Saturday, January 31, 2015

Statement games

Some teams making statements today:

#7 Oregon State gutted USC, 68-35.

#12 Stanford dominated Washington State, 75-56.

#19 Princeton cruised past Dartmouth, 83-65.

Cal routed Washington, 82-58.

More results:

Oklahoma State squeaked by Iowa State, 63-62.

Kansas State edged Texas Tech, 41-38.

Marist downed Iona, 63-58, for their third straight win.

BYU survived Santa Clara, 58-56.

Oregon sweeps UCLA:

Jillian Alleyne scored a last-second layup to propel Oregon over UCLA, 67-65. The Ducks sweep the season series with the Bruins, after beating them Jan. 5.

UCLA lead at halftime, 42-33. My former junior high school teacher, who I've known for over 35 years, was there and she was texting me (yes, she texts at 73) that it didn't look good. Then suddenly: "nail biter." By the time I asked what the score was, she was exclaiming via the typed word that they had pulled it off. She and other Duck fans are excited by new coach Kelly Graves.

I wonder if others are too, because ESPN doesn't usually write up a brief for unranked teams.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Kentucky's Makayla Epps is ready for stardom now, coach Matthew Mitchell says.

Jamie Roe has found peace on the court with Texas Tech.

For Missouri's Lindsey Cunningham, confidence is key.

WNBA free agents can sign contracts tomorrow

Remember that beginning tomorrow, WNBA free agents can sign contracts with teams, as per last year's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

I have learned that there has been much talking between players and teams - and teams and teams. In fact, a major three-team trade is supposedly in the works, which will involve some marquee players leaving their squads. Be ready for that.

There may be other big news to come, so expect the unexpected.

In the meantime, the Tulsa Shock are weighing their options.

Pac 12 attendance statistics

Average Pac 12 home game attendance, as of today:

1. Oregon State, 3,658
2. Stanford, 3,652
3. Arizona State, 3,396
4. California, 2,627
5. Washington, 2,117
6. UCLA, 2,107
7. Colorado, 2,003
8. Arizona, 1,681
9. Oregon, 1,512
10. Washington State, 1,018
11. USC, 732
12. Utah, 730

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Kelseys

This is a fun story:

Kelsey and Kelsey: Washington's Kelsey Plum and Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell are lighting up the scoreboards.

More player news:

Briana Roberson is making the most of her opportunity at Stanford.

Gioya Carter is finding her moxie at Oklahoma.

A day in the life of Cal forward Reshanda Gray.

George Washington freshman Kelli Prange has found a fit.

Team news:

Purdue will team up with the WNBA's Indiana Fever for some special events in February.

Idaho has international flavor.

No surprises tonight:

#11 Arizona State held off Colorado, 68-60.

Unbeaten, #19 Princeton thrashed Harvard, 96-46.

#9 Florida State routed Georgia Tech, 82-62.

Full scoreboard.

Conference news:

Nell Fortner breaks down the best players at each position in the SEC.

Dawn Staley Award watch list

The Dawn Staley Award watch list has been announced:

Aerial Powers, Michigan State

Allisha Gray, North Carolina

Amber Orrange, Stanford

Brittany Boyd, California

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul

Courtney Williams, South Florida

Damika Martinez, Iona

Jewell Lloyd, Notre Dame

Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Kelsey Plum, Washington

Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut

Niya Johnson, Baylor

Samantha Logic, Iowa

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Tyler Scaife, Rutgers

In its third season, the award recognizes the nation's best guard in Women's Division I college basketball, exemplified by skills that Staley possessed – ball handling, scoring, ability to distribute and will to win.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

McDonald's All-American team announced

East Team

Name Pos Hgt High School (Location) College

De’Janae Boykin F 6-2 Charles H. Flowers High School (Springdale, MD) Connecticut
Taja Cole PG 5-7 Lloyd C. Bird High School (Chesterfield, VA) Louisville
Asia Durr PG 5-10 St. Pius X Catholic High School (Atlanta, GA) Louisville
Brianna Fraser F 6-3 South Shore Victory Collegiate High School (Brooklyn, NY) Maryland
Samantha Fuehring F 6-3 Immaculate Conception High School (Montclair, NJ) Louisville
Kiah Gillespie F 6-1 The Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Hartford, CT) Maryland
Marina Mabrey G/W 5-10 Manasquan High School (Manasquan, NJ) Notre Dame
Beatrice Mompremier C 6-4 Miami Senior High School (Miami, FL) Baylor
Taylor Murray PG 5-6 Annapolis Area Christian School (Severn, MD) Kentucky
Arike Ogunbowale PG 5-9 Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee, WI) Notre Dame
Ali Patberg G/W 5-11 Columbus North High School (Columbus, IN) Notre Dame
Deja Strother C 6-4 Inglemoor High School (Kenmore, WA) Washington

Head Coach: John Hutchcraft, Guy-Perkins High School, AR (Guy, AR)

West Team

Name Pos Hgt High School (Location) College

Kristine Anigwe C 6-3 Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ) California
Kalani Brown C 6-5 Salmen High School (Slidell, LA) Baylor
Napheesa Collier W 6-1 Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, MO) Connecticut
Te’a Cooper PG 5-8 McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA) Tennessee
Sophie Cunningham G 6-1 Rock Bridge High School (Columbia, MO) Missouri
Ashley Hearn F 6-3 Sachse High School (Sachse, TX) UCLA
Lashann Higgs G 5-9 Cedar Ridge High School (Round Rock, TX) Texas
Jordan Hosey W 6-2 Manvel High School (Manvel, TX) Texas
Kyra Lambert PG 5-8 Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, TX) Duke
Katie Lou Samuelson W 6-3 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) Connecticut
Destinee Walker W 5-9 Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orlando, FL) UNC
Stephanie Watts G 5-9 Weddington High School (Matthews, NC) UNC

Head Coach: Emery Roy, Rocky Mountain High School, ID (Meridian, ID)


ESPN roster breakdown.

