Former UConn All-America, National Player of the Year, Olympian and WNBA player Kara Wolters is holding another basketball camp this summer.
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Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.
Taurasi’s 34 points in a 97-81 victory over Los Angeles on Friday marked her 35th career 30-point game; she also added seven assists and six rebounds. In Sunday’s road win over Tulsa, Taurasi was one point shy of her sixth career back-to-back 30-point effort, scoring 29 in addition to grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists. The Player of the Week honor is the 15th of Taurasi’s career.
McCoughtry averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, four steals and 2.5 blocks in the Dream’s two wins last week to earn her second Player of the Week honor of the season, and the ninth overall of her career. The Dream’s two victories, a 68-59 win over Seattle on Friday and an 88-74 triumph over Chicago on Sunday, improved Atlanta’s record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 at home.
If you love women’s basketball – and let’s face it, you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t – I would highly suggest to click on the highlighted line and read the very interesting conclusions of former WNBA President Val Ackerman about how to kick start a sport grown stale.
Many of Val’s suggestions should spur debate, particular her idea of making the Final Four a Friday-Sunday thing and consolidating the four regional finals in super regional finals.
We all know something needs to change. And its refreshing to read that someone so involved believes so, too
Sue Bird, one of the greatest point guards in women’s basketball history, may also be its most surgically repaired.
Ask her how many operations she’s had in her career, which began at UConn in 1998, and Bird starts counting them on both hands.
“Are you including my nose?” she said. She finally settles on nine.
The latest, to remove a large cyst that had grown in a bone in her left knee on May 9, is keeping her out of the WNBA for the first time since she joined the Seattle Storm in 2002. But she was with her team Sunday, watching it defeat the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
We ask Geno Auriemma the question just ab0ut every three months: Do you want to return to coach the 2014 World Championship and 2016 Olympic team. So far he has steadfastly said no. But to this point, USA Basketball still has not named a replacement.
On Friday in New Jersey, Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said it was “Geno’s job” if he wants it. And on Sunday, Seattle coach Brian Agler, considered a strong candidate for the job, also said he wouldn’t be surprised if USA Basketball is still trying to talk Auriemma into taking the job again.
Agler said he hasn’t been interviewed by USA Basketball.
During her career at UConn, Kelly Faris played in 154 games. She was a member of four Final Four teams and two national champions, including the Huskies’ 39-0 team in 2009-10.
In her golden era, UConn lost just 11 games, seven to Notre Dame. The success against the rest was surely intoxicating, resulting in the sense of infallibility which has fueled Geno Auriemma’s perennial powerful program for the last two decades.
But as every UConn player who joins the WNBA finds out, the glow doesn’t persist. Players fly commercial, often live alone in a condominium and play against the top talent in the world on a daily basis. It’s an unremitting tempo that can initially shock your system.
And after the Connecticut Sun’s 78-68 loss to the New York Liberty Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the look on Faris’ face suggested her new reality was starting to wear on her.
“I’ve been spoiled by my past,” Faris admitted. “At UConn, I was a part of very good teams with a lot of talent. Right now, it’s frustrating to me that we’re in kind of in a hole.”
The loss dropped the Sun to 2-4 and set up a very crucial early-season game Sunday against the Seattle Storm (1-3) at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Without both Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird this season, the Storm are the league’s lowest scoring team. They had just four points in the third quarter of Friday’s 68-59 loss in Atlanta.
And as it tries to rebound Sunday, the Sun realize they must find a way to gather momentum into July without either Renee Montgomery (high ankle sprain) or Tan White (broken finger). They also know there is no alternative. With Chicago, Atlanta, Washington and New York off to strong starts in the Eastern Conference, there is no time to waste.
“The conference is going to be a battle to the end,” Kelsey Griffin said. “Everyone [in the conference] is really good. There are no gimmes and everyone knows it.”
On Friday, the Liberty held Tina Charles to seven points (3-of-17) and four rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the first time this season the MVP didn’t reach a double-double.
Charles, burdened with four fouls early in the third quarter, said after the game that she “wasn’t as aggressive” as she wanted to be in the first half
“I thought in the second half [when they outscored Connecticut 54-35] they [the Liberty] really came at us aggressively,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “We came back after their runs, but we were waiting on Tina [Charles] to get going a lot of times. We need to get aggressive and confident in other positions all the time. We need to play off of Tina when she’s playing well or when she’s not. We’re very aware of that now and hopefully it’s something that we continue to remember in the future. “
One of the ways Donovan hopes to insure that after Sunday is by getting newcomer Iziane Castro Marques more involved. The veteran guard, signed last week, played just five first-half minutes on Friday with two points. She will be counted on to complement the scoring provided by Kara Lawson and Allie Hightower, who combined for 33 points and six three-pointers against the Liberty.
