Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The thick of the season

College team news:

Baylor is the NCAA's team of the week.

The Lady Vols need more wins to go with their big win yesterday.

Washington captivated the city, but the loss to Stanford hurt.

How is Syracuse modeled after the Soviet Union's hockey dynasty?

Oregon State is in a familiar position atop the Pac 12 standings.

Oklahoma looks forward to the energy of their elementary school fans.

Harvard got expert advice, and they won.

Marquette is utilizing a unique up-tempo offense.

Ohio needs to continue using good defense to preserve their winning streak.

Aggression and defense have been the keys to success for Louisiana this season.

Fresno State hopes to rebound on the road.

Youngstown is down two more players in an injury-riddled season.

College player news:

Alexis Jones is in elite company with former Baylor Bear Brittney Griner.

Washington's Kelsey Plum is superb and unsatisfied.

Florida is grateful for Ronni Williams.

Kia Nurse has a knack for keeping her teammates involved in UConn's offense.

The emergence of Saniya Chong as a senior was worth the wait for Geno Auriemma.

Freshman Alisha Kebbe is settling into her role with St. John's.

College coach news:

Notre Dame alumni and assistant coach Beth Cunningham has been inducted into the Irish Ring of Honor.

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features Big Ten and Big 12 match ups.

WNBA news:

The Mercury traded Isabelle Harrison to the Stars in exchange for Danielle Robinson.

Carlene Mitchell has joined the Chicago Sky as an assistant coach.

USA Today top 25 coaches poll

This week's coaches poll sees Virginia Tech out and Tennessee in:

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Big Monday upsets

Whoa now, the upendings continue:

Tennessee upset #4 South Carolina, 76-74. But there was a questionable call at game's end.

Earlier today, Kentucky re-entered the top 25 rankings at #25. They might be out again after Missouri took them down, 73-67. Fifth straight win for the Tigers.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

A weak Big Ten hurts Maryland.

DePaul's freshmen are helping the team win.

Oregon is showing that it will be a force in the Pac 12.

College player news:

Seven of the most talented tandems in the country. They forgot UCLA's Jordin Canada and Monique Billings.

The Nared sisters draw strength from each other, but go their own paths.

Jaida Roper is working her way to being a key contributor for Kentucky.

Diamond DeShields' letter to her high school self.

A'ja Wilson's letter to her high school self.

USC freshman Minyon Moore is taking a surprise leadership role for the Trojans this season.

Freshman Destiny Slocum is "amazing" Maryland with her highlight plays.

Shanice Johnson is taking Cincinnati basketball by storm.

Family ties have helped Katie Lou Samuelson become an elite shooter.

Kia Nurse is pointing the way to UConn's success.

WNBA news:

Big trade today......

The New York Liberty has acquired center Kia Vaughn and guard Bria Hartley from the Washington Mystics in a three-team trade. The Seattle Storm has completed a trade with the Mystics to acquire 6-6 center Carolyn Swords and the Mystics’ 15th overall 2017 WNBA Draft pick. In exchange, Seattle is sending its sixth and 18th 2017 WNBA Draft selections.

Complicated. Odd.

The Mystics have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Elena Delle Donne.

AP top 25 poll shaking and baking

This week's AP top 25 poll had the predictable shakeup after last week. Virginia Tech and Kansas State out, Syracuse and Kentucky in:

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

Coach’s Chair: Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina

Check out my interview with the legendary coach.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Down they go

Oops - upsets:

North Carolina toppled #18 North Carolina State, 83-70, on the strength of 14 three-point shots.

Syracuse took down #19 Virginia Tech, 82-72.

USC upended #16 Arizona State, 65-50. It's the second consecutive loss for the Sun Devils.

#10 Stanford outlasted #7 Washington, 72-68.

Washington State edged Cal, 84-79.

Oh so close:

#11 Oregon State 67, Oregon 60.

#23 South Florida 55, Temple 51.

More results:

#4 Mississippi State 71, Texas A&M 61

#8 Notre Dame 82, Virginia 74

#12 Texas 69, #22 West Virginia 54

#13 UCLA 69, Arizona 49

#17 Miami 58, Boston College 51

All scores.

Big Monday tomorrow, featuring Tennessee at #5 South Carolina.

