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May 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve named to USA Basketball coaching staff

From USA Basketball: Colorado Springs, Colorado • May 12, 2014 Additional Auriemma Quotes #USABWNT #Turkey2014 Three successful and experienced head coaches, including DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve, and University of South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, have been selected as assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball…

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March 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese: “We’re looking to shock the nation” and other news

The unflappable Sydney Wiese will have to settle on sharing the spotlight if she leads Oregon State to its collective goal on Tuesday. Ninth-seeded OSU (24-10) aims to upset South Carolina (28-4), the top seed in the NCAA tournament Stanford regional. Winner gets a trip to the Sweet 16, which will be played on…

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March 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Game Day: Links for No. 1 seed South Carolina, field at Seattle’s NCAA tourney site

Gonzaga was shipped out of Washington for the first time in its six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. The sixth-seeded Zags (29-4) will face No. 11 seed James Madison (28-5) in College Station, Texas at 2:30pm on ESPN. With the state’s best team gone, fresh new teams were sent to Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena…

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March 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Jayda Evans’ picks for 2014 All-American, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year

It’s the eve of Selection Monday. The latest ESPN tournament prediction still has the Pac-12 advancing five teams to the NCAA tournament. And the schools listed to play at Alaska Airlines Arena this weekend remain conference tournament champions Gonzaga (West Coast Conference), Southern California (Pac-12), Nebraska (Big Ten) and Idaho (Western Athletic…

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November 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

TV Alert: Hall of Famers Cynthia Cooper-Dyke vs. Dawn Staley

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USC coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
PHOTO: Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press

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.

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September 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Talkin’ smack: Basketball greats Dawn Staley and Gary Payton enter Naismith Hall of Fame

HOFPGsAh, the 1990s. In terms of basketball, I’ll always remember the decade as O.J. Simpson’s freeway chase that interrupted my Knicks’ playoff broadcast, Arizona winning the 1997 NCAA championship (Bear Down!) and studying poolside in Tucson while watching my two favorite point guards dish and score their way to success.

The personalities that are Dawn Staley and Gary Payton can be the only explanation why a budding young woman in Arizona would care about Seattle and Richmond, Va. Enraptured, I’d watch Staley high-step, yap-jaw and gum-smack to wins with the defunct Rage on BET. In college at Arizona (Bear Down!), I lived and died with the Sonics and Payton as I studied poolside and watched the playoff struggles on a 8-inch black-and-white TV.

I just loved watching them play and always wondered what the heck they were saying to themselves, teammates, opponents, fans, officials — seemingly anyone within earshot. Who knew I’d grow to actually find out, covering both through the Seattle Times. So, it was especially cool to witness the greatest point guards from my generation enter the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame together on Sunday.

But who entered as the greatest trash talker?

“Dawn can trash talk with the best of them,” said 17-year WNBA veteran Tina Thompson, who won Olympic gold with Staley, played with her for the defunct Houston Comets and against Staley as she starred for the defunct Charlotte Sting (1999-2006).

“Gary’s use of verbiage was a lot different,” Thompson continued in comparing the elite trash talkers. “He would be a lot more tormenting than Dawn. But they’re both pretty good trash talkers.”

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July 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Three-time gold medalist Dawn Staley reflects on being flag-bearer for Team USA

StaleyFlag.jpgThese days three-time Olympian Dawn Staley is immersed in recruiting for her South Carolina squad. But speaking from her Chicago hotel, she’s certain she’ll catch the tape-delayed airing of the London Olympic Games on Friday.
Particularly to watch Australian star Lauren Jackson carry her country’s flag as Staley did for the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
“I don’t sleep well, so I will definitely watch it,” said Staley, who was also an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s 2008 Olympic team. “I know at least I’ll see Lauren. I might be dead tired and sleep by the time the United States is called.”
Staley, a point guard, was the first basketball player to do so for the Americans while Jackson, a center, is the second for the Aussies. Staley and Jackson are the only WNBA players to receive the honor.
Their process to becoming flag bearer was different. Jackson was a one-man committee selection whereas Staley was a member the democratic system that landed her the gig.

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