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but first, the WNIT kicks us off with a fun story: Double Duty In Des Moines: Kansas Band Gets The Assist For Drake Women’s Basketball

A college basketball game without a band present … it’s just not the same, is it? Drake’s women’s team was facing that, though, for its WNIT opener Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The school is on spring break, and the Drake band members aren’t on campus.

However, Drake got a capable substitute: The Kansas band was in Des Moines for the Jayhawks’ NCAA men’s tournament game Thursday afternoon.

As for the games:

The band helped! Drake (MVC) over Sacred Heart (NEC), 95-59.

Road-weary UT Rio Grande (WAC) got swept away by TCU (Big12), 97-73.

Arkansas State (Sun Belt) chomped on Southern (SWAC), 68-45.

It was a tight one, as short-handed Nebraska (Big10) fell to Northern Iowa (MVC), 64-62.

Ball State (MAC) went on the road and topped Iowa (Big Ten), 77-72.

Arkansas Little-Rock (Sun Belt) and St. Louis (A-10) went down to the wire, but… Billikens win! 70-69.

And I swoop! Tennessee-Martin (Ohio Valley) came back to defeat Memphis (American), 79-73. It’s the programs first post-season win since 1999.

Dayton (A-10) fell to Western Kentucky (C-USA), 89-72.

San Diego (WCC) escapes Northwestern (Big 10), 69-65. The Wildcats scored 8 in the first and 35 in the fourth. Coach must be banging his head against the wall.

No, really, remember when they stunk? IUPUI (Summit) over Central Michigan (MAC), a tough program, 63-55.

Bucknell (Patriot) over Akron (MAC), 74-70. The Bison are the first team from the Patriot League to ever win a game in the WNIT, while also posting the program’s first victory in a national postseason tournament.

“We have had a lot of great things happen this year, but to get a postseason win is pretty sweet,” said Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell. “It’s a great accomplishment for our program and our league, and a huge feather in the cap for this gritty team. I am incredibly proud of them.”

Gonzaga (WCC) chewed up undermanned UC Riverside (Big West), 88-54.

Oregon (Pac12) over Long Beach State (Big West) by 8.

After all the waiting and working and wondering, Oregon coach Kelly Graves finally got the glimpse of his team’s future that he’d been looking for the past two weeks.

And he liked it so much that Graves told his rejuvenated Ducks to go play couch potatoes for a day like the rest of America as their reward.

 Welcome to March Madness, ladies. WNIT style.

Nice showing against a program that in no joke: Marshall (C-USA) falls to Ohio (MAC), 76-68.

Eastern Michigan (MAC) led wire to wire, and eked out an away win over Saint Mary’s (WCC), by one, 74-73.

Graduate transfer Chanise Baldwin’s ffensive rebound and put back with 1.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter lifted the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team to a 74-73 victory over Saint Mary’s College in the opening round of the WNIT Thursday, March 17. The Eagles led by as many as nine, but needed Baldwin’s late game heroics to propel the Green and White into the second round of the tournament. 

In a back-and-forth battle, it was Abilene Christian (Southland) who blinked first. UTEP (C-USA) won, 66-62.

Virginia Tech (ACC) over Elon (CAA), 68-59.

Villanova (Big East) ousted Liberty (Big South), 67-51.

Hofstra (CAA) over Harvard (Ivy), 76-50.

Even with the loss of top-scorer Mikayla Venson, Virginia (ACC) managed a two-point win over VCU (A10).

Georgia Tech (ACC) stung Mercer (Southern), 73-56.

Rutgers (Big East Big 10) last-second-shot-ed a win over Georgetown (Old Big East), 57-55.

An improving Wake Forest (ACC) held off Charlotte (C-USA), 72-69.

First round NCAA games I’m keeping my eye on:

Albany/Florida
JMU/DePaul
Chattanooga/Mississippi State
Green Bay/Tennessee
St. Bonaventure/Oklahoma State

Michelle Smith: Tara VanDerveer vs. Jennifer Azzi

Asked to remember the last time they talked on the phone before they found out they would be matched up in the NCAA tournament, both Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer and University of San Francisco coach Jennifer Azzi came up with the same answer.

“Probably just a few weeks ago,” Azzi said.

“Not that long ago,” VanDerveer confirmed. “We talked about some things she was dealing with.”

There will be no talking this week.

Katie Barnes: UConn freshman Samuelson finds her footing

Bonnie and Karlie Samuelson, both of whom played at Stanford, are as responsible as anyone for making Lou the player she is.

“When I was younger, I wanted to be just like them, so that’s where it all started,” Samuelson said. “But once I got older, all I wanted to do was to be better than them.”

When will DePaul Women get their due as NCAA contenders?

Every year, I hear the same thing. “There are no Illinois teams in the NCAA tournament.”

And for the past 14 years, all those who have said that have been wrong.

Why, oh, why, do Illinois residents overlook the DePaul Blue Demons (25-8), who’ve achieved a berth in the NCAA Women’s Tournament for 14 CONSECUTIVE YEARS… also, their 21st overall appearance since 1990?

Jonathan Lintner: Cards’ Hines-Allen hitting high gear in March

Recently named the ACC Player of the Year, Hines-Allen registered a pair of double-doubles to open the postseason and hit 19 of her 33 shots.

“I want to prove to people it’s not a fluke and just give my all every single day,” the sophomore forward said. “That’s how I got the award.”

BTW: Division II has reached the Elite Eight.