College team news:

Harvard's winning streak is at 16 now.

FGCU is still the team to beat in the A-Sun.

College player news:

Allisha Gray is picking up where she left off after switching Carolinas.

Maddie Manning's aggressive play is leading the way for the Sooners.

WNBA player news:

WNBA star Breanna Stewart has joined protests at LAX over the President's immigration ban.

High school news:

LA's Fairfax High School can't seem to let the GOAT coach Judi Edwards retire.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Just another hoops night

What happened??

Virginia 76, #19 Virginia Tech 27

Some of the most interesting results were from the unranked:

Vanderbilt got their first SEC win tonight by downing Alabama, 87-80.

Tennessee topped Florida, 84-75.

Gonzaga pulled off a last-second win over San Diego, 67-65.

Kentucky thrashed Ole Miss, 89-57.

Missouri stuffed Auburn, 68-53.

More scores:

#3 Maryland 94, Illinois 49

#5 South Carolina 62, Georgia 44

#6 Florida State 69, Georgia Tech 63

#8 Notre Dame 62, #14 Duke 58

All results.

Pac 12 and Big East on tap tomorrow.

College team news:

South Carolina made a discovery in their win over Mississippi State Monday.

Ticket sales indicate Washington will break attendance records Sunday in hosting Stanford.

UCLA will shoot for their 24th consecutive home win tomorrow against Arizona State.

Colorado has reason to believe in their new era.

All-access with Michigan State.

Syracuse's back court is carrying the team on it's back.

Kentucky is working on a three-point plan to solidify their offense.

There's more at stake in Oregon's Civil War battle than Oregon State's 11-game home streak.

The Lady Vols need more attitude for the road ahead.

Oklahoma employs balance as a critical advantage.

Florida, depleted by injuries and transfers, tries to stay hot.

With their season back on track, Northern Iowa readies for a monumental in-state showdown.

What does the committee reveal mean for Arizona State?

The Sun Devils look forward to having a healthier roster.

Momentum is on the side of Purdue.

Defense and rebounding are powering Montana State.

UC Riverside has a French connection.

College player news:

Purdue freshman forward Ae’Rianna Harris is growing quickly despite playing with a heavy heart.

Oregon State's Sydney Wiese's diary about the upcoming match up with Oregon.

Illinois State's Hannah Green is throwing a block party.

Freshman Jaida Travascio-Green adds height and depth to Penn State's roster.

A business owner and UTEP guard Jenzel Nash were allegedly involved in a bank scheme.

College coach news:

100 wins later, Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico's secret is revealed.

Linda Hargrove has begun her second stint as Wichita State coach.

WNBA news:

The Sun traded Aneika Henry-Morello to the Dream in exchange for Reshanda Gray.

The Dream unveiled their tenth season logo today.

Q&A with the Mystics' Emma Meesseman.

Midseason senior watch.

The Storm and the Mercury will play a pair of preseason games.

The Sky responded to Elena Delle Donne trade reports.

The Minnesota Vikings have included Lindsay Whalen on their advisory board.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Much bandwidth

No shockers in today's results:

#2 Baylor 91, #25 Kansas State 49

#12 Texas 77, TCU 69

#20 Oklahoma 78, Iowa State 63

#22 West Virginia 89, Texas Tech 79

#23 South Florida 52, SMU 51

Oklahoma State 74, Kansas 70

Colorado 54, Utah 49

Well OK, one surprise:

Michigan 80, Northwestern 54

All scores.

The SEC and ACC head up tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Northwestern will play at Evanston High School next year while their arena is remodeled.

Penn State is focusing on consistency during their bye week.

Missouri's midseason accomplishments give them reason to practice harder.

Michigan State will take on UConn in next year's PK80 Invitational.

Oregon State has dominated the Civil War series with Oregon of late.

College player news:

Brionna Jones is helping lift Maryland to Final Four contention.

Jones is a monster.

From Nigeria to Berkeley, the story that turned Kristine Anigwe into a star at Cal.

Lindsay Allen's leadership and work ethic are setting the standard at Notre Dame.

Freshman Elif Portakal is rejuvenating the point guard position for Florida.

Purdue's Ashley Morrissette showcases a complete game.

Wisconsin freshman Suzanne Gilreath is getting her shot from three-point range.

