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NWAACC standings, poll

The women of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges have been playing hard these last two months – some harder than others. Going into today’s games, one team (Edmonds) had only played six games so far this season. A handful of other squads have played seven games; the majority have played at least eight games.

Umpqua, of the Southern Division, has the best record at 12-1:

Women’s 2008-09 Standings

DIVISION SEASON

NORTH W-L PCT W-L

Skagit Valley 0-0 .000 7-1
Shoreline 0-0 .000 6-4
Bellevue 0-0 .000 6-5
Whatcom 0-0 .000 4-4
Peninsula 0-0 .000 4-6
Olympic 0-0 .000 2-4
Seattle 0-0 .000 1-8
Edmonds 0-0 .000 0-6
Everett 0-0 .000 0-8

EAST W-L PCT W-L

Big Bend 0-0 .000 9-2
Yakima Valley 0-0 .000 9-5
Columbia Basin 0-0 .000 8-5
Spokane 0-0 .000 7-5
Walla Walla 0-0 .000 6-1
Wenatchee Valley 0-0 .000 5-8
Treasure Valley 0-0 .000 4-6
Blue Mountain 0-0 .000 2-7

WEST W-L PCT W-L

Centralia 0-0 .000 8-2
S. Puget Sound 0-0 .000 6-3
Green River 0-0 .000 5-2
Highline 0-0 .000 5-7
Tacoma 0-0 .000 4-5
Lower Columbia 0-0 .000 2-6
Pierce 0-0 .000 2-6
Clark 0-0 .000 0-7
Grays Harbor 0-0 .000 0-7

SOUTH W-L PCT W-L

Umpqua 0-0 .000 12-1
Lane 0-0 .000 9-3
Clackamas 0-0 .000 8-3
Mt. Hood 0-0 .000 8-3
Chemeketa 0-0 .000 4-6
Linn-Benton 0-0 .000 4-7
SW Oregon 0-0 .000 4-7
Portland 0-0 .000 2-5

(Too bad they haven’t put in the winning percentages yet).

The Riverhawks were also ranked first in a coach’s poll last week:

December 23, 2008

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RANK SCHOOL PTS PREV

1 Umpqua (11-1) 80 (8) 1
2 Clackamas (8-1) 60 3 tie
3 Yakima Valley (7-4) 43 2
4 Spokane (6-3) 35 3 tie
5 Lane (7-2) 34 5
6 Columbia Basin (6-4) 25 6
7 Walla Walla (6-1) 11 NR
8 Skagit Valley (7-1) 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Centralia 7, S. Puget Sound 5, Mt. Hood 2, Big Bend 2
Next Poll: January 8th

(http://www.nwaacc.org/polls/index.php#wbb)

Could this be the year that Umpqua reclaims the championship??

I’d love to discuss and dissect how the teams of the California Community College Athletic Association are doing, but their website hasn’t been updated to show any standings whatsoever. Not too professional, is it?

Fund established for Morghan Medlock

From Baylor:

Lady Bear basketball player Morghan Medlock recently suffered a tragedy when her mother, Shannan Barron, was murdered last Friday in Little Rock, Ark., and a fund has been established at Baylor to assist her and her family. Medlock’s 12-year-old half-brother found Barron’s body and has since returned to Pasadena, Calif., to be with Morghan and the rest of her family.

Those fans wishing to donate funds to assist Morghan and her family should make checks payable to Baylor University. Please also indicate in the memo section that the donation is to the “Medlock Fund.”

Here’s the entire link:

http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/122308aaa.html

Ivory Latta switches teams

This news is about a week old, but I didn’t catch it: Ivory Latta and the Turkish Basketball League team she was playing for, Team Ceyhan Belediyasi, came to a mutual agreement to terminate her contact. Latta will play for the Maccabi Ramat Chen team of the Israeli League for the remainder of the winter. Before her departure, Latta had averaged 20.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Ceyhan.

Seimone Augustus of Galtatasaray is ranked fifth in the Turkish League in points per game, at 16.4 (fourth now that Latta is gone); Alexis Hornbuckle of Besiktas is fifth in rebounds per game and first in steals; and Shannnon Bobbitt of Botas is second in assists per game with an average of six. The complete list is on the Turkish Basketball League main page:

http://www.eurobasket.com/Turkey/basketball.asp?women=1

Finally, I hope the Atlanta Dream blog author answers my question as to how these four people ended up sitting at the same table together.

http://atlantadreamblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/game.html

Kind of an odd grouping to me.

What? Dawn Staley’s program has violations?

