Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cheryl Miller Award finalists

The finalists for best small forward:

Gabby Williams, Connecticut
Shakayla Thomas, Florida State
Sophie Cunningham, Missouri
Jaime Nared, Tennessee
Teana Muldrow, West Virginia

It's beginning to smell a lot like March

NCAA Conference Tournament schedule: tracking automatic bids:

Don't miss a result.

SEC Tournament, day one:

Arkansas stopped Vanderbilt, 88-76.

Mississippi upset Florida, 48-43.

Updated bracket and tomorrow's match ups and game times.

Big Ten Tournament, day one:

Northwestern got past Wisconsin, 68-63.

Penn State routed Illinois, 83-57.

Tomorrow's schedule.

ACC Tournament, day one:

North Carolina survived Boston College, 69-64.

Georgia Tech defeated Clemson, 61-52.

Wake Forest demolished Pitt, 72-38.

Game times and matchups tomorrow.

Also: Louisville coach Jeff Walz was named ACC coach of the year and Asia Durr, player of the year.

Pac-12 Tournament starts tomorrow:

What you need to know.

All of today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule is loaded with SEC, Big Ten and ACC day two and Pac-12 day one.

College team news:

Tennessee isn't banking on history as motivation.

Michigan State is healthier in time for the postseason. The Spartans are trying to play their way into the NCAA Tournament field.

Oregon's historic journey now heads to the postseason.

Transfers have given Florida State a lift.

Can Missouri win an SEC Tournament game for the first time this week?

Duquesene wants the A-10 title.

UMaine went from an afterthought to a favorite in the America East Tournament.

Big 12 Tournament schedule.

College player news:

It's still unknown whether A'ja Wilson will play in the SEC Tournament for the Gamecocks, coach Dawn Staley says. She is day-to-day after a vertigo scare.

More than the life of the party, Colorado's Mya Hollingshed is emerging as a top scoring threat.

Gabrielle Cooper is the voice of experience for Syracuse.

Cal freshman guard Kianna Smith is now a viable second scoring option.

Basketball player and model? No problem for UCLA's Monique Billings.

After being targeted by a state Senator, Wisconsin's Marsha Howard recommits to her cause.

NCAA starting five for the week.

College coach news:

How Vic Schaefer has revolutionized women's college basketball.

The pressure is on Vanderbilt and coach Stephanie White after the team's worst season ever.

Behind Boise State coach Gordy Presnell's emotional gesture on senior night, his team now has a title shot.

WNBA news:

Many teams announced preseason schedules today.

Podcast with Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen.

How Dallas brought back Liz Cambage.

Katie Smith update.

The NBA is expanding its international academies to include developmental camps for top female prospects.

WNBA transactions:

February 28, 2018

Las Vegas McBride, Kayla Contract Signed

February 27, 2018

Dallas Christmas-Kelly, Karima Contract Signed
Las Vegas Burdick, Cierra Contract Signed
Las Vegas Holmes, Sequoia Contract Signed
Las Vegas Slaughter, Ivey Contract Signed

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ann Meyers Drysdale Award finalists

The list:

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut
Asia Durr, Louisville
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame
Kitija Laska, South Florida

Tournaments begin in 5...4...3...2...

Championship week:

Five key questions for this week, as conference tournaments begin.

Pairings are set for the Big Ten Tournament.

The Big Ten Tournament is wide open.

SEC Tournament teams and players to watch.

College team news:

Mississippi aims to remain unbeaten heading into the deep SEC Tournament.

Michigan has something to prove again this season.

Oregon's Pac-12 title is special because it came ahead of schedule.

Duquesne is stressing defense as the A-10 Tournament looms.

Five things to know as Vanderbilt enters the SEC Tournament.

Mercer is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia has broken the ACC single-season assists record.

Tyra Buss' career at Indiana is one of the school's best, male or female.

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is about living in the moment.

Boise State's Riley Lupfer will soon become the best three-point shooter in Mountain West history, and she's only a sophomore.

