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North Carolina State Coach Kay Yow hospitalized

It was bad enough that longtime “Wolfpack” Coach Kay Yow had to give up coaching for the remainder of the season because of her ongoing battle with breast cancer. Now Yow has been hospitalized.

Today, before her team left on a road trip, they stopped by to see her. “The hardest part was having to leave,” reported wralsportsfan.com.

(Sad) link: http://www.wralsportsfan.com/ncsu/story/4369490/

New WNBA draft order

My homey pt is reporting on the Atlanta Dream blog that since trading Alison Bales to Phoenix the other day, this is the new draft order for April. Well, at least until someone else makes a deal:

The newest version of the WNBA Draft Order after the Bales-to-Phoenix trade.

FIRST ROUND

1. Atlanta
2. Washington
3. Chicago
4. Minnesota
5. Phoenix
6. Indiana
7. Sacramento
8. New York
9. Washington (from Los Angeles)
10. Connecticut
11. Detroit
12. Seattle
13. Los Angeles (San Antonio to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Los Angeles)

SECOND ROUND

14. San Antonio (from Atlanta)
15. Washington
16. Chicago
17. Connecticut (from Minnesota) *
18. Atlanta (from Phoenix)
19. Indiana
20. Sacramento
21. New York
22. Los Angeles
23. Minnesota (from Connecticut) *
24. Washington (from Detroit)
25. Atlanta (from Seattle)
26. San Antonio

THIRD ROUND

27. Atlanta
28. Washington
29. Chicago
30. Minnesota
31. Phoenix
32. Indiana
33. Sacramento
34. Phoenix (from New York)
35. Los Angeles
36. Connecticut
37. Detroit
38. Seattle
39. San Antonio

* – Conditional. Connecticut has the right to swap second round picks with Minnesota; we can only assume that they will.

pt’s blog:

http://atlantadreamblog.blogspot.com/

WNBA players on the new President, and Catchings is going overseas

Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles native Noelle Quinn is excited about the new President:

http://www.wnba.com/lynx/news/quinn_reflects_on_election_2009.html

Catchings also weighed in a few days ago, but this blog entry is more about how she packed up and went to go play in Poland this week:

http://my.wnba.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1700001504&start=0

This is funny:

…but during the Christmas holidays while I was visiting my family, I went to American Eagle and I bought some socks. I didn’t think much of it at the time… just felt like I wanted to get a couple of pairs because I knew they were on sale. So then I got home, tried on the socks and absolutely loved them! I mean I LOVED these socks! They’re the softest, most comfortable things I’ve ever worn on my feet.

Ah, Catch.

Sunday wins and Saturday blowups

Cal pulled off a stunner last night at their own Haas Pavilion, in front of 10,126 fans: they beat higher-ranked Stanford 57-54. It was the first time the Bears had beat the Cardinal at home since 1993, and Alexis Gray-Lawson’s 37 points was the most by a Cal player since 1987.

Cal Coach Joanne Boyle, who was literally jumping up and down after the game, and her team should be proud. Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer was gracious in defeat, acknowledging the spirit and decibel-level of the Cal crowd.

Across the country, a controversy has emerged in the wake of the Connecticut-Syracuse game. It’s the question of who tripped who – did UConn Coach Geno Auriemma trip Syracuse player Nicole Michael, or vice versa?

http://www.courant.com/sports/columnists/hc-jeffcol0118.artjan18,0,747661.column?page=1

Amazing.

There are also rumors that the Big East Conference is demanding both side impose sanctions on themselves. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, number one Connecticut faces their most formidable opponent to date this season tonight in second-ranked North Carolina. Hold on to your seats.

Staley on the rise

Great Mechelle Voepel piece on Dawn Staley, in reference to yesterday’s matchup between her team and Tennessee:

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3840261&name=ncwexperts&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d3840261%26name%3dncwexperts

What Tennessee coach Pat Summitt most remembers about facing Staley at Virginia, though, is the year before. Virginia upset Tennessee in the 1990 East Regional final, preventing the host school from playing in that year’s Final Four here in Knoxville.

“I do have quite the memory about Dawn Staley,” Summitt said. “We were in [that 1990] regional championship game, and we didn’t have an answer for her. And we lost.

“We didn’t get to come back and play for a national championship at Thompson-Boling Arena. So when I see her, I have to get over that.”

Summitt smiled as she said that, but you can tell it still bugs her — despite now having eight NCAA titles. Meanwhile, Staley said that the 1990 East Regional win over Tennessee actually stands in her mind as the closest Virginia got to an NCAA title.

“That’s the only thing we can equate to a national championship, because we never won,” Staley said. “I’ve got two former Volunteers on my staff, and they bring it up more than I do.”

Interesting.

Doty tears ACL, Fuller changes number

While Maya Moore was blowing up her point total last night, freshman guard Caroline Doty went down on a play gripping her knee. The news just broke that it is indeed a torn ACL:

http://forum.connpost.com/uconnwomen/

As much as I love women’s basketball with all my heart and soul, it tears me up that players suffer so many of these injuries. I hope Doty has the will of Sue Bird and Vicki Baugh, among others, and is able to make a full and complete recovery as quickly as possible.

