International Basketball – Sneer Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:28:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 International Basketball – Sneer 32 32 Kyrie Irving’s return to basketball won’t end the controversy he sparked Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:28:14 +0000

NEW YORK — There were two microphones on Sunday night, and each told a story of its own.

The one on the platform between Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush, between the tube station and a bullring, belonged to a man as he spoke to dozens of men in purple and yellow sweatshirts lined up in unison to listen, as well as passers-by on their way to this night NetsGrizzlies gambling or just minding their own business. The voice from that microphone was relentless, talking about biblical passages, about his people, about the Holocaust in Germany, comparing it to the one they faced and remarking that it wasn’t as bad. He said they were the real Jews, “not you the nominal ones”. He was, if not the leader of the group of some 300 Israelites United in Christ that sat outside the Barclays Center for hours on Sunday, at least his voice. He spoke for hours on a freezing night as the others distributed pamphlets proselytizing for their cause, giving their distorted truth of anti-Semitismthe genre that led the band to be reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Inside the arena, a few hours later, Kyrie Irving took over the microphone, a routine but difficult event for the Nets star. The group that had occupied so much space and noise around Barclays, lining the streets, recognizable and unmistakable, had come not because of him, but in response to him. Irving had tweeted a link to the Amazon page for an anti-Semitic film, refused to apologize and showed no remorse. Four days later, caught in the middle of a storm, he played at home, and this band appeared too. He didn’t play again until Sunday night, having been suspended by the Nets in the interim. Just as he returned from a 19-day absence from the Nets, so did they.

Of all the criticisms leveled at Irving after the tweet that started it all, the most poignant and real was not that he was actually anti-Semitic or full of hate. It was that he shared a piece of propaganda, breathing new life into the kind of tropes and lies that Jews have faced for centuries, and refused to condemn it hard and fast, choosing elliptical contention instead until he was finally suspended and couldn’t ignore the critic anymore. Irving may be talking about love and peace, as he insists, but those are the consequences many feared. A reduction in the pain, in the death, in the horrors that have ruined the lives of so many men, women and families for generations. Right there on Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush.

Video via Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

From Sunday evening, Irving had already apologized. He had made one in an Instagram post two weeks ago, but after being rejected by the Nets organization. He had made another that afternoon when he returned to the Nets after, he said, speaking with Jewish leaders. Irving still bristled at times, indicating he felt misunderstood and mislabeled, but he was sorry and meant no harm, he said.

Now Irving only wanted to focus on the game, a 127-112 win over the Grizzlies in which he played 26 minutes and scored 14 points. He had been missed by his teammates and coaches, he said, and they welcomed him with ease. Jacque Vaughn, newly hired as head coach during Irving’s absence, said he laid out the ground rules for Irving in a conversation that day.

“It’s all about hoop, and I’m using that word here that from this day forward, that’s what we’re going to do,” Vaughn said. “Basketball is factual. You get the rebound, that’s a fact. You box, it’s a fact. You do it, that’s a fact. We’re going to make this thing factual. It will be about basketball and we will live in this space.

As if Irving’s slipperiness with the facts wasn’t the reason it metastasized into the situation he and the Nets found themselves in this month. It was hard to say the Nets were back to normal just yet. The scene inside the Barclays press conference room on Sunday showed just how spotty it all was. As Irving spoke, Shetellia Riley Irving, his agent and mother-in-law, and Tamika Tremaglio, the NBPA’s chief executive, listened a few feet away, as did other union officials.

When a reporter exposed the scene above, among the protesters who had come out in support, Irving hesitated. That conversation would be for another day, he said. This press conference about the game.

Hours earlier, Irving had proclaimed he had realized the voice he carries, the one with 4.7 million Twitter followers and the pedestal attached to international fame, and now he hoped to harness it.

“It’s a great moment for me, because I can learn through this process that the power of my voice is very strong,” Irving said that afternoon. “The influence I have within my community is very strong and I want to be responsible for it. To do this, you must admit that you are wrong in cases where you hurt people, and it affects them.

But when another reporter asked if the protesters had come out as a result of what he had done, he again hesitated.

“Again,” he said. “I’m just here to focus on the game.”

The time for mea culpas may be over, at least for Irving. Basketball questions will soon fill the void left by the chaos of the past few weeks. A daily trance will take over after the malaise that destabilized a franchise.

Irving missed eight games in a most unusual way, punished not for what he said, but for what he then refused to say despite opportunity after opportunity to do so. He said he could still pursue legal options to rectify the eight salary games he lost, although there is no timeline in place for that process. PANB OfficersAs union vice president Jaylen Browncan I have CONTESTATION with his suspension and terms of his return, but the NBPA will not grieve the league against the Nets, Tremaglio said Athleticism.

Israelites United in Christ protesters line up at the Barclays Center in support of Kyrie Irving. (Mike Vorkunov / The Athletic)

Now Irving has found his voice. Others have already heard it and found it an opportunity to amplify theirs. It was hard not to hear him in Brooklyn on Sunday night.

But he will use it on his own terms, he reminded everyone on Sunday night. Ultimately, he chooses when to get the most out of the platform he has built. Irving asked for atonement, he asked for forgiveness and clarity, and after nearly a month of controversy he was asked when he would use that microphone to discuss what he was saying on his behalf.

“I would like to be on a platform where I could openly share how I feel without being harshly criticized or labeled or dealing with outside perceptions that have nothing to do with me,” he said. “Again, I said this morning, I just want to elaborate on everyone learning who Kai is, what AI is, and what I represent in my tribe. That’s it .”

(Photo by Kyrie Irving: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Women’s basketball opens two-game stand against UMES Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:15:40 +0000

Game Info: Saturday November 19, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Opening Tip
Drexel University women’s basketball returns to Daskalakis Athletic Center for the first of two straight home games and looks to get back on the winning track when they host the University of Maryland East Coast Hawks on Saturday. November 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Last game – Dragons upset at the buzzer against La Salle

Kylie Lavalle posted career highs with 31 points and nine rebounds, but the Dragons were toppled by La Salle, 77-74 on Tuesday afternoon.


  • Lavelle recorded his total points on 12 shots for 19, including a pair of threes and went 5 for 6 from the line.
  • Hetta Saatman had a personal best 12 points, going 4-for-5 both from the field and from the free throw line. She also had three interceptions and two blocks.
  • Maura Hendrixson had a career-high 10 assists in the game.
  • Keishana Washington scored 16, extending his back-to-back streak to double digits to 36.