Today's scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

WNBA news:

Liz Cambage is happy to be back in the WNBA.

High school news:

Jennifer Gillom is taking a girl's basketball team to the brink of history.

Around the Rim podcast:

Black History Month podcast.


Meet Kobe King-Hawea, the female baller blazing a new path to the pros.

Pac-12, SEC season awards revealed

Pac-12 awards

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu voted Pac-12 Player of the Year
Oregon’s Satou Sabally voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
UCLA’s Jordin Canada voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
Stanford’s Brittany McPhee selected Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer named John R. Wooden Coach of the Year

All-conference teams:

Kristine Anigwe *** California F Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Monique Billings ** UCLA F Sr. Corona, Calif.
Jordin Canada *** UCLA G Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Maite Cazorla Oregon G Jr. Las Palmas, Spain
Marie G├╝lich ** Oregon State F/C Sr. Cologne, Germany
Ruthy Hebard ** Oregon F So. Fairbanks, Alaska
Borislava Hristova Washington State F So. Varna, Bulgaria
Megan Huff Utah F Jr. Federal Way, Wash.
Kianna Ibis Arizona State F Jr. Omaha, Neb.
Sabrina Ionescu ** Oregon G So. Walnut Creek, Calif.
Kennedy Leonard ** Colorado G Jr. Southlake, Texas
Brittany McPhee ** Stanford G Sr. Normandy Park, Wash.
Amber Melgoza Washington G So. Santa Barbara, Calif.
Kristen Simon ** USC F Sr. Gardena, Calif.
Alanna Smith Stanford F Sr. Melbourne, Australia

SEC awards:

Coach of the Year: Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State
Player of the Year: A'ja Wilson, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M
Defensive Players of the Year: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State & A'ja Wilson, South Carolina
6th Woman of the Year: Anastasia Hayes, Tennessee
Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Blair Schaefer, Mississippi State; Haley Clark, Georgia; Alyssa Rice, Kentucky

First Team All-SEC

Raigyne Louis LSU
Teaira McCowan Mississippi State
Victoria Vivians Mississippi State
Sophie Cunningham Missouri
A'ja Wilson South Carolina
Jaime Nared Tennessee
Mercedes Russell Tennessee
Chennedy Carter Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

Caliya Robinson Georgia
Mackenzie Engram Georgia
Chloe Jackson, LSU
Maci Morris Kentucky
Morgan William Mississippi State
Jordan Frericks Missouri
Tyasha Harris South Carolina
Khaalia Hillsman Texas A&M


Unique Thompson Auburn
Que Morrison Georgia
Promise Taylor Ole Miss
Bianca Jackson South Carolina
Rennia Davis Tennessee
Evina Westbrook Tennessee
Chennedy Carter Texas A&M
Chelsie Hall Vanderbilt


Daisa Alexander Auburn
Caliya Robinson Georgia
Taylor Murray Kentucky
Raigyne Louis LSU
A'ja Wilson South Carolina
Blair Schaefer Mississippi State
Teaira McCowan Mississippi State

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pause for the cause

Today's results:

#1 UConn 82, #20 South Florida 53.

#3 Baylor 80, West Virginia 54. Bear point guard Kristy Wallace went out with a knee injury.

Oklahoma State 85, TCU 72.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Which teams have the most to gain during Championship Week?

Mercer was ranked today for the first time in 38 years.

The Huskers are on the NCAA Tournament bubble, as is half of the Big Ten. And Creighton.

Is Ohio State peaking or benefiting from its schedule?

Alabama's Tournament hopes aren't looking promising.

Oregon State will ban a fan for two basketball games after he made derogatory remarks at USC players a week ago.

DIII Tournament bracket.

College player news:

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is the Big Ten player of the year.

Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is ESPN's player of the week.

College coach news:

Nebraska coach Amy Williams is the Big Ten coach of the year.

Robin Pingeton has taken Missouri to new heights.

Conference tournament news:

The Pac-12 Tournament will feature fan-friendly entertainment.

Historical news:

A bond unbroken: The Hanes Hosiery Women's Basketball team.

