Awards, games, talks, brackets

Award department:

Cal’s Tierra Rogers will receive teh Maggie Dixon Courage Award. Great choice. And it’s even harder not to respect this young woman if you follow her on twitter.

Game department:

The Louisville Cardinals are in Las Vegas for business, not fun.

Talk department:

Seattle Storm Coach Brian Agler talked to the West Seattle girls basketball team this week. The most pertinent gem of this piece:

Coach Agler enlisted the seniors to lead the other girls. and to help implement the steps in a three=point plan he laid out for success: Work ethic, attitude, and togetherness. One of the main tenets of the plan is “no drama,” because according to Coach Agler, “drama will kill a girls-basketball team.”

Wiser words were never spoken.

Tournament department:

In Southern California, high school students are out of class, and winter break tournaments are on tap:

Oaks Christian Holiday Hardwood Invitational.

Best of the West at Ayala.

Santa Barbara High School Tournament of Champions.

Costa Mesa Winter Classic.


New York Liberty Coach John Whisenant is bringing back some former staffers to round out his new staff.