  • Both teams struggled to find their rhythm out of the gate. Drexel started to find the back of the net first, making a 13-6 run to take a 17-11 lead over a trey Hendrixson with 2:34 remaining. DU took advantage of La Salle’s errors in the frame, scoring 10 points on Explorer’s seven turnovers in the quarter.
  • Early in the second, it looked like the Dragons were poised to take control, going up 30-22 on a Lavelle base jumper at 5:52. La Salle then turned hot from range, using a trio of treys to spur an 11-0 run in just 75 seconds of action. Battling fouls, Drexel stayed in the game, trailing 42-36 at halftime.
  • The start of the second half didn’t go well for DU as the Explorers stretched their lead to 48-38 just 53 seconds into the third period. Drexel fought back, scoring eight straight to close in a pair before heading into the final 10 minutes 56-51.
  • Trailing 66-58 with 6:31 remaining, the Dragons roared to tie the contest, scoring 10 of the next 12 points as Jasmine Valentine pulled in a board and hit a layup with 4:07 to go. Saatman was instrumental in the quarter, scoring eight of his points.
  • Drexel had a chance to go forward, but a pull up came off the rim with 17 seconds left. La Salle managed to score against a double team with 2.1 seconds left to escape with the win.

A start like no other

It was an incredible two-game run for Kylie Lavalle to start his academic career. His 31 points against La Salle are the most for a Drexel freshman in a regulation game in program history. Heading into Tuesday, two players had 29 without needing overtime, Barbara Yost (12/3/85 at Philadelphia Textile) and Michelle Maslowski (1/27/99 at Delaware). Lavelle’s 51 points in two games are also the most for a Drexel freshman, eclipsing Gabriella Marginean’s mark of 38 in 2006 (12 against Penn State, 26 against Loyola). Finally, Lavelle’s 20 points in Game 1 against Rider is the second most for a Dragon in his college debut. Maslowski scored 22 goals against UMBC on November 26, 1998.

drop pennies

Maura Hendrixson was impressive on its own against La Salle, contributing a career-high 10 assists. It’s the first time a Drexel player has hit double figures in assists since Aubree Brown had 11 against Charleston on Feb. 4, 2018.

At Hetta La Classe
Seeing his first extended playing time since the 2021 NCAA playoffs, Hetta Saatman is making the most of his opportunity, averaging 8.0 points per game. She came out on top in the fourth quarter at La Salle, scoring eight of her career-high 12 points. Saatman also leads the Dragons with three blocks and is second on the team with four steals.

36 and count
Despite objectionable problems, Keishana Washington extended his double-digit game streak to 36 by totaling 16 at La Salle. It is the second-longest streak in program history behind a 52-game streak for Gabriela Marginean, beginning Jan. 8, 2009, and extending to the end of her career.

Climb the ladder
In addition to entering the top 10 on Drexel’s pointer list, Keishana Washington climbs the NCAA charts. Her 1,555 career points are currently 24th among active Division I players. She trails Indiana’s Grace Berger by nine points to move into the next spot on the list.

Screening report
UMES enters the game 1-3 on aggregate and enters the match after a 72-60 loss to Wagner on Wednesday. The Hawks were selected fifth in the MEAC after a 12-16 season a year ago.

Zamara Haynes, a preseason All-MEAC second-team pick, is leading the way for UMES, with 11.8 points per game. Mya Thomas provides a second scoring option for the Hawks, also totaling 11.8 per game. Despite only playing 16.0 minutes per outing, Ariana Sewell is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game to lead UMES. Thomas leads the list with eight assists.

The Hawks haven’t been afraid to play competitively this season, opening the year with the University of Miami out of the ACC and George Washington out of the A10.

One area where UMES has performed well is in forced turnovers, as their four opponents have coughed the ball 77 times in three games. He struggled to hold onto the ball himself, however, with 21.3 turnovers per game. The Hawks also haven’t shot well from range, going 14 for 73 (19.2%) on the season from three-pointers. They hit their free throws when given the chance, connecting on 74.2% of their shots from the line with 12.3 marks per game.

The oldest MEAC coach, Fred Batchelor is in his 18th season at the helm of UMES with a 214-293 record at Princess Anne. He has a record of 17 wins twice, in 2007-08 and 2018-19.

All Time Series
Saturday marks the fifth all-time contest between Drexel and UMES, with the teams splitting from the previous four. Prior to last year, schools had not played women’s basketball since Dec. 17, 1990.

Last time against UMES
Hannah Nihill became the 26th member of the Drexel Women’s Basketball Club to 1,000 points as the Dragons held Maryland Eastern Shore 65-60 on Nov. 20, 2021. Trailing by two at the start of the final period, Drexel shot well, hitting a pair of threes and using the offensive glass to his advantage, starting the fourth with a 14-6 run. Both Tessa Brugler (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Mariah Leonard (10 points, 14 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.

First honors

Kylie Lavalle was recognized for her efforts against Rider, earning CAA Rookie of the Week honors.

hold good ground
Drexel has done more than compete on home soil, he has thrived in recent years at DAC. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Dragons are 93-25 at home, with a .788 winning percentage. Three times in that span, DU have had 14 or more wins on their home turf with 14 in 2019-20, 16 in 2017-18 and 17 last year.

Finish what you started
The win over Rider marked the 48th straight win for DU where they were victorious in the lead at halftime. Drexel did not lose a game he led at the break, a 53-49 loss at Penn on Dec. 20, 2019. Drexel went 24-0 as he led after 20 minutes in 2021-22.

All in the family

Grace O’Neill may be a newcomer to the Dragons this year, but she’s no stranger to the program and its culture. Her cousin, Meghan Creighton is one of the most decorated players in the program’s history. Creighton held the record for most tag team appearances until last season and was a member of the 2013 WNIT Championship team.

International atmosphere
While it has not been uncommon for Drexel to have several international players on its roster over the past 15 seasons, this year’s trio is unique as they are all the first players from their country to suit up for the Dragons. . Keishana Washington (Pickering, Ontario) was the first Canadian player to appear for DU, followed by Sira Ba (Montreal, Quebec) last year. Chloe Hodges (Adelaide, Australia) is the first player from Down Under to play for Drexel.

Among our peers
Across the country, people have taken notice of the Dragons’ success and preseason ranking in the CAA as Drexel is ranked seventh in the latest Top 25 Mid Major. DU is the only CAA team in the poll with four other conference teams receiving votes.

“One of the best sports venues in town”
Not our words, but the headline of an Oct. 10 Philadelphia Inquirer article describing improvements to Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Drexel Arena underwent a $6 million upgrade over the summer, including the addition of a jumbotron and ribbons as well as improved score tables, a lighting system and sound system.

If you can’t be here
Fans who can’t make it to the DAC will still have the option to watch the Dragons as all Colonial Athletic Assocation games and non-conference home games will be broadcast on FloHoops. For a 12th season, Ari Bluestein will have the show for the Dragons women’s basketball team. He will be joined this year by Maggie McIntyre, who recently completed a four-year career at Niagara where she played 118 games, scoring 863 points.

The Dragons play their last home game for three weeks when they host Lehigh on Tuesday, November 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Bluejay Women’s Basketball takes on Nebraska in battle of ranked foes Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:37:24 +0000

Omaha, Neb. — Facing their second-ranked opponent in three games, the 20th-ranked Creighton women’s basketball team opens their home schedule with one of the biggest games on their schedule, #22 Nebraska.

