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

Upset:

#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.

Candice Wiggins faults WNBA culture

Strong statements from Candice Wiggins on the WNBA, to say the least:

For the first time in an extensive interview, Wiggins described what she said was a “very, very harmful” culture in the WNBA – one in which she contends she was bullied throughout her eight-year career. She also described the discouragement she felt being a part of a “survival league” that she said still struggles for attention and legitimacy after 20 seasons in existence.

Wiggins, who turned 30 on Feb. 14, abruptly announced her retirement last March while considering a contract extension from the New York Liberty – her fourth WNBA team.

“I wanted to play two more seasons of WNBA, but the experience didn’t lend itself to my mental state,” Wiggins said. “It was a depressing state in the WNBA. It’s not watched. Our value is diminished. It can be quite hard. I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. … My spirit was being broken.”

Wiggins, a four-time All-American at Stanford, asserts she was targeted for harassment from the time she was drafted by Minnesota because she is heterosexual and a nationally popular figure, of whom many other players were jealous.

“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply.


Wonder what brought all this about.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Carnage Sunday

Upsets, upsets, upsets.

Upsets of the ranked kind:

A late layup sent Missouri past #6 South Carolina, 62-60.

Wake Forest toppled #15 NC State, 89-77.

Marquette cruised by #17 DePaul, 96-81.

Michigan State routed #20 Michigan, 86-68, behind a whopping performance by Tori Jankoska.

Temple dumped #22 South Florida, 77-71.

Upsets of the unranked kind:

Colorado 76, Oregon 66

Vanderbilt 85, Ole Miss 67

Almost upsets:

#3 Mississippi State 72, #23 Texas A&M 67

#7 Notre Dame rallied past #21 Syracuse, 85-80.

Northern Iowa 61, Indiana State 59 (OT)

Villanova 61, Butler 58 (OT)

Georgia 70, LSU 65 (OT)

All scores.

Big Monday features #2 Maryland at #12 Onio State, and #4 Baylor at #8 Texas. Full schedule.

College team news:

Syracuse set a new attendance record in their loss to Notre Dame today. They continue their upward trajectory.

College player news:

Washington's Kelsey Plum is creeping up on the NCAA all-time scoring record after today's 35-point showing.

Monique Billings tied a school record with 25 rebounds in UCLA's 67-48 win over WSU.

Haley Smith passed the 1,000-point career mark for the Buffs today.

Myisha Hines-Allen is the difference-maker for Louisville.

Syracuse's Alexis Paterson combines talent with hard work.

Sabrina Haines' newfound confidence is paying dividends for Arizona State.

Big goals and big memories abound for Stanford seniors.

Kalani Purcell does it all for BYU.

Missouri's Lianna Doty takes nothing for granted.

Paige Crozon is ready to cap off her brilliant career at Utah.

Freshman Alexes Bryant has left Oklahoma State.

College coach news:

The late Kay Yow's words have had a lasting impact.

Playing for Kay in daily life.

Adrian Walters' coaching career started at an unexpected place before arriving at Auburn.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Whoa now

Upsets:

#18 UCLA took down #9 Washington, 90-79. Jordin Canada came off the bench to lead the Bruins, with 22 points. Kelsey Plum made 39 points look easy for the Huskies.

Arizona bested Arizona State, 62-58.

Almost upset:

#11 Oregon State got by Colorado, 54-49.

Villanova pushed past Xavier in tOT, 76-71.

More results:

Oregon 73, Utah 61.

USC 80, Washington State 64.

Milwaukee 72, Green Bay 60.

All scores.

A whoppin' 120 games tomorrow.

So much news before scores

College team news:

Oklahoma sees sweet rewards with better rebounding.

A new question for a frequent champion is whether or not to meet the President.

JMU is preparing for a stretch run.

More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for Notre Dame at Syracuse on Sunday.

Michigan has also sold 10,000 tickets to Sunday's game versus Michigan State.

Florida State is reeling from losses and a key injury.

Maryland is ramping up their defense to prepare for the postseason.

