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Lombard headed to women’s basketball HOF

Lombard will start his 38th year coaching girls high school basketball this fall owning a record of 1,165-109 [Holy CARP!!! WHB]. He reached his 1,000th win before losing 100 games.

Lombard spent seven years at Nazareth and the remaining 30 years at Canyon High. He has won 17 Texas high school state girls basketball championships. The latest title was won last year.

“I’m very much looking forward to the trip to Tennessee,” Lombard said. “But no much more than looking forward to our next basketball season. The year-to-year seasons still excite me. I know it sounds crazy but I still even enjoy preparing for practice.”

Cool! Basketball star Kia Nurse to carry Canadian flag at Pan Am closing

“I’m super ecstatic, and I wish (my whole team) could be here,” Nurse said. “All 12 of us would definitely attempt to hold the flag together and wave. But I’m so pumped for this and really excited and fortunate to have the opportunity.”

Not really a surprise: Analysis finds ties between wealth, winning in NC high school sports

Okay, a little less cranky about there not being an opponent set for UConn in the Maggie Dixon Classic, but I would appreciate the SEC schedulers FIXING THIS

Auriemma said UConn’s hope to play in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden is in jeopardy. An SEC scheduling modification has apparently taken Kentucky out of the mix and the Huskies may now be looking at just another nonconference game away from the Dixon format. 

As we head into the second half of the season, Michelle has a team-by-team midseason report card.

The second half of the WNBA has arrived, and while Minnesota appears to be the front-runner, the list of potential title contenders appears longer — or at least perhaps less obvious — than it has in the past few seasons.

Remember the preseason picks? Ouch:

Atlanta Record: 7-10
Grade: C-minus

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(thank you Graham!), so it’s cool when Nate pays attention: Making sense of mid-major WNBA draft prospects’ statistics: How can we project success?

So, our list of consensus 2013 WNBA Draft prospects should’ve been posted months ago, probably in October some time.

But, among other things in life, I got obsessed with sidetracked by the challenge of figuring out what to do with mid-major statistics, due in part to two players that our statistical indicators might have overvalued last season, based on the outcomes: VCU’s Courtney Hurt and Wisconsin – Green Bay’s Julie Wojta.

Hurt’s challenge to make the WNBA as an undersized forward have already been documented here, but to summarize offensive rebounding percentage transfers from NCAA D-I basketball better than any statistic and she was so dominant at VCU that it seemed as though she could find a way to contribute to a WNBA roster. Alas, she was drafted by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2012 draft and failed to last past the first week of training camp.

Oofta: Looks like coaches now how to prepare for Sam Houston the second time around. Oral Roberts took advantage and stomped all over them, 90-40.

I take this as a good sign: mom and I are going birding this weekend and, while we won’t see any penguins, we might see some puffins. The sign? Youngstown State wins again, and is now 7-3 in the Horizon. And yes, I know Green Bay is still undefeated.

Yes, I will say IUPUI has a ways to go, but they’re on the road to recovery. Got themselves a huge win over the Jackrabbits, 70-67. They’d beaten South Dakota State for the first time in program history back in January.

Maybe a hot seat is inspiring? Kellie’s Wolfpack took down #19 Florida State, 76-69.

Yah, they were down, but Liberty has re-established itself as the team to beat in the Big South.

This time the “I” stood for “consistent,” and #24 Iowa State swept the season series with #22 Oklahoma, 72-68.

It ain’t easy being a Cavalier. Virginia got beaten by Boston College courtesy of 21pts (7 3-pts) from senior Kerri Shields.

Hawkins took her frustration out on hapless Clemson.

Penn State needed every on of Maggie’s 21pts. #8 Lions defeat Iowa, 81-69.

Pretty huge win for Marshall, as the Thundering herd got their C-USA victory over perennial powerhouse UTEP.

It’s kind of game that gives coaches and fans heartburn: Dawn’s team had a nice sized lead on Kentucky, then Mitchell’s team clawed back and escaped with the win.

Wichita State recovered nicely from the shock they got from Bradley. They move to 11-1 in the MVC.