Butler leader Sydney Buck is back after surgery.

Maranne Johnson is a shooting star for Sacramento State.

Allie Havers says Nebraska is sticking together as their losses mount.

Gabby Williams' recent triple-double shows how far she's come for UConn.

UTEP star Jenzel Nash has been indicted in a bank fraud scheme.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley is making sure South Carolina stays grounded.

Winthrop coach Kevin Cook has been suspended for an unspecified personnel matter.

WNBA news:

For players overseas, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Elena Delle Donne is headed back to the U.S. after a Lyme Disease flare up.

Delle Donne is unhappy with the Chicago Sky and wants out, according to sources.

Her departure from the franchise could be forthcoming quickly.

The league has trade items on their main page now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

USA Today top 25 coaches poll

This week's poll:

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

USBWA unveils Ann Myers Drysdale Midseason Watch List

This list of nominees, I understand:

Kristine Anigwe, California
Monique Billings, UCLA
Lexi Brown, Duke
Jordin Canada, UCLA
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Napheesa Collier, UConn
Nina Davis, Baylor
Diamond DeShields, Tennessee
Asia Durr, Louisville
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Precious Hall, James Madison
Brionna Jones, Maryland
Erica McCall, Stanford
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Kia Nurse, UConn
Chantel Osahor, Washington
Alexis Petersen, Syracuse
Kelsey Plum, Washington
Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn
Jessica Shepard, Nebraska
Jennie Simms, Old Dominion
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
Sydney Wiese, Oregon State
Gabby Williams, UConn
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Fresh and plentiful story lines

College team news:

Duke is the NCAA's team of the week.

Marquette is ready to host the Big East Tournament.

After a humbling start, Temple has won 11 straight.

Indiana is building tradition.

Young UTEP is struggling without veteran leadership.

Oklahoma State aims for their young guards to cut down on turnovers.

College player news:

UCLA guard Jordin Canada is helping make prosthetic hands to help kids play basketball.

Brionna Jones is the center of attention for Maryland.

Oklahoma's Chelsea Dungee channels confidence at the free throw line.

Duke sophomore Haley Gorecki will redshirt and miss the rest of the season.

College coach news:

Kim Barnes Arico is quietly building Michigan into a basketball power.

Jody Adams-Birch is pondering successes, failures and her future.

NCAA Committee rankings yesterday:

Strength of schedule appeared to influence the NCAA Committee's guesstimate rankings.

Today's results:

#1 UConn whooped East Carolina, 91-30, for their 94th consecutive win.

All scores.

Big 12 and Big Ten in full effect tomorrow.

WNBA news:

The Sky initially inquired about Emma Meesseman in trade talks.

Sun coach Curt Miller's match ups, volume four.

High school news:

This week's top 25 high school rankings.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thrilla in the SEC

What a game, what a game:

The #5 Gamecocks survived the challenge from #4 Mississippi State, 64-61.

Also:

Missouri 60, Arkansas 46.

Indiana 72, Penn State 66.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

UConn has to be wary of the cost of early fouls.

Harvard is in the midst of a 14-game winning streak.

College player news:

ICYMI: Washington post Chantel Osahor broke the Pac 12 single-game rebounding record last night, with 30.

Brionna Jones is helping life #3 Maryland to Final Four contention.

St. Francis scoring phenom Jessica Kovatch is an inspiration to overlooked recruits.

The women of Spain are making an impact at Maine.

Penn's Lauren Whitlatch is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Former Wolverine Lauren "Boogie" Brozowski has transferred to Hofstra.

Richmond's Lauren Tolson is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Life after Kentucky hoops is yielding mixed results for those who left the program.

College coach news:

Holly Warlick talks Lady Vols basketball and riding her Harley.

WNBA player news:

The Mystics are pursuing a trade to acquire Elena Delle Donne.

To supplement their pay, WNBA players put their safety at risk.

The latest overseas report.

Kelly Schumacher-Raimon has joined the Chicago Sky as team development coach & advanced scout.