#22 Nebraska (2-0) at #20 Creighton (2-0)
15/11: – 6 p.m.
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Series with Nebraska: Bluejays Trail 31-16

Creighton saw his five-game winning streak against the Huskers snapped last season at Lincoln. The Bluejays have won the last three meetings in Omaha and hold a 13-8 lead in Omaha against Nebraska.

Date Opponent Score
2/19/74 at Nebraska L, 38-59
1/31/75 at Nebraska L, 27-57
2/17/75 at Nebraska L, 43-46
2/28/80 at Nebraska L, 47-81
1/21/81 at Nebraska L, 49-63
2/19/81 Nebraska W, 75-69
12/3/83 at Nebraska L, 70-75
12/08/84 West Nebraska, 86-75
7/12/85 at Nebraska L, 77-86
1/6/86 West Nebraska, 76-58
8/12/86 Nebraska W, 76-69
1/1/87 at Nebraska L, 59-72
8/12/87 at Nebraska L, 62-75
1/6/89 Nebraska L, 57-74
1/3/90 at Nebraska L, 77-103
01/03/91 Nebraska W, 81-80 (over)
11/22/91 at Nebraska L, 73-75
12/19/92 Nebraska L, 58-79
10/12/93 at Nebraska W, 97-64
12/28/94 Nebraska W, 79-72
12/30/95 at Nebraska L, 69-86
12/03/96 Nebraska L, 63-84
11/24/97 at Nebraska L, 59-80
12/06/98 Nebraska L, 74-82
12/12/99 at Nebraska L, 69-77
12/03/00 Nebraska W, 66-57
11/18/01 at Nebraska L, 56-59
12/01/02 Nebraska W, 55-40
12/21/03 at Nebraska L, 62-70
12/18/04 Nebraska W, 58-57
11/21/05 at Nebraska L, 50-84
12/19/06 Nebraska L, 57-60
11/30/07 at Nebraska L, 65-79
11/17/08 Nebraska L, 67-72
12/09/09 at #24 Nebraska L, 56-69
12/08/10 Nebraska L, 55-63
12/8/11 at Nebraska L, 55-66
12/05/12 #25 West Nebraska, 66-57
12/14/13 at #19 Nebraska L, 38-63
11/12/14 Nebraska L, 57-60
12/6/15 at Nebraska L, 63-65
12/18/16 Nebraska W, 80-64
11/19/17 at Nebraska W, 64-49
12/02/18 West Nebraska, 74-65
11/24/19 at Nebraska W, 79-74
12/14/20 West Nebraska, 78-62
11/17/21 at Nebraska L, 62-67

About Nebraska

  • Located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • The Huskers went 24-9 last season, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Gonzaga (68-55).
  • Head coach Amy Williams is in her seventh season at the helm of the Huskers.

Creighton Recognition

Creighton was impressive in a pair of road wins to open the 2022-23 season, beating #23 South Dakota State and South Dakota. In both games, the Bluejays trailed after the first quarter, 19-14 to the Jackrabbits and 19-12 to South Dakota.

Another similarity in each win is that the Bluejays have seen a player come forward to dominate the contest. Against the Jackrabbit it was Lauren Jensen who finished with 30 points and five assists. In victory over South Dakota Morgan Maly tied a career high with 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.

Creighton shoots 48.4% from the field in two games, led by Mallory Brake 100.0% (3 out of 3) and by Jayme Horan 71.4% (5 out of 7).

Scouting Nebraska
The Huskers opened the season 2-0 with home wins over Omaha (100-36) on November 7 and over Houston Christian (79-48) on November 10. Three Nebraska players come into the game with Creighton with double-digit averages this
season, led by Allison Weidner (19.5 points per game). Joining Weidner are Isabelle Bourne (13.5 ppg) and Alexis Markowski (10.5 ppg).

In the first two games, the Huskers forced 41 turnovers (20.5 per game).

The Keys to the Game of Tuesday, November 15

  • Ball safety: The Bluejays are thin at point guard and Nebraska will try to exploit that. Last season, the Huskers forced Creighton to 17 turnovers.
  • Defending the post: Last season, Alexis Markowski scored 11 points in just 13 minutes against Creighton.
  • Three-point shooting: While Nebraska’s strength is their inside game, Creighton can be deadly from long range. Last season, the Huskers limited Creighton to 5 of 19 (26.3%).

Player to watch for Creighton
Molly Mogensen: The Creighton point guard was a catalyst against South Dakota as she tied a career high with 16 points. In the game against Nebraska last season, she finished with eight points and six rebounds, but committed four turnovers.

Fight the Top 25

Creighton is 13-41 under Jim Flanery against teams ranked and 14-46 in the program. Last season, the Bluejays went 2-3 against ranked opponents.

The Bluejays are 1-4 against Nebraska when the Huskers are ranked.

Nov. 7, 2022 W, 79-68 at No. 23 South Dakota State
March 27, 2022 L, 50-80 vs #1 South Carolina
March 25, 2022 W, 76-68 vs. #10 Iowa State
March 20, 2022 W, 64-62 at No. 8 Iowa
Feb. 2, 2022 L, 56-76 vs. #10 Connecticut
Jan. 9, 2022 L, 55-63 at #10 Connecticut
Feb. 25, 2021 L, 49-81 vs. #1 Connecticut
February 20, 2021 W, 83-72 at No. 19 DePaul
December 22, 2020 L, 81-90 against #18 DePaul
December 17, 2020 L, 47-80 at #3 Connecticut
January 31, 2020 W, 63-61 at #11 DePaul
January 5, 2020 L, 71-74 against #16 DePaul
Nov. 28, 2019 F, 82-75 vs. #23 West Virginia (in Cancun)
March 1, 2019 F, 71-65 against #13 Marquette
December 31, 2018 L, 67-85 at #20 Marquette
December 29, 2018 W, 85-82 at #19 DePaul
November 28, 2018 L, 69-85 against #24 Drake
March 19, 2018 L, 64-86% at #9 UCLA
December 28, 2017 F, 69-54 against #18 Villanova
December 21, 2017 L, 82-92 vs #13 Florida State
November 25, 2017 L, 63-72 against #5 UCLA (in Las Vegas)
March 19, 2017 L, 52-64% at Oregon’s 8th State
January 27, 2017 L, 56-60 against #21 DePaul
January 4, 2017 L, 65-79 at #22 DePaul
February 21, 2016 L, 52-78 against #21 DePaul
January 22, 2016 L, 63-81 at #24 DePaul
November 27, 2015 L, 52-75 against #19 Northwestern (Cedar Park, Texas)
Jan. 11, 2015 L, 57-60 vs. #12 Nebraska
December 29, 2014 L, 69-94 at #14 California
December 23, 2014 L, 60-96 at #1 Connecticut
February 23, 2014 F, 65-62 c. #22 St. John’s
December 14, 2013 L, 38-63 at #19 Nebraska
Dec. 1, 2013 L, 52-80 at No. 18 Oklahoma
March 25, 2013 L, 52-68% at #10 Tennessee
March 23, 2013 F, 61-56% v #22 Syracuse
Dec. 5, 2012 W, 66-57 vs. #25 Nebraska
Nov. 25, 2012 L, 48-58 vs. #22 Kansas
Nov. 11, 2012 L, 48-69 vs #12 Oklahoma
March 18, 2012 L, 67-69 c. #14 St. John’s (Norman, Oklahoma)
December 4, 2011 L, 48-76 against #3 Notre Dame
December 11, 2010 L, 54-91 at #18 Notre Dame
December 20, 2009 L, 58-67 against #15 Oklahoma
December 13, 2009 L, 56-77 at #23 Kansas
December 9, 2009 L, 56-69 at #24 Nebraska
Dec. 12, 2008 L, 55-64 at #25 Kansas State
Dec. 3, 2008 L, 49-69 at No. 6 Oklahoma
February 2, 2008 W, 75-71 at No. 24 Illinois State
Dec. 16, 2007 L, 43-62 at #6 Rutgers
December 28, 2004 L, 71-79 against #18 Minnesota
Feb. 15, 2004 L, 65-71 vs. #23 Missouri State
Jan. 14, 2004 L, 60-94 at #11 Kansas State
Dec. 4, 2003 L, 71-82 at #9 Minnesota
Nov. 29, 2003 L, 72-79 vs. #25 Auburn (Durham, NC)
December 4, 2002 L, 70-98 at No. 10 Texas Tech
March 15, 2002 L, 58-73% vs. #23 Florida International (State College, Pennsylvania)
Dec. 1, 2001 L, 67-78 vs. #19 Florida (New Orleans, La.)
Nov. 27, 2001 L, 74-75 vs. #5 Iowa State
Nov. 24, 1997 L, 59-80 at #21 Nebraska
March 19, 1994 L, 65-75% at #8 Texas Tech
March 16, 1994 W, 84-73% at #24 Bowling Green

