NEW ORLEANS -- Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Layshia Clarendon (California) and Kelly Faris (Connecticut) all helped their WNBA prospects with their NCAA Tournament runs. At least that was the opinion of Indiana head coach Lin Dunn as she and three of her peers – Tulsa’s head coach and general manager Gary Kloppenburg, New York’s head coach and GM Bill Laimbeer and Washington’s head coach and GM Mike Thibault – as they spoke to the media Thursday in the runup to Monday’s 2013 WNBA Draft.
NEW ORLEANS – Less than two weeks ago, the storyline for Tuesday night’s championship game was all about Baylor. The big question was how can the survivor of Notre Dame-Connecticut find a way to reverse each of their competitive losses to Baylor earlier this season, and stop Brittney Griner and her defending champion teammates.
NEW ORLEANS – The awards continue to roll in for Baylor's Brittney Griner, the 2012 and 2013 Full Court National Player of the Year. Griner has been selected as the winner of both the 2013 State Farm® Wade Trophy and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Defensive Player of the Year Award, the organization announced tonight during its third annual WBCA Awards Show. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was the same song, second verse, in the Oklahoma City Regional final Tuesday night as fifth-seeded Louisville, cast in the role of the proverbial David, slew one of the Goliaths of women’s college basketball to punch its ticket to next week’s Final Four in New Orleans.
Coaches for both combatants in Sunday's Sweet 16 upset of top-ranked Baylor by fifth-seeded upstart Louisville had a lot to say about the officiating -- both during the game, when they filled the referees' ears with reactions to virtually every call and non-call, cavorting on the sidelines until one coach was called for a technical that could have cost his team the game, and the other probably should have been -- and in the presser afterward.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the Baylor-versus-Louisville Sweet 16 matchup tipped off, nearly half the press corps was still in the post-game interview room listening to Tennessee coach Holly Warlick lay out her game plan for what nearly everyone assumed would be a Tennessee-Baylor Elite Eight rematch.
The Bears scored 81 points against Louisville Sunday, shooting respectably from the field and the line. They controlled the boards. They forced 20 turnovers. They mounted an amazing comeback, worthy of any champion.
And they even got lucky. Jeff Walz drew an incredibly dumb technical foul with 2:01 left and his team up six. The Cardinals turned the ball over with 15 seconds left to set up two more clutch Odyssey Sims’ throws.
WACO, Tex. -- It’s hard to imagine what more anyone could have asked of Brittney Griner than what she poured out in front of a crowd of 9,652 mostly Baylor fans, including former president George W. Bush, on Tuesday night in her final home game.
Baylor wins, 85-47, to advance to its fifth-straight Sweet 16