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Beyond woulda-coulda-shoulda: URI captain Megan Shoniker talks about the (real) work of turnaround

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano Megan Shoniker is #10, URI team captain who hit the 1,000-point scoring mark on December 29. Shoniker, a senior with ...

Turnaround is about details; winning is about the score. URI getting better; not there yet.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano The game got away. The Richmond Spiders harassed the Rams, orchestrating a 66-53 victory in URI’s Ryan Center yesterday. It was ...

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 ...

How to come from behind and win on the road (twice): Patience, persistence, passion.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano At halftime, I thought there was no way. Yes it was close, the half ending at 23-21, with Fairfield up by two. ...

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 ...

B-ball season is starting! But how to make a (formerly) losing team into a fan favorite and on-court winner?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The PLAYBOOKThe Playbook is an occasional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. Check out previous installments here and here. By Laura Pappano It's starting. New uniforms are arriving. Coaches of other RAMS teams that ...

Wait, it’s not the POTUS’s job to play PC b-ball — women have to get in the game!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Um, earth to FairGameNews.com readers! Did no one read Laura’s post on Monday? (Actually our tracker shows they did). Then, why no comments to tell her she was talking crazy? C’mom -- you’ve got to keep us on our toes! I read it and nearly came through my computer ...

Acosta & Carpenter on why it’s nonsense-talk that females want male coaches, why women’s teams shouldn’t be the Lady (fill in the blank) — and more

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Laura Pappano and Lauren Taylor R. Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter, professors emerita at the City University of New York's Brooklyn College and co-authors of a book on Title IX, have collected data on women’s roles on – and off – the field in college athletics since 1977.  They have ...

Promised Paper: Ticket Office Sexism (in detail)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Last spring, an op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor -- "The Price Gap Between Men and Women's Basketball Tickets is Madness" -- drew a slew of responses and comments, including some that were awfully hostile about the prospect of women's play being 1) worthwhile watching and 2)  ...

How to Turn Around a Losing Program: Start with a Paint Job and Better Grades

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Playbook An occasional series on University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turn around a program that finished last year 10-21. By Laura Pappano The first game of the upcoming season – against Fairfield University (18-13 last year) – is months away, but Coach Cathy ...