Saturday, February 6, 2016

Some big performances, on and off the court

Today's upset:

Temple edged #19 South Florida, 68-66.

More results:

UTEP posted a big win over Western Kentucky, 85-78, to take sole possession of first place in the C-USA. The Topper's 15-game home court winning streak was snapped.

Duquesne took down Davidson, 77-62, for their tenth straight road win of the season. They are 21-2.

Army topped Loyola, 52-44, for their ninth straight win.

#6 Texas bettered Iowa State, 65-49.

#20 Oklahoma rolled past TCU, 77-64.

West Virginia took care of Kansas State, 64-44.

BYU blew by St. Mary's, 65-44.

Yikes: Air Force is 0-22.

All 111 scores.

Milestone:

UAlbany's Shereesha Richards became the school's leading scorer, men or women, in today's win over Vermont.

Team news:

Texas Tech wants to take the season off repeat mode.

Player news:

Mild-mannered UConn point guard Moriah Jefferson creates an alter ego for the court.

Freshman Megan Gustafson is making a difference for Iowa.

Things are coming into focus for Kentucky's Batouly Camara.

Jewelyn Sawyer has found her comfort zone at Long Beach State.

Coach news:

One-on-one with South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.

Washington coach Mike Neighbors has praise for Oregon State.

WNBA news:

Dream forward Angel McCoughtry is dispelling stereotypes about lesbians.

Fever forward Tamika Catchings interned for a few weeks at the offices of the NBA.

High school news:

The NCAA's Anucha Browne visited the girls basketball team that saw the rest of their season canceled after a brawl.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Current individual stats

I have to cast another Wooden Award midseason ballot soon, and individual stats leaders have changed a lot since we last voted.

Decisions will be harder this time.

Points per game:

1 Jasmine Nwajei, Wagner, 27.7
2 Kelsey Plum, Washington, 27.0
3 Lexi Rydalch, BYU, 24.9
4 Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State, 24.7
5 Rachel Banham, Minnesota, 24.3
6 Kelsey Minato, Army West Point, 24.0
7 Shereesha Richards, Albany (NY), 23.5
8 Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis (PA), 22.7
9 Lucy Mason, UNCG, 22.7
10 Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan, 22.0

Rebounds per game:

1 Jonquel Jones, George Washington, 14.8
2 Lexi Martins, Lehigh, 14.6
3 Jillian Alleyne, Oregon, 13.7
4 Anna Strickland, Houston Baptist, 13.4
5 Ruvanna Campbell, Ill.-Chicago, 13.0
6 Kalani Purcell, BYU, 12.7
7 Brittany Starling, USC Upstate, 12.4
8 Dyana Pierre, Southern Illinois, 12.1
9 Tori Jarosz, Marist, 11.8
10 Joy Adams, Iona, 11.7

Assists, total:

1 Niya Johnson, Baylor, 207
2 Zakiya Saunders, Albany, 166
3 Roddricka Patton, Oklahoma State, 160
4 Jackie Kemph, St. Louis, 158
5 April Robinson, Duquesne, 156
6 Ashley Deary, Northwestern, 157
7 Jessica January, DePaul, 148
8 Rachel Theriot, Nebraska, 146
9 Loren Cagle, Lipscomb, 145
10 Lauren Chase, George Washington, 140

Blocks per game:

1 Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga, 4
2 Josie Stockill, Colgate, 3.9
3 Bego Faz Davalos, Fresno State, 3.75
4 Kieanna Vines, Texas Southern, 3.53
5 Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova, Dayton, 3.5
6 Imani Boyette, Texas, 3.33
7 Breanna Stewart, UConn, 3.30
8 Rachel Hollivay, Rutgers, 3.26
9 Tori Jarosz, Marist, 3.23
10 A'Ja Wilson, South Carolina, 3.15

Nothing shocking, everything interesting

Today's results:

#8 Arizona State bounced back from their loss Monday to edge #14 UCLA, 65-61.

#9 Oregon State bested #24 Washington, 61-53.

#5 Maryland handled #17 Michigan State, 85-76.

#15 Stanford got by Cal, 60-55.

USC took care of Arizona, 67-57.

Oregon currently crushing Washington State.

All scores.

Team news:

South Carolina's showdown Monday against visiting UConn? Sold out.

Penn is setting the pace in Ivy League play.

Pac-12 scheduling limits the Oregon-Washington rivalry to once a year.

The past may help Fresno State get over their last loss.

Player news:

Morgan Tuck's UConn teammates are thrilled to have her back in the lineup.

Washington forward Katie Collier's inspirational story will be honored.

Oklahoma's Gioya Carter is getting healthy and making a difference.

Indiana's Amanda Cahill is steady as she goes.

Coach news:

Mike Neighbors took the winding road to the University of Washington.

WNBA news:

Shekinna Stricklen signed a new contract with the Sun.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Streaks broken, milestones reached, injuries avoided

Upsets:

#22 Florida edged #12 Texas A&M, 83-81.

Georgia toppled #21 Missouri, 65-50.

More results:

#2 South Carolina ran past #18 Kentucky, 78-68. Gamecock All-American guard Tiffany Mitchell is OK after injuring her back before halftime in a hard fall, and sitting out the last two quarters.