Oregon State women's basketball legend Carol Menken-Shaudt will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the conference office announced today.

WNBA news:

Five things to know about Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage.

Why the time was right for Cambage to return to the WNBA.

Naismith semifinalists, Lieberman Award finalists

Naismith Trophy semifinalists:

Kalani Brown, Baylor Junior Center Big 12
Jordin Canada, UCLA Senior Guard Pac-12
Asia Durr, Louisville Junior Guard ACC
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon Sophomore Guard Pac-12
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State Senior Guard Big Ten
Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame Junior Guard ACC
Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn Junior Guard/Forward AAC
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State Senior Guard SEC
Gabby Williams, UConn Senior Forward AAC
A'ja Wilson, South Carolina Senior Forward SEC

Nancy Lieberman Award finalists:

Kia Nurse, Connecticut
Lexie Brown, Duke
Katelyn Flaherty, Michigan
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Lieberman Award should have Jordin Canada on it.

For once, all is relatively quiet in this week's AP top 25 poll

Not much shifting in this week's AP top 25 poll:


1 UConn 28-0 800 32 32 1
2 Mississippi State 30-0 765 0 32 2
3 Baylor 27-1 733 0 32 3
4 Louisville 29-2 697 0 32 4
5 Notre Dame 27-2 685 0 32 5
6 Oregon 27-4 627 0 32 8
7 Texas 23-5 611 0 32 6
8 South Carolina 23-6 542 0 32 7
9 UCLA 23-6 511 0 32 10
10 Oregon State 23-6 496 0 32 12
11 Florida State 24-5 457 0 32 9
12 Tennessee 23-6 452 0 32 15
13 Ohio State 24-6 398 0 32 14
14 Missouri 23-6 381 0 32 11
15 Texas A&M 22-8 338 0 32 17
16 Stanford 20-9 333 0 32 16
17 Maryland 23-6 280 0 32 13
18 Duke 22-7 247 0 31 20
19 Georgia 24-5 246 0 31 19
20 South Florida 24-5 243 0 32 18
21 Green Bay 26-3 119 0 27 22
22 Belmont 28-3 110 0 28 23
23 North Carolina State 22-7 101 0 26 21
24 LSU 19-8 85 0 23 24
25 Mercer 27-2 25 0 9 NR

Oklahoma State out; Mercer in.

The formation of legends: girls to women

In appreciation of UCLA seniors Jordin Canada, Monique Billings and Kelli Hayes, who leave a legacy behind.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tournament brackets out

Pac-12 Tournament bracket:

Thursday, March 1 • Pac-12 Network

Game 1: #8 Utah vs. #9 Colorado, 11:30 a.m. PT
Game 2: #5 California vs. #12 Washington, 2 p.m. PT
Game 3: #7 USC vs. #10 Washington State, 6 p.m. PT
Game 4: #6 Arizona State vs. #11 Arizona, 8:30 p.m. PT

Friday, March 2 • Pac-12 Network

Game 5: #1 Oregon vs. #8/9 Winner, 11:30 a.m. PT
Game 6: #4 UCLA vs. #5/12 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 7: #2 Stanford vs. #7/10 Winner, 6 p.m. PT
Game 8: #3 Oregon State vs. #6/11 Winner, 8:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, March 3 • Pac-12 Network

Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. PT
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m. PT

Sunday, March 4 • ESPN2

Game 11: Championship game, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET

SEC bracket:

Big Ten bracket:

ACC bracket:

Big East bracket:

First Round – March 3

Game 1: #9 Providence vs. #8 Butler, 4 p.m. (BEDN)
Game 2: #10 Xavier vs. #7 Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (BEDN)

Quarterfinals – March 4

Game 3: #1 Marquette vs Game 1 winner, Noon (FS2)
Game 4: #5 St. John’s vs. #4 Creighton, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Game 5: #2 DePaul vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. (FS2)
Game 6: #6 Georgetown vs. #3 Villanova, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)

Semifinals – March 5

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m. (FS1)

