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    Sabrina Ionescu spoke at the Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial service yesterday in Los Angeles paying tribute to her late friends. She hopped on a plane northwards to Palo Alto, California in time to be with her Oregon teammates playing against Stanford. Later that night, Ionescu achieved a historical milestone versus the Stanford Cardinal in becoming the first NCAA D1 player, male or female, to have 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 1000 assists in her NCAA career on that emotional day in the #1 Oregon's 74-66 win over Stanford. Not to mention her 26th career triple double. Obviously dedicated her win and performance to Kobe. I'm picking the Ducks to win it all this March and April--and certain #1 WNBA pick:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...story-stanford

    Diana Taurasi and Geno Auriemma also attended and spoke at the memorial service:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...be-gigi-bryant

    Sabrina Ionescu's teammate junior Satou Sabally declares herself WNBA Draft-eligible after this season. Her Gambian family's finances are a major reason why:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...a-draft-season

    Also congrats to Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey in becoming the fastest D1 coach to get 600 wins in just 20 years at it on an average of 30 wins per season. She got it on No. 2 Lady Bears' 77-62 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday night in Lubbock, Texas. Mulkey again is a Naismith Hall of Fame finalist. She should get enshrined this year with another title under her belt:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...00-career-wins

    The 2021 NCAA Women's Final Four San Antonio logo was unvieled that UTSA will host. The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners women's basketball team helped present last week. No Alamo present this time but the Texas lone star was:
    https://news.sportslogos.net/2020/02...logo-revealed/
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    Kara Lawson gets named Duke Blue Devils' new women's basketball head coach starting next season as its first black coach after her turn as Boston Celtics assistant. More and more black female coaches are being hired in the last several weeks like Notre Dame's Niele Ivey:
    https://theundefeated.com/features/k...ketball-coach/
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    Florida A&M won't ply thios season:
    https://theundefeated.com/features/f...d-19-concerns/

    Should consider a single site for NCAA:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...t-bracketology
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    Adding to the Florida A&M Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats women's basketball teams not playing this season (both are from historic Black colleges and universities) due to COVID-19, all the Ivy League schools and the MEAC's Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks also decided to compete at all. SMU, Virginia, San Jose St., Vermont, Vanderbilt, and the Dixie St. Trailblazers in its debut season as a D1 member in the Western Athletic Conference all later canceled the remainder of their respective 2020-21 seasons over player concerns with the coronavirus. But the biggest one comes from national force Duke, of which we'll get to next time.

    Other schools cancelling include Cal St.-Northridge for that six players opted out of the season with a seventh player couldn't enter the USA due to travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19 leaving the Matadors with only six available players. The University of Detroit Titans cancelled the remainder of their season not of the coronavirus but four days on January 21 after 14 players and their parents submitted a letter to Detroit-Mercy athletic director Robert Vowels Jr. alleging rampant player mistreatment by first-year head coach AnnMarie Gilbert.

    Right that the NCAA will utilize San Antonio area as the entire tournament bubble with not just the Alamodome but also the AT&T Arena, and UTSA and Incarnate Word campus gyms for this just like using the whole state of Indiana (not just Indianapolis) in the men's version. Too bad for the top 16 seed hosts, Cincinnati, Albany, Spokane, and Austin:
    https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources...l-championship
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    Biggest story out in NCAA Division I women's basketball is the surprising departure of Kim Mulkey as Baylor head coach. Who knew that her Bears loss to Connecticut would be her last as that program's coach. She opted to head back to her native Louisiana and succeed Nikki Fargas at LSU to be near her ailing mom with recruit 6-5 center Hannah Gusters coming with her as a transfer. Atlanta Dream head coach Nicki Collen succeeds Mulkey and plans to run things "my way" on the road to winning more national titles:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...rogram-came-do
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...y-lsu-transfer
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...l-championship
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...ans-lsu-baylor

    In a related story, Baylor decides to drop the Lady off from the Bears nickname will just, like with the other 18 Baylor sports teams, go by the Bears name. Out of the Big 12 teams only Texas Tech still uses Lady in their women's name. Brings issue again to the use of Lady in women's sports teams and many programs who used it in the 1970s in the early days of women's college athletics got rid of it, some as early as the 1980s. The vast majority of colleges no longer use it for any of their women's teams:
    https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...me-known-bears

    That deal-breaking 4-year contract, not 5-year as Mulkey hoped for in 2000, Louisiana Tech offered has come back to haunt the school as she goes to a bigger state rival. Who knows how LA Tech would continue to have national prominence?
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