Swung by the TCU women's basketball practice tonight, and figured I'd take a quick informal survey of what the players predict for tonight's TCU-Utah football game. Coach Jeff Mittie and players all predicted a Frog win of course, but here are scoring predictions:
Junior guard Shayla Moore - "17-14."
Sophomore forward Rachel Rentschler - "I don't know. 17-14."
After leading Texas A&M to its first NCAA Elite Eight appearance, Aggies women’s basketball coach Gary Blair has been rewarded with a raise and contract extension through 2012. The new deal will pay him $800,000 per year. Blair earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors last season after leading A&M to a school-record 29 wins and its second consecutive league title. “Coach Blair has led our women’s basketball program to the heights we knew he would reach upon his hiring five years ago,” Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne said. -- Lori Dann
ESPN.com women's basketball analyst Charlie Creme came out with his pre-preseason Top 25 this week, and although TCU isn't ranked, several of its upcoming opponents are high on the list -- very high. The Lady Frogs will play four of Creme's top 13 teams before opening Mountain West Conference play next season, including the season opener at HOME against No. 2 Maryland. TCU also will play an ESPN2 game at No. 11 Texas A&M. The other two opponents are No. 7 California and No. 13 Oklahoma State, and both games will be played on the road. And oh, by the way, they'll do it without the five departing seniors whose names are all over the school record books. Coach Jeff Mittie has solid young talent and three skilled transfers to work with, but they'll have to come together quickly.
Other Big 12 teams ranked in the poll are No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas and No. 19 Baylor. It's no surprise who Creme is picking to win it all -- Connecticut. He has national champion Tennessee falling to No. 8 after losing its entire starting lineup. Here's a look at the entire list.
TCU Lady Frogs guard Adrianne Ross was not selected in the three-round WNBA draft today, but as TCU coach Jeff Mittie said in today's Star-Telegram, if she wasn't taken by the second round her best prospect was probably to sign as a free agent with a team that needed her specific skills.
Natasha Lacy, who transferred to play for the UT-El Paso Miners after three seasons with TCU, was drafted in the second round, 28th overall, by the Detroit Shock, and Texas A&M Aggies point guard A'Quonesia Franklin was drafted 38th overall by the Sacramento Monarchs.
The Los Angeles Sparks took Candace Parker of Tennessee as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft today. Sylvia Fowles of LSU went second to the Chicago Sky, and Candice Wiggins of Stanford was chosen third by the Minnesota Lynx. Follow the three-round draft. Morenike Atunrase of the Texas A&M Aggies was taken in the second round, 24th overall, by the Atlanta Dream.
Connecticut’s Maya Moore struggled to get open all night against Rutgers’ smothering defense. Then, given a rare open look from long range, the fabulous freshman shot the Huskies back into the Final Four.
Moore hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 3 minutes left to propel top-seeded UConn past the No. 2-seeded Scarlet Knights 66-56 on Tuesday night in the Greensboro Regional championship.
Renee Montgomery and Ketia Swanier each scored 15 points to lead the Huskies (36-1), who rallied from a 14-point deficit to win their 15th straight game and reach their ninth Final Four — but first since winning the 2004 national championship.
“I would say maybe it’s our turn,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Also, I think the price some of these kids have paid, the last four years and this year in particular, they were destined and due. They’ve risen to every challenge they’ve faced and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Candace Parker, playing with a brace on her dislocated left shoulder, scored 26 points to lead Tennessee past the Texas A&M Aggies 53-45 in the final of the Oklahoma City Regional and into the women's Final Four.
A 3-point shot by Tennessee's Alexis Hornbuckle as the shot clock was winding down and as Tennessee appeared ready to turn the ball over gave the Lady Vols a 48-43 lead and proved to be a backbreaker for the Aggies.