Monday, March 30, 2020

NCAA denies winter sports additional eligibility

The NCAA Division I Committee today extended eligibility for spring sport athletes who missed their season this year due to the COVID-19-based shutdown.

Eligibility wasn't extended to winter sport athletes.

College coach news:

Nicole Powell has been named head coach at UC Riverside.

Mallory Bernhard will remain interim head coach at North Dakota for the 2020-2021 season.

News splatter

College team news:

Oregon isn't going anywhere, despite graduating its "Big Three."

Illinois is focused on the future.

Southeast Missouri State ended their season on top.

Longwood made big strides this year.

College player news:

Kathleen Doyle reflects on her time at Iowa.

Baylor's DiDi Richards is the WBCA's DI defensive player of the year.

Two shots Dee Dee Jernigan will never forget.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves raves about Sedona Prince.

Illinois coach Nancy Fahey thinks highly of new assistant coach hire Scott Merritt.

SMU and coach Travis Mays says they are not responsible for medical negligence.

WNBA news:

Wings forward Imani McGee-Stafford will forego the next two seasons to study law in Southern California.

Sue Bird says "you can't drink with UConn players."

Could four Ducks be taken in the draft? Oregon coach Kelly Graves thinks so.

International prospects to watch in the WNBA draft.

Olympics news:

New dates for the Tokyo Games are July 23-Aug. 8, 2021.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Continuing to look back

College team news:

ESPN's basketball power index projects Oregon would have won the NCAA Championship.

Arizona State reflects on a season cut short.

Iowa's season in review.

Hoosier podcast: an unfortunate ending.

With a bumpy season behind them, Syracuse expects a quick turnaround.

BYU is disappointed yet optimistic in looking to a bright future.

Auburn faces major roster turnover going into next season.

DII WBCA All-America team.

College player news:

Simply the best: Kristin Haynie and Taryn McCutcheon.

Vote for the Senior CLASS Award here.

Naismith defensive POY finalists.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley and the sting of losing a championship season.

Kenny Brooks hurts for his Virginia Tech Hokies, whose NCAA Tournament chances were taken.

Kayla Ard is the new coach at Utah State.

Sarah Behn has resigned as Brown's coach.

Alcorn State won't renew Courtney Pruitt's contract.

Drury University's Molly Miller is the WBCA DII Coach of the Year.

International news:

Canada's coach supports the country's decision to pull out of the Olympics.

POY, COY and Olympic doom

Award time:

Sabrina Ionescu is the AP Player of the Year.

She's the only unanimous selection besides Breanna Stewart in 2016.

Dawn Staley is the AP Coach of the Year.

USBWA All-America Team.

Olympics news:

Canada and Australia won't send athletes to the Games.

A member of the IOC says the 2020 Olympics will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Awards and transfers

College team news:

What we learned about Arizona this season.

The canceled Tournament is a missed opportunity for UMKC.

The cancellation was a punch in the gut for Stony Brook.

Virginia Tech is disappointed but understanding of the NCAA's decision.

What went wrong for North Carolina in their eight-game losing streak.

Ball State had DI's biggest turnaround this year.

The NCAA Tournament that could have been.

College player news:

Tyasha Harris has won the Dawn Staley Award.

Finalists for the Naismith Trophy are Lauren Cox, Tyasha Harris, Rhyne Howard and Sabrina Ionescu.

Shakira Austin will transfer from Maryland.

Karly Murphy will transfer from Green Bay.

Six players have left Auburn this season.

College coach news:

After eight years away, Gail Goestenkors is ready to return to college coaching.

Takeaways from Kellie Harper's first season at Tennessee.

Harper reflects on the surreal end to the season.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer reacts to the season's shocking end, and feels her team had made it to the tourney field.

Lindsay Whalen called Minnesota's mid-season tumult "awful."

Lindy La Rocque is ready to build something special at UNLV.

A few candidates Navy should consider for their new coach.

WNBA news:

What will happen to the WNBA season with coronavirus on hand?

The addition of Skylar Diggins-Smith to the Phoenix Mercury is bigger than basketball.

Kaela Davis update on the reality league players face getting back to the U.S.

Sydney Wiese ran back to the states.

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler dumped lots of stock before the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus news:

The illness is a disaster for women's sports.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Still unpacking the loss

College team news:

Stanford's farewell was full of laughter and tears.

