Saturday, January 31, 2015

Statement games

Some teams making statements today:

#7 Oregon State gutted USC, 68-35.

#12 Stanford dominated Washington State, 75-56.

#19 Princeton cruised past Dartmouth, 83-65.

Cal routed Washington, 82-58.

More results:

Oklahoma State squeaked by Iowa State, 63-62.

Kansas State edged Texas Tech, 41-38.

Marist downed Iona, 63-58, for their third straight win.

BYU survived Santa Clara, 58-56.

Oregon sweeps UCLA:

Jillian Alleyne scored a last-second layup to propel Oregon over UCLA, 67-65. The Ducks sweep the season series with the Bruins, after beating them Jan. 5.

UCLA lead at halftime, 42-33. My former junior high school teacher, who I've known for over 35 years, was there and she was texting me (yes, she texts at 73) that it didn't look good. Then suddenly: "nail biter." By the time I asked what the score was, she was exclaiming via the typed word that they had pulled it off. She and other Duck fans are excited by new coach Kelly Graves.

I wonder if others are too, because ESPN doesn't usually write up a brief for unranked teams.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Kentucky's Makayla Epps is ready for stardom now, coach Matthew Mitchell says.

Jamie Roe has found peace on the court with Texas Tech.

For Missouri's Lindsey Cunningham, confidence is key.

WNBA free agents can sign contracts tomorrow

Remember that beginning tomorrow, WNBA free agents can sign contracts with teams, as per last year's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

I have learned that there has been much talking between players and teams - and teams and teams. In fact, a major three-team trade is supposedly in the works, which will involve some marquee players leaving their squads. Be ready for that.

There may be other big news to come, so expect the unexpected.

In the meantime, the Tulsa Shock are weighing their options.

Pac 12 attendance statistics

Average Pac 12 home game attendance, as of today:

1. Oregon State, 3,658
2. Stanford, 3,652
3. Arizona State, 3,396
4. California, 2,627
5. Washington, 2,117
6. UCLA, 2,107
7. Colorado, 2,003
8. Arizona, 1,681
9. Oregon, 1,512
10. Washington State, 1,018
11. USC, 732
12. Utah, 730

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Kelseys

This is a fun story:

Kelsey and Kelsey: Washington's Kelsey Plum and Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell are lighting up the scoreboards.

More player news:

Briana Roberson is making the most of her opportunity at Stanford.

Gioya Carter is finding her moxie at Oklahoma.

A day in the life of Cal forward Reshanda Gray.

George Washington freshman Kelli Prange has found a fit.

Team news:

Purdue will team up with the WNBA's Indiana Fever for some special events in February.

Idaho has international flavor.

No surprises tonight:

#11 Arizona State held off Colorado, 68-60.

Unbeaten, #19 Princeton thrashed Harvard, 96-46.

#9 Florida State routed Georgia Tech, 82-62.

Full scoreboard.

Conference news:

Nell Fortner breaks down the best players at each position in the SEC.

Dawn Staley Award watch list

The Dawn Staley Award watch list has been announced:

Aerial Powers, Michigan State

Allisha Gray, North Carolina

Amber Orrange, Stanford

Brittany Boyd, California

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul

Courtney Williams, South Florida

Damika Martinez, Iona

Jewell Lloyd, Notre Dame

Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Kelsey Plum, Washington

Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut

Niya Johnson, Baylor

Samantha Logic, Iowa

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Tyler Scaife, Rutgers

In its third season, the award recognizes the nation's best guard in Women's Division I college basketball, exemplified by skills that Staley possessed – ball handling, scoring, ability to distribute and will to win.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

