Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's anybody's trophy right now

Tonight's upsets:

Wisconsin beat #7 Penn State, 63-61.

Illinois put away #24 Iowa, 74-62.

The trophy is wide open for the taking right now.

Full scoreboard.

More college news:

Sooner report: the total package.

Michigan is tired.

Dartmouth: for the love of the game, a big city girl moves to Hanover.

The Terps are having a magical ride.

Indiana State's Jessica Valley has torn her ACL again, and is out for the season.

Former Purdue Boilermaker Brittany Rayburn has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Tulsa Shock announce partnership

The Tulsa Shock are partnering with Osage Casino. They call it "a multi-year marquee partnership."

West coast update

The bad:

Washington State's leading scorer Tia Presley tore her ACL in the closing moments of last Friday's game against Oregon.

Utah forward Taryn Wicijowski tore her meniscus and had successful surgery Tuesday.

The good:

Cal has added forward Kyra Dunn - a transfer from Pitt.

Washington's Jazmine Davis has been medically cleared to play.

Other college news:

The game is easy for ODU's Shae Kelly, but life's been hard.

High school:

Robert "Apache" Paschall's death still deeply affects those at his high school a year later.

Going to Maryland is a dream come true for Lexie Brown.

Meet Cal recruit Mikayla Cowling.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Records and significant moves

Big news:

Brittney Griner broke the Big 12 career scoring record tonight. In scoring the first four points for Baylor against Texas Tech, the senior center reached 2,837 points. The former record was 2,835.

Rutgers is set to announce its move to the Big Ten.

Other college items:

Central Michigan has a unique young inspiration this year - a cancer patient.

Purdue's Drey Mingo is turning darkness into light.

Florida senior Jennifer George has been battling injuries, thus the Gators have been struggling.

Krista Donald is back for Georgia with a bang.

Florida Gulf Coast's success isn't just because of their three-point shots.

Injuries currently plague Nebraska.

Post-season shot: Missouri's magic number is three.

Center Nikki Greene and Penn State are scripting a story book season.

UConn corner:

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is putting her three-point stamp on UConn's season.

Breanna Stewart is getting into a rhythm for the Huskies. But her learning curve continues.

Tennessee corner:

Tamika Catchings impacted the Lady Vols with an impromptu post-game speech after their loss to Notre Dame Monday.

Isabelle Harrison, injured during the game, will need surgery to repair the meniscus in her left knee.

Recent injuries leave the Lady Vols inexperienced in the post.

Total access with senior Taber Spani.

Tenn questions with Spani.

Tonight's results:

Angel Goodrich's shot for Kansas forced an overtime, and the Jayhawks upset #23 Iowa State, 78-75.

Identical score as #12 Louisville squeaked by South Florida. Shoni Schimmel had a career-high 38 points.

#17 Dayton's 60-49 defeat of VCU means they're 6-0 in the Atlantic-10.

Full scoreboard.

Pro bonus:

Maya Moore scored 53 points for her team in China. But after the game, fans beat up the referees.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Contemplating an all Pac-12 team

Last night I was thinking about who I would put on an all Pac-12 team at this point in the season. Then I consulted the current conference statistics, which look like this at the top:

## Player-Team Cl G FG 3FG FT Pts Avg/G
1.Ogwumike, Chiney-STAN.... 20 177 1 84 439 22.0
2.Davis, Jazmine-WASH...... 17 111 44 81 347 20.4
3.Harberts, Cassie-USC..... 19 111 6 127 355 18.7
4.Plouffe, Michelle-UTAH... 19 111 27 68 317 16.7
5.Whyte, Davellyn-ARIZ..... 19 95 46 72 308 16.2
6.Clarendon, Layshia-CAL... 19 102 19 62 285 15.0
7.Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH... 18 99 2 68 268 14.9
8.Walton, Talia-WASH....... 19 103 35 34 275 14.5
9.Galdeira, Lia-WSU........ 19 100 25 43 268 14.1
10.Alleyne, Jillian-ORE..... 20 108 0 63 279 14.0

## Player-Team Cl G OFF DEF TOT Avg/G
1.Alleyne, Jillian-ORE..... 20 95 162 257 12.9
2.Ogwumike, Chiney-STAN.... 20 86 154 240 12.0
3.Brandon, Gennifer-CAL.... 18 79 126 205 11.4
4.Williams, Aminah-WASH.... 19 74 139 213 11.2
5.Jeffery, Chucky-COLO..... 18 36 111 147 8.2
6.Harberts, Cassie-USC..... 19 74 77 151 7.9
7.Brewer, Alyssia-UCLA..... 18 61 82 143 7.9
Walker, Markel-UCLA...... 18 50 93 143 7.9
9.Plouffe, Michelle-UTAH... 19 37 105 142 7.5
Nyingifa, Atonye-UCLA.... 19 57 85 142 7.5

I weighed this with player impact statistics and current team record.

Chiney Ogwumike, who scores 31.4 percent of Stanford's points, is in. So is Cassie Harberts of USC (you don't have to check the stats to see she's been carrying her team this month/season).

My fellow basketball expert and I also nominate Layshia Clarendon of Cal and Chucky Jeffery of Colorado.

The final spot is a toss up between Gennifer Brandon of Cal, Jazmine Davis of Washington and Michelle Plouffe of Utah. He nominates Plouffe because both Brandon and Davis missed games this weekend, but their teams won anyway. I would lean toward Davis, because she has carried the team while they wait for injuries to heal.

ESPNW's high school top 25

Week seven power rankings:

1. Mater Dei
2. Riverdale
3. Duncanville
4. Windward
5. M.X. Shabazz
6. Saint Marys
7. Marion County
8. Incarnate Word Academy
9. Saint Johns College
10. Pflugerville
11. Paul VI
12. New Hope Christian Academy
13. North Gwinnett
14. Dutch Fork
15. Fairmont
16. Good Counsel
17. Martin Luther King
18. Saint Marys
19. Long Beach Polytechnic
20. Life Center Academy
21. Blackman
22. Millbrook
23. Edwardsville
24. Regis Jesuit
25. Centerville


UConn signee Saniya Chong scores 45 of her team's 106 points in a triple-overtime win Sunday. Their opponents scored 100 points.