Gonzaga soared to historic heights before the season's abrupt end.

How Louisville responded to the cancellation of the tourney.

Dejection show: Texas A&M is dealing with the loss of their postseason.

Ohio State was playing its best basketball at the end of the season.

Unpacking UConn's season.

Working through their injuries this year could make Maine special next season.

Jackson State's season ended on a high note.

Forty-five years ago, the first nationally-televised women's hoops game was a blowout.

College player news:

The swagger of Sabrina Ionescu.

Chennedy Carter is weighing her draft options in an uncertain sports landscape.

Kathleen Doyle was the epitome of the Iowa spirit.

College coach news:

A national search has begun for a permanent coach for Holy Cross.

WNBA news:

Podcast with Candace Parker.

Bridget Carleton is playing the waiting game while training for the WNBA and Olympics.

Final AP top 25 poll

The AP's final top 25 poll for the season:

1. South Carolina
2. Oregon
3. Baylor
4. Maryland
5. UConn
6. Louisville
7. Stanford
8. NC State
9. Mississippi State
10. UCLA
11. Northwestern
12. Arizona
13. Gonzaga
14. Oregon State
15. DePaul
16. Kentucky
17. South Dakota
18. Texas A&M
19. Florida State
20. Indiana
21. Iowa
22. Princeton
23. Missouri State
24. Arkansas
25. Arizona State

South Carolina finished first and the Pac-12 was dominant.

Friday, March 13, 2020

More processing

Processing the Tournament cancellation:

DI's top coaches wonder what could have been.

Brenda Frese also wonders.

Geno Auriemma grapples with the tourney cancellation and abrupt end to the season.

Kelly Graves discusses the day March Madness died.

Dawn Plitzuweit comments.

Nikki McCray reflects.

Oregon was robbed of a storybook ending.

We saw Sabrina Ionescu's last collegiate moments this past weekend.

Stanford had an early farewell.

Oregon State reacts.

The ending wasn't as the Beavers envisioned.

There was no postseason for Louisville, but there was plenty to remember.

It was a season cut short for Rice.

Portland's euphoria was fleeing.

Kansas City won their first-ever bid to the Tournament before the cancellation.

An MEAC tourney game was the last basketball we'll see for a while.

Ty Harris' emotional farewell.

Marist's seniors lament the season's abrupt end.

More on the impacts of coronavirus:

USA Basketball has suspended all events until further notice.

College team news:

UCLA's final practice spoke volumes.

FCGU celebrated the season with a private net-cutting ceremony.

NC State finished the season on top.

College player news:

Becca Hittner's third straight MVC POY award made history for Drake.

Diamond Bragg is now the third player to transfer from Wisconsin.

Morgan William on the shot heard around the world.

The five finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award: Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Connecticut), Beatrice Mompremier (Miami), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Aliyah Boston (South Carolina) and Brittany Brewer (Texas Tech).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Some shockers in conference tourney play

MAC semifinals:

Toledo stunned No. 1 seed Central Michigan, 78-71.

Kent State's balanced attack lifted them over Buffalo, 72-66.

Eastern Michigan edged Ball State, 64-63.

Ohio State busted Western Michigan, 84-75.

More results:

ASUN semifinal scores.

Big Sky semifinal scores.

MEAC quarterfinal scores highlighted by Maryland Eastern Shore upsetting No. 1 Bethune Cookman, 61-55.

MAAC quarterfinal scores.

Big West quarterfinal scores.

Sun Belt quarterfinal scores.

WAC quarterfinal scores.

C-USA first-round scores.

CAA first-round scores.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Oregon is in line for a true No. 2 seed in the Tournament.

UCLA is preparing for an empty Pauley Pavilion.

SIU is trying to restart at the MVC Tournament.

College player news:

NC State star Elissa Cunane is inspired by her father's zest for life.

The Gray sisters' final game together for Oklahoma State is coming.

Anne Simon has stepped up her game for Maine.

Wisconsin's Courtney Fredrickson has entered the transfer portal.

The five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award: Aari McDonald (Arizona), Haley Gorecki (Duke), Kathleen Doyle (Iowa), Dana Evans (Louisville) and Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M).

The five finalists for the Cheryl Miller Award: Megan Walker (Connecticut), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Rhyne Howard (Kentucky), Satou Sabally (Oregon) and Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA).