Texas is on a 19-game tear and stampeding toward the Big 12 title.

The Oregon chronicles.

Guard play has been key for Oregon State down the stretch.

From second-last to second-best, how Seattle U has turned its fortunes around.

CSUN has a winning streak going.

College player news:

Can freshman Tyasha Harris lead South Carolina to the SEC crown?

Questions have arisen about Tennessee's Diamond DeShields and Jaime Nared.

Q&A with Washington's Kelsey Plum.

Napheesa Collier's relentless style is producing big dividends for UConn.

The Syracuse back court of Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes is thriving.

Sabrina Ionescu's season is already historic for Oregon.

A former Longhorn star inspired Oklahoma State's Diana Omozee.

College coach news:

How the coaching circle saved Angel Elderkin's life.

Dawn Staley to critics: be fans, not coaches.

Win or lose, Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman plays it his way until the end.

Geno Auriemma's new five-year contract with UConn is worth $13 million.

Kim Barnes Arico is taking Michigan to new heights.

As the Wolverines soar, Barnes Arico is trying to ease the pressure.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma is looking for more options down the stretch.

WNBA news:

The Wings traded Odyssey Sims to the Sparks in exchange for two picks.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upset city again

Another upset-ful night:

Virginia 60, #4 Florida State 51.

Indiana 72, #20 Michigan 61.

LSU 67, #23 Texas A&M 63.

Almost upset:

#7 Notre Dame 84, Clemson 80.

More results:

Alabama beat Tennessee, 65-57, and Diamond DeShields left the game on a stretcher after a first-quarter collision with an opponent.

#3 Mississippi State 58, Georgia 49

#6 South Carolina 82, Vanderbilt 51

Kentucky 69, Arkansas 62.

Michigan State 85, Minnesota 69.

Iowa 78, Northwestern 59.

All scores so far, as a few teams are still battling at this hour, including Cal and #10 Stanford.

Tomorrow's schedule features #9 Washington at #18 UCLA.

College conference news:

Evaluating Pac 12 team's postseason resumes.

College team news:

NC State is back in Reynolds Coliseum and back in the top 25.

Syracuse is set to smash their attendance record Sunday.

Hard work keeps Oregon State on top of Pac 12 standings.

College player news:

Stanford's bounce-back twins are riding high during their perfect junior season.

Chantel Osahor, Washington's rebounding machine, explains why she's so successful.

Kelsey Moos is ready to return from injury for ASU.

Oregon's freshmen are setting the pace entering the home stretch.

Isabella Slim has doubled her playing time in her final year with Syracuse.

With big brother Russell Wilson's help, Anna Wilson is fighting for her basketball career.

Utah's Tanaeya Boclair embraces many on and off-court roles.

Purdue forward Ae’Rianna Harris is about to break the single-season freshman blocks record.

Wyoming's Liv Roberts is out for the season with a knee injury.

College coach news:

Veteran Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn says Kentucky is on the right track.

Youth basketball:

A New Jersey Archdiocese has cleared the way for two girls to return to the Catholic basketball squad they were kicked off of earlier this month.

WNBA news:

With GM role added to coaching duties, Curt Miller likes the Sun's chances this year.

Elena Delle Donne and fiance Amanda Clifton are the 2017 The Knot Dream Wedding couple.

From awkward teen to the Hall of Fame: Kara Wolters' journey.

WNBA transactions:

February 16, 2017
Team Player Transaction


Los Angeles Ogwumike, Nneka Contract Extension
Minnesota Jarry, Rachel Rights Renounced

February 15, 2017
Team Player Transaction


Los Angeles Lavender, Jantel Contract Extension
Connecticut Faris, Kelly Contract Signed
Connecticut Hamson, Jennifer Contract Signed
Connecticut Pedersen, Kayla Contract Signed

February 14, 2017
Team Player Transaction


Phoenix Mitchell, Leilani Contract Signed

February 9, 2017
Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Knight, Whitney Contract Signed
Los Angeles Hopkins, Chelsea Contract Signed
Los Angeles Parker, Candace Contract Extension

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Senior CLASS Award finalists

Women’s Basketball 2016-17 Finalists

Name Position School


Lindsay Allen Guard Notre Dame
Nina Davis Forward Baylor University
Brionna Jones Center Maryland
Erica McCall Forward Stanford
Adrienne Motley Guard University of Miami
Kelsey Plum Guard University of Washington
Leticia Romero Point Guard Florida State University
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Guard Maryland
Lizzy Wendell Forward Drake University
Sydney Wiese Guard Oregon State

Link.

