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    Only 50 miles away from Storrs, Connecticut in Medford, Massachusetts lies a women's college basketball powerhouse story just as compelling as UCONN. In fact, there's a UCONN Huskies connection here with Tufts here; Carla Berube was part of that beloved 1994-95 undefeated team as a bench player. This is her and Tufts Jumbos story in building it into a Division III powerhouse hungry for a title this season, especially in what she learned from Geno as a player and being into a coach:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...onal-contender

    I will cover the women's Division II and Division III tournaments shortly. The women's D3 is actually going on right now with the regional semis.

    Quite possible that senior guard and Spain's silver medalists in Rio 2016 Leticia Romero and Florida St. can make the Final Four in Dallas in March--and definitely want it in their resume so they can taste it like with several other schools in recent years:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...rst-final-four

    Amanda Butler walks the plank as Florida's coach after 10 seasons and still has no championship hardware to show for it. Two of her best recent players, Eleanna Christinaki in December and Sydney Moss, a daughter of retired NFL star Randy Moss, both quit the team:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...-amanda-butler

    Marquette gets its first ever Big East women's title beating DePaul 86-78 last night at home in Milwaukee with predominately freshmen. One major highlight as Marquette's Natisha Hiedeman's 1st half buzzer-beater halfcourt shot; she never thought it would be good as hoisted it for ultimately 28 points. With that, Ohio St. reclaims the final host seed:
    http://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=400945844
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...inal-host-seed

    The always-so good mid-major and top seed #21 Wisconsin-Green Bay clinches its third consecutive Horizon League Tournament title in Detroit as part of the Motor City Madness over undersized hosts Detroit(-Mercy) Titans 62-52 and automatically into the Phoenix's 17th NCAA Tournament. Thanks to Allie LeClaire and Jessica Lindstrom. Well, whole Phoenix team used their size mismatch to their advantage:
    http://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=400945817

    Nothing against Laura Stockton, who surely learned the art of assists from her legendary dad John (as did her brother David who also went to Gonzaga), and Kiara Kudron. But last night at the West Coast Conference championship prior to the men's version in Las Vegas' Orleans Arena in a men's and women's championship symmetry with St. Mary's, it was definitely Gonzaga's Jill Barta's game with her career-high 37 points. 86-75. BTW, St. Mary's got two Aussies and a Kiwi on the roster:
    http://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=400945837

    Western Illinois Leathernecks back in the NCAA Tournament after 22 years away following their Horizon League championship win last night in Sioux Falls. Knocked off the IUPUI Jaguars 77-69:
    http://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=400945816

    No women's conference tournament champs crowned tonight for NCAA automatic bids in the women's game. But many conferences are starting to get underway with theirs or currently in progress. Or in the cases of the Missouri Valley, Southland, and Conference USA, start tomorrow.
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    Presenting to you the 64-team field to the UCONN National Invitational. Will anyone stop the 107-win Connecticut Huskies in this field on the road to Dallas? Guess not...

    Number #1 region seeds: Connecticut (#1-seed overall, no shock, 15th straight region #1)--EAST, South Carolina--WEST, Baylor--SOUTH, and Notre Dame--MIDEAST

    2017 NCAA WOMEN'S DIVISION 1 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

    FIRST ROUND (all times henceforth US/CANADA/MEXICO CT)
    Friday, March 17
    #13 Belmont Bruins vs. #4 Kentucky Wildcats 11:00am--Memorial Coliseum, Lexington (Lexington Region)
    #14 Bucknell Bison vs. #3 Maryland Terrapins 11:00am--XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland (Bridgeport Region)
    #11 Auburn Tigers vs. #6 NC St. Wolfpack 11:00am--Frank Erwin Center, Austin (Lexington Region)
    #10 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. #7 DePaul Blue Demons 11:00am--Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi (Oklahoma City Region)
    #12 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. #5 Ohio St. Buckeyes 1:30pm--Memorial Coliseum, Lexington (Lexington Region)
    #15 Troy St. Trojans vs. #2 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 1:30pm--Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi (Oklahoma City Region)
    #14 Central Arkansas Bears vs. #3 Texas Longhorns 1:30pm--Frank Erwin Center, Austin, (Lexington Region)
    #11 Elon Phoenix vs. #6 West Virginia Mountaineers 1:30pm--XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland (Bridgeport Region)
    #11 South Florida Bulls vs. #6 Missouri Tigers 4:00pm--Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida (Stockton Region)
    #9 Purdue Boilermakers vs. #8 Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix 4:00pm--Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana (Lexington Region)
    #16 UNC-Asheville Bulldogs vs. #1 South Carolina Gamecocks 4:00pm--Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina (Stockton Region)
    #15 Long Beach St. 49ERS vs. #2 Oregon St. Beavers 4:00pm--Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon (Stockton Region)
    #10 Toledo Rockets vs. #7 Creighton Bluejays 6:30pm--Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon (STOCKTON REGION)
    #9 Michigan St. Spartans vs. #8 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6:30pm--Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina (Stockton Region)
    #16 Robert Morris Colonials vs. #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6:30pm--Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana (Lexington Region)
    #14 Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. #3 Florida St.Seminoles 6:30pm--Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida (Stockton Region)

    Saturday, March 18
    #16 Albany Great Danes vs. #1 Connecticut Huskies 10:00am--Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #12 Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. #5 Marquette Golden Eagles 12:30pm--Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida (STOCKTON REGION)
    #15 New Mexico St. Aggies vs. #2 Stanford Cardinal 12:30pm--Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas (LEXINGTON REGION)
    #13 Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals 12:30pm--KFC Yum! Center, Louisville (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
    #9 Iowa St. Cyclones vs. #8 Syracuse Orangewomen 12:30pm--Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #12 Dayton Flyers vs. #5 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 3:00pm--KFC Yum! Center, Louisville (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
    #13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. #4 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 3:00pm--Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida (STOCKTON REGION)
    #10 Drake Bulldogs vs. #7 Kansas St. Wildcats 3:00pm--Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas (LEXINGTON REGION)
    #10 Oregon Ducks vs. #7 Temple Owls 5:30pm--Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #16 Texas Southern Tigers vs. #1 Baylor Bears 5:30pm--Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
    #13 Boise St. Broncos vs. #4 UCLA Bruins 5:30pm--Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #11 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #6 Oklahoma Sooners 5:30pm--Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
    #12 Penn Quakers vs. #5 Texas A&M Aggies 8:00pm--Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #15 Hampton Pirates vs. #2 Duke Blue Devils 8:00pm--Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
    #14 Montana St. Fighting Bobcats vs. #3 Washington Huskies 8:00pm--Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
    #9 California Golden Bears vs. #8 LSU Tigers 8:00pm--Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)

    all games on ESPN2

    2017 WNIT

    Announcement of the 64-team WNIT postseason field for 2017:
    http://www.womensnit.com/news/2017-p...ield-announced

    First-Round Pairings:
    Wednesday, March 15
    Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 6pm

