Leading Lady: O’Rourke’s competitive fire admired by Penn State teammates.
McCoughtry brings respectability to Louisville. (respectability?)
Vanderbilt’s Wirth leads team on, off court.
ISU’s Bill Fennelly keeps the good times rolling.
Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better
“This was a neat thing to be a part of,” Dulles coach Doug Lechtenberger said. “Where the game of girls basketball has come is really special, and Kelsey and Brittney have a lot to do with that in this area.”
With conference tournaments right around the corner, what better time to begin our series of All-WNBA Conference teams, where we put together teams made up of current WNBA players for each major college conference.
Today we will unveil our picks for the All-WNBA BIG EAST team, but before we get to the picks we need to go over the ground rules for these selections.
• If "Brangelina" woke up and resembled Homer Simpson and Olive Oyl.
• If Tiger Woods looked around a silent green to see a handful of
disinterested people who made up his sparse gallery.
• If Miley Cyrus
couldn't get Radio Disney to play any of her songs.
When Joanne Boyle arrived in Berkeley four years ago, the University of California women's basketball team had finished its 12th-straight losing season. Its previous coach was fired after going 52-91 in five years. The team was a local-media footnote compared to cross-bay rival Stanford.
But the Golden Bears have found themselves since then, reaching the last three NCAA tournaments. Now ranked as the nation's No. 4 team, they are contenders for the national title this year.
AA of Year: Amber Guffey - Murray State - 4.0 GPA and averages 20.3 ppgThe members of the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team, College division:
Paige Guffey - Murray State
Megan Frazee - Liberty
Theresa Lisch - Saint Louis University
Maya Moore - Connecticut
AA of Year: Emily Brister - West Texas A&M - 3.91 GPA and averages 23.4 ppg
Anna Atkinson - Wingate
Megan Scheele - Edgewood
Julia Hirssig - Wisconsin-Stout
Laura Marquardt - Newberry
This is the situation that Ramona school district has found itself in. Parents sued the district in 2007 arguing that the softball team was not receiving equitable treatment under Title IX. The district has built a new field with amenities comparable to the baseball team--under the order of a federal judge. But the bigger cost--larger than the $200,000 on said field--is the court order to pay the legal fees the parents incurred, around $350,000.If you add the district's legal fees, I'm guessing the lawyers etc got $700,000. Ykes!
WRAL is producing a commemorative DVD to raise money for Coach Yow's charity. Net proceeds will benefit Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™, a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Contents include highlights of her career, NCSU Tribute at Reynolds Coliseum, ESPN video tribute, ACC Coaches memories of Kay, the eulogy from Rev. Mitchell Gregory and Kay's complete video testimony and farewell message
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Calhoun joined Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Phelan, Mike Krzyzewski and Eddie Sutton as the only Division I coaches to win at least 800 games. “I looked around at that list, and I’m really happy to be in their company,” he said.Sincerely,
This summer, 2009, I am going to embark on the ULTIMATE journey for any WNBA fan; I am going to travel to the home court of every team in the league to catch a game. That's right, all 13 teams (it should have been 14!! Why did Houston have to fold? Yeah, I am a bit bummed that I will not get to see Tina Thompson in action in a comets jersey, but I'll get over it.)I tell ya, there's nothing like a good, old-fashioned Stalking Tour. Or two.
We spend a lot of time talking about Washington and Washington State, but the state's best women's basketball team is nestled between the two in Gonzaga. And this week sophomore PG Courtney Vandersloot was named one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Nancy Lieberman award. Storm PG Sue Bird (Connecticut) won this honor from 2000 to 2002.
While sophomore center Paris Johnson continues up the all-time blocks list and junior guard Jené Morris moves toward being one of the best three-point shooters in program history, perhaps the most prominent of those instances came on Saturday, when junior guard Quenese Davis tied the SDSU career record for assists, and did so during a statement game from the Aztecs where they defeated New Mexico, 75-64.
P.S. If Graham were writing the game article on the Temple win, it might carry this headline: "Musketeers DisembOWLed."