4 Florida Southern v. 1 Lubbock Christian (March 22, 1pm)
2 Anchorage-Alaska v. 7 Francis Marion (March 22, 7pm)
1 Virginia Union v. 1 Bentley (March 22, 3:3o)
2 Grand Valley State v. 7 Pittsburgh State (9:30)

The big shockers were seeing #1 Union, #1 Azusa Pacific and #1 Limestone go down in the first round. #1 Ashland feel in the second round. #1 Emporia State lost in the 3rd round.

Division III’s Final Four is scheduled for March 19th, Capitol University, Columbus Ohio.

Tufts (27-3) v. Wartburg (23-7), 5pm.
Wartburg’s Final Four run stranger than fiction

 Amsberry’s Nine will do for a working title. Wartburg College’s surprise run into the NCAA Division III women’s basketball Final Four has the makings of a green-lit sports movie.

The plot is a season salvaged off life support by a group of athletes that had moved on before reuniting to accomplish an ambitious goal.

The script has more than final credits left to be written.

Jumbos book trip to NCAA tournament semifinals for third year in a row

For the past two years, Tufts had gotten it done at home in the postseason. The Jumbos had qualified for the NCAA tournament by winning the NESCAC championship, earned home court advantage and fought their way through dominant first-round wins and overtime thrillers alike to reach the NCAA Div. III championship semifinals, the Final Four.

This year was different. Tufts fell by one point in a heartbreaking loss to Amherst in the NESCAC championship but still earned an at-large bid. 

Amherst (30-1) v. Thomas More (31-0), 7:30PM

Saints on a different kind of mission

You already know what’s the same about the defending champs, so let’s look at what’s different about Thomas More this season.

It all starts with a change in hashtag philosophy.

Sister act adds to Amherst’s legacy

If Amherst head women’s basketball coach G.P. Gromacki hadn’t been persistent when reaching out to junior twins Ali and Meredith Doswell during the recruiting process, no telling what he would be doing this weekend.

 

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in the WNIT: 

Semifinals
Wednesday, April 1
Temple at West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET
UCLA at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET

How they got there:

West Virginia 75, Villanova 70 OT
Michigan 69, Southern Miss 60
Temple 69, Middle Tennessee 57
UCLA 82, Saint Mary’s 66

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Tonight, the resilient Eastern Michigan folks are going up against a tough Southern Miss team.

Up next:

Thursday, March 26
St. John’s at Villanova, 7 p.m. ET – Aaliyah Lewis leads St. John’s women’s basketball team into WNIT’s Round of 16
NC State at Temple, 7 p.m. ET
Missouri at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Duquesne at West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET
Ole Miss at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. ET – Poppa against son.
Northern Colorado at UCLA, 10 p.m. ET
Saint Mary’s at Sacramento State, 10 p.m. ET

How everybody got here: 

Sunday, March 22
Temple 61, Penn 56
St. John’s 77, Fordham 63
Villanova 71, Old Dominion 66
Southern Miss 77, TCU 73
Missouri 67, Kansas State 48
Middle Tennessee 70, Arkansas State 60
NC State 69, ECU 65
UCLA 63, San Diego 58
Eastern Michigan 69, Tulsa 59
Ole Miss 63, Georgia Tech 48
Northern Colorado 59, South Dakota 58

Monday, March 23
Michigan 74, Toledo 58
Sacramento St 84, Eastern Washington 49
Saint Mary’s 83, Fresno State 64

Tuesday, March 24
West Virginia 57, Hampton 39
Duquesne 48, Richmond 47

Congrats to *undefeated* Thomas MoreNCAA Division III Champions.

The national championship trophy arrived in Crestview Hills shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. Students, families, and fans lined the sidewalks outside of the Connor Convocation Center.

When the women’s basketball team bus arrived behind a police and fire truck escort, coach Jeff Hans was riding shotgun with the newest member of the Thomas More family: the 2015 NCAA Division III national championship trophy.

“It was a little more realistic when I woke up this morning and the trophy was in my room,” said Hans. “I knew that it wasn’t a dream.”

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First Green Bay goes into West Lafayette and takes advantage of a missed free throw in the first overtime to push the game to a second overtime and the upset win over #24 Purdue.

Then, after an interesting first half that saw the #10 Texans stake themselves to a 6-pt lead over the Cardinal at Maples, it looks like Stanford was going to eek out a win. But NO! It goes to overtime! And this time — for the first time in thirty-three years — the Longhorns take down the temporarily #1 Tree. (That’s also Texas’ first takedown of a ranked team in 6 years.) What are pollsters going to do with their votes next week? It’s  so much easier when there  are no upsets in women’s basketball….

So, what is up with the California State schools? Northridge takes down BYU, 63-54. (Could be a tough year for the Cougars) and UC Riverside rolls over San Jose State, 100-80.

Keepin’ the ranked teams honest — #11 North Carolina edged #21 Oklahoma State by 2, 79-77.

The Hatters are off to a 2-0 start, with Marist in their future and Baylor looming. They don’t play conference rival FGCU until January 10th. The Eagles fell to Auburn, 72-69, in spite of Haas’ 30.

Debbie’s game of the night: George Mason over Delaware State, 110-91.

Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner was still mighty efficient (5-10 in 23 minutes), but she has to be careful of fouls. Lucky for the Irish, Jewell Loyd knows nows how to fill up a stat sheet (and shoot free throws). #3 Notre Dame over #15 Michigan State, 71-63.

Susie’s Panthers righted the ship with a school record 13 3-pointers against Michigan, but JMU’s up next.

That being said, JMU had a tough time against American, escaping with a 69-65 win.

A strong second half helped propel #24 Georgia over Ohio State, 67-59.

