Monday, February 19, 2018

Big Monday triple-header........almost killed fans

Big Monday was poppin:

First, Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell led #20 Duke past #9 Florida State, 79-66.

Then #3 Baylor clinched the Big 12 regular-season crown with a 93-87 win over #6 Texas.

And THEN......#8 Oregon outlasted #10 UCLA in dramatic fashion in OT, 101-94.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Mississippi State: this is your year to go all the way.

The Gophers are surging at the right time.

Ashland University's winning streak is up to 63.

College player news:

Why does A'ja Wilson keep playing in the fourth quarter of blowouts?

Brittany Smith's journey to North Texas translates to leadership for the team.

College coach news:

Green Bay has extended the contract of coach Kevin Borseth through 2024-2025.

WNBA news:

Meet rookie Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen, who is married to the game.

NCAA's final top 16 reveal is revealing

The NCAA had their last mock top 16 seed reveal today:

1. UConn (No. 1 seed – Albany Region)
2. Mississippi State (No. 1 seed – Kansas City Region)
3. Louisville (No. 1 seed – Lexington Region)
4. Notre Dame (No. 1 seed – Spokane Region)
5. Baylor
6. Oregon
7. South Carolina
8. Texas
9. Florida State
10. UCLA
11. Missouri
12. Tennessee
13. Ohio State
14. Maryland
15. Georgia
16. Stanford

*Rankings based on games played through Sunday, February 18.

Regional Assignments


1. UConn

2. South Carolina

3. Florida State

4. Stanford

Kansas City:

1. Mississippi State

2. Texas


4. Maryland


1. Louisville

2. Baylor

3. Tennessee

4. Ohio State


1. Notre Dame

2. Oregon

3. Missouri

4. Georgia

Movement, but no surprises, in this week's AP top 25 poll

Given this week's game results, today's AP top 25 poll rankings are no surprise:

1. Connecticut
2. Mississippi State
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
6. Texas
7. South Carolina
8. Oregon
9. Florida State
10. UCLA
11. Missouri
12. Oregon State
13. Maryland
14. Ohio State
15. Tennessee
16. Stanford
17. Texas A&M
18. South Florida
19. Georgia
20. Duke
21. North Carolina State
22. Green Bay
23. Belmont
24. LSU
25. Oklahoma State

LSU in for the first time in four years; Michigan out.

Oregon State investigating racial slur allegations


Big Monday

The Oregon-UCLA game tonight has NCAA implications.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The races to the finish continue

Some regular-season clinches:

#2 Mississippi State grabbed their first regular-season SEC title with a 76-55 win over #17 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs are 28-0.

Quinnipiac clinched the MAAC title with an 80-74 2OT win over Marist.


Minnesota pounded #10 Maryland, 93-74.

#13 Missouri nipped #11 Tennessee, 77-73, in front of a record crowd of 11,092 fans.

More results:

Dayton downed Fordham to clinch a share of the A-10 title.

Virginia fell to Miami and missed a chance to bolster their NCAA tourney hopes.

South Florida stopped UCF in OT, 77-68.

LSU edged Arkansas, 62-57.

DePaul tripped up Villanova, 71-66.

All scores.

Big Monday tomorrow features #3 Baylor at #6 Texas and #7 UCLA at #9 Oregon.


#15 Oregon State held off USC, 69-63.

But afterwards, Trojan guard Minyon Moore said Beaver fans shouted racial slurs at her and her teammates.

College team news:

Oregon will have a little March Madness in February against the UCLA Bruins.

After their win over Tennessee, Missouri is a step closer to hosting the NCAA Tournament.

The Terrapins have lost two straight.

College player news:

Asia Durr was injured in Louisville's win over North Carolina today.

Kelsey Mitchell's legacy was set even before Ohio State's win over Purdue today.

It all comes down to tomorrow night, aka Big Monday and Senior Day, for Oregon's Lexi Bando.

Arizona's JaLea Bennett is doing it all as a senior.

Pressure is a privilege: Lehigh senior guard Quinci Mann parallels mother’s success.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson had 25 points in 26 minutes in the Hawkeyes' win over Wisconsin today.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

For whom the buzzer sounds


Cal took down #14 Stanford, 78-66.

Tyra Buss' 37 points paced Indiana over Nebraska, 83-75. It was the first road loss for the Huskers.

More results:

#6 Texas handled #21 Oklahoma State, 77-62.

Oklahoma nipped West Virginia in OT, 79-77.

MTSU handed Rice their second straight loss, 51-41.

Iowa State topped Texas Tech, 69-57.

TCU routed Kansas State, 87-70.

San Diego outlasted BYU, 66-60.

FGCU scored 20 three-point shots in their rout of Lipscomb.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Oregon has things to clean up before they face UCLA Monday.

Surging Notre Dame is trying not to peek ahead.

Ten questions for the Lady Vols heading into tomorrow's game against Missouri.

Ohio State looks to avenge last year's Big Ten Tournament loss to Purdue on Senior Day.

College player news:

Kelsey Mitchell faces an unknown future as her college career ends.

Senior Tay BoClair’s signature move in her Utah career? Embracing change.

The players who left Kentucky: Two have thrived, but more have faced adversity.

Marie Gulich has become the leader Oregon State needed.

College coach news:

South Carolina’s streak of four SEC titles is basically over, but Dawn Staley doesn’t really care.

