Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chantel Osahor has many dimensions for Washington

More than just a flat-footed shooter.

Final weekend feel

Today's results:

Indiana 80, Iowa 77 (2OT)

West Virginia 77, TCU 73

Michigan State 73, Penn State 64

Dayton 68, St. Louis 62 (OT)

Fordham 66, La Salle 61 (2OT)

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Texas and Baylor are crafting a fiesty rivalry.

Michigan's postseason relies on senior leadership.

The hypest bench in America is on a mission to rebuild Rutgers basketball.

Gonzaga is aiming for the outright West Coast Conference title.

Despite the national buzz, Drake stays grounded with an authentic approach.

There's little ACC drama as Syracuse heads into their final weekend.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Sydney Wiese has left her mark on Oregon State.

Transfer Taylor Johnson hopes to delay the end of her Louisville career a bit longer.

Paige Crozon reflects on her time at Utah.

In Kentucky, senior Evelyn Akhator has found a home away from home.

Once just the daughter of a Kentucky great, Makayla Epps has left her own distinct mark.

Epps' greatness is all about heart.

Chattanooga's Sydney Vanlandingham still seeks "that game" before exiting.

It's all about family for Stanford's Karlie Samuelson.

Jacksonville senior Sherranda Reddick isn't done yet.

Being sidelined is a new experience for UConn's Kia Nurse.

College coach news:

Southern Mississippi coach Joye Lee-McNelis is back on the court after learning her cancer is benign.

Lee-McNelis is not slowing down.

JR Payne's season has gone squarely in the "W" section for Colorado.

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell will always treasure his bond with Evelyn Akhator.

Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's contract has been extended through 2019.

WNBA news:

19 months removed from surgery, Skylar Diggins is ready to be Skylar Diggins again for the Dallas Wings.

"Little Ballers Indiana":

Skylar Diggins will premiere the AAU documentary set in her Indiana hometown.

The "Ice" story continues

Candice Wiggins stood by her comments alleging she was bullied in the WNBA for being straight - to the San Diego Union Tribune.

She refused to talk to ESPN, as did the WNBA:

But I don't understand the WNBA's decision as an organization to not make even the simplest official statement to defend itself. (Although the WNBA's often tardy responses to "negative" stories is a separate topic, and one that has been a consistent flaw of the league.)

But plenty of former players had things to say:

DeLisha Milton-Jones, who won two WNBA titles and appeared in more games than any player in league history, said she was baffled by Wiggins' remarks. "I know Candice as a sweet, intelligent young lady," said Milton-Jones, who now is an assistant coach at Pepperdine. "I don't want to take anything from her experiences while in the league, so I can only speak for what I experienced firsthand. And it's in complete contradiction of what's been stated by Candice.

"The WNBA has allowed many of us to live a dream. I pray that Candice does find peace with her life and is able to move forward without devaluing or diminishing what's been priceless to so many others in the league."

Wiggins' former coach, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, defended the WNBA from the allegations.

A person willing to make extremely strong allegations should be willing to talk to anyone about them.

I don't understand the league's silence, either.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

USA Today top 25 coaches poll

In this week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll, we see South Florida and Texas A&M out, and Drake and Creighton in:

1. Connecticut
2. Mississippi State
3. Baylor
4. Notre Dame
5. Maryland
6. Stanford
7. South Carolina
8. Oregon State
9. Ohio State
10. Texas
11. Florida State
12. Washington
13. Duke
14. Louisville
15. UCLA
16. Oklahoma
17. Miami
18. DePaul
19. NC State
20. Temple
21. Syracuse
22. Drake
23. Arizona State
24. Michigan
25. Creighton

Basketball: open 24 hours

Only one ranked game tonight, and of course it was an upset:

Kansas State upended #16 Oklahoma, 79-71.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

The Pac 12 champion will be determined this weekend.

Ohio State seems ready to fulfill its enormous potential.

Records are made to be broken: lessons from UConn.