Flanery vs. Nebraska
Flan is by far the most successful coach against the Huskers, going 8-12 against the intrastate rival.

Home openers
Creighton is 33-15 in home openers, including 14-6 under head coach Jim Flanery. The Bluejays have a two-game winning streak in home openers, beating Omaha last season (71-51) and Nebraska in 2020-21 (78-62).

Quick Hitters on the Huskers and Bluejays Series

  • Creighton and Nebraska have never met as ranked enemies.
  • The Bluejays have never faced the Huskers as a ranked team.
  • It will be the first time Creighton is undefeated in its annual game with Nebraska since the 1986-87 season. That year, the Bluejays were 3-0.
  • The 1986-87 game was also the last time both teams entered meetings undefeated as Nebraska went 5-0.
  • The previous note has two exceptions as Creighton and Nebraska opened the season against each other in 1991-92 and 2001-02.

Flanery vs. Williams
Jim Flanery and Nebraska head coach Amy Williams have faced each other in each of the past nine seasons, with Flanery getting the best of the trades, 7-3.

Williams, however, led his team to victories in both WNIT meetings. Williams coached South Dakota for four seasons (12-13 to 15-16) before taking charge of the Huskers six seasons ago.

Date Opponent Result
11/20/12 at South Dakota W, 53-49
11/22/13 South Dakota West, 63-48
3/19/15 @ at South Dakota L, 58-68
3/16/16 @ at South Dakota L, 68-74
12/18/16 Nebraska W, 80-64
11/19/17 at Nebraska W, 64-49
12/02/18 West Nebraska, 74-65
11/24/19 at Nebraska W, 79-74
12/14/20 West Nebraska, 78-62
11/17/21 at Nebraska L, 62-67
@ = WNIT Game

Creighton’s history in the rankings

Creighton reached its highest program ranking on Monday, Nov. 14, as the Bluejays moved up to 20th in the AP poll.

The Bluejays were ranked in three consecutive AP polls in 1992, closing the season 6-1.

In 2017, the Bluejays went 0-1 in their only week in the AP Poll (March 6). This year, Creighton is 2-0 as a ranked team, giving the Bluejays a combined 8-2 rating in the standings.

#6 WT wraps up Saturday road trip with South Dakota Mines Sat, 12 Nov 2022 18:12:45 +0000
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CANYON, Texas – The No. 6 Lady Buffs close out the South Central Regional Challenge on Saturday night as they face host Hardrockers of South Dakota Mines with a caution scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CT at the King Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

West Texas A&M’s No. 6 Lady Buffs used a fourth quarter to outlast the Colorado Mesa Mavericks in a rematch of last year’s South Central Regional quarterfinals on Friday night as they picked up a victory 76-63 at the King Center.

Karley Motschenbacher paved the way for the Lady Buffs as the Moorhead, Minnesota sophomore guard went just 2 of 10 from the floor but finished 8 of 11 from the free throw line for a team-high 13 points with nine rebounds and a steal. WT finished the game with 25 of 61 (41%) from the floor, including 6 of 20 (30%) from behind the arc and 20 of 25 (80%) from the free throw line to go along with 36 rebounds (12 offensive, 24 defenses), 10 assists, 11 turnovers, one block and four steals.

The South Dakota Mines began their 2022-23 campaign Friday night in Rapid City falling to the UT Permian Basin Falcons, 72-55 at the King Center. The Falcons took a 38-16 halftime lead and never looked back, Piper Bauer led the Hardrockers with 19 points and three rebounds in the loss.

Bailey Johnson is the Hardrockers’ leading returner as the redshirt junior from Rapid City, South Dakota went 64 of 182 (35.2%) from the floor last season, including 29 of 87 (33.3 %) behind the arc and 58 -of-80 (72.5%) from the free throw line at an average of 8.6 points per game to go along with 72 rebounds (32 offensive, 40 defensive), 41 assists, 15 interceptions and seven blocks.

The Hardrockers finished the 2021-22 campaign with an 8-20 overall record with an 8-14 mark in RMAC action as they ended the season on a five-game winning streak. Mines finished 6-7 inside the King Center a year ago with those six wins in RMAC action.

Jeri Jacobson Owsley is now in her fourth season leading the South Dakota Mines women’s basketball program. She holds a 34-41 overall record in her three seasons at Rapid City, leading the program to a pair of spots in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.

She was named the fifth coach in program history on July 29, 2019. Jacobson Owsley came to Mines after four seasons as an assistant at the University of Idaho. Idaho enjoyed success in Jacobson Owsley’s four seasons on the bench, going 84-51 overall and making four postseason tournament appearances.

She had an outstanding playing career at Central Wyoming College and Upper Iowa. At Upper Iowa, she was named to the NSIC varsity team both years.

Saturday marks the second all-time hardwood meeting between West Texas A&M and South Dakota Mines. The Lady Buffs are 1-0 in the series as they cruised to a 70-53 victory over the Hardrockers on November 12 last year, WT forced 16 second-half turnovers in the victory at First United Bank Center.