NCAA reveals first hypothetical top 16 seeding

As they did last year, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Sport Committee today provided the first of three regular-season top-16 rankings in seed order, with UConn, Baylor, South Carolina and Mississippi State earning No. 1 seeds if the season ended this day:

1. UConn
2. Baylor
3. South Carolina
4. Mississippi State
5. Florida State
6. Washington
7. Notre Dame
8. Oregon State
9. Maryland
10. Texas
11. Duke
12. Stanford
13. Louisville
14. UCLA
15. Kentucky
16. Arizona State

The NCAA has blowups of each pick on their twitter feed.

AP top 25 poll

This week's poll:

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

Question: do rankings mean anything?

UCLA pulls out USC sweep in final seconds after epic battle

Epic game photos from this one.

Coach’s Chair: Mike Neighbors, University of Washington

The one and only Mike Neighbors is in this week's Coach's Chair.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wowing the weekend away

Performances:

#1 UConn thrashed Tulane, 100-56. Katie Lou Samuelson is the first UConn player since Tiffany Hayes to score back-to-back 30-point games, and she tied Maya Moore's record for points scored in a three-game span.

Washington's Chantel Osahor broke the Pac 12 single-game rebounding record today with 30, as the #8 Huskies routed Washington State, 87-44.

Oregon freshman Sabrina Ionescu had her third career triple-double today, as the Ducks smashed Utah, 84-66. Freshman Ruthy Hebard had her seventh double-double.

Upset:

Syracuse really took down #14 Miami, 81-48.

More results:

#3 Maryland 80, Rutgers 71

#6 Notre Dame 77, North Carolina 55....it was Irish coach Muffet McGraw's 750th win.

#7 Florida State 82, #17 Virginia Tech 54

#9 Louisville 66, #23 South Florida, 52

#10 Stanford 66, #18 Arizona State 56

#11 Oregon State 81, Colorado 57

#25 Texas A&M 54, LSU 52

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule includes #4 Mississippi State at #5 South Carolina.

The two teams are competing for SEC and national supremacy.

Five reasons they'll beat each other.

Who you got????????

College team news:

Depth and team play have sparked an 11-game winning streak for Texas.

College player news:

Kentucky's Evelyn Akhator is blossoming into one of the SEC elite.

Penn State's Teniya Page is leading the team in her sophomore season.

Nebraska's Nicea Eliely has exceeded expectations.

College coach news:

Jody Adams-Birch and Wichita State have mutually agreed to part ways.

The Wichita Eagle says it was a firing. Linda Hargrove will coach the rest of the season.

Morning briefing

About last night:

Marquette toppled #19 DePaul in OT, 102-101.

Iowa State upset #22 Kansas State, 75-69.

College team news:

Oregon State is getting contributions throughout the roster.

College player news:

Washington's Kelsey Plum is focused on team success, personal accomplishments aside.

Oklahoma State's Kaylee Jensen leads the Big 12 in scoring.

International players have found a home at Miami.

Nancy Mulkey is flourishing in her freshman season at Oklahoma.

Katie Lou Samuelson is thriving as UConn's go-to offensive player.

College coach news:

Basketball coaches are focused on staying healthy.

WNBA news:

WNBA players are starting to invest in the food industry.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Catching up on scores

About last night:

Can anyone beat Baylor? They might be the Championship team: #2 Baylor 68, Iowa State 42

#13 UCLA 74, USC 59

All scores.

Today's (interesting) results:

#4 Mississippi State is 20-0 after downing Alabama, 67-54.

#6 Notre Dame bounced back to beat Boston College, 80-69.

#15 Duke routed #17 Virginia Tech, 84-59.

#7 Florida State dominated Syracuse, 77-58.

Auburn thrashed Tennessee, 79-61, making the Lady Vols the most inconsistent team I can think of this season.

Kentucky outlasted LSU, 55-42.

Indiana won the battle with Purdue, 74-60.

Arkansas edged Vanderbilt, 59-56. The 'Dores are winless in SEC play.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

Every team has a story

College team news:

Mississippi State has exceeded expectations.

Notre Dame's match up with Boston College earlier tonight had been preceded by introspection following their loss to Tennessee Monday.

Ohio State's fast starts have slowed lately.

Oregon State is happy, but not satisfied with their Pac 12 start. That's because they're looking for stronger fourth quarters.

Syracuse still sinks many three's, but their three's are also sinking them.

Struggles on the court continue to mount for Fresno State.

Dayton has turned a corner and found success in the A-10.