After scoring 50 points in the first, #8 Maryland eased up in the second, ’cause it could have been wicked ugly final score. Instead it’s just Terps 85, South Florida 67.

Even at home, Princeton continues to pound Pennsylvania.

Well, yes, LSU, it’s going to be that kind of season. The Tigers get rolled by the Green Wave.

After wins over Dayton and Idaho State, Washington State got handled (in the second half) by #16 Nebraska, 82-61.

Well, hello there, Mississippi State, you’re going to the preseason WNIT finals! They take down #17 West Virginia, 74-61 in a game full of ugly shooting. The Bulldogs will face off against the Hilltoppers because, after jumping to the #3 spot in the College Insider mid-major poll, Albany encountered the “Red Wave” of Western Kentucky… and fell,

#2 South Carolina got to iron out some of the kinks out while stomping all over Clemson, 99-41.

Speaking of stomping, there go the Cardinals.

That was Ka’lia Johnson tallying the seventh triple-double in Duke history as the # Blue Devils overcame Old Dominion, 82-66.

Can I ask “what’s happened to Florida” or is that too dismissive of the Red Storm?

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So, where are they going? Here’s the bracket.

So, what’s the reaction?

Sue at “They’re Playing Basketball,” has some quick thoughts.

Charlie goes “Huh?” at the missing Cardinal: Stanford deserved No. 1 seed – South Carolina’s No. 1 seed is puzzling; Louisville getting a 3 not as surprising

The answer to this year’s biggest burning question is right at the top of the bracket: Connecticut was sent to Lincoln, much to the satisfaction of most of the women’s college basketball world.

But a lot of other questions weren’t so easy to answer:

Michelle’s talking bracket winners and losers.

Graham says Tennessee faces toughest regional

Mechelle tries to spoke some road bumps for the Irish and Huskies:

Connecticut and Notre Dame have a chance to finish this season undefeated. The two former conference rivals are No. 1 seeds in the women’s NCAA tournament and could meet for the championship April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

Of course, both teams will try to keep the focus on what’s right in front of them, not what’s down the road. Here’s a look at their potential paths before a possible clash of the titans.

She also cranks out Perfect approach for UConn, ND

After winning the ACC tournament, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw dodged discussion of her Irish and Connecticut potentially meeting in the women’s Final Four again.

McGraw drolly noted that she didn’t think the selection committee would have Notre Dame and UConn meeting in the first round; thus, she wasn’t going to focus on the Huskies.

 Of course, the two undefeated teams in this year’s NCAA women’s tournament are in opposite halves of the bracket, with the potential for an epic national championship game April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

There have been seven undefeated champions in women’s basketball in the NCAA era, which began in the 1981-82 season. Four of them were UConn teams: 1995, 2002, 2009 and 2010. The others were Texas (1986), Tennessee (1998) and Baylor (2012). 

Interestingly enough, though, the only other time there were two unbeaten teams entering NCAA women’s tournament play, they actually did meet in the opening round.

ESPN’s five talking heads are doing some some quick analysis of the bracket.

Photos: It’s amazing… no, humbling, to see all the teams in their uniforms/regalia celebrating during the announcements and then seeing the Army women in their uniforms.

Speaking of Army, from the NY Times’ Zach Schonbrun: In Army’s Second N.C.A.A. Bid, a Bittersweet Connection to the First

At West Point, there was elation just to be included among the 64 best in the country. On Monday morning, Magarity received a text message from Jamie Dixon, the coach at Pittsburgh, congratulating the Black Knights for reaching the N.C.A.A. tournament for the second time. The first was in 2006, when the team was led by the vibrant oung coach Maggie Dixon, Jamie’s sister. Less than a month after losing in the first round to Tennessee, Dixon died from complications of an enlarged heart. She was 28.

Magarity was the associate coach of that 2005-6 team. Dixon’s sudden loss was “absolutely devastating,” Magarity said. It made him question whether coaching was the right path.

From Doug: Huskies, Irish, Lady Vols, Gamecocks earn 1 seeds (poke, poke, Muffet?)

Even though UConn and Notre Dame didn’t play this season, the two teams know plenty about each other having met 12 times over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame isn’t intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Huskies.

”It was very unusual to go through a whole season without playing them, we’re so used to it, three times every year,” McGraw said. ”We’ve gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years.”

Have you checked out “Around The Rim” with Nell & Fran?

Random thoughts from me:

  • W/L: How about Stetson? How do those players and that program not deserve a chance over ASU and/or LSU?
  • Congrats Coach Scott — your friends at George Fox must be beaming.
  • The Old Big East sent seven to the Dance.
  • First round games I have my eye on: Gonzaga/JMU (Yes, LadySwish, Hard not to be in awe of Kenny Brooks and this JMU team), St. Joe’s/Georgia, DePaul/Oklahoma, PSU/Wichita, FGCU/Oklahoma State, Chattanooga/Syracuse

Finally, don’t get all het up about Stanford – Nerd Nation is chillin’

The other Dancin’ is happening at the WNIT. The field:

