Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The media hasn't forgotten the "other" programs that have enjoyed a wonderful season:

Tim Kroboth at the Kentucky Kernel writes: Women’s hoops can brag as much as men

When the NCAA Tournament arrived, Dunlap and Co., matched John Wall and Co., in advancing to the Elite Eight.

Against No. 5 seeded Michigan State and a No. 1-seeded Nebraska team that had lost only once all year, Coach Mitchell’s Cats dominated with speed and defensive pressure.

So, where have you been?

From the NewsStar.com: Weatherspoon promise shines

The glory days of Lady Techsters basketball are on display once again.

We're not talking about the championship banners hanging in an auditorium, or a dusty, little-visited, hall-of-fame.

The glory days were visible in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, along the sidelines.

And signs of a program back on the ascendancy were apparent on the court as well.

Dan Murrell of The Reflector says: Lady Dawgs, seniors complete milestone season

With the men's team getting most of the headlines, the Lady Bulldogs quietly built a resume, taking on big time teams before competing in the tough SEC. That resume earned MSU a bid in the Big Dance in March, allowing the women to shine on the national stage as they fought their way to the school's first ever Sweet 16 appearance.

Coale's success should not be overlooked, writes Steven Jones of the Oklahoma

The men’s basketball team backed up their Elite Eight run in 2009 by missing the post season entirely in 2010 after playing without National Player of the Year Blake Griffin, who left for the NBA and pre-season All-American Willie Warren, who missed half the season due to injury.

Then there is the women’s basketball team, who finished last season in the Final Four, then lost the Paris twins to graduation and the 2009 Big 12 freshman of the Year Whitney Hand to injury and ended the season … well, they turned out okay, actually.

It is interesting that the women’s basketball team, who dealt with just as much adversity as other Sooner squads, was able to make it back to the Final Four this year.
Clay Norman of the Norman Transcript notes: Sooners kept on fighting

Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale really likes her seniors. She might have said it anyway following Sunday night’s 73-66 Final Four loss to Stanford, but to see her tell it, the emotion involved was clear.

“Stacey Dales and Laneishea Caufield and Caton Hill will forever be the class that took us to our first Final Four,” she said. “And these guys will be the first ever to take us back to back.”

These guys, of course, are senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson, senior forward Amanda Thompson and senior center Abi Olajuwon.