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Sunday, 12/23/07

Attention Grabber

When sitting around with friends and family, women's basketball is not usually the preferred choice of television program.

Last night it was.

Saturday's epic overtime battle between No. 1 Tennessee and No. 5 Stanford was so good, so intense, that I personally know two people who never before watched women's basketball, but tuned in to see this one's incredible ending.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:09 AM | Comment

Saturday, 12/22/07

O For Oklahoma

Before the No. 20 Oklahoma State Cowgirls get too excited about their school-record 71-point victory over Central Arkansas Saturday, they should take into consideration who they beat.

Without a doubt, you beat anyone by 71 points and that is an accomplishment, but let's not get crazy with ourselves. This win shouldn't sway any voters in the Associated Press.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:51 PM | Comment

Wednesday, 12/19/07

Falling Off The Horse

The Cowgirls of No. 20 Oklahoma State have had their 8 seconds of fun. The wild bull ride that was their undefeated season is over. The bull gave them the horns. Or I should say, the Horned Frogs.

Eight seconds is the equivalent to the eight wins the Cowgirls owned before juggernaut TCU welcomed them into their Forth Worth home.

I hope you sense the sarcasm. There is nothing juggernaut about the TCU Horned Frogs, just like there is nothing Top 25 worthy about the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, who lost to TCU by 34 points, 97-63.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:02 AM | Comment

Tuesday, 12/18/07

Sold Their Souls?

I'm beginning to wonder whether or not the Arizona State Sun Devils actually sold their souls to the devil that resides in Hades. Something has to explain why the voters of both the AP and coaches polls refuse to drop the 6-4 team from its rankings.

I know people were high on this team before the season - many E-mailed to tell me of my egregious error in not including them in CSTV.com's Great Eight - but starting out at No. 12 was way too high a ranking for this group.

Their current ranking of No. 22 isn't warranted either. And the Coaches have them at No. 21 - how is this possible?

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Sunday, 12/16/07

The Difference

Candice Wiggins is the difference.

The difference between No. 5 Stanford over No. 10 Baylor, yes. But more than that, Wiggins is what makes Stanford a legitimate national championship contender.

Seeding come Tournament time is going interesting to say the least.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:16 PM | Comment

Sunday, 12/16/07

Who Is TWU?

Anyone who paid really close attention to the women's basketball Top 25 scoreboard on Saturday may have come across the abbreviation of a school they were unfamiliar with.

No. 24 Wyoming played host to a school abbreviated TWU, and defeated them 75-60 in the Wyoming Shootout.

So who is TWU? Were the graphics people just being cute, calling UTEP by its former name Texas Western University? Nope, this was not the University that upset Kentucky to win the 1966 Men's Basketball National Championship.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:38 AM | Comment

Sunday, 12/16/07

Never A Smooth Ride

On any road to greatness, there will be bumps along the way. The bumps make the journey worthwhile. They build character. Without the bumps, there'd be no triumphs later.

Nell Fortner and the Auburn Tigers never expected to go the entire season undefeated. They never even expected to be undefeated after nine games.

But when they put their 9-0 record on the line at No. 12 Texas A&M Saturday, leaving College Station 9-1 has still got to sting a little.

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Thursday, 12/13/07

This Boot Wasn't Made For Walkin

Rutgers got a bit of unfortunate news before their Wednesday night contest against Princeton.

The Scarlet Knights defeated the Tigers, 53-48, without the services of senior Big East Defensive Player of the Year Essence Carson, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury and was donning crutches and a protective boot on her right foot.

Carson has been hindered by this injury almost all season, said coach C. Vivian Stringer after Carson shot 2-for-10 from the field and just didn't play well in a win over No. 11 Cal on Monday.

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Sunday, 12/09/07

More Rebounds Than Years Living

Xavier freshman Ta'Shia Phillips had a big afternoon against Louisville in Kentucky Sunday.

Her Musketeers ultimately took the loss to the Big East's Cardinals, but in the process, Phillips pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds.

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Sunday, 12/09/07

Can't Spell Undefeated Without SEC

While grammatically that is the opposite of being true - for those who don't realize, "undefeated" has no "s" or "c" in the word anywhere - in women's college basketball, if you are still undefeated, chances are you play in the Southeastern Conference.

As of Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:26 p.m. and 22 seconds (now 23...you get the point...) there are only 10 undefeated Division I teams remaining, and a whopping 40 percent of them come from the nation's best conference - and none of them are LSU, who has been to the last four Final Fours and has already lost twice this year.

No. 1 Tennessee (7-0), No. 7 Georgia (8-0), No. 14 Auburn (9-0) and unranked Arkansas (9-0) have all managed to stay unbeaten well into the season's second month.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:21 PM | Comment

Wednesday, 12/05/07

Musical Top 25

The Associated Press and Coaches Polls have been released, meaning another week of musical chairs among the Top 10 and bottom portion of the Top 25.

With all the nation's elite squads beating up on each other in big preseason battles, and all the bottom-Top-25 teams proving they don't belong ranked at all, there has certainly been a lot of turnover in the early season.

As always, I have some bones to pick with the voters. And the Maryland Terrapins should too.

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