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The Top 100 Programs in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball: #71-100
by Swish Appeal
posted October 17, 2011 at 4:40pm

Welcome back to the Top 100 Programs in Division I Women's Basketball - 2011 Edition! Last year, Swish Appeal released a five-part series on what we considered to be the best programs in women's college basketball.  The series was so popular that an e...more

Wasn't there supposed to be a movie about the Immaculata College women's basketball team?
by After Atalanta
posted October 17, 2011 at 11:54am

Why yes, yes there was.And apparently there is. It was actually filmed in 2007. But the film, The Mighty Macs, which chronicles the 1971-72 team as it made its ways to the NCAA championships, only recently got a distributor. The movie stars Carla Gugino (...more

Stanford Women's Basketball Preseason Awards
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted October 16, 2011 at 10:07am

Women’s Basketball seems like it is taking FOR-ever to get here, so we can only be tantalized by some preseason awards for the Stanford Cardinal.First, Stanford Senior Nneka Ogwumike and her sophomore sister Chieny Oguwmike earned some preseason love. T...more

UNC extends contract of basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell through 2018
by Swish Appeal
posted October 16, 2011 at 9:48am

UNC extends contract of basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell through 2018 "Hatchell is in her 26th season at Carolina. A three-time national coach of the year, she has led the Tar Heels to the 1994 national championship, three Final Fours and eight ACC titl...more

The reconstruction continues at University of North Carolina-Wilmington
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 16, 2011 at 9:44am

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke had problems last year, her first as head coach at University of North Carolina-Wilmington. First, a player quit the team after assistant coach Johnetta Hays forced her to log roll continuously during a practice on Sept. 20, 2010. Then...more

The Subtle Value Of Great Point Guards: Why Potential Assists Matter
by Swish Appeal
posted October 15, 2011 at 11:49am

Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen running Chin Iso, as described/diagrammed by Fast Model Sports. Whenever people try to suggest that point guard play doesn't matter that much, I immediately think of the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team'...more

2011 Tulsa Shock - Wrap Up, Rundown and Ribbon Ceremony
by Swish Appeal
posted October 14, 2011 at 1:33pm

There's no way to sugar coat the fact that this summer for the Shock was made extra lengthy, and not just due to the record-breaking temperatures in Oklahoma. Tulsa started the season with three from 2010 opening day on their roster. Marion Jones, Amber H...more

Pac-12 preview: Arizona State University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 14, 2011 at 9:51am

This is the fourth in a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.by Daniel UribeIn a season where many women's basketball teams in the newly-reconfigured Pac-12 Conference will face challenges and deal with new situations, easily one of the most intrigu...more

College, college, college...basketball news
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 14, 2011 at 9:49am

Media days:Oregon Coach Paul Westhead will have his team running even faster this season.Notre Dame media day.Practice-related stuff:Pat Summitt was more satisfied with Tennessee's practice today than she was yesterday. And Vicki Baugh is the team leader ...more

WNBA Champions: Ranking the Lynx, Part II
by Swish Appeal
posted October 13, 2011 at 3:40pm

pilight's great post on ranking the Minnesota Lynx definitely caught my eye.  As someone who never got a chance to see the great teams of the Houston Comets or the Minnesota Lynx, I've always been interested in which teams in the WNBA were the best ever....more

In the break between WNBA and NCAA, no games, but plenty of news
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 13, 2011 at 9:44am

Anybody else jonesing for college ball to start? I thought so.It's always fascinated me, the way some athletes go on from an ACL injury like nothing ever happened, while it ends the careers of others. In talking to Seimone Augustus for this piece, that mo...more

PAC-12 Basketball Preview: Washington State University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 13, 2011 at 9:41am

This is the third in a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.This year June Daugherty enters her fifth season of a seven-year contract at Washington State University. Will the school cut her loose early? If they do so, it would be understandable.Unde...more

Baylor Bears picked to win Big 12, Texas A&M picked for 2nd
by Swish Appeal
posted October 13, 2011 at 9:40am

Baylor Bears picked to win Big 12 To go along with her preseason pick to repeat as Big 12 Player of the Year, Brittney Griner's Baylor Bears were also slated to win the conference in 2011-12. The only other school to receive a first place vote (from Bay...more

WNBA Champions: Ranking the Minnesota Lynx
by Swish Appeal
posted October 13, 2011 at 9:18am

Now that the season is over, we naturally start wondering where the 2011 Lynx rank among WNBA champions.  Could they be the best team the league has ever seen, or did they just catch some lucky breaks and end up with the trophy?  How do we determine whe...more

2011 WNBA Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus: Who Were The Top Offensive & Defensive Performers?
by Swish Appeal
posted October 12, 2011 at 6:48pm

Yesterday I took a look at plus/minus ratings with a focus on four-year Regularized Adjusted Plus Minus as a metric that measures player impact (click here to revisit that). Today, I continue looking at RAPM, but narrow the scope to a one-year perspectiv...more

Pac-12 Basketball Preview: Oregon State University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 12, 2011 at 11:13am

This is the second of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.Rebuilding takes time, and as Oregon State is seeing now, it goes in phases.The program collapsed in 2009-2010, as player after player left the team amid allegations that former head coach...more

Hip-hop and the WNBA are coming together..."Numbers" freestyles about Angel McCoughtry
by Swish Appeal
posted October 12, 2011 at 11:09am

From Numbers - Angel McCoughtry (via ixs515). Hip-hop and the WNBA are coming together nicely. This is apparently Numbers' second effort as he previously did a song about his favorite player, "an All-Star player, two times": Washington Mystics forward...more

Nebraska coach Connie Yori recovering from infection, determined to coach Huskers
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 12, 2011 at 11:01am

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori has been going through tough times since having knee surgery almost two months ago: she developed an infection and a clot, and spent about a month in the hospital. She is determined to come back and coach, however.Californiagold...more

Minnesota Lynx celebration parade draws 15,000
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 12, 2011 at 10:51am

The weather was perfect yesterday for a celebratory parade for the 2011 WNBA Champion Lynx. More than 15,000 crowded the streets for the event.Check out the Video on WNBA.com.Players have been expressing the joy that the parade brought them via social med...more

Plus-Minus: A Primer & The Value Of Four-Year WNBA Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (RAPM)
by Swish Appeal
posted October 12, 2011 at 10:24am

Just yesterday in a comment on the 2011 WNBA All-Playoff Team post, Shannon correctly pointed out that I had sort of loosely tossed out the term "plus/minus" without sufficient explanation.  The confusion, as I described briefly there, was that there ar...more

2011 WNBA "All-Playoff" Team: Which Players Did The Most For Their Teams In The Post-Season?
by Swish Appeal
posted October 11, 2011 at 4:33pm

As I was digging through some of our old college coverage in preparation for college season I wondered, Why not have a WNBA "All-Tournament team" for the playoffs? The moment passed as the playoffs are sort of a weird beast given that people played any...more

The Victor And The Vanquished: Reflections on the WNBA Finals
by Swish Appeal
posted October 11, 2011 at 4:31pm

In winning a championship after establishing themselves as the class of the league within their first few games, the Minnesota Lynx' triumph as 2011 WNBA champions seems obvious as already written in a piece entitled "Eschewing Eschaton" at SB Nation's Ca...more

John R. Wooden Award pre-season top 30 list released
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 11, 2011 at 9:38am

All the great names on this list....I would hate to have to be the ones to pare it down:LaSondra Barrett, LSU Alex Bentley, Penn StateCierra Bravard, Florida StateCarolyn Davis, KansasElena Delle Donne, DelawareSkylar Diggins, Notre Dame Stefanie Dolson,...more

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