Friday, February 12, 2016

It's wild out there

Big East:

Georgetown defeated Seton Hall, 73-65. What?

Villanova beat St. John's, 71-59. Huh? It was Wildcats coach Harry Perretta's 699th career win.

#23 DePaul pounded Xavier, 82-52.

Big East standings.

Pac-12:

#9 Arizona State downed Cal, 64-49. The Bears were without forward Kristine Anigwe, who sat out due to "coach's decision."

#14 UCLA pulled away from Washington State, 73-61.

Washington topped USC, 61-53.

Oregon silenced Utah, 69-58. Jillian Alleyne recorded her 89th double-double, becoming the Ducks all-time double-doubles leader.

Pac-12 standings.

All scores.

More:

Pac-12 teams are looking at the final stretch of the regular season.

Katie Hempen gives energy and connectivity to Arizona State.

Oregon State center Ruth Hamblin cut her hair after tonight's game as a benefit for "Play4Kay."

Nell Fortner and Andy Landers pick their SEC dream team.

Yes, the Pac-12 website seems the most up to date of the major conferences at the moment.

Plenty going on

Team news:

Tomorrow's UConn at Temple game is sold out.

Columbia is set to leave the Ivy League cellar.

Are Houston's worst days behind them?

Player news:

Taya Reimer is transferring from Notre Dame.

This dynamic trio is leading the way for BYU.

Iowa State's Jadda Buckley has found her shot.

Christen Inman is the glue that holds Northwestern together.

Florida State's Courtney Ward has left a lasting legacy in basketball.

Hannah Mortimer is boosting Wichita State.

Coach news:

How Pat Summitt forged a bond with girls in Iraq.

Marquette's assistant coaches are the keys to their turnaround.

Miami assistant coach Octavia Blue will be the third 'Cane to have her jersey retired.

What one coach's inspirational story means for Rutgers.

WNBA news:

WNBA players are at the NBA All-Star game this weekend.

Elena Delle Donne and Tammy Sutton-Brown are suiting up.

WNBA transactions:

February 12, 2016

Team Player Transaction


Seattle Ramu Tokashiki Contract Signed
San Antonio Sydney Colson Contract Signed

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 inductee finalists:

....include Sheryl Swoopes, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw and Texas high school coach Leta Andrews.

International news:

Canada's team is ready for high Olympic expectations.

Lauren Jackson deserves a chance to go out on her own terms.

High school news:

This teen mother is leading her team on the basketball court.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CoSIDA Academic All-District teams

Feast your eyes on these smart young people:

NCAA DIVISION I District I (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Nicholle Aston CORNELL Jr. Woodland Hills, Calif. 3.74 Biology & society
Katie Healy ST. BONAVENTURE Sr. Lancaster, N.Y. 3.46 Marketing
Sigi Koizar MAINE Jr. Vienna, Austria 3.96 Biology
Kia Nurse CONNECTICUT So. Hamilton, Ontario 3.43 Exploratory
Nyasha Sarju YALE Sr. Seattle, Wash. 3.52 Psychology
Brittany Snow STONY BROOK Sr. Shamong, N.J. 3.67 Psychology
Elizabeth Wood MAINE Sr. Catlett, Va. 3.95 Biology / pre-medical (honors)
Whitney Wyckoff YALE Sr. West Chester, Ohio 3.79 History

NCAA DIVISION I District 2 (DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, WV)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Kristen Confroy MARYLAND So. Solon, Ohio 3.78 Neurobiology
Lauren Crisler AMERICAN Jr. North Wales, Pa. 3.92 Finance
Jashae Lee MURRAY STATE Sr. Rialto, Calif. 4.00 Psychology
Lexi Martins LEHIGH Jr. Irvington, N.Y. 3.62 Political science
Michelle Miller PRINCETON Sr. Pasadena, Calif. 3.88 Chemistry
Kendall Noble WESTERN KENTUCKY Jr. Hazard, Ky. 3.61 Biology

NCAA DIVISION I District 3 (NC, TN, VA)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Rebecca Greenwell DUKE So. Owensboro, Ky. 3.50 Psychology
Morgan Jones NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Jr. Stockbridge, Ga. 3.94 Criminal justice
Lucy Mason UNC-GREENSBORO Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga. 3.80 Economics / African American studies
Ashley Rininger LIBERTY Gr. Canton, Ohio 4.00 Crim. justice (UG) / human serv. (G)
Ashley Williams NORTH CAROLINA STATE Jr. Cary, N.C. 3.92 Industrial engineering

NCAA DIVISION I District 4 (AL, FL, GA, PR, SC)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Marjorie Butler GEORGIA Sr. Knoxville, Tenn. 3.81 Biology / exercise science
Katie Frerking AUBURN Jr. Johns Creek, Ga. 3.69 Marketing / accounting
Stephanie Haas FLORIDA GULF COAST Sr. Avon Lake, Ohio 3.94 Criminal justice / psychology
Tiffany Mitchell SOUTH CAROLINA Sr. Charlotte, N.C. 3.64 Retail management
Taylor Reece SAMFORD Gr. Hendersonville, Tenn. 3.50 Nursing

