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The last weekend of the regular season starts now

Today’s results:
No. 10 UCLA thrashed USC, 93-51. Michaela Onyenwere lead the Bruins with 30 points, and teammate Charisma Osborne had a triple-double.
College team news:
 
This is what happened yesterday to delay the Michigan at Iowa game.
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WNBA news:

Let the smoke clear

Wow, what an afternoon/evening of games……..

Upsets:

Iowa roughed up No. 12 Michigan, 89-67.

Rhyne Howard’s 27 points lifted No. 19 Kentucky over No. 17 Georgia, 62-58.

More results, and several almost-upsets:

No. 3 Texas A&M held off Alabama, 73-67.

No. 5 South Carolina cruised past Ole Miss, 68-43.

No. 8 Maryland rolled by Purdue, 88-59.

No. 16 Arkansas rallied to stop Auburn, 74-69.

No. 20 Tennessee edged Missouri, 78-73.

North Carolina routed Georgia Tech, 84-59.

Miami squeezed by Wake Forest, 69-67.

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

Regional sites have been announced for the WNIT.

The entire Texas A&M squad has been named to the SEC community service team.

Virginia Tech has won six straight.

UMass is getting a fresh start in their return from pause.

Could BYU do something special in March?

Illinois is celebrating Black History Month.

Samford won the regular-season SoCon title with tonight’s victory.

Utah is closing its toughest season to date.

America East Conference Tournament specs.

There will be no replacement teams in the NCAA tourney if a team has to opt out due to COVID.

College player news:

Destiny Slocum’s game is speeding up for Arkansas.

Aari McDonald will go pro after this season.

Michaela Onyenwere is still undecided.

Siena’s Isis Young is considering coming back for an eighth year.

Imani Lewis has been a great leader for Wisconsin.

Ellie Mack’s contributions have been key for Oregon State.

Talia von Oelhoffen’s addition has fueled the Beaver’s resurgence.

College coach news:

Tammi Reiss’ foundation and cultured has reshaped Rhode Island.

College conference news:

The ACC Tournament will allow fans.

WNBA news:

First-time WNBA free agents say uncertainty takes a toll.

Chiney Ogwumike has re-signed with the Sparks.

Magic Johnson thanked Candace Parker for her time with LA.

Megan Walker’s first year as a pro was anything but normal.

WBHOF news:

The induction ceremony for this year’s class has been moved to August.

Stay or go? Onyenwere still undecided

Michaela Onyenwere has been projected to be chosen in the first round of the WNBA draft, if she declares. AP photo.
Michaela Onyenwere has been projected to be chosen in the first round of the WNBA draft, if she declares. AP photo.

UCLA senior forward Michaela Onyenwere, a projected first-round WNBA draft pick, said Wednesday she hadn’t yet decided whether or not she would return for one more year as a Bruin.

Prior to the 2020-2021 season, the NCAA granted those playing an extra year of eligibility due to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Onyenwere, who ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and third in rebounding, has said she was weighing whether to stay in Westwood an additional year. With the WNBA draft just six weeks away, she said she didn’t think she’d return to UCLA, but she couldn’t say for sure.

“I don’t think so, but…..not like, 100, 100 percent,” Onyenwere said.

Coach Cori Close said she supports Onyenwere’s decision, whatever it is.

“Michaela has got the freedom to make that decision when it’s appropriate for her,” Close said.

Two who will be honored on senior night tomorrow are Lauryn Miller and Lindsey Corsaro. Miller, a Missouri native, has evolved into a starter with a steadying presence on court and a big-sisterly influence off of it. Corsaro, from Indiana, missed her first two season with the Bruins with injuries. A redshirt junior, she could have two more years at UCLA, but is choosing to move on.

“She’s given us five amazing years, so we’re going to honor her as a senior,” Close said.

Natalie Chou, a redshirt senior transfer from Baylor, has “unequivocally” said she will use her additional eligibility year in 2021-2022, according to Close. Freshman Emily Bessoir and early enrollee Dominique Darius will be freshmen again next season. Whether or not others on the roster, including two who opted out, will take another year remains to be seen.

“We’ve had zero conversations about that with the players in between (the seniors and freshmen),” Close said.

UCLA hosts USC tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT.

A quiet night of upendings and record-setting performances

Several upsets:

Penn State edged No. 15 Ohio State, 69-67.

Iowa State took down No. 18 West Virginia, 85-68.

Marquette upended No. 24 DePaul, 85-71.

Records broken:

Seton Hall broke three single-game records in tonight’s win: scoring, three-pointers and assists.

Cincinnati’s Iimar’l Thomas broke a single-game school scoring record, with 51 points.

More results:

No. 19 Missouri State claimed the regular-season MVC title with a 67-55 win over SIU.

Texas stopped Kansas, 61-52.

Minnesota downed Nebraska, 73-63.

