Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Down they go (again).....and more rich storylines

Upendings:

#19 Michigan took down #8 Ohio State.

Nebraska knocked off #20 Iowa, 74-65.

Almost upset:

#14 Maryland hung on to beat Indiana, 74-70.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features #17 West Virginia at #24 Oklahoma State.

College team news:

TCU is the NCAA's team of the week.

UConn has to work on rebounding and rotation.

The Longhorns must build on their eye-opening loss to UConn.

It's rivalry week in the Pac-12.

The rankings of Oregon and Oregon State make this year's Civil War a rarity.

Oklahoma State needs multiple players to fill the void left by Areanna Combs.

MAC power rankings.

Division II roundup.

College player news:

Kelsey Mitchell reflects on her climb up the scoring list.

Consistent Teana Muldrow is driving West Virginia.

Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two for Oregon.

After her 14th concussion, Missouri State's Audrey Holt is stepping away from basketball.

FGCU have added William & Mary transfer Tyra Cox.

Tatum Rembao is making an immediate impact for Creighton.

How the McNeill twins have sparked Virginia Union to a 16-1 start.

Ursuline College's Camryn Hill becomes one of the youngest in NCAA history to score 1,000 points.

NCAA top 16 seeds:

Continuing a two-year-old tradition, the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee will reveal their mock top 16 seeds on Thursday.

WNBA news:

A mock WNBA draft, chosen by a panel of league's coaches, GMs.

Crystal Robinson is a new assistant coach for the Seattle Storm.

Tina Charles has been given a franchise tag by the New York Liberty.

The Dream's Bria Holmes will miss the 2018 season due to pregnancy.

Candace Parker and Skylar Diggins-Smith will be features in Nickelodean's upcoming series "Crashletes."

McDonald's All American Game:

Rosters were revealed today.

Teammates will be divided for the game.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Just another Big Monday

Today's result:

#9 Texas came close to upsetting #1 UConn. Final: Huskies 75, Longhorns 71.

Without leading scorer Maci Morris, Kentucky fell to Vanderbilt, 70-55.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features only 12 games, but one is #19 Michigan at #8 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes seek their second win over the Wolverines.

College team news:

Is Louisville a Final Four team? These former stars think so.

Iowa is searching for a more balanced approach.

Oregon State bounced back over the weekend.

Central Michigan improves every game and is undefeated in MAC play.

Lehigh is poised to make a move in the Patriot League.

College player news:

Louisville's Asia Durr is ESPNW's player of the week.

Linnae Harper's offense helps spread the scoring load at Ohio State.

In case you missed it, Buckeye Kelsey Mitchell became the 13th player in NCAA history to notch 3,000 points last week.

Katelyn Flaherty is leaving quite a legacy at Michigan.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is about more than triple-doubles.

Not knowing English when she arrived, Oklahoma State's Maria Castro has quickly adjusted to American life.

College coach news:

With Amy Williams in charge, Nebraska is on the rise.

WNBA news:

Free agency begins. See who's available.

What you need to know about free agency.

Erin Phillips is retiring from basketball.

From pain to power: Ruthie Bolton has found purpose in her pain and struggle.

(Surprisingly) Not too many changes in the AP top 25 poll

Despite all the upsets this past week, not much has changed in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. Louisville
3. Mississippi State
4. Baylor
5. Notre Dame
6. Tennessee
7. Oregon
8. Ohio State
9. Texas
10. South Carolina
11. Missouri
12. Florida State
13. UCLA
14. Maryland
15. Duke
16. Texas A&M
17. West Virginia
18. Oregon State
19. Michigan
20. Iowa
21. California
22. Arizona State
23. Green Bay
24. Oklahoma State
25. Rutgers

Coaches Chair: Stefanie Pemper, Naval Academy

Q&A with the longtime coach of Navy.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The upsets flow

Upset, upset, upset:

For the second time this week, TCU has upset a ranked opponent. This time it was #15 West Virginia: 76-74 in OT.