Buncha stuff

An MRI on Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison revealed that she reinjured her left lateral meniscus in last night's game against Notre Dame. She is day to day.

The number of Pat Summitt's titles barely left room for her own banner last night.

Is Notre Dame better than last year?

Irish point guard Skylar Diggins is looking to add to her legacy.

Oklahoma State's Toni Young has embraced basketball - and become pretty dang good at it.

Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli talk to Cal's Layshia Clarendon and Brittany Boyd about possibly winning the Pac-12 title.

Minnesota's Rachel Banham notched her 1,000th point last night.

Sacred Heart's Kiley Evans also crossed the 1K mark.

Is Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell the ticket to history?

Decisions await Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer following her team's recent loss.

Is the University of Washington poised to attack?

Michigan isn't in panic mode since dropping out of the top 25.

The progression of Florida State's Chelsea Davis is just like she drew it up.

Penn is trying to climb closer to the Ivy League mountain top.

Alabama strives to find relevancy in the SEC.

Eight is enough for North Carolina AT&T.

USA Basketball:

Katie Meier, Kelly Graves and Nikki Caldwell will return to coach the U19 women this summer.

WNBA update

WNBA draft anticipation from Indiana.

San Antonio star forward Sophia Young sustained a knee injury during a playoff game in China.

The Sky's Ruth Riley checks in from Panama.

Lynx around the world update.

Sun overseas round up.

Dream overseas update.

The Fever has teamed with the Indiana Girls Hoops League.

Mercury update.

This week's USA Today poll

Only one change in this week's top 25, and that's Villanova for Iowa. Much movement on the list, though:

1. Baylor
2. Connecticut
3. Notre Dame
4. Duke
5. Stanford
6. Cal
7. Kentucky
8. Penn State
9. Maryland
10. Tennessee
11. Purdue
12. Louisville
13. South Carolina
14. Georgia
15. Dayton
16. Oklahoma State
17. Texas A&M
18. North Carolina
19. UCLA
20. Oklahoma
21. Florida State
22. Iowa State
23. Colorado
24. Syracuse
25. Iowa

Monday, January 28, 2013

Catching up with Tamika Catchings

What is the 2012 Finals MVP and champion up to these days? My interview.

Allstate, WBCA partner to create a Good Works Team(c) for basketball players

Student athletes in basketball will be honored for exceptional community service starting this spring, at the Final Four. Check out the story, featuring my four fun interviews.

Big Monday

Before the showdown between #2 Notre Dame and #9 Tennessee, Pat Summitt's banner was raised at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. On hand were Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Candace Parker and Michelle Marciniak.


The Irish prevailed over the Lady Vols, 77-67, behind Skylar Diggins' career-high 33 points. But that was a heckuva comeback for Tennessee, and it bodes well for them being so young - and this year, so injured.

Speaking of which, prayers up for Isabelle Harrison, who went down in the first half with a knee injury, and was out for the rest of the game.

Other college news:

Brittney Griner is ESPNW's player of the week.

Penn State is making new memories while staying perfect in the Big Ten.

Caroline Doty is not immune from UConn Coach Geno Auriemma's demands.

Sara James and Mikaela Ruef add a lot to Stanford.

Bench players are giving Kentucky a boost.

Can Ohio State Coach Jim Foster turn his team around?

NCAA prospects have virtually vanished for Temple and Rutgers.

North Colorado junior D'shara Strange has joined the 1,000 point club.

UTEP's freshmen are giving them a big lift.

The Big East wants to add a twelfth school.

AP poll: Michigans drop out; Iowa and Delaware drop in

This week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Baylor
2. Notre Dame
3. Connecticut
4. Stanford
5. Duke
6. California
7. Penn State
8. Kentucky
9. Tennessee
10. Maryland
11. North Carolina
12. Louisville
13. Georgia
14. Purdue
15. South Carolina
16. Texas A&M
17. Dayton
18. UCLA
19. Oklahoma State
20. Florida State
21. Oklahoma
22. Colorado
23. Iowa State
24. Iowa
25. Delaware

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dog days of the season

Here's what happens this season when Pac-12 teams go to Northern California: they get beat. The latest victims are Utah and Colorado.

#6 Stanford 69, #20 Colorado 56.

#7 Cal 71, Utah 54.

Cal senior guard Layshia Clarendon reached 1,500 points in the game.

Results that make me think some teams might be getting tired:

Iowa upset #23 Michigan, 63-57.

#11 North Carolina beat Miami at the buzzer, 64-62.

#15 Purdue needed an overtime to finish #25 Michigan State, 67-62.

#19 UCLA outlasted Arizona State, 54-50.

#18 South Carolina hung on to defeat Arkansas, 43-40.

#13 Louisville had to rally to get past St. John's, 57-54.

These are the dog days of the season.

Today's full scoreboard.

#6 Windward rallies to beat #19 Long Beach Poly in overtime, 59-57

My game story.

What a thrilling game. It lived up to its hype, times ten.

And it was great to see and network with Division I coaches, along with the LA basketball family. Fun evening.

Did you know Windward's coach is former Stanford and WNBA player Vanessa Nygaard?

More on yesterday's games

I had fun doing color commentary and analysis yesterday with Big West radio play-by-play dude Ghizal Hasan. I'm going back next Saturday to do it again, when CSUN takes on Hawaii. Here's my game story from yesterday:

CSUN rallies from deficit to beat Cal Poly in two overtimes, 80-70.


Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins passed the 2,000-point career mark yesterday in the first play of the game.

Brittney Griner broke the NCAA record for blocked shots in Baylor's defeat of Oklahoma.

Virginia's Ataira Franklin passed the 1,000-point career mark.

Other news:

Tennessee Coach Holly Warlick looks at Tennessee in her own way.

Critics are praising the resilience of Michigan State.

Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell isn't overreacting to his team's loss to South Carolina.

Colorado State Coach Ryun Williams is familiar with rebuilding.

