December 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Mystics G Tayler Hill is expecting her first child in May but plans to return to play the 2014 season. The father of the child is Dave Lighty, a former wing player on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hill, who was selected fourth overall in the 2013 draft, is an OSU alum, too.
Lighty played with stars like Mike Conley and Greg Oden among others. He is now a professional basketball player in Europe for French club JSF Nanterre.
According to reports by Swishappeal.com, in the 2013 NBA offseason, Lighty played for the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings on their Summer League teams. Lighty then played for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2013-2014 NBA Preseason, but was ultimately cut before the season. SwishAppeal.com come writes that there’s a lengthy and really good article on Lighty from SBN Ohio State Buckeyes site Land-Grant Holy Land.
From the official release by the Mystics:
December 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Since Day 1, Seattle U knew it was going to rely heavily on its underclassmen this season, particularly five freshman — three as primary ball-handlers. The group has quickly shown its potential.
Down 23 points nine minutes into a shootout against Oregon, instead of getting overwhelmed at the fast pace and seemingly endless three-pointers, four newcomers made good contributions to help SU get an unexpected lead and put the team in position to possibly win. Freshman G Claire Metoyer returned from injury and only played three minutes in the first half of the eventual 105-100 loss at KeyArena.
“We’ve been waiting for that moment to happen,” said senior F Kacie Sowell, the reigning Western Athletic Conference player of the year. “We have three seniors who’ve been here together for four years, but we can’t do it by ourselves. We need younger players, especially them running the point. It’s taken time but I think we’re to a place where everyone gets it.”
SU coach Joan Bonvicini pulled senior G Sylvia Shephard from the starting lineup due to an undisclosed reason, starting freshmen Alexis Montgomery and Kaylee Best in the backcourt. That decision quickly changed with the Redhawks down 7-0 . Bonvicini substituted Shephard for Best, which turned into a merry-go-round of rotations until the team found its defensive confidence to at least slow the Ducks’ offense.
Montgomery was able to run SU’s offensive sets, getting the ball inside to improved sophomore F Taelor Ross and Sowell. Later, Best made solid assists and collected a steal to help freshmen F Wilma Afunugo score five points in a 12-3 run to pull SU within 47-42 with 1:17 remaining in the opening half.
December 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Washington State (4-4) hosts Cal State Northridge (2-5) on Saturday at 7pm (PT) at Beasley Coliseum. Cougs coach June Daugherty will know what type of team she has after the matchup.
Yes, WSU defeated then-No. 10 Nebraska (6-1) on its home court — one of the toughest places to play in the country. But if the Cougs don’t display the same intense focus against the Matadors this weekend, then the upset means little.
“The key for us right now is to be able to build upon this,” Daugherty told reporters on Tuesday.
Following Saturday’s matchup, WSU has an 11-day break for finals until a matchup at Dayton (2-3) on Dec. 15. Here’s more from Daugherty on the win:
December 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Pac-12 pride brimmed at Washington practice last week. While the Huskies enjoyed a Thanksgiving holiday without basketball due to a scheduling conflict, the conference was busy knocking down teams ranked in the AP top 25.
“They’re genuinely excited,” said Washington coach Mike Neighbors of his team’s reaction to the conference going 4-2 against ranked teams the past week after an 0-7 start. “They see that you have to make the most of your opportunities when you play a ranked team.”
UW’s first chance is Saturday when it plays at No. 23 Texas A&M (4-2). Washington plays at Houston (3-4) on Wednesday. Naturally, the Huskies (1-2) would like to sweep to flex its Pac-12 muscle like its rivals.
Washington State (4-4) made 12 three-pointers to defeat then-No. 10 Nebraska 76-72 on Saturday. Playing before 5,933 fans, it was the Cornhuskers’ first loss in its sparkling new Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was the Cougs’ first win over a Top 10 team in program history.
“A lot of our girls had never played in an arena this loud, so for us to keep our composure and poise when they came back on us showed that we can hang with some of the top teams,” WSU junior G Tia Presley told reporters in Lincoln, Neb. She scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, none from three-point range.
November 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Marketing to lure people — mainly students — to women’s college basketball games made a stir this month. Instead of a school t-shirt or even a hotdog, Louisville coach Jeff Walz offered a voucher for a free beer or soft drink to 2,500 fans legally old enough to drink. At Kansas State, 300 pounds of bacon was distributed.
Colorado students had to work the hardest for their freebie. They could get tickets to the Buffs men’s basketball team’s game against Kansas in December. But, as men’s coach Tad Boyle reminded in a pregame pep talk to the crowd adorned with wristbands for orderly distribution, they had to stay for the entire game. G Brittany Wilson put on a show as the women beat a competitive Iowa squad, but the stronghold for the freebie wasn’t well received among ardent women’s hoops fans nationally. Colorado did clarify it wasn’t the only promo for students to get tickets, however.
As the Associated Press reported, the point is similar to all giveaways — get people to see the product in hopes they’ll want to return on their own. But some commented that beer, bacon and tickets to see a men’s team were the wrong, ahem, carrots to dangle before a crowd in hopes they see women’s hoops is entertaining. Too easy a setup for the lipstick and pig remark, ya know.
