August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - The names change, not the results. Just call the U.S. women's basketball team Olympic champion - again. The Americans won their fifth straight gold medal Saturday, routing France, 86-50, and putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the world heading into the 2016 Rio Games. "It just shows the depth and talent in our country. Women's basketball, it's our sport - it's our sport," said Diana Taurasi, a part of the last three gold medals. "We grew up playing since we were little and give it every single little bit of energy we have.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON - The rivalry with those varmints north of the border was finally on. The U.S. against Canada: Yuengling vs. Molson, states vs. provinces, the Red, White, and Blue vs. the Great White North. That was the feeling Monday night, as the Americans and Canadians waged a soccer war for the ages. It was physical, it was intense, it was emotional. It took a goal by Alex Morgan in injury time of overtime for the U.S. women to advance to the gold-medal game. Just 14 hours later, it was time for Round 2: the United States and Canada in the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's basketball tournament.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON - Another game, another blowout for the U.S. women's basketball team - not that the score matters to them. That sounds like the right thing to say after Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the U.S. to a 90-38 rout of Angola on Monday night. But the Americans aren't just being politically correct. They know they are still a work in progress, having been together training for only two weeks, and are going to play some tough games during the tournament.
December 24, 2008 |
It's been a whirlwind year for Candace Parker. She led Tennessee to a second straight national championship in women's basketball, was the first pick in the WNBA draft, took the league's MVP and rookie of the year awards, and helped the U.S. win a fourth-straight Olympic gold medal. Now Parker has been selected female athlete of the year by members of the Associated Press. "Wow, that's amazing," the 22-year-old Parker said. "It's been a great year from so many standpoints.
April 10, 2008 |
Willingboro's Crystal Langhorne and Cheltenham's Laura Harper, who led Maryland back into prominence with an NCAA women's basketball title in 2006, became first-round draft picks in yesterday's annual WNBA selections at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., just outside Tampa. Rutgers guards Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson also were among the first 10 picks, highlighted by the overall No. 1 choice of Tennessee junior center Candace Parker by the Los Angeles Sparks.
April 2, 2008 |
Even with an injured shoulder, Candace Parker led Tennessee into another Final Four. Parker scored 26 points and returned after dislocating her left shoulder to lead the Lady Vols out of a second-half deficit for a 53-45 win over Texas A & M in the Oklahoma City Regional final last night. She twice left the game in the first half with the injury and she didn't return until about halfway through the second half. She scored six of the Lady Vols' points in an 8-0 run as they overcame a 42-37 deficit, all while wearing a brace to stabilize her left shoulder.
January 25, 2008 |
Angie Bjorklund and Candace Parker scored 24 points each, and second-ranked Tennessee (17-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) tied a team record with 13 three-pointers in a 98-55 rout of Arkansas (16-4, 1-4) last night in Knoxville, Tenn. The margin was the largest of the season for the Volunteers, who shot 50 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from behind the arc. The Tigers shot 55 percent and led by 21 points at halftime to continue an impressive romp through the league. Duke jumped to an early seven-point lead.
January 6, 2008 |
Angie Bjorklund matched a career-high with seven three-pointers for 21 points and Candace Parker added 20 points to power No. 3 Tennessee to an 87-63 victory over 14th-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., yesterday. The Volunteers (12-1) took control from the start, forcing the Irish out of their normally pressing defense by making their first four three-pointers, three of them by Bjorklund. The Vols improved to 19-0 all-time against the Irish (12-2), who had their winning streak stopped at 10 games.
April 5, 2007 |
Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was asked yesterday what makes her newest championship contingent different from the previous six. "For this team, we really had a tight-knit group that really policed themselves, and we had great leadership," Summitt said. ". . . Sometimes I felt I didn't have to coach them; they coached themselves. " Former UCLA great John Wooden, with 10 NCAA championship rings, is the only men's or women's basketball coach who has won more than Summitt.
April 2, 2007 |
CLEVELAND - It was the cruel thing to do. The basketball gods took the University of North Carolina to the precipice and then bailed out on the Tar Heels just as they were about to clench their fists around a berth into the national championship game. It's tough enough to beat Tennessee on a level playing field - virtually impossible to do it with two starters fouled out and another hobbling during the stretch run. With half their body literally in the grave, the Lady Vols took advantage of a string of North Carolina bad luck to make a miracle run in the final 8 1/2 minutes and advance with a 56-50 victory.