2014 Postseason
WNIT Teams
a=Automatic Berth

American (Patriot)
a-Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
a-Auburn (SEC)
Ball State (MAC)
a-Belmont (Ohio Valley)
a-Bowling Green (MAC)
Butler (Big East)
a-Cal Poly (Big West)
a-CSU Bakersfield (WAC)
Central Michigan (MAC)
Charlotte (Conference USA)
Colorado (Pac-12)
a-Colorado State (MWC)
a-Creighton (Big East)
a-Delaware (Colonial)
Duquesne (Atlantic 10)
East Carolina (Conference USA)
a-Furman (Southern)
George Washington (Atlantic 10)
a-Green Bay (Horizon)
Harvard (Ivy)
Hawaii (Big West)
a-High Point (Big South)
Indiana (Big Ten)
a-Indiana State (Missouri Valley)
a-Iona (Metro Atlantic)
IUPUI (Summit)
a-Lamar (Southland)
Marquette (Big East)
a-Miami (FL) (ACC)
Michigan (Big Ten)
a-Minnesota (Big Ten)
Mississippi State (SEC)
Missouri (SEC)
Montana (Big Sky)
a-Mount St. Mary’s (NEC)
a-Navy (Patriot)
a-North Carolina A&T (MEAC)
Northwestern (Big Ten)
Old Dominion (Conference USA)
Oregon (Pac-12)
a-Pacific (WCC)
a-Princeton (Ivy)
Quinnipiac (MAAC)
Rutgers (American)
Saint Mary’s (WCC)
San Diego (WCC)
Seton Hall (Big East)
SMU (American)
a-South Dakota State (Summit)
a-South Florida (American)
a-Southern Miss (Conference USA)
a-Southern Utah (Big Sky)
a-St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10)
a-Stetson (Atlantic Sun)
a-Stony Brook (America East)
a-TCU (Big 12)
a-Texas Southern (SWAC)
Tulane (Conference USA)
UTEP (Conference USA 0
VCU (Atlantic 10)
Villanova (Big East)
a-Washington (Pac-12)
Washington State (Pac-12)

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playing UTEP would be an automatic win for Kansas State? Not so much anymore: Miners 84-39.

Other intriguing early trends:

Looks like it might be a tough year for the Hatters. They were defeated by North Carolina A&T, who became the first HBUC to win consecutive games in the preseason WNIT. (Speaking of the WNIT: The Championship game will feature a lot of red: Louisville v. Oklahoma, 4pm EST, CBSSports.)

Ditto for Western Carolina, who got stomped by the Fightin’ Camels (coach Watkin’s 500th win).

See above for St. Francis (PA), who got brushed off by Colgate.

LaTech is 0-2, which makes me wonder how long it will be before the W calls Spoon. Or vice versa: (Hello, Sandy? Hello, Jenny?)

Not a good sign for BU – the just escaped Rhode Island, 52-49.

UNC-Wilmington can’t get no respect. ESPN’s scoreboard says they beat Northern Kentucky, but won’t register the win in the record.

Yah, yah, it’s early, but…

Maine is 3-0.

Temple is 3-0.

St. John’s is 3-0.

St. Mary’s is 3-0.

NC State is 3-0.

Loyd scored a lot of points for Notre Dame.

Yah, they went to overtime, and Tennessee-Martin’s Jasmine Newsome scored a WNIT record 44tpts, but Quinnipiac is 0-2 on the road.

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the Drexel Dragons, 46-43 over Utah.

“This was the perfect finish for a great team,” Drexel head coach Denise Dillon said. “It was obviously a long season but this team wanted as many games as possible. I wanted to coach this team 100 more games. And this team wanted to play 100 more games. I couldn’t be happier with this outcome and giving the senior class a championship.”

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Road-warrior Florida escaped James Madison, 85-80.

[Freshman] Moss scored a game-high 27 points as Florida survived another close contest, topping James Madison 85-80 in the Elite Eight of the WNIT in the JMU Convocation Center on Saturday.

“Sydney has played her best basketball in these past four ballgames,” coach Amanda Butler said. “That’s what great players do. … You see great players raise their level of play.”

They’ll travel again to face Drexel, which took down Auburn, 56-43.

In the other semi, it will be Kansas State, which defeated Illinois, 66-48. Said Head Coach Deb Patterson:

“That was a real exciting win for our team and our program against a very dangerous and high quality Illinois basketball team. They brought a lot of different components to the floor, and we felt like every possession up the floor you were having to be very intelligent. On the offensive end of the floor, they are a very talented team to run offense against. They are very good at what they do. I am extremely pleased with our overall effort, quite frankly on both ends of the floor. We competed very well. It felt good to put a total game together as a basketball team, at a time where anything else would not have got you to this place.”

They’ll face Utah, which escaped St. Mary’s, 58-55.

“We played an incredibly gritty game today, completely different than the last game we played,” Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. “We shot the basketball incredibly well early in the game and then defended unbelievably well down the stretch to finish it out. I couldn’t be prouder and happier for our kids.”

The semis will be played Wednesday, April 2. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 3pm EST.

Congrats to the Detroit Mercy Titans, which won the WBI — and their first women’s basketball post-season title — by virtue of their win over McNeese State.

Calihan Hall was electric for the championship game. The Titans faced the McNeeseState Cowgirls. McNeese State had a down year compared to where they had been the last two seasons (consecutive conference championships and NCAA tournament bids).

The first half of the game was highly competitive. McNeese State stayed close with the Titans and went on a run midway through the first half to take the lead. By the end of the half, the Cowgirls held a two-point lead.

The Titans came out hot in the second half and went on a huge 10-2 run, which changed the entire dynamics of the game. The Titans would not let up and their constant effort led to their first championship, winning 73-62.

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Not really a surprise: Kelly Harper out at North Carolina State.

From the Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig: OU’s Aaryn Ellenberg thrives and succeeds quietly

Aaryn Ellenberg could be the Marshall Henderson of women’s college basketball.

