Full Court congratulates our National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for the 2012-2013 women’s college basketball season, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshmen All-American teams.
Full Court is proud to congratulate one of our own regular contributors, Vicki Friedman, who was named the winner of the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Mel Greenberg Media Award. It is the second major national honor for Friedman, who also received an Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) features award in 2008.
In a move that shocked fans and players throughout the league, the Connecticut Sun fired head coach Mike Thibault, the WNBA's longest-standing active coach and one of the most successful coaches in league history, on Tuesday. Thibault's long-time coaching assistants Bernadette Mattox and Scott Hawk received their pink slips along with him, according to a statement released by the team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Last week marked the dawn of a new era in Tennessee women’s basketball: For the first time in 38 years, the Lady Vols took the court under the leadership of a new head coach for Thursday’s exhibition match against Division II’s Carson-Newman, the first game of the 2012-13 season.
• Everybody wants to hug Tamika Catchings because she finally won a WNBA title, but how about Lin Dunn? She endured two horrible seasons in Seattle – and drafted Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson as a result – and then got fired. She’s worked her way around the league and up the ladder, but unlike Catchings, hasn’t been inundated in awards and fan appreciation.
So yes, congrats Tamika – but a big shout out to Lin Dunn as well.
She was a high school standout and played in the WBCA All-Star game -- and then took her toughness and athleticism to UConn, where she won two national titles and was part of the 2002 39-0 team that many consider the best in NCAA history. She was the second overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft, and went on to win championships with the Detroit Shock and Seattle Storm. Along the way, she picked up an Olympic gold medal, and of course has had a lucrative career in Europe as well.
Purdue senior forward Drey Mingo has been honored by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) as the 2012 recipient of its Courageous Student-Athlete Award. The award as announced in connection with today's 25th anniversary of National Student-Athlete Day. Mingo's honor was one of several "Giant Steps Awards" announced by the NCAS in observance of the occasion.
Eastern Michigan University Head Women's Basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has announced her decision to resign, effective Friday, April 6, 2012.
“I would like to thank AnnMarie for the success she has brought the program,” said Dr. Derrick Gragg, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “AnnMarie has worked hard to help our student athletes succeed, and I wish her well in her future endeavors.”
The weekend's results in six of the eight of the sub-regional pods feeding into the Des Moines Regional results followed the NCAA seeding line.
Baylor (1), Tennessee (2), Delaware (3), Georgia Tech (4), Georgetown (5) and De Paul (7) all held serve. Sunday's two relatively modest upsets swept the Big Ten's representatives out of the Des Moines bracket, providing further evidence that the Big Ten was neither as strong nor as deep this year as the Selection Committee seemed to think.