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“Men slap five when they make a good play, women clap furiously”; A Reason to Dislike Women’s Basketball?
by Same Size Balls
posted December 27, 2011 at 10:15am

Sometimes it kind of sucks to not be in on a joke. Everyone around you laughing, as you awkwardly stand there, pretending you understand, wishing you understood what the hell was so funny. This happens whenever I come across WNBA jokes — and it ha...more

Pac-12 Preview: Injuries mount as conference season begins
by Left Coast Hoops
posted December 27, 2011 at 10:09am

As the injuries mount, the conference season has arrived. The list is long and painful and it started before the season began. A short list of the key Pac-12 talents who have missed significant time or will not be on the floor with their teams to start c...more

A Tough but Rewarding Job
by Swish Appeal
posted December 26, 2011 at 8:42pm

Union City, NJ - Day after Christmas. Finished officiating two grade school boys games in a holiday tournament. Getting ready to exit the gym the Union City High School varsity girls team is on the floor limbering up. Saying good bye to the coaches, there...more

Diggin' Skylar Diggins
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 24, 2011 at 1:29pm

It's quite possible you didn't know just how smart Skylar Diggins is, until you read this great story about her.ESPN calls it a balancing act.Suzie McConnell-Serio is the pride of Pittsburgh, says ESPN.This week, Dishin & Swishin talks to Maryland Co...more

New champs at Nike TOC
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 24, 2011 at 1:26pm

St. Mary's took the Smith Division, beating Riverdale Baptist. La Jolla Country Day won the Anderson Division.Last day scores:SMITH DIVISIONChampionship: Phoenix St. Mary's 79, Riverdale Baptist 69St. John's College 68, Christ the King 60Stockton St. Mary...more

Much More Than a Game: Somalia Defeats Qatar in 2011 Arab Games
by Swish Appeal
posted December 23, 2011 at 2:14am

Somali women defy danger to write basketball history Somalia's national women's basketball team beats host Qatar in 2011 Arab Games "We want to use sport as a peace-building tool to bring the Somali people together," he says. "What these young girl...more

Rachel Sheffer's Career Night Helps Michigan Defeat Illinois State, 76-59
by Swish Appeal
posted December 23, 2011 at 1:50am

Image: Melanie Maxwell/AnnArbor.com Rachel Sheffer's Career Night Helps Michigan Defeat Illinois State, 76-59 Rachel Sheffer decided to give Michigan an early Christmas gift with her outstanding performance against Illinois State. She scored a car...more

Nike TOC finals are set
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 22, 2011 at 2:52pm

In the Joe Smith Division, it'll be Riverdale Baptist vs. St. Mary's, which ESPN says is "a dream match up."The John Anderson Division will see two very different teams face off in La Jolla Country Day vs. Maryland's Academy of the Holy Cross.Five rising ...more

Coaching women's basketball in Qatar
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted December 22, 2011 at 2:45pm

WHAT WOMEN REALLY THINK ABOUT NEWS, POLITICS, AND CULTURE.Coaching Women’s Basketball in QatarMost of them had never even dribbled before—but soon they were boxing out like Dennis Rodman. By Clare Malone The arc of my basketball career began r...more

Lebanon’s women bring in 3 gold medals
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted December 22, 2011 at 2:43pm

Lebanon’s women bring in 3 gold medalsDecember 20, 2011 02:47 AMBy Kenny LaurieThe Daily Star BEIRUT: Lebanese sport had its most productive day yet at the Arab Games in Doha Monday with Lebanon collecting three gold medals, all of which were won b...more

West Coast Basketball: USC 75, Pepperdine 71 (OT)
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 22, 2011 at 2:36pm

Malibu - USC surged in overtime to beat Pepperdine today, 75-71.The Trojans came in at 4-5, after losing two games by a total of three points on their recent road trip to Arkansas State and Texas A&M;. Pepperdine was 5-5 entering the matinee, also los...more

High School Hoops: Nike Tournament of Champions Day Two Results
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 21, 2011 at 8:22pm