Story lines many, intensity high

Upset:

West Virginia topped #24 Kansas State, 66-59.

Many other interesting scores today.

The usual SEC-led situation tomorrow.

College team news:

South Carolina looking past their UConn loss to their final stretch.

Florida State vows to learn from their upset Monday as the postseason approaches.

"Flawed" Kentucky keeps winning despite statistical mediocrity.

UCLA has created a unique, personalized recruiting process.

Gonzaga continues to win games, but not the RPI wars.

Ohio's bench is honing their skills while waiting for their chance to shine.

Two wins by the College of Charleston were overturned by the CAA, because they used men's basketballs in competition.

UConn's run shows the need for change.

UConn turns their attention to winning another title.

Notre Dame will deal with a short bench against Clemson.

Penn seeks to keep their drive for perfection alive.

ESPN's new mid-major rankings sees Drake at the top.

College player news:

On the brink of the NCAA scoring record, Husky Kelsey Plum will still talk trash about the Cougars.

ODU scoring star Jennie Simms profiled.

Stephanie Paul has moved into Georgia's starting lineup.

Belmont's Darby Maggard is shooting to the top of the charts.

UConn's Gabby Williams started slowly, but has soared to the front.

Penn State's De'Janae Boykin and Keke Sevillian will both miss the rest of the season.

Mandy Coleman's scoring is a bright spot for Oklahoma State.

With Macy Miller out, Lexi Alexander is thriving for South Dakota State.

The NCAA's starting five this week includes Texas freshman Joyner Holmes.

BYU helped a former player fulfill a bucket list wish. She has cancer.

College coach news:

Coach Maureen Magarity has New Hampshire sitting atop the America East.

NCAA Tournament:

The new President declines to fill out an NCAA bracket this year.

Columbus has begun preparations for next year's Final Four.

The 2018 Final Four logo was unveiled today.

Politics:

North Carolina's governor is urging the state legislature to repeal House Bill 2, or risk a six-year NCAA ban.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

As the regular season blazes on, the copy flows

Conference news:

With three weeks to go, the Pac 12 race is still wide open.

College team news:

Texas is the NCAA's team of the week.

Maryland's best start ever has included a slew of individual milestones.

The Terps bench needs to keep pushing, as postseason nears.

BYU is passing and stealing its way to a high WCC tournament seed as league play wraps up.

Florida is getting a boost after going back to the basics in practice.

Illinois harbors that empty feeling.

Staying positive helped Oregon State notch a bounce-back win Sunday.

New Mexico has lost yet another player to injury.

Not everyone is ready to celebrate UConn's dominance.

College player news:

A big heart has fueled Michigan State's Tori Jankoska through her record-setting career.

Hannah Fenske brings the intangibles for Navy.

St. John's Imani Littleton is out for the season with a knee injury.

College coach news:

Harvard coach Kathy Delaney-Smith: how do you last 35 years?

Coach Tonya Cardoza is turning Temple back around.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma got his start in Philadelphia.

Southern Mississippi coach Joye Lee-McNelis will take a leave of absence to battle lung cancer.

Was Quentin Hillsman rebuked by Sylvia Hatchell after their game last week?

Today's results:

UCF upset #22 USF, 66-62.

Today's scores.

Big Ten and Big 12 match ups highlight tomorrow's schedule.

High school/middle school news:

Deaf sisters succeed on the court with unique communication system.

This week's top 25 rankings.

