Saturday, January 18, 2020

No surprises = amazing

No upsets today (what?)

Today's results:

No. 2 Baylor 91, No. 17 West Virginia 51

No. 16 Gonzaga 69, San Francisco 46

Kansas 67, Texas Tech 50

Buffalo 66, Eastern Michigan 63

Ohio 79, Ball State 71

Central Michigan 80, Western Michigan 70

North Carolina A&T 84, Coppin State 38

FGCU 74, North Alabama 63

Rice 75, Southern Miss 64

Bucknell 71, Lehigh 50

Tulane 64, Cincinnati 59

San Diego 66, Pacific 64

BYU 65, Saint Mary's 55

Idaho 52, Montana 51

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is loaded

College team news:

There's a three-way tie in the Big Ten.

Baylor has won a Big 12 record 45 straight league games.

Oregon State prepares for what could be the toughest three-games stretch of the season.

Syracuse needs to dig deep to save the season.

Notre Dame is frustrated this season.

Stanford is at Oregon State tomorrow. Can't wait.

College player news:

Candidates for the Senior CLASS Award have been named.

Oregon's Sedona Prince is left with $22,000 in medical bills from surgery and complications.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma doesn't understand why people are criticizing his team for not winning by a large enough margin.

Lindsay Whalen is trying to guide Minnesota through troubled waters.

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale is looking for her 500th win.

Nebraska coach Amy Williams shares insights on how her team prepares to play.

Lisa Bluder's thoughts on Iowa's wins over Wisconsin.

"We Back Pat Week" begins tomorrow.

WNBA news:

ESPN has announced this season's TV schedule.

The league announced that free agency begins Jan. 28 and contract signing, Feb. 10.

Cheryl Reeve is committed to grooming other women to be head coaches.

Sky forward Cheyenne Parker shares her "unimaginable journey" to the WNBA.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Hardly one night without an upset or two

Upsets:

Southern Illinois stunned No. 19 Missouri State, 70-68, for their first win over a ranked opponent since 1991.

USC took down No. 7 UCLA in 2OT, 70-68.

More results:

Butler stopped Marquette, 61-55.

Utah downed Colorado, 84-69.

Seton Hall ran past Creighton, 82-70.

No. 8 Oregon State routed Cal, 81-44.

No. 18 Arizona State handled Washington, 67-50.

No. 21 Arizona topped Washington State, 74-67.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Games to watch this weekend.

Is South Carolina ready to be No. 1?

Arizona State grew more confidence after their historic weekend.

Iowa's win over Minnesota last night wore them out mentally and physically.

Oregon State has seen offensive production drop in Pac-12 play.

Georgia is aiming to grab their second SEC win Sunday.

Penn's recent losses have weakened their chance for an at-large Ivy League bid.

BYU is benefiting from international connections.

Toledo and Bowling Green are trending in different directions.

College player news:

Destiny Pitts' teammates react to her leaving.

One simple change brought South Carolina freshman Zia Cooke "back to her explosive self."

UConn's Anna Makurat went to Poland and returned with some confidence in her outside shot.

Sam Galanopoulos is chipping in for Loyola Chicago.

Virginia Tech's Taylor Geiman has torn her ACL and is out for the season.

College coach news:

Lindsay Whalen is learning the difficulties of trying to build her own culture for the Gophers.

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly has issues with Big 12 officiating.

WNBA news:

Will upping the ante for players make the WNBA a better league?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Oh what a night

Upsets:

Northwestern edged No. 15 Indiana in OT, 71-69.

Technically an upset, but nah: No. 6 Oregon routed No. 3 Stanford, 87-55. Sabrina Ionescu had a career-high 37 points for the Ducks and broke the school's all-time scoring record.

Escapes:

No. 22 Iowa rallied to slip by Minnesota, 76-75.

No. 4 UConn 59, UCF 52

No. 10 Mississippi State 64, LSU 60

More results:

No. 9 NC State rolled past Florida State, 68-51.

No. 1 South Carolina 78, Missouri 45

No. 5 Louisville 81, Boston College 70

No. 11 Kentucky 76, No. 12 Texas A&M 54 (without Chennedy Carter)

No. 16 Gonzaga 67, Santa Clara 52

No. 20 Maryland 87, Nebraska 69

No. 24 Tennessee 78, Florida 50

Georgia Tech 82, Syracuse 64

Duke 50, Notre Dame 47

Michigan State 68, Ohio State 65

North Carolina 78. Miami 58

Michigan 68, Wisconsin 56

Temple 69, South Florida 66

Wake Forest 62, Virginia 56

Rutgers 62, Penn State 57

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

The Pac-12 is looking for big things.

College player news:

Sabrina Ionescu reflects on her upbringing, her family and her identity outside of basketball.

Oregon's Minyon Moore is taking advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime.

Jaelynn Penn and Grace Berger are fueling Indiana's rise.

After being suspended, Minnesota's top scorer Destiny Pitts will transfer.