Final – March 6

Game 9: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. (FS1)

WCC bracket:

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 9 Santa Clara, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv,
No. 7 Pacific vs. No. 10 Portland, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv,
No. 3 BYU vs. No. 6 San Diego, 6:00 p.m. (BYUtv,
No. 4 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 5 San Francisco, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv,

Friday, March 2

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8/9, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv,
No. 2 Saint Mary's vs. No. 7/10, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv,

Monday, March 5

Semifinal No. 1, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv,
Semifinal No. 2, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv,

Tuesday, March 6

Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU, WatchESPN)

Clinches, milestones and big wins


# 14 Ohio State defeated Penn State, 89-69, to win their second straight Big Ten title.

#5 Notre Dame and #4 Louisville both won today and share the ACC title.

#8 Oregon downed Arizona to grab their first Pac-12 title since 1999-2000.

Marquette's win today means they share the Big East title with DePaul, who also won.

Maine's win over UAlbany gives them the America East title.


#15 Tennessee ground down an A'ja Wilson-less #7 South Carolina, 65-46.

#17 Texas A&M knocked off #11 Missouri, 82-63.

More results:

#9 Florida State held off Georgia Tech, 64-61.

#12 Oregon State fought off Arizona State, 64-60.

#13 Maryland stopped the bleeding with a 77-75 win over Nebraska.

#20 Duke stopped North Carolina on the strength of 31 points from Rebecca Greenwell and 22 points from Lexie Brown.

#24 LSU slipped by Alabama, 79-78.

Minnesota's 84-75 win over Illinois gives them a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.


#2 Mississippi State's win over Kentucky today puts them at 30-0 and ties them with the 1997-1998 "Three Meeks" Lady Vols for a perfect SEC season.

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell passed Brittney Griner to become the third all-time scorer in NCAA history.

Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia dished her way into ACC history today.

Northwestern's Pallis Kunaiyi-Akpanah became the program's single-season rebounds leader today.

College team news:

Georgia left Stegeman Coliseum today with the uncertainty of a return.

North Carolina has lost nine straight.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson, who didn't make the trip with South Carolina due to vertigo, might not play in the SEC Tournament.

Ruthy Hebard's short learning curve has produced quick results.

College coach news:

Finding positives in first-year Illinois coach Nancy Fahey's first foray in Big Ten play.

Division III:

The NCAA Tournament field will be revealed tomorrow.

WNBA news:

The pros and cons for smaller arenas.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A little March Madnessy, early

Today's results:

#1 UConn clinched the AAC title with an 80-36 decision over SMU.

Iowa handled Indiana, 75-62, on the strength of Megan Gustafson's 36 points and 15 rebounds.

St. Louis upended Dayton, 85-72.

#10 UCLA scratched out a 78-71 OT win over Utah.

#3 Baylor trounced TCU, 85-53.

#6 Texas stopped Iowa State, 72-59.

#25 Oklahoma State got past West Virginia, 79-69.

Gonzaga hammered BYU, 62-37.

Michigan State put away Purdue, 82-68.

USC downed Colorado, 65-53.

All scores.

Looking to tomorrow:

Minnesota's NCAA Tournament hopes are on the line vs. Illinois.

Nebraska still has a chance for a share of the Big Ten title.

Tomorrow's schedule includes South Carolina at Tennessee; NC State at Notre Dame; Missouri at Texas A&M; and Nebraska at Maryland.

Conference tournaments:

.....begin Tuesday. Here are the schedules.

NCAA Tournament schedule.

College team news:

Washington State's strength coach, David Lang, has died. The game against Stanford tomorrow is cancelled.

UConn looks fine-tuned heading into March.

This season, Iowa made time for their smallest superfan.

Inside Drake's Missouri Valley Conference winning streak.

There are no winners in the feud between Missouri and South Carolina.

College player news:

Lady Vol seniors Nared, Russell enjoy leading young roster.

Raigyne Louis leaves behind her own legacy at LSU.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley isn't crying about the end of A'ja Wilson's college career - yet.

