Seattle U concludes its regular-season with two games this week. SU (13-14, 8-6 WAC) hosts Kansas City on Thursday and Chicago State on Saturday. The latter will mark Senior Day for forwards Kacie Sowell and Ashley Ward and G Sylvia Shephard. A ceremony will be held prior to the 4pm game at Connolly Center. Sowell…More
Category: TV Alert
Pac-12 Networks will re-air Washington’s 70-65 upset of No. 18 Cal on Monday at 12:30pm (PT) in Washington. Freshman G Kelsey Plum scored 22 points, including four key shots from the foul line in the waning minute, to seal the win. The Bears, however, played without floor-leader Brittany Boyd (knee). The…More
The Pac-12 regular-season concludes this week with majority of its tournament positions undecided. No. 5 Stanford secured its 14th-consecutive regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament set to play out at KeyArena from March 6-9. The rest? Well, No. 18 Cal should solidify the No. 2 seed this week,…More
Confession: If the Super Bowl, Sochi Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Washington’s upset of then-No. 3 Stanford were on the old-school VHS, I would have worn out my copies by now, film rippling out of the VCR (look it up kids). Thankfully On-Demand and my Watch ESPN app are fulfilling my addiction to replay…More
Here’s the postgame press conference with Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer, All-American senior F Chiney Ogwumike and junior F Mikaela Ruef after losing to Washington, 87-82, on Sunday. Rated the third-best team in the nation at the time, the loss is the Cardinal’s first against a Pac-12 opponent…More
USC’s unexpected romp through the Pac-12 created a national spotlight for the conference. It plays at No. 4 Stanford (18-1, 7-0 Pac-12) on Monday at 6pm PT on ESPN2. The Trojans (14-6, 7-1) are a half-game behind the Cardinal in conference standings. The matchup between the Pac-12′s best was solidified after USC upset…More
I’m helping out with The Seattle Times’ coverage of the NCAA volleyball championship this week. No. 3 seed Washington made the Final Four, creating a unique vibe around KeyArena. There were scattered single tickets available on Wednesday, more could pop up Thursday as teams return what they couldn’t sell to their own fans.
UW plays No. 2 seed Penn State 30 minutes after defending champion Texas, a No. 1 seed, faces No. 12 seed Wisconsin at 4:30pm (PT) on Thursday at KeyArena. The matches will air on ESPN2. The championship match is set for Saturday night.
“You’ve gotta be there,” UW coach Jim McLaughlin said of his team knowing all season the Final Four would be in its hometown and wanting to be part of the field.
“You’ve gotta work real hard and take advantage of this opportunity that some other people gave you,” he continued of the planning that was involved in bringing the championship to Seattle. “So it’s a very, very special thing to be here in front of our fans and then have the whole United States volleyball come to Seattle which is kind of neat. These guys have prepared for every week for every challenge, and the challenges have become more significant. They know they have prepared…and they know that they’re ready for this.”More
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.More
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.More
Now that the kids have been dismissed, the WNBA’s proven stars can prepare for an intriguing WNBA Finals matchup. Two of the league’s top-5 scorers in Maya Moore (Minnesota) and Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta) will lead their teams in a best-of-five Finals that tips Sunday at 5:30 pm (PT) on ESPN.
If I had trusted my gut, the Western side would have been my preseason pick to make it this far. Instead, I was one of many sucked into the WNBA’s “Three to See” hype in draft picks Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins. While Delle Donne did lead Chicago to the regular-season Eastern Conference title (my prediction), Diggins’ Tulsa didn’t even advance to the postseason and Griner’s Phoenix was swept by Minnesota.
The Lynx (4-0) were ticked at the early predictions, using its own “Three to See” campaign for Moore, G Seimone Augustus and PG Lindsay Whalen. Win the 2013 title and the trio can dust off that dynasty talk it tried to self-proclaim in 2011 when the Lynx won its first championship.
The definition of a dynasty in sports is to win multiple, successive championships and the Lynx fell 3-1 to Indiana for the 2012 WNBA title. But Minnesota has won three consecutive conference championships to join luminaries Detroit (2006-08), Los Angeles (2001-03) and Houston (1997-2000).
A possible “dynasty” just in time for legend Tina Thompson’s exit, the last member of the WNBA’s original dynasty. Her Comets won the league’s inaugural four championships — a feat untouched. Competition has improved so much, modern teams can’t even manage back-to-back titles. The Sparks were the last to do so in 2001-02. McCoughtry’s Dream (4-1) swept the defending champion Fever to advance to the Finals.
Successive trips to the Finals isn’t bad for a Minnesota team once just a trivia answer to what team was Seattle playing when PG Sue Bird broke her nose (bonus points if you can name the player). Whalen had experience, losing to the 2004 Storm team for the WNBA championship and making five trips to the Finals overall in her 10-year career. The difference-maker for the Lynx is Moore.More