University of Connecticut freshman Larissa Compio was among about 200 fans who braved the drizzle and cold on Tuesday to cheer on the school's women's basketball team as it boarded a bus for a 10th consecutive trip to the Final Four. The 18-year-old biology major from Washingtonville, New York, said she's been a fan of the women's team since she was a little girl and it was a huge reason she chose to attend the school. The fans waved towels, chanted, cheered and high-fived the players as they made their way between sets of barricades from Gampel Pavilion to begin the journey to Dallas, where they will play Mississippi State on Friday night.
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.
Pepperdine has promoted DeLisha Milton-Jones to be the head coach of the women's basketball team, the university announced Wednesday. Milton-Jones joined the program as an assistant coach this past season after playing in the WNBA for 17 years. She replaces Ryan Weisenberg, who was let go earlier this month. The Waves were 7-23 this season and 28-94 during Weisenberg's four-year stint at the school. While Milton-Jones doesn't have much coaching experience she does have a long storied career in the WNBA and playing overseas. She won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and finished in the top 10 in points (ninth), steals (fifth) and rebounds (sixth). She also helped the U.S. win gold medals