Round One of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament provided no upsets and little suspense. In fact, until Wisconsin and Minnesota went to overtime in the day’s last game, the only real question was whether an obviously ill Michigan coach Kim Barnes-Arico would survive her team’s game. She did, although her color varied between ashen and green.
Game Four: No. 6 Minnesota 74, No. 11 Wisconsin 68, OT
ATLANTA – Odyssey Sims, the 5-8 point guard for the Baylor University Lady Bears was announced Thursday as the 2014 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding female collegian 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.
Anyone who thought that the days of Baylor's dominance in the Big 12 would be gone as fast as the departure of Brittney Griner and about 80 percent of the Lady Bears' firepower from Waco have been proven quite mistaken as the 2013-14 season has unrolled. Baylor remains the Big 12's Big Kahuna, the league's regular-season champs (an honor which it shares with West Virginia), the No.
While the eyes of many women's college basketball fans are riveted on the Division I "big dogs" whose conference tournaments are just getting underway this week, there is history being made in other NCAA divisions, where conference play has wrapped up and NCAA Tournament bids have already been announced.
Los Angeles — The final ballot for the Women's John R. Wooden Award was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The men’s ballot will be released Saturday.
Though they’re more than 2,000 miles away from each other, their statistics still match up this season.
Vanderbilt senior guard Jasmine Lister has averaged 14.2 points per game, making her the 14th-leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference and the second-highest point-getter for her team. Twin sister, junior guard Cinnamon Lister, averaged 15.5 points per game for Cal State Northridge and is the eighth-leading scorer in the Big West Conference and the second-highest offensive threat for her squad.
As always, the size of the field of "dreams" -- i.e., the teams whose body of work has created a reasonable expectation, or at least something more solid that a wildly frivolous hope, of receiving an at-large bid to the 2014 Division I Women's Basketball Tournament -- has grown smaller but much more clear as the regular-season drew to a close in all but a handful of conferences.
When the 12 women’s basketball teams of the Big Ten Conference gather in Indianapolis for their post-season tournament this week, there will be few NCAA and WNIT tournament selection consequences. Penn State, Nebraska Purdue, Michigan State and Iowa will play in the NCAA tournament. Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern will get WNIT bids. Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State will begin to think about the 2014-15 season. Only Minnesota’s future is not assured and a first round win should clinch an NCAA bid for the Gophers.
While the BCS conference women's basketball tournaments get underway when the ACC and SEC tip off their opening rounds on Wednesday, two midmajor conference tournaments are already in progress with more to follow throughout this week and next. The Patriot League and Big South hosted their opening rounds on Tuesday, March 4, with the upper seeds holding serve across the board.