The Oklahoma guard has such a blustery game. It’s all movement, agility and a school record book of 3-pointers, distance-defying torpedoes that often win big games, like the four she buried UCLA with in last week’s NCAA Tournament second-round upset, a result that propelled the Sooners into Sunday’s Sweet Sixteen matchup against fabled Tennessee.

She has a glitzy nickname, “Vegas,” a moniker OU coach Sherri Coale pinned on her around the time she arrived in Norman from Sin City three years ago. Henderson, the Ole Miss star who shoots off his mouth as often as his rapid-fire long-range jumpers, doesn’t even have that going for him.

Elliott Almond at the Mercury News writes: Cal women’s basketball team perseveres through tragedies

Second-seeded Cal has passed some agonizing tests to reach the Sweet 16 where it expects another big challenge Saturday night against Louisiana State. The Golden Bears (30-3) escaped the second round Monday with an 82-78 overtime victory against South Florida after squandering a 10-point lead with a minute left. They also endured four close victories in Pac-12 play.

The perseverance, however, isn’t surprising on a team with three members carrying burdens no one should have to bear. Gennifer Brandon, Eliza Pierre and Tierra Rogers have leaned on each throughout their careers while dealing with the grief of family members suffering violent deaths.

“They don’t just survive, they thrive,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said Friday before the team’s practice at Spokane Arena.

WDEL’s Sean Greene: Delle Donne hopes for WNBA and Olympic future

First, though, writes Kate Fagan: Delle Donne, Delaware face pressure – Kentucky’s defense will test the Blue Hens in their first Sweet 16 appearance

The Delaware Blue Hens don’t appear to be in danger of freezing under the spotlight.

In the minutes before their practice Friday, the players were busy fashioning a headband made out of pre-wrap for assistant coach Jeanine Radice. They were laughing, taking pictures and soaking it all in.

After all, this is Delaware’s first trip to the Sweet 16, and coach Tina Martin has encouraged her players to have fun. Martin even began her news conference by saying, “After I wake up from the dream I’m in …” As in, she can’t believe her little mid-major program — Martin is in her 17th season at Delaware — is making such big waves. “I’m not worried about them being uptight,” Martin said of her players. “If anything, they’re enjoying it and taking in everything they can.”

Charlie gives us Five things to look for in the Sweet 16

5. Which No. 6 seed has the best chance of pulling another upset? An unprecedented four 6-seeds are still playing (along with a No. 12 in Kansas). Oklahoma and LSU have recent tournament pedigree even if that doesn’t include any current players to look to. Nebraska was here in 2010 and that’s it. Delaware is in completely uncharted waters. None of that experience or lack of it probably matters here. It really comes down to matchups.

Nebraska, despite the dynamic duo of point guard Moore and versatile forward Jordan Hooper, might have a difficult time dealing with Duke’s depth and length, not to mention the relative proximity of Durham to Norfolk. Kentucky is even deeper than Duke, and the Wildcats’ athleticism greatly exceeds Delaware’s. The Blue Hens could have some problems dealing with the relentless Kentucky pressure.

Mechelle writes, Landers back in the Sweet 16

Georgia coach Andy Landers stood just outside his team’s locker room at the SEC tournament earlier this month, grinning broadly.

“Listen to them in there,” he said of his players after their quarterfinal victory. “They’re in there high-fiving, chirping, laughing. I still enjoy that so much.”

Landers is the dean of the SEC women’s hoops coaches now that Tennessee’s Pat Summitt has moved into an emeritus role. And he’s one of the longest-tenured, most experienced college basketball mentors, men’s or women’s, in the country.

Michelle writes, Gottlieb carves own path of success

Lindsay Gottlieb jokes that she is the “black sheep in her family.” Except that nobody brags this much about the “black sheep.”

In her father’s courtroom in New York, the court reporters, officers, clerks, they all knew about Judge Stephen Gottlieb’s daughter, the successful basketball coach.

In the hallways of New York University where Chris Gottlieb is a law professor, people always stop to ask how the Bears are doing.

Graham has the Norfolk Sweet 16 breakdown

Fagan has the Bridgeport Sweet 16 breakdown

Mechelle has the Oklahoma City Regional breakdown

Michelle has the Spokane Regional breakdown

And here are espnW’s Sweet 16 picks

John Klein at the Tulsa World says: Draft choice could help Tulsa Shock’s resurgence this season

It could be argued the WNBA Draft has never had three players in the same season capable of changing the fortunes of a franchise.

And, no franchise in recent history of the WNBA has needed a change of fortune more than the Shock.

“We’ve been trying to dig ourselves out of that hole,” said Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg. “We’ve been inching our way up.

Didja hear? WNBA and ESPN Broaden Partnership Through 2022 *if the league has a new logo, why does the article use the old one?*

Shelly DuBois of CNN Money explains Why ESPN thinks the WNBA is worth watching

Speaking of the W, Parker Leads UMMC to EuroLeague Crown

Oh, and Curtis Coach Barbara Farris taking some time off to serve as WNBA assistant

A nine-year WNBA veteran, Farris plans to return to Curtis by mid-October to resume her teaching and coaching responsibilities. The exact date of her return, however, depends on whether the Liberty makes the playoffs.

Farris directed Curtis to a second consecutive Class 2A state championship this year in her third season as coach of the Lady Patriots.

A little DII news: Watterson grad in Division II final

Almost a year ago, Daiva Gerbec sat on the end of the bench and watched Ashland lose in the Division II championship game.

Her season had ended before it could begin when her left Achilles tendon snapped during a running drill in the first workout of the preseason. Not being able to contribute during that 88-82 overtime loss to Shaw was difficult.