From all over the hooposphere

Tonight's results:

Kansas State slipped by Oklahoma State in overtime, 52-51.

Kansas beat Iowa State, 61-56.

Michigan State downed Indiana, 72-57.

Texas Tech routed West Virginia, 73-57.

Minnesota put away Penn State, 75-64.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Cal's Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd are like cornflakes and milk.

Georgia's Shacobia Barbee will miss the rest of the season after fracturing her fibula in Sunday's Tennessee game. She had surgery today.

Grace Coughlin is leaving Minnesota.

Tear'a Laudermill's energy spurs the Nebraska defense.

Shot-creator Nikki Moody leads Iowa State, despite injuries.

Promise Amukamara's improved play drives Arizona State. Teammate Katie Hempen has also seen a transformation.

Lanay Montgomery continues to step up for West Virginia.

Chante Miles' game is blooming at Fullerton.

FGCU's Kaneisha Atwter is playing for two.

Team news:

South Carolina is thriving with a deep and talented bench.

Minnesota is the most compelling team in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area right now.

Coaching news:

Lipscomb coach Greg Brown has written a new book: “The Best Things I’ve Seen In Coaching: A Collection of Notes, Thoughts and Observations of Pat Summitt and Don Meyer.”

Wisconsin continues to improve, despite disappointing losses.

X's and O's with South Florida coach Jose Fernandez, episode two.

WNBA news:

It looks like the Los Angeles Sparks have waived guard Armintie Herrington, although there is nothing yet on the team's website.

Storm and Sun make blockbuster trade

Whoa now:

In a trade with the Connecticut Sun, the Storm has added guard Renee Montgomery, and the third and 15th picks in the upcoming 2015 WNBA draft. In return, the Sun acquire veteran post Camille Little and forward Shekinna Stricklen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On a slow game night, the news flows

Currently some games in progress, so we'll go straight to the news......

Player news:

Healthy at last, Amber Henson is making strides at Duke.

Cyesha Goree and Katelynn Flaherty provide inside-outside scoring might for Michigan.

The recent stats of UConn's Moriah Jefferson have lead to comparisons to predecessor Sue Bird.

Texas' Nneka Enemkpali recaps her college career.

UAB's Janae Smith continues to grow in basketball.

Walk-on Chloe Stiles has been dismissed at Oregon.

Team news:

The NCAA's team of the week is Florida State.

Penn State's newfound mentality has lead to some recent wins.

Minnesota is paying for their slow starts.

LSU could still make the NCAA Tournament.

Coaching news:

Chattanooga coach Jim Foster is the first coach to lead four different schools into the top 25.

Coach Dawn Staley has achieved what many thought impossible: record-breaking attendance at South Carolina.

Shannise Heady death:

An initial investigation reveals that EMU's Shannise Heady and another student, who died in a car crash Sunday morning weren't wearing seatbelts. Both the women's and men's teams will have her number embroidered on their jerseys.

WNBA news:

Q&A with Dream coach Michael Cooper.

Naismith Award girls high school player of the year, midseason list

The list:

Kristine Anigwe, Arizona
De'Janae Boykin, Maryland
Kalani Brown, Louisiana
Napheesa Collier, Missouri
Te'a Cooper, Georgia
Asia Durr, Georgia
Lashann Higgs, Texas
Jordan Hosey, Texas
Marina Mabrey, New Jersey
Beatrice Mompremier, Florida
Arike Ogunbowale, Wisconsin
Ali Patberg, Indiana
Katie Lou Samuelson, California
Destinee Walker, Floria
Stephanie Watts, North Carolina

High school power rankings

ESPNW's bi-weekly top 25 rankings:

1. Mater Dei
2. Neumann-Goretti
3. Blackman
4. St. Mary's
5. Hopkins
6. Eastview
7. Bedford North Lawrence
8. Whitney Young
9. Paul VI
10. Country Day School
11. Long Beach Polytechnic
12. Lawrence North
13. Gonzaga Prep School
14. Myers Park
15. North Little Rock
16. Elizabethtown
17. Cypress Woods
18. Columbus North
19. Heritage Christian
20. Chaminade College Prep School
21. Potter's House Christian
22. Parkview
23. Lakota West
24. New Hope Christian Academy
25. Dillard

USA Today top 25 poll: Florida State rises, TAMU falls

This week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Notre Dame
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Oregon State
8. Louisville
9. Florida State
10. Kentucky
11. Arizona State
12. North Carolina
13. Texas
14. Texas A&M
15. Stanford
16. Duke
17. Iowa
18. Mississippi State
19. Nebraska
20. Georgia
21. Princeton
22. Syracuse
23. Rutgers
24. George Washington
25. Seton Hall

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bit of business as usual

Upset of the night:

#20 Iowa knocked off #15 Nebraska in overtime, 78-72.

More results:

#1 South Carolina put away #12 Texas A&M, 79-61.

#18 Mississippi State beat Auburn, 59-48.

Michigan handled Illinois, 70-57.

#25 Chattanooga whipped Samford, 49-32.

Full scoreboard.

Team news:

San Diego has two set of twins: Sophie and Sophia Ederaine and Maya and Malina Hood.

Florida State is scary good this year.

With center Kiah Stokes leading the way, UConn should break the single-season blocked shots record this year.

Pause before Big Monday begins

While we're waiting for #12 Texas A&M vs. #1 South Carolina, and #15 Nebraska vs. #20 Iowa........

Player news:

Elizabeth Williams has exceeded expectations at Duke.

Amanda Zahui B. is ready for an encore at Minnesota.

Nebraska's Natalie Romeo is getting more comfortable on the court.

Q&A with South Alabama's Taylor Jenkins.

Team news:

Frustration continues for St. Bonaventure.