    Thursday, March 16
    Ball St. Cardinals at Indiana Hoosiers, 6pm
    Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 6pm
    Central Michigan Chippewas at Wright St. Raiders, 6pm
    Grambling St. Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels, 6pm
    Jacksonville Dolphins at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 6pm
    Kent St. Golden Flashes at Michigan Wolverines, 6pm
    Stetson Hatters at UCF Golden Knights, 6pm
    Abilene Christian Wildcats at Oklahoma St. Cowgirls, 7pm
    IUPUI Jaguars at St. Louis Billikins, 7pm
    Mercer Bears at Alabama Crimson Tide, 7pm
    SW Missouri St. Bears at Iowa Hawkeyes, 7pm
    North Dakota Fighting Hawks at South Dakota Coyotes 7pm
    Northern Illinois Huskies at South Dakota St. Jackrabbits, 7pm
    Texas-Arlington Mavericks at Tulane Green Waves, 7pm
    Seattle RedHawks at Wyoming Cowgirls, 7:30pm
    St. Mary?s Gaels at Colorado St. Rams, 8pm
    UNLV Runnin' Rebels at Colorado Buffaloes, 8pm
    Washington St. Cougars at BYU Cougars, 8pm
    Morehead St. Bears at Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders, 9:30 ET

    Friday, March 17
    Villanova Wildcats at Princeton Tigers, 5pm
    Harvard Crimson at New Hampshire Wildcats, 6pm
    Sacred Heart Pioneers at St. John?s Red Storm, 6pm
    Ohio Bobcats at Penn St. Nittany Lions, 6pm
    Fordham Rams at Georgetown Hoyas, 6pm
    Navy Midshipmen at George Washington Colonials, 6pm
    Rider Broncs at Virginia Tech Hokies, 6pm
    Duquesne Dukes at Drexel Dragons, 6pm
    Radford Highlanders at James Madison Dukes, 6pm
    Virginia Cavaliers at Saint Joseph?s (PA) Hawks, 6pm
    Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters at SMU Mustangs, 7pm
    Cal-Davis Aggies at Utah Utes, 7pm

    2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL

    16-team field set and announced featuring 3 teams with 20+ wins in the mix:
    http://www.womensbasketballinvitatio...-2016/WBI_2017

    (all games at the campus sites)

    Round 1

    Wednesday, March 15
    Southern Illinois (Carbondale) Salukis at Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, 7PM
    Utah St. Aggies at Idaho Vandals, 7:30PM

    Thursday, March 16
    Brown Bears at UMBC Terriers, 6PM
    UNC-Greensboro Spartans at Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 6PM
    St. Francis (PA) Red Flash at Campbell Camels, 6PM
    Eastern Washington Hawks at SW Texas St. Bobcats, 4PM
    Lamar Cardinals at Rice Owls, 7PM
    Stephen F. Austin Lumberjills at Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, 7PM

    March 22-23
    SEMIFINALS

    March 25-26
    WBI CHAMPIONSHIP
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    This couldn't have happened like this last night, did it? Really? How in the hell was this supposed to? Connecticut's amazing winning streak. Ended at 111 last night in Dallas. By Mississippi St. and the diminutive Morgan William's shot. In OT. This can't be an early April Fool's joke. The. streak. is. dead
    http://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=400948987
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...-uconn-huskies
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...perience-uconn
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ippi-state-win
    http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-...401-story.html
    http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-...331-story.html
    http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-...401-story.html
    http://www.foxsports.com/college-bas...e-in-ot-040117
    http://www.foxsports.com/college-bas...eaction-040117
    http://www.foxsports.com/womens-coll...eaction-040117
    https://www.si.com/college-basketbal...caa-tournament
    http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...q1ky8ddd695hiy
    http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-...ng-best-sports
    http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-...-falls-against

    Is indeed a bittersweet weekend for Connecticut because for some good, if they hoped would be another very good weekend, Rebecca Lobo from the beloved undefeated 1995 Huskies team just now got enshrined. If that irony ever painfully reminds the UCONN Nation of that now-former unbeaten status.
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    Still trying to wrap my head around this monumental national semifinal upset Friday night in Dallas by Mississippi St. over a previous undefeated Connecticut. Tonight we got an all-SEC championship there with somebody walking away with its first ever title between South Carolina and Mississippi St. Do expect a thrilling game--and I picking Dawn Staley's South Carolina Gamecocks to finally grab the brass ring and get her that NCAA title that has eluded her for over 25 years since her All-American days at Virginia as a player. Will discuss more in the next few days.
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    South Carolina won their first ever championship in women's basketball early last night in Dallas 67-55 in an all-SEC championship game, and coach Dawn Staley finally wins her deferred national championship thanks to hometown star A'ja Wilson steeping up with teammate Allisha Grey injured. South Carolina won the lost 11 games against Mississippi St., including all three this season. Now the Gamecocks are truly elite:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...a-championship
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ionship-trophy

    Curiously, "Itty Bitty" Morgan William, the fiesty darling of the Final Four, bizarrely got benched in the championship game's entire fourth quarter causing a stir as to why on Mississippi St. coach Vic Schaefer. Very possible that excitable high from ending UCONN's 111-game win streak wore them (including her) out, something she admitted postgame. Yes, she wasn't playing well. Yet it's a gamble Schaefer took--and lost. She deserved to be play in that last quarter for a significant amount. But it's so confusing Schaefer's "good kid" was lost faith in confusingly. Never mind, Schaefer says, Jazzmun Holmes was playing well:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...auses-big-stir
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    Am late certainly to the NCAA women's basketball tournaments going on right now from the big NCAA one to the WBI. As well as the D2 and D3 and NAIA versions. Will get to that Saturday as the big show goes into Sweet 16 mode. Actually the NCAA D3 tournament was just completed this past weekend ago. So, before I head out to displaying the full tournament results, I can tell you who won that this year.

    Amherst University Mammoth won its second consecutive NCAA DIII women's basketball title this past Saturday night to cap another enjoyable and impressive season with 33 consecutive victories again towards glory that also includes a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. The Purple and White under D3hoops.com's and NESCAC's Coach of the Year G. P. Gromacki. In Rochester, Minnesota's Mayo Civic Center, Amherst explodes on a 16-point run in the 4th quarter--16-0 to be exact with its suffocating D, sealing that 65-45 championship victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on a now program-record 66-game winning streak. Emma McCarthy and Hannah Fox are the Mammoth stars in this game:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...raight-perfect

    Meanwhile, four teams are battling it out right now at the Sandford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the two D2 women's national championship places tonight. The Central Missouri Mules faces the Union (TN) Bulldogs in the first game with the Ashland Eagles going against the Indiana (PA) Hawks in the birdfight second game.
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    All CHALK with this year's NCAA Women's Final Four starting Friday night in Columbus. All #1s: overall (once again) Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Mississippi St., the SEC team that shockingly stopped Connecticut's record 111-game winning streak exactly at this time last year. All of course had a taste of the NCAA National Championship game--especially UCONN. Louisville vs. Mississippi St. will be the first game at the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets' Nationwide Arena home (and seemingly the undercard here) at 6pm. Connecticut and Notre Dame rekindle their lopsided rivalry in the second game at 8:30pm.