I’m surprised at this, but I suspect Staley will clean it up in a big hurry:

http://msn.foxsports.com/wcbk/story/8983456/Secondary-violations-found-in-Staley’s-program

Cardinal O’Hara takes TOC tournament

This is taken from the story on my employer’s website, fullcourt.com – the best reporting at TOC:

Cardinal O’Hara Takes TOC Title

Cardinal O’Hara stayed perfect Monday night improving to 10-0 on the season and likely gaining the #1 ranking in the country after defeating Bolingbrook 48-41. (Some may remember one website predicted a 7 point win by Cardinal O’Hara). Morgan Tuck who was the star for Bolingbrook all tournament long only scored 10 points in the effort which was her lowest point total of the weekend. Cardinal O’Hara played a box and 1 on Tuck which gave Bolingbrook problems first to final whistle. Natasha Cloud who is committed to Maryland was assigned to Tuck throughout the game and was the key on defense in stopping her. Ariel Massengale led Bolingbrook with 19 points in the loss. Cardinal O’Hara was led by a balanced effort but Stephanie Holzer scored a quiet 13 points compared to her other performances during the event. Alicia Manning who is headed to Lafayette next year lead Cardinal O’Hara with 14 points. All four of Cardinal O’Hara’s signed seniors scored in the win, which was their first TOC Championship.

Southern California’s own Mater Dei also finished perfect with a 63-41 win last night over Bishop Gorman of Nevada. No doubt this will change their ranking, which had previously been about 18 among Southern California schools.

Also from fullcourt:

Oak Ridge Struggles Again

After starting TOC as one of the hottest teams in the event Oak Ridge lost in the third place game to Regis Jesuit out of Colorado 52-44. Jesuit was led by a prolific performance by UCLA bound Mariah Williams who scored 13 points and controlled the game from the point guard spot. Oak Ridge led by four at halftime 32-28, but gave up 24 second half points in the loss. The past two game Oak Ridge has been beat by a total of 32 total points in the second half (68-32). Kortni Jones, who has signed at Middle Tennessee State, only scored seven points for Oak Ridge.

The TOC All-Tournament Team:

MVP: Stephanie Holzer, (Cardinal O’Hara); Senior Ariel Massengale, (Bolingbrook); Sophomore Morgan Tuck, (Bolingbrook); Freshman Justine Hartman, (Brea Olinda); Sophomore Alisha Womack, (Cardinal O’Hara); Senior Chelsea Gray, (St. Mary’s); Junior Samarie Walker, (Chaminade Julienne); Junior Janae Coffee, (Clovis West); Junior Anne Marie Armstrong, (Wesleyan); Senior Kortni Jones, (Oak Ridge); Senior Mariah Williams, (Regis Jesuit).

I guess I need to go check out a Brea game to see this freshman, Hartman. Wow.

AP rankings out

AP Rankings

AP Top 25

1. Connecticut (45) 10-0 1125
2. North Carolina 12-0 1078
3. Texas A&M 10-0 1001
4. Texas 10-0 976
5. Oklahoma 9-2 946
6. Duke 9-1 856
7. Baylor 11-1 819
8. Tennessee 9-2 776
9. Auburn 12-0 732
10. Louisville 10-1 729
11. Stanford 8-3 707
12. Notre Dame 9-1 609
13. California 8-2 605
14. Maryland 9-2 541
15. Rutgers 7-2 538
16. Virginia 9-2 415
17. Ohio State 10-2 400
18. Florida 11-1 343
19. Pittsburgh 9-2 284
20. Vanderbilt 10-2 245
21. Oklahoma State 7-2 179
22. Kansas State 10-0 168
23. Georgia Tech 10-2 128
24. Arizona State 8-3 118
25. South Dakota State 12-1 112

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Wisconsin 85, TCU 33, New Mexico 26, Marist 16, DePaul 11, Purdue 7, Oregon State 5, Wake Forest 4, Mississippi State 2, Old Dominion 2, South Florida 2, San Diego State 1, Xavier 1,

Fairly predictable. I’m happy that my Vols are back in the top 10, but I’m wondering what UCLA has to do to get some votes, much less a ranking. Like everything else, the NCAA seems to be biased.

Current Pac-10 and SEC standings

If you would have told me last summer that these would be the Pac-10 standings going into the holiday break, I would have given you “the look.” But here we are:

2008-09 WOMEN’s BASKETBALL

Team Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.

1. UCLA 0-0 – 9-1 .900
2. Oregon State 0-0 – 8-1 .889
3. California 0-0 – 8-2 .800
4. Washington State 0-0 – 7-2 .778
5. Arizona State 0-0 – 8-3 .727
6. Stanford 0-0 – 8-3 .727
7. Arizona 0-0 – 6-4 .600
8. USC 0-0 – 6-4 .600
9. Washington 0-0 – 4-5 .444
10. Oregon 0-0 – 3-6 .333

UCLA and Oregon State on top, Washington State at fourth, and Stanford coming in at sixth. It’s unexpectedly fun.

