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Good surprise: Final Four basketball not just for top seeds anymore

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

                    By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips What does it mean for a #5 seed team like Louisville to be in the Final Four? That favorite Baylor was out early? Women’s college basketball fans seldom get to watch a regional seed lower than #3 make it to the Final Four. Sure, on the ...

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 ...

It’s not exactly a ballot, but brackets matter: Fill yours out!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

By Laura Pappano It's March Madness for a reason. Yes, UConn is dominant, but with injuries and defections, and rising teams from Baylor, Stanford, and Tennessee, who knows? This is college, after all. Too much March Madness talk presumes that it's all about the men's bracket. But if the waiter who just ...

Samarie Walker switch? May not be so crazy.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2131" align="alignleft" width="231" caption=" Kentucky's athletic home page"][/caption] By Laura Pappano She is still wearing her UConn uniform, but Samarie Walker’s smiling face is already gracing the University of Kentucky’s athletic homepage. The UConn freshman’s abrupt transfer (albeit after some bumpy months, says Swish Appeal), is spurring speculation and chatter (yes, Baylor fans ...

Guys, stop whining about women’s basketball — and just tune in

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

VS.? By Laura Pappano Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey has a number in mind: 47,492. That’s how many fans went wild last Sunday in Houston for the men’s Baylor-Duke matchup. After her team upset Duke in a thrilling 51-48 win last night, Mulkey made the point: She wants the same support in San Antonio ...

Griner’s punch not about women’s sports, but sportsmanship in all college play

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Here we go again. Baylor’s Brittney Griner’s outrageous act last Wednesday – the now-viral YouTube image of her socking Texas Tech’s Jordan Barncastle after the two jostled beneath the basket – has some wondering: What’s going on in women’s sports? We had foul-mouthed Serena last summer, and then the ...