Maryland's weaknesses showed in last night's loss to Ohio State.

Oklahoma is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

Washington's Kelsey Plum is closing in on more than one record.

Rebecca Greenwell has the hot hand for Duke.

Victoria Gaines has found her game for Michigan State.

Syracuse's Brittney Sykes learned to dance in the rain.

Temple's Donnaizha Fountain wants to be in front of the camera.

Gabbi Ortiz's play has energized the Sooners.

WNBA news:

Major trade today:

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever have acquired five-time WNBA All-Star Candice Dupree in a three-team trade involving the Phoenix Mercury and Connecticut Sun, as announced by Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. From the Mercury, Indiana receives Dupree and a second-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Indiana sends Lynetta Kizer and the Fever’s first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) to Connecticut. Capping the transaction, Connecticut trades Camille Little and Jillian Alleyne to Phoenix.

High school news:

Remember Mo'Ne Davis?......"Six years later, Davis is the ankle-breaking, dime-dropping point guard for the Monarchs...."

How sad that she doesn't have female players as role models.

ESPN's top 25 rankings for the week.

More Candice Wiggins fallout

ESPN brings to light that the WNBA has comment on Candice Wiggins allegations of bullying while she was in the league.

Chicago Sky forward Imani Boyette has a well-worded response.

Former player Monique Currie says perception is real.

Rebecca Lobo isn't buying it.

Nothing else significant in print yet, but Wiggins has sure pissed people off. I hope she's got a lot of provisions on that island she's now living on, since she burned every bridge that she had.

I'm still laughing at the allegation that 98 percent of the WNBA is lesbian. Not even remotely possible.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just another night of upendings and close ones


#12 Ohio State took down #2 Maryland, 98-87.

Close games:

#4 Baylor survived #6 Texas, 70-67.

Alabama nipped Auburn in OT, 63-61.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

The College of Charleston has women's basketball's "deflategate."

Penn's drive perfection is over, but there is a silver lining in their loss.

Utah showed grit in defeat yesterday.

College player news:

Alliya Butts and Feyonda Fitzgerald are the queens of the court for Temple.

Ohio State's Shayla Cooper has evolved on and off the court.

How the Buckeyes are replacing injured Stephanie Mavunga.

Missouri's Sophie Cunningham is ready for her star turn.

Nebraska's freshmen duo are sticking to the process and spurring hope for the future.

Pachis Roberts is scoring in her final season for Georgia.

Fordham's three seniors excel in the classroom.

Illinois' Petra Holesinska is no stranger to distance.

Kristina Nelson will return next season for a fifth year at Notre Dame.

College coach news:

The coaching career of Indiana assistant Mistie Bass has humble beginnings.

DePaul's coaching staff has brought stability.

NCAA Committee seeding revelation:

UConn and Mississippi State are 1-2 in the latest NCAA Committee seeding reveal.

WNBA news:

Odyssey Sims is just what the Sparks needed after losing Kristi Toliver.

Former WNBA players Shannon Bobbitt and Amber Holt will be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

AP top 25 poll

Temple and Missouri replace Kansas State and Texas A&M in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. Maryland
3. Mississippi State
4. Baylor
5. Notre Dame
6. Texas
7. South Carolina
8. Florida State
8. Stanford
10. Oregon State
11. Washington
12. Ohio State
13. Duke
14. Louisville
15. UCLA
16. Oklahoma
17. Miami
18. NC State
19. DePaul
20. Syracuse
21. Drake
22. Kentucky
23. Temple
24. Missouri
25. Michigan

Catching up with WomensHoopsWorld

Michigan State’s Tori Jankoska is is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week

Coach’s Chair: Joe Legerski, University of Wyoming

Billings’ record-tying performance paces Bruins past WSU, 67-48

Plum continues to make history in Washington’s 87-74 victory over USC

Lynx forward Seimone Augustus on why WNBA players go overseas to make money

Deep thoughts from Seimone Augustus.