For Washington coach Jody Wynn, basketball is a family affair.

The Play4Kay game has a special meaning for Illinois State coach Kristen Gillespie.

UCLA coach Cori Close is making her mark on basketball in LA.

WNBA news:

Candace Parker was on Kevin Hart's "Cold as Balls" show.

Head Coaches of Women's Collegiate Teams: a report

The Tucker Center released "Head Coaches of Women's Collegiate Teams: A Report on Seven Select NCAA Division-I Conferences, 2017-2018" last week.


Media coverage and female athletes.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The SEC race tightens, and it's upset night

After tonight's games, we have a four-way tie for third in SEC standings, with LSU within striking distance.


Purdue felled #10 Maryland, 75-65.

Alabama stopped #11 Tennessee, 72-63.

Tiana Mangakahia helped Syracuse women upend #17 17 Duke, 68-65.

Cleveland State sunk #19 Green Bay, 71-60.

More results:

#2 Mississippi State is 27-0 after a 95-50 rout of Vanderbilt.

#5 Notre Dame got by Virginia, 83-69.

Free throws fueled #8 South Carolina to a 77-65 win over #20 Georgia.

#13 Missouri overcame Auburn, 59-51.

#17 Texas A&M rallied past Florida, 85-80.

Kentucky snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-57 win over Arkansas.

Western Kentucky stifled Middle Tennessee, 76-60.

Georgia Tech took care of North Carolina, 79-61.

All scores.

Looking to tomorrow:

The Beavers face a tough task against UCLA.

The #9 Oregon Ducks face a tough test in USC before their showdown with #7 UCLA.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Dawn Staley says South Carolina’s injury situation is the worst she’s ever had.

Bench play is a deciding factor for Georgia this season.

Michigan State lacks urgency and consistency down the stretch.

Michigan is "not in danger" of missing the NCAA Tournament.

Family over everything is a mindset for JMU.

College player news:

Don't tell Davidson's Andrea Robinson that the sky is falling. She's OK.

South Alabama's Chyna Ellis is thriving in her senior campaign.

Duke's Erin Mathias is using her fashion skills for the team's Play4Kay game next week.

Seven Oklahoma players have made the Academic All-Big 12 Team.

Six of the best scorers in Division II.

WNBA news:

Catching up with Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer.

USA Basketball news:

Dawn Staley strongly resonates with Women's National Team camp participants.

High school news:

Megan McConnell credits brother T.J. McConnell for bringing taunts and toughness to her game.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Division I RPI

As of games played through yesterday:


