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.
December 8, 2014 |
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dawn Staley doesn't wear her team's ranking on her face. Even as her South Carolina Gamecocks built a sustainable lead Thursday against Charlotte, the coach looked annoyed. Holding a stat sheet given to her at the previous timeout, Staley glanced at it, rolled it up, opened it for another glance, and rolled it up again. So what if she's coaching the top-ranked women's college basketball team in the country? Too many turnovers were staring her in the face. The most accomplished female athlete in Philadelphia history, the great point guard of her era, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, now 44, remains on the search for higher ground.
August 21, 2014 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - As an 11-year-old, Mo'ne Davis already was dreaming of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated . Now 13, that dream has come true . . . sort of. She figured her nasty crossover dribble one day would get her on the SI cover, not her nasty fastball, which she used to shut out her last two Taney Little League opponents. Sure enough, though, it was the fastball that made her the first Little Leaguer to ever grace the cover of the nation's leading sports publication.
April 10, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - Still champion. Still unbeaten. And Connecticut's Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma is still the king of the women's basketball world. In the most anticipated matchup in women's college basketball history, featuring two unbeatens in the NCAA title game for the first time, the Huskies defeated longtime rival Notre Dame, 79-58, Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena to finish perfect at 40-0. The win boosted UConn to 9-0 in NCAA title games. It came just one night after the Connecticut men beat Kentucky for the NCAA title.
April 9, 2014 |
LET'S BE HONEST, had these been the circumstances surrounding last night's men's NCAA championship, we would have touted it as the greatest college basketball matchup ever. The significance of the tonight's women's NCAA final is beyond comparison. This isn't just No. 1 Connecticut against No. 2 Notre Dame; it is two undefeated teams with a combined record of 76-0. The story lines are numerous, none bigger than the hostile relationship between UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.