Thursday, November 20, 2014

Six-day old season features more upendings

Upsets:

#10 surprised #6 Stanford in overtime, 87-81.

Mississippi State dropped #17 West Virginia, 74-61.

More results:

Pitt routed Michigan, 85-64, and set a school record in the process: a team-high 13 three-point shots.

Auburn edged FGCU, 72-69.

James Madison survived American, 69-65. They are 3-0.

Arkansas fought off Middle Tennessee State, 58-51. They're 3-0.

St. John's outlasted Florida, 72-66.

Virginia topped Xavier, 71-62, behind Faith Randolph's 26 points.

Ole Miss thumped Southern, 91-68. They are 3-0.

Creighton beat Utah, 64-56.

Toledo took down St. Bonaventure, 64-58.

Full scoreboard.

More news:

The story of Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill, suffering from inoperable brain cancer, has impacted the Lady Vols.

Oklahoma will honor Stacey Dales at Friday's home game.

Junior forward Kali Peschel gives Iowa another weapon.

A big decision awaits former BYU star Jennifer Hamson.

Elena Delle Donne will be a goodwill ambassador for an NBA development league team.

Bonus:

Women's basketball figures speak out about inclusion in a powerful new video.

NCAA selects host cities for 2016-2018

The NCAA named its host cities for 2016-2018 regionals, and Lexington, Kent. won big. Stockton, Calif. and South Dakota will host regionals for the first time:

2016 HOST ROUND SITE VENUE

March 25-28 Fairfield and UConn Regional Bridgeport, Conn. Webster Bank Arena
March 25-28 Big 12 Regional Dallas American Airlines Center
March 25-28 Kentucky Regional Lexington, Ky. Rupp Arena
March 25-28 Summit League Regional Sioux Falls, S.D. Denny Sanford Premier Center

2017 HOST ROUND SITE VENUE

March 24-27 Fairfield and UConn Regional Bridgeport, Conn. Webster Bank Arena
March 24-27 Kentucky Regional Lexington, Ky. Rupp Arena
March 24-27 Oklahoma Regional Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 24-27 Pacific Regional Stockton, Calif. Stockton Center

2018 HOST ROUND SITE VENUE

March 23-26 MAAC Regional Albany, N.Y. Times Union Center
March 23-26 Big 12 Regional Kansas City, Mo. Sprint Center
March 23-26 Kentucky Regional Lexington, Ky. Rupp Arena
March 23-26 Idaho Regional Spokane, Wash. Veterans Memorial Arena

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some close ones

It took two overtimes, but Green Bay upset #24 Purdue, 81-78.

#11 North Carolina survived #21 Oklahoma State, 79-77.

#23 Syracuse surged past Duquesne, 90-84.

Jewell Loyd lifted #3 Notre Dame past #15 Michigan State, 71-63.

#24 Georgia overtook Ohio State, 67-59.

Tulane held off LSU, 51-45.

#16 Nebraska vs. Washington State begins in five minutes, and it could be interesting, as the Cougars upset a few teams last year.

Full scoreboard.

Niagara team rescued from snow storm

After 24 hours stranded in a snow storm in upstate New York, the Niagara team was rescued today. Ordeal timeline.

Player news:

One season after her freshman "fog," Kentucky's Makayla Epps is starting to shine.

New Mexico has dismissed Ebony Walker following her arrest earlier this month for domestic assault.

Business:

Pac-12 associate commissioner Chris Dawson will chair the 2015-2016 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CSUN taking tremendous growth into a new season

The Cal State Northridge Matadors have come a long way under coach Jason Flowers and his staff.

Outside of the game, much going on

Today's results:

#14 Cal took care of Nevada, 76-54.

#22 Rutgers pushed past Northeastern, 74-60.

Texas Tech pulled it out over Texas State, 81-77.

Northwestern stifled Lousiana Tech, 69-57.

Jacksonville State knocked off Alabama, 64-62.

Full scoreboard.

More college news:

The red hot Stanford-UConn rivalry will continue.

Bless their hearts: the Niagara basketball team has been stranded on their bus in a snow storm for the last 24 hours.

Mount St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill is unlikely to play again, as she continues to battle brain cancer.

Tennessee senior Cierra Burdick's summer of a lifetime prepared her for her last season in orange.

Versatile freshman Andreona Keys is making a quick impact for Purdue.

Iowa senior Kathryn Reynolds and her father have a special bond.

Guard Candice Warthen continues to defy odds for Arizona.

USA Today top 25 weekly poll: there's a new number one in town

Stanford's got the top spot in this week's USA Today top 25 poll, knocking UConn from the perch it's had since April, 2013:

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

How long has it been since James Madison, Rutgers and South Florida were ranked?

This is going to be a fun season.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stanford takes down UConn in overtime, 88-86

What a stunner:

#6 Stanford upset #1 UConn in overtime, 88-86. The Cardinal ended the Huskies' 47-game winning streak. They ended their 90-game winning streak on Dec. 30, 2010.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer post-game interview.

Chiney Ogwumike called it.

Stanford appears to be UConn's kryptonite.

The sign of a great coach is her ability to make the most out of what she has, no matter what. Tara VanDerveer deserves to be called one of the greatest coaches ever.

Upset #2:

The day's other major upset came as #13 Kentucky rallied from 14 down to upset #8 Baylor, 74-64.

More results...and several more overtimes:

Western Kentucky edged Colorado in overtime, 79-78.

Vanderbilt slipped past Green Bay in overtime, 68-64.

LSU beat Jackson State in overtime, 52-44.

#17 West Virginia held off Seton Hall, 89-87.

Middle Tennessee got past Miami, 53-48.

Boston University squeaked by Harvard, 63-62.

#4 Tennessee ran past Oral Roberts, 91-39.

Full scoreboard.

More news:

Coaching lessons from Michigan's Kim Barnes Arico.

Ohio State's shortened roster is bringing challenges.

It's a new season and a new era for Boston University.

Wisconsin's Dakota Whyte is hoping her time with Team Canada this past summer pays off.