Dowling women to play for NCAA Div. II title

The magical ride for the Dowling women’s basketball team continues.

In their first trip to the NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight, the Golden Lions will play for their first national title tomorrow night after they powered their way to a 76-54 semifinal victory over Augustana (Ga.) Wednesday at Greehey Arena.

In future news: CU Buffs’ Lappe already looking ahead

Inside the office of Colorado women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe hangs a dry-erase board.

Just a few days after the 2012-13 season concluded, the players on the 2013-14 roster were already written on that board. In the world of college basketball, there is little time to waste. One season ends and it’s on to the next.

“It’s a process to be consistent,” Lappe said. “It starts right after the season.”

From the Daily Wildcat: Whyte looks back on Arizona women’s basketball career with no regrets

Four years go by fast. For women’s basketball senior Davellyn Whyte, it hasn’t quite set in that her career as a Wildcat is over following the team’s 66-48 loss to Utah in the Pac-12 tournament.

Arizona’s second all-time leading scorer, with 2,059 career points has had a bumpy four years. Being one of the greatest women’s basketball players in school history certainly hasn’t been easy, but she said she reflects on her time in Tucson with no regrets.

The WNIT is at the Elite Eight stage (always interesting to look at the early rounds, since it’s really the only time we get to compare “major” v. “mid-major” conferences). Saturday you’ll see:

Florida at JMU, 4 p.m. ET

Utah at Saint Mary’s, 5 p.m. ET

Illinois at Kansas State, 5 p.m. ET

Drexel at Auburn, 7 p.m. ET

The WBI ended for the Quakers, but Even in loss, Penn women’s basketball shows growth

Mike McLaughlin didn’t know much about losing.

That was the first line of a Daily Pennsylvanian article written on March 24, 2010, after the Quakers finished the season with a program-worst 2-26 record. They set the program record for losses in a single season. They nearly became the first Penn team to lose every single Ivy game, only escaping in the final weekend after a victory at Dartmouth.

“There are times I thought, ‘Am I doing everything within my ability to make them better?’ McLaughlin said in 2010 interview. “They needed a strong leader in adversity.”

Today that feels like a distant memory

In the “this is what scholarships are about” vein: Four Coconut Creek girls basketball players headed to college

For the sixth consecutive year, the Coconut Creek girls basketball is sending a player to college. This year, actually, the Cougars will send four players to the next level. 

Guard Shamari Josey, who averaged 9.3 points per game this season, has signed with St. Augustine in North Carolina, while guard Joelle Patterson, who averaged 6.6 points and and 4.5 assists per game, has signed with Johnson and Wales. Forward Jasmine Watson is headed to Southestern Community College in Iowa. 

Coconut Creek’s other signee was team leader Andrekia Thompson, a first-team All-County selection who averaged 12.3 points per game and reached the 1,000-point career mark, signed with Thomas University, an NAIA program in Georgia. 

In the “what were they thinking!” vein: Missouri high school girls basketball team drinks urine in water cooler prank pulled by rivals

In the “thank you for all your time” vein: St. Peter’s girls basketball coach steps down

Bill Tomsich thought about stepping down last year as the head girls basketball coach at St. Peter’s.

After making another run to the Final Four and being named Division IV Co-Coach of the Year in the state, the stage was set for a grand exit.

“I’m glad I stayed an additional year. I wasn’t ready emotionally to step down,” he said Tuesday afternoon after announcing publicly that he was resigning after 18 years in the program, spending the last nine as head coach.

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So, who’s going WNIT Dancin’?

The actual brackets will be out in a few hours.

Akron
Appalachian State
Arkansas
Army
Auburn
Ball State
Bowling Green State
Boston University
Butler
BYU
Charlotte
Davidson
Drexel
Duquesne
East Carolina
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Washington
FGCU
FIU
Florida
Fordham
Hartford
Harvard
Hawaii
Idaho State
Illinois
Illinois State
Indiana State
Iona
IUPUI
JMU
Kansas State
Long Beach St.
Marquette Memphis
Miami (OH)
Minnesota
Missouri
NC A&T
NC State
Northern Colorado
Northern Iowa
Old dominion
Pacific
Richmond
Sacred Heart
Sam Houston State
San Diego
San Diego St.
Seattle
SMU
St. Mary’s
Texas Southern
Toledo
Tulane
UAB
UALR
UCSB
Utah
Washington
Western Kentucky
Winthrop
Wyoming
Youngstown St.

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Clemson fires coach Coleman

In other news:

From Kelly Kline at Full Court: SEC’s fresh faces make an immediate impact (part I)

From the ACC Tourney: Preeeeeetty!

From SMU: Rhonda Rompola’s conference championship run 30 years in the making

In 1981, the SMU women’s basketball team welcomed a junior transfer from Old Dominion.

Rhonda Rompola led the Mustangs in points with 683 total points per game with 21.3 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game during the ’81-’82 season. She set and still holds school records for season scoring and free throw percentage.

A year later she graduated with a business degree, but… she never left. After graduating, she remained at SMU and worked as an assistant coach for eight years.

Thirty years after her arrival on the Hilltop, Rompola is the head coach of the Lady Mustangs and the team is experiencing one of its greatest season to date.

It’s a different kind of run: Stringer not ruling out WNIT

Unlike the last time the Rutgers women’s basketball team was in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament, coach C. Vivian Stringer is not dismissing the idea of accepting a WNIT berth if that is the fate that awaits Rutgers.

