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After their nice piece on Kansas powerhouse Emporia State, boom, they drop to #3 in the DII polls after a one-point loss against Central Missouri. It’s especially painful ’cause they were outscored 9-1 in the closing minutes of the game.

Lewis University (Ill) moves into first, Pittsburg State University (Kan) second. The Pitt State Gorillas. How can you not cheer for a team like that!?!?!

Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to indulge in some DII scanning (ain’t doing laundry grand!), but it’s interesting to see that all but two teams have one loss.

BTW, here’s a story that might explain the sudden surge of women’s basketball coverage from the Gray Lady:

Before last Tuesday night, I had never heard the name Scott Cacciola. 

Twenty-four hours later, I’m not certain that I could have been any more excited at the notion of meeting him. Cacciola is in his second year of covering the New York Knicks basketball franchise for the New York Times.

Due to the Knicks’ dismal start (OK, with a 5-35 record at the moment and having won only once in their past 26 games, perhaps atrocious would be more appropriate), the NYT sports editors decided to have mercy on their beat writer and send him around the country to view winning basketball. They fielded hundreds of suggestions from readers and, through a collaboration of sorts, are picking each trip one game at a time.

So, for the next couple of months, he’s become a modern sports version of “On the Road” with Charles Kuralt.

And he started with the nation’s top-ranked program in NCAA Division II.

Lose, Knicks, lose! (Can you tell I moved from Boston to NYC?)

In the DIII poll, last year’s champeens, Farleigh Dickinson U – Florham (N.J) are going strong at 13-0. Wonder if their governor knows they exist? Perennial top-position teams lurk below: Thomas More College (KY) (love their headline, “Tomas Uses Big Second Half Run to Veto Presidents.” And forcing 43 turnovers against Thief college? Love it.), Amherst College, Washington University – St. Louis and University of St. Thomas, (MN). Lots and lots of familiar names fill out the ranks.

The Jeffs better be careful, though… the NY Times just wrote about them, though this time it’s Jere’, so maybe they’re safe: At Amherst, Division III Team With No. 1 Ambition

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seem to be recovering from a slow start.

LSU got back to their winning ways, taking down formerly undefeated West Virginia.

At last: ASU gets their first win of the season.

Nothings slow about the Green Wave: Tulane runs their record to 4-0 with win over Bradley.

It was tight, but the Huskers managed to put away USC, 75-64.

Whoops! Iowa women lose to Florida International.

Cal’s undefeated.

Chattanooga didn’t let their win over Tennessee go to their head. They’re 4-0.

South Carolina has quietly moved to 6-0.

Penn State is 4-0, but it hasn’t been a confidence-inspiring 4-0.

Should we be paying attention to the 5-0 Orange? They just beat Virginia (who’d upset Vandy) and Georgia Tech.

I don’t know if the Lobos are back (they have Georgia up next) but the are 5-0. And boy, does North Texas miss Aston.

Tricia has her Montana State at 3-0, and boy, is Clemson a hot mess.

There’s a reason Auriemma enjoys early season tournaments — UConn often kicks butt. They’re doing it again in St. Thomas. First, it was Wake Forest. Then the Red Foxes of Marist. Tonight, they’ll go against Purdue. (On SNY)

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WNIT results.

Third Round Schedule
Tuesday, March 20
Washington at Oregon State, 10 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 22
Appalachian State at Virginia, 7 p.m. ET
Syracuse at Temple, 7 p.m. ET
VCU at Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
San Diego at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. ET
Missouri State at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. ET
Villanova at Colorado, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, March 23
South Florida at JMU, 7 p.m. ET

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and puts it together on her blog: Coach, interrupted (for now)

For a while in the spring and summer, Larry and Debbie Ryan would call to check up on each other in this strange new life after college coaching. Neither appreciated their exit from their respective schools. Both were reeling a bit personally.

Larry and Ryan, who was essentially forced to resign after 34 seasons at Virginia, had some battles on the court and for recruits during their long careers in the state. But they’d remained friends, and this past year felt even closer with the career changes both were experiencing.

They each had a foot in the pioneering past of women’s college basketball, when salaries were low, perks were few, and times were tougher yet simpler. Isn’t retrospect usually like that?

 

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for most of the ranked teams: Stanford, Tennessee, Kentucky, Miami, Delaware, Purdue and Gonzaga.

It took UNC double OT to escape Virginia, while Vanderbilt couldn’t escape South Carolina — is it time to take a better look at the Gamecocks (and scrutinize Vandy’s OOC schedule)?

I’m not going to talk about the VaTech/BC game. (Sigh. Remember when they were programs to be reckoned with?)

Not talking about the Stony Brook/Binghamton game either.

So, yes, let’s learn New Hampshires’s mascot: the Wildcats took down the Hartford Hawks, 64-45.

With their win over Drexel, Hofstra moves to 2-0 in the CAA.

The Gophers move to 2-0 in the Big Ten with their win over Northwestern.

Wonder if there will be an end of the season rematch: Memphis (11-3) by two over Tulane (11-3).

