departments. Head coaches were hired right out of college and success on the court wasn’t necessarily as important as Title IX compliance. Now that’s not the case, and more money is at stake.

(Apologies for the crowded layout, but I seem to be in formatting hell at the moment)
Just sayin’: St. Francis (NY) wins again.
BTW, how did I miss that St. Francis (PA)’s coach had moved to Providence?  ‘Splains stuff.
Nice to see Fordham get a bounce back win.
St. John’s continues to fight to make their case for being inside the tourney bracket bubble.
Ooofta: American goes down hard to unheralded Lehigh. Looks like Navy is sailing away with the Patriot League, though Army is nipping on their heels.
A snow postponement only put off the inevitable: Quinnipiac moves to 11-0 in the NEC.
Speaking of inevitable: Princeton learns from Ivy blowouts
A sweet battle in the A-10 was settled in OT: St. Josephs 69, Duquesne 68. But folks better pay attention to Charlotte who, under second year coach Cara Consuerga, have recovered nicely from Aston departing for North Texas/Texas. They’re now 8-1 in the conference.
They had to come back from a 13-pt deficit, but Western Kentucky is still moving forward. They sit at 10-4 in the Sunbelt.
We’ve seen the pink, so we know what time it is: Play 4Kay: Feb. 17-18

Play 4Kay, formerly known as the WBCA Pink Zone and February Frenzy, will showcase an event-high 24 teams across ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, including eight regionalized games in high definition within two telecast windows Sunday and a Big Monday doubleheader. In all, 12 ranked teams and 18 State Farm Wade Trophy hopefuls, including Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, will take part in Play 4Kay games. Some of the featured contests include No. 4 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA, No. 9 Kentucky at No. 11 Texas A&M and top-ranked Baylor at No. 3 Connecticut.

Throughout the games, ESPN also will encourage fans to contribute to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at Play4Kay.org.

We don’t want to get all “Steel Magnolias” on you here, but you can probably imagine this. Your best friend has recently found out she has cancer. You’re both reeling. But you’re also the fiercely optimistic “let’s figure out what to do next” kind of people.

Oklahoma women’s basketball assistant coach Jan Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April. After an initial meeting with a surgeon, her boss, best pal and former college teammate — Sooners coach Sherri Coale — came by her house.

“Our conversation for about two-and-a-half hours would shift between going through these pamphlets with diagrams of what’s going on in your body and trying to understand all the medical lingo,” Coale said, “while there was some Tom Hanks movie on in the background.

“And a couple of times, we’d look up and say, ‘That was a great line,’ and she rewound it, and we’d watch a scene and laugh until we were crying. Then go back to this medical jargon. For us, it was just our friendship as usual … with this curveball thrown in.”

Amused that the dateline says “Notre Dame, Indiana”: Former Women’s Basketball Players Reunite At Pink Zone Game

As the clock ticked down on an eventual 64-42 victory for the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team over Cincinnati, a very special group of onlookers got to soak in the growth of the program that they, themselves, had helped get its roots. All told, 27 former club players, coaches and members of the first women’s basketball varsity basketball team of 1977 made the return trek to campus to take in the festivities.

For a group that pioneered the game at the University, it was quite a sight to behold being back at the Joyce Center, but one that they knew could be expected once the growth of the sport was fully realized.

“You have to start somewhere,” said former Irish women’s club player Judy King. “When I was in grade school we were told that playing basketball wasn’t lady like. When I started playing in high school we played 6-man basketball. I was the first player at my high school to “rove” a complete game. No one had ever considered that possibility. It took Notre Dame a while to figure out what committing to co-education involved. I figured once they committed to scholarships and top notch coaching the program would excel. The fan base the team enjoys now is topping on the cake!”

About that Big Monday game — here’s a preview: Baylor vs. UConn. And another.

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Well, almost.

Diana couldn’t make it out to Seattle, Sue and her flu did, Seattle shot well and Phoenix aka “the walking wounded,” couldn’t buy a basket. Result? The Storm are at .500 and looking forward to the return of LJ.

Same ole, same ole with the Mystics: they get their distinctly unmagical butt handed to them by the Fever. Congrats to Catch: her 14 &14 made that her 76th double-double.