Josh Prock enters his second season at the helm of the Lady Buff Basketball program after guiding WT to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in his first season at Maroon & White, ending the campaign with a 29-11 overall record as WT won the LSC regular season and tournament titles followed by a run at the South Central Regional Championship.

Prock was introduced as the head coach of West Texas A&M women’s basketball on June 2, 2021. Prock is no stranger to the Lone Star Conference as he spent eight seasons as head coach at East New -Mexico leading the Greyhounds to their only three NCAA Tournament appearances. in the program history.

West Texas A&M is home to one of the finest multi-purpose facilities in the nation, as the First United Bank Center has been the home of the Lady Buffs since Jan. 26, 2002. The Lady Buffs are an impressive 260-37 inside FUBC during that period for a winning clip of 87.5%. WT has averaged 1,032 fans per contest since the facility opened with the biggest crowd coming on opening night with 4,941 Buff Nation members seeing the Lady Buffs take on rival Abilene Christian.

The Lady Buffs garnered 31 of 39 possible first-place votes for a total of 612 points to sit atop the poll, followed by Lubbock Christian (first four places, 557), Texas Woman’s (first four places, 538) , Angelo State (519), UT Tyler (479), Texas A&M-Kingsville (408), Texas A&M International (371), Cameron (347), Midwest State (314), Eastern New Mexico (233), St Edward’s (219), UAFS (216), UT Permian Basin (172), Oklahoma Christian (154), St. Mary’s (94) and Western New Mexico (71).

The 2022-23 LSC basketball schedule will feature 16 women’s teams split into two divisions. Each team will play a dual round robin schedule within their division. Additionally, the teams will play eight crossover competitions against teams from the opposite division for a total of 22 conference games.

The LSC Basketball Championships will feature an 8-team field in 2023 with seeding based on all 22 conference games. Division winners will receive the top two seeds of the tournament. The championships are scheduled to take place on March 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2023 at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.

West Texas A&M is home to one of the most successful athletic programs in all of NCAA Division II.

The 2021-22 campaign has seen WT claim six Lone Star Conference Championships, three LSC Tournament crowns, two Regional Championships and four top-5 finishes in track and field, including the division’s Women’s National Outdoor Track and Field Championship. II of the NCAA.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa and the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) Africa announce a multi-year agreement to provide extensive coverage of the NBA on the continent Thu, 10 Nov 2022 07:05:15 +0000

NBA ( Africa and ESPN Africa today announced a multi-year agreement that will allow ESPN2 (DStv 219 and Starsat 249) to broadcast a record more than 180 regular season and NBA playoff games each season, including the full playoffs and conference finals, starting in the 2022-23 NBA season that kicked off last month.

As part of the agreement, ESPN Africa will broadcast all 45 games live in prime time in Africa this season, as part of “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23″, which offers matches starting as early as 7:00 p.m. CAT and league games. biggest stars. Additionally, ESPN2 will air NBA Christmas Day games, NBA All-Star, Play-In Tournament, weekly magazine show “NBA Action”, NBA Draft and multi-game live search program. NBA 360.

ESPN2 will air 30 classic games each season and will continue to feature US-produced marquee studio programs covering NBA news and updates, including SportsCenter and NBA Today. Audiences across Africa will also have access to new localized NBA programming. In addition, will feature original content covering NBA Africa events on the continent, including youth and elite basketball development programs, appearances by NBA players and legends, and more. The full 2022-23 NBA game schedule, including 45 prime-time weekend games in Africa, is available here (

“As the home of American sports in Africa, ESPN is committed to bringing the best in premier sports content across a unique and exciting portfolio of sports leagues to audiences across Africa,” said Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports Commercial and Business, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “This extended broadcast agreement with NBA Africa extends that promise, and the exciting new programming on offer will give fans across the continent even more opportunities to share in the passion and excellence of this renowned league,” he said. added.

“ESPN Africa showing a record number of NBA games and providing more locally relevant content to our fans underscores the momentum of the NBA in Africa and will help us continue to grow the game across the continent,” said Kornelia Semmelink. , Senior Director of NBA Africa. , Global Media Partnerships. “Through this expanded collaboration, we will make the excitement of the NBA more accessible to fans in Africa on the devices and platforms they use most, including prime time.”

“NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays Presented by NBA 2K23,” the league’s initiative to schedule prime-time weekend games in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will air on ESPN2 and understand :

  • Sunday, November 27: Four-time NBA champion and 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry, four-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green, five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors make three-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns visit, three-time NBA All-Star and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (France), 2020-21 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team member Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25: Four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James, 2020 NBA champion and eight-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers visit first-team Kia All-Star Luka Doncić -NBA 2021-22, and at the Dallas Mavericks at 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, followed by an NBA Sundays presented by the NBA 2K23 rematch in Dallas on February 26 at 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday January 14: Six-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, 2020 NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo, 2021-22 Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat welcome two-time Kia NBA MVP and 2021 NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo , three-hour NBA All-Star Khris Middleton, four-time Kia NBA All-Defensive Team member Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday January 28: Reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets visit five-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, 2017-18 Kia NBA MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star James Harden and the 76ers at 10:00 p.m. as part of of NBA Rivals Week. Embiid and Jokić were the top two Kia NBA MVP 2021-22 finalists, with Jokić winning the award for the second consecutive season.
  • Sunday February 12: Three-time NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum, 2021 NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown, 2021-22 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, and defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, host 2022 NBA star Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday March 5: Curry, Green, Thompson and the Warriors visit Davis, James and the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday April 9: Three-time NBA star Devin Booker, 12-time NBA star Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns host George, Leonard and the Clippers at 9:30 p.m.

For updates regarding NBA broadcasts on ESPN and other sports, fans can connect to @ESPNAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Fans can also download the newly redesigned NBA app and follow @NBA_Africa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

ESPN Africa has been NBA Africa’s pay-TV broadcast partner in Africa since 2019.

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Broadcast dates and times are subject to change
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Media contacts:
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About ESPN:
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About The Walt Disney Company EMEA:
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The Walt Disney Company has had a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for more than 80 years and employs thousands of people across the region. Between Disneyland Paris and its other iconic brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, 20e Century Studios and ESPN, The Walt Disney Company EMEA entertain, inform and inspire millions of consumers in more than 130 countries through the power of unprecedented storytelling. Disney+, the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, is currently available in 17 markets across Europe.

About NBA Africa:
NBA Africa is an autonomous entity created in May 2021 which manages NBA activities in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL). The NBA has a long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010, before opening additional offices in Dakar, Senegal, and Lagos, Nigeria. The league’s efforts on the continent have focused on improving access to basketball and the NBA through youth and elite development, social responsibility, media distribution, partnerships with businesses, the NBA Africa Games, the BAL, etc.

NBA games and programming are available in all 54 African countries, and the NBA has hosted three exhibition games on the continent since 2015. The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and NBA Africa, is a professional league. featuring 12 club teams from across Africa who completed their second season in May 2022. Fans can follow @NBA_Africa and @theBAL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

NM State prepares to start the Jody Adams era Sun, 06 Nov 2022 22:57:56 +0000
NM State (0-0, 0-0 WAC) at Colorado (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

Monday, November 7, 2022 | 12:00 PM MT | CU Event Center
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BOULDER, Colo. – The date circled on the calendar for months is finally here. The long-awaited start of the Jody Adams era has finally arrived.