    Can't pick the field over 36-0 Connecticut this time even after what happened in Dallas. Had they won then, Dawn Staley's and Aja Wilson's South Carolina Gamecocks certainly won't be champs during Easter Sunday. The Huskies are in their 11th straight Final Four after a relatively fallow period after Taurasi's graduation with some ill-fitting recruits in the middle of the last decade prior to getting back on track with Maya Moore. Gotta hand it to Notre Dame and coach Muffet McGraw for its resillience in losing four players to ACL injury tears. But they adjusted (and used to it--see Natalie Achonwa in the recent past) and fought and won to get to Columbus. But I think the loss of depth will ultimately hurt them versus a vengeful Connecticut Friday night. Mississippi St possesses an improved offense. Louisville's D is the Cardinals' calling card, and it showed in beating the Oregon St. Beavers in the West Regional Finals. Going with the Connecticut Huskies reclaim the throne on Easter Sunday when it's all said and done even as the field gets more competitive.

    And the rich and dominant keep getting richer with a McDonald's All-American recruits and dunkers joining next year in Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa having just led the West towards a win with her double double production in Atlanta. Get ready for some very scary Air Huskies in Storrs starting next fall to further increase the dominance:
    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...spnw:ncw:teams
    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...erade-jam-fest

    Curiously, as far as I see it based on national basketball websites, there aren't many Australians in the NCAA women's basketball tournaments. Checked USbasket.com and the Australians Abroad list has no listing of current NCAA players from there. Yet there are a couple of Australian women currently playing up in Canada for CIS schools. If it turns out there are, I'll amend this post. But there are 5 Kiwis involved in postseason NCAA women's college basketball like California Golden Bears' senior forward (and a personal fave with Kiwi players) Penina Davidson. I'll get to her very soon. She's joined by Cal St.-Northridge's Tessa Boagni from Canterbury, Northern Colorado Golden Bears' Krystal Leger-Walker (Waikato) & Tiarna Clarke (from North Harbour), and Seattle's Jacinta Beckley straight outta Paraparaumu College. None of them are in the Final Four of course.
    http://nz.basketball/News/a-record-e...ncaa-big-dance

    But there were 8 players in the NCAAs from Australia's and New Zealand's Commonwealth cousins north of my border, Canada. Only Connecticut's senior Kia Nurse from Hamilton, Ontario is the last Canadian standing in the NCAA at the Final Four as expected. Will she go out with another--and third--national title in Columbus?

    Hanna Hall - Buffalo
    Ayoleka Sodade - Buffalo
    Kia Nurse - Connecticut
    Aislinn Konig - NC St.
    Alyssa Jerome - Stanford
    Mikaela Brewer - Stanford
    Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau--Texas
    Khaleann Caron-Goudreau - Texas

    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...-march-madness

    Oh and a very special regional shout out and congrats to the #6 Central Missouri Mules for winning the NCAA D2 women's basketball title in Sioux Falls upsetting the #1 Ashland Eagles and its 73-game winning streak in their 66-52 national championship win! Paige Redmond led the Jennies with 22 points in the win for their first NCAA title for UCM since 1984:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...ame-win-streak
    https://www.ncaa.com/video/basketbal...d-championship

    Speaking of young women dunking, these incoming college recruits in the McDonald's All-Americans certainly can dunk just like those in the recent past! They're fun to see at it:
    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...unk-women-game

    Who gets to advance to Saturday afternoon's 2pm championship game in the WNIT tonight will be decided tonight with two games as Virginia Tech visits West Virginia and TCU going to Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Both games start at 6pm. Actually they're going on right now as I write this. The WBI will crown a new championship between Central Arkansas Bears and the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow night at Central Arkansas' arena at 7pm USA/Canada/Mexico CT. A fuller detailed tournaments results and reports (including last year's) will arrive next week.

    UPDATE: I now take back what I said about the Aussie women in the NCAA and WNIT this year. Several of them are there:
    http://basketball.net.au/aussies-set...aa-tournament/
    http://basketball.net.au/australia-w...al-tournament/
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    Time has arrived, assuming all the legalities involving past players' likenesses will soon get resolved in Ed O'Bannon's case, for women's NCAA basketball to get into the video games. Some of you may remember that EA Sports actually used to have that with the men's teams back in the late 1990s with the NCAA March Madness series. But technology capacity for one thing limited the amount of women's teams in it; there were only 8 teams involved to play at the time like Connecticut and Tennessee and Stanford and Notre Dame. Not to mention the lack of apparent interest and attitudes from guy gamers. I mean, nowdays you can more than expand the amount the women's basketball teams roster and field its own 64-team NCAA tournament with maybe the WNIT and WBI. If we can now have video games with the WNBA on NBA Live 18 (but with limited play like no season), women's national soccer teams (FIFA series since FIFA 16 but not yet with women's leagues added), women's cricket (The Ashes), rugby league (Rugby League Live 4 World Cup Edition), and AFLW on AFL Evolution, surely we can hopefully get women's NCAA basketball in a video game again. Better than ever using the same engine.

    Don't worry about the tournament results, they're coming next week. Including the previous two years...
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    Sorry, couldn't get around to write up the developments on the past two NCAA Tournaments (D2 and D3 included), the WNIT, WBI, and NAIA ones, given how long it's been since I last wrote here in April. Hope to finally do that soon. Got busy in recent times though.

    After the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Women's Final Fours (D1) return to Tampa Bay and New Orleans, respectively, the 2021-2024 hosts will make their way to 4 different cities that haven't hosted them in a while when it was announced just yesterday. 2021 will head towards San Antonio again and overcoming the odds at the recently renovated Alamodome for the first time since 2010 with University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas at San Antonio, and San Antonio Sports hosting. 2022 belongs to Minneapolis a few years after hosting the 2019 men's version in a newly renovated Target Center and haven't hosted since 1995. It will also be the on the 50th anniversary of Title IX. 2023 sees Dallas' American Airlines Center be the site once again following 2017. Finally, Cleveland takes the 2024 Women's Final Four at the Quicken Loans Arena that also has a renovation project in the works 17 years after the last one. The latest ones are hosted by conferences instead of schools--Big 12 and Mid-American Conference.

    In almost all the upcoming Final Four sites starting with next year, UCONN was involved in some capacity during the previous Final Fours hosted there usually in the victor's side:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...nal-four-hosts
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/09/25/n...led-2021-2024/
    https://www.expressnews.com/news/loc...r-13254096.php
    https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/n...asketball.html
    http://www.startribune.com/minneapol...our/494156601/
    https://www.cleveland.com/sports/col...r_is_head.html
    https://www.thedailygopher.com/2018/...-target-center

    For its rich college basketball hosting heritage, mostly in the men's side although it has hosted some women's tournament games, Kansas City misses out on the 2021-2024 batch for the Sprint Center. And that's another city that's waiting for another shot at hosting since 20 years ago. Indianapolis, Houston, and Nashville also missed out:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...nal-four-hosts
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/spo...1-13227905.php

    Regional sites for the 2019-2022 tournaments were announced too in 12 different cities:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...ens-basketball

    NCAA 2018-19 women's basketball season at least in D1 officially starts Friday, November 9 apparently with Notre Dame hosting Harvard at 3pm US/Canada/Mexico CT:
    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...l-season-start
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    Big story right now this season: #1 UConn's 126-game regular season winning streak--OVER! By #8 Baylor 68-57 in Waco with their size, length, intelligent play, quickness, and a raucous home crowd. The Huskies shot just under 29% from the field Thursday night because they were denied the paint and guard denied clean looks and transition. Kim Mulkey finally beats a #1 team:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...p-ranked-uconn
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ent-wrong-next
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...lor-no-1-uconn