The Megan Gustafson show wasn't enough for #18 Iowa, as they fell to Purdue, 76-70.

Kansas State lit up #20 Oklahoma State, 80-64.

Florida International 68, Rice 58.

Almost upset:

#21 Rutgers needed an OT to defeat Minnesota, 80-70.

#23 Michigan edged Nebraska in OT, 69-64.

More results:

#10 Ohio State downed Indiana, 77-62.

Buffalo felled Ball State, 84-80.

Wyoming nipped Colorado State, 53-49.

All scores.

So many tasty matchups tomorrow.

College team news:

How South Carolina could beat Tennessee without A'ja Wilson.

The Lady Vols must move on from their loss Thursday to face the Gamecocks.

Cal's young stars and chemistry help in handling pressure.

Short-handed Maryland is still in the mix in a tight Big Ten race.

UConn is amassing assists at an historic rate.

Notre Dame looks to bounce back against Boston College.

Central Michigan is unbeaten in the MAC.

College player news:

Reliable Maite Cazorla lets her game do the talking for No. 8 Oregon.

College coach news:

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb is balancing her job with being a new mom.

Q&A with Arizona coach Adia Barnes.

Episode six of Mike Neighbors' radio show, "the Neighborhood."

Jacksonville coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin's podcast: No Ceilings.

Milestones:

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell surpassed the 3,000-point career mark - only the 13th player in NCAA history to do so.

Katelynn Flaherty today became Michigan's all-time scoring leader, woman or man.

High school news:

She's 6-2, in eighth grade and can dunk. And she's on the Gamecocks' radar.

WNBA news:

Donald Trump's view of Africa isn't what Chiney Ogwumike sees.

The Connecticut Sun are still looking for that missing piece.

Tiffany Bias continues her basketball career while pursuing modeling.

Bonus:

Why do we let immigrants into our country? Because of people like Nicky Anosike.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Conference play heats up, as does the news load

Pac-12:

AKA the heart attack conference this evening.

#22 Oregon State 57, #18 Arizona State 54

#14 UCLA 81, Utah 74

#24 Cal 69, Washington 60

And.....

USC 86, Colorado 51

#8 Oregon 62, Arizona 44

Big East:

Marquette 69, Butler 67

Villanova 67, Seton Hall 59

St. John's 64, Georgetown 41

Colonial:

JMU 70, Elon 67

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features a huge Big Ten lineup and some key matchups in the Big 12.

College team news:

Louisville deserves attention.

Short-handed Maryland is losing their grip on elite status in the Big Ten.

Oregon State is remaining calm and focused after last weekend's two losses.

Playing free is paying off for Nebraska.

Toledo hopes to spread a positive message.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lady Vols. But she may still play.

Senior Mikayla Cowling is already a legend of Cal basketball.

Kyra Lambert's leadership buoys Duke, despite her ACL tear.

UConn freshman Andra Espinoza-Hunter will transfer.

Meet the sauce that spices up Colorado State.

Arizona State's Kianna Ibis has risen from injury to lead her ranked team.

Courtney Fredrickson's free throw streak helps her maintain consistency at Wisconsin.

WNBA's senior watch has its eye on several more great college prospects.

College coach news:

Capital's Dixie Jeffers becomes fifth DIII women's basketball coach to reach 700 wins.

The coordinator of player development for Iowa State, Adam Urness, resigned Friday amid a Twitter message scandal involving a high school basketball player.

College AD news:

Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose reflects on her pioneering career.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner backed Dawn Staley in a call to the SEC office.

WNBA news:

The Seattle Storm has ignited social justice.

Post-up with Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Post-up with Imani McGhee-Stafford.

USA Basketball news:

Sun coach Curt Miller will serve on the Women's National Team player selection committee.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame names 10 finalist for 2018 induction

What a list. Can we just put them all in?