The Huskers aren't good enough to overcome letdowns with a young team.

Oregon has a chance to build momentum at home this weekend.

Depth allows Penn State to thrive off the bench.

Arizona State is ready for a postseason run.

Memphis looks to improve in conference play.

Coaches from Incarnate Word, SIU-Edwarsville and Northern Kentucky talk about the transition from D2 to D1 basketball.

College player news:

Kristine Anigwe is an unstoppable force for Cal.

Marie Gulich is blending finesse and power for Oregon State.

Wright State forward Lexi Smith's perfect streak continues.

Furman's Whitney Bunn lets her production do the talking.

Central Michigan's Presley Hudson is a name you need to get to know.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves and Colorado coach JR Payne share a close relationship.

Wichita State is replacing coach Jody Adams-Birch for two games while they investigate new allegations around the program.

"We Back Pat" week:

Around the Rim podcast with Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson.

ESPN honors Pat Summitt.

WNBA news:

President Obama wrote a congratulatory letter to the LA Sparks before he left the White House.

Tamika Catchings interview.

Ability, work elevating UCLA’s Monique Billings to a new level

UCLA junior forward is one of the best posts in the country now, and it's all because of her hard work.

Awesome kid, too.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

While we wait for scores......

Many games still in progress, and I'm going to one that doesn't start until 8 p.m. Pacific, in USC-UCLA. So in the meantime.......

College team news:

The Lady Vols want to take the mystery out of the season.

Tennessee is trying to maintain momentum away from Knoxville.

Virginia Tech is a transformed program under coach Kenny Brooks.

Notre Dame is turning their attention to details.

Cal is on a different course from 2016.

Penn State is focusing on depth and defense.

Texas Tech is challenging ranked opponents.

BYU seniors are aiming to lead the team.

Seton Hall is keeping their morale up during a six-game skid.

Robert Morris will play at a temporary home next season while upgraded facilities are built.

Loyola Chicago isn't discouraged, despite their poor record.

Chris Matlock is thriving in his new role with South Carolina.

College player news:

How much will Alexis Peterson rewrite the Syracuse record book before she's done?

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson is day-to-day in recovering from an ankle sprain.

Former high school teammates Whitney Tinjum and Bryanna Fernstrom have reunited at Minnesota.

Playing for Seattle Pacific works for Jordan McPhee, whose twin Brittany plays for Stanford.

Senior Ronni Williams says Florida needs to win their next 11 games.

Oliana Squires is an increasing threat in Montana State's back court.

The NCAA's starting five for the week includes Brionna Jones and Kelsey Plum.

Jordan Hankins:

Northwestern's Amber Jamison is finding motivation in Jordan Hankins' memory.

Injuries:

The balancing act when your child has a major sports injury.

Arena news:

The story behind KeyArena, and how it could be reborn.

Upcoming games:

LSU leads nation in steals. Kentucky rarely coughs it up. Who has the edge?

Purdue and Indiana will meet tomorrow for the only time this season.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not much shifting in USA Today top 25 coaches poll

This week's coaches poll sees a bit of movement. Cal drops out and Green Bay drops in:

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

The Tuesday grind

Today's results:

Northwestern 76, Michigan State 65

#12 Texas 86, #20 Oklahoma 68

Iowa 71, Rutgers 59

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Does Florida still have a chance in the SEC?

Ohio State seeks defensive improvement.

Washington State is reeling from injuries.

Wisconsin's struggles continue.

Ohio's improved zone offense has made it harder for opponents.

Long Beach State shows that a team-first philosophy works.

College player news:

Kalani Brown is blossoming into a premiere post player for Baylor.

Oklahoma's Gioya Carter is comfortable with her role.

Cassie Broadhead is becoming a star at BYU.

UConn's Gabby Williams is proving to be more than a dynamic player.

College coach news:

Montana coach Robin Selvig's impact on the Big Sky Conference is hard to measure.

Memphis has extended coach Melissa McFerrin's contract through April, 2019.

WNBA news:

The WNBA is offering players internships in the offseason.

Former WNBA player news:

Penny Taylor is enjoying retired life.

Big and heavy news

NCAA news:

The Division I Championship will maintain its current format.

The first of three top 16 reveals to air live on ESPN2 Monday.

