Los Angeles, Calif. - The loss of guards Destinie Gibbs and Chyanne Butler brings the University of Southern California roster down to 11, it was confirmed today.
A spokesperson for the Athletics Department said Gibbs, a junior, is redshirting the year. She is not injured, but plans to finish her degree at USC and pursue a Master's degree closer to her Georgia home. Butler, an incoming freshman from Orange County, asked to be released from her scholarship due to "lack of playing time," the source said.
Los Angeles, Calif. - #10 Texas used rebounds and defensive intensity to beat UCLA Sunday, 75-65, and close out a winning California road trip.
The Longhorns were out shot, but outrebounded their hosts 50-34, which included 20 offensive boards that enabled them to get 20 second chance points. Texas didn't allow UCLA to score a field goal for the last 3:36 of the game. The Longhorns had just upset #6 Stanford three nights prior.
It's not often two women's basketball coaching greats take in a game together. But such was the case Sunday as longtime friends Billie Moore and Jody Conradt sat courtside at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion to take in the Bruins-Longhorns game.
Moore, a former UCLA coach and Conradt, a longtime former coach at Texas, have been friends for over 40 years. As they watched their former teams battle, they conducted a game-long conversation that was punctuated by timeout laughs and smiles. They also graciously indulged those who approached for handshakes or pictures.
For many years, the Pac-12 was somewhat predictable: Stanford at the top and others jockeying for the remaining positions, with only minimal changes every season. But with an influx of new coaches within the last four years, those dynamics have changed.
Over the last two seasons, especially, the shake up is evident. Stanford shared the regular-season conference title with Cal in 2012-2013, after which the Cardinal and the Bruins played for the tournament title. Last year upstarts USC and Oregon State battled in the championship game.
On a hot August day more than four years ago, Jason Flowers could see the work that lied ahead.
In his first player skill development sessions as Cal State Northridge head coach, Flowers reminded athletes to stand up straight, speed up, pay attention to detail, keep heads and eyes up and to raise their intensity level.
"They are starting to understand the amount of work it takes to be successful, not only on the court but anything they do in life," Flowers said that day. "We are....nowhere close to where we want to be or where we’ll end up."
The Big Ten debut of Rutgers and Maryland this season isn't worrying the team's coaches. Instead, they see it as a homecoming, as both were there before with other teams.
"When you become a member of the Big Ten, you just don't leave," Scarlet Knight coach C. Vivian Stringer said about her 19-year absence. The last time she was in the conference, she helmed a reputable Iowa team and reached a Final Four in 1993.
ISTANBUL -- To the disappointment of a crowd of 7,000 highly partisan fans at Fenerbahçe Arena in Istanbul, Australia roared out to a 17-0 lead over the host country Turkey and never looked back, finishing with a 74-44 win to take the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women on Sunday.
“I’m very proud of the way this team played together and fought,” said Australian guard Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury). “They put their bodies on the line and gave it everything they got.”
ISTANBUL -- When U.S. point guard Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) says that Australia has “an identity within themselves and they really play to it,” she was speaking not just as a four-time veteran of the World Championship, but as someone who has played with and against Australian players throughout her professional career in the WNBA and abroad. That identity -- of fierce, physical play mixed with tactical savvy and timely threes -- was on display last night as the Opals went toe-to-toe United States in the Women’s World Championship semi-finals at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.
ISTANBUL -- As the United States moves out of pool play unscathed (3-0) and prepares for their must-win matchup against France in Friday night's quarterfinal round of the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women, the memory of their exhibition loss against Les Bleues in Paris 11-days ago lingers.
“We didn’t play like we wanted to play,” said Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream). “We were sluggish, even a bit lazy.”