Texas A&M point guard Adrienne Pratcher is making the most of her senior season.

Purdue's KK Houser isn't sweating her shooting slump.

Missouri's Sydney Crafton is working to be more aggressive.


The Pac-12 is in full effect today. Let's get it, west coast.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Little bits after a big day

Today's scoreboard will have to stand on its own, without highlights, because I'm a wee bit tired.

First there was the CSUN-Cal Poly game that went to two overtimes.

Then Long Beach Poly and Windward went to overtime.

Great, great stuff. I'll have it all for you tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, there is some other news:

Getting ready for Big Monday: the Lady Vols assess their shortcomings.

Ohio State senior guard Amber Stokes' knee sprain is healing more quickly than expected.

What can Texas Tech's Chynna Brown do for you? Everything.

Morgan Toben is a good addition for Oklahoma State.

Arizona State roars back in second half to beat USC, 60-53

My game story.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pac-12 insanity

What a night:

Oregon 70, WSU 68.

#7 Cal held off #20 Colorado, 59-56.

UW 81, OSU 77 (OT).

#19 UCLA 73, Arizona 57.

#6 Stanford 65, Utah 44.

ASU pulled one out over USC, 60-53. My write up and pictures tomorrow morning.

Big West Conference and super high school showdown previews for Jan. 26

Tomorrow I'm covering the Cal Poly at Cal State Northridge game at 4 p.m. PST. I'm pleased to join Big West Conference play-by-play announcer Ghizal Hasan on the radio. Listen to the gamecast HERE.

All conference games are also aired free this year on Big West TV.

The game pits last year's conference leaders, as the Mustangs finished 12-4 in league and the Matadors, 11-5.

This season finds Poly and CSUN third and fourth, respectively, in Big West play, as Pacific and Hawaii have crept into the top two spots. The Matadors have struggled lately, dropping their last three games. The Mustangs lost to Hawaii last night - their first non-win since Jan. 3.

Other Big West match ups tomorrow are:

UC Irvine at Long Beach State
UC Davis at UC Riverside
Pacific at Cal State Fullerton
UCSB at Hawaii

From there I will high tail it to Windward High School, where the sixth-ranked Wildcats, at 20-0, take on #19 Long Beach Poly, which is 16-2.

Windward is lead by USC-signee Courtney Jaco and junior Jordin Canada, whose stats don't seem to be available on the school's maxpreps page.

Poly's Arica Carter is their high scorer, averaging 11.3 points per game, and senior Keyla Morgan (8.9 ppg) and sophomore Tania Lamb (8.1 ppg) are also strong contributors.

It should be an exciting night.

Friday jump off

UNLV forward Alana Cesarz will miss the rest of the season with an ACL meniscus tear.

It's been a tough year so far for Cincinnati Coach Jamelle Elliott.

Florida State is headed in the right direction, and Leonor Rodriguez is leading the way.

Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer's "state of the Cardinal."

Chiney Ogwumike continues to find success.

University of Washington guard Kellie McCann-Smith has left the program for personal reasons.

Oklahoma Sooner report: clicking for Hook.

Milwaukee senior guard Sami Tucker reflects on her 1,000th point.

Coach Linda Lappe has the Colorado Buffs loving defense.


Minnesota Lynx players are winning around the world.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Some surprises in tonight's results


#18 South Carolina upset #5 Kentucky, 55-50. The Wildcats' 17-game winning streak is snapped.

Nebraska upended #25 Michigan State, 59-54.


#8 Penn State held off Minnesota, 64-59. They've won eight straight.

#15 Purdue escaped Northwestern, 77-73.

Solid wins:

#4 Duke bounced back from their UConn loss to top Clemson, 60-46.

It was a fast start and finish for #9 Tennessee, who beat Vanderbilt 83-75.

Beat downs:

#10 Maryland 85, #11 North Carolina 59.

#16 Texas A&M 81, Mississippi State 33.

#17 Dayton 80, George Washington 52.

#23 Michigan 61, Indiana 43.

High school:

Tennessee commit and #1 recruit Mercedes Russell and her Springfield High School team went to Massachusetts last week for a tournament. Her play earned praise from opposing coaches. One called her "the best he's ever seen."


I'm an official Northern Iowa fan now, in light of the team's own version of "Gangnam Style." 'Scuse me - I've gotta go laugh some more.

Great college and high school hits

Maryland will be even more shorthanded for tonight's match up against North Carolina.

Colorado has returned.

Wisconsin junior center Cassie Rochel delivered a fiery speech to teammates after a recent loss.

Penn State assistant coach Fred Chmiel has a unique relationship with the Lions. Guard Maggie Lucas blogs.

With Rutgers' win over Georgetown last night, Scarlet Knights Coach C. Vivian Stringer is within four victories of her 900th win.

Florida freshman Sydney Moss is working to break out of a slump.

Texas is pushing through a rough season.

Lady Vol access, episode 10.

In their podcast, Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli talk to Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey and North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Sophomore Jasmine Martin is getting the job done at Quinnipiac.

High school:

ESPN is looking at the class of 2015.

The number one prospect is "born leader" Asia Durr.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Notre Dame routs Pitt, but Diggins' record will wait

Notre Dame is on a 12-game winning streak thanks to their beat down of Pitt, 73-47. But Irish point guard Skylar Diggins left the game one point shy of crossing the 2,000 threshold. She'll likely do it next game - Saturday - on her home court.

Tonight's results.

Among tomorrow's most intriguing match ups are:

#5 Kentucky at #18 South Carolina
#11 North Carolina at #10 Maryland
#9 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
UCSB at Cal State Northridge
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara
Wisconsin at Iowa

More college news:

Lady Vol Taber Spani's minutes and scoring are up in SEC play.

Purdue is battling illnesses.

The foundation has set quickly for Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck and his Beavers.

Do Texas Tech and West Virginia have a new rivalry?

Western Kentucky is hard to ignore.

Former University of Houston stand out Chandi Jones is now an administrative coordinator for women's basketball.


James Bowman crunches some numbers for league officials.

Marianne Stanley will remain an assistant coach for the Mystics, as the Mike Thibault era begins this season.

