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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 ...

Women’s NCAA: From March Mandate to real March Madness!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

By Laura Pappano When Stanford went down 63-62 last night to Texas A & M, it took several minutes to sink in. And when TV cameras showed the UConn Huskies in the stands, well, you felt that they had been forewarned: Watch out, things can happen. It didn’t matter. Notre Dame didn’t ...

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 ...

Fuzzy math: Bias + $ from student fees = cut-rate tickets for women’s play. Even at UConn. And even THIS basketball season.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

By Laura Pappano Here we go -- yet again! After a spectacular season (78 straight wins and counting…) and off-season that saw the UConn Women’s Basketball team walking the red carpet at the ESPY Awards and visiting Walter Reed Medical Center and The White House (again), the university’s athletic office is ...

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 ...

March Madness: Barometer of women’s sport progress?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

By Laura Pappano There may be other ways to judge progress, but this year's NCAA Women's DI Basketball Tournament offers signs worth noting: 1. PRESIDENTIAL PICKS. For the first time, President Obama filled out NCAA DI Basketball brackets -- for the women's tournament. (See image at right -- or click here.) Last year, ...

Obama, father of tall daughters, meets the UConn Women’s Basketball Team (and gushes)

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Everybody knows that President Obama is a big college hoops fan. But most of his public affection has focused on the men's side (click here to see a photo of him with his March Madness picks). Today, however, he had the chance to enumerate the dominance of the ...

Coach Cathy Inglese talks tournament b-ball and era of parity (except for UConn, that is)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

By Savanna Johnson The big game is tonight! Before the NCAA's D1 Women's Basketball March to the Arch, I spoke with Cathy Inglese, former head coach at Boston College whose teams made it to the tournament six of the last eight years (plus were Big East Champions in 2004). She has ...

Attention bargain shoppers: Women’s basketball tickets are cheap (and that’s a problem)

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Click here to read Laura Pappano's op-ed in today's Christian Science Monitor on why the price gap between men's and women's division 1 college basketball tickets is a travesty -- and perpetuates economic disparities on and off the court.