Month in Review – April 2009

Folks continue processing the loss heard around the (women’s basketball) world: Tennessee’s stunning defeat in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the hands of 12th seeded Ball State. Glaring irony: the worst season in Tennessee women’s basketball history is the one in which Summitt reaches 1,000 career wins. But at the end of the season, she reveals a take no prisoners approach for next year:

  • Summitt to players on offseason conditioning “…if they’re not in the gym and investing, they chose the wrong program”
  • Video: Pat Summitt puts her players on notice “some of them may not make it”,”this is unacceptable” (wait for ad to end)


South Florida beats Kansas in WNIT, record attendance of 16,113, the largest home crowd in KU women’s basketball history and largest single-game crowd in Big 12 women’s history: Diana Taurasi leads Spartak Moscow to EuroLeague title ( by @jaydaevans: Oklahoma loses to Louisville and Courtney Paris promises to live up to her word of giving back scholarship:

    • “…I was happy to see the Paris sisters lose because I am honestly sick of hearing about this 64K she has to pay back” Former UConn player Maria Conlon




Uconn wins the NCAA championship




    • I also proclaim this day “UConn Women’s Basketball Team Day” – Conn. Gov. Jodi Rell: Wed. Apr. 8



    • President Obama Welcomes UConn Women To White House by John Altavilla (



High School News/College Commits

    • Shanel Williams to Miami, Sophomore Alexis Eaton verbally commits to BYU, Kelsy Bone announcement forthcoming


  • RT @dawnstaley: Hey Gamecock fans! It’s official! Kelsey Bone is the newest member of the Gamecock family!



  • My hometown UF Gators signed Tessah Holt, the ’09 Georgia Class 4A Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year



  • Minneapolis South High School basketball star Tayler Hill chooses Ohio State over Minnesota and Texas:



  • LSU women’s basketball head coach Van Chancellor signs of junior college point guard Taylor Booze:



  • Ariz. St. signs 2 guards: Tenaya Watson (Central Arizona College) & Sabrina McKinney (Arlington, TX)







  • Kentucky women’s hoops sign Jeniece Johnson & Bernisha Pinkett from Woodson H.S. in Wash. D.C.





College Transfers, etc.

    • Westhead effect? Post Ellie Manou, Oregon’s third-leading scorer last season, won’t return for her junior year:






  • Sophomore point guard Shanita Arnold to leave University of Arkansas women’s basketball team



  • Another player leaving Maryland: sophomore guard Marah Strickland will transfer:



  • Iowa State freshmen Ashley Arlen and Alexis Yackley decide to transfer (





  • Brooklyn Pope’s mom on transfer to Baylor “My daughter is trying to go to the [WNBA] and you can’t go to the league sitting on the bench”



  • And the transfers keep coming: Jenny Vining, Rose Hammond to transfer from Oklahoma to seek more playing time





  • Backup center Ayana Dunning to transfer from LSU



  • Angela Puleo transfers to Vanderbilt from Georgia – Chanel Chisholm & Tia Gibbs leaving Vandy






    • Renee Montgomery wins Lieberman Award












  • No surprise here: UConn coach Auriemma wins Naismith award for the 6th time, a record:



  • Notebook: Charles Named Most Outstanding Player of NCAA tourney —



  • Retired AP sports writer Chuck Schoffner honored by women’s basketball group (



  • Cooper-Dyke, Azzi, Gillom, Sonja Hogg, Jill Hutchinson & Ora Washington named to Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame:







  • Teresa Edwards , the only five-time Olympic basketball player in U.S. history, nominated for US Olympic Hall of Fame:



  • Former Buckeye and two-time All-American Tracey (Hall) Yarbrough to be inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame



  • Nan Sisk, a longtime basketball official, named the 2009 Naismith Women’s College Official of the Year







The WNBA Draft 

    • 1. Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry to the Atlanta Dream
    • RT @JaydaEvans: Wow. Atlanta goes with McCoughtry. Don’t think that’s wise..


WNBA Player Movement/Trades/Waives/Retirement



    • Washington Mystics cut three: forward Krystal Vaughn, forward-center Andrea Gardner and guard Laurie Koehn



    • This one slipped under the radar: Murriel Page waived by the Los Angeles Sparks yesterday:


    • Ashley Hayes Signs Free Agent Contract with Connecticut Sun (


    • Chamique Holdsclaw comes out of retirement, signs with the Atlanta Dream




    • The Indiana Fever waived Allison Feaster


    • The Connecticut Sun signed Illinois State senior Kristi Cirone to a training camp contract. Profile of Cirone:


    • RT @ConnecticutSun Tamika Raymond will be taking ’09 off due to coaching duties. We’ll miss u around here Tamika!


