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It IS March Madness: Still a Shadow Championship

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Get ready: For the next few weeks college basketball will be everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, few of the games that will be playing non-stop on screens will feature women's teams. Yes, women are playing -- just not where you will notice them. Every year, I get excited and whoop up ...

Sharing the Hardwood: Mixed Sex Ball Plans Excitement and Equity

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By Mariah Philips Professional sports have long been segregated by sex, so what happens when men and women play on the same team? In a high-profile sport like professional basketball? We are about to find out. The Mixed Gender Basketball Association, MGBA, Inc., has a mission of integrating both men and women ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The IAAF has a Bunny Problem (not just in women’s marathoning)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By Laura Pappano The international track federation’s (IAAF) decision to nullify women’s marathon records from mixed-sex events reflects a crude double standard: Men can have rabbits; women can’t. The use of pacesetters is common in running, from short track distances to marathons. Boston and New York no longer allow pacesetters, but many ...

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 ...