NM State will take on the University of Colorado on Monday morning at 12:00 MT. The Aggies are looking to make a statement against a strong Colorado team, which finished the 2021-22 season with a 22-9 record. The Buffs made an appearance at the NCAA Tournament, falling to Creighton 84-74 in the first round.

Without an exhibition contest, this will be the first time that the new-look team from NM State will be able to face a real opponent. The last Aggie team to win a season opener on the road came in 2015, when the Aggies traveled to Fargo and defeated North Dakota State on Nov. 13.

In their only exhibition game, Colorado defeated Adams State, 75-48.

After a road game, NM State will return to Las Cruces on Wednesday night to take on the New Mexico Highlands inside the Pan American Center.

News and notes
The Adams family

Jody Adams is entering his first season as head coach of NM State. Adams has a history of success in Division I basketball, including 185 career wins.

Most notably, Adams led Wichita State through the most successful nine seasons in program history. Prior to Adams’ hiring, the Shockers had only one 20-win season in school history and had never entered the NCAA Tournament, won a Missouri Valley title, or won the Missouri Valley Tournament Tile. Under Adams, Wichita State has posted four consecutive 20-win seasons and made six consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-2015.

Training staff

The entire NM State coaching staff is new for the 2022-23 season. Adams brought in Patrick Harrison, Chynna Turner and Zach Banks as assistant coaches for his first staff at Las Cruces.

Harrison comes to NM State from Kansas City, where he spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach under current Oklahoma State head coach Jaci Hoyt.

Turner played for Adams at Wichita State before entering the coaching world. Before coming to NM State, Turner spent four seasons at Gardner-Webb, leading the Bulldogs to 61 wins.

Banks joins the Aggies after attending Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Banks’ time in Florida was capped off with a 2021 NJCCA National Championship and a 128-22 (.853) career record.

Threat Rating
Soufia Inoussa and Molly Kaiser lead scoring efforts among NM State revenants. Inoussa has tallied 654 points throughout his college career, averaging 8.2 points per game. Kaiser was second among the Aggies in scoring last season, dropping 8.2 points per game.

Taylor Donaldson had the highest single-game scoring effort of any returner, losing 25 to rival I-10 UTEP.

power five

The Aggies’ trip to Boulder marks NM State’s only contest against a Power Five opponent this season. The Aggies return home to face the New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday night, tipping at 6 p.m. inside the Pan American Center.

Lunch races

NM State and Colorado will be one of the first games to come to light on the 2022-23 Division I slate. With the game starting at 12pm MT, it will mark the perfect lunch break throughout the working day.

Go ahead and log in. Aggie basketball is back. Your boss will understand.

Conference Variety

The Aggies will face teams from ten different conferences throughout the 2022-23 season.

⁃ Pac-12 (Colorado)
⁃ Ivy League (Yale)
⁃ Summit (Denver)
⁃ Mountain West (New Mexico)
⁃ USA Conference (UTEP)
⁃ West Coast (San Diego)
⁃ Big Sky (Idaho, Portland State)
⁃ Rocky Mountain Athletic – NCAA Division II (New Mexico Highlands)
⁃ Continental Athletic – NAIA (Northern New Mexico)
⁃ WAC (UTRGV, Southern Utah, Utah Valley, Tarleton, Sam Houston, Utah Tech, Grand Canyon, Seattle U, Abilene Christian, California Baptist, UT Arlington, Stephen F. Austin.)

Mrs in the world

The Aggies have seven international players on the roster through 2022-23. Sabou Gueye and Fama Thiam are both from Senegal while Nigera (Ene Adams), Sweden (Soufia Inoussa), Japan (Moe Shida), New Zealand (Ashlee Strawbridge) and Spain (Lucia Yenes) are also represented.

birthday cry

The Aggies celebrated a birthday on the way to Colorado. Sunday November 6 marks another trip around the sun for striker Fama Thiam.

Frequent travelers

The Aggies will rack up plenty of travel miles throughout the season. The trip to Boulder marks the first of two trips to Colorado in November for NM State.

NM State will also hit the road for games in New Mexico, Texas, California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Washington during the 22-23 campaign. Additionally, the WAC Tournament is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada – Adding a ninth state to the list.

NCAA Tournament

NM State is looking to return to the NCAA tournament court for the first time since the 2018-19 season. On the last playoff trip, the Aggies fell to Iowa State in the Round of 16.

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Kyrie Irving: “I meant no harm,” says NBA star. “It was not me who made the documentary” Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:53:00 +0000


Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving He was asked on Thursday if he apologized when he said he meant no offense after tweeting a link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.”

“I meant no harm,” Irving replied. “I’m not the one who made the documentary.”

Irving was condemned last week by, among others, Nets owner Joe Tsai and the NBA for tweeting a link to the film, which is based on Ronald Dalton’s book of the same name and has been called anti-Semitic by civil rights groups.

During a media availability on Thursday, Irving said: “I take full responsibility, again, I repeat, for posting something on my Instagram or Twitter that may have contained unfortunate lies.

“I take my responsibility to post this,” Irving continued. “Some things that were questionable in there, wrong.

“As I said the first time you all asked me while I was sitting on this stage. I don’t believe everything that everyone posts. This is a documentary. So I take my responsibility.

When asked if he had any anti-Semitic beliefs, Irving replied, “I respect all walks of life. I embrace all walks of life. This is where I sit.

When asked to answer yes or no to the question, he replied, “I can’t be an anti-Semite if I know where I’m from.”

Irving’s media appearance came after he and the Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday that they would both donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations after the point guard tweeted the documentary.

In a joint statement between Irving, Nets and the Anti-Defamation League – a “nonprofit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all types of hate that undermine justice and fair treatment for every individual” – the 30-year-old said he takes “responsibility” for the “negative impact” his message has had on the Jewish community.

“I stand against all forms of hate and oppression and stand firm with communities who are marginalized and impacted every day,” Irving said.

“I am aware of the negative impact of my position on the Jewish community and take responsibility for it. I do not believe that everything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles.

“I am a human being who learns from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So from my family and I, we didn’t want to hurt any group , race or religion of people, and only wish to be a beacon of truth and light.

Earlier this week, NBA analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said he thought the league was “dropping the ball” on Irving and that he thought the player should have be suspended.

When asked why Irving hadn’t been disciplined for his actions on Tuesday, Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters, “I think we’re having these discussions behind the scenes.

“Honestly, I don’t really want to get into those right now. …Really just trying to weigh up exactly what the best course of action is here.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was ‘disappointed’ in Irving after the guard failed to issue an apology or denounce the ‘harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize’ . Silver will meet with Irving next week, the commissioner said in a statement Thursday.

