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WNBA now on Olympic break

 

Mid-season month off affects teams differently

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

With the entire U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team entirely composed of WNBA players, the league schedule is now on break until August 17. The interruption has both good and not-so-good consequences for the league’s teams and players. “First and foremost, I think it is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talents of the WNBA,” observes League President Laurel Richie on this summer’s Olympic Games in London. “It’s an incredible opportunity for them to compete on the international stage.”

However, is the month-long stoppage of play bad timing or momentum-killing for teams such as Connecticut and San Antonio, who respectively are playing the best ball in the WNBA? The Sun is on a five-game win streak, and the Silver Stars went into the break on a nine-game roll. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players make the USA Olympic team

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team is all but set — 11 players now hold roster spots, including three Minnesota Lynx players: Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen. This is Augustus’ second Olympic selection — she was on the 2008 team — and the first for both Moore and Whalen. All three players are longtime USA Basketball participants. “The three earned it because they are great players and they know how to win,” said USA Head Coach Geno Auriemma during a March 30 media conference call with reporters, including the MSR.

“I’m so honored to be on the team,” Whalen told the MSR and other reporters on a conference call March 31. “I will do whatever I can to help us win.”

All 11 players are current WNBA players, includes the three Lynx players; Swin Cash (Chicago), Tamika Catchings (Indiana), Tina Charles (Connecticut), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Sue Bird (Seattle) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix). Continue Reading →

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Penn State women’s basketball team the top seed in tourney

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Penn State will be the top overall seed in this week’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. The four-day conference tournament starts Thursday. It is the school’s sixth Big Ten regular season title and its first since 2003-04. It also is the first under Coquese Washington. “Last year we surprised people,” the fifth-year head coach said of the Lady Lions’ runners-up finish in the 2011 tourney. Continue Reading →

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Time to dispense with the ‘One Plays’?

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The Big Ten for several seasons has assembled 16-game regular-season schedules in which each team has six single-game opponents each year. Minnesota, for example, only plays Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern once each this season. Now that the conference has 12 teams, one would think a return to a round-robin league schedule — each Big Ten squad plays its opponent twice (once home and once away) — is in the near future. The MSR last week asked Indiana Coach Felisha Legette-Jack if it’s time to do away with the league’s “One Plays” format. 

“I’m totally optimistic that they [conference schedulers] are going to get it right this time,” she opined after her Hoosiers completed their one-game slate with the Gophers, losing 84-43 to the hosts.  

Colorful present and past

Overall there have been 23 Black head basketball coaches in the Big Ten, 13 males and 10 females. Continue Reading →

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