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Mad in March: Women drowning in the tsunami of men’s coverage

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

  By Laura Pappano If coverage of the men’s side of March Madness seems to be playing at every hour on every available screen, it’s not your imagination. Not only did the number of men’s teams in the tournament increase from 64 to 68, but the NCAA TV deal with CBS and Turner ...

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 ...

When injury puts you on the bench: How do you cope? Come back?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

By Ashleigh Sargent After I recently suffered a severe ankle sprain that sidelined me from basketball for several weeks, I saw firsthand that injuries are not just physically damaging but mentally challenging too! I spoke with Kate McLaren, PhD, a sports psychologist at The Education Alliance, about what to do when ...

In rural WV, land of volunteer coaches and radio play-by-play announcers, Pocahontas County HS Girls have fans (and title hopes)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

By Rachel Tompkins Signs of Spring have appeared atop the Allegheny Front between the two Virginias. Here in Pocahontas County in West (By God) Virginia that includes shoots of green, the sound of robins --- and cheering from the gym at Pocahontas County High School as the Lady Warriors begin their ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...