Saturday, February 28, 2015

Looking at some Division I stats

Many of the stat leaders aren't the "biggies," whether individual or team:

Points Per Game »
Through games of February 27, 2015


1 Jasmine Nwajei Wagner 24.5
2 Kelsey Mitchell Ohio St. 24.4
3 Damika Martinez Iona 23.9
4 Brittany Crain UC Riverside 23.2
5 Kelsey Plum Washington 23.1
6 Lizzy Wendell Drake 22.8
7 Alexa Hayward Saint Francis (PA) 22.7
8 Kelsey Minato Army 22.4
9 Tay'Ler Mingo Wright St. 22.4
10 Ashia Jones UT Martin 22.4

Rebounds Per Game »
Through games of February 27, 2015


1 Vicky McIntyre Oral Roberts 15.4
2 Jillian Alleyne Oregon 15.2
3 Ruvanna Campbell Ill.-Chicago 14.3
4 Joy Adams Iona 12.7
5 Jonquel Jones George Washington 12.6
6 Amanda Zahui B. Minnesota 12.4
7 Aerial Powers Michigan St. 11.9
8 Paulina Zaveckaite North Florida 11.9
9 Breanna Rucker Bryant 11.8
10 Alisia Jenkins South Fla. 11.6

Scoring Offense »
Through games of February 27, 2015


1 UConn 89.4
2 DePaul 87.7
3 Sacramento St. 83.8
4 Notre Dame 83.1
5 Maryland 81.3
6 Baylor 81.1
7 Ohio St. 80.6
8 Iowa 79.4
9 South Dakota 79.2
10 Quinnipiac 78.7

Scoring Defense »
Through games of February 27, 2015


1 UConn 47.3
2 Wichita St. 50.2
3 UALR 50.3
4 Chattanooga 50.6
5 Presbyterian 51.3
6 Princeton 51.4
7 Army 52.3
8 Maine 52.7
9 South Carolina 52.8
10 Georgia 53.4

Things are getting interesting


Iowa State upended #3 Baylor, 76-71. It's the second straight loss for the Bears.

More results:

#7 Oregon Stste clinched the Pac 12 title in beating #24 Cal, 73-55. The Beavers end Stanford's long reign as conference champs.

#14 Princeton stopped Brown, 79-67. They are 27-0 and one win shy of the Ivy League record for best program start.

Illinois downed Michigan, 72-60, and earned a bye for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Kansas surprised Oklahoma, 65-58.

Michigan State edged Purdue, 61-56.

Washington topped UCLA, 74-61.

Sacramento State set a school scoring record in their 123-77 thrashing of Portland State.

Gonzaga ran away from BYU, 73-66.

Washington State bested USC, 68-62.

Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton, 69-62.

TCU routed Kansas State, 67-47.

Georgia Tech prevailed over Wake Forest, 67-60.

Oklahoma State outlasted Texas Tech, 47-44.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

UConn center Kiah Stokes has two tough guys in her corner.

Team news:

Maryland is taking its shot at a perfect Big Ten debut.

Rebuilding Alabama and Auburn share youth, and last place in the SEC.

Coaching news:

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick slipped on the ice Wednesday and broke her wrist.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Basketball Team

You've got to have at least a 3.85 GPA to be on this team. Four members have a 4.0:

First Team:

Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois University

Ashley Rininger, Liberty University

Jen Dumiak, American University

Taryn Wicijowski, University of Utah

Ashley Luke, Western Illinois University

Second Team:

Cierra Burdick, University of Tennessee

Averee Fields, West Virginia University

Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State University

Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State University

Breanna Stewart, University of Connecticut

Third Team:

Nicole Elmblad, University of Michigan

Samantha Logic, University of Iowa

Ally Disterhoft, University of Iowa

Elizabeth Williams, Duke University

Michelle Miller, Princeton University

Deep coaching questions

Coaching questions:

Should Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer have made $1.6 million last year?

Is the end coming for Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson?

Player news:

Kelsey Moos is ASU's hustle player.

Oregon senior Megan Carpenter is feeling "bittersweet" emotions at the end of her tenure.

Ole Miss' seniors are relentless in the face of adversity.

Nikki Moody became Iowa State's go-to player after conflicts with coach Bill Fennelly.

Team news:

Are the Lady Vols slipping off the national stage?