Delaware stays on top of ESPN's mid-major top 10

The list:

1. Delaware
2. Dayton
3. Green Bay
4. Boston University
5. Creighton
6. Chattanooga
7. Duquesne
9. Princeton
10. Florida Gulf Coast

News spike

Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins is on the brink of 2,000 points.

Chiney Ogwumike is slowly discovering herself at Stanford.

Michigan State is getting much-deserved attention.

Oregon State's Sam Siegner is more comfortable on the court.

Drury has suspended Coach Steve Harold for a game for "detrimental conduct."

Fresno State is finding range on offense.

UConn is trying not to let a home court heartache happen again.

Nebraska's Rachel Theriot is a strong leader on the court.

Injured Deanna Weaver will transfer from Oregon.

Illinois' aggressive style has lead to foul trouble and forced turnovers.

Southeast Missouri State newcomer Ty Margenthaler is making her presence felt.


Division I top 25 poll.

Division II top 25 poll.

Pro news:

The Sun's Kara Lawson points the way.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wooden Award mid-season top 20

The list of nominees for the 2013 John R. Wooden Award has been pared to 20:

Alex Bentley, Penn State
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Kelly Faris, Connecticut
Angel Goodrich, Kansas
Chelsea Gray, Duke
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Tianna Hawkins, Maryland
Tayler Hill, Ohio State
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland
Elizabeth Williams, Duke

What a list. Glad I don't have to pick.

Throw those news odd and ends in the basket

Missy Tiber has resigned as coach at Southern Illinois. Assistant coach Adrianne Harlow will be interim head coach.

The Daily Californian has some ideas for #7 Cal.

DePaul senior guard Anna Martin will miss 1-3 weeks with a left knee injury.

ODU spotlight on senior guard/forward Jackie Cook.

Florida is struggling on the boards.

Freshman Alexis Jones is delivering for Duke.

Denver freshman Kailey Edwards is one of four athletes from the University to be named a Colorado sportswoman of the year.

Former Buffalo stand out Brenna Doty Rousseau will be honored as a "legend of the hardwood" Saturday.

LSU assistant coach Tony Perotti was arrested last weekend for allegedly disturbing the peace and refusing to leave a bar.

Pro news:

Minnesota Lynx draftee Jacki Gemelos takes some time to answer fan questions from her mail bag.

More on the NCAA's new recruiting rules

Further breaking down the changes that the NCAA Board of Directors made Saturday.....timelines are moved up earlier in a student athlete's life:

Eliminates all restrictions on modes of communication beginning Sept. 1 before the junior year in high school. It also will allow communication with recruits and off-campus contacts to begin at that time.

Adds a weekend of evaluation at a certified nonscholastic event in April and prohibits the evaluation period from falling on Easter weekend.

Moves the start date for the September contact period a week earlier.

Confines off-campus contacts during the junior year only at the prospect’s educational institution or residence.

Allows recruiting opportunities with juniors and seniors to be either contacts or evaluations, but prohibits contacts while classes are in session or the day of an athletics competition for the prospect.

Allows official visits beginning the Thursday after the national championship game of the prospect’s junior year. Official visits are permitted during the summer, but not during dead or July evaluation periods. Schools are allowed to pay for travel expenses for the student-athlete and two parents or legal guardians.

Allows tryouts.

Creates a summer-access model that requires enrollment in summer school or a certain level of academic achievement in order for student-athletes to participate in eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning and skill instruction (two-hour limit on skill instruction) for an eight-week period in the summer. An institution’s summer school schedule dictates access (for example, a six-week summer school session would permit participation in athletics activities for six weeks), unless the student-athlete achieves academic benchmarks.

This week's USA Today top 25

Since this week's poll came out today, USA Today folks have had a chance to take last night's game into account:

1. Baylor
2. Connecticut
3. Notre Dame
4. Kentucky
5. Duke
6. Stanford
7. Cal
8. Penn State
9. Tennessee
10. Maryland
11. Oklahoma State
12. Louisville
13. Purdue
14. Georgia
14. South Carolina
16. North Carolina
17. Dayton
18. Texas A&M
19. Oklahoma
20. UCLA
21. Florida State
22. Syracuse
23. Colorado
24. Iowa State
25. Villanova

Monday, January 21, 2013

No more undefeated teams

It began well for #4 Duke in a tight first half. But #3 Connecticut stepped on it in the second and blew out the previously-undefeated Blue Devils, 79-49.

#8 Penn State bested #23 Michigan, 59-49. Wolverine senior Rachel Sheffer broke the 1,000 point mark.


Syracuse is #11 in the UPS Team Performance Index.

I'd love to see the whole list.

AP poll sees few changes

This week's AP top 25:

1. Baylor
2. Notre Dame
3. Connecticut
4. Duke
5. Kentucky
6. Stanford
7. California
8. Penn State
9. Tennessee
10. Maryland
11. North Carolina
12. Oklahoma State
13. Louisville
14. Georgia
15. Purdue
16. Texas A&M
17. Dayton
18. South Carolina
19. UCLA
20. Colorado
21. Oklahoma
22. Florida State
23. Michigan
24. Iowa State
25. Michigan State

ESPNW's player of the week Cal's Gennifer Brandon. Her 26 rebounds last week helped make her case.

Since they went top 10, people are hopping on the Cal bandwagon.


Chucky Jeffery is making her mark in the Buffs' record books.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, basketball family.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today's "wow"s

......and there are many......


Iowa lead the whole way and took down #12 Purdue, 62-46.

#20 Texas A&M handled #13 Georgia, 64-46.

Close to being upsets:

#7 Cal edged #14 UCLA, 70-65.

#6 Stanford withstood a big USC run to outlast them, 75-66.

Alyssa Thomas stepped up for #10 Maryland to drive their victory over Georgia Tech, 66-57.

#19 South Carolina survived their own shooting drought to beat Florida, 52-44.

#22 Florida State had to mount a run to catch North Carolina State, 82-74.

The other top 25 games today were statements:

#2 Notre Dame 74, St. John's 50.