Yale's offense has reached new heights.

Coaching news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is holding her team accountable for defense.

Family comes first for San Diego State coach Stacie Terry.

Q&A with Illinois coach Matt Bollant.

Pro news:

Former Sacramento Monarch Danielle Viglione now coaches basketball as the co-owner of the Sacramento Skills Academy.

Contemplations for Pac 12 statheads

I was checking out all the Pac 12 individual statistics last night at the Cal-UCLA game, and I thought of my readers. I know many of you are like me and find stats fascinating, so here you go:



1. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 156 40 138 490 24.5
2. Galdeira, Lia-WSU 19 129 28 86 372 19.6
3. Presley, Tia-WSU 19 121 38 80 360 18.9
4. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 128 1 90 347 18.3
5. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 129 0 56 314 16.5
6. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 108 3 69 288 15.2
7. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 103 27 37 270 15.0
8. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 93 27 86 299 15.0
9. Thompson, Lili-STAN 19 94 32 60 280 14.7
10. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 122 0 31 275 14.5
11. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 101 2 65 269 14.2
12. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 96 13 63 268 14.1
13. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 99 4 58 260 13.7
14. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 99 36 19 253 13.3
15. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 91 14 56 252 13.3
16. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 89 44 27 249 13.1
17. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 101 15 43 260 13.0
18. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 92 9 37 230 12.8
19. Hempen, Katie-ASU 20 79 47 42 247 12.4
20. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 77 54 26 234 12.3
21. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 97 0 51 245 12.3
22. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 65 36 39 205 12.1
23. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 92 8 42 234 11.7
24. Bando, Lexi-ORE 19 82 39 14 217 11.4
25. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 71 18 52 212 11.2
26. Cowling, Mikayla-CAL 18 82 17 19 200 11.1
27. Korver, Kari-UCLA 19 53 35 65 206 10.8
28. Calvert, McKenzie-USC 18 74 25 22 195 10.8
29. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 58 3 54 173 10.8
30. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 65 5 65 200 10.5

REBOUNDING Cl GP Off Def Total Avg/G

1. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 82 198 280 14.7
2. Johnson, Kaylee-STAN 20 69 133 202 10.1
3. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 61 138 199 10.0
4. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 57 132 189 9.9
5. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 48 129 177 9.3
6. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 30 116 146 7.7
7. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 56 89 145 7.6
8. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 38 101 139 7.3
9. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 58 88 146 7.3
10. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 57 80 137 7.2
11. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 39 76 115 7.2
12. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 36 100 136 7.2
13. Horn, Kaneisha-USC 19 52 80 132 6.9
14. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 32 92 124 6.9
15. Oshahor, Chantel-WASH 20 24 110 134 6.7
16. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 24 102 126 6.6
17. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 41 83 124 6.5
18. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 33 80 113 6.3
19. Smith, Haley-COLO 19 36 83 119 6.3
20. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 19 99 118 6.2


1. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 122 192 .635
2. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 128 225 .569
3. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 97 176 .551
4. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 64 117 .547
5. Moos, Kelsey-ASU 20 60 110 .545
6. Cowling, Mikayla-CAL 18 82 151 .543
7. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 129 243 .531
8. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 92 183 .503
9. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 101 203 .498
10. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 92 185 .497
11. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 89 179 .497
12. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 108 224 .482
13. Smith, Haley-COLO 19 77 160 .481
14. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 60 125 .480
15. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 99 208 .476


1. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 155 8.2
2. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 115 6.1
3. Davis, Elisha-ASU 20 110 5.5
4. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 96 4.8
5. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 81 4.8
6. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 80 4.2
7. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 78 4.1
8. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 73 4.1
9. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 69 3.8
10. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 61 3.8
11. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 72 3.6
12. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 71 3.6
13. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 67 3.5
14. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 59 3.1
15. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 58 3.1


1. Galdeira, Lia-WSU 19 67 3.5
2. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 62 3.3
3. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 46 2.6
4. Presley, Tia-WSU 19 45 2.4
Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 45 2.4
6. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 39 2.0
7. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 34 1.9
8. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 29 1.8
9. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 36 1.8
10. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 34 1.7
11. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 33 1.7
12. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 31 1.6
13. Jaco, Courtney-USC 19 29 1.5
14. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 27 1.5
15. Gibson, Ali-OSU 19 28 1.5


1. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 69 3.6
2. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 39 2.1
3. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 29 1.8
4. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 32 1.7
5. Billings, Monique-UCLA 19 30 1.6
Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 30 1.6
7. JONES, LaBrittney-ARIZ 19 24 1.3
8. Johnson, Kaylee-STAN 20 25 1.3
9. Carpenter, Megan-ORE 18 22 1.2
10. McCall, Erica-STAN 20 24 1.2
11. Costa, Corinne-UCLA 17 20 1.2
12. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 22 1.2
13. Dornstauder, Quinn-ASU 20 22 1.1
14. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 19 1.0
15. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 16 0.9

ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO Cl GP Assists Avg T-Overs Avg Ratio

1. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 72 3.6 32 1.6 2.3
2. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 115 6.1 53 2.8 2.2
3. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 73 4.1 34 1.9 2.1
4. Davis, Elisha-ASU 20 110 5.5 56 2.8 2.0
5. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 155 8.2 88 4.6 1.8
6. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 59 3.1 34 1.8 1.7
7. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 69 3.8 41 2.3 1.7
8. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 67 3.5 41 2.2 1.6
9. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 80 4.2 53 2.8 1.5
10. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 96 4.8 68 3.4 1.4
11. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 71 3.6 53 2.7 1.3
12. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 78 4.1 59 3.1 1.3
13. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 81 4.8 68 4.0 1.2
14. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 58 3.1 57 3.0 1.0
15. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 61 3.8 60 3.8 1.0

Looking at overall team stats, notice that Oregon State is at the top - or near - of every category except steals.


