Rolling into the weekend

College items:

ESPN says Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins is one of the nation’s top forwards.

Coach Lindsay Gottlieb talks Cal basketball.

Stanford’s Amber Orrange answered a wake up call.

Jackie Gemelos talks about pursuing her WNBA dreams.

Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli talk Big Monday and WNBA.

Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer blasts her critics. And she’s pissed.

Cancer survivors inspired Michigan to victory last night.

Virginia Tech is looking for answers at the season’s midpoint.

Inconsistency is hindering Florida sophomore Kayla Lewis.

High school:

The class of 2015 top 25, according to ESPN.

One of those recruits – Mone’ Jones – is versatile.

Class of 2013 Rebekah Dahlman, a Vanderbilt commit, has family ties.

WNBA:

Four league stars will participate in a shooting competition at NBA All-Star Weekend next week: Tamika Catchings, Maya Moore, Swin Cash and Tina Thompson.

6 COMMENTS

  1. That Stringer / Rutgers interview is sad. She's better than that. Every coach in WCBB has to deal with injuries and recruiting problems. That program is a train wreck right now and it is totally on her.

    I'm bummed about this as she's always pretty much been a class act in the past.

  2. It's nice to see Gemelos getting a shot at her WNBA dream. I hope it works out for her. I had no idea that she had only played in 57 games in her 5 or 6 years at USC. That's pretty unbelievable.

    It does make a person wonder how she ended up being a WNBA draft pick last year given her injury history and actual college game experience. There were plenty other quality ballers available without her physical problems.

    More importantly I hope she'll be able to get around without assistance or knee replacement surgery ten years from now.

  3. Good Link. I didn't know her dad played at Weber State. They play in the Big Sky conference which roll out a pretty good brand of roundball. So he obviously gets it.

    He did the right thing as a parent in trying to get her to stop after her third surgery. He was ignored, she had two more surgeries and got drafted basically as a courtesy by the WNBA. Now she's getting ready to try to make MN coming off another surgery.

    The truth is she can't play anymore. Her body can't take it for whatever reason. She isn't the first baller whose body failed her and she won't be the last.

    Mark your calendar and do a retrospective on her in ten years. If she's smart she'll get into something that reasonably combines her physical limitations with her love of basketball. Coaching maybe?

    If she's in need of a transitional role model to the next phase of her roundball life she should look to someone like Shea Ralph.

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