Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Naismith Award girls high school player of the year, midseason list

The list:

Kristine Anigwe, Arizona
De'Janae Boykin, Maryland
Kalani Brown, Louisiana
Napheesa Collier, Missouri
Te'a Cooper, Georgia
Asia Durr, Georgia
Lashann Higgs, Texas
Jordan Hosey, Texas
Marina Mabrey, New Jersey
Beatrice Mompremier, Florida
Arike Ogunbowale, Wisconsin
Ali Patberg, Indiana
Katie Lou Samuelson, California
Destinee Walker, Floria
Stephanie Watts, North Carolina

High school power rankings

ESPNW's bi-weekly top 25 rankings:

1. Mater Dei
2. Neumann-Goretti
3. Blackman
4. St. Mary's
5. Hopkins
6. Eastview
7. Bedford North Lawrence
8. Whitney Young
9. Paul VI
10. Country Day School
11. Long Beach Polytechnic
12. Lawrence North
13. Gonzaga Prep School
14. Myers Park
15. North Little Rock
16. Elizabethtown
17. Cypress Woods
18. Columbus North
19. Heritage Christian
20. Chaminade College Prep School
21. Potter's House Christian
22. Parkview
23. Lakota West
24. New Hope Christian Academy
25. Dillard

USA Today top 25 poll: Florida State rises, TAMU falls

This week's USA Today top 25 coaches poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Notre Dame
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Oregon State
8. Louisville
9. Florida State
10. Kentucky
11. Arizona State
12. North Carolina
13. Texas
14. Texas A&M
15. Stanford
16. Duke
17. Iowa
18. Mississippi State
19. Nebraska
20. Georgia
21. Princeton
22. Syracuse
23. Rutgers
24. George Washington
25. Seton Hall

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bit of business as usual

Upset of the night:

#20 Iowa knocked off #15 Nebraska in overtime, 78-72.

More results:

#1 South Carolina put away #12 Texas A&M, 79-61.

#18 Mississippi State beat Auburn, 59-48.

Michigan handled Illinois, 70-57.

#25 Chattanooga whipped Samford, 49-32.

Full scoreboard.

Team news:

San Diego has two set of twins: Sophie and Sophia Ederaine and Maya and Malina Hood.

Florida State is scary good this year.

With center Kiah Stokes leading the way, UConn should break the single-season blocked shots record this year.

Pause before Big Monday begins

While we're waiting for #12 Texas A&M vs. #1 South Carolina, and #15 Nebraska vs. #20 Iowa........

Player news:

Elizabeth Williams has exceeded expectations at Duke.

Amanda Zahui B. is ready for an encore at Minnesota.

Nebraska's Natalie Romeo is getting more comfortable on the court.

Q&A with South Alabama's Taylor Jenkins.

Team news:

Frustration continues for St. Bonaventure.

Yale's offense has reached new heights.

Coaching news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is holding her team accountable for defense.

Family comes first for San Diego State coach Stacie Terry.

Q&A with Illinois coach Matt Bollant.

Pro news:

Former Sacramento Monarch Danielle Viglione now coaches basketball as the co-owner of the Sacramento Skills Academy.

Contemplations for Pac 12 statheads

I was checking out all the Pac 12 individual statistics last night at the Cal-UCLA game, and I thought of my readers. I know many of you are like me and find stats fascinating, so here you go:

Categories

SCORING Cl GP FG 3FG FT Points Avg/G

1. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 156 40 138 490 24.5
2. Galdeira, Lia-WSU 19 129 28 86 372 19.6
3. Presley, Tia-WSU 19 121 38 80 360 18.9
4. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 128 1 90 347 18.3
5. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 129 0 56 314 16.5
6. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 108 3 69 288 15.2
7. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 103 27 37 270 15.0
8. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 93 27 86 299 15.0
9. Thompson, Lili-STAN 19 94 32 60 280 14.7
10. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 122 0 31 275 14.5
11. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 101 2 65 269 14.2
12. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 96 13 63 268 14.1
13. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 99 4 58 260 13.7
14. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 99 36 19 253 13.3
15. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 91 14 56 252 13.3
16. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 89 44 27 249 13.1
17. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 101 15 43 260 13.0
18. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 92 9 37 230 12.8
19. Hempen, Katie-ASU 20 79 47 42 247 12.4
20. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 77 54 26 234 12.3
21. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 97 0 51 245 12.3
22. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 65 36 39 205 12.1
23. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 92 8 42 234 11.7
24. Bando, Lexi-ORE 19 82 39 14 217 11.4
25. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 71 18 52 212 11.2
26. Cowling, Mikayla-CAL 18 82 17 19 200 11.1
27. Korver, Kari-UCLA 19 53 35 65 206 10.8
28. Calvert, McKenzie-USC 18 74 25 22 195 10.8
29. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 58 3 54 173 10.8
30. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 65 5 65 200 10.5

REBOUNDING Cl GP Off Def Total Avg/G

1. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 82 198 280 14.7
2. Johnson, Kaylee-STAN 20 69 133 202 10.1
3. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 61 138 199 10.0
4. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 57 132 189 9.9
5. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 48 129 177 9.3
6. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 30 116 146 7.7
7. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 56 89 145 7.6
8. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 38 101 139 7.3
9. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 58 88 146 7.3
10. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 57 80 137 7.2
11. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 39 76 115 7.2
12. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 36 100 136 7.2
13. Horn, Kaneisha-USC 19 52 80 132 6.9
14. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 32 92 124 6.9
15. Oshahor, Chantel-WASH 20 24 110 134 6.7
16. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 24 102 126 6.6
17. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 41 83 124 6.5
18. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 33 80 113 6.3
19. Smith, Haley-COLO 19 36 83 119 6.3
20. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 19 99 118 6.2

