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.
If Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd accomplish all of their goals, their senior season will end in about six weeks in Tampa, Florida. It would be a fitting finale for the duo, who have lit up the Cal record books during their tenure.
But even if Gray and Boyd don't make a second trip to the Final Four, they have notched a significant accomplishment: helping forge a new culture at Cal, and propelling the program to an elevated status.
SOUTH BEND – Last week, No.4 Notre Dame held Duke to 50 points and an 0-for-12 showing from three-point range. Monday night against No.8 Louisville, the Fighting Irish turned in another solid defensive effort and put themselves one step closer to a No.1 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, by downing Louisville, 68-52.
The Pac 12 race will go all the way to the last conference game next Saturday, after this weekend's results. And the final standings won't resemble initial predictions.
As of Sunday night, Oregon State has a two-game lead over Arizona State, who needed two overtimes to beat USC that afternoon. Had the Trojans won, the Beavers would have clinched the conference title outright.
Freshmen are usually allowed to make a more low-profile entrance to a program, but that wasn't possible for South Carolina top recruits A'ja Wilson, Bianca Cuevas and Jatarie White.
Yet, with high expectations, the three have responded accordingly, helping the Gamecocks maintain a No. 1 ranking for most of the season. Home game attendance has averaged more than 12,000 fans per contest, for the first time in program history. And South Carolina's depth is reflected in player minutes: no one has averaged more than 28 minutes per game this season.
It's that time of year again. With the regular season winding down and March Madness on the horizon, we're pleased to bring you what has become a favorite of Full Court readers over the years: Jim Carson's "Bubble Wrap," an annual attempt to divine which teams have their tickets to the Big Dance punched already and which are still "on the bubble" with some serious work ahead of them.
The Huskies final game in Hartford’s XL Center this season was against the lowly Houston Cougars, who have not won a game since their sole in-conference victory on Jan. 13. It’s easy to say that the UConn starters will get to rest yet again. The upside was that the bench, particularly Soniya Chong and Gabby Williams, could continue its improvements in confidence and efficiency. These end of conference blowout-blowouts could be sowing seeds of survival if there is foul trouble or (shhhh!) injury during the post-season tournaments.