Northwestern player suicide:

The Chicago basketball community has come together in the wake of Jordan Hankins' suicide.

Northwestern has pulled together too.

"Everything we do is now dedicated to Jordan."

Health news:

Player suicides lead to a tough set of questions for coaches.

Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant will take a medical leave of absence after an episode over the weekend that was similar to her Jan. 1 collapse. Assistant coach Amaka Agugua will be interim head coach.

Washington State has lost freshman guard Chanelle Molina for the season with a torn ACL. Poor kid.

Four Gillette players were injured when their team bus collided with cows.

Civil rights:

Lesbian college coaches still face difficult atmosphere to come out.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Putting the Big in Big Monday

Wow:

Tennessee upset #6 Notre Dame, 71-69.

Photos.

Then this happened......#4 Mississippi State topped Mississippi, 73-62, to go 19-0 - a program best start.

Close to an upset:

#17 Virginia Tech fended off Wake Forest, 72-70.

All scores.

Only 17 games on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Several Pac 12 teams are finding early success on the road.

Iowa says farewell, Aladdin, hello C. Vivian tomorrow.

College player news:

Why is Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu one of the nation's best freshmen?

WNBA news:

The vision that brought Vickie Johnson to the San Antonio Stars.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame finalists announced:

The list includes Sheryl Swoopes, Rick Insell, Kara Wolters, Sally Bell and Crystal Robinson, among others.

AP poll not as dramatic this week

After a couple weeks of tumult, this week's top 25 AP poll is relatively stable:

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

Game stories and more

About yesterday:

Bruins’ defensive pressure stifles young Oregon, 79-63

Beavers prove to be too much for depleted Trojans

This weeks Coach's Chair:

Lisa Stone, St. Louis University

WHW player of the week:

Maryland’s Brionna Jones is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week.

College coach news:

Got a problem? UConn coach Geno Auriemma teaches his players to figure it out.

WNBA news:

Breanna Stewart sprained her posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in a game last week in China, and is returning home this week.

High school news:

Destiny Littleton is California's new all-time leading scorer.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

McDonald's All-American rosters revealed

East and West teams:

EAST

Name Pos. Ht. High school (Location) College

Janelle Bailey C 6-3 Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.) N. Carolina
Rellah Boothe F 6-1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) Texas
Mikayla Coombs W 5-10 Wesleyan School (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) UConn
Rennia Davis W 6-2 Ribault (Jacksonville, Fla.) Tennessee
Maya Dodson F 6-3 Saint Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) Stanford
Dana Evans PG 5-6 West Side Leadership (Gary, Ind.) Louisville
Raven Farley-Clark C 6-3 Queen of Peace (North Arlington, N.J. LSU
Anastasia Hayes G 5-7 Riverdale (Murfressboro, Tenn.) Tennessee
Kasiyahna Kushkituah C 6-4 Saint Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) Tennessee
Chasity Patterson PG 5-6 North Shore (Houston) Texas
Danielle Patterson C 6-3 Mary Lewis Academy (Jamaica, N.Y.) Notre Dame
Megan Walker W 6-1 Monacan (North Chesterfield, Va.) Uconn

WEST

Name Pos. Ht. High school (Location) College

Chennedy Carter PG 5-7 Timberview (Arlington,Texas) Texas A&M
Ayanna Clark C 6-1 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) USC
Sidney Cooks F 6-4 St. Joseph Catholic (Kenosha, Wis.) Michigan St.
Loretta Kakala C 6-3 Manteca (Calif.) Louisville
Destiny Littleton G 5-8 Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.) USC
Alexis Morris PG 5-6 Legacy Christian (Beaumont, Texas) Baylor
Michaela Onyenwere F 5-11 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) UCLA
Deauzya Richards G 6-1 Cypress Ranch (Cypress, Texas) Baylor
Kianna Smith G 6-0 Troy (Fullerton, Calif.) California
Evina Westbrook G 6-0 South Salem (Salem, Ore.) Tennessee
Jade Williams F 6-4 The Colony (The Colony, Texas) Duke
Kiana Williams PG 5-7 Wagner (San Antonio) Stanford

Those upsets keep on coming

Whether you count rankings or not, there were disturbances in the Force today:

That Wolfpack again.....#23 NC State 55, #12 Duke 52.

