LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Despite the icy roads and piles of snow littered outside of the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., day two of the women’s Southeastern Conference tournament continued with four hotly contested battles to set the stage for another quartet of exciting matchups tomorrow.
DALLAS – Baylor, led by Big 12 Player of the Year Nina Davis, again earned the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship which returns to the American Airlines Center for the second time in three years.
The Lady Bears finished 16-2 in conference play to win their fifth consecutive regular-season league championship and a first-round bye. But is Baylor’s aim at fifth straight Big 12 tournament crown off the mark?
Calling any victory surprising in the first day of the Big Ten tournament might be an overstatement, but the pair of first-round games at Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. offered some surprising subplots. Those tricks will need to keep coming for Indiana and Purdue to keep their season alive, but they'll enter the second round with the customary dose of optimism that is earned with a win.
Maryland didn't disappoint prognosticators in its inaugural Big Ten campaign.
The preseason pick to win the regular season title did so with an undefeated run, becoming just the third team to post a perfect conference record. The last time a Big Ten team won every conference game was the 1998-99 season, when Purdue parlayed an undefeated conference run to a national championship.
For the first time this year, the Pac-12 had a new regular-season champion in Oregon State, after Stanford’s reign of over a decade. It was a year unlike any before seen, with Arizona State zooming into the second spot, and Stanford and Cal – the top two in recent years – grabbed the third and fourth spots.
All four teams have earned a bye on day one of the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Thursday.
Tournament season is finally upon us and those who confine their viewing to the so-called "major" conferences will be selling themselves short. There's a lot on the line throughout the rest of Division I, including not only the coveted automatic bid that comes along with the conference tournament title but also, in many cases, the chance for an at-large ticket to the Big Dance for the best of the tournament also-rans.
When Washington guard Kelsey Plum began scoring 20, 30-plus points per game regularly last season as a freshman, people took notice. The San Diego, Calif. native ended up 17th in the nation in scoring at year's end.
Seniors Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes have won consecutive national championships. They have been to the Final Four every year. As they entered their Senior Day Saturday, their Connecticut teams are 135-10 during their four seasons at UConn.
Monday night’s clash of the SEC’s heavyweights lived up to its billing and was a back-and-forth affair to the final seconds. The Lady Vols of Tennessee threw everything they had at South Carolina, but it was the Gamecocks left standing as the only undefeated team in league play after the final buzzer sounded. With the victory, South Carolina will control its own destiny in seeking a second consecutive regular-season SEC championship.