    (But we would expect this loss would fuel them for the rest of the season...)
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    Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley, Valerie Still, Amy Tucker, Paul Sanderford, Debbie Brock, Lucille Kyvallos, former WCBA CEO Beth Bass, and Joan Cronin all headline the 2019 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame nominees:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...fame-finalists

    More wide open now for the #1 women's spot after Connecticut's shock loss to Baylor in Waco--not even the Huskies themselves are safe as they almost always seem to be:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...lock-no-1-seed

    That loss consequentially cost Connecticut that #1. That ended up being taken by Notre Dame, the team the prevented the Huskies from going into the NCAA National Championship Game and attempt to reclaim the title, with Louisville moving up to #2 and UCONN tumbling down to #6. And guess what? Notre Dame and Louisville faced each other last night for #1. The game was thrilling if not artistic. And a familiar face in ND star Arike Ogunbowale rallied to save the day for the Fighting Irish to stop another notable boogeyman:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...o-2-louisville
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    Changes continue on with the #1 ranking in the NCAA women's game. Presently it's Baylor that holds the #1 spot nationally after Connecticut, Louisville, and defending champions Notre Dame had their turns. Notre Dame endured some upsets like most recently on the road in Coral Gables to Miami (FL)

    Charlie Creme is making his bracketology and pencils in so far Baylor, Connecticut, Oregon, and Louisville as the 4 #1 regional seeds. Creme has Central Florida, Michigan, LSU, and Auburn as the last four in with Indiana, Utah, TCU, Kansas St., Buffalo, Purdue, Ohio, and Georgia Tech as the last 8 out of NCAA Tournament contention. He expects both the ACC and SEC earn 8 bids each. Of personal local interest, he also has the Missouri and SW Missouri St. women's teams seeded at #6 and #13, respectively. Missouri shuts down offensive power Mississippi St, the national runnerup the last two years that can still earn a #1 seed after that bump in the road. Both in Portland. Former Georgia coaching great turned ESPN Women's college basketball analyst Andy Landers proclaims the Oregon Ducks as the best team in the nation. Can see why with All-American Sabrina Ionescu leading the way and having lots of momentum:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...eed-loss-miami

    Person to watch for the rest of the season is Miami's (FL) forward/center Emese Hof. Quite possibly the best Dutch basketball player right now since Rik Smits! She earns ESPNW's Women's College Basketball Player of the Week on Monday thanks to her great performance in the #20 Hurricanes upset of Louisville in scoring 13 points in the final 5 minutes for the total of 25 points for the first Cardinals' loss of the 2018-19 season Sunday that was nationally televised. Her teams wins NCAA Team of the Week:
    https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/c...226428845.html
    https://caneswarning.com/2019/02/18/...r-of-the-week/
    https://caneswarning.com/2019/02/20/...caa-team-week/

    Rice Owls, holders of the second-largest winning streak in the nation at 15, makes history in getting ranked for the first time ever. Debuting at #25 in what's turning into a once-crowded Conference USA victory lap for them. Another debutant was South Dakota Coyotes as the best mid-major women's basketball school. Inching up to #23 from #25 after routing Western Illinois 83-61. Sunday sees the Coyotes face against their in-state archrivals and perrenial mid-major powerhouse the South Dakota St. Jackrabbits in a must-see matchup:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...r-remains-no-1

    A profile on Australian-Turkish guard Funda Nakkasoglu, a top guard for the Florida Gators relishing the experience of playing in the challenging SEC after transferring from Utah St. and being coached in the Melbourne Boomers by Opals great Michelle Timms:
    http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/...ce-gators-wcbb

    South Dakota, South Dakota St., Rice, Gonzaga, Florida Gulf Coast, Drake, Quinnipiac, Central Michigan, Miami (OH), and BYU all round out the ESPNW Mid-Major Top 10 poll:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...or-top-10-poll

    South Carolina gets the A-OK to host their tournament games in North Carolina at UNC Charlotte's 9,100-seat Halton Arena if they're one of the top 16 teams in the tournament due to their Colonial Life Arena home being used for the men's NCAA first and second round games:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ament-games-nc
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    First off, belated congratulations to Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer on reaching the 1000 Win Club earlier this season with that November 13's 73-44 decision over the Central Connecticut St. Blue Devils. Get well rested in time for the Big 10 Tournament and the NCAA postseason next month, where the Scarlet Knights are expected to be in, while assistant Tim Eastman, I'm thinking he'll succeed her when she decides it's over for him, takes over. Coaching can very stressful and taxing:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ar-season-rest

    Another notable women's college basketball coach is sitting out for the time being for similar reasons too: Geno Auriemma. But for only one game it seems:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ay-due-illness

    Charlie Creme says Notre Dame has overtaken Oregon for one of the top #1 regional seeds--the Portland/West one--with the Ducks falling to #2:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...l/bracketology

    And Georgia coach Joni Taylor comes back to the bench for her Georgia Bulldogs 2 days after giving birth to her second child, a daughter--and her team gives her a 93-83 victory over Arkansas:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...s-giving-birth
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    2019 NCAA WOMEN'S DIVISION 1 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (all times US/Canada/Mexico CT)
    1ST ROUND
    Friday, March 22, 2019
    #16 Robert Morris Colonials vs. #1 Louisville Cardinals 11:00 AM ESPN2--KFC Yum! Center (Louisville)
    #13 Belmont Bruins vs. #4 South Carolina Gamecocks 12:45 PM ESPN2--Halton Arena (Charlotte)
    #15 Mercer Bears vs. #2 Iowa Hawkeyes 1:00 PM ESPN2--Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
    #12 Rice Owls vs. #5 Marquette Golden Eagles 1:00 PM ESPN2--Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)
    #9 Kansas St. vs. #8 Michigan Wolverines 1:00 PM ESPN2--KFC Yum! Center (Louisville)
    #13 Wright St. Raiders vs. #4 Texas A&M Aggies 3:00 PM ESPN2--Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)
    #12 Bucknell Bison vs. #5 Florida St. Seminoles 3:00 PM ESPN2--Halton Arena (Charlotte)
    #10 Drake Bulldogs vs. #7 Missouri Tigers 3:00 PM ESPN2--Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
    #10 Buffalo Bulls vs. #7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 3:30 PM ESPN2--Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, Connecticut)
    #15 Towson St. Tigers vs. #2 UConn Huskies 5:30 PM ESPN2--Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, Connecticut)
    #12 UCF Golden Knights vs. #5 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6:00 PM ESPN2--Watsco Center (Coral Gables, Florida)
    #10 Indiana Hoosiers vs. #7 Texas Longhorns 6:00 PM ESPN2--Matthew Knight Arena, (Eugene)
    #9 Clemson Tigers vs. #8 South Dakota Coyotes 6:00 PM ESPN2--Humphrey Coliseum (Starkville, Mississippi)
    #16 Southern Jaguars vs. #1 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 8:00 PM ESPN2--Humphrey Coliseum (Starkville, Mississippi)
    #15 Portland St. Vikings vs. #2 Oregon Ducks 8:00 PM ESPN2--Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene)
    #13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. #4 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 8:00 PM ESPN2--Watsco Center (Coral Gables, Florida)