In Orange Country, senior Alex Fuller has switched from number 44 to number 2. Her action is to honor point guard Cait McMahan, who last week gave up her season (and possibly career) due to chronic problems with her knee from an ACL tear in 2005. What an amazing gesture by Fuller.

Finally, Lady Vol graduate Nicky Anosike is in Thompson-Boling arena for today’s game against South Carolina. She received a standing ovation from fans before the game.

A meeting of friends disguised as opponents

Like yesterday’s UCLA-Arizona game, today’s meeting between Tennessee and South Carolina will be an assembly of familiar faces. USC Coach Dawn Staley’s assistants, Carla McGhee and Nikki McCray, used to play for Summitt, who will achieve 997 wins if the Vols win today.

Link: http://www.thestate.com/gogamecocks/story/654535.html

Summitt has been coaching at UT for 35 years and her influence is being felt, as so many of her former players and/or assistants are filtering out around the country in head and assistant coaching positions. If we all had a fraction of the legacy of Summitt, we’d have lived an amazing life.

Yet another dope story about Nikki Caldwell

This is the best one yet.

“There is no question that my time under Coach Summitt prepared me for what I’m doing now,” Caldwell said. “She always said that a head coach is only as good as the assistants. She was always open to our ideas. There were many times that she allowed me, (assistants) Holly (Warlick) and Dean (Lockwood) to lead practice or take the lead in recruiting. She let us lead in the scouting of future opponents.

“She provided us that experience and it groomed me to be where I am today. So, now I know how it is to run a program. She taught us how to handle media relations. She taught me how to be a head coach. Because of all that she taught me, I haven’t felt at any moment that I’ve been thrown to the wolves. I feel like I’ve been able to handle everything that has been thrown my way.”

And:

“We have a lot of talent here, that’s the strength of our team,” said Caldwell. “I think the difference here is that we don’t have a Candace Parker. We have a young lady, Doreena Campbell, who has the same mentality in that she wants the ball in crunch time. At Tennessee, we ran every play through Parker. At UCLA, since we don’t have a superstar like Parker, we’re running things a little bit different.”

And:

“Something that stood out for me early in the year was during our individual workouts back in April,” said Caldwell. “We have a 6-foot-6 post player named Moniquee ‘Mo’ Alexander. I laughed to her that she would play some point guard for us. She looked at me like I was crazy. So, we started working on her getting the rebound and starting the break. Well, in a game earlier this season Mo came out of a rebound and took a few dribbles and started the break. We executed and converted on the offensive end. Our bench went crazy. It wasn’t because we had scored, it was because she did something that she didn’t think she could do.”

And:

“I think what’s helped is the confidence my girls have in what we’re trying to do because they’ve been able to see that the plan works. Any time we ask them to do something, I think they realize that this plan got us those national championships at Tennessee. I reference Pat all the time because they respect all that she stands for. They respect where I’ve come from.”

Strange coincidence:

“Candace Parker and I live in the same neighborhood,” says Caldwell. “She comes over to my place and I’ve been over to hers. I needed a dog friendly neighborhood because I have three dogs. Candace started telling me one day about this great neighborhood where she and (husband) Shelden (Williams) bought and how much they loved it. I told her that that’s where I was buying a condo. Small world, I guess.”

Link: http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2009/jan/17/la-life-agrees-with-caldwell/

Saturday college roundup

Going into today’s game against Syracuse, Connecticut’s Maya Moore needed 40 points to reach a career 1000.

She got that. And now Moore is the first-fastest Husky to reach that milestone. Oh, and Connecticut whupped Syracuse, 107-53.

No other surprises today. Even in the Pac-10, the victories were predictable: Oregon State over Washington; Oregon over Washington State; Arizona State over USC; and UCLA over Arizona.

The basketball highlight of my day was listening to Umpqua CC and Mount Hood CC battle it out. Apparently online game broadcasts are a relatively new thing in Roseburg, and they’re a boon for out-of-town fans like me.

The two teams traded runs all game long. Umpqua, ranked first in the Northwest Association of Community Colleges (all of the Pacific Northwest) with only one loss, was having trouble with the 9-7 Saints. The Riverhawks climbed to a seven-point lead once or twice, but Mount Hood never gave up. They kept coming back, and then they’d take the lead. This precarious lead exchange kept going on and on. It was pacing time for me.

Fortunately, Umpqua point guard Mykiea Russell had a break-out second half, scoring 13 of her team-high 18 points in the period. Her two most important shots were a long-bomb three in the last minute, to put her team ahead again, and a crucial bucket within the last five seconds, just when it looked like the game would go into overtime. Final score: 70-68. I love games like that, even though they’re hard on the system.

APR rates for coaches will be compiled next year

USA Today is reporting that the NCAA will begin compiling Annual Percentage Rates for college coaches beginning next year.

The coaches’ APRs — “kind of like a lifetime batting average,” said University of Hartford President Walt Harrison — are expected to be publicly available on an NCAA-affiliated website by summer 2010. They’re intended for use by recruits, their parents and prospective employers in evaluating coaches and programs, along with wins and other competitive and personal criteria.

Sounds like a good idea to me. If coaches can evaluate recruits, recruits should be able to evaluate coaches.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2009-01-17-coaches-apr_N.htm

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