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Nothing doing with the net: Lowering hoops 7″ is backwards idea

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma believes the women’s hoops should be lowered seven inches from the standard 10-foot height (or 7.2 inches for 1972 when Title IX passed). Why? He says lower rims would yield greater offensive production – more scoring -- and more fans for the women’s ...

Young and hungry: URI Women’s Basketball looking to its freshmen

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

  The Playbook: Year 3  An occasional series about University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball Head Coach Cathy Inglese and her quest to turn around a program. By Laura Pappano The URI Women’s Basketball team opens the season Friday at the University of Delaware and enters Year Three of the Inglese Era squarely in ...

Missing demographic: We need more Moms coaching youth sports!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

                            By Katie Culver I was so excited about my son’s first soccer season, that I volunteered my husband and I to share responsibilities as the team’s coaches. The complicating matter: I was 40 weeks pregnant. My third child was born two weeks later, which meant that – along with rainouts – much ...

Justine Siegal on throwing BP at MLB spring training: Why are people surprised that a woman can do this?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

By Megan Wood and Laura Pappano Justine Siegal, founder of BaseBall for All, made news this week when she became the first woman to throw batting practice to a major league baseball team at spring training. She threw for the Cleveland Indians on Monday and the Oakland A's on Wednesday. Siegal, ...

Beyond woulda-coulda-shoulda: URI captain Megan Shoniker talks about the (real) work of turnaround

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano Megan Shoniker is #10, URI team captain who hit the 1,000-point scoring mark on December 29. Shoniker, a senior with ...

Turnaround is about details; winning is about the score. URI getting better; not there yet.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano The game got away. The Richmond Spiders harassed the Rams, orchestrating a 66-53 victory in URI’s Ryan Center yesterday. It was ...

Streak ends, but not before women’s bball captivates fans, public, broadcasters

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Phew. The streak is over. Sometimes when you lose, you win. And whether UConn's streak ended last night or next month - or next year, matters less than how it ended and what it has shown us. The truth is that while UConn's 90-game win streak is a powerful accomplishment, once you ...

The quest for 89 victories is not just for UConn. It matters to all of us.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The countdown started long ago. Most fans know that if the UConn Women’s Basketball team continues its unbeaten run that on Dec. 21 the team will surpass the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams of the early 1970s. As the date nears, the question becomes pointed: Who ...

Rhode Island women’s B-ball: It’s building time

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

THE PLAYBOOK: Year 2  An occasional series about University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano The image unfolded as an accident. At a recent practice, a player scrambling to save a ...

Missing college sports? Get coaches, team, and competition (community will follow)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

By Sarah Odell What keeps so many women from playing post-collegiate competitive sports? In squash, it’s a challenge to get young women to travel to Baltimore or Philadelphia or Boston for a tournament. Getting them to commit to a once a week practice? Finding a woman to play with at the club? ...