SEC is still somewhat predictable right now:

School SEC PCT. H A ALL PCT. H A N Last 5 Streak

1. Auburn 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 12-0 1.000 4-0 7-0 1-0 5-0 W12
2. Miss. State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 10-0 1.000 6-0 4-0 0-0 5-0 W10
3. Florida 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 11-1 .917 6-0 3-1 2-0 5-0 W11
4. Vanderbilt 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 10-2 .833 7-0 3-2 0-0 4-1 W2
5. Arkansas 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 9-3 .819 6-1 1-1 2-1 3-2 L1
6. Tennessee 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 9-2 .818 6-1 3-1 0-0 4-1 W2
7. Alabama 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 8-3 .727 5-1 2-1 1-1 4-1 W2
8. Georgia 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 8-3 .727 4-0 2-3 2-0 3-2 W1
9. Ole Miss 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 8-4 .667 4-2 2-1 2-1 3-2 L1
10. LSU 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 5-3 .625 4-3 1-0 0-0 4-1 W4
11. S. Carolina 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-4 .600 4-2 0-2 2-0 3-2 W1
12. Kentucky 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 7-5 .583 5-2 1-3 1-0 2-3 W2

Nothing against Mississippi State, but they haven’t exactly had a rough schedule so far.

I will have to check in on the other conferences at some point today.

TOC so far

TOC day 1 seems so long ago. Here is the results page:

http://www.nationalbasketball.com/ftp/Results-as-of_12.20.pdf

On day 2, there were some other surprises besides Long Beach Poly’s second loss. For one, Jefferson of Portland, OR lost, and they had been highly-touted by some. St. Mary’s of Stockton lost again. Oakridge (TN) beat Woodson of D.C. – wow. Villa Park defeated Chatsworth, and Mater Dei killed Highlands Ranch (CO).

(link is the same, but you have to scroll with your mouse roller, as it’s Adobe)

A bunch of California teams won on Saturday, the third day, including Villa Park, Brea Olinda, Santa Margarita, Long Beach Poly (finally), St. Mary’s, Lynwood, St. Francis, Mater Dei, Mira Costa and Bellarmine Jefferson. In Poly’s victory, they trounced Christ the King 70-26. What happened to that program? Woodson lost again, and so did Chatsworth.

Tournament action continues tomorrow for those teams who have won at least one game. Here is the schedule:

http://www.nationalbasketball.com/ftp/Schedule_12.22.pdf

Here’s hoping all teams can get home after the tournament ends.

Tennessee, UCLA win

I got the call at about 2:15 p.m. today from Daniel, telling me about UCLA’s 67-64 win over Kansas. He knew I’d be happy that Seattle’s own Christina Nzekwe grabbed the ball after a missed Jayhawk free throw attempt and was fouled. Then made both free throws. Kansas tried to hit two shots, and Nzekwe grabbed the rebound on the second one as time ticked down to ensure Bruin possession and seal the win.

I am so proud of her! Her picture is featured right now on the UCLA women’s basketball web page, making Seattle proud. Not to mention the rest of the team. I can’t believe how they continue to roll and roll and roll. Beating Kansas might finally earn them some respect, we’ll see. Wonder what it would take to get them ranked.

And after some butt-clenching moments, a gutsy, learning-on-the-run Vols team just beat Stanford, exactly 365 days after they lost to them. Shekinna Stricklen scored a career-high 25 points – eight of which were in overtime. The girl was hot, and she was feelin it from the get-go. In the first half when she scored a long-bomb shot, she turned around and started yelling, ending in a chest bump with Lyssi Brewer. I love to see that kind of enthusiasm. Angie Bjorklund also came to play today, burying some deep shots.

In the overtime period, when Tennessee started to pull away, it was another deep Stricklen shot that made me scream so loud I probably scared the neighbors. But just moments later, Stricklen and Glory Johnson collided, sending Johnson to the floor in severe pain. The emotional roller coaster I’ve been on for the last two days started to go back down again, but fortunately it was reported after the game that she only has a deep thigh bruise.

Stanford Coach Tara VanDerVeer told the Associated Press about Stricklen, who had a stomach virus during last Thursday’s game against Old Dominion: “She had a big game. I guess she was kind of sick for the last game. She made me sick in this game.”

Oh how I love that quote.

Eight more wins, and Coach Pat Summitt can notch 1000 victories. I’ve said it before, but Pat Summitt is the greatest coach of all time. (And I enjoyed hearing her mic’ed up today).

Tennessee’s next game is at Gonzaga, and I pray that I will get to go to that game, as I’d planned.

Baylor wins one for its own Morghan Medlock

Tragic story out of my alma mater Oregon today…..Baylor University junior guard Morghan Medlock’s mother was killed in a murder-suicide in Little Rock, AR on Friday. Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey offered to cancel the game against the Ducks and go to Arkansas with her, but Medlock insisted they play, and the Bears won:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/recap?gameId=283552483

Medlock is from Los Angeles, and played for Narbonne High School. It was the recruitment process that brought her to the storied high school team that lead to the removal of its coach, James Anderson, in 2006. Medlock went on to play two seasons for the University of Southern California.

Last May Medlock transferred to Baylor after the NCAA granted her a waiver that Baylor spokesman Kevin Price referred to as “private in nature.” USC never made an official release about the transfer, said spokeswoman Darcy Couch. Coach Mark Trakh said, “It was Morghan’s decision to transfer, and we wish her all the best.”

Medlock’s stepsister, freshman Chantelle Price, also plays for Baylor.

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