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Sizing up ND vs. BU (what won it and what the final will look like)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish took down perennial powerhouse UConn in overtime to advance to the National Championship for the second year in a row.  Behind the leadership of Skylar Diggins, who finished the night with 19 points, Notre Dame forced the game into overtime ...

Obama Bracket Challenge: Not (it turns out) for men only

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Laura Pappano Sports are political. This year’s March Madness tournament has made that point even more clearly than usual as President Barack Obama’s campaign announced the “Obama Bracket Challenge:” Out pick the President and your name appears on the campaign website. While initial reports suggested a catch -- that the contest only applied to ...

The quiet problem: Less attention, poor schedules for women’s play

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

                      By Laura Pappano This is a year of Title IX anniversary celebrations – it became law in 1972 – but even as conferences are convened (I was part of a terrific panel at Wellesley College on Monday), let’s not get weepy. It was not as if a switch flipped and everything changed. There ...

Culinary Institute of America: Yes, they have intercollegiate sports and yes, the basketball team is co-ed (Q&A with Mackenzie Anderson)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

                  By Ashleigh Sargent In between soufflé and sauce instruction, there's time for athletics. Yes, they do more than cook at the Culinary Institute of America. Since 2004, they've played intercollegiate sports (though no scholarship athletes here). And, unlike most college basketball teams, the CIA Steels are co-ed, thanks to the addition ...

Quiet challenge: Transition from HS star to college team contributor

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

By Ashleigh Sargent The 2011-2012 NCAA basketball season has just kicked off, which means thousands of women are making their debut at the college level. Even the most talented recruits, however, need more than raw skill to make an impact. College presents new obstacles: increased intensity, expectations, and pace. Players must figure out ...

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 ...

New 3-point line? Top NCAA shooter says no problem.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

  By Ashleigh Sargent Think of it as one step – literally a 12” stride – toward gender equity. This year for the first time, women and men will shoot from the same 20’9” three-point line. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided to move the women’s three-point arc from 19’9” after tracking ...

Required to cheer for your assailant? Whose rights count?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

By Susan McGee Bailey The U.S. Supreme Court last week remained silent in the case of a Texas cheerleader, but the message was alarmingly loud: It may be 2011, but high school girls don’t have the same rights as high school guys. The Court declined to hear an appeal from a Texas ...

Breaking it Down: March Madness, Maya Moore – and Me ( a college basketball player)

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

By Ashleigh Sargent What a week of hoops! As a college player and fan, my observations about the tournament mixed strong emotions (one of the stars of women’s basketball ends her college career with a 72-63 loss) with excitement for the way the final game unfolded. It is meaningful to see ...

Women’s NCAA: From March Mandate to real March Madness!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

By Laura Pappano When Stanford went down 63-62 last night to Texas A & M, it took several minutes to sink in. And when TV cameras showed the UConn Huskies in the stands, well, you felt that they had been forewarned: Watch out, things can happen. It didn’t matter. Notre Dame didn’t ...