AP top 25 poll: shapeshifting

Lots of fluctuation in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Notre Dame
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Oregon State
8. Louisville
9. Florida State
10. Kentucky
11. Arizona State
12. Stanford
13. Texas A&M
14. Texas
15. Nebraska
16. North Carolina
17. Duke
18. Mississippi State
19. Princeton
20. Iowa
21. Georgia
22. Rutgers
23. Syracuse
24. Oklahoma
25. Chattanooga

Oklahoma and Chattanooga in, Western Kentucky and Minnesota out. Oregon State highest ranking in program history, Texas drops like a stone. Princeton, still unbeaten.

Midseason awards

ESPNW has designated midseason awards:

Player of the year: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame

Freshman of the year: A'Ja Wilson, South Carolina

Coach of the year: Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State

Most improved player: Morgan Bailey, BYU

Comeback player: Morgan Tuck, UConn

Biggest surprise: Minnesota's success without Rachel Banham

Biggest disappointment: Michigan State

WNBA #1 draft pick: Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

All-Americans: Nina Davis, Baylor; Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame; Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina; Breanna Stewart, UConn; Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota.

The only selection I have issue with is head coach. Nothing against Charli Turner Thorne, but Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer, Princeton's Courtney Banghart or Seton Hall's Tony Bozzella have done more with less.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cal shakes off bad start to down UCLA, 72-57

My game story, and a few photos.

Another day of nuttiness


Iowa State toppled #8 Texas, 58-57.

#15 Duke upended #12 North Carolina in overtime, 74-67. Elizabeth Williams paced the Blue Devils with 33 points.

#25 Rutgers upset #21 Minnesota, 66-61.


#5 Tennessee rallied to put away #22 Georgia, 59-51.

#4 Louisville rallied past Miami, 68-55.

#14 Kentucky outlasted Missouri, 83-69.

More results:

Penn State has won two in a row (!!) after edging Northwestern, 76-75.

Ohio State topped Purdue in overtime, 79-71, behind Kelsey Mitchell's 37 points.

Seton Hall surged past Georgetown in overtime, 99-85.

Arizona held off Oregon in overtime, 81-78.

Elon survived Northeastern in overtime, 80-77.

Villanova defeated St. John's, 81-69.

Vanderbilt slipped by Alabama, 55-52.

Georgia Tech beat Virginia, 68-62.

Michigan State stopped Wisconsin, 77-71.

#11 Stanford took care of USC, 71-60.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Oregon State's Jamie Weisner is ESPNW's player of the week.

Oklahoma State's Kaylee Jensen is adjusting to taller competition in the post.

Former Michigan State forward Jasmine Lumpkin has joined Texas A&M.

UConn transfer Brianna Banks is doing all she can for Penn State from the sidelines.

Team news:

Ohio State is looking to break out of the middle of the Big Ten standings.

Missouri is finally able to ratchet up practice.

Eastern Michigan player killed in auto accident

Eastern Michigan junior forward Shannise Heady was killed in an automobile accident early this morning, along with another student:

"Obviously this is one of our toughest days as a program and for the entire Eagle Nation as we mourn the loss of Shannise," said EMU Head Women's Basketball Coach Tory Verdi. "No words can describe the feelings right now as we are truly devastated to learn of her passing. Shannise was not only an inspiration to all of us, but she brought energy and liveliness to our team. She was a true joy to coach and has left an everlasting impression not only on me but the rest of our team as well. She will be missed greatly."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Upset-free, but news-rich

Today's results, which are free of upsets:

#11 Stanford rallied to beat UCLA, 79-70.

#9 Oregon State cruised past Arizona, 73-55.

#13 Arizona State came on strong in the second half to down Oregon, 70-58.

Washington slipped by Colorado, 85-82. Jasmine Davis became the UW's all-time scoring leader in the process.

Cal routed USC, 67-53.

St. John's dominated Georgetown, 74-57.

Full scoreboard.

Auburn-Alabama fight last night:

Auburn's Hasina Muhammad and Alabama's Breanna Hayden will each be suspended two games for fighting during last night's game, the SEC announced. No penalties were announced for Meoshonti Knight of Alabama, who left the bench during the altercation and was also ejected.

In the Division II Washburn-Central Oklahoma fight last night, Honor Duvall apologized to the public via the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Washburn senior was ejected for punching an opponent with a closed fist.

Player news:

Jonquel Jones is impressing at George Washington.

Ball State's Jill Morrison is more than just a shooter.

Transfer Natalie Butler is biding her time on UConn's sideline.

Team news:

The state of Oregon is a hoops hotbed again (hell yes!)

Notre Dame has a chance to secure a top seed. But focus and boards require their immediate attention.

Versatility and depth are fueling Fresno State.

Coaching news:

Long Beach State coach Jody Wynn has turned the program around.

Senior CLASS Award candidates announced

Nice list:

Name Position School

Sunejiro Agbuke Post Baylor University
Sharane Campbell-Olds Guard University of Oklahoma
Audrey Dotson Forward Bucknell University
Ariana Elegado Guard Cal Poly
Nicole Elmblad Guard/Forward University of Michigan
Nneka Enemkpali Forward Texas
Alexis Govan Guard/Forward Western Kentucky University
Ashlee Guay Guard CSUN
Isabelle Harrison Center Tennessee
Alexa Hayward Guard Saint Francis University
Emily Homan Forward Lafayette College
Andrea Hoover Guard University of Dayton
Jamie Kaplan point guard Tulane
Sina King G/F University of Akron
Anna Claire Knight Guard Georgia Southern
Samantha Logic Point Guard University of Iowa
Ally Malott Forward University of Dayton
Chakecia Miller Guard George Washington
Lexie Nelson Guard Eastern Washington University
Sabina Oroszova Forward Eastern Illinois University
Amber Orrange Guard Stanford University
Megan Rogowski Guard DePaul University
Heidi Schlegel Forward Youngstown State
Haley Seibert Guard IPFW
Jama Sharp Guard Stetson University
Kiah Stokes Center University of Connecticut
Shawnee Sweeney Guard University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Elizabeth Williams Forward/Center Duke University
Michelle Young Forward Bradley University
Inma Zanoguera Forward University of Toledo

USC guard Alofaituli takes indefinite leave of absence from team

USC roster down to 10 for now.

