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On the weekend of Veterans Day, Curt Rallo at the South Bend Tribune does an important follow up: More than another game

Former Notre Dame women’s basketball player Danielle Green fought to overcome a childhood in which she was raised by a mother addicted to drugs, fought to earn a college scholarship and escape the mean streets of Chicago, and fought for her country in Iraq.

And when Green joins coach Muffet McGraw and the Irish on the deck of the USS Yorktown for Friday’s women’s basketball season opener against Ohio State in the Carrier Classic, the Purple Heart recipient will still be fighting.

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“It’s important to honor the women in the military,” Green said. “We’re forgotten. People forget that women serve their country, too. I feel like women are the backbone of the military, and people really don’t see us out there. Women have come so far. I feel we need to make people aware of women’s contributions to the military. It’s an important fight.”

Jim Massie from the Columbus Dispatch: Opener against Irish provides early gauge

First impressions matter in life and basketball.

To that end, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is pleased to open its season by playing Notre Dame at 4 p.m. today in Mount Pleasant, S.C., as part of the second Carrier Classic aboard the USS Yorktown.

A year after the Michigan State and North Carolina men’s teams played the first NCAA basketball game aboard an aircraft carrier, the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will become the first women’s teams to do so. Their game will be followed by the OSU men against Marquette at 7 p.m.

Jim also has Playing outside presents challenge

The AP’s Tom Coyne offers up Notre Dame relies on Diggins (no surprise!)

Nate writes: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Top women’s basketball programs face off in 2012 Carrier Classic

The shoe that started to fall at the end of last season for Eastern Michigan continues to drop: NCAA adds to Eastern Michigan’s self-imposed penalties for practice violations – which allows me to say “Hello, Matt of the Hustle Belt! Write more on women’s baskeball!”

From Zac Ellis at Sports Illustrated: UConn hoping for big impact from star recruit Breanna Stewart

Mike Casazza from the Daily Mail: Mountaineers hope to meet expectations in Big 12

Mike Carmin from the Indy Star offers up his Purdue women’s basketball preview

No surprise: Media makes Cardinal Pac-12 women’s basketball favorite again

Also from the West Coast, David Pollak at the Mercury News says Cal women’s basketball setting higher goals, while Elliott Almond writes: Stanford’s women’s basketball team changes up offense

David Hutchinson at the Star-Ledger previews New Jersey teams: Local women’s college basketball, 2012-13

Havard is hoping to challenge the Princeton Tigers: Women’s Basketball Seeks Title

Tom Hinkel writes about Beth Mowins’ school: Lafayette College women’s basketball team ready for a new beginning

From the Burlington Free Press: Vermont women’s basketball at powerhouse Marist for opener

In his Baylor women’s basketball preview: Brittney Griner, Bears will be tested early, the author seems to forget the Green and Gold have to face the Huskies this season.

How can you resist reading the Flat Hat News’ William & Mary preview?

Rachel Whittaker from the Times-Picayune says the Newly named Devlin Fieldhouse is ready for Tulane women’s basketball opener

That bastion of women’s basketball supporters *insert sarcasm* Georgetown notices that the Hoyas Open in Preseason WNIT

Check up (I’m assuming it’s Doug) the AP’s Guide to the women’s basketball season

ESPN has a ton of stuff:

From Ben Bolch at the LA Times: UCLA plays host to USC in women’s basketball
Both the Nikki Caldwell-coached Bruins and Michael Cooper-coached Trojans come into the Pac-10 regular-season game having had their best season start in years.

From Curt Rallo at the South Bend Tribune: Mental approach key for Irish

From the Des Moines Register: ISU, Iowa women hit the big stage Saturday

Nine hundred miles apart, Iowa and Iowa State will share the national stage in women’s basketball today.

Both teams will be part of Top 25 battles that will be nationally televised.

From Tommy Piatchek, Jr at the Missourian: Yvonne Anderson returns to Columbia as starter for Texas women’s basketball

Missouri basketball fans normally view Mike Anderson as a coach. It’s easy to forget that the leader of the men’s team is a father off the court.

Saturday the Missouri women’s basketball team will host Mike Anderson’s daughter Yvonne Anderson and the No. 22 Texas Longhorns in the Tigers’ first game of Big 12 Conference play. Mike Anderson says he supports his daughter’s decision to play for Texas.

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