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Friday, 08/31/07

Maryland's New Backcourt

It is entirely conceivable that 18 years from this March, Maryland, led by their two freshman sensations the Frese sisters, and coached by their mom Brenda, will play for a national championship.

That is because Maryland's Brenda Frese is pregnant. The Washington Post's Kathy Orton is reporting Frese is due to give birth to fraternal twins on March 11, which would be less than two weeks before the NCAA Tournament.

It has not yet been reported as to whether Frese will coach the team up to her due date, but this creates a small problem for the Terps, who will certainly be without Frese for at least a few games at the end of the season.

As for who will take over the Terps in Frese's absence, Maryland has almost an entirely new coaching staff because of the departures of Jeff Walz, Joanna Bernabei and Mark Pearson.

Maryland will have to choose between Erica Floyd, who has 13 years of assistant coaching experience and has been a member of the Maryland staff since 2002-03, Daron Park and Diane Richardson, who are both new to the staff.

If I had to guess, I would say look for Floyd, a former Ohio State standout, to get the task.

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Tuesday, 08/28/07

Delle Donne Deal

By way of divine revelation, top recruit Elena Delle Donne has decided where she will play her college basketball.

If you were the best basketball player in the country, and you had a choice of school between Tennessee and Connecticut, which would you choose?

Well, if you are named Delle Donne from Delaware, you are going north to UConn.

In a decision described as an epiphany, Delle Donne has said, "All of a sudden, I just said, 'I'm going to UConn.'"

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Tuesday, 08/28/07

The Tortoise And The Bullseye

Playing with a bullseye on your back is no easy task, as Tennessee will learn next season.

Just ask Maryland, winners of the 2006 National Championship. The Terps played every game last season with their opponents sending their best and most pointed-tipped arrows straight for their backs. And although they wear shells, these Terps were not impenetrable.

After winning their first 18 games, the Terps went to Duke, then No. 3 in the nation, and fell to the Blue Devils for their first loss of the season. Maryland would hit a late season slump and would never recover finishing the year 28-6 and losing to Mississippi in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Monday, 08/27/07

Roadmap To A Repeat

No matter where you may stem from across the nation, it seems the directions to the women's basketball national championship always seems to be via Knoxville, Tenn.

From Knoxville, MapQuest says it's pretty much a straight shot down Interstate-75 South for close to 620 miles to get to Tampa, Fla., but the Lady Vols know it will take a lot more than that to get back to the Final Four.

And even though this year's schedule got more hype for who the Lady Vols omitted - UConn and Tennessee will not meet in their annual rivalry game this season - the slate is not one the Vols can take very lightly.

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Wednesday, 08/22/07

Boiled Over

It hasn't been a smooth offseason for the Purdue Lady Boilermakers.

First they lose All-American Katie Gearlds to graduation. Then the injury bug hits their best remaining player Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, who tore her ACL and is out for the season.

And now, The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has placed the West Lafayette school on two years probation and will take away two scholarships from the women's basketball program for violations.

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Wednesday, 08/22/07

Not Much of a Challenge

Several years ago, basketball conference bigwigs got together and decided that two of the best conferences in men's college basketball, the ACC and the Big Ten, should have rivalry games each year to determine which was the better conference.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge was born, and for the most part has been very successful on the men's side. So successful, in fact, that the women's portion of the two conferences decided to get together and copycat what the men established.

But while the ACC owns the Big Ten on the men's side, as far as the ladies are concerned, the Big Ten doesn't even deserve to carry the ACC's gym bag.

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Monday, 08/20/07

Pokey Sighting

Do they dance the Hokey Pokey in Russia? They do now.

Former LSU coach Pokey Chatman, the most famous women's basketball coach to come out of the closet, will now be taking her knowledge of x's and o's behind the Iron Curtain.

Chatman resigned from her post as LSU's head coach in March, days before the Tigers would embark on their fourth consecutive run to the Final Four, amidst improper conduct allegations. It was later found out that Chatman had engaged in an improper relationships with one or more former players.

Confirmed last Thursday by Chatman to the Daily Reveille, the coach will leave the United States in search of greener - and colder - pastures in Russia.

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Tuesday, 08/07/07

USA Trash Talk

Anyone following USA Basketball this summer - both men's and women's - has seen the red, white and blue become golden on three occasions out of a possible five medals.

And the gold medals are all hanging around the women's necks.

The USA women rolled to gold medals in the FIBA Under-21, FIBA Under-19 and Pan American Games tournaments, while their male counterparts only managed one medal, a silver for the U19 team. The Pan Am Games team finished fifth, failing to medal.

And now, for the piece de resistance, the World University Games are underway in Bangkok, Thailand and both the men and women decided, for the first time ever, to ship an entire team over instead of picking and choosing their own.

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Sunday, 08/05/07

For The Greater Gold

The NCAA should be salivating over the performance of the USA Under-19 FIBA World Championship team these past few weeks in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Team USA just put the finishing touches on a dominating gold medal, defeating Sweden Sunday, 99-57.

The Americans swept the tournament field, going 9-0 and averaging a margin of victory of 35 points per game. They were easily the class of the field with only Spain managing to test them in the slightest in a game the Americans won, 74-66.

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Wednesday, 08/01/07

Like A Good Neighbor...

...State Farm is there.

And they'll be there for years to come as both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) have announced that the State Farm Insurance Company has become the official sponsor of the top women's and men's college basketball players in the nation.

No longer will Eastman Kodak have their name precede "All-American" when referencing the women's All-American team. Beginning next year the correct terminology will be "State Farm Coaches' All-Americans."

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