#5 Kentucky 97, Auburn 53.

#9 Tennessee 96, Alabama 69.

#17 Oklahoma State 71, #24 Iowa State 42.

#18 Dayton 74, Rhode Island 48.

#21 Colorado 79, Arizona 36.

More results:

LSU outlasted Vanderbilt, 54-51.

Tulane outworked Memphis, 72-62.

Michigan State may have beat Indiana, 56-46. But Hoosier senior Aulani Sinclair joined the 1,000-point club.

Missouri grabbed their first road win with a heart-stopping overtime decision over Ole Miss, 73-72.

Seattle University downed Louisiana Tech, 64-47. SU is 7-0 in the WAC.

Utah grabbed their first Pac-12 win by routing Arizona State, 66-46.

Wisconsin bested Ohio State, 68-49.

UAB halted UTEP's nine-game winning streak with a 61-57 decision.

Other news:

Tennessee is still very much Pat Summitt's team.

Penn State is preparing to hit the road.

Syracuse offered UConn's Breanna Stewart a scholarship in eighth grade.

Ohio State wants to add to their successes.

Jacki Gulczynski has stepped up for Wisconsin.

Tomorrow's big show down:

#4 Duke is at #3 Connecticut at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST on ESPN2. ESPN says Duke is ready for the big stage.

Game preview and analysis.

Portland surges to outlast LMU, 63-59

My game story.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

NCAA adopts sweeping changes to simplify Division I rule book

Today the NCAA Board of Directors adopted sweeping changes to their Division I rule book that include a lot of deregulation. The new rules, which are effective Aug. 1, will simplify things for coaches and athletes, according to the NCAA:

The rules changes are the latest transformation to grow from the August 2011 summit for Division I presidents and chancellors. NCAA President Mark Emmert called the summit to further engage presidential leadership to address the critical issues facing intercollegiate athletics......

The Board voted Saturday to deregulate in several areas, including personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility and awards, benefits and expenses, and create a set of commitments that will serve as the foundation for all future rules changes. The legislation eliminates some rules (such as prohibitions on texting recruits and regulations of printed recruiting materials) and adds others (schools can pay for medical expenses and can’t scout opponents in person). All the proposals are effective Aug. 1, 2013.

The changes:

2-1, which will establish the commitments that guide the underlying operating bylaws. This includes a commitment to fair competition, which “acknowledges that variability will exist among members in advantages, including facilities, geographic location and resources and that such variability should not be justification for future legislation.” It also includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

11-2, which will eliminate the rules defining recruiting coordination functions that must be performed only by a head or assistant coach.

11-3-B, which will prohibit the live scouting of future opponents except in limited circumstances.

11-4, which will remove limits on the number of coaches who can recruit off-campus at any one time, the so-called “baton rule.”

12-1, which will establish a uniform definition of actual and necessary expenses.

12-2, which will allow the calculation of actual and necessary expenses to be based on the total over a calendar year instead of an event-by-event basis for both prospective and enrolled student-athletes.

12-3, which will allow a student-athlete to receive $300 more than actual and necessary expenses, provided the expenses come from an otherwise permissible source.

12-4, which will permit individuals to receive actual and necessary competition-related expenses from outside sponsors, so long as the person is not an agent, booster or representative of a professional sports organization.

12-5, which will allow student-athletes in sports other than tennis to receive up to actual and necessary competition-related expenses based on performance from an amateur team or event sponsor.

12-6, which will allow student-athletes and prospects to receive actual and necessary expenses for training, coaching, health insurance and the likefrom a governmental entity.

13-1, which will allow schools to treat prospects like student-athletes for purposes of applying recruiting regulations once a National Letter of Intent or signed offer of admission or financial aid is received.

13-3, which will eliminate restrictions on methods and modes of communication during recruiting.

13-4, which will eliminate the requirement that institutions provide materials such as the banned-drug list and Academic Progress Rate data to recruits.

13-5-A, which will eliminate restrictions on sending printed recruiting materials to recruits. Conferences still will be prohibited from sending printed recruiting materials.

13-7, which will eliminate restrictions on publicity once a prospective student-athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent or written offer of financial aid or admission.

13-8, which will deregulate camps and clinics employment rules related to both recruits and current student-athletes. Senior football prospects will be allowed to participate in camps and clinics.

14-1, which will eliminate academic regulations that are covered elsewhere and directly supported by institutional academic policy.

16-1, which will allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA national office to provide an award to student-athletes any time after initial full-time enrollment.

16-2, which will allow conferences, an institution, the U.S. Olympic Committee, a national governing body or the awarding agency to provide actual and necessary expenses for a student-athlete to receive a non-institutional award or recognition for athletics or academic accomplishments. Expenses can also be provided for parents/legal guardians, a spouse or other relatives.

16-3, which will allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA to pay for other academic support, career counseling or personal development services that support the success of the student-athlete.

16-4, which will allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA to pay for medical and related expenses for a student-athlete.

16-5, which, except in limited circumstances, will change all Bylaw 16 references to a student-athlete’s spouse, parents, family members or children to “family member,” establish a specific definition of “family member,” and permit specified benefits to such individuals.

16-6, which will allow institutions to provide reasonable entertainment in conjunction with competition or practice.

16-7, which will allow schools to provide actual and necessary expenses to student-athletes representing the institution in practice and competition (including expenses for activities/travel that are incidental to practice or competition) as well as in noncompetitive events such as goodwill tours and media appearances.

16-8, which will allow student-athletes to receive actual and necessary expenses and “reasonable benefits” associated with a national team practice and competition and also will allow institutions to pay for any number of national team tryouts and championship events.

NCAA explanation.

Some great nuggets while you wait for 101 games

101 games today. So while you're wading through that, here is some good stuff:

Iowa's Morgan Johnson is anything but ordinary.

Elizabeth Williams' goal is to bring a championship to Duke.

A Georgia man was arrested in Alabama after trying to run the Stillman College women's basketball team bus off the road.

Kentucky's A'dia Mathies, diary three.

Florida International guard Jerica Coley is excelling on the court and in the classroom.