Rachel Banham will return in 2015-2016 for Minnesota

Minnesota star Rachel Banham, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL last month, has won a hardship waiver from the NCAA and will return for next season:

“I am really excited to announce that I will be coming back to play next year for the University of Minnesota,” said Banham, who will graduate in the spring with a degree in sociology. “My family and my teammates have been a huge influence on this decision. I have a lot of unfinished business here at the Barn and I am excited to play in front of these great fans.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More on fight night

More video of the Auburn-Alabama fight.

There was also a fight at the Washburn-Central Oklahoma game in Division II, that included an ejection.

Many upsets, and a fight

Upset night:

#17 Florida State stunned #4 Louisville, 68-63.

#22 Georgia upended #10 Texas A&M, 54-51.

Boston College upset #15 Duke, 60-56.

Purdue took down #21 Minnesota, 90-88. Stabresa McDaniel sustained a knee injury for the Gophers.

Fight night:

Alabama squeaked out a win over Auburn, 51-50. But not before three players were ejected in the first half for fighting:

Alabama's Breanna Hayden and Meoshonti Knight and Auburn's Hasina Muhammad all earned ejections during the first half of the Crimson Tide-Tigers game in Tuscaloosa tonight after a fight that featured a few punches and one tumbling referee.



#18 Mississippi State survived Ole Miss, 64-62.

#12 North Carolina edged North Carolina State, 67-63.

#20 Iowa staved off Michigan, 76-70.

#24 Western Kentucky outlasted UTEP, 80-74.

Other - very close - results:

Northwestern squeaked by Illinois, 68-67.

Vanderbilt came back to beat Arkansas, 55-53.

Penn State (actually) beat Indiana, 79-75.

McNeese State defeated Incarnate Word in two overtimes, 104-101.

"We Back Pat" night:

#5 Tennessee routed LSU, 75-58, on "We Back Pat Night" at Thompson-Boling Arena. Pat Summitt took a picture with current Tennessee coach Holly Warlick and former assistant and current Tiger head coach Nikki Caldwell. Her impact on women's basketball was on full display.

Full scoreboard.

Diverse news range

Player news:

Oregon State's Jamie Weisner has developed into a well-rounded player.

Q&A with Iowa's Samantha Logic.

Sparks fly with UConn center Kiah Stokes.

Jewell Loyd is becoming a quiet leader for Notre Dame.

Freshman Carlie Wagner is off to a fast start with Minnesota.

Colorado's Haley Smith is turning potential into performance.

Texas junior center Imani McGee-Stafford is engaged.

Coaching news:

Florida International coach Cindy Russo abruptly retired today, after 36 years at the helm of the program.

North Carolina academic fraud scandal:

Rashanda McCants and a former North Carolina football player are suing the University and the NCAA, accusing them of academic fraud and failing to fulfill their stated missions of educating athletes.

WNBA news:

Chiney Ogwumike had surgery today for a microfracture of her right knee. She'll be out for at least six months.

Sparks guard Armintie Herrington has been named an SEC legend.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Storylines: more, more, more

Player news:

Florida Gulf Coast guard Taylor Gradinjan hopes for a long future with the Eagles.

Illinois senior guard Ivory Crawford is out for a week with a knee injury.

Purdue's April Wilson is looking to build on her career game.

Kali Peschel is embracing her role as a rebounder for Iowa.

Transfer Leticia Romero is adding to Florida State.

Small-town Sophie Brunner is coming up big for Arizona State.

Danielle Ballard has brought life to LSU's point guard rotation since she returned from suspension.

Rice guard Maya Hawkins emerges from injury.

Minnesota has added state native Allina Starr to their roster.

Team news:

Oklahoma is off to its strongest conference start in six years. They're the NCAA's team of the week.

Louisville will try to continue their sizzling start tomorrow at Florida State.

Arizona State has to play on the road if they make one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Their arena is already booked, and they can't host Tournament games off campus.

Different players are taking turns stepping up for Minnesota.

Toledo's youth is helping them evolve into contenders.

Arizona aims for a breakthrough.

Team play and depth are leading to victories at Elon.

Coaching news:

Despite a hard season, Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant isn't losing faith.

UNCW coach Adell Harris wants her team to believe.


Tonight's results.

NCAA investigating academic fraud at 20 colleges

Possible scandal on the horizon:

UNC, you’re not alone. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is investigating allegations of academic misconduct on 20 campuses, the association’s head of enforcement told The Chronicle on Tuesday.

The cases are at various stages, from preliminary inquiry to awaiting a hearing with the Division I Committee on Infractions, and they involve a variety of missteps, including allegations that players received impermissible assistance from professors, academic advisers, or people outside of an athletic department. Eighteen of the cases are in Division I, one is in Division II, and one is in Division III. The official declined to name any of the colleges.

Player news:

Washington State senior Shalie Dheensaw is out for the season with a right knee injury. Dheensaw was hurt during last Friday's game at Oregon State. She was the team's leading rebounder.

Tennessee's Diamond DeShields was a game-changer at the recent NCAA Convention.

Cassie Rochel has suited up once again for Wisconsin.

Team news:

Michigan isn't like most teams.

LSU remains faithful to coach Nikki Caldwell's game plan.