The South Carolina governor weighs in on the Gamecock-Tiger drama.

High school news:

A senior and a single word helped Zionsville High wade through heartbreak.

Friday, February 23, 2018

No upsets today

Today's results:

It was close, but just moments ago, #16 Stanford escaped Washington, 86-79.

#8 Oregon 57, Arizona State 44.

DePaul 67, St. John's 54.

Marquette 81, Stanford 54.

All scores.

Tomorrow's games:

Megan Gustafson and Tyra Buss will bring the star power when Iowa and Indiana face off tomorrow.

A whopping 115 games on the slate Saturday.

College team news:

Texas is looking forward to the comforts of home as the NCAA Tournament nears.

Oklahoma is looking to maintain sole possession of third in the Big 12.

The Sooners are quietly touching up their NCAA profile.

Minnesota is in confusing but good shape going into final conference games.

Why 2018-19 will be better for Arizona.

How this year's Penn State squad compares to years past.

Iowa State icon Rich Fellingham is nearing the end of his women's hoops broadcasting career.

College player news:

Motocross helped mold Texas A&M's Danni Williams.

Myisha Hines-Allen will enjoy her final March with Louisville.

For four years, Chase Coley has brought the fun to Iowa.

Erykah Davenport listened to her mom - and went from a liability to a star for Miami.

Paula Strautmane is standing tall for Quinnipiac.

FGCU's Taylor Gradinjan rebounded from two ACL tears to lead the Eagles.

Why A’ja Wilson first chose the jersey number 22, and why it may seem odd now.

Even through injury, Gonzaga senior Emma Wolfram provides a spark for the team.

Three seniors have combined to give BYU another winning season.

WNBA news:

Vickie Johnson and Kelly (Schumacher) Raimon are the Las Vegas Aces' new assistant coaches.

Overseas report.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

No. 10 UCLA rallies to hold off Colorado, 73-67

Game story and photo gallery.

The usual assortment of surprises


Michigan stopped #13 Maryland, 71-65. It's the first three-game losing streak for the Terps since the 2013-2014 season.

With their win tonight, Michigan has sealed an NCAA Tournament bid.

More results:

#2 Mississippi State 82, Auburn 61. The Bulldogs are 29-0.

#4 Louisville 51, Virginia 39.

#7 South Carolina 57, #24 LSU 48.

#10 UCLA 73, Colorado 67.

#15 Tennessee 70, Florida 42.

#19 Georgia 49, Alabama 43 (OT).

#21 NC State 77, Pitt 66.

Syracuse 86, North Carolina 80.

Nebraska 59, Penn State 51.

USC 53, Utah 52 (OT).

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Georgia is on the doorstep of greatness.

Oregon hopes for a breakout performance against Arizona State.

UCLA approaches Senior Day.

College player news:

Pac-12 super seniors.

In the twilight of her college areer, Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen isn't ready to look back.

A'ja Wilson has transformed the Gamecocks.

Nathy Dambo and Shay Colley bring international flavor to Michigan State.

Colorado State's seniors rose up the depth chart together.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley has filed a lawsuit against Missouri AD Jim Sterk for his slanderous comments last month. And one of our tweets is named in the suit.

Another version of this story.

A discrimination lawsuit against Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk has been dismissed.

The ties between Oregon guard Justine Hall and coach Kelly Graves date back to Hall's childhood.

Delaware State has fired coach Barbara Burgess.

WNBA news:

WNBA greats reflect on greats Tina Thompson and Katie Smith.

Bill Laimbeer and the Aces are setting the stage for a Las Vegas debut.

WNBA transactions:

February 22, 2018

Chicago Ndour, Astou Contract Signed
New York Alleyne, Jillian Contract Signed

February 21, 2018

Los Angeles Jackson, Tiffany Contract Signed

February 20, 2018

Chicago Bulgak, Adut Contract Signed
Chicago Montgomery, Alex Contract Signed
New York Faris, Kelly Contract Signed
New York Ibekwe, Ify Contract Signed

February 16, 2018

Chicago Faulkner, Jamierra Contract Signed

USA Basketball news:

The National Team will play an exhibition game in Seattle April 26.