McDonald's All-American team announced

East Team

Name Pos Hgt High School (Location) College

De’Janae Boykin F 6-2 Charles H. Flowers High School (Springdale, MD) Connecticut
Taja Cole PG 5-7 Lloyd C. Bird High School (Chesterfield, VA) Louisville
Asia Durr PG 5-10 St. Pius X Catholic High School (Atlanta, GA) Louisville
Brianna Fraser F 6-3 South Shore Victory Collegiate High School (Brooklyn, NY) Maryland
Samantha Fuehring F 6-3 Immaculate Conception High School (Montclair, NJ) Louisville
Kiah Gillespie F 6-1 The Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Hartford, CT) Maryland
Marina Mabrey G/W 5-10 Manasquan High School (Manasquan, NJ) Notre Dame
Beatrice Mompremier C 6-4 Miami Senior High School (Miami, FL) Baylor
Taylor Murray PG 5-6 Annapolis Area Christian School (Severn, MD) Kentucky
Arike Ogunbowale PG 5-9 Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee, WI) Notre Dame
Ali Patberg G/W 5-11 Columbus North High School (Columbus, IN) Notre Dame
Deja Strother C 6-4 Inglemoor High School (Kenmore, WA) Washington

Head Coach: John Hutchcraft, Guy-Perkins High School, AR (Guy, AR)

West Team

Name Pos Hgt High School (Location) College

Kristine Anigwe C 6-3 Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ) California
Kalani Brown C 6-5 Salmen High School (Slidell, LA) Baylor
Napheesa Collier W 6-1 Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, MO) Connecticut
Te’a Cooper PG 5-8 McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA) Tennessee
Sophie Cunningham G 6-1 Rock Bridge High School (Columbia, MO) Missouri
Ashley Hearn F 6-3 Sachse High School (Sachse, TX) UCLA
Lashann Higgs G 5-9 Cedar Ridge High School (Round Rock, TX) Texas
Jordan Hosey W 6-2 Manvel High School (Manvel, TX) Texas
Kyra Lambert PG 5-8 Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, TX) Duke
Katie Lou Samuelson W 6-3 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) Connecticut
Destinee Walker W 5-9 Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orlando, FL) UNC
Stephanie Watts G 5-9 Weddington High School (Matthews, NC) UNC

Head Coach: Emery Roy, Rocky Mountain High School, ID (Meridian, ID)

Link.

ESPN roster breakdown.

From all over the hooposphere

Tonight's results:

Kansas State slipped by Oklahoma State in overtime, 52-51.

Kansas beat Iowa State, 61-56.

Michigan State downed Indiana, 72-57.

Texas Tech routed West Virginia, 73-57.

Minnesota put away Penn State, 75-64.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Cal's Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd are like cornflakes and milk.

Georgia's Shacobia Barbee will miss the rest of the season after fracturing her fibula in Sunday's Tennessee game. She had surgery today.

Grace Coughlin is leaving Minnesota.

Tear'a Laudermill's energy spurs the Nebraska defense.

Shot-creator Nikki Moody leads Iowa State, despite injuries.

Promise Amukamara's improved play drives Arizona State. Teammate Katie Hempen has also seen a transformation.

Lanay Montgomery continues to step up for West Virginia.

Chante Miles' game is blooming at Fullerton.

FGCU's Kaneisha Atwter is playing for two.

Team news:

South Carolina is thriving with a deep and talented bench.

Minnesota is the most compelling team in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area right now.

Coaching news:

Lipscomb coach Greg Brown has written a new book: “The Best Things I’ve Seen In Coaching: A Collection of Notes, Thoughts and Observations of Pat Summitt and Don Meyer.”

Wisconsin continues to improve, despite disappointing losses.

X's and O's with South Florida coach Jose Fernandez, episode two.

WNBA news:

It looks like the Los Angeles Sparks have waived guard Armintie Herrington, although there is nothing yet on the team's website.

Storm and Sun make blockbuster trade

Whoa now:

In a trade with the Connecticut Sun, the Storm has added guard Renee Montgomery, and the third and 15th picks in the upcoming 2015 WNBA draft. In return, the Sun acquire veteran post Camille Little and forward Shekinna Stricklen.