American's Matt Corkery- Eagles (18-9, 8-4 Patriot)
Alabama's Wendell Hudson - (13-15, 1-12 SEC)
Arizona's Niya Butts - (10-15, 3-11 PAC-10)
Ball State's Kelly Packard - Cardinals (19-8, 11-2 MAC)
Boston College's Sylvia Crawley (16-9, 7-7 ACC) - on edit: As Mel reminds me, I keep on ignoring the "ROOKIE" part of the eligibility rules. We know Crawley coached Ohio - where Randall took over, so she can't be "official" list. Fortunately, this is the list as presented by the WHB.
George Washington's Mike Bozeman - (17-10, 9-3 A-10)
North Dakota State's Carolyn DeHoff (13-12, 10-6 Summit)
Ohio's Semeka Randall (10-15, 5-7 MAC)
Temple's Tonya Cardoza (19-8, 10-3 A-10)
UCLA's Nikki Caldwell (16-9, 7-7 Pac-10) - on edit - 'cause I'm a doofus.
UC Santa Barbara's Lindsay Gottlieb (17-9, 12-1 Big West)
By my admittedly on-the-fly count, here's what happened when Moore touched the ball:
• Seven times she shot the ball
• Three times she was fouled
• Two times she made passes leading to made shots
• Two times she made passes leading to missed shots
• One time she made a pass leading to two free throws
• Three times she was fouled
• Two times she committed turnovers
• One time a teammate committed a turnover
The University of Michigan said Monday it is ending its licensing agreement with Russell Corp. over what it says is the apparel-maker's denial of workers' rights at a plant in Honduras.Russell is a major sponsor of the WBCA's end-of-the-year awards.
Cornell University said Friday it was cutting ties to Russell, following Georgetown, Wisconsin, Miami, Rutgers, Houston, Columbia and Purdue universities
OK, Texas A&M never killed off its women’s basketball program for eight days like Oklahoma once did. But, let me tell you … the Aggies’ program, not long ago, seemed more or less dead.
Consider the thesaurus suggestions for this particular meaning of “dead:” uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, dull, boring, flat, sleepy, quiet, lackluster, lifeless.
Sure, some Aggies fans will wisecrack, “Hey, why are you bringing up Lubbock?” Just kidding! That might be a Gary Blair joke, see. One he could almost get away with because he is a Texas Tech alum. (Until they would then take his diploma away, that is.)
Caroline 2, Tree 0
Senior guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood has left the team for personal reasons, according to Frese, but she is planning to remain enrolled in classes and to graduate in May. Wiley-Gatewood had a star-crossed career since being named the 2004 Parade national high school player of the year: she originally played at Tennessee, transferred to Maryland during her sophomore year, and then sat out last season with knee problems. She was averaging 4.2 points and 19.3 minutes per game this season, and made 14 starts.
It’s a familiar story to those who’ve followed the sport for a while. But women’s basketball gets new fans regularly who, understandibly, know very little of its history. Plus, there are youngsters who aren’t old enough to remember all the attention Oklahoma got for its run to the 2002 Final Four, when the “Lazarus program’s” story was told by many media outlets. But now, they are old enough to be interested in the sport and likely would be very surprised to hear that not all that long ago, Oklahoma did away with women’s basketball.
Why did they make that decision? Well, this may sound flip, but it truthfully sums up the attitude at the time by those who favored abolishing the program. They thought it was a waste of money.
Job OpeningYup, it's time to start looking for the successor to Anne Donovan.
Salary Range: None
Perks: Some cool USA Basketball t-shirts, stress-related weight-loss
Commitment: Three years
Expectations: Gold or don't come home
Control: Sorry, the Committee has it
Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University: no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team.
The film follows the lawsuit filed in 2006 against Portland and Penn State by student athlete Jennifer Harris. This high profile case ignited the world of women's collegiate sports and inspired the discussions so sorely needed to end discrimination based on sexual orientation that is pervasive in all organized sports.
Over the course of her four seasons at Maryland, senior Marissa Coleman has grown used to playing in front of enthusiastic crowds comprising several thousand people at Comcast Center. On Sunday, the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat Rutgers in front of 12,861, the ninth-largest crowd in ACC history. Tomorrow evening, an even bigger crowd is expected when Maryland goes for its 33rd consecutive home victory in a game against No. 7 Duke.