    Saturday March 23
    #16 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10:00 AM ESPN2--Purcell Pavilion (South Bend, Indiana)
    #14 Radford Highlanders vs. #3 Maryland Terrapins 10:00 AM ESPN2--XFINITY Center (College Park, Maryland)
    #11 Princeton Tigers vs. #6 Kentucky Wildcats 10:00 AM ESPN2--Reynolds Coliseum (Raleigh)
    #11 Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. #6 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits 10:00 AM ESPN2--Carrier Dome (Syracuse)
    #14 Maine Black Bears vs. #3 NC State 12:00 PM ESPN2--Reynolds Coliseum (Raleigh)
    #14 Fordham Rams vs. #3 Syracuse Orangewomen 12:00 PM ESPN2--Carrier Dome (Syracuse)
    #11 Tennessee Volunteers vs. #6 UCLA Bruins 12:00 PM ESPN2 XFINITY Center (College Park)
    #9 Michigan St. Spartans vs. #8 Central Michigan Chippewas 12:00 PM ESPN2--Purcell Pavilion (South Bend, Indiana)
    #12 Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs. #5 Gonzaga Bulldogs 2:30 PM ESPN2--Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Oregon)
    #11 SW Missouri St. vs. #6 DePaul Blue Demons 2:30 PM ESPN2--Hilton Coliseum (Ames, Iowa)
    #10 Auburn Tigers vs. #7 BYU Cougars 2:30 PM ESPN2--Maples Pavilion (Stanford, California)
    #9 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. #8 California Golden Bears 2:30 PM ESPN2--Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
    #16 Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. #1 Baylor Bears 4:30 PM ESPN2--Ferrell Center, Waco (Texas)
    #15 UC-Davis Aggies vs. #2 Stanford Cardinals 4:30 PM ESPN2--Maples Pavilion (Stanford, California)
    #13 Boise St. Broncos vs. #4 Oregon St. Beavers 4:30 PM ESPN2--Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Oregon)
    #14 New Mexico St. Aggies vs. #3 Iowa St. Cyclones 4:30 PM ESPN2--Hilton Coliseum (Ames, Iowa)

    SECOND ROUND--March 24 (Louisville, College Station, Storrs, Eugene, Coral Gables, Iowa City, Starkville) & March 25 (Waco, Corvallis, Ames, Stanford, Syracuse, Raleigh, South Bend)
    REGIONALS--March 29-30
    Albany Times Union Arena/Portland Moda Center--March 29 & Chicago WinTrust Center/Greensboro Coliseum--March 30
    FINAL FOUR NATIONAL SEMIFINALS & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP--April 5 & 7 (Amelie Arena, Tampa) South vs. West/Midwest vs. East

    2019 WNIT
    FIRST ROUND
    Wednesday, March 20
    Morehead St. Bears at Ohio St. Buckeyes, 6 p.m.
    Pepperdine Waves at Cal Baptist Lancers, 7 p.m.
    Pacific Tigers at Fresno St. Bulldogs, 9 p.m.

    Thursday, March 21
    UNC-Charlotte 49ERS at VCU Rams, 5 p.m.
    Alabama-Birmingham Blazers at Troy St. Trojans, 6 p.m.
    Kent St. Golden Flashes at Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix, 6 p.m.
    Youngstown St. Penguins at Cincinnati Bearcats, 6 p.m.
    Hartford Hawks at Providence Friars, 6 p.m.
    Furman Paladins at Virginia Tech Hokies, 6 p.m.
    Stetson Hatters at South Florida Bulls, 6 p.m.
    High Point at Ohio Bobcats, 6 p.m.
    Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Miami (OH) Redhawks, 6 p.m.
    Seton Hall Pirates at Toledo Rockets, 6 p.m.
    Rider Broncs at West Virginia Mountaineers, 6 p.m.
    Northeastern Huskies at Butler Bulldogs, 6 p.m.
    Prairie View A&M Panthers at TCU Horned Frogs, 6:30 p.m.
    IUPUI Jaguars at Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders, 6:30 p.m.
    Houston Cougars at Arkansas Razorbacks, 7 p.m.
    Stephen F. Austin Lumberjills at UT-Arlington Mavericks, 7 p.m.
    Dayton Flyers at Northwestern Wildcats, 7 p.m.
    Northern Colorado Golden Bears at Wyoming Cowgirls, 7:30 p.m.
    Denver Pioneers at New Mexico Lobos, 8 p.m.
    Idaho St. Bengals at Arizona Wildcats, 8:30 p.m.
    Idaho Vandals at Loyola Marymount Lions, 9 p.m.

    Friday, March 22
    American Eagles at Penn Quakers, 6 p.m.
    Old Dominion Monarchs at Villanova Wildcats, 6 p.m.
    Drexel Dragons at Harvard Crimson, 6 p.m.
    North Carolina A&T Aggies at James Madison Dukes, 6 p.m.
    Sacred Heart Pioneers at Georgetown Hoyas, 6 p.m.
    Northern Iowa Panthers at Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6:30 p.m.
    South Alabama Jaguars at Lamar Cardinals, 7 p.m.
    Hawaii Rainbow Wahines at Saint Mary’s Gaels, 9 p.m.

    SECOND ROUND--March 23-26
    THIRD ROUND--March 27-29
    WNIT QUARTERFINALS--March 30-31
    WNIT NATIONAL SEMIFINALS--April 3-4
    WNIT CHAMPIONSHIP--Saturday, April 6 2pm live on CBS Sports Network

    2019 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
    FIRST ROUND
    Wednesday, March 20
    Appalachian State Mountaineers at UNC Asheville Bulldogs– 5 pm
    Marshall Thundering Herd at Davidson Wildcats-6 pm
    UT-Rio Grande Valley Vazqueros at North Texas Mean Green Eagles–7 pm
    Utah St. Aggies at UC-Riverside Highlanders–9 pm

    Thursday, March 21
    Nicholls St. Colonials at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles––6 pm
    Georgia St. Panthers at North Alabama Lions–6 pm
    Akron Zips at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles––6 pm
    Campbell Camels at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers––5 pm
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    The 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four D1 field is now set for Tampa Bay at the Amelie Arena. We got two #2 seeds taking on two #1 seeds for Friday night. First up is the #2 Oregon Ducks in their first Women's Final Four led by the amazing All-American Sabrina Ionescu facing the overall #1 seed and NCAA championship fave Baylor Bears with their length and height along with their talent as the first game in Tampa Bay at 6pm US/Canada/Mexico CT time. This seemingly will act as an undercard of sorts because it will be followed by #2 Connecticut Huskies, getting involved in the juggernaut's 16th consecutive Final Four appearance and was worthy of another #1 seed, facing a rematch in the national semifinals exactly a year ago with defending champions #1 Notre Dame (gulp!). Tenatively scheduled for 8:30pm.

