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Bush Watches US Top Czechs in Basketball

Taurasi layup sparks surge to 97-57 victory

(Newser) - With President Bush and the first family looking on, the United States women's basketball team began its quest for a fourth-straight gold medal with a rout of the Czech Republic. Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 17 points in the first half to lead the US to the 97-57 victory...

Lieberman, 50, Returning to WNBA
Lieberman,
50, Returning
to WNBA

Lieberman, 50, Returning to WNBA

Hall of Famer to play for short-handed Detroit for 7 days

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is headed back to the WNBA at age 50, reports ESPN, which is losing her from its airwaves to the Detroit Shock, a team she played for and coached. Lieberman signed a 7-day contract to help a team hurt by injury and looming disciplinary action;...

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win
UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win
March Madness

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win

Tar Heels on brink of their third straight trip to Final Four

(Newser) - Angel McCoughtry did everything she could to lift Louisville past North Carolina today, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tar Heels from a 78-74 win in the women's NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. LaToya Pringle had 27 points and 11 rebounds as UNC came back from 18 down...

Russian Investing in ... WNBA Stars?

'Crazy people to do some crazy things,' billionaire says of his lavish hoop jones

(Newser) - Basketball-crazy Russian billionaire Shabtai von Kalmanovic is pouring money into women's hoops—flying WNBA players to Russia in the off-season and paying them 10 times what they make in the US. Players like Diana Taurasi are put up in luxury digs and chauffeured around. "They should be treated like...

Walker, Cal Prove Too Much for San Diego
Walker, Cal Prove Too Much for San Diego
March madness

Walker, Cal Prove Too Much for San Diego

Winn 3-pointer helps PIttsburgh put away Wyoming

(Newser) - Ashley Walker led third-seeded California to its first NCAA women's tournament win in 15 years today as the Golden Bears downed San Diego, 77-60, reports the Associated Press. Walker dominated the inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Devanei Hampton also had 22 points. Cal (27-6) led by 20...

Texas A&amp;M Dismisses UTSA With Ease
Texas A&M Dismisses UTSA With Ease
March Madness

Texas A&M Dismisses UTSA With Ease

Lacey leads Iowa State by Georgia Tech, GW beats Auburn

(Newser) - Texas-San Antonio literally handed Texas A&M a 91-52 win in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament today, reports the Associated Press. The Roadrunners turned the ball over 30 times, and the Aggies scored 38 points off the miscues. Thanks to their sloppiness with the ball, 15th-seeded UTSA...

UConn Leads Way in Women's NCAA Seeds

North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland also claim top spots

(Newser) - Four traditional powers in women’s college basketball, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina, are the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels are the only team in that group never to have won a national championship. In order for UNC to change that, they may have...

UConn Women Clinch Big East
UConn Women Clinch Big East

UConn Women Clinch Big East

Huskies avenge earlier loss to No. 4 Rutgers

(Newser) - Top-ranked UConn avenged its only loss of the season tonight, dominating C. Vivian Stringer's Rutgers squad, 66-46, to clinch the Big East regular season title. The Huskies, now 29-1, were led by their trio of stars: Tina Charles with 15 points, 17 rebounds; Renee Montgomery, 21 points; and Maya Moore,...

UConn Women Overcome UNC, Improve to 18-0

Strong second half is the difference for the nation's No. 1 team

(Newser) - The North Carolina women's basketball team is the only one with a winning record against Geno Auriemma's UConn squad since 1995. But that record slipped some tonight after blowing an 11-point halftime lead to the No. 1 team in the nation, falling 82-71 at Storrs, CT. Connecticut's Renee Montgomery scored...

Group of Seattle Women Buy WNBA's Storm

Former deputy mayor, Microsoft execs pay $10 million for franchise

(Newser) - Though the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics could be on the way to Oklahoma City, the WNBA's Storm appears set to remain in the Emerald City thanks to a deal by four local women to buy the women's basketball franchise. The foursome, which includes a pair of Microsoft executives, will pay Sonics...

UConn Moves to No.1 in Women's Hoops

Huskies take over top spot with assist from Tennessee

(Newser) - For the first time in nearly 4 years, the UConn Huskies (9-0) are No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today women's basketball coaches' poll. Connecticut, which has spent the season ranked #2, moved to #1 after previous #1 Tennessee fell to Stanford.

Phoenix Nets First WNBA Title
Phoenix Nets First WNBA Title

Phoenix Nets First WNBA Title

Mercury smother the Detroit Shock, 108-92

(Newser) - Champagne was flowing after the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Detroit Shock, 108-92, in the final game of a 5-game championship series last night, reports the Arizona Republic. Cappie Pondexter, the series MVP, had 20 points in the second half, and teammate Penny Taylor led the scoring with 30 points in...

Rutgers Coach Fires at Imus
Rutgers Coach Fires at Imus

Rutgers Coach Fires at Imus

(Newser) - Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer struck back at Don Imus in a press conference today, calling his comments " deplorable, despicable and unconscionable"—but confirming that her players will meet with the foul-mouthed radio host. Stringer says her players are "valedictorians, future doctors, musical prodigies," not the' "...

LADY VOLS TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP
LADY VOLS TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP

LADY VOLS TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 1 seed returns to top of NCAA tourney in easy brush past Rutgers

(Newser) - The Tennessee Lady Vols won the NCAA title last night, sweeping No. 4 seed Rutgers 59-46 behind a suffocating defensive effort. All-American Candace Parker won her first championship, leading the way with 17 points, as Tennessee broke a nine-year tournament drought. "We were a team that didn't want to...

For Army Women, V is for Valvano
For Army Women,
V is for Valvano

For Army Women, V is for Valvano

New coach led Army women's basketball team to Comeback Award, in honor of former coach

(Newser) - The Army women's basketball team, whose coach, Maggie Dixon, died suddenly last April, will receive the V Foundation Comeback Award this April for making her proud:  Under new coach Dave Magarity, the team set a school record for wins in a season, with 24.

Penn State Coach Quits
Penn State
Coach Quits

Penn State Coach Quits

Women's basketball head coach Rene Portland resigned amid allegations of discrimation

(Newser) - Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who resigned last night,  ends her 27-year college career with 606 wins, amid allegations that she discriminated against lesbian players.  Under Portland, Penn State played in 21 NCAA tournaments, including the 2000 Final Four, but the team’s performance slipped the...

Candace Parker Can Go Pro
Candace Parker Can Go Pro

Candace Parker Can Go Pro

The UT standout, though not a senior, is eligible for the 2007 draft

(Newser) - UT women’s basketball standout Candace Parker can declare for the WNBA draft for 2007, even though she's a member of  the class of 2008. Parker, who could play her last college basketball game within two weeks, needs only to show she can graduate by December and that she intends...

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