Depth and bench struggles present problems for Oklahoma.

The Colorado Buffs are building a home court advantage.

Detroit's Senee Shearer has had a long journey back.

Tennessee will raise a banner in Thompson-Boling Arena Monday to honor Pat Summitt.


Temeka Johnson blogs from Europe.

State of the Pac-12

Last night, #6 Stanford halted a two-home game losing streak by soundly beating #14 UCLA, 75-49. Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike, who finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, was highly motivated for the victory.

USC and UCLA were the only undefeated teams left in the Pac-12, but with their losses, there is a log jam in the conference standings:

Stanford 4-1
Cal 4-1
UCLA 4-1
USC 4-1
Colorado 3-2
Arizona 3-2
Washington 3-2
Arizona State 2-3
Oregon State 2-3
Washington State 2-3
Utah 0-5
Oregon 0-5

Tomorrow UCLA and Cal go at it, as do USC and Stanford, Washington and Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado and Arizona State and Utah. So we will see how they stand by the end of the weekend.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Not too many pickins' today

Just a few results tonight:

#15 Louisville dismantled Cincinnati, 72-33.

#21 Colorado bested Arizona State, 57-43, behind Chucky Jeffery's 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Arizona took down Utah, 62-58.

Still in progress: #6 Stanford vs. #14 UCLA.

Apparently half the Cal Bears team are at Maples Pavilion scouting UCLA, whom they play this weekend.

Today's scoreboard.

Other college news:

Syracuse senior center Kayla Alexander is rewriting the record books.

Texas Coach Karen Aston is becoming more creative with recruiting.

Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa is relishing her moment.

Sooner report: we are family.

Oklahoma State update.

UConn's Bria Hartley seems to be playing like her old self.

Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer is tweaking her lineup.

Mount Saint Mary's University is having a Women in Sports Celebration.

ODU recruiting round up.

Oklahoma State plane crash report:

The small plane that went down in November, 2011 and killed Oklahoma State coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna had just passed an inspection a week before the crash.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Class of 2014 (already)

ESPN is already turning its attention to the class of 2014.

Super 60 rankings.

Breaking down the numbers.

Top recruit A'ja Wilson.

Hot game night

In maybe the night's biggest nail biter, #7 Cal topped USC in overtime, 71-63.

After a sluggish first half, Meighan Simmons rallied #9 Tennessee past Auburn, 75-66.

Winning streaks belong to those who can win as many as their ranking: #11 North Carolina, which has taken 11 straight, and #8 Penn State, who just grabbed their eighth.

Well, one exception - #25 Michigan just triumphed in their tenth.

#5 Kentucky, at 17-1, is also off to the best start in school history.

#13 Georgia erased an 11-point deficit to squeak out a victory against Arkansas, 57-53.

Sam Ostarello showed up big again for #12 Purdue, guiding them to a 75-67 win over Minnesota.

Michigan State 65, Iowa 54.

Miami outlasted Georgia Tech, 71-65.

Tulane grabbed one over Rice, 69-65, to remain unbeaten on the road.

Loyola Marymount downed San Francisco, and forward Alex Cowling became the Lions' school rebounding leader.

Illinois frustrated and beat Nebraska, 62-52.

Gonzaga 74, BYU 59.

Sluggish start sunk CSUN at UC Davis, 61-46.

UC Riverside fought back from a 13-point deficit to take one over Long Beach State, 50-49.

Utah State 65, New Mexico State 63.

Other news:

Kentucky is grappling with Coach Matthew Mitchell's "junk yard dog" vision.

Duke's Chelsea Gray is showcasing amazing passing skills.

ODU is casting a wide net in their search for new players.

Central Florida's Gevenia Carter has upped her game.

Richmond's Becca Wann excels on the court.

Ohio State's young players respond when needed.

In Texas Tech's win last night, Casey Morris scored a rare four-point play.

Krista Donald has worked her way back into Georgia's rotation after missing the fall.

Gonzaga and Seattle U are in the Seattle Times mailbag.

Colorado's Jen Reese is making up for lost time from last season.

McDonald's All-American nominees announced

The girls list begins on page 11.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The points and rebounds club reaches two members

Central Arkansas' Megan Herbert has become just the second active Division I player to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.

Other college news:

Once a Lady Vol, always a Lady Vol.

Tenn questions with Izzy Harrison.

St. John's has landed two transfers: Danaejeh Grant from Clemson and Selina Archer from Miami.

Loyola Marymount senior Alex Cowling balls. She could be the West Coast Conference all-time leading scorer by the end of the season, and she's just four boards short of becoming the school's all-time leading rebounder.

Playing with an edge sets Notre Dame apart.

Nebraska is aiming for a Big Ten championship, despite a rough season.

South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley hopes her team gets its offense going.

UConn is getting close to full health.

Challenges for New Mexico State are shooting and scoring.

Florida and Coach Amanda Butler are alright.

Junior guard Eve Zelinger talks Dartmouth basketball.

Vanderbilt senior Elan Brown leads outside the limelight.

Depth keeps BYU on track.

Colorado has learned to win on the road.

Old Dominion volunteer assistant coach Sara Jones is taking on cancer for the third time.


The Atlantic 10 has named their inaugural women's basketball legends.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has named Baylor's Brittney Griner their Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week.

A few of tonight's results:

#4 Duke beat up on Virginia Tech, 58-26, to remain undefeated.

Rutgers finally collected a Big East win, 87-61 against Providence.

Texas Tech downed Texas, 66-59.

Full scoreboard.

Lots of good games tomorrow, including Tulane vs. Rice, Illinois vs. Nebraska, USC vs. #7 California, BYU vs. Gonzaga, Cal State Northridge vs. Pacific, Iowa vs. Michigan State, Indiana vs. Ohio State, and Georgia Tech vs. Miami.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tough times and free agents

Maryland's Alyssa Thomas is ESPNw's player of the week.

In 17 upcoming SEC games, players will show support for the Pat Summitt Foundation. Support for the legendary coach comes from all over the world, including Iraq.