    I'll get into this tournament more starting tomorrow. But one of the biggest stories in NCAA women's basketball right now off-court is what's going on at Tennessee. A fuller situation will follow but head coach Holly Warlick is out after 7 seasons succeeding the legendary Pat Summit after an utterly disappointing season that saw them get eliminated in the first round by UCLA. Holly's been there in Knoxville for almost her whole life--37 years, so she certainly knows the culture inside and out as it was built into a national powerhouse and loves being in Tennessee. This could impact one prized HS recruit the Lady Vols nabbed in Jordan Hortson. Issue becomes will the Tennessee administrators "keep things in the Summitt family" or look outside of it in replacing Warlick. Some interesting coaching candidates have emerged...

    As far as the television coverage is concerned, according to Wikipedia "the tournament is covered by ESPN's networks. During the first and second rounds, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPNews. All other games aired regionally on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN3 and were streamed online via WatchESPN. Most of the nation got whip-a-round coverage during this time, which allowed ESPN to rotate between the games and focus the nation on the game that had the closest score like CBS did and Westwood One Sports do when there's exclusive coverage. Over the course of rebroadcasting a studio program discussing the men's tournament, ESPNU accidentally displayed on-screen graphics prematurely revealing the tournament bracket prior to its formal unveiling that evening. The NCAA officially released the brackets two hours earlier than scheduled. Some watch parties for schools scheduled with the bracket reveal were cancelled, and ESPN apologized for the error." Canada's TSN is carrying this for the first time there using the ESPN feed but only on the online/mobile side at tsn.ca and the TSN GO app and not on its multiple TV channels despite the growing prominence of Canadian female basketball players in the NCAA.

    Studio host and analysts
    Maria Taylor (Host)
    Andy Landers (Analyst)
    Rebecca Lobo (Analyst) (First, Second Rounds, Final Four and National Championship Game)
    Nell Fortner (Analyst) (Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game)

    Broadcast assignments
    First & Second Rounds Friday/Sunday

    Beth Mowins & Nell Fortner Louisville, Kentucky
    Eric Frede & Christy Thomaskutty Charlotte, North Carolina
    John Brickley & Christy Winters-Scott Iowa City, Iowa
    Lowell Galindo & A'ja Wilson College Station, Texas
    Adam Amin & Kara Lawson Storrs, Connecticut
    Clay Matvick & Julianne Viani Coral Gables, Florida
    Paul Sunderland & Steffi Sorensen Starkville, Mississippi
    Dave Pasch & LaChina Robinson Eugene, Oregon

    First & Second Rounds Saturday/Monday

    Courtney Lyle & Tamika Catchings Notre Dame, Indiana
    Roy Philpott & Brooke Weisbrod College Park, Maryland
    Melissa Lee & Mike Thibault Raleigh, North Carolina
    Sam Gore & Blair Schaefer Syracuse, New York
    Elise Woodward & Dan Hughes Stanford, California
    Brenda VanLengen & Andraya Carter Ames, Iowa
    Tiffany Greene & Mary Murphy Corvallis, Oregon
    Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck Waco, Texas

    Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Friday/Sunday
    Adam Amin, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe Albany, New York
    Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson & Brooke Weisbrod Portland, Oregon
    Final Four

    Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Saturday/Monday
    Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & Allison Williams Greensboro, North Carolina
    Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli & Courtney Lyle Chicago, Illinois

    Final Four/National Championship
    Adam Amin, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe Tampa, Florida

    On the radio side here in North America, it's Westwood One Sports that exclusively covers it, but from the regional semifinals hence. Teams participating at these stages are allowed to have their local radio broadcasts, but they aren't permitted to have national transmissions. Even streaming online.

    Regional Finals Sunday
    John Sadak & Julianne Viani Albany, New York
    Craig Way & Krista Blunk Portland, Oregon

    Regional Finals Monday
    Justin Kutcher & Debbie Antonelli Greensboro, North Carolina
    Ted Emrich & Kristen Kozlowski Chicago, Illinois

    Final Four/National Championship
    John Sadak, Debbie Antonelli, & Krista Blunk Tampa, Florida
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_N...all_Tournament
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    I'll get more into this and others next week with more time and allowing for the dust to settle from the Final Four in Tampa Bay Sunday night. That situation at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill certainly doesn't look good when, after Sylvia Hatchell and her entire coaching staff was placed on leave by the administration, this has emerged as to a reason why:
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...racist-remarks

    Given what has happened to UCONN the last two times in the Final Four because of those last-second buzzer-beaters ending their campaigns, I'm reluctant to pick them to win this time. Especially when you have to face a Baylor team with size and length matching their talent. And using usually six players during the course of the season. Not good in my view. They lack depth and can get prone to foul trouble. Plus their shots can betray them.
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...team-win-tampa
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    We're all just awaiting the NCAA Women's Championship tomorrow evening in battle between #1s Baylor and Notre Dame Sunday night. Should be a classic. Like with D2 and D3, the WBI has already crowned its champion for this year days ago on Wednesday. The WNIT will accomplish its own champion this afternoon right before the men's Final Four kicks off. Notre Dame sure does seem the most complete team in the women's game and are unique with their team balance and very good offense. What the Fighting Irish have now as opposed to this year is shot blocker Brianna Turner, who can also score and recovering from her ACL tear at the time. Baylor has the top defense that stifled Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks, going along well with their size and length. Oh, they're capable of scoring too. Nice Final Four court too in Tampa Bay
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    Hope to look forward in finally getting into all the NCAA women's basketball tournaments and what not like thoughts. But there's some breaking news that just came out today.

    Lindsay Gottlieb leaves her California Golden Bears head coaching job to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant under new coach John Beilein's staff on a 4-year contract in following the footsteps of Nancy Lieberman, Becky Hammon, Natalie Nakase, Nicki Gross, Jenny Boucek, Kristi Tolliver, Stephanie Ready, and Chastity Melvin. Gottlieb is the first woman to come directly from a college women's basketball program as a head coach and become an NBA assistant after 8 seasons at Berkeley since 2011 with 7 of them making the NCAA postseason with a 2013 Final Four appearance included. Actually spent some time learning from Steve Kerr and his Golden St. Warriors coaching teamNicki Gross and Stephanie Ready actually are G-League assistants, and Gross won a G-League title with Raptors 905. Quite a unique move from someone at the age of 66 whose own hiring was deemed "radical" as a college coach himself :
    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...gottlieb-staff
    https://heavy.com/sports/2019/06/lin...ale-assistant/

    Hammond, speaking of which, actually also interviewed for the Colorado St. Rams men's basketball team coaching job last year before withdrawing to stay in SA:
    https://www.coloradoan.com/story/spo...ays/435028002/
    https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/0...te-basketball/
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    Let's make one thing clear about this new California Fair Pay To Play law set to take effect on January 1, 2023: this won't force the NCAA and its schools to directly pay its athletes but rather allows anybody outside them to pay them being as athletes when it was previously illegal. Soon enough for incoming freshmen this year who by then would be eligible to hire agents and accept endorsements and use of their likenesses in the spring of their last season (or in their final year-and-a-half, should they take a redshirt season) even when pro-bound. But what would this new Cali law with respect to the Title IX aspects mean for the NCAA women's college scene? Imagine the possibilities. The WNBA is so talent-exclusive with only less than 0.9% of its players incoming from the NCAA with 12 teams (should be more) joining the league and no G-League-like feeder system and usually all four years in that. Playing professionally overseas for American women around the globe is at right under 7% (6.9%). This, if it eventually goes national as the NCAA and major conferences fear, would mean a lot more for the women's college basketball players and its local greats than the men under a different atmosphere college sports supplies than the pros. Should they take it. An intriguing topic here for sure:
    https://www.swishappeal.com/ncaa/201...nneka-ogwumike
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    Oregon Ducks start the 2019-20 season ranked #1 for the first time ever in the top 25 as things kick off this week:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...egon-open-no-1

