HARTFORD, Conn. -- November 23, 2015. It was 30 years ago today . . .
That Geno Auriemma won his first UConn game (also his first as a head coach). Winning that game and the next six games, that 1985 team began to believe that basketball belonged in Storrs, Conn. Five years later, Connecticut was in the Final Four. Five years after that, the team began the first perfect season leading to the first national championship. Over the next 20 years, UConn has won half the championships available.
Former Georgia Tech star Kaela Davis will be transferring to the University of South Carolina, a source requesting anonymity confirmed to Full Court today.
On Tuesday, Yellow Jackets head coach Machelle Joseph issued a press release announcing that Davis, one of the top recruits in the high school class of 2013, and Georgia Tech had "mutually agreed to part ways." Joseph went on to say, "We wish Kaela and her family the very best and we thank her for her two years in our program."
The development of collegiate women’s Division I basketball took a major step forward a few weeks ago, with the formation of a new NCAA governing body.
The Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee will oversee day-to-day decision-making in all aspects of the sport, including governance of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. The 13-member panel includes athletic directors, conference commissioners and others whose aim is to develop women’s basketball overall, and to assist student athletes.
At the start of April, fanfare surrounding the 2015 WNBA Draft was equivalent to the excitement of filing taxes. Two weeks later, the possibilities are now very tantalizing. The early declarations of Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd and Minnesota standout Amanda Zahui B. give Seattle and Tulsa a very favorable stance, giving them instant impact players to help their cause.
The landscape of the 2015 WNBA Draft changed dramatically when Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota both announced they would forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility, in turn making them eligible draftees. Their early departures gave what was considered a relatively weak draft class a much-needed infusion of star power. Both players are cornerstone pieces that franchises can build on or around and should pencil into the top two slots on the draft board.
If you've been following the various women's college basketball All-American teams that have been rolled out over the past few weeks, including most recently our own, you know quite a bit about the top stars at mighty UConn as well as in basketball's five so-called "power conferences," the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
Florida Gulf Coast entered this year's NCAA tournament with a 25-game win streak that earned them a seven seed and a first-round match up with Oklahoma State, the team that had sent the Eagles home at this same stage a season ago.
At stake was the first NCAA tournament win in program history. Wouldn't it be fun to get it against the Pokes?
On April 16, Elizabeth Williams - a soon-to-be Duke University graduate and sure-fire Blue Devils basketball all-time great - will be named as one of the top picks in the 2015 WNBA draft. She might even go No. 1 overall.
Full Court congratulates our 2014-2015 women’s college basketball season National Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart, and Freshman of the Year, Brianna Turner, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.