Friday, February 21, 2020
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Big Friday

SEC Tournament

Surprises today include Tennessee’s big-heart victory over higher-ranked Florida, 71-67 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

LSU’s 63-58 victory over Mississippi State is also an eye-opener because of how well the Tigers have done in the last part of the season. Many had given them up for dead, and here they are in the semi-finals. I give them props.

One scary moment was in the first half when LSU’s Later Eason was taken to the hospital after another player stepped on her neck. According to the SEC tourney website, Eason still had limb movement but was complaining of neck pain. That makes me feel a little less worried, but we need more news.


Perfect game?

What is Brittney Griner made of?

In tonight’s Texas 5A Conference semifinals, Griner lead her Nimitz team in defeating Pflugerville 74-47. Her stat line? 44 points, 18 rebounds, eight blocks, four assists, and 32 minutes of play (for the unexperienced, that means she never sat down once).

Box score:

One attendee reported on the Tennessee message board that he’d never seen anything like it – or rather, anyone. See for yourself:

This is a nice piece too, with pics:

NWAACC second day results

Lane 68, Columbia Basin 59
Clackamas 63, Yakima Valley 57
Skagit Valley 69, Walla Walla 63
Umpqua 89, Lower Columbia 61

Tomorrow Lane plays Clackamas and Umpqua faces Skagit Valley in the semi-finals.

Southern Section playoffs

Reports are that Mater Dei was blowing out Beverly Hills 51-25 at halftime of the II-A division semifinals earlier tonight. I said I felt bad for the team that would face MD, and I feel doubly bad because one of the BH coaches is a friend of mine.

Finally, it’s being reported on socalhoops that Cajon defeated Long Beach Poly 52-44. If it’s true, I can’t say I’m surprised. When I saw Poly back in January, they had a lot of weaknesses. And short-handed Cajon has much heart.

Tournaments continue

SEC today:

Game Teams Time (CT)/TV Audio Stats

Game 5 #1 Auburn vs. #9 Ole Miss Noon / RSN SEC Audio Live!
Game 6 #2 Vanderbilt vs. #7 Georgia 2:30 / RSN SEC Audio Live!
Game 7 #4 Florida vs. #5 Tennessee 6:30 / RSN SEC Audio Live!
Game 8 #3 LSU vs. #6 Miss. State 9:00 / RSN SEC Audio Live!

NWAACC today:

Game 11 – Highline vs. Mt. Hood – 08:00 am
Game 9 – Whatcom vs. Centralia – 10:00 am
Game 10 – S. Puget Sound vs. Peninsula – 12:00 pm
Game 15 – Walla Walla vs. Skagit Valley – 02:00 pm
Game 13 – Lane vs. Columbia Basin – 04:00 pm
Game 14 – Yakima Valley vs. Clackamas – 06:00 pm
Game 16 – Umpqua vs. Lower Columbia – 08:00 pm
Game 12 – Bellevue vs. Treasure Valley – 10:00 pm

Last night, first-ranked Umpqua rolled over Bellevue CC 101-53. Reports were that the team played “awesome,” and I can see that from the box score:

The Riverhawks score more in most games than a heck of a lot of D1 teams. Their average point total is 90. (!!)

This rollercoaster ride

Thank god department:

Oregon 69

(I could only get the online ESPN continuous score update, and the Bruins were ahead by five with a minute to go, then were behind by 2 with six seconds to go…..can’t wait to see the write up on this!

Tennessee 68
Alabama 49

Disappointing department:

Stanford 70
Arizona 67

Clemson 81
Georgia Tech 69

Mississippi 65
Arkansas 60

And this especially, because I was watching and it was a great, tight game…

Mississippi State 49
South Carolina 39

Aw, I feel so bad for USC but Trakh’s gotta go department:

Oregon State 61
USC 58

Whoa, what’s up department:

Arizona State 63
California 41

California Southern Section department:

Monique was on hand tonight for the Foothill-Inglewood game at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. She and a few others I’ve heard from say the officiating was horrendous. Foothill won, 50-46.