YELENA BARANOVA (International Player - Russia)
1992 Olympic Games gold medalist.
1998 European Player of the Year.
2001 WNBA All-Star.

CEAL BARRY (Coach)
All-time coaching record of 510-284 in 26 seasons with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16, and three Elite Eight appearances.
Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995).
1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.

ROSE MARIE BATTAGLIA (Veteran - Contributor)
NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2.
Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships.
1998 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

CHRISTINE DAILEY (Contributor - Assistant Coach)
As Connecticut's top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 991-135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships.
Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year.
Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

MICKIE DEMOSS (Contributor - Assistant Coach)
Her overall record as an assistant coach is 829-200.
As an assistant, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships and 12 NCAA Women's Final Four appearances.
Two-year stint as an assistant for the Indiana Fever including their 2012 WNBA Championship season.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (U.S. Player)
All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.

VICTORIA "VICKIE" ORR (U.S. Player)
Three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1987, 1988, 1989).
Ranks third all-time at Auburn University in scoring with 2,035 career points, leading Auburn to two NCAA Women's Final Fours (1988 & 1989).
1988 SEC Player of the Year.

KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player)
Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008).
Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008, and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP.
Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State.

VALERIE STILL (U.S. Player)
Kentucky's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, guiding them to the 1982 SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
1982 & 1983 Kodak/WBCA All-American.
First female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky, in any sport, and inducted in the charter class of the University of Kentucky's Hall of Fame.

TINA THOMPSON (U.S. Player)
Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008).
Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000).
Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.

And then there were three, and other upendings

#17 Texas A&M handed #7 Tennessee their first loss of the season in overtime, 79-76.

Now only three undefeated teams remain: Mississippi State, UConn and.......

Equally shocking upsets:

#3 Louisville dominated #2 Notre Dame, 100-67. The Cardinals are 19-0.

Instant analysis.

Michigan State took down #11 Maryland, 82-68.

More results:

#9 South Carolina scrapped by Auburn, A'ja Wilson scored her 2000th career point, and then sprained her ankle at the end of the matchup.

Kentucky beat Florida to end an eight-game losing streak.

#4 Mississippi State routed Ole Miss, 76-45.

Alabama topped LSU, 65-51.

Georgia took care of Arkansas, 78-65, and is now 15-2.

North Carolina got past Clemson, 59-52.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features Pac-12 action.

College team news:

No longer an upstart. Oregon is handling life as the hunted in the Pac-12.

Texas women's basketball will receive $20 million - the largest donation in program history.

Loyola Marymount is turning their all-around chemistry into success.

College player news:

Cal has a Cowling connection.

Amber Smith changed from post player to guard for Missouri.

Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia and forward Miranda Drummond will return from injury Sunday.

At 6-7, Jaimie Curtis adds a physical presence for Colorado.

Felicia Aiyeotan is playing big for Virginia.

Cornell has a Diamond in Boyd.

Junior post player Bride Kennedy-Hopoate is making a difference for Iowa State.

Less than a year after tearing her ACL, the Buff's Alexis Robinson is back at full speed.

Jenn Hamson's little sister is getting it done at BYU.

Maryland sophomore Blair Watson is out for the season after sustaining an ACL tear in practice.

WNBA news:

Overseas report.

Mistie Bass says playing in the WNBL three months after having her son is the hardest thing she's ever done.

Former NBA player Awvee Story is the Chicago Sky's new assistant coach.

Former pro news:

Lisa Leslie joins Fox Sports Florida as the pre- and post-game analyst for the NBA's Orlando Magic.

High school news:

Louisville recruit Seygan Robins is on a mission to win back-to-back Kentucky state titles.

Wooden Award mid-season top 25

The mid-season top 25 Wooden Award watch list was released today:

Kristine Anigwe, California

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Monique Billings, UCLA

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

This is one award list that I voted on.