Middle school girls learned about girl power from former WNBA great Chamique Holdsclaw.

WNBA and pro news:

Sun forward Morgan Tuck got to meet Jesse Jackson recently.

An Elena Delle Donne-Emma Meesseman front court opens up the Mystics playbook this season.

Jantel Lavender has extended her contract with the Sparks.

The Mercury have signed Leilani Mitchell.

Overseas report.

How a new minor league could transform the sport.

USA Today top 25 coaches poll

Cal and Tennessee out, Texas A&M and Temple into this week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll:

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Big Monday doesn't disappoint

#8 Texas outlasted #4 Florida State in an epic two OT game, 92-88.

Moments ago, #1 UConn made it 100 wins in a row with a 66-55 decision over #6 South Carolina.

More results:

Vanderbilt edged LSU, 70-68.

Minnesota eclipsed Northwestern, 71-61.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Indiana's Tournament hopes are trending upward.

Clemson is looking to the postseason.

Cornell remains optimistic after a tough weekend.

Richmond is clinging to memories of coaches Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis.

College player news:

Kalani Purcell has found success, happiness and love at BYU.

College coach news:

Marwan Miller, Ohio's favorite assistant, has returned.

Gay coach finds acceptance comes easily from her new team.

AP top 25 poll: rumbling and tumbling

Big games and big upsets mean big changes in this week's AP top 25 poll. Maryland up to #2, Texas up to #8, and Texas A&M and Drake replace Arizona State and Tennessee:

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

Coach's Chair, POW

In this week's Coach's Chair, Teri Moren of Indiana University.

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Big games, big Monday preview

One upset today:

Texas A&M rallied to beat #24 Tennessee, 61-59.

More results:

#2 Baylor 91, TCU 73

#3 Maryland 89, Michigan State 72....Spartan Tori Jankoska scored her 2,000th career point.

#4 Mississippi State 66, Ole Miss 44

#7 Notre Dame 90, Georgia Tech 69

#8 Stanford 87, Utah 51

#9 Oregon State 68, #15 UCLA 61

#10 Washington 70, #23 Arizona State 57

#12 Louisville 68, Boston College 43

#13 Ohio State 88, Iowa 81

#14 Duke 62, Pitt 48

#16 Miami 81, Clemson 57

#17 NC State 85, Virginia Tech 71

#18 DePaul 92, Butler 62

#20 Syracuse 95, North Carolina 64....Brittney Sykes led the Orange with 34 points.

#21 Michigan 75, Wisconsin 66

#22 South Florida 66, Tulane 56

Florida 66, Alabama 56

Virginia 60, Wake Forest 57 (OT)

Arizona 70, Washington State 62

Oregon 73, USC 50

Marquette 86, Xavier 71

Georgia 57, Auburn 51

Missouri 67, Arkansas 56

Colorado 64, Cal 59

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule includes the Big Monday matchups of #11 Texas at #5 Florida State and #6 South Carolina at #1 Connecticut.

Big Monday:

South Carolina is a unique challenge as UConn looks for their 100th win.

Five keys to beating UConn.

South Carolina is headed into an historic meeting with the Huskies.

The Gamecocks are preparing.

UConn is one win away from a milestone.

College team news:

Searching for a killer instinct from Notre Dame.

College player news:

Teinya Page is continuing her strong play for Penn State.

Duke transfer Azura Stevens is bursting with potential for UConn.

Kalista Walters is growing into her role with Pitt.

College coach news:

Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant returned to duties today - her first game coached since Jan. 14, after which she took medical leave.

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said recruiting like-minded players is the key to success.

WNBA news:

Dearica Hamby's first child is giving her a break from basketball.

Broadcasting is helping former coach Dan Hughes fill the void.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame annouces 2017 inductees

The 2017 list:

Sally Bell
Christine Grant
Rick Insell
Louise O'Neal
Sheryl Swoopes
Kara Wolters

'I don't understand why kids don't have emotion' — a Q&A with Holly Warlick

Penetrating insight by Lady Vol coach Holly Warlick in this Q&A. Most pertinent is this:

And I don’t understand why kids don’t have emotion. But that’s me. We’re up and down, we’ll play great one night and then the next night you’ll go ‘Why did you throw that ball…’ We’re striving for perfection and I don’t think anybody has reached perfection.”......