1 1 UConn AAC 25-0 11-0 4-0 10-0 0-0
2 2 Notre Dame ACC 23-2 9-2 3-0 11-0 0-0
3 3 Mississippi St. SEC 26-0 7-0 5-0 14-0 0-0
4 4 Louisville ACC 25-2 11-1 0-0 14-1 0-0
5 5 Florida St. ACC 21-4 11-3 0-0 10-1 0-0
6 8 Baylor Big 12 24-1 8-1 2-0 14-0 0-0
7 7 Tennessee SEC 21-4 6-3 3-0 12-1 0-0
8 6 Ohio St. Big Ten 21-6 7-4 3-0 11-2 0-0
9 9 Texas Big 12 20-4 6-3 2-0 12-1 0-0
10 10 UCLA Pac-12 21-4 8-2 2-0 11-2 0-0
11 11 Oregon Pac-12 23-4 7-3 2-0 14-1 0-0
12 12 Green Bay Horizon 22-2 9-1 2-1 11-0 0-0
13 13 Maryland Big Ten 22-3 10-1 1-0 11-2 0-0
14 14 Stanford Pac-12 18-8 5-4 2-2 11-2 0-0
15 15 Missouri SEC 20-5 6-2 4-1 10-2 0-0
16 16 Duke ACC 20-6 6-5 0-0 14-1 0-0
17 17 Texas A&M SEC 19-7 5-3 1-1 13-3 0-0
18 18 South Carolina SEC 20-5 7-2 2-1 11-2 0-0
19 19 NC State ACC 20-6 6-3 1-1 13-2 0-0
20 20 Buffalo MAC 19-4 8-4 3-0 8-0 0-0
21 21 Iowa Big Ten 20-6 6-3 3-0 11-3 0-0
22 22 Georgia SEC 21-4 8-2 0-0 13-2 0-0
23 23 Villanova Big East 20-5 10-2 3-0 7-3 0-0
24 24 DePaul Big East 20-6 6-3 2-1 12-2 0-0
25 25 LSU SEC 16-7 6-5 1-1 9-1 0-0
26 26 Rutgers Big Ten 18-9 4-5 1-2 13-2 0-0
27 27 South Fla. AAC 20-5 7-2 3-2 10-1 0-0
28 28 Virginia ACC 16-9 4-5 2-0 10-4 0-0
29 29 Central Mich. MAC 20-3 9-1 2-0 8-2 1-0
30 30 Oklahoma Big 12 13-12 5-7 0-1 8-4 0-0
31 31 Northern Colo. Big Sky 18-6 8-4 1-0 9-2 0-0
32 32 Marquette Big East 17-8 6-6 1-1 10-1 0-0
33 34 Princeton Ivy League 17-4 7-2 2-0 8-2 0-0
34 33 Arizona St. Pac-12 17-9 4-6 1-2 12-1 0-0
35 35 California Pac-12 17-8 6-5 0-0 11-3 0-0
36 36 Syracuse ACC 18-7 4-4 3-1 11-2 0-0
37 37 Creighton Big East 15-9 7-4 0-2 8-3 0-0
38 38 South Dakota St. Summit League 21-5 6-3 2-0 12-2 1-0
39 39 Dayton Atlantic 10 20-4 7-2 3-1 10-1 0-0
40 40 UCF AAC 17-8 8-5 0-0 9-3 0-0
41 42 Ball St. MAC 20-4 8-2 0-0 11-2 1-0
42 43 Michigan Big Ten 20-7 7-4 0-0 13-3 0-0
43 44 Minnesota Big Ten 19-6 7-5 1-0 11-1 0-0
44 41 Oklahoma St. Big 12 18-7 4-4 1-1 13-2 0-0
45 45 FGCU ASUN 24-4 9-2 2-2 10-0 3-0
46 46 Oregon St. Pac-12 19-6 5-4 2-0 12-2 0-0
47 47 Miami (FL) ACC 17-8 4-3 2-0 11-5 0-0
48 48 Western Ky. C-USA 18-6 5-5 4-0 8-1 1-0
49 49 Gonzaga WCC 20-5 9-1 1-2 10-2 0-0
50 50 Southern California Pac-12 17-8 9-3 3-0 5-5 0-0
51 51 West Virginia Big 12 18-7 5-3 4-0 9-4 0-0
52 53 St. John's (NY) Big East 15-11 5-6 1-2 9-3 0-0
53 52 Purdue Big Ten 16-10 5-5 1-1 10-4 0-0
54 54 Michigan St. Big Ten 15-11 5-6 2-1 8-4 0-0
55 55 Quinnipiac MAAC 21-5 10-3 0-1 11-1 0-0
56 56 Mercer SoCon 23-2 11-0 1-1 11-1 0-0
57 57 UC Davis Big West 20-4 8-3 1-0 11-1 0-0
58 59 American Patriot 20-4 9-3 0-1 11-0 0-0
59 58 TCU Big 12 16-8 4-5 2-0 10-3 0-0
60 60 Elon CAA 17-7 5-6 1-1 10-0 1-0
61 62 Drexel CAA 19-6 8-4 1-2 10-0 0-0
62 61 Houston AAC 19-7 7-5 3-0 9-2 0-0
63 63 Virginia Tech ACC 16-9 5-3 1-2 10-4 0-0
64 64 Toledo MAC 15-10 5-7 1-1 9-2 0-0
65 65 Indiana Big Ten 14-12 4-5 1-2 9-5 0-0
66 66 Nebraska Big Ten 18-7 8-0 1-1 9-6 0-0
67 68 Duquesne Atlantic 10 20-5 8-3 1-1 11-1 0-0
68 67 Georgia Tech ACC 15-11 3-7 1-1 11-3 0-0
69 69 IUPUI Horizon 18-6 11-3 1-0 5-3 1-0
70 71 Wyoming MWC 16-7 6-4 0-2 8-1 2-0
71 70 Fordham Atlantic 10 20-6 7-4 0-0 13-2 0-0
72 74 Penn Ivy League 15-6 6-3 2-1 6-2 1-0
73 72 Belmont OVC 24-3 12-1 2-1 9-1 1-0
74 73 South Dakota Summit League 21-5 8-2 1-2 9-1 3-0
75 77 Ohio MAC 13-10 6-4 0-2 6-4 1-0
76 75 James Madison CAA 16-8 7-4 0-1 9-3 0-0
77 76 Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 16-9 5-6 2-0 9-3 0-0
78 78 Harvard Ivy League 13-8 1-7 2-1 10-0 0-0
79 79 Albany (NY) America East 21-5 8-4 2-0 11-1 0-0
80 81 UAB C-USA 20-3 9-1 1-1 8-1 2-0
81 80 Maine America East 17-9 7-7 1-0 7-2 2-0
82 82 Navy Patriot 20-4 7-4 0-0 12-0 1-0
83 83 Penn St. Big Ten 14-12 4-8 0-2 10-2 0-0
84 84 Kansas St. Big 12 13-12 4-5 1-1 8-6 0-0
85 85 Drake MVC 18-7 6-3 1-1 10-3 1-0
86 86 New Mexico MWC 19-7 3-6 0-0 15-1 1-0
87 88 Washington St. Pac-12 10-16 4-8 2-1 4-7 0-0
88 87 Liberty Big South 16-9 6-7 1-2 7-0 2-0
89 89 Jacksonville ASUN 19-7 9-6 1-0 6-1 3-0
90 90 UNLV MWC 14-9 5-3 0-2 9-4 0-0
91 93 George Washington Atlantic 10 12-12 6-5 0-0 6-7 0-0
92 91 Miami (OH) MAC 15-9 5-6 1-0 9-3 0-0
93 92 Utah Pac-12 15-10 7-4 0-0 8-6 0-0
94 94 Alabama SEC 15-10 5-4 0-2 10-4 0-0
95 95 Rice C-USA 18-4 8-4 0-0 10-0 0-0
96 96 Auburn SEC 13-11 2-7 1-2 9-2 1-0
97 97 Kentucky SEC 12-14 4-8 0-0 8-6 0-0
98 98 Arkansas SEC 12-13 3-8 1-0 8-5 0-0
99 100 Chattanooga SoCon 15-9 5-4 3-1 7-4 0-0
100 99 Wright St. Horizon 18-8 6-5 2-1 8-2 2-0

Oh, the storylines


Minnesota took down #23 Michigan, 93-87.