College coach news:

North Dakota has fired Travis Brewster.

WNBA news:

Moriah Jefferson didn't let being short stymie her dreams.

NCAA Tournaments will be played without fans

Both the women's and men's NCAA Tournaments will be played without fans, it was announced today.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said attendance will be limited to essential staff and limited family.

Other actions taken by individual schools.

Louisville and Kentucky fans are hit hard by the fan ban.

The WBCA has canceled their conference at the Final Four.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Championship week continues

West Coast Conference Championship:

Portland upset San Diego, 64-63.

Summit League Championship:

South Dakota topped South Dakota State, 63-58.

Horizon League Championship:

IUPUI buried Green Bay, 51-37.

More results:

Big Sky quarterfinal scores

SWAC quarterfinal scores

Big West first-round scores

MAAC first-round scores

Sun Belt first round scores

Big South first-round scores

SWAC first-round scores

MEAC first-round scores

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

FGCU could clinch an NCAA bid in tomorrow's ASUN semifinals.

Rice enters the C-USA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.

Wisconsin's struggles this season were rooted in ruthless Big Ten play.

How to fix Championship week: give regular-season winners an automatic Tournament bid.

The NAIA tourney kicks off tomorrow.

College coach news:

UConn isn't worried as long as Geno Auriemma is in charge.

Coronavirus news:

The Ivy League canceled their conference tournament, and players have signed a petition to have it reinstated.

The MAC has closed its tournament to the general public.

The Big West will play its tournament without fans.

WNBA news:

Victory in Jonathan Irons case won't change Maya Moore's plans for the season.

Nneka Ogwumike has been the league's representative for higher pay.

Former Sparks GM Penny Toler sues organization


Former Los Angeles Sparks general manager Penny Toler is suing the WNBA team, saying she was fired for raising complaints about inappropriate sexual relationships involving the team president and a managing partner, not for using a racial slur.........

Toler said her termination had more to do with retaliation "after raising complaints about the workplace conduct" of former team president Christine Simmons and team managing partner and governor Eric Holoman, "who were engaged in an extra-marital affair" during Simmons' tenure as team president -- a relationship Toler said made doing her job difficult.........

Toler, who had been with the franchise as a player or GM since it was first founded in 1997, describes a soap-opera-like atmosphere in the lawsuit that allegedly included sexual relationships between Simmons and a ball boy and the coach and a player.........

Toler said she asked Sparks management to investigate Agler's relationship with the player and was told by Holoman that he would handle it. -- but that no action was taken. She said she didn't hear anything about the allegations again until the league reached out to her in 2019......

Toler said the former coach's "sexually predatory conduct caused certain Sparks players to complain that he made them uncomfortable, and compelled other Sparks players to leave the team altogether." Agler eventually resigned and is currently coaching Dallas.

We will see what happens next.

Monday, March 9, 2020

More Big Dance tickets issued

Big East Championship:

DePaul topped Marquette, 88-74, for its third straight tournament title.

American Athletic Championship:

UConn routed Cincinnati, 87-53, to finish a perfect conference run.

West Coast semifinals:

Portland came back from a 20-point deficit to stun Gonzaga, 70-69.

San Diego defeated Pepperdine, 59-44.

Summit League semifinals:

South Dakota 65, Oral Roberts 43

South Dakota State 76, North Dakota State 56

Horizon League semifinals:

Green Bay 50, Northern Kentucky 49

IUPUI 71, Cleveland State 54

Patriot League quarterfinal scores

NEC quarterfinal scores

MAC first-round scores

Big Sky first-round scores

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

Maine is powering through a rash of injuries.

Georgia will consider the WNIT if left out of the Tournament field.

Oregon State is waiting to see if they'll host.

At long last, measurable progress for North Dakota State.

College player news:

Michigan's Naz Hillmon: this third-generation hoops star has rebounded her way to success.

Kyla Irwin broke her elbow in UConn's game yesterday.

The five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award: Te’a Cooper (Baylor), Crystal Dangerfield (Connecticut), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Stella Johnson (Rider), and Tyasha Harris (South Carolina)

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer is still optimistic after Mississippi State's loss.

Navy has fired coach Stefanie Pemper.

Omaha will not renew the contract of coach Brittany Lange.

High school news:

Paige Bueckers is the Gatorade POY.

