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Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

The Inspirational Lauren Hill Dies After Cancer Battle

19-year-old who played for Mount St. Joseph died today

(Newser) - Lauren Hill, the terminally ill Mount St. Joseph basketball player for whom the NCAA moved up her school's season opener , died today at the age of 19, the AP reports. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Hill's The Cure Starts Now nonprofit, tells the news agency Hill died in... More »

Obama Cheers Niece in NCAA Tourney

President watches Princeton advance

(Newser) - Among the presidential duties today: Watching a niece's basketball game in the NCAA women's tournament. President Obama went to College Park, Md., and sat in the stands for the Princeton game against Green Bay, reports ESPN . His niece, Leslie Robinson, is a freshman forward for the Tigers. Her... More »

UConn Women Rout Notre Dame for 9th Title

They join men as national champions with 79-58 win

(Newser) - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title and their second in a row. Auriemma broke a tie with... More »

UConn Wins 8th Title in Rout of Louisville

93-60 victory was most lopsided in title game

(Newser) - UConn rolled to its eighth national championship last night, denying Louisville a March Madness sweep and handing head coach Geno Auriemma a delicious word: dynasty. He has now tied Pat Summitt for the most titles in in NCAA history, but wasn't ready to discuss a repeat. Yet it's... More »

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt Steps Down

She slides into coach emeritus job to cope with early onset dementia

(Newser) - It's the end of an era: Pat Summitt is stepping down as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols after 38 seasons and eight national titles, sliding into a less demanding "coach emeritus" job, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Though it was not explicitly given as a reason... More »

Pat Summitt Has Early Dementia

But she intends to keep coaching

(Newser) - Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type early onset dementia, she revealed in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel last night, but she intends to keep her gig as head coach of Tennessee’s Lady Vols. “There’s not going to be any pity party, and... More »

Scott Brown: I Can Beat Obama at Hoops

... with help from daughter who plays at Boston College

(Newser) - Barely a week after his stunning win in the Massachusetts Senate race, Republican Scott Brown boasted tonight that he can beat President Barack Obama ... at basketball. In an appearance on The Jay Leno Show, the Republican said he challenged noted hoops fanatic Obama to a two-on-two showdown when they talked... More »

Hoop Star Ayla Brown Loves Singing, Spotlight

Former Idol hopeful thinks dad's Senate win will reignite singing career

(Newser) - Ayla Brown has mostly concentrated on college and basketball since flaming out on American Idol in 2006, but she may be getting another shot at a singing career thanks to her senator-elect dad. “We’ve been getting some incredible opportunities,” Scott Brown's elder daughter tells the Boston Globe... More »

UConn Women Take Title

(Newser) - The Connecticut Huskies are the unbeaten champions of women's college basketball. Tina Charles scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds tonight as UConn routed Louisville, 76-54, in the national title game. The victory for the Huskies capped the most dominant season in women's basketball history—Connecticut won every one of... More »

Louisville Is Lone Obstacle Left to UConn's Perfect Season

Cardinals ride big wave into tonight's title game

(Newser) - The underdog Louisville Cardinals face off against undefeated Connecticut in tonight’s NCAA women’s basketball final, and if nothing else have undimmed optimism on their side, the Los Angeles Times reports. Most observers have their bets on the Huskies—just fine by one Louisville senior. “That’s how... More »

Feuding Coaches Won't Face Off in Finals

With Auriemma out, Summitt is focused on game

(Newser) - Pat Summitt's feud with Geno Auriemma won't be settled on the basketball court this year, now that his Huskies are out of the NCAA Women's Tournament. And unless both UConn and Summitt's Lady Vols make it to the Final Four next year, the quarrelling coaches won't be meeting any time... More »

Even Without Gant, A&M Handles Duke

Aggies next meet Lady Vols, who cruised past Notre Dame 74-64

(Newser) - Texas A&M is headed to its first regional finals after a 77-63 defeat of Duke, despite losing its star after the first half, AP reports. Danielle Gant scored eight points before dehydration sidelined her, and Patrice Reado took up her mantle, scoring 17 in the second half. The Blue... More »

Rutgers Earns Date with UConn

Scarlet Knights close within one game of second straight Final Four berth

(Newser) - Rutgers advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA women's tournament with a 53-42 victory over George Washington, reports AP. Essence Carson scored 25 points to lead the Scarlet Knights and set up a rubber match with Big East rival Connecticut, with whom Rutgers split two games earlier this... More »

UConn Grabs Berth in Elite Eight

20-1 second-half run dooms Old Dominion

(Newser) - No. 1 Connecticut moved within one win of its first Final Four appearance since 2004 with a 78-63 victory over Old Dominion, thanks to rising star Maya Moore, who scored 25 points and set the Big East's freshman season scoring record. The Huskies have won 14 straight since their lone... More »

Terps Advance Through Vandy to Round of 8

Stanford women pass Pittsburgh to set up match with Maryland

(Newser) - The Maryland Terrapins are on their way to the Spokane Regional finals after a decisive 80-66 defeat of Vanderbilt, reports the Washington Post. The top-seeded Terps followed the lead of Crystal Langhorne, who put up 28 points and nine boards and helped keep the Commodores from ever truly threatening a... More »

LSU Smothers OSU to Reach Regional Final

Lady Tigers hold Cowgirls to 15% shooting in first half

(Newser) - LSU had a fairly easy tuneup for North Carolina in the regional semifinals, as the Lady Tigers cruised by Oklahoma State 67-52 today, reports the Associated Press. Erica White led Louisiana State with 18 points, and three other teammates scored in double figures. LSU held the Cowgirls to 15% shooting... More »

Lady Huskies Mess With Texas to Advance

Maryland shucks Huskers, UNC defeats Georgia with ease

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut women breezed to an easy 89-55 victory over Texas to advance to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen round, thanks largely to Maya Moore and her 24 points. Scoring 16 of those within eight minutes, Moore also shone on defense with spectacular shot blocking, reports the Hartford ... More »

ODU Knocks Off Virginia in OT

As 5'2 Walters nails 3 with four seconds to play

(Newser) - Virginia's erasure of an 11-point second half deficit was too little too late, the AP reports.  Even after pulling ahead in OT, 85-81, the fourth-seeded Cavaliers couldn't stop a 7-0 run by fifth-seed Old Dominion, capped off by the Lady Monarchs' Jazzmin Walters sinking a decisive three-pointer with little... More »

Oklahoma State is OK After Sneaking Past FSU

Third-seeded Cowgirls move on to the round of 16.

(Newser) - Andrea Riley's free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining gave Oklahoma State a 73-72 see-saw victory over Florida State to advance to the regional semifinals in the women's NCAA tournament, only two years removed from an 0-16 Big 12 season. Riley got to the line after being fouled by FSU's... More »

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