“Kyrie Irving has made the reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive anti-Semitic material,” Silver said.

“While we appreciate that he has agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not featured unreserved apologies and more specifically denounced the despicable and harmful content contained in the film he has chosen to publicize.

Irving was not made available to the media on Monday or Tuesday following Nets games on those days.

The joint statement said the donations were made to “eradicate hatred and intolerance in our communities”.

“This is an effort to develop educational programming that is inclusive and will comprehensively combat all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry,” the statement said.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said: “At a time when anti-Semitism has reached historic levels, we know that the best way to combat the oldest hatred is to both confront it head on and also to change hearts and minds.

“With this partnership, ADL will work with the Nets and Kyrie to open up dialogue and increase understanding.

Irving speaks with former head coach Steve Nash during a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, January 21, 2022.

“At the same time, we will maintain our vigilance and call for the use of anti-Jewish stereotypes and tropes – regardless of source, no matter what – as we work towards a world without hate. .”

Kanye Westwho has come under fire over anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews, showed his support for Irving, tweeting a photo of the guard on Thursday.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has previously said Jews have too much control over the business world.

He threatened in a Twitter post of “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE”. He also raved in an Instagram post about Ari Emanuel, CEO of talent agency Endeavor, referring to “businessmen” when he was clearly talking about Jews.

Last Friday, he told paparazzi his mental health issues were misdiagnosed by a Jewish doctor, referenced Jewish ownership of the media and compared Planned Parenthood to the Holocaust.

Winthrop basketball update after Big South media day Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0000

The Deep South Basketball Media Days are exactly what you would expect.

The preseason poll and teams from all preseason conferences are announced. Basketball coaches bring their staff and a top player to a five-hour gauntlet of interviews, split in half by a one-hour lunch. Reporters ask questions about the upcoming season, the departure of Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander, and anything else that helps tie their preseason prospect stories together.

If you’re lucky, a young reporter from Howard and Arizona State universities will ask you what your favorite Halloween candy is. (Mark Prosser and Leonor Paisana love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Semeka Randall Lay only loves the yellow part of sweet corn, and Chase Claxton hates chocolate.)

There’s not much to interrupt the flow of interviews other than time spent quietly chatting with other people or cracking jokes at friends or nearby people.

However, that doesn’t make the event any less important, and Winthrop is taking the opportunity to set the record straight about this very serious upcoming season.

Starting with the Winthrop men’s basketball team, the Eagles enter the season with high expectations.

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Winthrop head basketball coach Mark Prosser shouts out to his team Thursday at Rock Hill. Tracy Kimball

After finishing last season 23-9 (14-2), the 2022 Big South Championship finalists are in the top three of the Big South pre-season poll for the eighth straight year, and Mark Prosser’s lads are in the time.

“We probably look like a lot of other teams are watching right now,” Prosser said. “Good and bad. There are times when it’s a bit difficult to assess, right? Because when your attack is doing well, you worry about your defense; and if the defense is doing well, you worry about the attack.

“I think we will understand better where we are as we go into some of our non-league games, and we also have a few scrums to assess ourselves. But there is something to be excited about. There are some things that we obviously need to improve on. We are far from a finished product. But that’s where we’re meant to be.

In Prosser’s second year, the men’s team will look very different.

Winthrop lost 2021-22 Big South Pre-Season Player of the Year DJ Burns to the transfer portal, and the Eagles lost six other men of letters from last year’s squad. Prosser’s team also lost senior graduate Micheal Anumba, who had a fantastic offseason, to a ripped Achilles.

However, the team brought in new players.

Three Division I transfers (Howard Fleming Jr., Illinois State; Kasen Harrison, Lamar; Isaiah Wilson, Richmond) bring a total of 148 games of experience, while five freshmen (Lawrence Bartee, Yoro Diallo , Clay Howard, Xavier McKelvy, Michael Moore) bring young people who grow and develop.

With such a turnover and so many new faces, they have already produced encouraging results.

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Winthrop’s Chase Claxton looks for an opening on Longwood’s Isaiah Wilkins in Sunday’s Big South Championship game. Tracy Kimball

“Last year our team was elite for sure,” said senior forward Chase Claxton. “And we lost a lot of players, but now we have transfers, and everyone who stayed became better players, a better version of themselves. So this year I feel like we’re still elite, but in a different way.Last year our low-key attack was successful, but now our defense is really up to snuff.

Winthrop women

As for the women’s team, the similarities with the men’s team are obvious.

The women’s team also lost seven men of letters, including four starters, from last year’s squad. The women’s team also has a head coach entering his second season. The women’s team also has a host of newcomers to the squad. This includes five transfers (Frances Brown, Nassau CC; Addaya Moore, Western Illinois; Paige Powell, UNC-Wilmington; Shamyjha Price, UMass Lowell; Jada Ryce, East Tennessee State) and two freshmen (Aaishah Barry, Tiana Spann) .

However, while the men’s team has notched 18 wins in each of the past seven seasons, the women’s team has not posted a winning record in any of those seasons.

Semeka head coach Randall Lay says the program is heading in the right direction.

“When you’re building, it just takes time,” Lay said. “As for getting the right parts, don’t try to skip the process, just absorb it and try to do your best and just know that you’re going to keep adding more and more parts to the process.

“Driving them into this year is the same thing, but you can start to see the things that you envisioned and hoped for from this program.”

The women’s team also focused on building team chemistry. Lay wants his team to have clear expectations.

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Winthrop takes on USC Upstate in the opening round of Big South Women’s Basketball at Winthrop Coliseum on Tuesday March 10, 2020 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Tim Cowie – Tim Cowie Photography Tim Cowie/Tim Cowie Photography

“We’re going to try to maximize as much as possible in this process,” Lay said. “While there may be bumps and bruises, I want to see how resilient they can be.

“It’s a small goal for me. Are we going to feel sorry for ourselves or are we going to take the movie, learn from it, grow and come out and do better next time. That’s my goal for this team.

One of the best returners is second-year guard Leonor Paisana. Hailing from Portugal, last season was the 5-foot-7 goalie’s first experience playing the more physically intense and detail-oriented American-style basketball.

“My freshman year was really bad,” Paisana said. “I am international. I’m from another country so it was a bit difficult with the impact of different cultures. On the basketball side, I had to learn to play the American game, which is different from the European game.

“Even the expressions, like speaking, were really difficult. During my first year, I also learned a lot about the team, like the experiences we had and to fight everything.

Focus is the name of the game for Lay’s team.

“This year we are focusing more on aggressiveness and competitiveness,” Paisana said. “And I believe we can win a lot more games than last year. I just have this good feeling that it’s happening because everyone is on the same page.

And after?

Winthrop’s men’s basketball team opens the season on the road at Penn State on Nov. 7, while its first home game is Nov. 9 against Piedmont.

The women’s team will also open the season on the road on Nov. 7 when they take on Central Florida in Orlando. The women’s first home game won’t be until Nov. 13 against Coppin State.