High school news:

Superstar Azzi Fudd's jump shot is an exact replica of her mom's.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More clinching and big wins


Kansas took down #25 Oklahoma State, 66-59.

More results:

Iowa charged past Rutgers in OT, 77-67.

American clinched the regular-season Patriot League title with a 72-57 win over Holy Cross.

South Dakota grabbed the Summit League title with an 80-75 come-from-behind win over South Dakota State.

#14 Ohio State thrashed Northwestern, 88-54.

#18 South Florida handled Houston, 81-65.

Oklahoma stopped Iowa State, 80-71.

All scores.

A bit of many conferences on tap tomorrow.

College team news:

The #15 Lady Vols are looking to end their slide before the postseason.

Maryland hopes to end their unusual two-game losing streak at Michigan.

Can UCF make the NCAA Tournament?

Alabama is trying to snap the SEC's longest tourney drought.

College player news:

Jordin Canada talks about growing into a leadership role.

A dad and his daughter: How Katelynn Flaherty became the face of Michigan basketball.

Jordan Frericks tore her ACL, and Missouri is better because of it.

In a career full of adversity, Branndais Agee has a strong home finale for Michigan State.

Does Kelsey Mitchell have a chance to set the NCAA all-time scoring record?

‘I’m just a bucket of tears’: A’ja Wilson is ready for a bittersweet Senior Night.

Stanford's Brittany McPhee has resurrected Stanford.

Tyra Buss has dreamed big at Indiana.

Syracuse's backcourt, Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, are the best of friends.

The SEC community service team.

The NCAA's starting five for the week.

Mid-major rankings:

The rankings change once again.


How former NBA official Aaron Barzilai is bringing analytics to college basketball.

WNBA news:

Podcast with Liberty coach Katie Smith.

Werner Ladder Naismith women’s college coach of the year semifinalists

I have never seen a list of candidates that I agreed with more:


Karen Aston Texas Big 12
Geno Auriemma UCONN AAC
Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC
Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12
Robin Pingeton Missouri SEC
Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC
Joni Taylor Georgia SEC
Jeff Walz Louisville ACC
Amy Williams Nebraska Big Ten

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stories back on flow


Indiana beat Minnesota, 82-70. The Gophers shot only 2-22 from three-point range.

More results:

West Virginia outlasted Kansas State, 75-66.

All scores.

Games in many conferences tomorrow.

College team news:

The NCAA Tournament is almost here. Is Louisville still a #1 seed?

Texas A&M has a lot of work to do if they want to be home for the start of the NCAA Tournament.

A writer reflects on four years of Oregon's growth after last night's big game.

The Ducks are back in control of the Pac-12.

The best Missouri team in years could be blocked from playing in Kansas City.

South Carolina is a #1 seed in a brutal region.

Ohio State hopes to finish their home season strong against Northwestern.

Marquette will probably end the season with no Associated Press poll votes.

Alabama is still a contender.

For Florida, the objective all year has been to stick to the plan.

The Pac-12 regular-season champion will be determined this week.

Minnesota is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

Utah senior center Emily Potter details her battle with depression.

Podcast: Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham on goals, haters and being a role model.

The younger brother of Purdue's Ae’Rianna Harris plays drums with the pep band.

Iowa awarded walk-on Zion Sanders with a scholarship.

The Hawkeyes are also kicking off a campaign promoting Megan Gustafson for postseason awards.

Duke senior Erin Mathias designed coach Joanne McCallie's outfit for the Play4Kay game.

How Oregon freshman Satou Sabally turns her uncanny abilities into big-time producation.

Desiree Elmore is redshirting for Syracuse.

College coach news:

Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is the recipient of this year's Carol Eckman Award for integrity in coaching.

Air Force coach Chris Gobrecht is unmoved by a milestone her team could achieve with a sweep.

WNBA news:

This season's national TV schedule.