WNBA news:

Tamika Catchings just signed the final two-year contract of her pro career.

Soon-to-be Spark Jennifer Hamson is preparing for life in the WNBA.

Epiphanny Prince is returning to her Brooklyn roots.

Today's WNBA transactions:

Team Player Transaction

Connecticut Kayla Pedersen Contract Signed
Indiana Tamika Catchings Contract Signed
Los Angeles Alana Beard Contract Signed
Tulsa Jessica Kuster Contract Signed

High school news:

Two married Mississippi high school coaches vowed never to play each other's teams again.

More upheaval

My my my my my......

#19 Stanford upset #7 Oregon State, 69-58. That snapped the Beaver's 21 home game winning streak.

Missouri edged #12 Texas A&M, 70-69. (I can visualize Gary Blair in the press conference shaking his head)

Georgia Tech took down #16 Duke, 71-62.

#25 Northwestern whooped #20 Rutgers, 80-60.

Close games:

#13 Kentucky survived Arkansas, 56-51.

#15 North Carolina slipped past Virginia, 72-70.

#17 Iowa held off Wisconsin, 78-74.

#23 Syracuse stopped Clemson, 60-55.

Ole Miss thrilled fans by beating LSU, 58-57.

Wake Forest snuffed out Miami, 60-59.

BYU escaped Portland, 65-63.

I think some teams are just tired this time of year.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw says February is a grind.

More results:

San Diego defeated Gonzaga, 75-62.

Hawaii squeaked by Long Beach State, 47-46. The Wahine have seized the Big West title.

Washington downed USC, 60-48.

UCLA took down WSU, 74-69.

#2 South Carolina routed #11 Mississippi State, 69-50, to clinch a share of the SEC title.

All scores.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oklahoma snaps Baylor's winning streak

Oklahoma upended #3 Baylor, 68-64, ending their winning streak at 25 games.


More results:

Michigan State held off Illinois, 67-65.

Kansas State used a second-half run to down Kansas, 55-48.

Texas routed Oklahoma State, 59-42.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

For Washington's Kelsey Plum, her dad and dog are the key to her free throw success.

Teammate Jazmine Davis lifts the Huskies with leadership and selflessness.

Louisville's Shawnta' Dyer is grateful for a healthy season.

South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch gets an assist from her mom.

Madison Cable is getting it done night in and night out for the Irish.

Team news:

Maryland has senior-sophomore synergy.

South Carolina is the model for rising Mississippi State.

Arizona State's preseason snub has fueled their rise.

Kentucky is trying to keep the faith through limitations.

Ohio State is playing for a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament. They look outside the roster for practice competition.

Marist is looking for health and growth against St. Peter's.

Conference news:

Where things stand in the Big Ten. Teams are racing to claim seeds.

Oregon State is in position for the passing of the torch in the Pac 12.

Pro news:

Cappie Pondexter's true colors were revealed this week playing in Australia's WNBL.

Diverse news plate

Player news:

Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd does it all. Teammate Taya Reimer is taking and making shots.

Texas has added walk-on Emily Johnson.

Team news:

South Carolina is thriving in the spotlight.

A tougher Lady Vols team is better fortified for postseason play. Tennessee is looking to block out their rebounding problem.

NC State is the NCAA's team of the week.

Coaching news:

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has won the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association for her successful battle with leukemia last year.

Virginia assistant coaches Kim and Cory McNeill were not originally a package deal.

Lauren Hill:

Mount St. Joseph held their team banquet in the hospital, so teammate Lauren Hill could attend. She received a Courage Award from the state of Ohio.

Lady Vol name controversy:

Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart is campaigning to combat criticism over the Lady Vols name change.

High school news:

The WBCA All-America Team has been named, and Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson is the player of the year.

WNBA makes All-Star, draft day announcements; Harding news

Connecticut will once again host this year's WNBA All-Star game.

The WNBA draft will be April 16.

Lindsey Harding can play for Belarus beginning in June, as they try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sources say Connecticut will once again host WNBA All-Star game

Connecticut will supposedly host this year's WNBA All-Star game again.

Today's transactions:

Atlanta Roneeka Hodges Contract Signed
Atlanta Nadia Colhado Contract Signed
Atlanta Sequioa Holmes Contract Signed
Atlanta Ify Ibekwe Contract Signed