ATLANTA — The last of the Louisville players to get the scissors, Kevin Ware stood in front of the basket as it was lowered to him. Grinning from ear to ear, he cut what remained of the net.
"It's not about me, I've never been that type of guy," Ware said. "These are my brothers. They got the job done."
They always do. Read More
Geno Auriemma has never lost an NCAA championship game.Of course, his UConn Huskies haven't had to face a team like upstart Louisville, which is making an unprecedented run through the women's tournament. A victory Tuesday night over the Cardinals would be UConn's eighth title, matching them with Tennessee for the most ever in women's basketball.Auriemma didn't want to think about it. Read More
A record-breaking season for the Cal women’s basketball team ended in agonizing defeat Sunday, but the Bears’ first Final Four appearance is just the first rung in a high ladder for Lindsay Gottlieb’s program.
Throughout the season, Gottlieb said one of her team’s goals was to “put Cal in the conversation of the most elite teams in the country.” Cal succeeded. Read More
ATLANTA (AP) — The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as more of a blue-collar school. Read More
Brittany Boyd is super-competitive and it was obvious to her best friend, Elisha Davis, the first time they met at AAU practice 10 years ago. As a third-grader, Davis knew how to spin a basketball on the tips of her fingers and Boyd, a fourth-grader, was more than frustrated that she couldn’t keep up. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — The subtitle to the 2013 women's Final Four might as well be: The Big East throws one last bash in the Big Easy.
Three of the four teams — Connecticut, Louisville and Notre Dame — hail from a league that has long thrived in both women's and men's college basketball, but which is breaking apart after this season. Read More
Sandy Barbour raised some eyebrows when she hired Sonny Dykes to replace Jeff Tedford as Cal’s football coach in December. Dykes’ Louisiana Tech team didn’t qualify for a bowl game last year, his defense allowed 526 yards per outing (the most in the nation) and his Texas roots seemed to clash with Berkeley’s uber-lefty persona. Read More
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg. Read More
SPOKANE, Wash. — Layshia Clarendon was the first to get her hands on the regional championship trophy. Rightfully so, after getting California somewhere they've never gone before: the Final Four.Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime, and California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Read More
SPOKANE, Wash. — Stanford and California were expected to settle the Spokane Regional.
Nobody told Georgia.
"Georgia basketball has a lot of pride within it and a lot of history behind it," Georgia guard Jasmine James said. "To just be able to make those steps to now be in the Elite Eight and to be in the game to be able to compete to go to the Final Four is definitely a great place to be." Read More