Wooden Award nominee list narrowed to 20

It's midseason, and the Wooden Award nominees list has been narrowed to 20:

Jillian Alleyne 6-3 JR F Oregon Pac-12
Brittany Boyd 5-9 SR G California Pac-12
Crystal Bradford 6-0 SR G Central Michigan MAC
Nina Davis 5-11 SO F Baylor Big 12
Nneka Enemkpali 6-1 SR F Texas Big 12
Alisha Gray 6-0 SO G North Carolina ACC
Reshanda Gray 6-3 SR F California Pac-12
Dearica Hamby 6-3 SR F Wake Forest ACC
Isabelle Harrison 6-3 SR C Tennessee SEC
Bria Holmes 6-1 JR G West Virginia Big 12
Samantha Logic 5-9 SR G Iowa Big Ten
Jewell Loyd 5-10 JR G Notre Dame ACC
Tiffany Mitchell 5-9 JR G South Carolina SEC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 5-11 SR F Connecticut The American
Amber Orrange 5-7 SR G Stanford Pac-12
Kelsey Plum 5-8 SO G Washington Pac-12
Breanna Stewart 6-4 JR F Connecticut The American
Courtney Walker 5-8 JR G Texas A&M SEC
Elizabeth Williams 6-3 SR C/F Duke ACC
A’ja Wilson 6-5 FR G/F South Carolina SEC

Mid-major poll: order changes but top 10 remains the same

Bi-weekly ESPN mid-major poll:

1. Princeton
2. Green Bay
3. Chattanooga
4. Long Beach State
5. Western Kentucky
6. Florida Gulf Coast
7. George Washington
8. James Madison
9. Dayton
10. Wichita State
11. Gonzaga
12. ULAR
13. Saint Mary's
14. Fresno State
15. Quinnipiac

Plane shortage may impact this year's NCAA Tournament

A shortage of charter airplanes may impact the NCAA Tournament this year.

Coaching news:

Coach's handbook: Vanderbilt associate coach Tom Garrick.

Illinois-Chicago coach Regina Miller's contract has been extended through 2017-2018.

First-year Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings was clearly the perfect choice.

A backpack holds hope for Oregon coach Kelly Graves and his team.

Player news:

Pacific's Gena Johnson has returned to basketball after a horrible car accident in 2013.

Jordan Frericks has a quiet confidence for Missouri.

Rutgers transfer Cynthia Hernandez is finding her groove.

Stacie Telles leads UTEP with hard work and motivating words.

After an injury in Sunday's game, LSU's DeShawn Harden is uncertain for tomorrow's game against Tennessee.

WNBA news:

Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles has donated $10,000 to her former high school basketball team in Miami.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Enemkpali tears ACL; Pennsylvania player died from inhaled gum

Sadness in the news today:

Texas senior forward Nneka Enemkpali tore her left ACL in yesterday's game against Baylor. The injury not only ends her season, but her college career:

Enemkpali finishes her collegiate career ranked ninth in total rebounds (899) and 30th in total points (1,116) at Texas. The Pflugerville, Texas native leads the Big 12 in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and double-doubles (nine) this season

And what a huge blow to the Longhorns. How will they respond?

Shanice Clark - the Pennsylvania player found dead in her dorm room Sunday morning - likely inhaled gum during her sleep.

Jenny Boucek named Storm head coach

It's official: Seattle Storm assistant coach Jenny Boucek has been named the team's new head coach.

USA Today top 25 poll: Oklahoma State, South Florida out, George Washington, Seton Hall in

Finally, some sense in a poll - the USA Today top 25 coaches poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
6. Maryland
7. Tennessee
8. Oregon State
9. Texas
10. Texas A&M
11. North Carolina
12. Arizona State
13. Duke
14. Kentucky
15. Nebraska
16. Stanford
17. Florida State
18. Iowa
19. Georgia
20. Mississippi State
21. Princeton
22. Syracuse
23. Rutgers
24. George Washington
25. Seton Hall

Jenny Boucek to take over Seattle Storm, sources say

Jenny Boucek is being promoted to Seattle Storm head coach, sources say.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Notre Dame, Arizona State pull off the upsets: Enemkpali injured


#6 Notre Dame upended #5 Tennessee, 88-77. Jewell Loyd lead the Irish with 34 points.

#13 Arizona State toppled #11 Stanford, 60-57. It was the Sun Devil's first win in Palo Alto since 1984.

No, no, no, please:

Texas forward Nneka Enemkpali injured her knee in the #8 Longhorn's loss to #3 Baylor, 75-58. The Bears, meantime, extended their winning streak to 16.

More results:

#1 South Carolina dominated Florida, 77-42.

#9 Oregon State defeated Washington, 75-67.

#16 Nebraska surged to put away Purdue, 69-59.

Oklahoma routed Oklahoma State, 73-54. It was the 17th straight time the Sooners posted the win over the Cowgirls.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Seton Hall has dismissed Bra'Shey Ali from the team for multiple team rule violations.

Notre Dame wants sophomore Lindsay Allen to become a more vocal leader.

Iowa State guard Jadda Buckley may still take a medical redshirt this season.

Brittany Hrynko was surprised to learn that rapper Drake was wearing her gear in an Instagram photo.

Team news:

LSU is overcoming a tough schedule with big wins.

Coaching news:

Last week North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell saw her jersey retired and the court at her former high school named after her.

AP top 25 poll: Oklahoma State drops out, Western Kentucky enters

In this week's AP top 25 poll, Oklahoma State drops out and Western Kentucky enters. No Seton Hall:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Louisville
5. Tennessee
6. Notre Dame
7. Maryland
8. Texas
9. Oregon State
10. Texas A&M
11. Stanford
12. North Carolina
13. Arizona State
14. Kentucky
15. Duke
16. Nebraska
17. Florida State
18. Mississippi State
19. Princeton
20. Iowa
21. Minnesota
22. Georgia
23. Syracuse
24. Western Kentucky
25. Rutgers

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Division II player dies


California University of Pennsylvania senior forward Shanice Clark was found dead in her dorm room this morning.