Finally, on a lighter note, Magic Johnson visited with the Cal Bears before the game this past Sunday:

Tomorrow night is the City Section finals at USC’s Galen Center. Preview later.

It’s not too late to be upset

Tonight’s scores:

#21 Kansas State, 66
#16 Texas, 50

Miami, 45
#25 Bowling Green, 40

And the biggest shocker of the entire week:

Kansas, 69
#6 Baylor, 45

The only thing that would be more strange is if Arizona beat Stanford tomorrow night.

Let the championships begin

The ACC begins its tournament tomorrow, as Georgia Tech faces Clemson, North Carolina takes on Wake Forest, Boston College goes at Miami, and Virginia and Virginia Tech play.


My favorite SEC also starts its tourney tomorrow in Little Rock, AK. It’s:

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
Georgia vs. Kentucky
Tennessee vs. Alabama
Mississippi State vs. South Carolina


Things get rolling in the Big Ten tomorrow with Wisconsin and Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan and Penn State and Illinois facing off.


On Friday, the Big East Tournament begins with four games:

And up north, the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges begins their tournament tomorrow in Kennewick, WA. Top-ranked Umpqua CC plays Bellevue at 8 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

Game 5 – Walla Walla vs. Highline – 08:00 am
Game 1 – Lane vs. Whatcom – 10:00 am
Game 4 – Peninsula vs. Clackamas – 12:00 pm
Game 6 – Skagit Valley vs. Mt. Hood – 02:00 pm
Game 2 – Centralia vs. Columbia Basin – 04:00 pm
Game 3 – Yakima Valley vs. S. Puget Sound – 06:00 pm
Game 7 – Umpqua vs. Bellevue – 08:00 pm
Game 8 – Lower Columbia vs. Treasure Valley – 10:00 pm

And the bracket:

The Big 12 and Pac-10 tournaments are next weekend.

Where are Jackie Stiles and Cheryl Burnett now?

Mechelle Voepel outdid herself on this one – a long story about how former Southwest Missouri State Coach Cheryl Burnett and player Jackie Stiles are doing life without basketball. It’s an informative but sad read, and includes some deep thoughts:

Do you think the anticipation of something is the sweetest part of life? That it’s a universal human regret that those euphoric periods can’t stay? That whatever we look forward to will come and go too fast, and the relentless ticking of the clock won’t allow us to savor any of it?


Ashley Walker holds the Cal Bears together

Last time I saw Cal senior forward Ashley Walker was on the bench this past Sunday, during the final minute of their game with UCLA. As the clock wound down and the Bears were still 12 points behind, Walker’s shoulder shook and a teammate beside her ran her hand across her back to comfort her.

So it’s nice to see this piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Walker said she battles through day-to-day drags on her energy, lapses she can’t afford on the court as the Bears’ centerpiece.

“There are definitely times when you’re sick or you’re hurting, or you’ve been up all night studying for a test and you’ve got to go to practice for three hours the next day,” Walker said. “And you might think that you are not going to be able to do it. But not everybody gets to do this. I try to remember that.”


SEC post-season teams announced

While other conferences are still toiling away, the women of the SEC are bracing for the next round – well, those who are going to the next round.

The post-season teams were announced today:

First Team All-SEC

Whitney Boddie, AU
DeWann Bonner, AU
Sha Brooks, UF
Marshae Dotson, UF
Allison Hightower, LSU
Bianca Thomas, UM
Alexis Rack, MSU
Christinia Wirth, VU

Second Team All-SEC

Ceira Ricketts, ARK
Ashley Houts, UG
Angel Robinson, UG
Victoria Dunlap, UK
Eleia Roddy, UK
Angie Bjorklund, UT
Shekinna Stricklen, UT
Merideth Marsh, VU
Jennifer Risper, VU

All-Freshman Team

Ericka Russell, UA
Lyndsay Harris, ARK
Ceira Ricketts, ARK
Trumae Lucas, UF
LaSondra Barrett, LSU
Lakeisha Sutton, SC
Shekinna Stricklen, UT
Glory Johnson, UT