No. 7 Baylor 70, Oklahoma State 51

No. 11 Indiana 77, Wisconsin 49

No. 25 Rutgers 63, Michigan State 53

Oklahoma 76, TCU 60

Kansas State 86, Texas Tech 79

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

The Cardinal are champs once again.

Texas A&M knows the importance of the Alabama game.

Arizona is relying too much on Aari McDonald as the postseason nears.

Oregon season resume review.

Georgia is playing for Tournament seeding.

BYU looks to finish out the season with a couple of wins.

South Florida has won 13 straight.

St. Louis has found a way to persevere this year.

St. Francis Brooklyn will forego the rest of its season.

The Big Ten’s tournament schedule is out.

Horizon League tournament specs.

College player news:

The NCAA’s starting five for the week.

Tiana Mangakahia is ready to go pro.

Mangakahia has been Syracuse’s heart.

How Alabama’s Jasmine Walker is making her case for SEC player of the year.

The future for Albany’s heart and soul, Kyara Frames, is uncertain.

College coach news:

UConn is making its first trip to Omaha, but Creighton coach Jim Flanery has seen worse.

Dartmouth coach Bella Koclanes has departed after eight years to pursue another career path.

Former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw has released a new book.

College referee and trainer news:

Official Angie Enlund was injured on court after the buzzer of the Rutgers-Michigan State game, and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Athletic trainers are working overtime this season.

NCAA news:

The NCAA’s next top 16 reveal has been moved to this Sunday.

A Senate bill has been introduced that would allow college endorsement deals and more.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Poll, Week 9

The Cardinal celebrate their Pac-12 regular-season title after Monday night’s win. Stanford Athletics photo.

Another exciting week of women’s college hoops sees the Pac-12 regular-season champions, the Stanford Cardinal, back atop the top 25. They are followed by Texas A&M, who is undefeated vs. ranked opponents this season. NC State comes in at three, followed by UConn and South Carolina to round out the top five.

After a loss to Florida State, Louisville drops to six, Maryland comes in at seven, Pac-12 foes UCLA and Arizona fall to eight and nine, respectively, with the Baylor Lady Bears rounding out the top 10.

Indiana has made their way to No. 11 in the country, Michigan remains at 12, Oregon is 13 after a crushing loss to UCLA last week, and red-hot Georgia rises to 14 after an exciting victory over Tennessee on Sunday. The Lady Vols upset South Carolina on Thursday night, but their succeeding loss puts them at number 15 this week.

SEC opponent Arkansas rises to 16 this week, followed by West Virginia. Ohio State drops to 18, and South Florida and Kentucky round out the top 20. The Jackrabbits of South Dakota State climb to 21 this week with DePaul, Gonzaga, and Missouri State following. Rutgers enters the top 25 for the first time this season, narrowing out Georgia Tech, who suffered a disappointing loss to Boston College.

Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Texas, and Alabama all received votes this week.

  1. Stanford
  2. Texas A&M
  3. NC State
  4. UCONN
  5. South Carolina
  6. Louisville
  7. Maryland
  8. UCLA
  9. Arizona
  10. Baylor
  11. Indiana
  12. Michigan
  13. Oregon
  14. Georgia
  15. Tennessee
  16. Arkansas
  17. West Virginia
  18. Ohio State
  19. South Florida
  20. Kentucky
  21. South Dakota State
  22. DePaul
  23. Gonzaga
  24. Missouri State
  25. Rutgers

RV: Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Texas, Alabama

March is coming

Today’s results:

No. 4 Stanford topped No. 9 Arizona, 62-48.

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

Today’s AP top 25 poll finally starting to make more sense. Texas A&M is No. 3.

The NCAA’s power 10 rankings.

With tonight’s win, Stanford clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title.

Indiana’s No. 11 ranking today is the highest in program history.

Georgia is on a quest to continue its rich history.

Oregon still has a chance to live up to high expectations.

Rutgers is back in the top 25 after a five-game winning streak.

A seven-game winning streak and a signature upset has BYU dreaming of San Antonio.

Oregon State is making a case for a Tournament bid.

ETSU reflects on last summer’s steps toward racial justice.

Fordham reacts to their shutdown.

The Big West will play its conference tournament without fans.

The Mountain West will play its conference tournament without fans.

The MVC Tournament will return this year.

Conference tournament dates and schedules.

College player news:

The 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award have been announced.

The year’s 10 best transfers.

Six unsung Pac-12 heroes.

Why Stephanie Watts transferred from North Carolina, then transferred back.

Faith Masonius has been a powerhouse for Maryland.

Kiyae White is a difference-maker for Auburn.

Vermont senior Josie Larkins will return next year for a fifth season.

College coach news:

Kara Lawson has built a home court advantage.

WNBA news:

Seimone Augustus has re-signed with the Sparks.

Bria Holmes has found a home with LA.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has signed with the Dream.