The once dominant Big East is no more. Its name having left along with the 10 defectors, what is left is the newly-minted and boringly-named American Athletic Conference. At the top, the new conference boasts both of 2013's NCAA Tournament national finalists in Connecticut and Louisville. After that, however, the 10-team league drops off quickly, with just one other tournament squad, USF, among its members.
USA Basketball will hold open tryouts to select the 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team, the Colorado Springs-based organization announced today. Trials will be held May 22-26, 2014, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA U17 squad selected from those tryouts will compete in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia from June 26-July 6.
As the Big 12 enters year 1 AG (after Griner) it does so as a league that, for the first time in years, has no clear-cut favorite. The conference as a whole looks less powerful than it has in the past as it has no teams without major question marks. Oklahoma looks to be the front-runner, but the Sooners are a team with several significant limitations. The Cowgirls return a balanced squad. Baylor returns the league’s best player and some talented youngsters. If those players grow up quickly, the Bears could add another league championship to their resume.
In a game that witnessed several wide swings on the scoreboard, the No. 5/4 Louisville Cardinals came back from a 15-point first-half deficit to claim their first Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament title in overtime Sunday, besting the No. 11/13 Oklahoma in overtime, 95-92, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
College Park, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Breanna Stewart scored 26 points to
lead all scorers and Moriah Jefferson added 15 points as the top-ranked
Connecticut Huskies used a dominant second half to cruise past No. 8 Maryland,
72-55, on Friday at Comcast Center.