“I’m not going to say that we’re not going to go,” Stringer said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ll need to talk with my athletic director and our school and see what is best should that be an option. But to be honest with you, it’s not part of my DNA so I have not given even two seconds worth of conversation. I can’t think about that now. You’ve got to always think about doing what you can at the highest levels.”

Yah, we knew this: Marist perfectly situated in MAAC

Eighteen down. Three to go.

Having already turned in only the third 18-0 regular season by a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball team — men’s or women’s — Marist College’s women will look to take the next step toward a perfect league season today, when the Red Foxes open the MAAC tournament in Springfield, Mass.

“Oh, we’re definitely excited,” said junior guard Leanne Ockenden, whose top-seeded Red Foxes (23-6) play in today’s 1:30 p.m. quarterfinals against No. 9 Manhattan. “We just want to get there and start playing.”

What’s this from Bleecher Report? Could Baylor’s Brittney Griner Play on a Men’s College Basketball Team?

The women’s game and the men’s game are comparable on several levels. At the core, both games are about dribbling, passing, cutting, shooting and working as a team. 

However, the differences are obvious. The best explanation for why a woman cannot play in the men’s game is that the game moves much faster. The players are much bigger, much stronger and much more physical. Almost too physical at times.

Jayda gives us this “good news” tweet: Jayda Evans@JaydaEvans  #WSU coach June Daugherty released from hospital. Not attending shoot-around/questionable for tonight’s gm v No. 4 Card

and this WATN? Kate Starbird, former basketball star, chooses a different route — as usual

Kate Starbird does what she can to brighten her dreary fourth-floor office at Sieg Hall. A picture of her newborn nephew is above her desk. A cluster of succulent plants sits below a window looking out onto the University of Washington campus.

Starbird, 37, is a first-year assistant professor in UW’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation laboratory. In English, that means she teaches how social media is used in crisis situations and how to design better applications for digital volunteers.

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…with all 16 teams in Round 1 action.

All of the teams, including Delaware, Georgetown, Iowa, MTSU, and North Carolina, officially begin their path to March Madness. The Preseason WNIT helps prepare them with a three-game guarantee and a tournament-playoff atmosphere. The teams that play for the WNIT title will play four games, with the Championship Game televised live on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 18 at one of the participating schools.

To get up-to-date scores and news of Preseason WNIT games, visit www.womensnit.com and click on “Sign up for WNIT Pocket Updates.” You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure to use #wnit when posting any Twitter messages.

Friday’s schedule:

Round 1 Games
(All 2011-12 team records in parentheses)

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Davidson (22-10) at North Carolina (20-11), 5 p.m. ET

Northern Illinois (14-17) at Iowa (19-12), 6:30 p.m. ET

Kennesaw State (14-17) at Middle Tennessee (26-7), 6:30 p.m. ET

Liberty (24-9) at Duquesne (20-12), 7 p.m. ET

Sacred Heart (25-8) at Georgetown (23-9), 7 p.m. ET

Grambling State (15-15) at Memphis (25-8), 8 p.m. ET

Sam Houston State (18-12) at Delaware (31-2), 8 p.m. ET

Morehead State (10-19) at Illinois State (19-13), 8 p.m. ET

Winners of Friday’s games advance to play in Round 2 games Sunday. The losers of Friday’s games will move to Consolation Rounds 1&2, details of which will be announced Saturday, Nov. 10.

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but it’s okay ’cause I haven’t checked the scores.

How’d we do?

Next round:

Saturday, March 24
Syracuse at Toledo, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 25
Colorado at Oklahoma State, 1:30 p.m. ET
Virginia at JMU, 2 p.m. ET
San Diego at Washington, 3 p.m. ET

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So how’d we do? Part 3

WNIT results.

 

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Check out the final results of the first round of the WNIT. BTW, congrats! “San Diego won its first postseason game in history, holding off Cal State Northridge 60-58 to advance to Round 2, where they will host Pacific at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.”

Second Round Picks
Saturday, March 17
Appalachian State at NC State, 5 p.m. ET
Harvard at Temple, 6 p.m. ET
Florida International at South Florida, 7 p.m. ET
Memphis at Missouri State, 8 p.m. ET
Saint Mary�s at Oregon State, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, March 18
Wake Forest at JMU, 2 p.m. ET
VCU at St. Joseph�s, 2 p.m. ET
Tulane at Texas Tech, 3 p.m. ET
Utah at Washington, 3 p.m. ET
Wichita State at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m. ET
Villanova at Illinois State, 3:05 p.m. ET
Pacific at San Diego, 7 p.m. ET

Monday, March 19
Syracuse at Drexel, 7 p.m. ET
Cincinnati at Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
Richmond at Virginia, 7 p.m. ET
Colorado at South Dakota, 8 p.m. ET

Next, in the better late than never world, check out the other basketball that’s going on:

The NCAA Division II brackets have hit the semis and three of the four #1 seeds are playing: Wayne State v, Bentley and Rollin v. Cinderella Lander, the #4 seed responsible for the missing #1 seed. The teams are playing in San Antonio (lucky devils) on March 21st.

The NCAA Division III brackets finish up on St. Patrick’s Day in Holland, Michigan. George Fox, who stopped the Amherst winning streak at 50, will fact off against  Illinois Wesleyan, who earned a shot at the title by virtue of their 67-53 win over St. Thomas.

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So, how’d we do?

Check out the recaps for the first part of the first round of the WNIT.

Scanning the scores, I can say WOW, some really close games (and some not so close). It’s really cool to see how the best (and second best) of conferences match up against each other. Something to study when people discuss seeding and the “eye test.”

Looking forward to “rebracketing” the second round.

