Saturday, December 3, 2016

No upsets, but lots of intrigue

#6 Mississippi State held on to edge Iowa State in overtime, 85-81. The Bulldogs are 8-0 and it was the first loss of the year for the Cyclones.

#19 Florida romped past Long Beach State, 83-53.

#21 Colorado took care of Idaho State, 85-56.

Middle Tennessee edged Tulane, 62-59, for a big home win.

Arkansas is 8-0 after getting by Texas Tech, 66-60.

Ohio is 6-0 after trouncing Duquesne, 64-46.

Vanderbilt took care of SIUE, 73-63, to win the Air Force Classic. The Commodores are 7-1.

Rutgers notched their second win of the season by holding off Bucknell, 57-53.

New Mexico snapped a four-game losing streak with a 64-49 win over SMU.

Oklahoma State routed Georgia, 71-51.

USC and Sacramento State still batting at this hour, and Oregon State and BYU coming up in 15 minutes.

All scores so far.

College team news:

The Lady Vols are familiar with the challenge presented by Baylor.

Kentucky looks to grab win six in a row tomorrow against Louisville.

College player news:

South Carolina's freshman are disrupting their opponent's best players.

Iowa State's Seanna Johnson bears the joys and burdens of her family's basketball bond.

Iman Lathan's hustle is igniting Cal State Fullerton.

Gym rat Hannah Whitish is helping Nebraska early in her college career.

College coach news:

Should free throw rules be changed? Some coaches say yes.

Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff says improvement is needed in all areas.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma isn't sure which one of his teams will show up for the upcoming game against Texas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Upset-ville

#18 Miami outlasted #9 Ohio State in overtime, 94-89.

#17 Kentucky handed #12 Oklahoma their first loss, 82-68.

Kansas State edged #23 Auburn, 71-66.

More results:

#2 Connecticut 91, #15 DePaul 46

#3 South Carolina 76, #14 Texas 67

#4 Baylor 79, Abilene Christian 34

#5 Maryland 78, #7 Louisville 72

#13 Washington 101, Grand Canyon 66

Virginia Tech remains unbeaten after a 76-67 win over Nebraska

Michigan 92, Georgia Tech 52

NC State 84, Indiana 70

Duke 68, Rutgers 32

Northwestern 69, Virginia 60

Ole Miss 89, Jackson State 41

CSUN 83, Northern Arizona 79

Buffalo 66, UCF 65

North Carolina 72, Wisconsin 59

South Dakota State 61, Northern Iowa 50

Almost all scores, with Stanford and Cal State Bakersfield still in progress.

College team news:

Colorado has shown a 180-degree turnaround this season.

Their two-game turnaround last weekend looks promising for Wisconsin.

Virginia's freshman class is running to be their best.

Three's company for Michigan.

Ohio looks to improve their rebounding as they prepare for Duquesne.

Oregon has two international weapons for next year.

College player news:

Wichita State is leaning on Diamond Lockhart's stability.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma is relishing close competition for Connecticut.

WNBA player news:

Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike had Achilles surgery yesterday and could miss the 2017 WNBA season.

The Indiana Fever will retire Tamika Catchings' jersey next June 24.

Swin Cash has found a positive early in her retirement.

Cappie Pondexter, whose jersey was retired at Rutgers tonight, calls it her fondest achievement.

Wade Trophy watch list

So much talent:

PLAYER SCHOOL

Lindsay Allen Notre Dame
Kristine Anigwe California
Jordin Canada UCLA
Alaina Coates South Carolina
Nia Coffey Northwestern
Nina Davis Baylor
Diamond DeShields Tennessee
Makayla Epps Kentucky
Katelynn Flaherty Michigan
Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville
Brionna Jones Maryland
Alexis Jones Baylor
Erica McCall Stanford
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State
Mariya Moore Louisville
Kia Nurse Connecticut
Alexis Peterson Syracuse
Kelsey Plum Washington
Leticia Romero Florida State
Shakayla Thomas Florida State
Brianna Turner Notre Dame
Victoria Vivians Mississippi State
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland
Sydney Wiese Oregon State
A'ja Wilson South Carolina

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Texas challenged by a brutal schedule while regrouping

Texas is a brave team, playing a tough schedule while rebuilding.

Great breakdown by womenshoopsworld.com writer Jim Clark.

Another colorful news mix

Upset:

USC knocked off #25 Texas A&M, 66-62.

More results:

#1 Notre Dame 73, Iowa 58

# 8 Florida State 75, Minnesota 61

#16 West Virginia 94, Morehead State 53

#19 Florida 75, Wofford 51

#20 Syracuse 75, Michigan State 64

#21 Colorado 112, Southeastern Louisiana 54

#22 Tennessee 86, Tennessee State 36

Purdue 67, Pitt 61

Ohio 73, Middle Tennessee 52

Princeton 94, Seton Hall 67

TCU 73, Butler 47

Western Kentucky 90, Eastern Kentucky 63

Penn State 60, Boston College 56

SMU 65, North Texas 51

Creighton 69, Kansas 49

Wake Forest 79, Illinois 70

Arkansas 57, Tulsa 50

All scores.

