The California Golden Bears went to Cal State Long Beach to play a game Saturday. But they ended up doing much more than that.
During pre-game warm ups, the entire team wore shirts that they had just made a few hours before to protest the recent string of killings of unarmed black males by police. On duct tape stuck to the shirts, players wrote names of those who have been killed, and on their backs were the slogans "#blacklivesmatter" and "#weareCal."
I miss the old Big East. For a short time, it was the best women’s basketball conference in the country. Those times, sadly, are long gone. UConn, clearly the dominant program of the last 20 years, is left behind in a mid-major conference with minimal competition. The Catholic schools conference that is the Big East is clearly missing the Huskies, and Notre Dame, and Louisville, and Rutgers and West Virginia and even Syracuse. Just listing the emigrants pretty much makes the point.
The American Athletic Conference is now Connecticut and . . . those other teams.
To say that last season didn’t go as planned for UCLA would be an understatement. As four players were hammered with season-ending injuries before opening day, the Bruins were left with a seven-member roster most games, and struggled to a 13-15 record.
But there was hope in the background during the year, as coach Cori Close had signed four of the nation’s top recruits, who together gave the Bruins the top freshman class in the country. Media and coaches polls banked on this, and gave UCLA a preseason ranking of 23.
SOUTH BEND, IND. – To those who thought this was the year UCONN might be vulnerable after a Nov. 17 overtime loss at Stanford, the Huskies made a loud and clear statement against No.2/No. 1 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.
Morgan Tuck's 25 points led four Husky players in double figures as No. 3 UCONN (6-1) dominated in the paint and held The Fighting Irish (8-1) to just 31.4 percent from the field in a 76-58 win in the 13th annual Jimmy V Women's Classic.
After many years of waiting and negotiations while the conference was restructured, the ACC as it will look for the foreseeable future is now complete. Though the loss of original member Maryland to the Big Ten is still stunning, the league has set itself up to be the strongest and deepest conference in the country, with up to nine teams competing for an NCAA tournament spot. There is excellence at the top and quality in the middle, and one will likely find six or seven ACC teams ranked in the top 25 at any given point this year.
In a cross-conference battle of speed versus size, the agile Aggies of Texas A&M and the SEC ran past a big Blue Devil lineup from the ACC to defeat Duke 63-59 in College Station on Sunday. Texas A&M used a late run to overcome a 15-point second half deficit and hand Duke their first loss of the season.
Let’s take a look at what coaches Gary Blair and Joanne P. McCallie learned about their teams in this early-season top-10 tilt.
Tennessee, Texas A&M and Kentucky also fighting for spots in Tampa
Pegged by coaches and media alike as preseason favorites to win the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina has lived up to the billing thus far this season by racing off to an undefeated start and their first number one ranking in school history.
Los Angeles, Calif. - The loss of guards Destinie Gibbs and Chyanne Butler brings the University of Southern California roster down to 11, it was confirmed today.
A spokesperson for the Athletics Department said Gibbs, a junior, is redshirting the year. She is not injured, but plans to finish her degree at USC and pursue a Master's degree closer to her Georgia home. Butler, an incoming freshman from Orange County, asked to be released from her scholarship due to "lack of playing time," the source said.
Los Angeles, Calif. - #10 Texas used rebounds and defensive intensity to beat UCLA Sunday, 75-65, and close out a winning California road trip.
The Longhorns were out shot, but outrebounded their hosts 50-34, which included 20 offensive boards that enabled them to get 20 second chance points. Texas didn't allow UCLA to score a field goal for the last 3:36 of the game. The Longhorns had just upset #6 Stanford three nights prior.
It's not often two women's basketball coaching greats take in a game together. But such was the case Sunday as longtime friends Billie Moore and Jody Conradt sat courtside at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion to take in the Bruins-Longhorns game.
Moore, a former UCLA coach and Conradt, a longtime former coach at Texas, have been friends for over 40 years. As they watched their former teams battle, they conducted a game-long conversation that was punctuated by timeout laughs and smiles. They also graciously indulged those who approached for handshakes or pictures.