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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What does 89 really mean? For starters, let’s stop apologizing. It’s not “women’s basketball.” It’s basketball.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

By Rachael Goldenberg It’s now 89. Officially the NCAA college basketball win-streak record. And if this team’s composure so far is any indication, the streak isn’t ending anytime soon. What do we do with this? How does the world look different for women’s sports today? What now? Well, for starters, let’s go with ...

UConn has a Garden Party: 88 and counting…

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Never mind that the crowd in Madison Square Garden – 15,232 the second largest in the venue for women’s basketball --- were on their feet in the final minutes chanting “Eighty-eight! Eighty-eight!” The UConn Women’s Basketball team made it look like just another 31-point win (they beat Ohio State ...

It is time for the UConn women to play against the guys?

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

By Laura Pappano Obviously, the UConn Women's Basketball team under coach Geno Auriemma isn't merely good. They are dominant. Of 20 games played so far, they have won 14 of by more than 30 points (including four by more than 50 points). The closest game was a 12-point win over Stanford. So ...

Coaching Primer: More Women with Pro-Hoop Dreams and Thoughts on Success from the Best

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The Playbook is an ocassional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. THE PLAYBOOK By Laura Pappano Go ahead and debate whether or not it’s a good thing, but women’s college basketball is changing: Young women don't ...