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with a good chat with Mechelle:

Cardinal (NYC): Caldwell might have the baby bounce but Boyle got the Orange bounce with UVA upset over Tenn. Was that a surprise?

Mechelle Voepel: Sure, especially with how good Tennessee had looked in pretty much all aspects of their victory against Miami last Tuesday. The Vols didn’t rebound great in the first half against the ‘Canes, but they did everything else well. And then against the Cavs, they struggled without Vicki Baugh’s presence inside, and the young guard play was really not up to par. But … Virginia has a lot of upper-class experience and sometimes teams really ride that boost from a new coaching staff and outlook. I used to live in Virginia and the Cavs’ difficulties against Tennessee are things I watched in person going back to the Staley days. It was interesting that the first “breakthough” for Joanne Boyle came so early and came against that particular team. The keys, though, will be whether the Cavs can sustain that and if they can compete consistently in ACC play.

Speaking of baby bounces, I’m guessin’ more than a growing munchkin is upsetting Nikki’s tummy — LSU has no offense and loses again.

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Bobbie Kelsey, a veteran of seven Final Fours as a coach and player, named UW’s head coach

UNT to intoduce Aston tomorrow, a hiring which makes you go hmmmm, considering how and “why” she left Charlotte.

Lots of good stuff from Mel on the various openings, fillings and wobblings: Yes Virginia There Is A New Coach

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Joanne Boyle (Yikes! Who picked that photo?) is the new Virginia coach?

I’m SHOCKED, I tell you! I’m SHOCKED.

Honestly, this is no reflection on coach Boyle, but why can’t coaches either shut up or tell the truth? What’s this “I’m not the *fillintheblank* bull.

We understand that you may look at other opportunities. We also understand the need to negotiate in private. But in today’s (and most days’) world, that’s nigh on impossible.

So please, if you want us (or, you know, your recruits and players) to trust what you say is the honest truth, not the literal truth, stick to “no comment.”

Anyway, back to the “shocking” news:

Vic Dorr has: Virginia hires Cal’s Boyle as Ryan’s replacement

Streaking the Lawn has: Finally Official: Joanne Boyle is UVA’s Fourth Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Cal Athletics has: Joanne Boyle is Named Head Coach at Virginia

David Teel at the Daily Press has: U.Va. may have found ideal fit in Boyle

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but it doesn’t look like it was really the truth, does it.

From SBNation: Joanne Boyle To Virginia: Initial Reactions

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Per his tweet, Bill is cranky.

@ESPNHoopGurlz RT @ISUCoachFen: AMAZED at the LACK of facts in some reporting-Maybe they should ask ME what I AM doing! NOT INTERVIEWING AT WISCONSIN- … about 7 hours ago

This is the article which probably what got his dander up: UW women’s basketball: UWGB, Xavier coaches interview for coaching job

Does no one want the Virginia gig? purple1029 RT @JaydaEvans: With projected $2.4 million buyout, don’t see talks about @UW_WBB and @CoachSueFSU (Semrau) being serious. http://tinyurl.com/42mq6lb #ncaaw

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After Debbie Ryan’s Cavaliers survive and advance in WNIT, Lady Swish asks, “ Is it really her time to go?”

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Ryan, Virginia try to keep it going against BC

The Cavaliers will try to extend the tenure of Ryan, who has announced she will step down after this season, for at least one more game when ACC foe Boston College (20-12) visits John Paul Jones Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. in the third round of the WNIT.

A little over a month ago, these teams also met at JPJ and the Eagles rolled 73-50. We’re not sure what to make of that score, though. Virginia didn’t score a point in the first 9:41 and fell behind 20-0 – against an Eagles team that ranked 11th in the 12-team ACC in scoring defense. We’re not guaranteeing Virginia will win the rematch, but we’re sure Thursday’s game won’t play out like that first meeting.

 

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Round 2 Games from Sunday, March 20

Charlotte 69, South Carolina 57
Illinois State 62, Wisconsin 59
Alabama 72, Northwestern 70
Arkansas 65, Missouri State 64
Virginia 71, Loyola 49
Southern Cal 78, Nevada 59

With James Bowman over at Swish Appeal asking, “Does playing in the WNIT help teams?“, Scott Nulph at the Laramie Boomerang offers a possible response: Cowgirls, fans embrace WNIT

It’s not going out on a limb to say that the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team and its fans have embraced the Women’s National Invitation Tournament more than most schools.

It’s not rare to hear UW fans say they would rather see their beloved Cowgirls play at home in the WNIT than be one and done in the NCAA tournament.

Just why is that?

Certainly, winning has played a big part. The Cowgirls are 10-2 in the WNIT since coach Joe Legerski took over in 2003, including winning the title in 2007.

More than that, it’s also about who the Cowgirls have played and beaten.

Getting teams to come to Laramie has always been a difficult task. Now throw in the fact that UW has won nearly 75 percent of its homes games since Legerski took over, and getting anybody to play in the Arena-Auditorium these days is a challenge.

Long time readers will remember the exciting 2007 title run.