Northern Colorado kept pace with Montana in the Big Sky. It’s been a tough three weeks for Tricia’s Montana State.

Texas A&M says, “We’re enjoying the SEC, thankyouverymuch.” With their win over Florida, they move in to a tie for first place. Their co-leader? The Vols, who they meet in the last game of the regular season. Which is why you may want to read  Mike Siroky’s SEC Report: Wide Open SEC Race Thunders Into The Home Stretch

Gonzaga is showing the WCC who’s the boss and get a little payback.

Seattle U’s making noise, and Jayda’s listening.

Utah State kept atop the WAC with what looked to have been a fun game: 2OTs, 31 pts from a Denver freshman, and a last second three  by Deven Christensen (now the Aggies’ all-time leading scorer) gives them the 92-89 win.

Griner is tall. Donovan is tall. Let’s talk about that, says John Altavilla:

Do you ever put yourself in Brittney Griner’s place, remember what it was like when you were her age?

“When I look at Brittney, I often think of what my life was like when I was her age. What I think is how comfortable she looks in her skin. That was not me when I was her age, certainly not when I was 18 or 19. I finally embraced my height when I was 20, but off the court I was a very shy and introverted kid. Brittney is not like that. She appears to be so very outgoing. You can see the shyness is some respects, but in general she appears very comfortable with who she is. I admire that about her.”

Oh, apparently the gentlemen are playing an exhibition game: A look at the four WNBA stars participating in the NBA’s All-Star Weekend (considering there will be no defense, methinks Maya will kick butt).

Speaking of the WNBA, and interesting study: ACL surgery may not shorten WNBA career

Still doesn’t mean we don’t need some serious, women-specific research on the injury. Consider Bob Corwin’s piece at Full Court: Carolyn Davis battles back from a devastating injury

Sad news from Lady Swish: ODU volunteer assistant Sara Jones passes away

Old Dominion volunteer assistant coach Sara Jones lost her heroic battle with cancer Friday at 7:57 a.m. She was 40 years old.

Jones had overcome multiple bouts with the disease and become an inspirational presence at practices and games the past two seasons for Lady Monarchs coach and long-time friend Karen Barefoot, who described Jones as “her hero.”

Old Dominion will release a full story with quotes from Barefoot later today. LadySwish will share some thoughts as well. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Lady Monarchs will host Northeastern in the 11th annual Hoops for the Cure game to raise cancer awareness.

I mutter a lot about homophobia, bias and sexism on the blog. Kate Fagan adds to the conversation: Recent events expose sexism in sports culture

I’ve been thinking about that interaction a lot lately, my memory triggered by a slew of recent events that expose, to varying degrees, the unrelenting sexism that exists in our sports culture. Sometimes it’s blatant; more often than not it’s subtle, a never-ending reassertion of power intended to keep men in control and women on guard.

Consider the words of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who was ejected from a game on Feb. 5 for telling a referee to stop “acting like a f—ing female.”

It’s hard to say what’s more disconcerting: the casual contempt in Cousins’ words or the fact that most writers chose to ignore it, focusing instead on his use of the F-bomb (that is, his cursing) and his reputation for questionable on-court behavior, which has led to 11 technical fouls this season.

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Several teams enjoyed their daily dose of cupcakes: UConnLouisville, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers and Baylor.

Yes, Oklahoma has lost three-in-a-row, but don’t let that overshadow the fact that, after the debacle that was Klein-Johnson, coach Wiggins has done some really nice stuff with the Fresno State program.

Notre Dame stomped all over in-state rival Purdue, which means TAMU is…?

Could be a long year for Marist.

Ditto for Michigan State, but I’m guessing Gail could care less.

I’m not outrageously impressed with Michigan’s scheduling, but they are 9-1.

Have the Lobos and the Pit permanently lost their bite?

Keeping an eye on 7-1 Missouri.

We’re also noticing that Northwestern is 7-1.

Whoa, Navy beat Princeton!

And the Penguins won again!

Hooper had 32 in Nebraska’s double overtime win over Northern Arizona. That just seems right.