Boston College forward Taylor Soule is big on the boards.

Michigan State's Moira Joiner is no regular freshman.

Kierstan Bell is learning with other Ohio State freshmen.

WNBA news:

The league released their 2020 schedule today.

The new CBA is landmark deal for women of color.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Healthy heap of news

Upset:

Oklahoma toppled No. 17 West Virginia, 73-49.

More results:

No. 2 Baylor cruised past Kansas, 90-47.

TCU came from behind to nip Iowa State, 77-74.

Texas dominated Texas Tech, 92-66.

Western Michigan edged Ohio, 73-72.

Oklahoma State stopped Kansas State, 70-63.

Villanova ran by Penn, 70-58.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is loaded.

College team news:

No. 1 South Carolina continues to put in work.

Oregon is nothing close to their potential as the second half of the season begins.

The Ducks are ready for their showdown with Stanford tomorrow.

Oregon State has learned how physical Pac-12 play can be.

Despite national attention, Iowa knows plenty of basketball remains.

The surging Hawkeyes face less-than-full-strength Minnesota tomorrow.

Familiar faces are reaching new heights at Loyola Chicago.

HBCU midseason report.

Ohio will rely on its toughness in MAC play.

Ohio State is trying to stay hot on the road.

Iowa State has lost three Big 12 games in a row.

Pac-12 notebook.

College player news:

Why Sabrina Ionescu is so good, and where she still must improve.

Ja'Tavia Tapley went from Florida to USC to player of the week for ASU.

Tory Ozment is focused on being well-rounded for Michigan State.

Stanford's seniors reflect on their final year.

Now healthy, Amanda Kalin is showing consistency for Duquesne.

Iowa State freshman guard Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw is a "freshman in a graduate-level class."

Destiny Pitts is still suspended as Minnesota prepares to face Iowa.

Buffalo's Summer Hemphill will not play this season after knee surgery.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

Felisha Legette-Jack has built a contender at Buffalo.

Adia Barnes is frustrated by Arizona's constant string of injuries.

Dawn Staley gave her players social media back after their No. 1 ranking. Here's why.

Courtney Banghart is just getting started for North Carolina.

Bonus:

Broadcasters balance history and game on the Syracuse crew.

WNBA news:

Transcript of yesterday's WNBA-WNBPA conference call.

Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts were sold. What does this mean for the Las Vegas Aces?

Sue Bird says the new CBA will lock the WNBA in as pioneers in the sports world.

Bonus:

Strides have been made in women's sports the last few years, but inequalities remain.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Pause before a big game day

College team news:

Baylor is rolling on into Big 12 play.

Defense will make or break Indiana against Northwestern.

Oklahoma looks to upset West Virginia as they overcome turnover issues.

UConn injury update.

What did FGCU do to drop out of the USA Today coaches poll?

The Sun Devils are turning potential into reality.

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

The toughest challenges lie ahead for DII's unbeaten teams.

Today's results

Tomorrow's game schedule features Big 12, MAC action and much more.

WNBA, WNBPA reach a tentative CBA agreement

The WNBA and WNBPA have reached a tentative agreement on an eight-year CBA that includes:

Foremost among the deal terms is a 53 percent increase in total cash compensation, consisting of base salary, additional performance bonuses, prize pools for newly created in-season competitions, and league and team marketing deals. Under the new CBA, the league’s top players will be able to earn cash compensation in excess of $500,000, representing a more than tripling of the maximum compensation under the prior deal. Other top players will have an opportunity to earn between $200,000 and $300,000. And for the first time in WNBA history, the average cash compensation for players will exceed six figures, averaging nearly $130,000, resulting in an increase for all players from rookies to veterans.

Additional highlights include enhanced player experience with respect to travel and child care benefits, and expanded offseason career development opportunities. The landmark agreement also features a more liberal free agency system, and a more robust and equitable revenue-sharing model based on league revenue growth.


The league also announced a platform to elevate the WNBA and women's sports:

The Changemakers platform is designed to provide direct support to the WNBA in its ongoing business transformation across marketing, branding, and player and fan experience. With a fresh approach to sports sponsorship, Changemakers are deeply invested in driving positive change for the WNBA, women’s sports, and women in society. Not only are partners providing financial investment, but they are further lifting the league and players through marketing amplification and close strategic collaboration. This group of leaders is redefining what it means to live organizational values through business partnerships.

What the new CBA means for players.

Monday, January 13, 2020

More aftermath

College team news:

A week of upsets has shaken up women's basketball.

Arizona State should be No. 1, one writer says.

The Sun Devils are the talk of the Pac-12 after their stunning weekend of upsets.

Ain't no mountain high enough to keep UCLA from a perfect record.

Despite their loss yesterday, Indiana is the Big Ten team to beat.

Missouri State made a statement over the weekend with two big wins.

West Virginia continues to sail along.

How the full court press distinguishes Syracuse from everyone else.

Northwestern's next five games are their most important of the season.

Ohio is navigating through their challenges.