Brandi Poole is a new assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun.

High school news:

Her sister made it from Tacoma to the WNBA, and that opened a new world for Kondalia Montgomery.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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

Big Monday was poppin:

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

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

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

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

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

The Gophers are surging at the right time.

Ashland University's winning streak is up to 63.

College player news:

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

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

College coach news:

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

WNBA news:

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

NCAA's final top 16 reveal is revealing

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

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

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

Regional Assignments


1. UConn

2. South Carolina

3. Florida State

4. Stanford

Kansas City:

1. Mississippi State

2. Texas


4. Maryland


1. Louisville

2. Baylor

3. Tennessee

4. Ohio State


1. Notre Dame

2. Oregon

3. Missouri

4. Georgia

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

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

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

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

Oregon State investigating racial slur allegations


Big Monday

The Oregon-UCLA game tonight has NCAA implications.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The races to the finish continue

Some regular-season clinches:

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

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


Minnesota pounded #10 Maryland, 93-74.

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

More results:

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

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

South Florida stopped UCF in OT, 77-68.

LSU edged Arkansas, 62-57.

DePaul tripped up Villanova, 71-66.

All scores.

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


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

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

College team news:

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

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

The Terrapins have lost two straight.

College player news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

For whom the buzzer sounds


Cal took down #14 Stanford, 78-66.

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

More results:

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

Oklahoma nipped West Virginia in OT, 79-77.

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

Iowa State topped Texas Tech, 69-57.

TCU routed Kansas State, 87-70.

San Diego outlasted BYU, 66-60.

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

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

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

Surging Notre Dame is trying not to peek ahead.

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

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

College player news:

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

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

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

Marie Gulich has become the leader Oregon State needed.

College coach news:

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

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

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

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

WNBA news:

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

Head Coaches of Women's Collegiate Teams: a report

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


Media coverage and female athletes.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The SEC race tightens, and it's upset night

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


Purdue felled #10 Maryland, 75-65.

Alabama stopped #11 Tennessee, 72-63.

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

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

More results:

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

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

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

#13 Missouri overcame Auburn, 59-51.

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

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

Western Kentucky stifled Middle Tennessee, 76-60.

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

All scores.

Looking to tomorrow:

The Beavers face a tough task against UCLA.

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

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

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

Bench play is a deciding factor for Georgia this season.

Michigan State lacks urgency and consistency down the stretch.

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

Family over everything is a mindset for JMU.

College player news:

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

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

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

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

Six of the best scorers in Division II.

WNBA news:

Catching up with Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer.

USA Basketball news:

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

High school news:

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Division I RPI

As of games played through yesterday:


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

Oh, the storylines


Minnesota took down #23 Michigan, 93-87.

Iowa State upended TCU, 66-63.

More results:

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

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

Rutgers stopped Wisconsin, 63-50.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Quinnipiac is built to last.

UCLA and Oregon meet Monday.

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

#24 Belmont realizes their new ranking guarantees nothing.

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

Kansas lost their eleventh straight game tonight.

American's winning streak is at 13.

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

College player news:

Toughness is inherited by Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale.

It all adds up for Cal's Penina Davidson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College coach news:

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

WNBA transactions:

February 14, 2018

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

USA Basketball news:

What's next for Team USA's backcourt?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grinding toward a finish

College team news:

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

SEC power rankings: Lady Vols rising.

MAC power rankings.

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

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

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

The simultaneous over and underachieving of LSU.

Iowa State is focused on the next 40 minutes.

Oklahoma is trying to get off the NCAA bubble.

UC Davis looks to finish off a stellar season.

Four takeaways from Penn's tough loss to Princeton.

Belmont is the NCAA's team of the week.

College player news:

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

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

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

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

Open looks are growing scarce for Syracuse forward Miranda Drummond.

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

College coach news:

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

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

Today's results:

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

#16 Ohio State routed Illinois, 88-69.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

WNBA news:

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

WNBA transactions:

February 13, 2018

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

USA Basketball news:

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

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

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame news:

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