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Notre Dame survived a post-big win let down, but it took overtime.

Connecticut failed to lose two games in a row for the zillionth time, but there was some serious butterfingers involved.

In the battle of the Reds, Rutgers gave Louisville a scare, but the Cardinals pulled away in OT.

The Longhorns started the year strong, but Big 12 competition is proving to be another matter. Newcomer to the Conference West Virginia wrangled them good, 53-49.

Seton Hall still doesn’t care their coach is leaving for the W. They take down the Bearcats, 64-56.

Stanford thought about it… and then said, no, we don’t want California to win.

The Buffs got back on track against Utah. The Cowgirls did, too.

Speaking of big cats, the Tigers aren’t going away: Rookie quintet making early contributions

Every season, there are always uncertainties about how the freshmen on a team will adjust to college-level play and the extent to which they will be able to contribute. For the five freshmen on the women’s basketball team, however, these questions have hardly been an issue. Despite the presence of a talented senior class, the freshmen quintet, consisting of guards Amanda Berntsen, Michelle Miller and Annie Tarakchian along with forwards Alex Wheatley and Taylor Williams, has received considerable playing time and provided an offensive boost in scoring and rebounding for the Tigers. The Class of 2016 has combined to score nearly a quarter of the Tigers’ total points so far this season, with each member averaging at least five minutes per game.

A full-strength Baylor continues their demolition of the opposition. This time, Iowa State.

Hmmm… UTEP looks to be strong again this year. We have to wait until Feb 7th for their game against Tulane.

Keeping an eye on Cal-Northridge and Fresno State — both still undefeated in conference play.

Nice check in from the “local paper” on Iowa’s freshman: Ex-Mainstreeter great acclimates to being a Hawkeye

No, it wasn’t the dreaded three letters: Stokes relieved injury not worse

Given the alternative, Ohio State women’s basketball team co-captain Amber Stokes didn’t complain yesterday about needing a pair of crutches to reach the practice gym in Value City Arena.

The fifth-year senior suffered a sprained left knee near the end of the first half on Sunday in a 79-73 loss to Illinois. The possibility that she had suffered a season-ending ligament tear crossed her mind.

Jim Massie at the Dispatch writes about Ohio State’s 0-2 Conference record: Buckeyes’ slow start must end with stops

Tough times for the Catamounts: Overwhelmed by the first-place women’s basketball team in the America East Conference, the University of Vermont suffered a 58-30 defeat to Boston University.

Still tough times for the Black Bears: Hartford hands University of Maine women’s basketball team 11th straight loss

Looks like Williams-Flournoy got outta the Big East when the going was good. Writes Mechelle: Coach Flo has plan for Auburn

Terri Williams-Flournoy had been here in Missouri before, but this was the first time in her new role as Auburn coach. In her 12-year apprenticeship as an assistant, she spent two seasons at Missouri State.

Williams-Flournoy — known as Coach Flo by her Tigers — has paid her dues in the profession she was practically born into. Part of a basketball family in Virginia that includes brother Boo Williams — he’s one of that state’s most influential youth hoops gurus — Williams-Flournoy climbed the coaching ladder with a purpose and a plan.

And now, she’s in her first season in what is a new era for the SEC. Pat Summitt is in an emeritus role at Tennessee, but not head coach of the Lady Vols for the first time since 1973.

Have you noticed? FSU women’s basketball quietly excelling – With recent winning ways, Seminoles may soon cast shadow on other sports

The women’s basketball team has silently tip-toed to a 12-2 record and have placed themselves among the game’s most elite programs. The Seminoles are No. 5 in the nation in scoring, averaging 82.3 points per game and their field goal percentage of 49 percent only trails Baylor and Connecticut, two perennial National Title contenders.

The .com says that Angel McCoughtry wants you to trust and believe.

Speaking of Angel, from Mechelle’s chat:

kevin (macon ga): Angel McCoughtry said on wnba.com that she had “nothing to do with the coaching change”. Should we believe her?

Mechelle Voepel: Maybe that means she actually wasn’t the one to call Marynell Meadors to tell her she was fired? :) Of course she had something to do with it. But, anyway, it’s water under the bridge now. Fred Williams is the Dream’s coach, and Angel will be back as his star player. These things happen in pro sports … look at the NBA and coach firings and players saying, “Oh, I had nothing to do with it!” Meadors, I believe, would still like to return in some capacity to the league, but if not, she’s had a long career in the sport with a lot of accomplishments. I feel bad for her that things ended in Atlanta as they did, though. She deserved better. Now Angel and Fred will have a revamped East – at least in terms of the new coaching hires – to deal with.

Congrats are in order: U.S. Men’s, Women’s Olympic Teams Honored By USA Basketball and Taurasi Is Named USA Basketball’s Top Female Athlete (sorry anti-tank-Merc fans)

Oops! WNBA’s Maya Moore’s Olympic Ring Stolen, Sold to Gold Buying Store and Phew! Man charged with selling ring stolen from WNBA player Maya Moore

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Really?

From Maine Public Broadcasting: Cindy Blodgett: I was fired without cause.

SIDELINES: Blodgett’s firing no reason to celebrate

Defiant Blodgett feels betrayed by UMaine

“Four years ago when I was offered this job and took it, it wasn’t about me, it was about building a program,” Blodgett said.

“Part of it is, you have to recruit good people to buy into what you want to accomplish as a program and you have to re-create the culture,” she explained. “We were in the process of that. Wins would come as a byproduct once that culture was built. What I do feel unfortunate about is, we will not be able to see our first recruiting class graduate. Obviously, that’s where the lack of commitment (from the university) came in terms of allowing us to see through our actual building process.”

So, Cindy, what’s your record?

24-94.

Cindy. You were put in an impossible situation. You were a legendary player with little coaching experience. It didn’t work out. Get a grip and move on gracefully.

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in Louisiana: Curry interviews for LSU coaching job

In Maine: Next UMaine women’s coach needs to be dynamic, well-connected and Blodgett to speak at Bangor press conference; discretionary fund revealed

In Virginia, a confirmation:Former Cavalier Staley says she’s staying at South Carolina and Staley sticking around at USC

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Several articles out of Maine:

Blind eye to Blodgett’s vision

UMaine players upset over Blodgett’s firing

High school basketball coaches stunned by Blodgett’s firing

Blodgett’s firing sends a message to other UMaine coaches

Fired UMaine coach Cindy Blodgett to hold press conference Thursday

Cindy Blodgett hires lawyer

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In her fourth and final year of her contract, Steve Solloway of the Maine Telegram writes Blodgett still working for a next step

Cindy Blodgett was in town Friday for a Portland Rotary luncheon. Before the University of Maine women’s basketball coach took the microphone to talk and answer questions, I was able to pitch mine.

What was her reaction to Kayla Burchill’s decision to commit to Vermont, joining Nicole Taylor? Two high-profile schoolgirl players, one from Deering, the other from York, are leaving their home state to play for an America East rival.

Blodgett flashed a smile instead of a glare. Why don’t I talk to the girls who have committed to play at Maine, she asked. Why don’t I ask Rebecca Knight (McAuley star) or the other recruits why they were so passionate in choosing Maine?

Point made.

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