FIELD GOAL PCT Cl GP FG FGA Pct

1. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 122 192 .635
2. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 128 225 .569
3. Brunner, Sophie-ASU 20 97 176 .551
4. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 64 117 .547
5. Moos, Kelsey-ASU 20 60 110 .545
6. Cowling, Mikayla-CAL 18 82 151 .543
7. Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 129 243 .531
8. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 92 183 .503
9. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 101 203 .498
10. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 92 185 .497
11. Weisner, Jamie-OSU 19 89 179 .497
12. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 108 224 .482
13. Smith, Haley-COLO 19 77 160 .481
14. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 60 125 .480
15. Reese, Jen-COLO 19 99 208 .476

ASSISTS Cl GP No. Avg/G

1. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 155 8.2
2. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 115 6.1
3. Davis, Elisha-ASU 20 110 5.5
4. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 96 4.8
5. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 81 4.8
6. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 80 4.2
7. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 78 4.1
8. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 73 4.1
9. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 69 3.8
10. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 61 3.8
11. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 72 3.6
12. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 71 3.6
13. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 67 3.5
14. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 59 3.1
15. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 58 3.1

STEALS Cl GP No. Avg/G

1. Galdeira, Lia-WSU 19 67 3.5
2. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 62 3.3
3. Fields, Nirra-UCLA 18 46 2.6
4. Presley, Tia-WSU 19 45 2.4
Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 45 2.4
6. Amukamara, Promise-ASU 20 39 2.0
7. Vaioletama, Alexyz-USC 18 34 1.9
8. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 29 1.8
9. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 36 1.8
10. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 34 1.7
11. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 33 1.7
12. Williams, Aminah-WASH 20 31 1.6
13. Jaco, Courtney-USC 19 29 1.5
14. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 27 1.5
15. Gibson, Ali-OSU 19 28 1.5

BLOCKED SHOTS Cl GP No. Avg/G

1. Hamblin, Ruth-OSU 19 69 3.6
2. Swan, Jamee-COLO 19 39 2.1
3. Dheensaw, Shalie-WSU 16 29 1.8
4. Walton, Talia-WASH 19 32 1.7
5. Billings, Monique-UCLA 19 30 1.6
Alleyne, Jillian-ORE 19 30 1.6
7. JONES, LaBrittney-ARIZ 19 24 1.3
8. Johnson, Kaylee-STAN 20 25 1.3
9. Carpenter, Megan-ORE 18 22 1.2
10. McCall, Erica-STAN 20 24 1.2
11. Costa, Corinne-UCLA 17 20 1.2
12. Wicijowski, Taryn-UTAH 19 22 1.2
13. Dornstauder, Quinn-ASU 20 22 1.1
14. Gray, Reshanda-CAL 19 19 1.0
15. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 16 0.9

ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO Cl GP Assists Avg T-Overs Avg Ratio

1. Orrange, Amber-STAN 20 72 3.6 32 1.6 2.3
2. Wiese, Sydney-OSU 19 115 6.1 53 2.8 2.2
3. Rodriguez, Danielle-UTAH 18 73 4.1 34 1.9 2.1
4. Davis, Elisha-ASU 20 110 5.5 56 2.8 2.0
5. Boyd, Brittany-CAL 19 155 8.2 88 4.6 1.8
6. Hunter, Deven-OSU 19 59 3.1 34 1.8 1.7
7. Adams, Jordan-USC 18 69 3.8 41 2.3 1.7
8. Green, Gabby-CAL 19 67 3.5 41 2.2 1.6
9. Barrett, Brianna-USC 19 80 4.2 53 2.8 1.5
10. Davis, Jazmine-WASH 20 96 4.8 68 3.4 1.4
11. Plum, Kelsey-WASH 20 71 3.6 53 2.7 1.3
12. Petersen, Lexi-ORE 19 78 4.1 59 3.1 1.3
13. Kresl, Lexy-COLO 17 81 4.8 68 4.0 1.2
14. WARTHEN, Candice-ARIZ 19 58 3.1 57 3.0 1.0
15. Canada, Jordin-UCLA 16 61 3.8 60 3.8 1.0

Looking at overall team stats, notice that Oregon State is at the top - or near - of every category except steals.

Scary.

AP top 25 poll: shapeshifting

Lots of fluctuation in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. South Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Baylor
4. Notre Dame
5. Maryland
6. Tennessee
7. Oregon State
8. Louisville
9. Florida State
10. Kentucky
11. Arizona State
12. Stanford
13. Texas A&M
14. Texas
15. Nebraska
16. North Carolina
17. Duke
18. Mississippi State
19. Princeton
20. Iowa
21. Georgia
22. Rutgers
23. Syracuse
24. Oklahoma
25. Chattanooga

Oklahoma and Chattanooga in, Western Kentucky and Minnesota out. Oregon State highest ranking in program history, Texas drops like a stone. Princeton, still unbeaten.

Midseason awards

ESPNW has designated midseason awards:

Player of the year: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame

Freshman of the year: A'Ja Wilson, South Carolina

Coach of the year: Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State

Most improved player: Morgan Bailey, BYU

Comeback player: Morgan Tuck, UConn

Biggest surprise: Minnesota's success without Rachel Banham

Biggest disappointment: Michigan State

WNBA #1 draft pick: Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

All-Americans: Nina Davis, Baylor; Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame; Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina; Breanna Stewart, UConn; Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota.

The only selection I have issue with is head coach. Nothing against Charli Turner Thorne, but Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer, Princeton's Courtney Banghart or Seton Hall's Tony Bozzella have done more with less.

Sunday, January 25, 2015