Yes, I remember a time when people enjoyed having BC in the Big East because they were tough and competitive. It’s been a while.

Speaking of the ACC, tough for Duke to have a nice lead away at Kentucky, and then go cold. How much of a challenge can the Wildcats give Tennessee and Georgia this year?

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we take a peek at yesterday’s games. Writes Psued:

With four games to go in the regular season, Tennessee has a three
game lead for first place in the SEC. Georgia is in second place, and
Kentucky and Vanderbilt round out the remaining four. Georgia plays
all three of these teams in the closing stretch, so the seeding for
the SEC tournament is still a guess.

Now, for the games:

Alabama upends Florida in new, historic arena.

Auburn finds its footing and hangs on for a road win over Arkansas.

South Carolina rallies for a win on the road against Mississippi State.

Georgia beats Ole Miss on the road.

There’s also some former SEC player news: Catchings, UT work together to help students and Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings’ foundation aims to help Knox County students

Oh, great. More stupid sh*t, this time between Bethune-Cookman and Maryland-Eastern Shore. What is up with the MEAC?

LadySwish called it: VaTech’s first ACC win.

Appalachia State (15-2/Southern) squeaked by the Lady Mocs. That’s their 11th straight and first win at Chattanooga since 1998.

The Fighting Owls (Come at me Bro) stunned Florida Gulf Coast, 63-52.

Ouch, Centenary is still 0-for. Maybe if they played St. Francis, NY?

Speaking of upsets, it was the Roos over the Eagles as UMKC took down Oral Roberts for the first time since 2006, 81-77.

Joe Logan’s Loyola (MD) team is now 12-2 in the MAAC.

#24 Marist continued its roll through the MAAC, defeating Canisius by 12.

The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Storrs is a little too painful to review — what with the pink and the idiotic Maya-cam (Making a mockery of OU-UConn women’s game). But, it’s hard not to agree with Graham:

We live in a world where it increasingly, quite literally, pays to be cynical. And Moore isn’t the divine incarnate on a basketball court. But she is the best player in the country. More importantly, she’s the kind of player who can make a Monday memorable, if for no other reason than she plays every game and every possession as if it should be.

Probably the most interesting coming out of the Oklahoma/UConn game was Mike Thibualt’s discussion of Moore’s future in the W:

“You also don’t have a third of your schedule or more where you know you can just show up and win. We don’t have a game on our schedule that we can just show up and win. Not one.”

Instead, there are nightly individual wars.

“Maya makes an East Coast road trip, she starts in Atlanta,” Thibault said. “She gets McCoughtry the first night. She gets Nicole Powell the next night. She gets Katie Smith or Alana Beard the third. She gets Tamika Catchings the next. … Out West. let’s go to DeLisha Milton guarding her. Then Swin Cash, if they haven’t knocked her head off by then. You go to Phoenix and Penny Taylor. She’ll be looking at the schedule going, ‘Who do we get where I don’t have to die?’

“She’s going to have a target on her back from every player that guards her in the league. It’s the nature of the new young gun. That’s the reality of pro basketball.”

It was a more interesting game in Waco (btw, what happened to the focus on coaches staying in their box?), where it looked like Texas A&M had the right blueprint to defeat Baylor, and then Griner said, “Not in my house.” Wrote Mechelle:

there’s a deep sense of familiarity that makes this matchup seem like it inevitably will be close. And the Aggies — unlike the other teams in the Big 12 and most of those across the nation — can reasonably believe they really are good enough to not only hang with Baylor, but actually win.

However, that belief — and a career night from Texas A&M’s Tyra White — wasn’t enough Monday at the Ferrell Center to stop the No. 1 team. Baylor’s fans got a little scare, but the players themselves never seemed panicked. It surely helps them to know that once the Brittney Griner wrecking ball has broken through a wall, there’s no stopping it from knocking down the building.

Q weighs in with: What Texas A&M Proved Against Baylor: Who should join the Big Three as Final Four favorites? and Baylor’s 67-58 win over Texas A&M: Why the highlights don’t do this game justice

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