Iowa State upended TCU, 66-63.

More results:

Buffalo won the battle for first place in the MAC with an 85-82 win over Central Michigan.

Nebraska's big run led them over Michigan State, 79-69.

Rutgers stopped Wisconsin, 63-50.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Quinnipiac is built to last.

UCLA and Oregon meet Monday.

Relaxed #13 Missouri is back on the road at Auburn.

#24 Belmont realizes their new ranking guarantees nothing.

Penn looks to bounce back this weekend after a crushing loss to Princeton.

Kansas lost their eleventh straight game tonight.

American's winning streak is at 13.

Which DI programs have the most New Jersey alums on their rosters?

College player news:

Toughness is inherited by Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale.

It all adds up for Cal's Penina Davidson.

Another season for Bianca Cuevas-Moore? One sign that it might happen.

Oregon guard Lexi Bando is ecstatic she is back from a leg injury.

Arizona State's Sabrina Haines has found a new place on the team after her injury.

She’s the focus of every opponent. Her knee aches. Neither is Maci Morris’ biggest challenge.

Central Michigan's Tinara Moore is coming of age and leaving a legacy.

Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen got NBA star Kyrie Irving's shoes at a game tonight.

Oregon State freshman Aleah Goodman is coming off a solid weekend.

The NCAA's starting five for the week is stacked with fire.

College coach news:

No longer in a starring role, Ty Petty still impacts MTSU as a grad assistant.

WNBA transactions:

February 14, 2018

Atlanta Dantas, Damiris Contract Signed
Indiana Abdelkader, Hind Ben Contract Signed
Los Angeles Pondexter, Cappie Contract Signed

USA Basketball news:

What's next for Team USA's backcourt?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grinding toward a finish

College team news:

The three-way Pac-12 tie is set to loosen this week.

SEC power rankings: Lady Vols rising.

MAC power rankings.

After their loss to UConn, Louisville has embraced their identity: the fighters.

Iowa: The remaining schedule and the pursuit of a double-bye.

Injuries and a tough schedule are the causes of Michigan State's struggles.

The simultaneous over and underachieving of LSU.

Iowa State is focused on the next 40 minutes.

Oklahoma is trying to get off the NCAA bubble.

UC Davis looks to finish off a stellar season.

Four takeaways from Penn's tough loss to Princeton.

Belmont is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

With 28 points in Ohio State's win tonight, Kelsey Mitchell became the fourth woman in Division I history to score 3,200 points, behind Kelsey Plum, Jackie Stiles and Brittney Griner.

UCLA's Jordin Canada is just 10 assists away from breaking the Pac-12 all-time assists record, set in 1991. Canada was born in 1995.

Janay Morton is making the most of her minutes for Nebraska.

North Carolina junior guards Destinee Walker and Stephanie Watts are both out for the season with knee injuries.

Open looks are growing scarce for Syracuse forward Miranda Drummond.

Survival is the name of the game for Alexus Hicks of Maryland Eastern Shore.

College coach news:

Former ASU great Briann January is enjoying her new role as an assistant coach.

Despite Florida's current five-game losing streak, coach Cameron Newbauer isn't deterred.

Today's results:

#3 Baylor pummeled #21 Oklahoma State, 87-45.

#16 Ohio State routed Illinois, 88-69.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

WNBA news:

Former rivals Kayla McBride and Moriah Jefferson turn up Aces in Las Vegas.

WNBA transactions:

February 13, 2018

Atlanta Elonu, Adaora Contract Signed
Indiana Johnson, Shenise Contract Signed
Phoenix Bonner, DeWanna Contract Signed

USA Basketball news:

Why former Duke standouts Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams want so badly to make the USA National Team.

Dawn Staley's influence offers point guards a chance at making Team USA roster.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame news:

Q&A with soon-to-be-inducted Katie Smith.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 class named

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductees:

The 2018 class includes Ceal Barry, Rose Marie Battaglia, Chris Daily, Mickie DeMoss, Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson.

Today's results:

#1 Connecticut 69, #4 Louisville 58.

#13 Missouri 84, Arkansas 58.

Indiana 52, Purdue 44.

All scores.

Only nine games on tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Minnesota players donated $3,000 to the Kay Yow Foundation, and coach Marlene Stollings matched it.

College player news:

UCF power forward Tolulope Omokore chases her dreams on and off the court.

Arizona freshman Marlee Kyles is made for it.

South Florida's Kitija Laksa is ESPNW's player of the week.

College coach and administrator news:

Mercer coach Susie Gardner says this is a special season for her team.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves on the Washington schools sweep, Lexi Bando's return and Ruthy Hebard's big weekend.

Millikan coach Lori Kerans will resign at the end of this season after 32 years as coach there.

Dru Hancock, the senior associate commissioner for the Big 12 Conference, is the WBCA's administrator of the year.

This week's AP top 25 poll looking different

Such changes in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. Mississippi State
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
6. Texas
8. South Carolina
9. Oregon
10. Maryland
11. Tennessee
12. Florida State
13. Missouri
14. Stanford
15. Oregon State
16. Ohio State
17. Texas A&M
18. Duke
19. Green Bay
20. Georgia
21. Oklahoma State
22. South Florida
23. Michigan
24. Belmont
25. North Carolina State

TCU, Arizona State out, South Florida, Belmont in. LSU and Nebraska almost in. Cal way out.