College team news:

The Washington Huskies are rolling behind the nation's leading scorer and rebounder.

The Gamecocks' unique fan base is "a beautiful view."

Kentucky starts December with a challenging schedule.

Reversing recent results is the Buckeye's challenge.

Indiana is learning to play on the road.

Fresno State has entered the season with a national reputation and an upbeat attitude.

College player news:

NCAA's starting five for the week.

A record 278 athletes have been nominated for the annual Good Works Team.

Around the Rim interview with Washington's Kelsey Plum.

Steady, sturdy Lindsay Allen makes Notre Dame go.

Destiny Slocum is already impressing as a starter for Maryland.

Penn State's Sierra Moore is ending her career on a high note.

Kindred Wesemann is thriving in her new position at Kansas State.

Meet Breanna Mobley, the stellar sophomore forward of Western Michigan.

UConn's Napheesa Collier is already impressive, but coach Geno Auriemma says she has to play better.

Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson are off to a great start this year.

Naismith Trophy watch list announced

Look at this great list of deserving players:

Akhator Evelyn Senior F Kentucky SEC
Allen Lindsay Senior G Notre Dame ACC
Anigwe Kristine Sophomore C/F California Pac 12
Brown Lexie Junior G Duke ACC
Brown Kalani Sophomore P Baylor Big 12
Buss Tyra Junior G Indiana Big Ten
Canada Jordin Junior G UCLA Pac 12
Coates Alaina Senior C South Carolina SEC
Coffey Nia Senior F Northwestern Big Ten
Collier Napheesa Sophomore F Connecticut AAC
Cunningham Sophie Sophomore G Missouri SEC
Davis Nina Senior F Baylor Big 12
Davis Kaela Junior G South Carolina SEC
DeShields Diamond Junior G Tennessee SEC
Durr Asia Sophomore G Louisville ACC
Epps Makayla Senior G Kentucky SEC
Flaherty Katelynn Junior G Michigan Big Ten
Gray Allisha Junior G South Carolina SEC
Greenwell Rebecca Junior G Duke ACC
Hall Precious Senior G James Madison CAA
Hines-Allen Myisha Junior F Louisville ACC
Jankoska Tori Senior G Michigan State Big Ten
January Jessica Senior G DePaul Big East
Jones Alexis Senior G Baylor Big 12
Jones Brionna Senior C Maryland Big Ten
Kemph Jackie Junior G St. Louis Atlantic 10
Lewis Breanna Senior C Kansas State Big 12
McCall Erica Senior F Stanford Pac 12
McCarty Brooke Junior G Texas Big 12
Mitchell Kelsey Junior G Ohio State Big Ten
Moore Mariya Junior F Louisville ACC
Motley Adrienne Senior G Miami ACC
Nurse Kia Junior G Connecticut AAC
Ogunbowale Arike Sophomore G Notre Dame ACC
Osahor Chantel Senior F/C Washington Pac 12
Peterson Alexis Senior G Syracuse ACC
Plum Kelsey Senior G Washington Pac 12
Romero Leticia Senior G Florida State ACC
Russell Mercedes Junior C Tennessee SEC
Samuelson Katie Lou Sophomore G/F Connecticut AAC
Shepard Jessica Sophomore F Nebraska Big Ten
Thomas Shakayla Junior F Florida State ACC
Turner Brianna Junior F Notre Dame ACC
Vivians Victoria Junior G Mississippi State SEC
Wagner Carlie Junior G Minnesota Big Ten
Walker-Kimbrough Shatori Senior G Maryland Big Ten
Wiese Sydney Senior G Oregon State Pac 12
William Morgan Junior G Mississippi State SEC
Williams Gabby Junior F Connecticut AAC
Wilson A'ja Junior F South Carolina SEC

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Duke is working their way back, game by game

Duke is on a journey, and it's an interesting one.

USA top 25 coaches poll

This week's poll:

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

Ramping up again

The last two days have meant recovery for the myriad of teams who traveled over the Thanksgiving break. But things are picking back up, as is evident by tomorrow's schedule......

Eight top 25 match ups tomorrow, and 68 games in all.

College team news:

The SEC's top two teams - South Carolina and Mississippi State - are unbeaten.

UMaine is undaunted after the theft of their belongings last week.

Penn State is looking for lock-down front court play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

South Florida is 4-0, wrecking people and still not ranked.

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

College player news:

Kristy Wallace has come a long way to bolster Baylor.

Sophomore post Theresa Ekhelar is leaving Ohio State.

Arkansas sophomore guard Jordan Danberry has left the team.

College coach news:

Coach JR Payne has Colorado back in the AP top 25.

Family members of Wichita State coach Jody Adams-Birch are fighting Tennessee wildfires.

Today's scores.

WNBA news:

The 2017 WNBA season will begin Saturday, May 13 with three games, the league announced today. Storm at Sparks, Stars at Liberty and Dream at Sun will be the lineup.

Kelsey Plum and Alaina Coates are still heading up the WNBA's "senior watch" list.