Advance To Semis Amid Emotional Week
Two very different ways of playing position, but two impressive PG performances today by Iowa's Sam Logic, MSU's Tori Jankosa. Fun to watch.
Through nearly 2.5 games, white jerseys (i.e. favorites) are down 36 points in Big Ten quarterfinals. That kind of day.
Ohio State beats No. 11 (and No. 1 seed) Penn State 99-82 in Big Ten quarterfinals. Will play winner of Iowa-Purdue in semis.
Ohio State leads No. 11 Penn State 58-34 at half. The same OSU that scored 54 and 42 points total in two regular-season losses vs PSU.
Fine, fine, basketball-related performance.
Best 2-person performance since Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson? OSU's Craft and Alston: 9-10 FG, 26 points, 9 assists in 12.5 minutes.
Ohio State opens Big Ten QF shooting 8-10 from the 3-point line, leads Penn State 28-18. OSU hit 10 3s in two regular season meetings
Three sophomores among espnW conference POY picks: Tiffany Mitchell, Marissa Janning, Breanna Stewart. via
Thoughts & prayers are with the entire community & friends & family of Brian Moretti:
Sports info is a thankless job requiring infinite passion to do well. Can’t fathom Brian Moretti not getting more years to express his.
As you should (stick up for her). Strong case for Chiney. Strong case for Kayla McBride, too.
Fair enough, but that case can be made without questioning the integrity of a whole bunch of people.
Aaron, no better SID, but that's disingenuous. She deserves every word of it, but we talk about Chiney
On the other hand, there was pizza.
Hofstra's new ace already has more career wins than any non-senior in the country. This week's notebook. via
If you missed it, on what means to and beyond the court.
There is no good way to spin still being awake when they slip the hotel bill under the door.
Native American color guard from tonight's game in Louisville.
This isn't even close to the front and it curls all the way around corner at the end and keeps going.
Never seen anything like the autograph line for Louisville just now. There are still thousands of people ringing the arena concourse.
School record crowd of 22,163 for Louisville-UConn.
Native American Appreciation Night at Louisville-UConn. In one pass through stands, talked to people from New Mexico, N. Dakota, Wisconsin.
The real question is how many UConn beat writers are there in front of the Yum Center?
Excited to see DePaul's Brittany Hrynko get POW! Called DePaul @ St John's & she just wouldn't be DENIED!
Why regular-season titles matter: Chattanooga at 18-0 and Green Bay chasing 16 titles in a row. This week's wrap ...
I'm there in spirit, which some people would suggest is the best way for me to be anywhere.
Green Bay a win away from share of Horizon title. Last time it didn't win league, Seinfeld was still on and Google hadn't been incorporated.
No better way to spend a snowy night in Valparaiso than watching Green Bay-Valpo. Come to think of it,…
From last night, final regular-season home game for ND's Natalie Achonwa/Kayla McBride showed value of experience.
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On the softball side, how a familiar All-American took on an unfamiliar role for UCLA this season. via
Two things I never mastered: math and basketball. Why IPFW's Amanda Hyde is among the best at both.
Can't tell if airport PA is saying return to checkpoint to claim poster, coaster or toaster, but I am really rooting for toaster.
McNeese State has three wins against teams that reached super regionals in 2013. None of last year's WCWS teams have three such wins yet.
So long Cathedral City. It has been fun.
Watching an elderly couple eat at Panera with DCFC's “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” playing is too much emotional angst for me right now.
There always has to be that one person, even when he's the Stanford coach.
The essential tools of the modern softball player.
Pleasure was mine. Thanks for filling me in on the academic side of college - the part I slept through.
To the 2 very kind espnW readers who took the time to say hi today during games, thank you. Even if you had to break the hockey score to me.
I choose to think and were going for the second-row photobomb here.
Didn't quite beat the sun to Cathedral City this morning for a full day of softball.
Missouri plays No. 14 Arizona/No. 15 Baylor today. Notebook looks at softball life after Chelsea Thomas. via
ASU holds atop softball power rankings. And why the top 10 won't want to see IPFW's Miranda Kramer in May. via
I can't live up to that kind of pressure.
Almost as good as frozen turkey curling.
Never go to the grocery store hungry. Also, never use a shopping cart at the grocery store immediately after watching bobsled.
South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell is shooting 57.7 percent from 3-point line. For context, 57.7 would rank 16th in NCAA in overall FG pct.
Wow, OU's Aaryn Ellenberg just got leveled by one of the hardest screens I've seen. Totally legal screen, but wow. Full speed into it.
Impressive shutout for Arizona. Had been 1-4 vs. SEC since beating Tennessee twice in one day to reach 2010 WCWS final.