Who dat on the court?!?! Dat be Plennette! Welcome back, lady! PP hit the courts with a vengance, the Libs found their shooting touch and the Sun slid back to their “on-the-road-get-discombobulated-and-lose (17 TOs)” look: NY 79, CT 66. Nice to see Kristie Ackert back in the house talking to HOF bound SUUUUUUUUUE.

Sue Wicks recognized the look on Tina Charles’ face eight years ago. Then a top recruit at Christ the King High School in Queens, Charles had wide eyes and her smile was huge when she saw Wicks, then a Rutgers assistant coach.

“It was immediate. She recognized me, I was the player she watched with the Liberty,” said Wicks, who sat courtside at the Prudential Center as the Liberty upset Charles and the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night, 79-66. “Now I watch her and (Liberty guard) Cappie (Pondexter), who played for us at Rutgers and I am so proud of them and of what we built.”

In anticipation of tonight’s game, Nate tries to figure out What Angel McCoughtry’s 2012 Olympic Performance Means For The Atlanta Dream
Speaking of the Olympics:

Auriemma: Olympics ‘most pressure I’ve ever felt’

UConn Coach Geno Auriemma Says One Olympics Is Enough

Geno Auriemma happy to go out on top as Olympic basketball coach

Geno Auriemma On 2016 Rio Olympics: ‘I Would Say It Is Somebody Else’s Turn’ To Coach

I’m guessing that, reading the links (I’m assuming they wouldn’t bother to read the articles) there are several folks who are happy to see the above — they couldn’t put down their college-colored glasses and cheer for the US team.

What will folks do if a coach who represents a homophobic university is selected to lead the USA Basketball team?

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WNBA’s Tulsa Shock retain Kathy McConnell-Miller as assistant coach

Lynx re-sign and trade Hornbuckle to Phoenix for draft pick

Stringer calls RU’s passion into question. Disconcerting, since Rutgers has to face UConn tonight. Without Rushdan.

Marist women could make history Saturday

Green Bay’s Lukan strives to be all-around player

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about the one that got away courtesy of a furious Notre Dame comeback capped off by a buzz-beating (?) shot by Natalie Novosel.

Sugar sighting as #21 Georgetown took down #10 Georgia for the first time in program history.

Speaking of program wins, #800 for #4 TAMU was against Iowa, 74-58.

#13 Rutgers squeezed out a win over Arizona, 59-52.

It was an even squeezier win for #22 Texas over an intriguing Cal team, 61-6o.

Vandy enjoyed Thanksgiving at home and got a win to boot — 78-66 over #12 Oklahoma.

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(which ain’t really news). The NCAA Division I poll is out.

Of more interest, Charlie’s latest bracket and his explanation. Some might argue that Rutgers should replace Syracuse. Charlie says:

Syracuse (IN): The Orange picked up two huge victories, one at St. John’s in the past week, to match Texas Tech and play their way into the bracket. Plenty of holes exist in Syracuse’s case for inclusion, but no one in the mix has two road victories the quality of Marquette and St. John’s.

From Graham’s chat:

kevin (macon ga): How much of a headache will Syracuse be for the committee? Two top 25 wins and no bad losses is usually a lock, but the Orange are 9th in the BEast and had a very weak non-con schedule.

Graham Hays: Unless they do something strange against Cincinnati and Providence down the stretch, I don’t know that they’ll be one of the teams giving the committee the biggest headaches. You hate to see a program rewarded for that kind of scheduling, but at the same time, they did what they needed to do in getting wins against St. John’s, Marquette and Louisville, in addition to the Ohio State win that is looking better now than it did a week or two ago.

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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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CViv: 850.

Tara: This close to 800.

In every place she has been, she said, “I’ve just gravitated to the gym and there’s a great coach in there and I learn from them. I’m a copier.”

She’s too humble to say it, but many coaches – some of them her former players – have long been copying her, or trying to do so. In her 32nd season of college coaching, and 25th at Stanford, the Hall of Famer is as enthusiastic as ever.

And, stolen from the Rutgers fan board, this oddity:

Pat Summitt – win #800 vs. DePaul

C. Vivian Stringer – win #800 vs. DePaul

Tara Vanderveer – enters Thursday night’s game vs. DePaul with 799 wins

Noted a UConn fan: “Knowing Doug if he is aware of that he will probably make some comment about Geno trying to schedule number 800 for next year.”

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