    • RT @minnesotalynx: The Lynx waive guard Navonda Moore


    • RT @seattlestorm: Kristen O’Neill won’t attend training camp after suffering knee injury playing overseas×95l


    • Chicago Sky signs Chen Nan, a 6’5” center & 2009 Women’s Chinese Basketball Association MVP, through 2010


    • The Atlanta Dream waived Ashley Shields (in ‘07 she was the 1st draftee from a junior college)


    • RT @SASilverStars: Stars Re-Sign Edwige Lawson-Wade


    • Phoenix Mercury sign Washington Mystics guard Laurie Koehn to a training camp contract


Coaching Moves/News USC women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh quits ( & rumors start that Michael Cooper would leave the Los Angeles Sparks after the upcoming season for USC but Cooper is tight-lipped and USC is weird




Long Beach hires USC assistant Jody Wynn as women’s basketball coach | Los Angeles Times Jim Bolla gets the boot then in a bizarre twist, sues, a true wtf? moment

      • Hawaii women’s coach Bolla ousted over allegations of kicking a player (



    • Former University of Hawaii women’s basketball coach Jim Bolla files suit, claims wrongful termination


    • Bolla a black eye for UH athletics (Volcanic Ash blog:


Peeps in Oregon agog over Paul Westheads coaching deal, “What’s green and bends like Gumby?” Oregon Coach Paul Westhead’s deal (The Register-Guard) #women Kellie Harper emergers as a frontrunner to North Carolina State head coaching job and the Kay Yow faithful get pissed that former asst. coach Stephane Glance gets passed over for consideration

    • No promotion for NC State interim head coach Stephanie Glance. Kellie (Jolly) Harper leading candidate for head coach?


  • Kay Yow’s brother speaks out on NC State’s decision to not promote Glance (WRAL)



  • Opinion: NC State owes Stephanie Glance a lot, but the head coach job shouldn’t automatically be a part of that debt



  • WCU coach Kellie Harper a candidate to replace Yow at NC State (Asheville Citizen-Times)



  • NCSU trustees meet on Thursday, Kellie Harper expected to be approved as new head coach



  • After 15 seasons, Glance ‘saddened’ to be left out at N.C. State (Burlington Times)







Geno Auriemma to coach US women’s basketball team through the 2012 Olympics, NCAA WOMENS BASKETBALL: DEC 14 Penn St at UConn Other coaching news

      • Keila Whittington and Kai Felton Added to Oregon women’s hoops coaching staff (



    • Auburn’s Nell Fortner gets contract extension (minimum $570,000 annually), had successful 30-4 season


    • J.R. Payne leaves Santa Clara to take head coaching job at Southern Utah, press conference noon PT:


    • Former Vanderbilt hoopster Nettie Respondek rejoins Fordham women’s basketball coaching staff


    • Big East coach news: J. Kelley Hall fired as Univ. of Cincinnati women’s basketball coach




    • Mike McLaughlin hired to coach Penn women follows Patrick Knapp who didn’t get contract renewed


    • Missy Tiber named head women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois, replaces Dana Eikenberg who resigned on April 2



    • ASU’s Charli Turner Thorne To Head USA Basketball’s 2009 Women’s World University Games Team


Lauren Jackson keeps the entire women’s basketball community on the edge of their seats just waiting for a word, a clue, anything!

  • @JaydaEvans on LJ Decision ‘09 “a virtual green room bursting with anticipation between Seattle and Phoenix-Jackson’s final pick-list”
  • LJ Watch Begins ( yet something else that reminds me of this commercial:

It’s the economy stupid

  • Economies of scale: Division I reacts to troubled times:As priorities change,divide between haves & have-nots could widen
  • Bad economy is a factor for fans at women’s Final Four (St. Louis Post-Dispatch):
  • RT @SLAMonline The Hall of Fame, Too, is Facing Money Issues:
  • Univ. of New Mexico athletic dept. plans 10 percent budget cut on each of its teams
  • Whew! Oregon State women’s basketball spared in athletic budget cuts, school in midst of building new bball arena
  • WNBA 2009: Ominous Signs? by Bob Corwin (

Controversy from nothing,
Geno Auriemma comes out of left field with some comments about race and sets the media/blogosphere to chirping during the NCAA tourney

  • Where Are All Of The Hard-Working Black Players? | Bleacher Report (deeper analysis of Geno’s comments on race)



R.I.P. Lovedy Brydon – a passionate Los Angeles Sparks fan
A special tribute to Lovedy is being planned for the opening game of the LA Sparks at the Staples Center on June 6,
2009, and a Celebration of Life is being planned for August. Check for details

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  • This dear lady was also a regular fixture courtside at UCLA WBB games. May God rest her soul. We at Pauley will miss her presence greatly.

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