June 30, 2016 |
Another American sports icon now belongs to the ages in legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach emeritus Pat Summitt, who died Monday at age 64 in Knoxville, Tenn., after a nearly five-year battle with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Her condition had declined in recent weeks, and a television station in Knoxville reported that she was moved Saturday night from an assisted living facility she entered in late March to a hospice, where Ms. Summitt's final hours were spent.
March 17, 2016 |
UNLESS DUKE can pull off the unexpected and win the 2016 NCAA Tournament from a No.4 seed, the streak of not having a repeat champion for the men is going to extend to nine years. Florida was the last team to repeat by winning in 2006 and '07. Considering some of the powerful teams we've seen since 1980, it speaks to the overall balance of college basketball that only Duke and Florida have gone back-to-back over the last 35 tournaments. This year the field is as wide open as ever with at least 10 teams being able to win without it being considered an upset.
February 23, 2016 |
IT SEEMED nothing was going to keep Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta from his 700th career victory Sunday. Playing without leading scorer Caroline Coyer and facing a 12-point deficit with 8 1/2 minutes to go, the Wildcats closed with a 23-8 run to slip past host Georgetown, 63-60, and lift Perretta to two miletones. * He becomes the 10th active Division I women's coach to reach 700 wins, and the third of those to do so at one school (Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Montana's Robin Selvig are the others)
February 16, 2016 |
History trails Geno Auriemma's Connecticut Huskies into every arena. Not Lobo and Bird, Taurasi and Moore - this group led by Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson already has taken care of those past UConn ghosts. This group of Huskies has its own history to deal with. The UConn seniors are 24-0 this season and 137-5 in these jerseys, chasing their fourth straight national title. They keep adding to these insane feats of dominance - up to 61 straight victories, and 108 of 109. Big upsets?
April 9, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - It's crazy how it all played out. One coach followed the other on the St. Joseph's women's basketball staff, each coming to Hawk Hill from jobs in the Philadelphia Catholic League, one going on to create the greatest dynasty their sport has ever seen, the other its current foil. The dynasty proved once again why it deserves the distinction. A little more history was waiting for the result inside Amalie Arena on Tuesday night, with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma in line for his 10th NCAA title.
April 8, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - They all go to Connecticut now with the same thought: Get to the Final Four, play a couple of more games, cut down nets. When Breanna Stewart was a senior in high school, at Cicero North outside Syracuse, already committed to UConn, talking on the phone with her future coach, she used to up the ante, saying she wanted to win four NCAA titles. Who was Geno Auriemma to throw water on it? "Expecting to do it and then being good enough to do it and then paying the cost of what it takes to do it, those are all variables that you don't know going in," Auriemma said Monday afternoon at Amalie Arena, preparing to face Notre Dame on Tuesday with his 10th NCAA title on the line.
April 3, 2015 |
For Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, it was making the national tournament while playing for St. Joseph's. For South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, it was perfecting a difficult bank shot near 23d and Diamond Streets near her North Philadelphia home. For Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, the Philly experience was a little murkier to recall. Regardless, three of the most accomplished people in women's college basketball history began their legendary basketball careers in the Philadelphia area.
March 18, 2015 |
Three Philadelphia-bred coaches have led their teams back to the top of the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket for the second straight season. Geno Auriemma's two-time defending champion and No. 1 overall seeded Connecticut (32-1) was placed at the head of the Albany Regional in the 64-team draw, which was announced Monday night. Dawn Staley's South Carolina squad (30-2) heads up the Greensboro Regional and Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame team (31-2) leads the 16 teams in the Oklahoma City Regional.
March 8, 2015 |
Ashley Robinson, an Archbishop Wood graduate, scored 15 points and Natasha Cloud (Cardinal O'Hara) added 13, but No. 7 seed St. Joseph's lost to No. 2 seed Dayton, 80-61, in the Atlantic Ten tournament in Richmond, Va. Philadelphia University 74, Caldwell 71 - Mary Newell (Villa Joseph Marie) hit a three-pointer from just over midcourt with 0.9 seconds left to put the host Rams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament championship game against Holy Family at 4 p.m. Saturday.
February 11, 2015 |
STORRS, Conn. - It seemed like the rest of the state was closed. Morning anchors talked about how there was no place left to put any snow. Inside Gampel Pavilion? It was game on as soon as a charter arrived from South Carolina the day before and ESPN's truck showed up. Fans were told they could donate their tickets to students if they couldn't make it. Forget it. Whatever toboggan they needed to get here, they got here. It doesn't happen often, the chance for Geno Auriemma's Connecticut Huskies to even feign to be underdogs.