Utah 63, # 24 Cal 57.

More results:

Georgia Tech 75, Syracuse 66

Arizona 56, Washington State 55

Missouri 74, Vanderbilt 68

#2 Baylor 92, Kansas 43

#5 South Carolina 84, LSU 61

#7 Florida State 86, Clemson 27

#8 Washington 65, #19 Arizona State 54

#9 Louisville 63, #14 Miami 59

#10 Oregon State 74, USC 60

#11 Ohio State 61, Purdue 56

#13 Stanford 84, Colorado 70

#17 UCLA 79, Oregon 63

TCU 80, Iowa State 75

Texas A&M 67, Florida 59

Pitt 68, North Carolina 48

Kentucky 82, Georgia 61

Michigan 84, Minnesota 69

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features the Big Monday match up between #6 Notre Dame and Tennessee on ESPN2.

On that Big Monday note:

Tennessee's tournament resume needs work.

A big road test is in for Notre Dame.

College team news:

Can the Washington Huskies dethrone Connecticut?

Maximizing the Badgers' playing time.

Pat Summitt:

Tennessee is not alone in honoring the legendary coach this week.

WNBA news:

Free agency begins.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The usual mixed bag of news

Besides the two big games today, there were other interesting results:

Rutgers stunned Michigan State, 62-58.

Gonzaga came from behind to nip Saint Mary's, 79-75.

ODU edged Louisiana Tech, 69-64. But the 1982 Championship team got their rings.

#16 Texas topped #18 West Virginia, 73-63. The Longhorns are handling their tough schedule well.

All scores.

A bit of many conferences on tomorrow's game schedule.

College team news:

Half-court shots signify "go" time for Oregon.

Louisville looks to close out on top 25 foes.

Oregon State is still a Pac 12 contender.

College player news:

Guards and good friends Maci Morris and Taylor Murray are becoming key leaders for Kentucky.

Guard AJ Alix emerges, despite TCU's Big 12 struggles.

Utah's Malia Nawahine leans on her competitive fire.

NIU's Ally Lehman knows about sacrifice on and off the court.

College coach news:

What's the deal with Rutgers and C. Vivian Stringer's contract extension?

Pat Summitt will be honored with a chair during "We Back Pat" week.

WNBA news:

List of free agents. Free agency begins tomorrow.

Big games won

In their 88-48 rout of SMU, UConn broke their own consecutive winning streak by notching their 91st straight win.

Here's the NCAA's statement on the new record:

Statement from Anucha Browne, NCAA Vice President, Women’s Basketball Championships:

“Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies on the sustained excellence it has taken to establish a new consecutive games won record. Even though they make it look easy at times, 91 wins and counting is an unbelievable accomplishment. It is saying something when you have broken the all-time consecutive games won record three times. To have won over 70 games in a row three times over the last 14 years is a testament to the UConn student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans who continue to fuel the program. Kudos to the UConn women’s basketball program for continuing to raise the bar for the rest of the sport.”

Equally big:

Northwestern took the court for the first time since guard Jordan Hankins was found dead Monday from what was deemed a suicide. They "Played for J," and beat Indiana, 80-67, on an emotional day.

The school's men's basketball and football teams were in the stands to support the women.

The Wildcats twitter page has a video of post-game press conferences, and a video of Amber Jamison scoring in Hankins' jersey.

Southern Cal-Oregon schools game stories

UCLA rebounds to take down Oregon State, 66-56

Ducks overcome 16-point deficit to upend Trojans

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kelsey Plum's really big show, and more

Record-breaker:

In #8 Washington's 90-73 rout of Arizona, Kelsey Plum notched 3,000 career points. She's the only player, woman or man, in Pac 12 history to do it, and the 12th player in women's college history.

Awesome.

Technically an upset, but nah:

"#17" UCLA downed "#10" Oregon State, 66-56.

More results:

Oregon rallied from 16 points behind to beat USC, 59-53.

#24 Cal snapped a three-game losing streak by thumping Colorado, 65-53.

#13 Stanford took care of Utah, 77-58.

All scores.

A whoppin' 114 games tomorrow.

College team news:

Washington paints a target on those other Huskies.

Creighton is a Minnesota dream team.

Seton Hall has no identity, one publication says.