Team news:

Purdue is trying to push through a difficult stretch.

Texas Tech is slowing things down.

Today was National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the University of Oregon, and the Ducks reflected on what it means to them to be role models.

Should Rutgers shoot better, or more?

Player news:

Antoinette Bannister was dismissed from Miami after being arrested for allegedly stealing and using a teammate's bank card.

Rebecca Greenwell and Mercedes Riggs have become indispensable for Duke.

In her third sport, Kelsey Kuipers lends Michigan State a helping hand.

LSU's Danielle Ballard is the ESPNW player of the week.

WNBA news:

Former Louisville stars Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel will again play on the Cardinal's home court this May as their Atlanta Dream play a game there.

Seton Hall on the rise

In the "why aren't they ranked?" department, Seton Hall is on the rise, with a 17-2 record. Today's 107-87 victory over DePaul puts the Pirates at the top of the Big East Conference.

Today's upset:

LSU over #10 Kentucky, 84-79.

Close ones:

#22 Iowa 52, Michigan State 50.

#23 Minnesota 65, Indiana 61.

More results:

Pitt edged Georgia Tech in overtime, 75-72.

Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston lead Ohio State past Penn State, 69-60.

Arkansas routed Missouri, 73-55.

Washington State sneaked by Oregon, 79-76.

#11 Texas A&M stymied Ole Miss, 58-49.

#16 Duke rebounded to down Miami, 68-53.

#18 Georgia held off Vanderbilt, 64-53.

UCLA just beat USC, 71-60.

Full scoreboard.

Big Monday:

Tomorrow's Tennessee-Notre Dame showdown will be highlighted on twitter by "smack talk" between Lady Vol alum Candace Parker and Irish alum Kayla McBride.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

NCAA votes to increase the value of athletic scholarships

Huge news today for student-athletes:

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.— In landmark action for major-college sports, schools and athlete representatives from the NCAA's five wealthiest conferences on Saturday voted 79-1 to expand what Division I schools can provide under an athletic scholarship.

The vote, taken during the NCAA's annual convention, redefines an athletic scholarship so that it can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and fees, but also the incidental costs of attending college. That means a scholarship will now be able to pay for items including transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Conservatively this means Division I men's and women's athletes collectively stand to gain at least $50 million a year in additional benefits.

So much to consume

Today's results:

West Virginia upset #21 Oklahoma State, 61-49.

#3 Baylor rallied to top Kansas, 71-63.

#4 Texas snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Texas Tech, 55-44.

Michigan came back to stuff Northwestern, 73-66.

Iowa State toppled Kansas State, 79-59.

Tulane slipped by SMU, 60-58.

Saint Mary's defeated BYU, 61-51, and swept a tough road swing.

Oklahoma routed TCU, 97-81.

Middle Tennessee State pounded Louisiana Tech, 82-59.

Full scoreboard.

Here's one game I wish I could be at Monday: #9 Oregon State vs. Washington. Ooooweee.

Player news:

Miami starter Laura Quevedo has left the team and returned to Spain.

Ta'Rea Cunnigan became San Jose State's leading scorer today, when she reached 1,762 points. Her next goal is to beat the men's record of 1,767 points.

Linnae Harper is becoming Kentucky's woman of steal.

Prayer and practice have guided Nevada's Mimi Mungedi to the top.

Florida junior guard Antoinette Bannister has been arrested and charged with theft and use of a credit card, belonging to teammate Viktorija Dimaite.

Team news:

It's already a crazy year in the Big Ten.

SEC round up, volume I.

George Washington is spreading the ball up front, and everyone is scoring more.

High school news:

The California coach whose team beat a rival 161-2 a couple weeks ago has been suspended.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Student-athletes to get a voice in NCAA voting

Student athletes now have NCAA votes:

For the first time at the Division I level, student-athletes will participate in voting among several panels. Notably, 15 representatives -- three from each Power 5 conference -- sit on the 80-member group set to move forward with autonomy.

Today's results:

#9 Oregon State edged Washington State, 73-70.

#14 Arizona State beat Cal, 67-52.

DePaul got by St. John's, 84-75.

Seton Hall rolled by Marquette, 88-58. They are 16-2.

At this hour, #13 Stanford and Arizona are still battling, as are Washington and Oregon.

Scoreboard so far.

Player news:

Morgan Tuck's emergence means a dominant duo with teammate Breanna Stewart at UConn.

Makyala Epps and Linnae Harper will take up the slack at Kentucky in the absence of point guard Janee Thompson.

Jonquel Jones has George Washington eyeing a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Washington's Kelsey Plum is more than accolades.

South Florida's Tamara Taylor has traveled a bump road to basketball success.

Maegan Conwright has found her passion at Florida State.

Former Utah State guard Makenlee Williams has transferred to Gonzaga.

Team news:

Michigan State is pushing through adversity.

The Washington Huskies had a near record-breaking stretch.

Brianna Turner and Notre Dame are ready for the next hurdle: Tennessee on Monday night.

Coaching news:

Louisiana Tech coach Tyler Summitt will coach is first game in his home state tomorrow as his Techsters take on Middle Tennessee State. Needless to say, Pat Summitt will be there.

The SEC's fourth annual "we back Pat" week begins Sunday.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just another night of upsets and close calls


LSU upended #15 Mississippi state in two overtimes, 71-69.

Ole Miss upset #18 Georgia, 55-52.

Close calls:

#10 Kentucky got by Florida, 62-56.

#23 Minnesota edged Ohio State, 76-72.

More results:

#7 Notre Dame topped #12 North Carolina, 89-79. Brianna Turner lead the Irish with 29 points and 18 rebounds.

#8 Maryland downed #24 Rutgers, 71-59.