Yesterday Michigan made the AP's top 25 list. That means the Wolverines are ranked for the first time since 2002. Coach Kim Barnes Arico is rebuilding.

Rough times at Texas, as senior Cokie Reed and junior Chelsea Bass have retired from basketball due to medical conditions.

Virginia's Sarah Beth Barnette has a twin on the men's basketball team.

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori's rational attitude is leading her team.

West Virginia is finding the Big 12 tough.

The Lady Vols's team GPA has slipped below 3.0.

Toledo's Naama Shafir is making the most of her fifth year.

A broken nose hasn't slowed down Georgia's Jasmine Hassell.

Guard play is soaring for UConn.


Everyone is buzzing about the unrestricted free agent list released today:


Svetlana Abrosimova
Suzy Batkovic-Brown
Tully Bevilaqua
Kara Braxton
Tamika Catchings
Iziane Castro Marques
Elisabeth Cebrian
Shanna Crossley
Lindsey Harding
Roneeka Hodges
Dalma Ivanyi
Anete Jakabsone-Zogata
Temeka Johnson
Laurie Koehn
Tijana Krivacevic
Ivory Latta
Katerina Lazic
Taj McWilliams-Franklin
Delisha Milton-Jones
Jessica Moore
Ticha Penicheiro
Jia Perkins
Noelle Quinn
Hadjana Radnovic
Katelan Redmon
Ashley Robinson
Nakia Sanford
Dymond Simon
Katie Smith
Tammy Sutton-Brown
DeMya Walker
Le'Coe Willingham

The only thing I'm alarmed at is that they didn't take Tully Bevilaqua and Ticha Penicheiro off the list. Those women aren't coming out of retirement.

New York Liberty life with Coach Bill Laimbeer.

Silver Stars Coach Dan Hughes' milestone moments.

Nine questions for Candace Parker.

Duke commit Becca Greenwell sets national three-point shot record

Owensboro Catholic's Becca Greenwell had a really good game last night: she hit 17 three-point shots for 51 points, setting a new national record.

Twitter was on fiyah with this news last night.

ESPNW's high school top 25 doesn't have too many changes this week, but with some big-time games coming up, there will be some shifting soon.

1. Mater Dei
2. Riverdale
3. Duncanville
4. Saint Johns College
5. M.X. Shabazz
6. Saint Marys
7. Marion County
8. Incarnate Word Academy
9. Windward
10. North Gwinnett
11. Pflugerville
12. Fairmont
13. Paul VI
14. Dutch Fork
15. Martin Luther King
16. Science Hill
17. New Hope Christian Academy
18. Long Beach Polytechnic
19. Norcross
20. Saint Marys
21. Blackman
22. Good Counsel
23. Life Center Academy
24. Regis Jesuit
25. Millbrook


A'Lexus Harrison committed to Maryland after her high school freshman year. Now a senior, she's tearing up the court.

USA Today poll

This week's top 25:

1. Baylor
2. Connecticut
3. Notre Dame
4. Duke
5. Kentucky
6. Stanford
7. Cal
8. Penn State
9. Tennessee
10. Maryland
11. Purdue
12. Georgia
13. Louisville
14. Oklahoma
15. UCLA
16. Oklahoma State
17. Dayton
18. South Carolina
19. North Carolina
20. Texas A&M
21. Kansas
22. Iowa State
23. Syracuse
24. Florida State
25. Colorado

Monday, January 14, 2013

Quiet day (after yesterday's insanity)

Baylor plays better without a perfect record.

Apathy is hampering Florida. (Is that candid, or what?)

Antoinette Bannister has transferred to Florida from North Carolina.

Iowa duo Samantha Logic and Morgan Johnson are making statistical noise.

A slow Big East start is a first for Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer.

Oakland's Bethany Watterworth will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury.

Notre Dame super guard Jewell Loyd is the Big East freshman of the week for the third time. Natalie Achonwa made the honor roll for the second time.

For Ohio State, defense is just one of their problems.


San Antonio Silver Stars Coach Dan Hughes has signed a multi-year contract extension.

AP poll says......

This week's list:

1. Baylor
2. Notre Dame
3. Connecticut
4. Duke
5. Kentucky
6. Stanford
7. California
8. Penn State
9. Tennessee
10. Maryland
11. North Carolina
12. Purdue
13. Georgia
14. UCLA
15. Louisville
16. Oklahoma
17. Oklahoma State
18. Dayton
19. South Carolina
20. Texas A&M
21. Colorado
22. Florida State
23. Kansas
24. Iowa State
25. Michigan


Should Duke be ranked higher?
Should Stanford and Cal switch places?
Should Tennessee be ranked as high?
Should Michigan have been ranked sooner?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cal ends Stanford's 81-game conference winning streak

It was at least a year in coming, but today #7 Cal upset #5 Stanford on their home court, 67-55. The win snapped the Cardinal's 81-game conference winning streak that dated back four years.


Stanford went 4:43 without scoring before Ogwumike's layin at 9:00. Clarendon immediately answered for Cal on the other end......

Stanford struggled against Cal's swarming, trapping man defense that forced 10 first-half turnovers.

The Bears also generated 14 offensive boards in the opening 20 minutes on the way to a 39-31 edge at the break despite shooting 33.3 percent to Stanford's 44 percent.

Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer called the Bears "extremely aggressive."

One columnist says Cal looks better than Stanford right now.

I said this a few months ago: the gap between Cal and Stanford is closing. Will they swap spots in the next poll tomorrow?

Other big games:

#4 Duke rolled over Wake Forest, 73-44, to remain the only unbeaten Division I team - women or men - in the country.

#2 Notre Dame easily put Rutgers away, 71-46, and once again freshmen Jewell Loyd showed up big for the Irish. She put up 14 points, along with Skylar Diggins' 15.

The #9 Lady Vols survived Florida in overtime, 78-75.

#6 Kentucky routed Missouri, 69-43.

#8 Penn State created havoc to top Nebraska, 80-58.

#10 Maryland annihilated Virginia Tech, 74-45. Alyssa Thomas put up 26 points and grabbed 18 boards for the Terps.