]]> Lady Buffs wraps up preseason at The Pit in Albuquerque Fri, 28 Oct 2022 21:38:59 +0000

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CANYON, Texas – The Lady Buffs wrap up their preseason schedule Saturday afternoon as they head to Albuquerque, New Mexico for exhibition action against the New Mexico Lobos with a denunciation scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT at The Pit.

2021-22 RECAP
Josh Prock guided the Lady Buffs to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in his first season at Maroon & White, finishing the campaign with an overall record of 26-11 as WT won the regular season and championship titles. LSC tournament, followed by a run to the South Central Regional Championship at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.

UNM enters the season with high expectations by returning seven winners of an NIT women’s team a year ago. Shaiquel McGruder was named an All-Mountain West Conference preseason selection as well as one of 25 players on the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

McGruder, a senior from Trotwood, Ohio, averaged 14.2 points per game as she went 219 of 360 (60.8%) from the floor, including 13 of 45 (28.9%) from deep and 61 of 80 (76.3%) from the free throw line to go along with 258 rebounds (100 offensive, 158 defensive), 32 assists, 66 steals and 49 blocks. She led Mountain West in field goal percentage while scoring double figures in 25 games with seven games with 20+ points.

The Lobos finished the 2021-22 campaign with a 26-10 overall record with a 14-4 mark in Mountain West Conference action, advancing to the third round of the Women’s NIT. UNM picked up playoff home victories over Grandy Canyon and San Diego before falling to Oregon State (78-73) in Corvallis, Oregon.

New Mexico takes on Fort Lewis College in exhibition action on Thursday, Nov. 3 before hitting the road to open the regular season against Southern Utah on Monday, Nov. 7.

Mike Bradbury is entering his seventh season as head coach of the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team. In his previous six seasons at the helm, Bradbury guided the Lobos to a 120-65 (.649) overall record. Three times during his tenure (2017-18, 2018-19, and 2021-22), the Lobos eclipsed the 20-win mark, with the Lobos tying the program record for most wins in a single season with 26 in 2021-22.

The Lobos have enjoyed sustained success under Bradbury, with the program setting several program records during the 2021-22 season. UNM set the program record in three-pointers (346), a season-best three-pointer program of 171, as well as a program record of 596 assists on the season and 292 in conference games. Additionally, the Lobos made a conference-record 523 field goals and scored the most conference points in program history with 1,413 points.

Saturday afternoon marks the seventh all-time hardwood meeting between the Lobos and Lady Buffs. The series is tied at 3-3 since the Lady Buffs have won the last three meetings of a series that dates back to 1980. The last meeting between the two teams dates back to November 22, 1985 in Canyon (82-65). WT is 0-1 all-time at The Pit in Albuquerque.

Josh Prock enters his second season at the helm of the Lady Buff Basketball program after guiding WT to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in his first season at Maroon & White, ending the campaign with an overall record of 26-11 as WT has won the LSC Regular Season and tournament titles followed by a run at the South Central Regional Championship.

Prock was introduced as the head coach of West Texas A&M women’s basketball on June 2, 2021. Prock is no stranger to the Lone Star Conference as he spent eight seasons as head coach at East New -Mexico leading the Greyhounds to their only three NCAA Tournament appearances. in the program history.

West Texas A&M is home to one of the finest multi-purpose facilities in the nation, as the First United Bank Center has been the home of the Lady Buffs since Jan. 26, 2002. The Lady Buffs are an impressive 260-37 inside FUBC during that period for a winning clip of 87.5%. WT has averaged 1,032 fans per contest since the facility opened with the biggest crowd coming on opening night with 4,941 Buff Nation members seeing the Lady Buffs take on rival Abilene Christian.

The Lady Buffs garnered 31 of 39 possible first place votes for a total of 612 points to sit atop the poll, followed by Lubbock Christian (first four places, 557), Texas Woman’s (first four places, 538) , Angelo State (519), UT Tyler (479), Texas A&M-Kingsville (408), Texas A&M International (371), Cameron (347), Midwest State (314), Eastern New Mexico (233), St Edward’s (219), UAFS (216), UT Permian Basin (172), Oklahoma Christian (154), St. Mary’s (94) and Western New Mexico (71).

The 2022-23 LSC basketball schedule will feature 16 women’s teams split into two divisions. Each team will play a dual round robin schedule within their division. Additionally, the teams will play eight crossover competitions against teams from the opposite division for a total of 22 conference games.

The LSC Basketball Championships will feature an 8-team field in 2023 with seeding based on all 22 conference games. Division winners will receive the top two seeds of the tournament. The championships are scheduled to take place on March 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2023 at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.

West Texas A&M is home to one of the most successful athletic programs in all of NCAA Division II.

The 2021-22 campaign has seen WT claim six Lone Star Conference Championships, three LSC Tournament crowns, two Regional Championships and four top-5 finishes in track and field, including the division’s Women’s National Outdoor Track and Field Championship. II of the NCAA.

NBA and NBPA Launch NFT Fantasy Basketball Game Featuring Sorare Tue, 18 Oct 2022 16:00:07 +0000
Liverpool FC partners with Meta to sell digital merchandise, the first virtual sports team apparel available on Meta’s avatar store


Andre Cohen

English Premier League club Liverpool FC are teaming up with Meta to sell digital merchandise in what is the first virtual sports team apparel available for paid purchase on Meta’s Avatars store. Digital versions of the Liverpool home and away kits are being sold for $1.99 each through the Avatars store on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. The kits will debut later this year in virtual reality for Meta’s Quest headsets.

liverpool will receive a share of digital merchandise sales, which includes two LFC-branded red hoodies and sweatpants in addition to home and away jersey kits for a total of four outfits available. The virtual fashion items will be available to users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, and Italy. Cryptocurrency is not an accepted form of payment for digital avatar swag in the metaverse from the social media company officially known as Facebook.

“We are delighted that Liverpool fans can now use our avatars to express their digital identity through the iconic colors and logo of their favorite club,” Jerry Newman, Meta Director of Media Partnerships, Northern Europe, said in a statement. “We are also delighted to help Liverpool begin to tap into the new metaverse economy, with digital apparel revenue adding to the apparel sales the club generates in the physical world.”

The NFL partnered with Meta around Super Bowl LVI to release Rams and Bengals-branded digital shirts and helmets, but these avatar fashion items were available for free. “Our intention is to develop a market where [digital] jerseys or shirts can be sold,” Rob Shaw, director of Meta, North America Sports Partnerships, told SportTechie’s in April. State of the Industry Conference. “There will be a business model where the money can go back to leagues and teams or whoever owns the intellectual property.”

Liverpool, owned by Fenway Sports Group, join another EPL club Everton and the LaLiga club Real Betis as the best football teams to sell virtual avatar fashion, although Real Betis and Everton items are for avatars on Fan Curve which is separate from different Meta platforms. Earlier this week, Meta announced new accessories for training in virtual reality and its new Quest Pro headset that will retail for $1,500. Meta also announced that its virtual avatars would win legs from next year.