Utah had a needed wake up call last weekend.

Navy is running and gunning.

College player news:

Everyone knows Washington's Kelsey Plum is impressive, but.......

Alexis Peterson is so good for Syracuse that she makes other coaches feel like fools.

From Quebec to Texas, KhalĂ©ann Caron-Goudreau is boosting Texas’ frontcourt.

Vionise Pierre-Louis is turning the corner for the Sooners.

Senior Diana Omozee's patience has paid off for Oklahoma State.

Washington State's Cameron Fernandez hit her head during the game against Arizona State today, and was taken off the court on a stretcher.

Illinois' Petra Holesinka is letting her game do the talking.

Sophomore guard Emily Lines will miss the rest of the season for New Mexico with a torn ACL.

College coach news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw has turned up expectations for her talented freshmen.

Coach Kenny Brooks and an experienced core have lead Virginia Tech to a 15-1 start.

WNBA news:

Ex-Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg is the Seattle Storm's new assistant coach.

International news:

Penny Taylor wants to be a part of the Opals' future.

Good grief! Louisiana Tech gets their Championship rings 35 years later

It was the 1981-1982 season that got me hooked on women's basketball. My Dad took me to games, and I became an addict.

I'll never forget watching the first women's NCAA Championship on TV, with Louisiana Tech point guard Kim Mulkey and her long braid leading her team over Cheyney State.

Now they're finally getting their rings.

The title revolutionized women's basketball.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Even more news than scores

Upset:

Syracuse took down #23 NC State, 85-75. Alexis Peterson poured in a school record 45 points for the Orange.

Almost-upsets:

#5 South Carolina survived Georgia, 66-63, without injured A'ja Wilson.

#7 Florida State rallied to top #9 Louisville, 72-65.

The SEC is interesting right now:

#4 Mississippi State 82, Florida 49. The Bulldogs are now 18-0.

Ole Miss 67, Tennessee 62.

Kentucky 71, Alabama 54.

Auburn 64, Vanderbilt 59.

LSU 80, Missouri 71.

Texas A&M 90, Arkansas 65.

All scores.

Pac 12 and others on the schedule tomorrow.

College team news:

After a rough week, Utah has renewed focus ahead of Stanford and Cal.

Defense is fueling LSU's improvement from last season.

Syracuse has America's best back court.

Ohio State is taking the next step in professional development.

Does Ohio have the resume to get an NCAA at-large bid?

Minnesota alum Lindsay Whalen applauds the shift in culture of the school's athletics.

A defensive identity is carrying Purdue.

College player news:

Purdue freshman Dominique Oden has found her spot on the team.

The Northwestern men wore a patch on their uniforms tonight to honor the late Jordan Hankins.

Oregon freshman Sabrina Ionescu's big game-winner at Cal last weekend reflects her family's athletic intensity.

Ducks guard Megan Trinder will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear.

Holes in the game of Notre Dame's Kathryn Westbeld are hard to find.

Freshman forward Jasmine Walker has left Florida State.

A seed planted by North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell years ago has lead to Terriell Bradley becoming a leader there.

UConn's Gabby Williams is in a rush.

It's been a record-braking week for WNBA draft watch seniors.

The legacy of Danielle Adams at Texas A&M.

College coach news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is confident for the future.

Sue Guevara is leading Central Michigan to MAC glory.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma almost left his job 10 years ago to take a position as a men's college basketball coach.

Jordan Hankins:

Jordan Hankins' former high school coach can't hold back tears when discussing her.

WNBA news:

With her new job, Swin Cash doesn't miss playing.

Sun coach Curt Miller's match ups, volume II.

Women's sports coverage:

....has fallen since 1989.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wooden Award midseason candidates

The Wooden Award midseason top 25:

Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame

Kristine Anigwe, California

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Nia Coffey, Northwestern

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Nina Davis, Baylor

Asia Durr, Louisville

Makayla Epps, Kentucky

Rebecca Greenwell, Duke

Jessia January, DePaul

Alexis Jones, Baylor

Brionna Jones, Maryland

Erica McCall, Stanford

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Alexis Peterson, Syracuse

Kelsey Plum, Washington

Leticia Romero, Florida State

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Brianna Turner, Notre Dame

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland

Sydney Wiese, Oregon State

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina