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New grad says “Lean In” lessons come with playing ball

Friday, June 21st, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Of course we’re all talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. There’s the public conversation about the gender gap in leadership in the U.S. (and controversy about some messages in Lean In) but as a recent college graduate and a female ...

Mortarboard moment: Sharing advice I got from Gail Marquis, Olympic superstar and Wall Street success

Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Gail Marquis is a powerful woman in sports, business, and volunteer foundation work.  She won a silver medal as a part of the 1976 U.S. Women’s Basketball Olympic Team and played basketball professionally in Europe, before taking her competitive drive and spirit to Wall Street where she worked ...

Warm-up playlist: Time to get pumped up without being put down

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Get ready, it’s game day!!!!! As you prepare mentally and physically, you want help getting into your zone. Which songs pop up on the warm-up playlist? Chances are, messages of female empowerment and gender equality are not major themes in your favorite jams. In fact, it might ...

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 ...

Results are in: Farther 3-point line makes a (small) dent in scoring

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent One foot might not seem like a major difference – unless it’s on a basketball court. And unless it’s the three-point line you’re talking about. Last year, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided to move the traditional women’s three-point arc before the start of the season.  In a (literal) ...

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 ...

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 ...