George Washington is finding strength in the front court.

UMass is living large during their 10-game winning streak.

College player news:

Which player's roles have changed the most this season?

Maddie Wise is nearing her return to Iowa State.

Western Michigan guard Aniya Walker has transferred to Duquesne.

College coach news:

These are trying times for Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame.

Coach’s Chair: Brian Giorgis, Marist College.

Former Tar Heel coach Sylvia Hatchell is cooperating with authorities in the wake of an accident that killed an older woman.

Boston College honored the memory of former coach Cathy Inglese yesterday.

Today's results

Tomorrow's game schedule

WNBA news:

Former Lynx star Katie Smith will return as an assistant coach.

South Carolina is the new No. 1

The Gamecocks are tops in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Baylor
3. Stanford
4. UConn
5. Louisville
6. Oregon
7. UCLA
8. Oregon State
9. NC State
10. Mississippi State
11. Kentucky
12. Texas A&M
13. Florida State
14. DePaul
15. Indiana
16. Gonzaga
17. West Virginia
18. Arizona State
19. Missouri State
20. Maryland
21. Arizona
22. Iowa
23. Arkansas
24. Tennessee
25. South Dakota

South Carolina is also at the top of the NCAA's power rankings.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Explosiveness

So after today, the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams have all lost since Thursday. Who will be No. 1 in tomorrow's AP top 25 poll?

Can't wait for tomorrow.

Upsets:

Arizona State stunned No. 3 Oregon State, 55-47, for their second upset of a top 3 team this weekend.

Iowa toppled No. 12 Indiana in 2OT, 91-85.

Duke rallied past Virginia Tech in OT, 72-67.

Almost-upsets:

No. 8 Colorado shook off a slow start to edge Colorado, 65-62.

No. 19 West Virginia held off Texas, 68-63.

Georgia Tech survived Clemson, 49-47.

More results:

No. 2 Oregon bounced back with a 71-64 win over Arizona.

TCU stopped Kansas, 73-59.

Miami trounced Syracuse, 77-62.

Rutgers got past Nebraska, 69-65.

Utah slipped by USC, 67-65, for their first conference win.

No. 4 South Carolina 93, Vanderbilt 57

No. 5 Stanford 79, Cal 65

No. 6 Baylor 94, Oklahoma State 48

No. 7 Louisville 75, Wake Forest 61

No. 9 NC State 90, Notre Dame 56

No. 11 Florida State 78, North Carolina 64

No. 17 Maryland 77. No. 24 Michigan 49

No. 21 Arkansas 90, Missouri 73.....Chelsea Dungee had 38 points for the Razorbacks

No. 23 Tennessee 73, Georgia 56

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Arizona State made program history with their upsets this weekend.

Without a star, Ohio State needs everyone to contribute.

Why Michigan State's season, which began with high hopes, has hit a tough spot. But the Spartans embrace a "next woman up" mentality.

College player news:

Minnesota suspended three players, including top scorer Destiny Pitts, before today's game.

College coach news:

Ohio State assistant coach Tamika Williams-Jeter looks back at her basketball career from outside the bubble.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The sound of one hand clapping

You didn't hear anything either? No upsets today.

Today's results:

No. 16 Gonzaga nipped Pacific, 68-67.

No. 25 Princeton handled Penn, 75-55.

Short-handed Oklahoma leaned on balance in their 81-72 win over Iowa State.

Kansas State handed Texas Tech their second loss of the season, 76-72.

Ohio ousted Buffalo, 76-65.

Washington State bounced Washington, 66-59.

Marist won their sixth straight with a 94-67 rout of Niagara.

Old Dominion rallied to eclipse Charlotte, 54-51.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule is loaded with fiery match ups.

College team news:

Oregon State isn't focused on possibly being No. 1 in the polls next week.

South Carolina has begun SEC play with red-hot offense.

After last night's buzzer-beating win, Missouri State has the top RPI.

Arizona State will try for an encore upset of Oregon State tomorrow.

NC State has a chance to bounce back against Notre Dame.

After helping shuffle the deck, Texas faces No. 19 West Virginia tomorrow.

What's behind Iowa's run, after Megan Gustafson's departure. The Hawkeyes can share the Big Ten lead tomorrow.

Early success has strengthened the Missouri Valley Conference teams.

Amid their success in the Big South, Winthrop is making history.

Penn's weaknesses were exposed against Princeton today.

College player news:

Rhyne Howard's versatility is producing eye-popping numbers.

Oklahoma's Taylor Robertson is on pace to break the NCAA single-season record for three-point shots.

Borislava Hristova became the first Washington State player to score 2,000 points.

Stanford's Haley Jones is getting better every day.

East Tennessee State guard Erica Haynes-Overton has transferred to Kansas.

College coach news:

Loyola Chicago coach Kate Achter is turning the program around.

Former Colorado coach Linda Lappe is now a senior associate athletic director at San Francisco.

WNBA news:

Why Diamond DeShields decided to take a break from social media.