Naismith Trophy late season watch list

What a list:

Kristine Anigwe Jr. C/F California Pac-12
Ariel Atkins Sr. G Texas Big 12
Monique Billings Sr. F UCLA Pac-12
Kalani Brown Jr. C Baylor Big 12
Lexie Brown Sr. G Duke ACC
Jordin Canada Sr. G UCLA Pac-12
Chennedy Carter Fr. G Texas A&M Big 12
Kaila Charles So. G Maryland Big Ten
Napheesa Collier Jr. F UConn AAC
Sophie Cunningham Jr. G Missouri SEC
Asia Durr Jr. G Louisville ACC
Katelynn Flaherty Sr. G Michigan Big Ten
Marie Gulich Sr. C Oregon State Pac-12
Megan Gustafson Jr. F Iowa Big Ten
Ruthy Hebard So. F Oregon Pac-12
Myisha Hines-Allen Sr. F Louisville ACC
Sabrina Ionescu So. G Oregon Pac-12
Brooke McCarty Sr. G Texas Big 12
Teaira McCowan Jr. C Mississippi State SEC
Brittany McPhee Sr. G Stanford Pac-12
Kelsey Mitchell Sr. G Ohio State Big Ten
Jaime Nared Sr. G Tennessee SEC
Kia Nurse Sr. G UConn AAC
Arike Ogunbowale Jr. G Notre Dame ACC
Mercedes Russell Sr. C Tennessee SEC
Katie Lou Samuelson Jr. G/F UConn AAC
Shakayla Thomas Sr. F Florida State ACC
Victoria Vivians Sr. G Mississippi State SEC
Gabby Williams Sr. F UConn AAC
A’ja Wilson Sr. F South Carolina SEC

Catching up on Pac-12 items

No. 8 UCLA, Canada turn on the jets to vault past ASU, 71-63.

Hebard and Ionescu join the 1,000-point club on Ducks’ banner day.

Coach's Chair: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Another day of amazement


South Florida upended #13 Ohio State, 84-65, on the strength of Kitija Laska's career-high 41 points.

LSU knocked off #14 Texas A&M, 80-78, for their fourth win over a ranked opponent.

Short-handed Michigan State took down #21 Michigan, 66-61.

More results:

#2 Mississippi State took care of Kentucky, 74-55. The Bulldogs are 26-0.

#7 South Carolina held off Florida, 64-57.

#9 Oregon rode its offense to a 90-79 win over Washington State.

#10 Maryland routed Rutgers, 72-54.

#11 Tennessee handled #18 Georgia, 62-46.

#12 Florida State put the hurt on Miami, 91-71.

#17 Stanford got past Colorado, 62-53.

#23 NC State defeated North Carolina, 73-54.

Iowa stopped Northwestern, 70-61.

Nebraska outlasted Wisconsin, 51-48.

Cal beat Utah, 84-73.

Syracuse came from 16 behind at halftime to top Wake Forest, 71-61.

All scores.

Big Monday tomorrow.


Ruthy Hebard was 12-12 today, setting a UO single-game field goal percentage record. She and Sabrina Ionescu also became the only sophomores in Duck history, after Jillian Alleyne, to reach 1,000 career points.

College team news:

The Missouri at Arkansas game scheduled for today has been rescheduled for tomorrow, as the Tigers couldn't reach their destination due to weather.

Princeton is at the top of the Ivy League after this weekend's sweep.

College player news:

South Carolina's Lindsey Spann is out for the season with a knee injury.

WNBA news:

Senior watch: frontcourt versatility.

Liberty coach Katie Smith and center Tina Charles are urging fans to follow the team to White Plains.

USA Basketball news:

National Team camp day three notes and news.

Quote board.

Dawn Staley’s Team USA task is more about tweaks than cuts for the 2020 Olympics.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Current Pac-12 attendance

Arena attendance averages, as of Feb. 10:

Oregon State, 3825
Oregon, 3454
Stanford, 3211
UCLA, 2630
Arizona State, 2468
California, 2389
Washington, 1842
Arizona, 1833
Utah, 1757
Colorado, 1588
Washington State, 1515
USC, 1495


The record continues:

Ashland University's winning streak is now 61. They've also set an NCAA record by scoring 100 or more points in eight straight games.


Saint Mary's snapped Gonzaga's 15-game winning streak, 72-56. The Zags still clinch a share of the WCC title in the wake of BYU's loss to San Francisco in double OT.

More results:

#1 UConn 124, Wichita State 43. Not a good look for the East Coast Huskies.

#3 Baylor 83, #24 TCU 63.

#6 Texas 76, Kansas State 54.

#22 Oklahoma State 81, Iowa State 73.

Rice 73, Western Kentucky 58.

All scores.

Sundays are for the Pac-12 and SEC.

College team news:

Tennessee and Georgia are both getting a boost from their freshmen.

Breaking down Notre Dame's first 24 games.

Iowa heads back to high school for their next game.

LSU continues to battle through 'immaturity' despite improvement.

Louisville is looking for a breakthrough against UConn Monday.

College player news:

Arizona's Destiny Graham doesn't give an inch, even when she's dwarfed by Pac-12 foes.

USA Basketball news:

National Team camp day two.