All-Defensive Team

DeWanna Bonner, AU
Allison Hightower, LSU
Chanel Mokango, MSU
Armelie Lumanu, MSU
Jennifer Risper, VU

Coach of the Year

Nell Fortner, AU

Player of the Year

DeWanna Bonner, AU

Freshman of the Year

Ceira Ricketts, ARK
LaSondra Barrett, LSU

Defensive Player of the Year

Jennifer Risper, VU

6th Woman of the Year

Charity Ford, ARK

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Christina Wirth, VU

Congrats, ladies!


Tierra Henderson dismissed from UCLA team

The Sunday suspension of senior guard Tierra Henderson has resulted in her being kicked off the Bruin team. UCLA Coach Nikki Caldwell talked to the Daily Bruin about it today:

“Tierra’s dismissal is the result of multiple infractions of team rules, and all violations of team rules have been dealt with fairly and evenly throughout the season,” she said.

Caldwell said Henderson had committed multiple infractions.

“It’s not an isolated incident,” she said. “(Sunday’s suspension is) definitely an incident that is one of others.”


That had to be a difficult thing for Caldwell to do, and I admire her for doing it. She is setting a tone for the program, which includes what expectations must be met. This dismissal shows she’s not willing to compromise those expectations for anyone or anything.

Survey says…….

In response to my post Sunday evening about Hoopgurlz, a reader responded:

I totally agree with you guys – I stated going elsewhere also as they cannot stand it if you point out something they didn’t see – i also noticed that they promote the same kids over and over again and some of the parents of these kids sit around trashing others so that hoopgurlz won’t write about them.I actualy overheard a conversation with 1 of their top promoted players family members dissing on another kid to Hanson. Thanks to people like you who allow opinions and say it like it is.

In the meantime yesterday, someone posted about hoopgurlz on the website. The person asked if anyone had a bad experience on hoopgurlz, and cited this blog. He or she said they were kicked off hoopgurlz last year when they disagreed with Glenn. The first respondent to that said:

“if u do that then u silence your own board. Thus its not really a discussion forum but just another place to post commentary from their writers.”

The original poster said: “You are so right. And if you’ll notice, there are very few posters on”

Then another respondent made this post: “Guys are tresspassers in girls hoops. If you’re an adult male who covers the beat, you’ve got to have a pretty thick skin and an understanding of the various social, sexual, racial politics. Most guys can handle it but unfortunately, many with high profile gigs can’t. Do you remember that wussy piece Glenn did a while back for Hoopgurlz where he said that girls basketball had lost its innocence because a couple of tough old ladies were mean to him at a tourney. That was the stuff of comedy. People like Nelson and Kallam have very thin skins and it shows in their writing and opinions. Almost as if they feel they’re not good enough to write for the guys, so they have to write about the girls. Not all guys who cover the beat are like this, but some do write and edit with an almost Napoleon complex which doesn’t serve their subject well.

It is what it is.”

In the meantime, I had already begun my re-boycott of hoopgurlz, but a friend convinced me to go back and check the site. Glenn posted a sticky at the top of the main basketball page yesterday, and said: “I apologize to Scribe for pulling the link posted to another story. That story, plus a blog post elsewhere, included inaccuracies and, more critically, unsubstantiated innuendo that are irresponsible and possibly libelous, and we cannot facilitate anything like that. Moreover, I strongly believe this is not a story that needs to be “sourced,” since the principles are there to be asked yes or no.”


Again, I question Glenn Nelson’s knowledge of journalism. If you quote or reference a person, article or any source, all “libel” issues would be solely upon the owner of the site and/or the person who made the libelous statement(s). Hoopgurlz would never be in danger of being found libel because an article was linked on their site. Nor does allowing a site to be linked mean hoopgurlz supports the content therein.

Nelson is full of it. Back to my hoopgurlz boycott.

In the meantime, here’s a statement from the only one who matters in this story:

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