At a time of year when the guiding principle behind many coaches' scheduling seems to be avoiding damaging their NCAA Tournament hopes with any mishaps, the annual “challenges” between top conferences comes as a welcome relief for fans of women's basketball. This year's seventh annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, will be no exception, offering a slate of entertaining games, with several matchups between Top 25 teams on tap.
Eighty-four women's college basketball players have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Company jointly announced today.
The once dominant Big East is no more. Its name having left along with the 10 defectors, what is left is the newly-minted and boringly-named American Athletic Conference. At the top, the new conference boasts both of 2013's NCAA Tournament national finalists in Connecticut and Louisville. After that, however, the 10-team league drops off quickly, with just one other tournament squad, USF, among its members.
As the Big 12 enters year 1 AG (after Griner) it does so as a league that, for the first time in years, has no clear-cut favorite. The conference as a whole looks less powerful than it has in the past as it has no teams without major question marks. Oklahoma looks to be the front-runner, but the Sooners are a team with several significant limitations. The Cowgirls return a balanced squad. Baylor returns the league’s best player and some talented youngsters. If those players grow up quickly, the Bears could add another league championship to their resume.
In a game that witnessed several wide swings on the scoreboard, the No. 5/4 Louisville Cardinals came back from a 15-point first-half deficit to claim their first Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament title in overtime Sunday, besting the No. 11/13 Oklahoma in overtime, 95-92, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
The elbow injury suffered by University of Connecticut star Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis during Monday's 86-57 blowout of Stanford has been diagnosed as a nerve contusion, a University of Connecticut spokesman announced today. The junior wing went went down in obvious pain early in the second half.
STORRS, Conn. -- Those women's basketball fans who tuned into Monday night's nationally televised opening weekend match-up between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 Stanford, already weary of the mismatched skirmishes that have too often come to characterize the sport's early weeks and looking for a real dogfight between the two powerhouses, had to have been sorely disappointed by the 76-57 rout that ensued.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Minutes before tipoff in this first tilt of the season between two Top-10 teams, Cal unveiled its 2013 Final Four banner to a rousing reception from a packed Haas Pavilion.
As the noise swelled around them, Duke senior Haley Peters calmly huddled her team together and issued some final instructions for the game. Fellow seniors Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston followed suit, and presented their own thoughts. They wanted to take Cal out of its comfort zone. They wanted to keep the Bears from what they do best.
MORAGA, Calif. – Last season, Saint Mary’s knew it was good enough to challenge for an NCAA tournament berth. It had a slew of marquee juniors and a wealth of experience. It had played a challenging non-conference schedule, going up against Cal, UCLA and Oregon. They’d beaten the Ducks and taken down perennial conference power Gonzaga at home.