No need for change as Dawn Staley takes over Team USA.

Staley and former South Carolina greats enter "basketball utopia" with the National Team.

Diana Taurasi won't give up her spot on the National Team, and plans to go for a fifth gold medal.

Friday, February 9, 2018

The beat goes on


USC toppled #25 Arizona State, 77-62.

More results:

#9 Oregon 76, Washington 63.

#16 Oregon State 63, Washington State 61 (OT).

DePaul 86, Butler 68. It was the 700th career win for Blue Demon coach Doug Bruno.

Cal 78, Colorado 76.

All scores.

Tomorrow there are 115 games.

College team news:

#4 Louisville will face #1 UConn Monday with a plan to win.

Six key games highlight the Pac-12's schedule for the next few weeks.

Michigan is in need of seeding damage control.

College player news:

Iowa's Megan Gustafson plays for two.

Texas freshmen "Gunners" remain holstered for now.

A year ago, NIU guard Pauline Castro was fighting for her life. Now she's starting.

Tennessee influenced the NCAA's decision not to grant Te'a Cooper a hardship waiver, Gamecock coach Dawn Staley says.

How Davidson is rallying behind forward Andrea Robinson.

College coach news:

UNI coach Tanya Warren talks about Black History Month.

When Chantel Osahor got cut from her WNBA team, she became an assistant coach at Drake.

WNBA news:

All you need to know for tipoff.

Tiffany Mitchell talks living in Russia and hosting a camp.


February 9, 2018

Indiana Pohlen-Mavunga, Jeanette Contract Signed
New York Allen, Lindsay Contract Signed
New York Allen, Rebecca Contract Signed
New York Hartley, Bria Contract Signed
New York Vaughn, Kia Contract Signed

USA Basketball news:

USA National Team camp day one report.


Practice quotes.

Former Gamecocks Tiffany Mitchell and Allisha Gray hope to make Team USA.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Some rocking and rolling in the scoring column


Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter to upend #23 NC State, 52-48.

More results:

#11 Tennessee survived Arkansas, 90-85, thanks to Rennia Davis' career day.

#7 South Carolina got back on track against Alabama, 79-66.

#10 Maryland took care of Michigan State, 79-68.

#13 Ohio State pounded Rutgers, 90-68.

#15 Missouri held off Kentucky, 83-78.

#18 Georgia downed Vanderbilt, 67-55, despite a rocky start.

Minnesota slipped by Purdue, 78-74.

Auburn defeated LSU, 70-62. It was coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's 100th career win.

Iowa nipped Penn State, 80-76. Megan Gustafson had 33 points for the Hawkeyes.

All scores.

Pac-12, Big East and Ivy League tomorrow.

College team news:

"There were nearly more UCLA fans than USC fans in Monday’s rematch at the Galen Center."

Stanford puts the squeeze on opponents with tight defense.

Oregon has plenty of motivation for their showdown with Washington tomorrow.

Washington is 1-11 in Pac-12 play, but not a lost cause.

Cal is looking to recover from season's 'low point.'

College player news:

Louisville's Bionca Dunham is driven to prove doubters wrong and be family's first college grad.

Morgan William is still chasing that perfect shot.

Fordham's Bre Cavanaugh on the journey: where it all began.

Georgia's Stephanie Paul stays true to her Haitian heritage.

Two Boise State teammates went more than 600 days without playing. Now they're thriving.

Their Bronco teammate Riley Lupfer is a three-point machine.

Freshman Chantel Horvat talks about coming from Australia to play for UCLA.

How UConn transfer De’Janae Boykin brings toughness to Penn State.

Napheesa Collier is making the most of her trips to the foul line.

Tiana Mangakahia is an assist machine for Syracuse.

College coach news:

No ceilings podcast: milestone moments.
WNBA news:

High school news:

The Naismith National High School Girls’ 10 semifinalists have been announced.

A painful plaque is spurring versatile Kaelynn Satterfield to a stellar season at Christ the King.

WNBA finally releases 2018 schedule

The league finally released the 2018 schedule today.

Twelve teams, twelve storylines.

Angel McCoughtry is feeling good again, and she's returning to play for the Atlanta Dream this year.

Kayla Alexander is about to catch the Fever.

Monica Wright has come to San Antonio to nurse her dad, her knee and her future.

Nicki Collen interview.

Mohegan Sun’s Amber Cox gives advice on success in business.

Ivory Latta reminisces about her 70-point game in high school.


February 8, 2018

Atlanta McCoughtry, Angel Contract Signed

February 7, 2018

Connecticut Griffin, Kelsey Contract Signed
Connecticut Laney, Betnijah Contract Signed
Connecticut Romero, Leticia Contract Signed
Minnesota Howard, Natasha Traded to Seattle
Minnesota Kizer, Lynetta Contract Signed
Minnesota Miyem, Endy Contract Signed
Minnesota Zandalasini, Cecilia Contract Signed

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award finalists

Ten candidates left:

Women’s Basketball 2017-18 Finalists

Name Position School

Ariel Atkins Guard University of Texas
Lexie Brown Guard Duke University
Tyra Buss Guard Indiana University
Emily Clemens Guard Western Illinois University
Rebecca Greenwell Guard Duke University
Delaney Hodgins Forward Eastern Washington University
Kaylee Jensen Center Oklahoma State
Jackie Kemph Point Guard Saint Louis University
Victoria Vivians Guard Mississippi State
Gabby Williams Forward UConn

Wade Trophy midseason watch list

Thirty-three candidates on the Wade Trophy midseason watch list:

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Kristine Anigwe, California

Monique Billings, UCLA

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Tyra Buss, Indiana

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State

Ruthy Hebard, Oregon

Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Kitija Laksa, South Florida

Tynice Martin, West Virginia

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Tyler Scaife, Rutgers

Azura Stevens, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The grind of the season is upon us

Today's results:

UCF limited #1 UConn to their lowest point total of the year in their 55-37 loss.