#11 North Carolina decisively beat Georgia Tech, 79-58, thanks in part to a first-half 22-0 run.

#13 Georgia whiffed out a victory over #18 South Carolina, 42-40.

#1 Baylor cruised over #17 Kansas, 82-60, behind Brittney Griner's 33 points.

#14 UCLA overcame turnovers to upend Washington, 85-68.

#18 Florida State had no problem with #24 Miami, 86-65.

Kelsey Bone had a double-double for #20 Texas A&M, to lead them over Auburn, 78-56.

#21 Oklahoma State handled Texas, 64-52.

#23 Colorado beat Utah for the second time in a week, 56-43.


USC squeaked by WSU, 61-59. This makes them undefeated in conference play, along with UCLA.

Big game overseas:

UMMC beat Spartak handily for the Russian Cup, 82-53. Candace Parker lead the victors with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Other college news:

For UConn, Morgan Tuck shined her her return yesterday, in the Huskies defeat of Marquette. But Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart are sidelined with ankle sprains.

A healthy Elena Delle Donne is a shot in the arm for Delaware.

Jennifer O'Neill has blossomed into Kentucky's leader.

Looks are deceiving with Notre Dame freshman Jewell Loyd.

Young Missouri continues to learn.

Georgia freshman guard Tiaria Griffin is working to become more defensive-minded.

Oklahoma is unbeaten in the Big 12.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Just a lil bit

The NCAA will present Miami with its Notice of Allegations within the next week. Women's basketball may be involved.

Fresno State has moved on from the Adrian Wiggins era.

All the good, close games were in the Big West Conference. Today's scoreboard.

Perhaps the most notable win was FGCU's. They broke the NCAA record for three-point shots - 22! - in their win over ETSU.


The Phoenix Mercury are focusing on the year's top three draft picks.

New website aims to help both high school athletes and college coaches in recruiting is NCAA-certified. I'm wondering why no one thought of this before.


The rest of the story

As you can imagine, I was a lil tired by the time I posted my USC-UW game story last night. So here's the rest of the Pac-12 and other action from yesterday:

#14 UCLA thumped WSU, 78-52.

Oregon State defeated Arizona, 57-48.

Arizona State beat Oregon, 60-45.

Creighton dominated Illinois State, 64-45.

Marist had it easy over Loyola Maryland, 67-38.

Indiana State bested Drake, 67-49.

Today there are 104 games. Yes, 104.

Sunday #5 Stanford and #7 Cal meet again. There's been a century's worth of intensity between the two teams. The game will be on ESPN2.

Friday, January 11, 2013

USC holds off UW runs for 82-71 win

Check out my game story and photo gallery.

Notre Dame recruit's younger brother collapses during basketball game, passes away

Twelve-year-old Jeremy Nelson collapsed during a basketball game in suburban Atlanta Saturday night, and later died. He is the younger brother of Notre Dame signee Kristina Nelson.

Numerous college and high school basketball players have expressed shock, sorrow and support on social networks this week, including twitter.

Prayers are up for the family, and I hope you will join me.

Notable performances, and other items

Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli podcast: Indiana Coach Curt Miller and Illinois Coach Matt Bollant.

Sam Ostarello's offensive prowess is rising for Purdue.

UConn All-American Bria Hartley is struggling with her confidence.

Georgia Tech's young roster is learning through growing pains.

The view from Baylor: back at number one.

The confidence of Penn State's Dara Taylor is growing as the season progresses.

Arizona's Davellyn White is welcoming challenges.

Notable performances:

Duke's Chelsea Gray had a school record 15 assists in last night's win over Clemson.

Portland State senior Courtney VanBrocklin scored her 1,000th point last night in the Viking's loss to Sacramento State.

Blanche Alverson put up her 1,000th point for Auburn.

High school star Shatori Walker-Kimbrough passed the 2,000-point mark last night. Amazing.

WNBA and pro:

First transaction of the year.....the Lynx waived Erin Thorn.

Former Husky Tiffany Hayes left her Israel team due to a death in the family.

Temeka Johnson blogs from overseas.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

As the games turn......


Wake Forest over #18 Florida State, 80-72.

Close ones:

#6 Kentucky survived #20 Texas A&M, 65-62.

#11 North Carolina barely made it past North Carolina State, 70-66.

Saint Mary's edged Gonzaga, 54-51.

SMU slipped by Tulane, 62-56.

Solid wins:

#18 South Carolina 64, Vanderbilt 48.

#13 Georgia 95, Alabama 83.


#9 Tennessee 84, Missouri 39.

#4 Duke 82, Clemson 45.

#10 Maryland 84, Miami 62.

Several West coast games are still in progress, but here's today's scoreboard so far.

Tomorrow night, the Pac-12 is in full effect (!!) Yours truly will be there like the Jackson Five.


Louisiana Tech collected the program's 500th win at home tonight in defeating Texas State.

In last night's victory, UConn set a new program record for most three-point shots in a game: 41.

College bonus:

Penn State's Gizelle Studevent was bullied as a teen. She has begun speaking to middle school students against bullying.

WNBA bonus:

Mike Thibault is settling in to his new job as Washington Mystics coach.

Skylar Diggins, up close and personal

Fascinating interview with Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins.

News poppin from every corner

Texas Tech's win last night was Coach Kristy Curry's 300th.

Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has a plan for Auburn.

University of Washington news.

FGCU keeps losing focus.

Kentucky's Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth spell double trouble for opponents.

FSU is quietly excelling.

Ohio State's slow start must end with stops.

Maine is on an 11-game losing streak.

Patrice King has left Loyola University Chicago.

Lipscomb will host a "We Back Pat" night later this month.

Courtside with Arkansas Coach Tom Collen.

WNBA and pro:

Liberty Coach Bill Laimbeer is ready to take New York.

The surgeon who operated on Lauren Jackson says she'll make a full recovery.

USA Basketball:

The U.S. women's and men's Olympic teams share the "team of the year" honor.

High school:

VCU commit Camille Calhoun is versatile.

Sixteen-year-old Gabby Williams is only considering colleges who will honor her dual commitment to basketball and the high jump.