But every once in a while -- like on Thursday night, when the Terrapins beat Georgia Tech in front of only 1,361 fans at Alexander Memorial Coliseum (capacity: 9,191) in Atlanta -- Coleman is reminded just how special those big Comcast Center crowds are.
Not that this is a news flash … but it’s looking even more likely these days that the two titans of women’s hoops, Tennessee and Connecticut, won’t meet for the second year in a row.
Not unless they’re in the same NCAA Tournament region, that is, and are slated to meet no later than the Sweet 16. At least, for now, that’s how it appears. In fact, even normally optimistic-minded Tennessee fans are talking about the unthinkable: That for the first time in NCAA Tournament history, the Orange Crush might not even make the Sweet 16.
And you probably don’t even want to know what pessimistic-minded Tennessee fans are thinking. It’s so bleak it makes “Revolutionary Road” look like a breezy comedy.
Rachel Galligan has been the center of attention for the Panthers from the moment she stepped on the court in 2005.
It took her three games to enter the starting lineup, and she never relinquished it. The list of accolades is long and impressive: Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, OVC All-Newcomer Team, First Team All-OVC (twice), OVC All-Tournament Team, and The Daily Eastern News Female Athlete of the Year.
It was a year ago this week that Maryland coach Brenda Frese had her twins, Markus and Tyler. Time really zips by. They're already playing H-O-R-S-E with Kristi Toliver.
OK, not quite.
"But they're real little boys now, not babies," Frese said. "They already know how to manipulate mom and dad at the age of 1."
What do fans think of other “super” fans? Does it depend on whether they are for or against your team? Does it matter where and when they sit/stand? Does it make a difference to you if it seems like they spend much of their time ripping officials as opposed to just cheering for their players? Should officials have to put up with anything so long as it’s not profane?
As the Assembly Hall emptied out, one hoarse fan shouted he wanted his money back.Ugly is an equal opportunity basketball court visitor.....
Penn State coach Ed DeChellis seemed to understand, saying the game between his Nittany Lions and Illinois might have set basketball back a few years to the days of founder James Naismith.
As part of the battle to raise money to help find a cure for cancer, three authentic UConn Women’s Basketball game jerseys, donated by Nike and identical to the ones worn today by the Huskies, will be autographed by each member of the UConn women’s basketball program and auctioned off to the highest bidders with 100% of the proceeds directed to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.If other programs are doing something similar, please let me know.....
The three UConn Women’s Basketball White & Pink game jerseys, provided by Nike as part of its commitment to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, each include the Number 1 on the front and back. Go here to bid.
On Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, 3rd, the Sparks are offering an unbelievable chance to tryout for one of the WNBA's premier teams!
If you're tired of sitting in the bleachers and think you know a thing or two about rebounding, shooting, or passing, then this is your opportunity! For a mere $75, the Sparks are offering all professional basketball hopefuls a once in a lifetime opportunity. By hitting the hardwood floor, you not only get to show your basketball skills to Sparks Head Coach Michael Cooper and Vice President/General Manager Penny Toler, but you will also receive one (1) lower level ticket to the Sparks third home game against the Seattle Storm on Sunday, June 28th .
Last summer, Naama Shafir was at home in Hoshaya, Israel, wondering if it was practical to combine playing college basketball in the USA with her Orthodox Jewish beliefs after dealings with Boston College and Seton Hall didn't work out.
Meanwhile, Tricia Cullop had become coach at Toledo and was desperate for a point guard, even one who required kosher meals and couldn't travel from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.Theirs was a match made in recruiting networking.
The 1998-99 Montana State University-Billings women's basketball team will be inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame this weekend. The honor comes an exact decade after the Yellowjackets advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament.
That work ethic was evident the summer of 1998. To achieve those goals, most of the players stayed in Billings the previous summer. Some took waitressing jobs, while Montague worked at Peter Yegen Golf Course. Pfiefle worked for the City Rec department.