WNBA player news:

Skylar Diggins-Smith is happy to be on "the other side" with the Mercury.

A judge has overturned the convictions of the man Maya Moore has been working to free.

The Celtics celebrated Kara Lawson and Alison Feaster yesterday.

(More) predictable shifts in the AP top 25 poll

Surprise! Not.....Oregon and Baylor switch in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Oregon
3. Baylor
4. Maryland
5. UConn
6. Louisville
7. Stanford
8. NC State
9. Mississippi State
10. UCLA
11. Gonzaga
12. Northwestern
13. Arizona
14. Oregon State
15. DePaul
16. Kentucky
17. South Dakota
18. Florida State
19. Texas A&M
20. Indiana
21. Iowa
22. Princeton
23. Missouri State
24. Arkansas
25. Arizona State

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Crown 'em

SEC Championship:

South Carolina dominated Mississippi State, 76-62.

Pac-12 Championship:

Oregon handled Stanford, 89-56.

ACC Championship:

NC State got by Florida State, 71-66, for their first tourney title since 1991.

Big Ten Championship:

Maryland surged past Ohio State, 82-65.

Atlantic-10 Championship:

Dayton outlasted VCU, 52-48.

Southern Championship:

Samford topped UNC Greensboro, 59-54.

American East Tournament semifinal scores.....Stony Brook and Maine will face off in the final.

American Tournament semifinal scores.....UConn and Cincinnati will meet in the final.

Big East semifinal scores.....DePaul and Marquette will see each other in the final.

Summit League quarterfinal scores

Non-tournament results:

Upset: Iowa State nipped No. 2 Baylor, 57-56, to end their 58-game winning streak in the Big 12.

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule....WCC and MAC tourneys kick off tomorrow.

College team news:

Florida State heads into the Tournament on the right foot.

Indiana is better for having faced the best in the Big Ten Tournament.

UC Santa Barbara has secured a No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament.

The DII Tournament bracket is out.

College player news:

Mikayla Pivec broke the career rebounds leader record at Oregon State.

College coach news:

Podcast with Marquette coach Megan Duffy.

NCAA news:

The Final Four is just four weeks away.

High school news:

Paige Bueckers and Geno Auriemma are chuckling through the early stages of their player-coach relationship.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Setting the stage for a ticket-punch Sunday

Pac-12 Tournament semifinals:

Oregon handled Arizona, 88-70.

Stanford beat UCLA, 67-51.

SEC Tournament semifinals:

South Carolina routed Arkansas, 90-64.

Mississippi State stepped up to overcome Kentucky, 77-59.

Big Ten Tournament semifinals:

Maryland defeated Indiana, 66-51, by "going bananas."

Ohio State shocked Michigan, 66-60.

ACC Tournament semifinals:

Upset: Florida State took down Louisville, 62-60.

NC State got by Boston College, 82-75.

Ohio Valley Tournament final:

Southeast Missouri State ran past UT Martin, 67-47, to punch their ticket.

A-10 semifinals:

Dayton 58, St. Louis 50

VCU 60, Fordham 55

ASUN quarterfinals results

American quarterfinals results

Big East quarterfinals results

Summit League quarterfinal results

WCC quarterfinal results

Non-tournament results:

Texas Tech 106, Oklahoma 94

TCU 77, West Virginia 63

All scores

Tomorrow's game schedule

College team news:

The MAC tourney field is set.

Ohio earned a bye with their win today.

Princeton finished the Ivy League season undefeated.

Penn downed Columbia to clinch a two-seed in the Ivy League Tourament.

Kentucky awaits their fate after today's loss.

Iowa also awaits after a loss.

Rider clinched their first-ever MAAC regular-season title with an incredible buzzer-beater shot.

Will Tennessee get an at-large NCAA Tournament bid?

Despite their early exit from the conference tourney, Oregon State believes they have the resume for a top four seed.

Kansas State is focused on Kansas, with the Big 12 Tournament ahead.

College player news:

South Carolina is counting on "Mad Kiki" for the Tournament.

UConn is depending on Megan Walker.

Two will transfer from Wyoming.

The Wooden Award watch list is down to 15 names, and six of those belong to Pac-12 players.

College coach news:

Lindsay Whalen is optimistic even though Minnesota missed their NCAA Tournament goal.

Coronavirus news:

The NCAA is weighing having fewer venues for the Tournament.