Image: Glenn Nelson/ESPN.com Day two results:SMITH DIVISIONBolingbrook 60, Stockton St. Mary's 39Wesleyan 54, Christ the King 39Phoenix St. Mary's 71, Good Counsel 48Incarnate Word 54, Buford 23Cicero-North Syracuse 48, Dr. Phillips 28Windward 53, Marion...more

42 Points From Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike Proves Too Much for Tennessee in 97-80 Runaway Victory
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted December 21, 2011 at 4:16am

Image: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma There is a saying Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tara VanDerveer has been espousing all season; “Nneka is a woman playing among girls.” And that certainly was the case tonight when #4 Stanford met #...more

Strong Defense Sparks Washington Huskies 64-56 Victory Over Southern
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted December 21, 2011 at 4:06am

Image: GoHuskies.com HUSKIES WIN: I'm always fascinated when teams don't come prepared to play. Maybe I'm rough, but I would want to demolish everyone or get beat trying. Washington? It started the party a little early, needing 12 FTs in the final five m...more

USC Trojans Guard Jacki Gemelos Goes Down With Left ACL Tear
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 21, 2011 at 3:54am

USC guard Jacki Gemelos did indeed tear her left ACL in Sunday's game against Texas A&M;, the Trojans announced two hours ago. Gemelos is going through a range of emotions, as she faces the end of her college career. But she said today she will reha...more

Washington Huskies Looking to Finish Non-Conference Hoops Schedule With A Bang
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted December 21, 2011 at 3:47am

Image: Pac12SportsWatch.com Perhaps Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and whoever picks the women's hoops Player of the Week are visionaries. We know he is in regards to the landscape of the conference and the new television deal. But not naming one Wa...more

Upsets A Plenty at the 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 21, 2011 at 3:34am

Image: Chris Hansen/ESPN HoopGurlz Several upsets yesterday. The main upsetters may be meeting up by the end of the week.Yesterday's stars include two from Los Angeles and the Cal Sparks club team.Can Mater Dei defend their championship?Scoreboard:SMIT...more

All Alone At The Top: Baylor, UConn Remain 1,2 in Latest USA Today/ESPN poll
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 21, 2011 at 3:25am

Image: AP, Sports Illustrated Looks kind of the same as last week:1. Baylor2. Connecticut3. Notre Dame4. Stanford5. Maryland6. Tennessee7. Miami8. Kentucky9. Duke10. Texas A&M;11. Rutgers12. Louisville13. Ohio State14. Wisconsin-Green Bay15. Georgia1...more

Overseas Update: Tidbits from Turkey
by Swish Appeal
posted December 20, 2011 at 1:58pm

Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are at the top of the standings with an 8-1 record. Kayseri, Ceyhan and Samsun all sit at 6-3 through nine games. The remaining seven teams in the league all have below-.500 records to this point. Fenerbahce is led by Angel Mc...more

Not Just a Game
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted December 20, 2011 at 1:31pm

You have to get to this game. By “this game”, we mean the Stanford Women’s Basketball team taking on Tennessee. It will be a good one. Many questions will be answered, especially about Stanford’s team. One being can they rise to th...more

Basketball Smatterings
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 20, 2011 at 1:20pm

College today:Gonzaga upset #12 Georgia tonight, thanks to a Haiden Palmer last-second three. Final was 71-68.College tomorrow:The annual Stanford-Tennessee showdown is tomorrow at Maple Pavilion. This year they're ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, a...more

"If I'd brought up skipping practice to her, she'd have looked at me as if I had six heads"
by Swish Appeal
posted December 20, 2011 at 10:33am

If I'd brought up skipping practice to her, she'd have looked at me as if I had six heads. It speaks to her toughness. She finds a way to keep coming even when things are as bad as they are right now. St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley on freshman Tatia...more

PHOTOS: St. John's Red Storm Win Chartwells Holiday Classic
by Swish Appeal
posted December 20, 2011 at 1:30am

Ray and Queenie have been keeping you updated on this weekend's Chartwells Holiday Classic, which you can catch up on here. Ray also had a few photos to share with you as well. St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico meeting the media at the Chartwell Holi...more

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