Got hit by a foul ball in the dugout in 2011, but seems like she's had about every bit of bad luck possible at some point.
Scary comebacker at Kenzie Fowler in the Arizona-Alabama game. Replaced, but it looked on the stream like she was able to smile jogging off.
Hamson finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 blocks for BYU. Really deserves All-America consideration this season.
Important win for BYU over No. 15 Gonzaga. BYU's Jennifer Hamson had 18 points in the second half -- Gonzaga had 19.
No. 9 Kentucky survives IPFW 2-1, but what a weekend already for IPFW's Miranda Kramer. Beat Texas and has 29 Ks, 2 ER in 16.2 IP.
Disappointed to learn that being painfully sore from shoveling snow past two days does not, technically, qualify me as a Winter Olympian.
ASU's Dallas Escobedo with a one-hit shutout, 12 strikeouts to beat Oklahoma. A two-out single in the 7th away from a no-hitter. Impressive.
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New feature on Makenzie Robertson and why Kim Mulkey will never have an easier time recruiting a starter.
Thank you, Kim. Glad to tell the story.
Interesting read from on recruit averaging 46.9 ppg. via
She was great as an NPF championship volunteer grunt way back when, and now she's Southland Hitter of the Week. Congrats to
Softball notebook and why Stanford is poised to follow the Ricketts/Gascoigne model in the circle. via
And from yesterday's big game in Storrs, nobody has an answer for Breanna Stewart.
Tricia Liston's All-American run in this week's wrap. Plus: UW, Army, Nebraska's hidden gem, Creighton's rising star.
yep, Texas A&M in the B12 tournament.
Thinking Nebraska and UConn in Kelsey Griffin's senior season?
Maine raised $10,000 for Kay Yow Foundation, so coach Richard Barron dyed his hair pink for Sunday's game: VIDEO
Great win for vs OU. Also not unprecedented: 7 of past 10 national champs lost at least once opening week of the next season.
Glad you did, it's a good read.
Equally impressive is that a sixth grader still knew what to do with an envelope and a stamp.
Roll Tide. War Eagle. It's not just for football anymore. Why Alabama is the center of softball universe. via
Thanks, Amanda. Happy Opening Day!
Good morning ... Texas? How does Plano have more snow than Sochi?
Marissa Janning & Doug McDermott make Creighton only school w/ men's/women's leading scorers in ACC/AAC/Big 12/Big East/Big Ten/Pac-12/SEC.
Big game for G Marissa Janning. Scored 38 vs Georgetown. On Jan. 11 was averaging 15.8 ppg. Now at 18.3 and leading Big East.
Correction should be up soon for All-Americans.
Predicted last year I would transpose names of Kelsey Stevens/Kelsey Stewart at some point in their 4 years. Apologies to UF's Stewart.
Also, how Ball State All-American Jenny Gilbert went from slap-hitting Texan to Canadian slugger via
Softball: espnW preseason All-Americans via
Found it hard to believe Baylor was better rebounding team this year than past 4 years (as numbers say). Seeing in person, I believe it.
Kind of like that OU's whole team, starters included, stays standing arm in arm in a line as starters are introduced. Haven't seen it before
stuff like that doesn't leave your mind lemme tell you
Good question. One of these years we ought to try incendiary interrogatives.
Preview week for softball begins with 5 burning questions for 2014. espnW All-Americans will be next. via
I forget where I parked at airport 6 days ago. just recited, pitch by pitch, AB vs Yukiko Ueno from 7 months ago. Brilliant.
Getting ready for No. 7 Baylor-Oklahoma (ESPN2, 7 ET) in icy Norman. This week's wrap includes OU's big Bedlam win.
Sydney Leroux and Morgan Brian get U.S. off on right foot for 2014 -- and 2015. via
Eight NBA games, five NHL games and the biggest crowd of the night in the United States was at a women's soccer game. Kind of cool.
Whatya know, 1-0 US on Sydeny Leroux goal.
Last clean sheet for Canada against the US was March 11, 2001, in a 3-0 win in the Algarve Cup. 0-0 here in 78th minute.
Crowd of 20,862 for US-Canada tonight is largest domestic crowd for WNT since 2003.
Good pregame read. RT : looks at ahead of v . & I opine:
Caught up with Kristie and Sam Mewis, now US WNT teammates, before tonight's game vs Canada (FS1, 9 ET). via
"Our house, in the middle of our street." ... There, good luck getting that song out of your head the rest of the day.
Kravitz: Bevilaqua, White have family portraits for the 21st century via
From last night's drama in College Park, how Jewell Loyd, Alyssa Thomas and Kayla McBride put on a show.
The coaches here seem to be getting more and more excited about the 2016 draft for some reason.