“We needed some practice time to get Izzie into a rotation and to see how she might be able to help us so we were playing a lot of minutes with Kara [35 on Friday], Alli  and Kalana [Greene, who played 29].
“Kelly stepped up and gave us some good minutes [five points in 16 minutes] but we need to get Izzie into that rotation as well. We need some practice time, to be honest, and we get that after Seattle [the next game is June 23]. And I’ll feel better, probably, at that point to know exactly what we got. “
As for Faris, the time will likely help her better understand the realism of professional basketball where there are no UConns. In Tulsa, her former college nemesis, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, the third pick in the draft, is on a team that’s 1-6.
“This team [the Sun] is full of talent,” Faris said. “We all need to get on the same page and there is plenty of time for us to turn it around. We’re more than capable of focusing on the little things we need to do better to improve as a group.”
Back in 1990s in North Babylon, N.Y., perhaps the two greatest high school players the town ever spawned lived right around the corner from each other –Danny Green and Bria Hartley.
Green was five years older than Hartley and ended up playing the majority of his high school career at St. Mary’s High after playing at North Babylon as a freshman. He ended up as a McDonald’s All-American who played at North Carolina. He was close friends with Hartley’s brother, Eugene.
Hartley played her entire high school career at North Babylon and became a WBCA All-American before choosing UConn, where she was a All-American as a sophomore and part of a national championship team last season. This was after she played a youth league run by Green’s father who later was an assistant coach at North Babylon.
And that is why Hartley has a special interest in the NBA Finals this season. Her good friend and neighbor, Danny Green, is one of the big reasons the San Antonio Spurs are even the defending champion Miami Heat heading to Game 5.
Was roaming around the web this afternoon – what else to do on a rainy day – and noticed this piece on SwishAppeal.com that mentioned the possibility of UConn and Tennessee playing again some day in the regular season.
I had to look because I would love it if it happened.
But I need to tell you this: Earlier this week I called Tennessee after seeing a picture of Geno and Holly Warlick in the Knoxville News taken on Women’s Hall of Fame induction night last Saturday.
They were smiling. Broadly. I grew hopeful. Peace at last.
So I called Tennessee on Monday and asked if I could speak to Warlick to ask her if this picture meant good things for the renewal of the series that ended in 2007.
Tennessee would not even put her on the phone.
I was told the program had made a statement in May saying the series would not be renewed and they were sticking to their story.
So take that for what its worth. I have been told by a few people that ride the fence in this rivalry, meaning they don’t take partisan sides, that Warlick will not reschedule UConn out of respect to Coach Summitt’s wishes.
And as long as Coach Summitt is anywhere near the program, it is not expected to happen – not for the good of the game, not to promote the Summitt’s charity, not if ESPN crawls to Knoxville on its knees.
So be it, Tennessee. Good luck to you.
UConn likely will be there in March playing for a ninth national title, not the least bit exhausted from its season in The American.
Maybe the Lady Vols will be, too.
We have these things called deadlines we deal with every day in the newspaper business. Not so much in the virtual world where time and space go to infinity and beyond.
In the course of doing a story on UConn’s lone incoming freshman, Saniya Chong, for the Courant, I reached out to her coach at Ossining High, Dan Ricci, for some insight. Coach wasn’t able to get back to me until this morning, so the story had to go to print without his assistance.
But here’s what he had to say about his former national player of the year this morning:
“Saniya is a very laid back, humble kid. Once she is comfortable, she will open up some, but for the most part you won’t see her get too excited. Off the court, she is just a regular kid. She loves to shop go to the beach, movies, concerts, etc… And from what I hear, around her friends she is more outgoing then she is in basketball and in the media. All around, she is a great kid and will fit in nicely with everyone that is there already.
“Being the only freshman will definitely make things more difficult. She will not have anyone that is going through things for the first time like her. She loves her new teammates, and I am sure they will help her out when things are not going well. I do think her calm demeanor will help her get through the tough times and I am very confident that once she gets comfortable she will do quite well there. “
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