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So the WNIT is going to be

interesting, what with the possible Baylor/Notre Dame match up Nov 12.

The Irish will be short-handed, though: Achonwa to miss a month with bad knee

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the WNIT preseason field has been announced.

The 16-team field for the 2011 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament was announced today.

Top 10 teams Baylor, Notre Dame, and UCLA headline the field that also includes Akron, Chattanooga, Detroit, Drexel, ETSU, Hartford, Howard, Indiana State, Long Island, Manhattan, McNeese State, Tennessee Tech, and UAB.

The Preseason WNIT bracket will be announced in June. Click here for snapshot of the field.

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Check out this YouTube video.

And what about to their fans? Writes one:

Television can’t come close to describing the electricity and excitement generated in the arena by the fans for this championship game.

I saw my first basketball game at Toledo as a junior high youngster back in 1954 and have been hooked since then.

Nothing – and I really mean nothing – that I’ve witnessed over the years comes remotely close to having watched and participated in the happenings taking place at Savage Arena on Saturday, and that would include the 1976 Savage Hall dedication game win over reigning NCAA champ Indiana, the 1998 win over Ohio State, the women’s 2001 win over Duke, and the 2008 men’s Savage Arena rededication win over UMASS. Even our normally-passive chronologically-challenged fans stood, cheered, and bounced in place throughout the game.

Additionally, I’m so proud of our fans for being so very gracious to the USC team and small contingent of fans they brought to the game. I know it’s easy to be gracious when you’re the winner, but the visitors I spoke with said they appreciated the hospitality.

As a fan of the MAC I hope that all of you can some day have the same “Toledo” experience in your arenas.

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7000 fans watched Toledo earn a 76-68 win over USC to claim the WNIT title. Naama Shafir scored a career-high 40 points to propel the Rockets their school’s first-ever national championship.

“It’s been electric it’s been so exciting to see the ticket office area just jam packed,” said coach Trica Cullop. “Our players went out and thanked people because it was just awesome…to see what it could feel like with that much excitement for women’s basketball.”

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A WNIT update

Saturday, March 19th

Toledo 67, Auburn 52
Boston College 86, St. Joseph’s 59
BYU 102, Utah State 63
Duquesne 80, Kansas 63

From Mel: St. Joseph’s WNIT Win Makes Shields Sisters Foes At Boston College

Today’s games

Illinois State at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. EST
Charlotte at South Carolina, 2 p.m. EST
Arkansas at Missouri, 3 p.m. EST
Alabama at Northwestern, 3 p.m. EST
Virginia at Loyola, 4 p.m. EST
Southern Cal at Nevada, 5 p.m. EST

From RGJ.com: Nevada women’s basketball hosts WNIT today vs. USC

From the News-Press: Super sub boosts FGCU women’s basketball – Transfer critical part of playoff push

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has some WNIT thoughts: ODU, Liberty in WNIT: Who wants to play?

Because it’s not clear where the players’ heads are – and also due to the short preparation time teams have for opponents they often know little about – home teams have historically had an even greater-than-normal edge in WNIT games. Doesn’t mean Liberty can’t win at Charlotte tonight, and it doesn’t guarantee Old Dominion will take down Loyola (Md.). But in the WNIT in particular, there really is no place like home.

For Central Michigan, their WNIT game against Illinois State on Thursday will be their first postseason bid since 1984.

Other teams playing:

Florida: Tickets for UF Women’s Basketball WNIT First Round Game on Sale

Arizona: For Cats, win in WNIT might mean trip back home

Nevada: Pack takes to road for WNIT opener

Yale: Women’s basketball to face BC in WNIT first round

Oklahoma State: Cowgirls to host Pepperdine in WNIT

Check out the rest of the schedule.

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The automatic bids for the WNIT are up:

Appalachian St. (SoCon)
Arizona (Pac 10)
Boston College (ACC)
Butler (Horizon)
BYU (Mountain West)
Cal Poly (Big West)
Denver (Sun Belt)
Duquesne (Atlantic 10)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atl. Sun)
Illinois St. (Missouri Valley)
Kansas (Big 12)
Lamar (Southland)
Lehigh (Patriot)
Liberty (Big South)
Loyola-Md. (Metro-Atl.)
Michigan (Big 10)
Monmouth (Northeast)
Morgan St. (MEAC)
Old Dominion (Colonial)
Oral Roberts (Summit)
Portland St. (Big Sky)
Rice (Conference USA)
South Carolina (SEC)
Southern (SWAC)
St. Mary’s CA (West Coast)
Syracuse (Big East)
Tennessee Tech (Ohio Val.)
Toledo(MAC)
UMBC (America East)
Utah State (WAC)
Yale (Ivy League)

*all sing* Will Southern stay or will they go?

And surprise! They will!

Can I just say, “Well played, coach Pugh. Well played.”

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The WNIT pre-season tournament starts tomorrow.

First-round Preseason WNIT games
All 2009-2010 team records in parentheses

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Austin Peay (15-18) at Purdue (15-17), 5 p.m. ET
Lamar (26-8) at Missouri State (22-11), 6:30 p.m. ET
St. Francis PA (17-15) at Toledo (25-9), 7 p.m. ET
Hampton (20-12) at JMU (26-7), 7 p.m. ET
Valparaiso (9-21) at DePaul (21-12), 8 p.m. ET
Utah Valley (10-22) at South Dakota State (22-11), 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
Central Florida (11-16) at Florida (15-17), 4 p.m. ET
Iona (18-14) at Charlotte (18-14), 5 p.m. ET

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