NCAA DIVISION I District 5 (IL, IN, MI, OH)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott TOLEDO So. London, England 4.00 Pre-psychology
Amanda Cahill INDIANA So. Clyde, Ohio 3.87 Elementary education
Hayden Hamby PURDUE Sr. Trinity, Ala. 3.98 Health science / pre-med / biology
Jessica January DEPAUL Jr. Richfield, Minn. 3.95 PR & advertising / comm. & media
Jordan Korinek KENT STATE So. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 4.00 Special education
Megan Podkowa DEPAUL Sr. Glenview, Ill. 3.84 Mathematical sciences / actuarial sci.

NCAA DIVISION I District 6 (AR, IA, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, SD, WI)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Ally Disterhoft IOWA Jr. Iowa City, Iowa 4.03 Accounting & finance
Joanna Hedstrom MINNESOTA Jr. Minnetonka, Minn. 3.87 Marketing
Jackie Kemph SAINT LOUIS So. Arlington Heights, Ill. 3.94 Business administration
Shayne Mullaney MINNESOTA Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn. 3.71 Communication studies
Carlie Wagner MINNESOTA So. New Richland, Minn. 3.63 Business & marketing education

NCAA DIVISION I District 7 (CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, NM, OK, TX, WY)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Lauren Aldridge KANSAS So. Marshfield, Mo. 3.94 Political science / journalism
Miquelle Askew BOISE STATE Sr. South Jordan, Utah 3.74 Health science studies
Brooke Pahukoa BOISE STATE Jr. Lake Stevens, Wash. 3.78 Elementary education
Mikaela Shaw NEBRASKA OMAHA Jr. Deweese, Neb. 3.81 Biology
Sydney Shelstead ABILENE CHRISTIAN Jr. Mineral Wells, Texas 3.86 Engineering
Cameasha Turner TEXAS-EL PASO Sr. Dallas, Texas 4.00 Criminal justice

NCAA DIVISION I District 8 (AK, AZ, CA, HI, NV, OR, UT, WA, Canada)

FIRST TEAM


Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)

Rene Coggins NORTHERN ARIZONA Jr. Mesa, Ariz. 4.00 Accountancy/ finance/ hotel & rest. mgmt.
Quinn Dornstauder ARIZONA STATE Jr. Regina, Saskatchewan 3.83 Biochemistry
Ruth Hamblin OREGON STATE Sr. Houston, B.C. 3.85 Mechanical engineering
Erica McCall STANFORD Jr. Bakersfield, Calif. 3.53 Psychology
Kelsey Plum WASHINGTON Jr. Poway, Calif. 3.33 Communication

Back to your regularly-scheduled programming of upsets

Tonight's upendings:

#15 Texas A&M held off #11 Mississippi State, 64-58, in the battle of the head coach (Gary Blair) vs. the former assistant (Vic Schaefer).

Penn State toppled #17 Michigan State, 65-61.

Big Monday bounce-backs:

#2 South Carolina handled #16 Florida, 86-71.

#5 Maryland dominated Purdue, 73-59.

More results:

Minnesota throttled Nebraska, 110-73. Rachel Banham put up 32 points for the Gophers.

#7 Ohio State blasted Iowa, 98-81, for their eighth consecutive victory.

#25 Tennessee whooped Vanderbilt, 69-51.

#10 Florida State took care of Duke, 69-53.

#19 Miami survived Georgia Tech, 58-55.

Syracuse pounded Virginia, 91-57.

Michigan routed Wisconsin, 82-65.

BYU edged San Francisco on a last-second three-point shot, 65-62.

All scores.

Team news:

Training with music is helping UCLA find rhythm.

Oregon's fifth-year seniors are enjoying the ride.

BYU is on a hot streak.

Multi-threat Utah wants a postseason berth.

Player news:

Kelsey Minato became Army's all-time scoring leader last night - men or women.

Tiana-Jo Carter adds an inside presence for Albany.

Penn State's Teniya Page is reaching new heights.

Simone Westbrook is wreaking havoc on both ends of the floor for Florida.

A grateful Elisha Davis is returning to the Bay Area this weekend.

Norfolk State's Amber Brown continues her recovery after cardiac arrests and a stroke.

Old Dominion freshman Makayla Timmons will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

A career cut short for Penn's Keiera Ray.

Coaching news:

Louisville coach Jeff Walz says rumors that he'll be the next coach at Tennessee are news to him.

WNBA transactions:

February 11, 2016
Team Player Transaction


Chicago Clarissa Dos Santos Contract Signed
Los Angeles Candace Parker Contract Signed

February 10, 2016
Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Matee Ajavon Contract Signed
New York Avery Warley-Talbert Contract Signed

WNBA news:

Q&A with new league president Lisa Borders.