#4 Louisville overcame Clemson, 65-46.

#19 Duke got past Wake Forest, 59-51.

#22 Oklahoma State routed #24 TCU, 71-54.

Central Michigan held off Ohio, 74-72.

Virginia Tech handled North Carolina, 90-74.

All scores.

SEC, Big Ten are back in action tomorrow.

College team news:

Behind the dominant play of Mississippi State.

What picking up UConn transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter means for Mississippi State.

Mississippi State has become a juggernaut in women's hoops.

Iowa is hoping a February rush is in the cards.

Missouri is using the postseason for perspective in the midst of the grind.

Florida shows potential despite their recent losses.

LMU has a chance to pull away from the pack.

ESPN's bi-weekly mid-major rankings.

College player news:

Iowa's Megan Gustafson: small town, big game.

Duke guard Haley Gorecki is out for the season with a left hip injury.

Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey is handling a midseason position transfer.

Cal's Asha Thomas found what she was looking for not far from home.

Kentucky freshman KeKe McKinney lost her way obsessing about three-point shots. Here's how the Cats got her back.

Chandler Smith made her move from the ranch to the Kennel at Gonzaga.

Robbi Ryan is shining in her sophomore year for Arizona State.

Virginia Tech guard Chanette Hicks is stepping away from the team to deal with personal matters.

NCAA's starting five for the week.

College coach news:

How USA Basketball and Dawn Staley are keeping women in the game.

Holly Warlick is a coach, a poet and a country music fan.

Johns Hopkins is mourning the loss of longtime basketball coach Nancy Funk.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day:

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer on sexism in sports: "Let's keep improving the situation."

UCLA coach Cori Close reflects on progress and her platform to inspire young athletes.

Colorado coach JR Payne's daughters are tremendously inspired by her players.

The WNBA celebrates the day.

WNBA news:

Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson will participate in the NBA All-Star game.

Chiney Ogwumike on Black History Month and why the WNBA remains politically active.

How Swin Cash stays in shape.

Former players are transitioning to the NBA corporate office.

Around the Rim podcast:

This week's Around the Rim podcast features Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, me talking about the Pac-12, and Texas A&M standouts Chennedy Carter and Anriel Howard.

High school news:

Facing a numbers crunch, one West Texas high school combined the boy's and girls basketball teams.

Who are the most indispensable players of them all?

Indispensable players.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

John R. Wooden Award late season top 20

Twenty athletes remain in contention for the John R. Wooden Award:

Kristine Anigwe, California

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Skakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

After some storms, a more quiet day

College team news:

Stanford has battled back to the top of the Pac-12.

What's gone wrong for South Carolina's first losing streak in five years?

The Chinese national team's coach spent three weeks observing and advising Duke.

Lady Vol hoops report.

Vanderbilt is on the right track.

ASU basketball is "sustainability certified."

The race for the Pac-12 regular-season title has heated up.

NC State is the NCAA's team of the month.

College player news:

Former high school rivals develop chemistry, bond at UCLA.

North Carolina's Taylor Koenen is one of three ACC athletes who have been selected for the ACC Autonomy Committee.

Liv Roberts' passion for the Laramie, Wyoming community shines daily.

Mikayla Pivec runs the point for Oregon State.

College coach news:

Joni Taylor has the right stuff for Georgia.

OSU coach Scott Rueck was reprimanded by the Pac-12 for commenting about officiating after Friday's game against Stanford.

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's matchups include Oklahoma State at TCU.

WNBA news:

Madison Square Garden is keeping the New York Liberty for now.

The Storm's parent company, Force 10, has struck a deal to manage Reign ticket.

Overseas report.

WNBA transactions:

Indiana Hamson, Jennifer Contract Signed
Indiana Simms, Jennie Contract Signed
Los Angeles Anderson, Jolene Contract Signed
Los Angeles Beard, Alana Contract Signed
Los Angeles Grant-Allen, Saicha Contract Signed
Washington Meesseman, Emma Suspended – Full Season

Monday, February 5, 2018

No. 8 UCLA outlasts USC to tie for first in Pac-12

Story and amazing photo gallery from tonight's game.

Another Big Monday doesn't disappoint

Today's results:

#2 Mississippi State defeated #6 South Carolina, 67-53, in front of a record crowd of over 10,000 fans. The Bulldogs are unbeaten.

#3 Baylor closed out Oklahoma, 74-65.

#6 Texas routed West Virginia, 73-55.

#8 UCLA downed USC, 84-70.

That makes for a three-way tie for first place in Pac-12 standings, as Oregon, Stanford and UCLA all are 10-2.

#15 Missouri held off Florida, 66-64.

All scores.

Only six games tomorrow.

College team news:

Mississippi State sent a message with tonight's win.

Can Louisville beat UConn this year?

Oregon still has Pac-12 title aspirations.