"Up at 5 a.m. to set sprinklers," she said with soft chuckle. "Being in town, it was just something we knew we needed to do."
The Sycamores have lost four players to season-ending ACL injuries, including junior center Laurence Rivest, senior guard Leah Phillips, freshman guard/ forward Deja Mattox and, most recently, junior guard Kelsey Luna.
Despite all the injuries, the Sycamores have continued to shock the Missouri Valley Conference, sitting in fourth place with a record of 8-4, 12-11 overall.
...perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the Aztecs knocked Utah from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Mountain West with a 55-49 win at Cox Arena on Wednesday night and, in so doing, cut the gap between themselves and the Utes to a single game in the standings.
Except that after the past two decades, it's pretty clear that Burns -- and not one of the most livable cities in the country -- holds the key to hardwood success here.
Texas coach Gail Goestenkors entered a pink sea at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday, and a rush of thoughts, images and memories came to mind. More than two decades ago, she spent a season here at Iowa State, a grad assistant fresh out of college. It was such a different time in women's basketball, but especially different at a place like Iowa State.
The arena that was rocking with 12,242 fans on Sunday often was so quiet way back then that you could have held an intimate conversation in the stands. Except you wouldn't have wanted to because, you know, everyone could have heard you.
"To see it today, walking out, I was really proud," Goestenkors said. "I was proud of this crowd. And I feel a very tiny, tiny bit part of it, just because it's where I started my coaching career.
As we approach the selection of the NCAA tournament field every season, the debate rages about what makes one team better than another. Is it a tougher schedule, more Top 25 wins, better overall record? Sometimes, however, the numbers are pushed aside and this question needs to be asked: If Team A and Team B met on a neutral floor, who would win?
That's highly subjective, of course, but it can lend some perspective. And what if some of those games were actually played?
None of these games are on the schedule. Some could take place in the tournament, though. And some have nothing at all to do with tournament comparisons. The matchups just might be fun or interesting.
Here are the games I'd like to see:
Just over a year since Force 10 Hoops bought the Seattle Storm, the new owners are learning to walk in preparation for running. Within the last month, the four-woman ownership group has guaranteed its team's playing home for the next decade and leased a new office facility. With this foundation, they can now solidify their roster -- the current uncertainty of which is worrying a lot of Storm fans.
Minneapolis South girls basketball star Tayler Hill broke the unofficial Minnesota scoring record for girls and boys during Tuesday night's Minneapolis City Conference game against Roosevelt.
Hill, a 5-foot-10 senior, converted a fast-break layup with 10:25 left in the second half to score her 25th point in the game, giving her a career total of 3,695 points, according to South records
Menlo School senior Jackie Shepard certainly saved her best for last. In the final regular-season game in the West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division) on Friday night, Shepard poured in an all-time school record 51 points to lead the Knights to a 71-47 victory over host ICA in San Francisco.
The 51 points is the most ever by any Menlo boy or girl.
In recent years, Division I athletics departments generally have been increasing their spending at a higher annual rate than their universities. In addition, guaranteed earnings for numerous football and men's basketball coaches have soared beyond $1 million a year.
But even at Arizona State — whose athletics program is financially self-supporting except for "very nominal" assistance from the university, says athletics director Lisa Love — football coach Dennis Erickson and men's basketball coach Herb Sendek are being forced to lose 12 days' pay between Feb. 2 and the close of the school's fiscal year, June 30. (Depending on job classification, Arizona State's furloughs, announced Jan. 28, are for 10, 12 or 15 days — double to triple the days being lost by employees of the other three schools.)
Auburn keeps on truckin', hitting 25 wins for the first time since '92-'93On the upset watch:
GTech stayed close in the first half and then North Carolina said no more
Maryland rolled over Rutgers
Ohio State knocked off Northwestern
Texas squeeeeezed out a win over Iowa State
Kansas State edged Oklahoma State
Xavier struggled initially with Dayton, but emerged victorious.
Vandy got their revenge over Georgia
LSU throttled #11 Florida - who probably wants to do the same to Beth and Debbie
NC State played with emotion and held it together to knock off #15 Virgina