#7 Ohio State routed Wisconsin, 87-61.

#11 Mississippi State whooped LSU, 71-52.

#13 Louisville handled North Carolina, 78-60.

#16 Miami survived Boston College, 67-62.

#23 Tennessee took care of Arkansas, 75-57. It was Lady Vol coach Holly Warlick's 100th career win as a head coach.

Marshall dropped UTEP, 79-64, ending their 10-game winning streak.

Minnesota downed Rutgers for the first time, 85-72.

Northwestern took down Illinois, 69-59, and snapped a five-game losing streak.

Auburn defeated Vanderbilt, 53-45.

Indiana rallied to beat Iowa, 79-74.

St. Mary's put away San Diego, 68-60.

All scores.

Team news:

Arizona State is making its way through the toughest part of its schedule.

Player news:

Rutgers senior Rachel Hollivay became the program's all-time blocks leader tonight.

Kelsey Plum is leading Washington's resurgence.

Tiffany Mitchell and Khadijah Sessions are savoring their senior moments for South Carolina.

St. John's junior forward Sandra Udobi teaches basketball and life lessons to Nigerian youth.

Practice has helped Ohio State's Cait Craft break out of a shooting slump.

WNBA news:

The Sky re-signed Erika de Souza.

The Dream signed free agent Carla Cortijo.

Q&A with Liberty signee Shavonte Zellous.

High school news:

With startling skills, Houston's Chasity Patterson lowers the boom on opponents.

WNBA draft likely to follow Shereesha Richards' legacy at UAlbany

Check out my story on the UAlbany's all-time scoring leader, Shereesha Richards.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Catching up on WNBA transactions

The Minnesota-Indiana trade dominated headlines yesterday, but Seattle also made some moves:

February 2, 2016

Team Player Transaction


Seattle Alysha Clark Contract Signed
Seattle Jenna O’Hea Contract Signed

Today the big hews was the Dream giving their #4 pick to the Sun in exchange for forward Elizabeth Williams.

All transactions:

February 3, 2016

Team Player Transaction


Washington LaToya Sanders Contract Signed
Connecticut Elizabeth Williams Traded to Atlanta for No. 4 pick in 2016 Draft.

Mid-major top 10

ESPN's bi-weekly mid-major top 10 rankings:

1. Florida Gulf Coast
2. George Washington
3. Green Bay
4. South Dakota
5. South Dakota State
6. Duquesne
7. San Diego
8. BYU
9. Arkansas State
10. Colorado State

He left out Western Kentucky.

Which is worse, a rout or a close one?

Upset:

Remember how Oklahoma was haunted by their butt-kicking last month at the hands of Oklahoma State? Well now they'll be haunted by their achingly close loss, 71-69. That's an upset for #25 OSU over #20 OU, and a regular-season sweep for the Cowgirls.

I've always said I'd rather get routed than nipped by 2 points or less.

What do you think?

More results:

#24 Michigan State also downed their rivals Michigan, 85-64.

#19 South Florida routed Cincinnati, 82-49, and Bulls guard Courtney Williams reached the 2,000-point mark in the process.

Fordham stunned George Washington, 76-69.

Central Michigan squeaked by Eastern Michigan, 66-65.

All scores.

Team news:

Duquesne has reached 20 wins again.

Minnesota's road to an NCAA Tournament bid starts now.

Oregon State shined on the big stage Monday night.

Depth sets Notre Dame apart this season.

Increased aggression is paying off for Florida.

Iowa State is maintaining their morale despite their current losing streak.

Buffalo is in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Player news:

Kentucky's Janee Thompson is not quite the me she wants to be.

Myisha Hines-Allen has grown her game for Louisville, and her WNBA dream.

Kahleah Copper is finding other ways to contribute for Rutgers.

Jamie O'Hare has become the new all-time three-point leader for Army.

Villanova has a starting sister act.

A close player-assistant coach bond has paid dividends for UAlbany's Shareesha Richards.

Leading Winthrop scorer Erica Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot.

Coach news:

You can't judge Tennessee coach Holly Warlick solely by this season.

Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer will miss the next two games due to the passing of her mother.

A fan left a note on Missouri coach Robin Pingeton's car after Sunday's game, complaining about the team's turnovers.

Former greats:

Gail Koziara Boudreaux has gone from the basketball court to the boardroom.

High school top 25 rankings

Lots of shifting in this week's high school top 25:

1. St. Mary's
2. Duncanville
3. Paul VI
4. Riverdale Baptist
5. Centennial
7. Neumann-Goretti
8. Montini
9. Archbishop Mitty
10. Miramonte
11. Good Counsel
12. Forestville Military Academy
13. Hopkins
14. St. Francis
15. Saint Johns College
16. Blackman
17. Riverdale
18. Lakota West
19. Bellevue
20. Mater Dei
21. Lynwood
22. Bishop Gorman
23. Argyle
24. Wenonah
25. Little Rock Central

Also:

Club coaches will now be required by the NCAA to pass a background check before commencing duties.

Indiana basketball legend Katie Geralds has turned a high school team into a national contender.