You might not believe this, but the year did not start off well for UConn women’s basketball. About two weeks into the start of the college basketball season, coach Geno Auriemma was convinced that his team wasn’t going to be very good given how poorly it was approaching practice. The idea that UConn would struggle-at least relative to recent years-was not so far-fetched.
Whenever the term “Code Red” is invoked at Stanford, it’s safe to assume the hospital is in crisis mode. Except during March Madness, when it’s the Stanford women’s basketball team relying on its rallying cry to advance yet again to the Final Four. “It’s totally a Stanford player’s tradition,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after Tuesday’s morning practice, with luggage spread out all over Maples Pavilion as the No. 6 Cardinal (32-5) prepared to board a plane for Texas. Stanford will play in a national semifinal against No. 3 South Carolina (31-4) on Friday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, making its seventh trip to the Final Four in the past decade. WNBA center Jayne Appel made it
Cameron Newbauer auditioned for the Florida women's basketball job long before athletic director Scott Stricklin called. Newbauer was coaching Belmont in the NCAA Tournament last year when Stricklin noticed him from afar. Mississippi State's AD at the time, Stricklin was so intrigued with the job Newbauer and the 13th-seeded Bruins were doing against No. 4 seed Michigan State in Starkville, Mississippi, that he wanted to hear what Newbauer had to say after the game.