“Yeah, here’s what I think has been missing in kids since maybe four years ago. I think kids overall, I think they’ve lost the love of the game. I think somewhere along the line we’ve lost some passion. Where did that go? Why is it gone? Because you’ve got to spend too much time here. Because you’re supposed to, because you’ve always done it. I think you saw fewer injuries (before) because we’re running track, playing basketball. And now we’re pounding, pounding, pounding. We get these kids and they’ve got bad knees, bad ankles, bad shoulders. And that’s just because of the wear and tear of their bodies. But I think for some reason — and don’t get me wrong, on our team we’ve got great kids. Great kids. But sometimes we’re not consistently passionate about the game. And I think that’s my feel on women’s basketball across the board with kids nowadays. I think the four kids we have coming in, I think they have a love for the game. They could prove me wrong.”


I've talked with coaches of all levels for the last several years, and all agree with Warlick: the pursuit of scholarships has created a machine. Kids are having overuse issues in high school, far earlier than they used to.

What will be the long-term effects on the game from this?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The highlights

Today's results:

Indiana overwhelmed Northwestern, 66-38.

West Virginia nailed 17 three-point shots - a school record - in their 79-53 rout of Oklahoma State.

Penn State got by Purdue, 79-73.

IUPUI edged South Dakota State, 64-59.

#11 Texas ran past Kansas, 75-42.

St. Louis' 74-58 romp over St. Bonaventure was their 20th win.

Central Michigan defeated Western Michigan, 94-83.

#19 Oklahoma took care of Texas Tech, 64-56.

#25 Kansas State topped Iowa State, 80-68.

Colorado State nipped Fresno State in overtime, 66-64.

Connecticut collected their 99th win against SMU, 83-41.

All scores.

Look at this game schedule tomorrow. No reason to leave home.

College team news:

Louisville will get a break, but first, Boston College.

UConn has yet to fail a chemistry test.

Collegeinsider's mid-major top 25.

College player news:

Washington's Katie Collier overcame promyelocytic leukemia before beginning her college career.

Jill Barta adapts and leads Gonzaga to another big year.

Gabby Williams continues to put up impressive numbers for UConn.

WNBA news:

The Mystics think the sky is the limit with Elena Delle Donne on board.

Delle Donne is adjusting to life as a D.C. sports star.

The T-shirt challenge



Here are most of the WBB T-shirts that have been given to me over the years.

Any program that would like to send me their T-shirt, I will wear it for the day and tweet out a photo to represent you. Contact me at: whoopsworld@aol.com.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Another wild Friday hoops night

Upsets:

Oregon took down #15 UCLA, 84-75. Amazingly, the Bruins never lead.

USC toppled #Oregon State, 70-50. The Beavers lead only briefly to start the game.

The Pac 12 is wild. Upsets once a week.

Almost an upset:

#23 Arizona State escaped Washington State, 61-58.

More results:

#14 Duke 72, #20 Syracuse 55.

#18 DePaul 70, Xavier 43.

Utah 73, Cal 64.

All scores.

College team news:

Despite their struggles, Utah is strong on defense.

Bored with blowouts? Strong TV ratings say otherwise.

Pitt has a great practice squad.

College player news:

A foot injury has sidelined Ohio State's Stephanie Mavunga.

Diamond DeShields' life and times as a Lady Volunteer.

A'ja Wilson is living out her Dad's dream at South Carolina.

The Oregon freshman duo of Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard is looking for a strong regular season finish.

Maryland's Destiny Slocum made history against Illinois last night.

Colorado's Makenzie Ellis is becoming a complete player.

Northern Iowa's Ellie Herzberg is in a class of her own.