    Drake, South Dakota, Rice, Gonzaga, Ohio, Boise St., Florida Gulf Coast (where's the female Dunk City?), Princeton, Marist (back after several years), South Dakota St. and SW Missouri St. all in the first mid-conference preseason rankings:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...-rice-lead-way

    Oregon, ranked at #1 to begin the NCAA women's 2019-20 season, has 5 reasons from USA Today's Pete Martini why they'll win their first women's basketball crown come April to complete that "unfinished business", starting with that do-it-all All-American and Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu returning:
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...le/4102084002/

    NCAA basketball's star wattage may now come from, unlike in years past, the women's game with Oregon's Ionescu whose game can take to further and unprecedented heights with all those triple doubles and her leadership. She's handling the subsequent fame very well:
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/colleges...e-14804542.php

    Another usual suspect and blue blood Stanford might play better than expected. Those games with Team USA fueling their and the Pac-12's competitive thirst
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...pected-2019-20
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    Things are gonna get testy come our American Turkey Day starting Thursday afternoon onwards to Saturday with the women's basketball Paradise Jam at the US Virgin Islands at the USVI Gymnasium. Good publicity coming up for it but, the entire field there is a combined pristine 37-0 (#1 Oregon, #2 Baylor, #5 South Carolina, #8 Louisville, #15 Indiana, Washington St., Texas-Arlington, and Oklahoma St.) with five currently holding spots in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings. Not a typo. Only two teams will make it back to the continental U.S. with their pristine record intact. Interesting they're classified in Paradise and Reef:
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/nca...164113182.html
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    National defending champions #6 Baylor upsets #1 Connecticut 74-58 in Hartford at the XL Center last night and stops the Huskies 98-game home winning streak just before both head into their respective conference play and force a new #1 next week. One win shy of UCONN's own record it set from 2007-2012. The Baylor Bears made them not look good in the fourth quarter. This is a young team this season with none on the roster ever tasting national championship glory. Rare territory with these Huskies. By contrast, Baylor has the championship experience. Geno wasn't mad over it but sarcastically humourous. Could cost them a #1 seed come bracket time:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...winning-streak

    ESPN's Top 25 NCAA women's college basketball players lead by Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, Baylor's Lauren Cox, Texas A&M Chennedy Carter, Maryland's Kaila Charles, Princeton's Bella Alarie, Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee, Oregon's Ruthy Hebard, Kansas St.'sPeyton Williams, Oregon St.'s Destiny Slocum and Mikelya Pivec, Connecticut's Christyn Williams, Meghan Walker, and Crystal Dangerfield, Stanford' DiJonae Carrington and Kiana Williams, and Miami's Beatrice Mompremier:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...etball-2019-20

    ESPN's ultimate guide to Oregon's All-American star and certain #1 WNBA overall 2020 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu. Please say her surname rightly with me to start this off: YO-NESS-CU:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...abrina-ionescu

    Gonzaga's twins Jen and LeeAnne Wirth are so much fun and better together on court than separated on opposing teams. Come from a deeply sports-oriented family:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...gether-gonzaga

    #4 South Carolina upends #16 Arkansas 91-82 at home clamping down on Chelsea Dungee and as Aliyah Boston grabbing a career-high 25 rebounds to go with her 17 points and Zia Cooke adds 21 points to the mix:
    https://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=401166654

    #10 Texas A&M falls to the LSU Tigers 57-54 in an upset due to all those Jailin Cherry and her Tigers defensive stops--and loses Carter to injury:
    https://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=401166655

    #16 Gonzaga shuts down St. Mary's 74-49:
    https://www.espn.com/ncw/recap?gameId=401174121

    What's trending in NCAA Division 1 women's basketball after last night like with Baylor and Maryland falling:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...c-night-upsets

    Loz, Swin Cash, and Tamika Catchings all headline the 12 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame finalists. All should be definite locks. Other finalists, revealed Thursday, include coaches Doug Bruno, Paul Sanderford, Bob Schneider and Lucille Kyvallos, former player Debbie Brock and official Lisa Mattingly. Contributors Carol Callan, the USA Basketball women's national team director; longtime women's basketball executive Sue Donohoe; and Carol Stiff, vice president of women's sports programming at ESPN, also were among the finalists. One interesting induction includes the 1980 US women's Olympic basketball team, a team featuring Anne Donovan, Carol Blazejowski, Holly Warlick, Lynette Woodard, and coach Sue Gunter (LSU) and assistant Pat Summitt (Tennessee) that could've and should've gave the Soviets a serious run for their money at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics for gold were it not for the US-led boycott over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. They're in as "pioneer of the game":
    https://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/st...spnw:ncw:index

    Boise St. assistant Cody Butler placed on administrative leave (read: soon to resign or fired) following multiple sexual harassment allegations stemming from 2001-2012 lawsuit filings by former players when Yakima Valley College head coach:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...id-allegations
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    No doubt it's been a dark time right now in sports. The NCAA women's basketball sphere clearly was no different without a doubt, as it was shocked and mourns over the sudden tragic passing of Kobe at the age of 41 and his 13-year old daughter Gianna (aka Gigi) in a helicopter crash in North Los Angeles--Calabasas, California, to be exact--along with 7 other people including Gigi's teammate Alyssa Altobelli, also 13, Alyssa's parents Orange Coast College baseball coaching legend John and wife Kelly, Christina Mauser, a girls' basketball coach from a nearby LA-based private elementary school, Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter, Payton, and the pilot Ara Zobayan en route to Giana's and Alyssa's basketball game. He was investing significantly into and supporting women's basketball a few years ago, earning their respect and going to their games and offering his wisdom.

