• South Carolina women's hoop team picked to win SEC

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley knows the work it took to reach the top of the Southeastern Conference. She understands it'll be an even greater challenge for the defending SEC champs to stay there. Gone are the days when everyone would pencil in Tennessee to dominate the SEC, win the league title and easily move on to the Final Four. While the Gamecocks were picked to repeat, Staley expects the defending champions to be challenged by a hungry, talented group of teams looking to finish on top. "You have to be prepared for this meat grinder," Staley said Tuesday. "There isn't a conference in the country that's challenged like we are night in and night out.

  • The preseason SEC order of finish

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The preseason SEC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by the media and released Tuesday: ___ SEC Champion South Carolina ___ 1. South Carolina, 210 points 2. Tennessee, 191 3. Texas A&M, 179 4. Kentucky, 154 5. Vanderbilt, 150 6. Georgia, 132 7. LSU, 122 8. Mississippi State, 108 9. Florida, 96 10. Auburn, 83 11. Arkansas, 77 11 Missouri, 77 13. Alabama, 74 14.

  • All-SEC preseason women's basketball team

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  • OVC preseason predicted order of finish

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The predicted order of finish for women's basketball in the Ohio Valley Conference as predicted by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday. Eleven points for first-place vote, 10 for second, etc. Coaches and sports information directors could not vote for their own teams (with first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Belmont (14) 224 2. UT Martin (3) 203 3. Jacksonville State (2) 189 4. Tennessee Tech 169 5. SIUE 152 6. Tennessee State (2) 144 7. Eastern Kentucky (3) 138 8. Eastern Illinois 92 9. Murray State 83 10. Southeast Missouri 73 11. Austin Peay 71 12.

  • Ohio Valley Conference women's preseason team

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    The Ohio Valley Conference preseason women's team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday: ___ Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jordyn Luffman, Belmont G/F Jordyn Luffman, Belmont F Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois G Candace Morton, Jacksonville St. G Almesha Jones, Morehead St. F Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee St. F Ashia Jones, UT Martin G Destany McLin, Jacksonville St. G Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay G Keiona Kirby, Murray St.

  • Judge grants motion to strike Summitt reference

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches must remove a reference to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt from their complaint in a lawsuit against the university. The complaint in the lawsuit filed by Moshak, Heather Mason and Collin Schlosser said Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart "forced Coach Pat Summitt into an involuntary early retirement." Summitt has indicated it was her choice to step down for health reasons in April 2012, and she remains on Tennessee's staff as head coach emeritus. U.S. District Judge Bruce Guyton granted the university's motion to strike that reference Monday.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowgirls' optimism high, even without Tiffany Bias

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Still, the Cowgirls return three starters and four players who averaged at least 22 minutes a game. And they return optimism for returning to the NCAA Tournament, and more.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Jeffrey Carroll a wild card for Cowboys

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The Cowboys enter this season defined by its four veterans: Cobbins, Le’Bryan Nash, Phil Forte and LSU transfer Anthony Hickey, all experienced and proven producers. Beyond that core, however, there’s a need and a call for additional contributors. Carroll could be a wild card – on the season.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Maddie Manning excited to be back

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Manning, from Ankeny, Iowa, played in six games as a true freshman before suffering a torn ACL in practice. She rehabbed and was set to return last year but tore the ACL in her other knee during a preseason intrasquad scrimmage.

  • UALR baseball schedules series of scrimmages

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball team has a series of scrimmage games scheduled. Trojan head coach Chris Curry says the "Fall World Series" scrimmages between the silver and maroon teams will begin Monday starting at 4 p.m. The six inning games will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday — followed by Parents' Day on Saturday with the game to start at 11 a.m.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

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  • Banham named Big Ten preseason Player of Year

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota guard Rachel Banham has been named the Big Ten's preseason Player of the Year. Banham was selected by both the league's head coaches and media. Last season, Banham averaged 22.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals. She was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. Going into her senior year, the Lakeville native is just seven points away from becoming the fourth Gopher in program history to score 2,000 career points. Minnesota sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. was voted onto the media's All-Big Ten Team. Zahui B. finished her rookie season as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after averaging a double-double with 15.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