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from Mechelle: Ryan a mix of compassion, competitor – Virginia’s coach steps down after 34 seasons and three Final Four appearances

“In the bad times, I remember so much of Debbie — her strengths and her leadership,” said former Virginia player Jenny Boucek, now an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. “In the good times, though, she kind of faded into the woodwork. She didn’t need to be in the spotlight. I remember celebrating with my teammates, and she’d never be the center of attention.

“But if we were struggling, she was there to lead and guide us. She’s proven in every way that it was never about her. It was about her players — I don’t know that any coach could love their players any more genuinely than she does.”

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Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan To Step Down After 34 Seasons: A Legacy That Goes Beyond Longevity

As already posted by SBN’s Streaking the Lawn (Virginia), Virginia Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan will be stepping down at the conclusion of this season.

In a University of Virginia release about Ryan’s resignation, director of athletics Craig Littlepage noted her contributions to basketball not only on a national but global scale.

And, as James noted previously, perhaps the most immediately prominent among those in a season during which the UConn Huskies set the college basketball record longest winning streak is that it was under Ryan that coach Geno Auriemma got his start as an assistant in 1981.

Yet while that might resonate most strongly with our current sensibilities, there’s no reason to look to the legacy of others to define Ryan’s.


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from DWHoops: Devils Must Win to Stay Atop ACC

Unfortunately for the Hoos, they got spanked at home by the team they were tied with in league standings, Boston College. The Eagles are now in position to snag an 8th NCAA bid, leaving the Hoos in dire straits. Essentially, they have to beat Duke to even be considered for consideration, and then need to beat Virginia Tech and win a game in the ACC tournament. It’s important that Duke should be well aware of this, because this is a do-or-die, season-saving scenario for their opponent. Anything less than Duke’s best effort could result in another embarrassing road loss for the Devils.

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PINK OUT!!!

The WaPo writes that Lynetta Kizer is an energizing presence for the #11 Maryland women’s basketball team. Unfortunately, she couldn’t help the Terps avoid losing their second game in a row, this time to Virginia.

A full house at Michigan State (their first) went home happy as the #13 Spartans defeated Michigan, 69-56.

Fellow-state member Central Michigan snagged their fourth game in a row as they took down Kent State. Kaihla Szunko recorded her 16th double-double of the season.

The Ducks were gloomy, as USC skewered’em.

This is not a fun time to be a Hokie.

Oklahoma notched a win before they flew off to Storrs in anticipation of their Monday night game against #2 UConn (who also won).

Brittney… I mean, #1 Baylor stomped all over the Longhorns in anticipation of their Monday night game against the Aggies. Texas A&M got in the mood by stuffing the Jayhawks, 81-58.

With their win over Loyola (IL), #16 Green Bay remains undefeated in the Horizon.

Xavier’s stays undefeated in the A-10 with their win over Fordham.

Kris at was at the game as Houston surged to 11-0 in C-USA.

Hartford surprised Boston U, 66-59.

West Virginia continued to stumble as the Mountaineers lost to Louisville.

Congrats to Jantel Lavender, who overtook Buckeye great Katie Smith as the Ohio State’s scoring leader. I’m guessing the win over Purdue made her happier.

It wasn’t a waltz, but Stanford did take care of Washington, 62-52.

Ten points also was the difference as UCLA slipped by Oregon State.

Yah, it was another win, but who really thinks Pat’s happy with her #4 Vols?

#21 Miami’s on a roll and this time they rolled over UNC.

Duke took care of BC, Penn State survived Indiana (Lucas went 6-10 on 3’s), wobbly Kentucky squeaked by LSU, but #17 Georgetown couldn’t escape St. John’s.

Jayda has the story of a player who’s not in the game: Seattle U.’s Breanna Salley keeps playing, even if she can’t get on the court

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Or might have been, if Ariana Morer didn’t hit a buzzer-beater to avoid a FIFTH overtime. It was Virginia over NC State, 94-92.

Sometimes the numbers lie: #11 Maryland shot over 50% and won the battle of the boards, but Miami’s Shenise Johnson couldn’t care less. She went off for 30pts and the #21 Hurricanes came away with the upset. The DC BasketCases called it a “Tale of two Halves.”

I know it’s all the rage to wonder what’s up with Ohio State, but I kinda have the same question about #18 Kentucky, especially after the Wildcats lost to the suddenly surging South Carolina.

The UW women got their first sweep of Cal since ’04-’05.

LSU free throwed…threw… used free throws to squeak by Auburn.

It’s Tigers v Lions in a key Ivy match-up tonight.

The Ducks, says Rob Moseley of the Register-Guard, reached a new low in their loss to UCLA.

That makes 10 in a row for the Northern Iowa women.

Not to be out done, that’s 49 Pac-10 wins in a row for the Cardinal.

We’ve heard this before: “Sloppy” and “Tennessee.” We’ve also seen the result: Lady Vol victory.

In a battle of the States, Michigan took it to Penn and Anthony Odoradi thinks Merchant should be a household name.

North Carolina enjoys playing Clemson.

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but you can catch them streaming online.

November 23-28, 2010

Island Division
Iowa State, TCU, Virginia, West Virginia

Reef Division
Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Tennessee

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