Penn State's seniors look to secure their individual legacies against Purdue tomorrow.

College coach news:

Arizona coach Adia Barnes returns this weekend to Seattle, where she began her coaching career.

Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has created a new culture at UCF.

Legal bills are mounting in the Beth Burns case.

College game news:

ESPN will go all-out Monday as UConn and South Carolina face off, where the Huskies could win 100 straight.

WNBA news:

Kristi Toliver is ready for the leadership role that comes with her signing with the Mystics.

Elena Delle Donne arrived in Washington DC.

Will the Chicago Sky be better off without Delle Donne?

One on one with Delle Donne.

Delle Donne wants to get a championship as soon as possible.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Surprises few, intrigue high

#4 Mississippi State thumped Vanderbilt, 86-41.

#17 NC State got past Georgia Tech in overtime, 75-67.

#24 Tennessee ran past Missouri in the fourth quarter, 77-66.

Iowa edged Michigan State in overtime, 87-83.

Florida hung on to defeat Arkansas, 57-53. It was the fifth straight loss for the Razorbacks.

Kentucky pulled away from Georgia, 66-56.

LSU downed Ole Miss, 62-51.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

Stories and more stories

College conference news:

The Pac 12 is likely in for a close finish.

College team news:

Utah is trying to solve their shooting woes.

Florida is focused on self-improvement.

Ohio is working on zone defense ahead of Ball State. They have a dirty rebounding secret.

Dayton is rolling on, despite the loss of their point guard to injury.

Free throw shooting has been a struggle for Nebraska.

One reporters's experience working out with Arizona.

College player news:

Oregon State's Gabby Hanson is looking to be more offensively aggressive.

Brionna Jones is quietly leading Maryland.

Penn State senior Sierra Moore's passion and competitive nature is leaving an impact.

Texas A&M's Danni Williams is flying high.

Freshman Reili Richardson's poised play at point guard is paying dividends for ASU.

Once 'mild and meek,' Kentucky's Taylor Murray is quickly becoming a fearless leader.

Fresno State's Bego Faz Davalos knew a swish long before she knew English.

Two Grand Canyon University players have been suspended for fighting during a game against Cal State Bakersfield.

College coach news:

Brea Edwards has found her way back to MTSU, as a graduate assistant.

Coaching his daughter this season has been a dream come true for Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks.

WNBA news:

College senior watch: the back court.

Ex-Terp Kristi Toliver is focused on bringing the Mystics a title.

The Sparks have re-signed Essence Carson and extended Candace Parker's contract.

Sun coach Curt Miller is keeping his best players at home.

A new documentary allows Skylar Diggins to examine the basketball process.

More transactions:

February 9, 2017

Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Knight, Whitney Contract Signed
Los Angeles Hopkins, Chelsea Contract Signed

Another level: Pac 12 athletes complete two degrees while playing the game they love

USC's Courtney Jaco, ASU's Kelsey Moos and UO's Jacinta Vandenberg got two degrees while being a student athlete. Whew!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wooden Award late season top 20 list

Wooden Award has their nominees whittled to 20:

Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame

Kristine Anigwe, California

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Nia Coffey, Northwestern

Makayla Epps, Kentucky

Alexis Jones, Baylor

Brionna Jones, Maryland

Erica McCall, Stanford

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Chantel Osahor, Wahsington

Alexis Peterson, Syracuse

Kelsey Plum, Washington

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Brianna Turner, Notre Dame

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland

Sydney Wiese, Oregon State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

Naismith Trophy top 30 list

So much talent in this top 30:

Allen Lindsay Senior G Notre Dame ACC
Anigwe Kristine Sophomore C/F California Pac 12
Brown Lexie Junior G Duke ACC
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
DeShields Diamond Junior G Tennessee SEC
Durr Asia Sophomore G Louisville ACC
Epps Makayla Senior G Kentucky SEC
Hines-Allen Myisha Junior F Louisville ACC
Jankoska Tori Senior G Michigan State Big Ten
Jones Alexis Senior G Baylor Big 12
Jones Brionna Senior C Maryland Big Ten
McCall Erica Senior F Stanford Pac 12
Mitchell Kelsey Junior G Ohio State Big Ten
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
Thomas Shakayla Junior F Florida State ACC
Turner Brianna Junior F Notre Dame ACC
Vivians Victoria Junior G Mississippi State SEC
Walker-Kimbrough Shatori Senior G Maryland Big Ten
Wiese Sydney Senior G Oregon State Pac 12
Williams Gabby Junior F Connecticut AAC
Wilson A'ja Junior F South Carolina SEC

Plenty of everything

Today's results:

Penn State 77, Minnesota 66

#21 Michigan 72, Purdue 62

All scores so far.

Tomorrow's schedule features SEC, ACC and Big Ten match ups.

College team news:

Texas is focused on being in the moment.

Pac 12 midseason check in.

Indiana's plane got stuck in the mud trying to fly to their game today.

Why Western Michigan is having so much success this season.

Optimism still remains for the Badgers after a dismal start.

Furman is having to adapt to Whitney Bunn's season-ending injury.

FAMU is rolling after a rough start.

Iowa faces life after the injured Tania Davis.

New Mexico can't afford to look ahead.

College player news:

The NCAA's starting five for this week.

Freshman point guard Destiny Slocum calls in lessons learned in her Idaho youth to lead Maryland.

Freshman Taryn McCutcheon stands tall for Michigan State basketball.

Hartford freshman Sierra DaCosta is motivated by the loss of her close friend in the Orlando massacre.

Jakeira Ford finally broke through for UTEP.

Kia Nurse is steering the UConn Huskies.

College coach news:

Her team is 0-22, but Chicago State coach Angela Jackson might deserve coach of the year honors.

A Buddhist proverb has refocused Montana State's coaches.

Ohio coach Bob Boldon rebuilds basketball programs.

WNBA team news:

The Seattle Storm aim to boost ticket sales by partnering with Marketo.

WNBA player news:

Skylar Diggins talks college underdogs and her latest philanthrophic efforts.

Diggins also talks music, community involvement and her rivalry with Kevin Hart.

The Liberty are still sweet on sugar.

Kristi Toliver joined the Mystics for reasons unrelated to Elena Delle Donne.

Erin Phillips has come out.

From the Washington Huskies to the WNBA: the Sami Whitcomb story.

Tamika Catchings' inspiring life story.

Transactions:

February 8, 2017

Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Gatling, Markeisha Contract Signed
Los Angeles Beard, Alana Contract Signed
Los Angeles Ibekwe, Ify Contract Signed
Los Angeles Warley-Talbert, Avery Contract Signed
Los Angeles Weisner, Jamie Contract Signed
Phoenix Cannon, Emma Contract Signed
Phoenix Talbot, Stephanie Contract Signed
Phoenix Turner, Yvonne Contract Signed
Seattle Greene, Nikki Contract Signed
Seattle Whitcomb, Samantha Contract Signed
Washington Taylor, Asia Contract Signed

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

USA Today top 25 coaches poll shake up

Lots of shifting in this week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll. And West Virginia and Wisconsin-Green Bay dropped out:

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

Dawn Staley Award Midseason 2017 Watch List

What a list it is:

Adrienne Motley, University of Miami
Alexis Jones, Baylor University
Alexis Peterson, Syracuse University
Allisha Gray, University of South Carolina
Amy Griffin, LaSalle University
Brittney Sykes, Syracuse University
Diamond DeShields, University of Tennessee
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple University
Jordin Canada, UCLA
Katie Lou Samuelson, University of Connecticut
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State University
Kelsey Plum, University of Washington
Lexie Brown, Duke University
Makayla Epps, University of Kentucky
Morgan William, Mississippi State University
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, University of Maryland
Sydney Wiese, Oregon State University
Teniya Page, Penn State University
Tori Jankoska, Michigan State University

The heat continues on a scant game night

Today's results:

#19 Oklahoma rallied from 15 down, in 15 minutes, to top West Virginia in 2OT, 90-87.