  • Maryland women picked to win Big Ten

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Maryland has moved to the Big Ten Conference and the expectations remain high on the heels of a Final Four appearance. Maryland was picked to win the conference in a vote by coaches and media, it was announced on Thursday. The Terrapins beat out runner-up Michigan, while Iowa finished third. Minnesota guard Rachel Banham was the preseason Player of the Year. While Maryland returns only one senior, coach Brenda Frese says the current squad is the most athletic in her 12 seasons as Terrapins coach. She is encouraged by its potential at the defensive end in particular. "We have talked about the target on our back, coming off a Final Four," said Frese, whose team won 28 games in its Atlantic Coast Co

  • Woodward named MW preseason player of year

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming senior forward Kayla Woodward has been named the 2014-15 Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year. It is the second year in a row Woodward has been recognized with the designation. Cowboy Larry Nance Jr. was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year on the men's side. It is the first time in Mountain West history Wyoming has earned both accolades. The Cowgirl basketball team was picked to finish third as the conference announced its 2014-15 preseason women's basketball poll and all-conference team this week. Woodward is a native of Sheridan. She was a first-team All-Mountain West selection last season and was named to the 2014 conference All-Tournament Team.

  • Ohio State frosh to miss season with knee injury

    Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Freshman forward Makayla Waterman is expected to miss the 2014-15 season after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday. Waterman tore the meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in the team's first practice on Oct. 6. The former Kettering, Ohio, native was a top-35 recruit. She helped Fairmont High School to the 2013 Ohio Division I state title where she scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the championship game. Waterman was part of a Buckeye recruiting class ranked among the top 10 in the country.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why Lon Kruger expects Buddy Hield's game to be more well-rounded this season

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Buddy Hield’s offseason work has included plenty of time in the weight room, along with trips to LeBron James and Kevin Durant’s skills academies.

  • UConn women start run at 10th national title

    Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn opened practice Wednesday with a lot of new faces, but the same old goal of winning a national title. The two-time defending women's champions, who lost center Stefanie Dolson and guard Bria Hartley to graduation, have reloaded with the nation's top recruiting class. Freshmen guards Kia Nurse, Gabby Williams, Courtney Ekmark and Sadie Edwards join a strong core of veterans, which includes Breanna Stewart, the reigning national player of the year. "We have two teams," coach Geno Auriemma said. "We have a team of older guys that don't know anything but winning national championships and we've got a team of young guys that don't know anything about winning any games.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Michael Cobbins is back — and needed

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Oklahoma State needs Cobbins to be back – all the way back and more – from the Achilles injury that derailed his and his team’s season last winter. The Cowboys knew they were losing their rim protector and defensive enforcer, but didn’t fully realize how much they’d miss Cobbins’ calm and leadership and court awareness.

  • Duke women hope to reload after losing 4 starters

    Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke doesn't view this season as a rebuilding year. Four starters are gone, including speedy guard Alexis Jones surprisingly transferred to Baylor. But the Blue Devils still have Elizabeth Williams, and they believe they still have a chance to win a new-look Atlantic Coast Conference in which Notre Dame has replaced them as the obvious favorite. Speaking before Duke's first formal preseason practice, coach Joanne P. McCallie said Wednesday that "being the top dog is the dog to be" and that "our sights will remain the same." The players certainly aren't. Guards Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston and forward Haley Peters graduated, and Jones is in Texas.

  • Meier extends Miami deal, gives $75,000 to school

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami gave Katie Meier a new contract. Meier then gave the school a check. Meier is now under contract to lead Miami's women's basketball program through 2021, with an extension being announced Monday by the school. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Meier, however, revealed that she donated $75,000 to support women's sports at the school, a pledge that has already gotten several longtime Hurricane supporters to follow suit. "I feel like I have deep roots here and would like to give back," Meier said. "I want our young women to be able to share the incredible impact that athletics has had on my life. I believe that this gift is the best way to do it." Meier has been at Miami since