BRISTOL, Conn. – With ESPN being the bridge in many ways through its other properties beyond telecasts that connects the NCAA and the WNBA when it comes to women’s basketball, network headquarters was the appropriate place to originate the highly anticipated draft that was beamed Monday night in a first-ever prime time window.
NEW ORLEANS – Connecticut is back on top fearsome as ever after the Huskies rode freshman Breanna Stewart’s brilliance to a lopsided 93-60 victory over Big East rival Louisville Tuesday night in the New Orleans Arena for their eighth NCAA Division I women’s basketball national title.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – When the smoke cleared from the Sweet 16 battles across the four regions, mighty Baylor, the overall NCAA women’s basketball tournament favorite, had fallen 24 hours after top-seeded Stanford was short-circuited.
Suddenly, it seemed the 2013 edition of the Big Dance had morphed into speculation that things were now wide open and any of the eight remaining teams had the potential to succeed Brittney Griner and company in holding the championship trophy in the New Orleans Arena in The Big Easy next Tuesday night.
NEWARK, Del. – The word “irony” is being tossed around a lot this week considering the impending close of the collegiate career of Delaware sensation Elena Delle Donne.
Soon after the sixth-seeded Blue Hens rallied from an early 10-point deficit in the second half Tuesday night to finish their 78-69 upset of third-seeded North Carolina (29-7), Delle Donne was asked if it was ironic that Delaware (32-3), in moving on to its first-ever Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament this weekend, would be heading to the state of Connecticut.
STORRS, Conn. – The virtual room where the great ones who have played the game of women’s basketball here at the University of Connecticut reside got a little more crowded Monday night on the heels of a royal proclamation by Huskies Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma.
PAT SUMMIT PHOTO GALLERY - For those not close to the Tennessee program, the question over the years has come in repetitive fashion from those TV viewers, be they coaches, fans, reporters not involved with women’s coverage: “What’s she really like in person?
“She looks like she is really mean with that stare. She must be really tough to deal with.”
BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Guru has a few quick impressions after a draft whose overall worth won't be known until it is determined who actually makes the 11-player rosters of the 12 teams who already are loaded with veterans.
Nneka Ogumwmike will be a value in the tradition of overall No. 1 picks, maybe not necessarily on the scale of a Lauren Jackson, but will bring positive returns to the Los Angeles Sparks and to the WNBA both on and off the court.
No surprise. Los Angeles quickly takes Stanford all-American Nneka Oguwmike of Stanford as the No. 1 pick. Incidentlally, it turns out that Tennessee's Glory Johnson has also has a Nigerian background.