“There’s always going to be someone complaining,” Walz told the Associated Press about his giveaway. “I’ve reached out to a few of them and called them. Once they understood what we were trying to do, they wished me a great year.”
November 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with tptMN, will debut a groundbreaking documentary that uses research to examine the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes.
Titled “Media Coverage and Female Athletes,” the piece will air Dec. 1 on tptMN and Dec. 8 on LIFE channel...in Minnesota. For the rest of us, we can order a DVD online or streaming on the TuckerCenter.org website in mid-December.
Those entrenched in girls and women in sport are far too aware of the disappointing numbers. As found by the Tucker Center, while 40 percent of all sports participants are female, women’s sports receive only 2-4 percent of all sport media coverage. The center also found most female athletes are more likely than male athletes to be portrayed in sexually provocative poses.
The Seattle Times is even guilty of following the norm. Tough decisions made for travel and space are often gauged on attendance.
November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM
History won’t be televised, again. Mass exposure is probably the last nugget to change in Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s storied career. She’ll aim for her 899th and 900th career wins in Mexico as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope this week.
When VanDerveer reaches the milestone, she’ll join an elite circle of five coaches to reach 900 or more career wins in former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098), North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (908), Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (905) and former Texas coach Jody Conradt (900).
VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to 26 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and six consecutive 30-win seasons. The Card is the 13-time Pac-12 champion, winning the regular-season and conference tournament titles seven years in a row. Last season Stanford was a regular-season co-champion with Cal.
“She’s a legacy, she has an amazing legacy,” Washington State coach June Daugherty told the Associated Press. “She has mentored so many of us. I don’t think she gets enough of her due for what she’s done for Stanford basketball — Pac-8, Pac-10, Pac-12. She’s been innovative about her game. She is a first-class act.”
In speaking about the women’s basketball game for a feature on Pac-12 Networks, VanDerveer said the growth is beyond what she imagined. She also teased that her dad said she could never make a career out of basketball. Glad she was a rebel from the start.
November 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Unbelievable. Two of the most dynamic players in women’s basketball have only faced each other five times as opponents? And never teamed together?
Yeah, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke just turned 50. But her stellar playing career spanned so many decades, it’s hard to believe the Olympian didn’t team with another Olympic star with longevity in Dawn Staley, 43. Or at least had some epic battles as professionals. Yet, it’s true from what I could research.
Southern California’s game against South Carolina on Monday is the first time since 2003 Cooper-Dyke and Staley will play each other. And this time it’s as coaches. In the WNBA, the pair played each other five times because Staley began her professional career in the defunct ABL. Cooper-Dyke averaged 25.5 points in winning the first two matchups in Staley’s first WNBA season in 1999 and was 4-1 overall against Staley’s Charlotte Sting.
Flash forward to present time and the Trojans hired Cooper-Dyke in April to replace former head coach Michael Cooper (who was recently hired by the Atlanta Dream). Staley is in her sixth season with the Gamecocks, looking for win No. 99 at the Galen Center on Monday.
The matchup tips at 5pm (PST) on the Pac-12 Networks.
November 21, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Lauren Jackson should be dizzy by now. I just spent 30 minutes shaking the global hoops star, cracking up with every “Oh my God” she deadpanned.
What the? Exactly. There’s this new wave of virtual branding for celebrities and marketers called “HeadCasts.” As if Twitter, Instagram, Podcats, personal websites and Facebook weren’t enough, now in an animated app you can sort of interact with stars — if you have a smart phone, of course.
And you thought video games were the only way to toy with athletes.
To quote the company, HeadcastLab, “We’re a team of media professionals and animation obsessives with years of experience stretching from Spitting Image to Lara Croft. We develop characters and environments that beguile audiences, whoever or wherever they may be.”
Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP, recently played her first game in China. Through this crazy technology, she chats with you about her experience so far (like watching a friend eat duck beak) while making face gestures. Tap her, poke her or shake her — while creepy — makes her bounce a basketball or spout “Oh my God” like she knows it’s completely insane to shake your phone to get a reaction from a virtual her. Jackson is an advocate against domestic violence, making the whole taping her face thing weird, but you gotta love the “realness” of the image down to her bad hair dye. And it’s cool to actually hear from her.
Yeah, I could call, but you probably can’t. And she’s in China!
November 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM
The NCAA hoops season not even being a month old may be the sole lifesaver for the way the Pac-12 made its 2013-14 debut. Cal got beat by George Washington, UCLA showed its obvious transition in losses to No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 North Carolina, and Stanford looked out of its league against UConn.
Don’t play. The Cardinal’s showing on ESPN “Big Monday” had nothing to do with UConn being a given dominating team over the women’s basketball landscape. There are some glaring issues for the young Card.
Add Washington’s loss to Portland, giving up 91 points, and I wouldn’t blame the East Coast for heading to bed instead of staying up to catch a glimpse of the conference.
The stumbles led to the Card dropping three spots to No. 6 in the AP poll. The Golden Bears (2-2) did play without posts Gennifer Brandon and Justine Hartman due to illnesses, but voters weren’t forgiving and dropped them seven places to No. 17. Colorado (2-0) hasn’t played a competitive opponent (and won’t until it travels to No. 4 Louisville on Dec. 21,), keeping the Buffs at a respectable No. 16 ranking.
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