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.
Although the Full Court Fresh 50 for the class of 2015 is littered with young talent ready to lace up for teams of the Southeastern Conference next season, the headliner of the next crop of newcomers is sophomore transfer Diamond Deshields at Tennessee. The National Freshman of the Year last season at North Carolina decided to bring her talents to Knoxville after averaging 18 points per game in her inaugural campaign. With her on board, Tennessee secures the top spot in our first look at the class rankings in the SEC.
SOUTH BEND – On a night when even Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said wasn’t one of her team’s best offensive performances, the stellar play of Jewell Loyd combined with key play off the bench was the difference for the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish.
Loyd scored 21 points and Brianna Turner added 11 as Notre Dame (24-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated 10 th-ranked Duke (19-7, 10-3 ACC) 63-50 win Monday night at Purcell Pavilion.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 10 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams. The program, now in its third year, pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their proven commitment to serving their communities and creating a positive impact on the lives of those around them.