    At yesterday's #4 Oregon-#7 Oregon St. Civil War Game 2020 #2 game at OSU's Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, both teams emotionally gathered together at the center circle in prayer following pre-game shootaround as news broke of the tragedy an hour prior to tip-off. Especially, Oregon's All-American Sabrina Ionescu, who Kobe happily befriended and watched her in action at games with Gigi, and was just gutted in fighting back tears. The Ducks won 66-57 as Ionescu played all 40 minutes and led the Ducks with 19 points, wanting to play like him. Outside of the grief-stricken Ionescu briefly talking to ESPN postgame saying that "Everything I do, I do it for him"...and dedicating the season "to [Kobe]", she understandably didn't make herself available to the media:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...nd-kobe-bryant

    Round 1 of the Oregon Civil War along Interstate 4 at the Matt Knight Arena easily went to Oregon in total domination with Ionescu surpassing Oregon St. Beavers legend Gary Payton in the PAC-12 alltime assist record (male and female) and also passed Ticha Penicheiro and Temeka Johnson on the NCAA career assists leaderboard with important WNBA personnel watching. Poor Beavers allowed Oregon to score 29 points, the most Oregon St. allowed on a team this season in the any quarter:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...nd-1-civil-war

    Kobe Bryant clearly was grooming his very talented daughter Gianna (with that same competitive streak) to be the heiress of to his Mamba Mentality and strive to play and work as hard like he did and told anybody who would listen to hype up that Gigi "would become one of the greatest women's basketball players ever" and even eventually play in the NBA. But we'll never know how it would turn out if she would be one the heavily recruited players. While also developing a taste of other sports like soccer. He made it a point to take her to many women's basketball games so she can learn and analyze with him the greatest women's basketball players in action. Gigi's basketball aspiration was to play with Geno Auriemma's famed Connecticut Huskies and continue on the school's championship greatness pipeline, and Kobe himself was known to sport a Nike UCONN T-shirt at games with her and visited the team, becoming an endearing and visible story there at Storrs. When Geno was asked about his immediately reaction to the tragedy, he didn't want to talk about, only responded with "Shocking. Beyond comprehension. and I have no words right now... Though Connecticut Huskies women's basketball did sent a tweet last night:
    https://www.courant.com/sports/uconn...3tm-story.html
    https://kicks1055.com/kobe-bryants-d...uconn-huskies/

    And this past week we saw the renewal of the famed and anticipated Connecticut-Tennessee rivalry in Hartford that dominated the NCAA women's college basketball landscape not long ago. Geno vs. Pat. Pat vs. Geno. When those teams got together, it was always a challenge. Two talented schools. First time since 2007 when Pat Summitt pulled the plug. But even Geno acknowledged "it's not the same". Of course it wouldn't be the same. Different era, different generation of players now. Tennessee now has a new head coach, an old friend from the Summit Vols family in Kellee Harper on her first year there as head coach. But she was involved in those past rivalries as was several other legends on both teams in attendance. Both teams are in "growth mode", although #3 Connecticut is further along right now than #23 Tennessee. The Vols clearly are not what they once were with their youth and inexperience, and although taller, the Huskies outrebounded them. Connecticut's defense only allowed 14 points from Tennessee--the fewest points ever scored in the second half by them and ultimately scored even less than in the 2000 NCAA Women's Championship Game in Philadelphia on Easter Sunday at 50. Not to mention those 27 turnovers. Wasn't a pretty game--60-45. Still good for the women's game:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...alry-good-game
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    Continuing back on Gianna and Kobe Bryant-Connecticut Huskies connection. Last night in Hartford, the Huskies played a friendly with the recently-announced Team USA squad that contains several former Connecticut stars who were dominant in their days there--Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Katie Lou Samuelson. It was one of the tuneup games before heading to Belgrade, Serbia for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the Belgrade Arena starting this weekend that the USA will advance to Tokyo regardless of outcome. The Huskies, in recognizing Gigi's wish to play for Geno Auriemma's dominant Connecticut Huskies program, partly because of that sustained excellence, that she will never get to fufill, draped a grey Nike game-ready Connecticut jersey with the number 2 on it on an empty seat with a boquet of flowers in memory. The #2 is a nod to Mambacita's jersey number for Kobe's Mambas girls select team. On Twitter, a photo was made of this with the caption indicating that Gianna will be "forever a Huskie". Members of the UCONN staff were visibly moved, including Auriemma, during the 24-second moment of silence dedicated to Gigi and Kobe. Yes, even the USA members were saddened. Both teams in tribute took a page from the NBA with shot clock violations to begin the game in a nod to his numbers. First with Team USA holding the ball for an 8-second backcourt violation, and then Connecticut conducted a 24-second shot clock violation.

    Geno and Kobe actually spoke together in Italian a few times given that Bryant grew up in Italy and spoke fluent Italian and Auriemma was born there--and both have Philly roots too. Auriemma also finally spoke postgame of his admiration in his relationship of both father and daughter, where the awestruckness with his Connecticut team was mutual--and feeling the loss to the basketball community:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...-husky-forever

    In a video above this ESPN article by Michelle Voepel that lasts just over 2 minutes, Diana Taurasi, a native from Chino, California holds back tears courtside in Hartford's XL Center when discussing about what her friend Kobe meant to her as an inspiration and to the Greater Los Angeles Area. Another former Huskie Katie Lou Samuelson from Huntington Beach, California herself fought her emotions recalling once running a Mambas girls practice a year ago. But those two certainly were not alone in remembering, they're among those who were firmly convinced Gianna was seriously on the path towards becoming a women's basketball gamechanger with big dreams, reminding of themselves. Had his trademark fadeaway too. Futures unlived not just with Kobe (for his women's basketball involvement) and Gigi but also Alyssa Altobelli's and Payton Chester's is what will haunt the WNBA stars:
    https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id...-daughter-gigi

    Again, a future unlived from Canada's Sportsnet via Associated Press. Although Mambacita inherited many of her dad's characteristics in her talents and methodical devotion passed down to her. Fave player? Atlanta's Trae Young and Chicago Sky's Gabby Williams. Oftentimes with a celebrity's kids, they tend to get pushed to the background by the media with no public identity of their own to separate with or used as a way to get to the big celeb. Mambacita was gaining her own identity and gaining fans from active players, NBA and WNBA alike. Among those that will be a part of Gigi's legacy from a young life cut down all much too soon:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...etball-legacy/
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    When Connecticut rejoins the otherwise all-Catholic Big East next season after being in the American, where the Huskies are undefeated in all of its years there, the other schools better beware and try to enjoy what they have in competing against one another until Connecticut's looming and impending big arrival and subsequent and predictable one-party rule:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...ast-conference

    This is the time college basketball programs get petrified over being a bubble team and try all they can to get on the right side of that. Indeed, more women's basketball teams' success from the mid-major conferences make the bubble ones have plenty to worry about as stealers at the tournament table; the ACC and SEC aren't really deep this season:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...ty-worry-about

    Best NCAA women's mid-major conference player of the year? South Dakota Coyotes' Ciara Duffy far and away, and she plays quite a lot like Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. Coming from the Great Plains, her play has the #21 Coyotes currently ranked ahead of blue bloods Tennessee, Texas and quite a few brand names that aren't used to looking up at a team from the Summit League. Though Princeton's Bella Alarie and Central Michigan's Mikaela Kelly comes closest. According to ESPN's mid-major rankings, Gonzaga is the best women's mid-major team right now at #1 with Duffy and the Coyotes right at #2, then Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton, Central Michigan, SW Missouri St., James Madison, Rice, Bradley, and Drake in the top 10:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...men-basketball

    The 10 best ranked players from the famed Connecticut-Tennessee rivalry on both teams--starting with Diana Taurasi at #1. Sue Bird, another Huskies legend, sits at #3 and #7 Candance Parker are the only other still-active player. Both Dee and Sue are attempting to make another US Olympic Team. Both should get it. Chamique Holdsclaw is Tennessee's highest ranked player at #2:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...etball-rivalry

    She likes soccer as much as basketball and play both well. Blair Academy's Olivia Miles, the #2 recruit prospect in the USA, narrows her selection list to North Carolina, Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon, Princeton and Connecticut:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...t-olivia-miles
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