#1 South Carolina held off Missouri, 60-49.

Wisconsin sacked Purdue, 65-56.

Michigan State stopped Illinois, 63-56. Becca Mills, Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers all had double-doubles (scoring and rebounds) for the Spartans.

All scores.

Kentucky Wildcats will wear warm ups honoring Janee Thompson

Classy move: For the rest of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats will wear warm ups honoring their injured point guard Janee Thompson. In Sunday's game against South Carolina, Thompson broke her fibula and dislocated her ankle in an accident that upset her teammates.

Player news:

German post Marie Gulich is becoming more comfortable on and off the court at Oregon State. And Samantha Siegner's diversity has been key for the Beavers.

South Carolina point guard Khadijah Sessions is becoming a leader under coach Dawn Staley.

Purdue senior Whitney Bays is rewriting the Boiler record book.

Rutgers point guard Syessence Davis ‘fixes’ top scorers, bikes, cabinents, flat tires and more.

Georgia's Shacobia Barbee is calm, cool and accomplished.

Bria Holmes has found a home at West Virginia.

Nebraska's Rachel Theriot has taken on a new role each season.

Pacific is glad to have picked up Kendall "Sticks" Kenyon.

Hartford's Amber Bepko has much in common with coach Jen Rizzotti.

Team news:

Veterans and a deep bench make South Carolina formidable.

Baylor: no All-Americans, no problem.

Battle-tested Oklahoma can still get better.

Nebraska's intense conditioning has prepared them for last-minute wins.

Michigan is becoming the hardest-working team in America.

Iowa wins and entertains.

Sunday's loss to Michigan taught Ohio State some lessons.

Coaching news:

Police have arrested a man who has allegedly been stalking UCF coach Joi Williams.

WNBA news:

Free agency began today. There are 23 unrestricted free agents.

HIgh school top 25 rankings

This week's high school top 25, as per ESPNW:

1. Mater Dei
2. Neumann-Goretti
3. Blackman
4. St. Mary's
5. Hopkins
6. Eastview
7. Bedford North Lawrence
8. Paul VI
9. Country Day School
10. Whitney Young
11. Heritage Christian
12. Long Beach Polytechnic
13. Lawrence North
14. Long Island Lutheran
15. Gonzaga Prep School
16. Myers Park
17. North Little Rock
18. Elizabethtown
19. Potter's House Christian
20. St. Francis
21. Cypress Woods
22. Chaminade College Prep School
23. Parkview
24. New Hope Christian Academy
25. Columbus North

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Texas upset again, and much more


Oklahoma took down #4 Texas, 70-59.

More results:

#4 Louisville held off North Carolina State, 65-58.

#22 Iowa beat Northwestern, 83-70.

Texas Tech topped West Virginia, 55-45.

Colorado edged Utah in overtime, 77-72.

Full scoreboard.

Player news:

Makayla Epps is Kentucky's new starting point guard, after Janee Thompson's injury Sunday.

Ta'Rea Cunningham is taking aim at San Jose State's scoring record.

Akia Jones, Ondrea Shaw and Khadijah Ellison have been suspended from East Carolina for violating team rules.

UConn freshman Gabby Williams is making the switch from guard to forward.

Junior guard Gracie Frizzell is helping Mississippi stay hot.

Irene Gari dishes out passion and hard work for UTEP.

Team news:

Louisiana Tech's seniors are thriving in coach Tyler Summitt's system.

A lot of Lady Vols are in play on a regular basis.

Depth is an issue for Purdue.

South Florida is having a stellar season.

Afternoon news hemorrhage

Player news:

A full recovery is expected for Kentucky's Janee Thompson.

The high-scoring Ohio State duo of Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell is finding the perfect speed.

Miami's Jassany Williams has found a comfort level playing at home.

UIC's Ruvanna Campbell overcame a broken tibia and fibula to become one of the nation's top players.

Freshman Maura Muensterman is trying to find her role on guard-heavy Indiana.

Army is leaning on Aimee Oertner.

Vermont's Sydney Smith has found her shooting touch.

Bego Faz Davalos has been a quick study and a great spark off the bench for Fresno State.

Team news:

LSU is struggling due to inconsistency. Seniors Sheila Boykin and DeShawn Harden are providing leadership.

Life in the Pac-12 is rough sledding for Washington State.

There's no replacing UT Martin.

Newcomers are sparking Kennesaw State.

Misfortune had lead to the basement for coach Sheryl Swoopes' Loyola Chicago team.

Coaching news:

DePaul has extended coach Doug Bruno's contract through 2019-2020.

Coach Keith Adams is back at UTEP.

Coach Kim Barnes Arico has a 40-year plan in place at Michigan.

Pro news:

Swin Cash is ready for life after basketball.....whenever she decides to retire.

Pat Summitt:

The University of Tennessee Medical Center will establish a Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Clinic.

McDonald's All-American Team nominees announced

First cut.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Transfers up this season

Why so many player transfers so far this year - especially with freshmen?

Player news:

Yet another freshman departure: Jasmine Lumpkin has left Michigan State.

Michigan is a team in the making thanks to Nicole Elmblad and Cyesha Goree.

Yale senior guard Sarah Halejian has torn her ACL and is out for the season.

Coaching news:

North Carolina's win Sunday was the 950th of coach Sylvia Hatchell's career.

Virginia coach Joanne Boyle is loving her new life as a mom.

Today's scoreboard, which is slim pickins, unfortunately. It's also a rare week without many top 25 matches.

WNBA news:

Earvin "Magic" Johnson has brought up Christine Simmons, from Magic Johnson Enterprises, to be the new president and chief operations officer for the Los Angeles Sparks. Simmons is a UCLA alumni with extensive business experience.

Five years later, the Lynx's trade for Lindsay Whalen looks good.

Shifts in USA Today top 25 poll

Much shifting in this week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll:

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