The night before round one

WOW a few times:

Riquna Williams didn’t make the trip with Miami to Spokane for their first-round game against Idaho State tomorrow, due to conduct detrimental to the team.

Duke’s Elizabeth Williams has a lower-leg stress fracture, but will play Sunday anyway.

UConn senior Tiffany Hayes plans to play tomorrow as well, despite an ongoing foot injury.

Other headlines:

The Naismith Coach of the Year finalists are: Jim Crowley, Muffet McGraw, Kim Mulkey and Tara VanDerveer.

Notre Dame still finding time for some fun before the weekend.

Today’s NCAA stars were once on the cover of ESPN Rise Magazine. Photos.

As a side note, I covered the 2009 WBCA High School All-American game, and interviewed both Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins in the locker room afterwards. Quite honestly, I had a feeling both of them would rise to the top of their respective games.

Other NCAA Divisions, plus Jucos:

WBCA Division III Coaches’ All-American Team.

Finalists for DIII Coach of the Year.

WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-American Team.

WBCA Junior/Community Colleges Coaches’ All-American Team.

NJCAA:

Undefeated Trinity Valley and Hutchinson College highlight action at the NJCAA DI women’s basketball championship in Salina, Kan. next week. Bracket.

WNIT:

Updated bracket.

First-round survivors so far are Oregon State, Saint Mary’s, Washington, Utah, Texas Tech, Tulane, Illinois State, Villanova, South Dakota, Colorado, Missouri State, Memphis, Temple, Harvard, Drexel, VCU, St. Joseph’s, NC State, Appalachian State, Richmond, Virginia, JMU, Wake Forest Florida International and South Florida. The remaining opening round games will wrap up this evening, with second-round play beginning tomorrow.

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