For the Wolverines, it’s the final stretch that matters.

Oklahoma State is preparing for an important road trip.

CSUN is peaking at the right time.

Air Force is starting to reflect growth.

College player news:

Stanford's Brittany McPhee is ESPN's player of the week.

WNBA transactions:

Chicago Coates, Alaina Contract Signed
Chicago Hooper, Jordan Contract Signed
Connecticut Thomas, Alyssa Contract Signed
Dallas Cambage, Liz Contract Signed
Indiana Wheeler, Erica Contract Signed
Phoenix Little, Camille Contract Signed
Seattle Crvendakic, Aleksandra Contract Signed
Seattle Quinn, Noelle Contract Signed
Seattle Tokashiki, Ramu Suspended – Full Season
Washington Peters, Devereaux Contract Signed
Washington Taylor, Asia Contract Signed

Predictable shifts in AP top 25 poll

UCLA, Ohio State, Stanford up; Michigan down; NC State and Arizona State in; WVU and Cal out of this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. UConn
2. Mississippi State
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
6. Texas
7. South Carolina
9. Oregon
10. Maryland
11. Tennessee
12. Florida State
13. Ohio State
14. Texas A&M
15. Missouri
16. Oregon State
17. Stanford
18. Georgia
19. Duke
20. Green Bay
21. Michigan
22. Oklahoma State
23. North Carolina State
24. TCU
25. Arizona State

Coach’s Chair: Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast University

My Q&A with FGCU coach Karl Smesko.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dawn Staley Award midseason watch list

And then there were 15:

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State University
Tyasha Harris, University of South Carolina
Kia Nurse, University of Connecticut
Katie lou Samuelson, University of Connecticut
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State University
Morgan William, Mississippi State University
Jordin Canada, UCLA
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers
Lexie Brown, Duke University
Arike Ogunbowale, University of Notre Dame
Asia Durr, University of Louisville
Shakyla Hill, Grambling State University
Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M University
Katelynn Flaherty, University of Michigan
Sabrina Jonescu, University of Oregon

Every game counts in large amounts


Brittany McPhee's career-high 33 points propelled #24 Stanford past #6 Oregon, 78-65.

The Cardinal's win ties them with the Ducks for first place in Pac-12 standings. If UCLA beats USC tomorrow, it will be a three-way tie.

And: Rutgers toppled #13 Michigan, 63-56.

More results:

#4 Louisville's 84-77 win over Syracuse is their fourth straight.

#5 Notre Dame ended #19 Duke's 30-game home winning streak with a 72-54 victory.

#10 Florida State held off Pitt, 66-59.

#11 Maryland downed Nebraska, 64-57.

#12 Tennessee was tough down the stretch for a 74-64 win over Vanderbilt.

#16 Oregon State handled #25 Cal, 68-48.

LSU edged Kentucky, 72-70.

Penn State took care of Michigan State, 74-59.

Creighton nipped Marquette, 74-73.

Utah extracted revenge to defeat Colorado, 78-74.

Iowa downed Minnesota, 92-84.

Arizona State pounded Washington State, 77-51.

All scores.

Big games tomorrow on Big Monday.

College team news:

Maryland edged closer to the Big Ten title today.

Ohio is winning despite inexperience.

Alabama has set its sights on the final month of the season.

Vanderbilt's 1993 Final Four team reminisces on their historic run 25 years later.

There's no other team quite like the Sinclair Community College women.

College player news:

Teaira McCowan has turned her raw game into dominance.

Bulldog teammate Blair Schaefer has proven that labels don't apply.

ESPN interview with Sabrina Ionescu.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz says Syracuse fans should come out and see Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia.

College coach news:

Northern Iowa coach Tanya Warren is searching for toughness in her team.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Rejuvenations and slow-downs

The "grind it out" part of the season is upon us, and some teams that began strong are now struggling. Others - many programs of which have been rejuvenated this year - are still going strong. And so the results today are interesting.......


Oklahoma upset #21 West Virginia, 76-57.

An unlikely trio led Iowa State to an 80-45 thrashing of Kansas State.

CSUN took down Big West leaders UC Davis, 75-71 in OT.

More results:

#8 Texas stomped #22 TCU, 92-65.

#18 Ohio State 68, Wisconsin 55.

Gonzaga topped BYU, 84-70, for their 14th straight win.

FGCU bounced back to nip Jacksonville, 65-63.

Ohio held off Ball State, 80-76.

Miami, Ohio's 66-62 decision over Bowling Green puts them at a turnaround 14-8.

Houston is 18-6 after their 73-62 comeback win over Wichita State.

All scores.

Many top teams play tomorrow.

Big Monday:

South Carolina visits Mississippi State Monday.

College team news:

Can Vanderbilt compete with Tennessee? It starts in recruiting.

The roller coaster is climbing again for Iowa.

Defensive intensity is the key for Seton Hall.

Talent, depth and energy is carrying Princeton.

The pieces are coming together for New Mexico State.

The Queen Bees' fight extends beyond the court.

Chicago State has set a DI record for most consecutive losses, at 59.

College player news:

Kelsey Mitchell set a record for made three-point shots.

College coach news:

C. Vivian Stringer called out a sexist radio show host, and won.

The Kansas fundraiser for Jackie Stiles has already shattered its goal.

WNBA news:

The Mercury have re-signed Emma Cannon and Yvonne Turner.