Borders follows women's basketball.

Her biggest challenge is proper exposure for the league.

Former Connecticut Sun assistant coach Steven Key will fill the same capacity with the Indiana Fever, replacing Gail Goestenkors. Coach G will pursue other interests.

USA Basketball news:

Sixteen women are set to attend the final training camp before the Olympic team selection.

UConn's Breanna Stewart is one of them.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A bit of everything

Today's results:

#4 Baylor held off TCU, 81-75, for their 11th consecutive Big 12 win.

Rutgers won a thriller against Northwestern, 61-59.

Duquesne edged Rhode Island, 61-56. They are 22-2.

#6 Texas downed #20 Oklahoma State, 70-55.

#24 West Virginia closed out Iowa State, 57-47.

Indiana tripped up Illinois, 80-68.

Central Michigan topped Ball State, 74-65.

All scores.

Team news:

South Carolina has moved on from their loss to UConn Monday night.

Louisville could play close to home if they make the NCAA Tournament.

Colorado State is on track to make history.

Injuries are affecting Purdue's depth. Their defensive struggles highlight their recent skid.

Lady Vol hoops report.

Missouri's freshmen are pivotal. But the team is struggling with turnovers.

Notre Dame has reinvented their identity on the defensive end.

Player news:

Freshman guard Maite Cazorla is surging at the right time for Oregon.

For Washington's Katie Collier, it's "just Katie" now.

Morgan Tuck sets the tone for Oregon with her character.

Mo'Ne Davis:

Exactly how good is Mo'Ne Davis, anyway?

International news:

Sylvia Fowles' Beijing team eliminated Lynx teammate Maya Moore's in the China playoffs.

Naismith Trophy midseason watch list

Naismith Trophy midseason watch list:

Lindsay Allen Notre Dame Junior Guard ACC
Jillian Alleyne Oregon Junior Forward Pac-12
Ameryst Alston Ohio State Senior Guard Big Ten
Kristine Anigwe California Freshman Center Pac-12
Rachel Banham Minnesota Senior Guard Big Ten
Imani Boyette Texas Senior Center Big 12
Jordin Canada UCLA Sophomore Guard Pac 12
Alaina Coates South Carolina Junior Center SEC
Nina Davis Baylor Junior Forward Big 12
Makayla Epps Kentucky Junior Guard SEC
Aliyyah Handford St. John's Senior Guard Big East
Moriah Jefferson Connecticut Senior Guard AAC
Chanise Jenkins DePaul Senior Guard Big East
Niya Johnson Baylor Senior Guard Big 12
Jonquel Jones George Washington Senior Forward Atlantic 10
Brionna Jones Maryland Junior Center Big Ten
Brittney Martin Oklahoma State Senior Forward Big 12
Tiffany Mitchell South Carolina Senior Guard SEC
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Sophomore Guard Big Ten
Kelsey Plum Washington Junior Guard Pac 12
Aerial Powers Michigan State Junior Forward Big Ten
Shereesha Richards Albany Senior Foward America East
Tabatha Richardson-Smith Seton Hall Senior Guard Big East
Jessica Shepard Nebraska Freshman Forward Big Ten
Azura' Stevens Duke Sophomore Forward ACC
Breanna Stewart Connecticut Senior Forward AAC
Morgan Tuck Connecticut Junior Forward AAC
Brianna Tucker Notre Dame Sophomore Forward ACC
Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Sophomore Guard SEC
Courtney Walker Texas A&M Senior Guard SEC
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland Junior Guard Big Ten

WNBA names new president

Lisa Borders has been named WNBA president:

Borders, who served most recently as Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President, Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, will lead the world’s premier women’s basketball league, which tips off its historic 20th season on May 14. She will join the WNBA on March 21.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®

2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® were announced today:

NCAA Division I

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown

Taylor Brown Gr. Guard George Mason University Bowie, Md.
Stephanie Davison Sr. Guard University of Northern Iowa Maple Grove, Minn.
Danielle Rodriguez Sr. Guard University of Utah Downey, Calif.
Katarina Vuckovic Jr. Forward Georgia Institute of Technology Smederevo, Serbia
Cortnee Walton Gr. Forward University of Louisville Surprise, Ariz.

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown

Laramey Becker Sr. Guard University of Nebraska – Kearney Trenton, Neb.
Deanna Busse Jr. Guard St. Ambrose University Prior Lake, Minn.
Alexis Murphy Gr. Guard Nova Southeastern University Carlisle, Ohio
Kaitlin Phillips Sr. Guard Loras College Hinckley, Ill.
Karlie Storkson Sr. Guard/Forward Westmont College Lynnwood, Wash.

Tamika Catchings gets married

I saw it on her Facebook this morning, 27 minutes after she posted it. The Indy Star ran something on it.

Congrats to the happy couple.