#1 Connecticut collected win 98 in an 96-49 thumping of Cincinnati.

All scores.

There are 42 games on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Oregon State is now alone atop the Pac 12.

A new law will prevent Cal from playing home-and-home with Kansas.

Offense is sparking Michigan.

Where do the Virginia Cavaliers go from here?

Penn State still has work to do despite their impressive road wins.

Drake is the NCAA team of the week.

College player news:

WBCA/All State Good Works Teams were named today.

How the family of Oklahoma's Gileysa Penzo pulled off a giant surprise.

College coach news:

Maryland coach Brenda Frese talks winning and recruits.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer got a gift from the men's team for her 1000th win.

Get to know Georgia State's assistant coaches.

WNBA news:

The world's worst-kept secret was made official today: Kristi Toliver has signed with the Mystics.

The Liberty have re-signed Sugar Rodgers and Rebecca Allen.

The Sun have re-signed Alex Bentley.

High school news:

The top 25 rankings for the week.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Top 10 downage

What a night:

#11 Texas held on for a rare win at #2 Baylor.

The Longhorns are off to a program-best 13-0 league start.

#15 UCLA stunned #8 Stanford, 85-76.

It was the Bruins' first win at Maples Pavilion since 1999.

More results:

#5 Florida State knocked off #16 Miami, 80-71.

#7 Notre Dame routed #12 Louisville, 85-66.

Ole Miss took care of Florida, 84-75.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

DI Committee reveals second set of seedings:

Check it out.

College team news:

Ohio's current season report card.

College player news:

The finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award were named.

Saniya Chong is exceeding expectations for UConn.

WNBA news:

The Mystics have signed Kristi Toliver, says the Washington Post.

In a world of jumping ship, Tamika Catchings talks loyalty.

History of the game:

Were they the best women's basketball team in Oklahoma history? A new book argues yes.

Three newbies in AP top 25 poll

Whoa now. In this week's AP top 25 poll, Kentucky, West Virginia and Green Bay are out, and Michigan, Tennessee and Kansas State are in:

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

I don't understand how some schools didn't even move positions given the week they had.

Catching up

Washington’s Chantel Osahor is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week.

In the Coach's Chair this week: Gordy Presnell, Boise State University.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A few upendings on a busy Saturday

Upsets:

Iowa State crushed #22 West Virginia, 80-55.

Detroit Mercy clipped #21 Green Bay, 76-72.

More results, including a lot of close ones:

#2 Baylor 79, Texas Tech 61

#12 Texas 63, Kansas State 58

#14 Ohio State 96, Wisconsin 68

#18 Oklahoma 66, Oklahoma State 60

South Dakota State 70, South Dakota 58

Colorado State 44, UNLV 41

Montana State 75, Montana 69 (OT)

Gonzaga 50, Santa Clara 49

Minnesota 79, Nebraska 69 (OT)

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features some intense match ups.

College team news:

An Oregon State loss to Arizona State in 2014 helped fuel their rise.

A rough patch for the Sun Devils has ramped up pressure on them.

Could tomorrow be a trap game for Oregon State at Arizona?

College player news:

The most deadly three-point shooters in the nation include several Pac 12 players.

Furman senior Whitney Bunn saw her college career cut short Thursday with a horrific injury.

UConn's Napheesa Collier and Tulsa's Shug Dickson are the latest stars from the St. Louis area.

Baylor's Alexis Prince is having a career year as a senior.

Florida's Ronni Williams fell to earth in their loss Thursday.

Oklahoma State's Kaylee Jensen has seen her star born from small-town roots.

Team captain Sarita Condie is setting a fine example for Navy.

College coach news:

Nebraska coach Amy Williams knows female athletes didn't always have as many opportunities.

Coach Linda Hargrove is easing the transition for Wichita State.

Tara VanDerveer's milestone last night doesn't begin to tell the story of her career.

The state of the game:

Three former Arizona players recall the evolution of women's basketball.