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Calhoun sees Big East Deserving of 11 Bids

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Should the Big east send eleven members to the Big Dance? In the estimation of UConn coach Jim Calhoun, why not ?

“First the field is 68, not 64 anymore,” Calhoun said following the Huskies’ first round win over DePaul. “Look what our teams have done (out of conference). We have beaten the Purdues and the Kentuckys out there.” In conference, the Big East schools just go at it relentlessly. Virtually every night games are one- or two-possession affairs. To Calhoun there is not a “weak sister” among them. … Continue Reading

March “Sadness” – Bidding an Outstanding Senior Good Bye

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – This was one that hurt. Like salt on a fresh wound. Seventh-seeded Canisius dropped a quarterfinal heartbreaker to second seed Loyola on Friday in the MAAC women’s quarterfinal.

The pain was on the expression of Micayla Drysdale. The Canisius senior guard, as usual, did all she could. Drysdale canned two free throws with three seconds left to give her team a three-point lead. The joyous anticipation of a semifinal date was fleeting. Seconds later, Miriam McKenzie buried a game-tying trey for Loyola to force overtime. There were five minutes of overtime to play but the spirit was noticeably drained from Canisius. The extra session was dominated by Loyola, a 68-53 winner. … Continue Reading

Manley Formula Helps Highlight Great Game by Rutgers Women

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, N.J. — When it comes to measuring player performance, there are several methods and accompanying formulas. From the Tendex system, developed in the 1960s, to John Hollinger’s PER, the quest for an accurate player measurement has persisted through the decades.

One of the most widely used formulas is the Manley formula, named after its developer, Martin Manley. The author of “Basketball Heaven,” an NBA statistical analysis book published in the late 1980s, Manley devised a formula for player efficiency that is user-friendly and useful. … Continue Reading

The First Four Minutes: A look at URI-Fordham and WVU-Rutgers

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The first four minutes. Coaches constantly preach their importance and significance. Getting off to a good start is paramount. Getting out of the gate quickly, or poorly for that matter, is important but does not guarantee a victory, loss or what may transpire the duration of the contest.

At games covered I frequently chart the shots and possessions of both teams over the first four minutes of both halves. The “first four” can tell us a great deal. In this article we will look at two games from the past weekend and how their “first four” of the game played out. … Continue Reading

Siena Women get ‘Defensive’ in Win over St. Peter’s

by - Published February 20, 2011 in Conference Notes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – It has been a year-long struggle for the St. Peter’s women. Their offensive efficiency is 79, quite a bit below the generally accepted targeted 100. The defense is a healthy 92 efficiency. Good defense is commendable, but a 79 offensive efficiency will not get you many wins.

On Saturday, St. Peter’s’ efficiency hit only 64 on the offensive end as Siena defeated St. Peter’s 57-40 at the Yanitelli Center. … Continue Reading

Robert Morris Defeats FDU: Why Tempo-Free is Important

by - Published February 18, 2011 in Conference Notes

TEANECK, N.J. – Andy Toole planned on Robert Morris playing their best ball beginning mid to late February and into March. The Colonials seemed to be on track as they handily defeated FDU 74-50 at The Rothman Center. The defending Northeast Conference champions were outstanding on defense, limiting FDU to 35 percent shooting from the floor and forcing 17 turnovers. On the other end sophomore center Lijah Thompson was too much for the Knights to handle. The 6-7 Thompson scored a game-high 16 points, adding seven rebounds as the Colonials enjoyed a 34-18 edge on points in the paint. … Continue Reading

Rutgers, St. John’s Get Attention in a Wild Big East Week

by - Published February 13, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – A look back at a couple wild nights in the Big East.

Rutgers’ improbable 77-76 victory over Villanova is widely discussed in how it transpired. The Wildcats had a three-point lead with seconds left. Rutgers’ Jonathan Mitchell hit a trey with .8 second reaming and was fouled by Corey Fisher, ironically his only personal of the game, Mitchell calmly converted from the charity stripe to give the Scarlet Knights the victory. … Continue Reading

For St. Peter’s Women, the Struggle Continues

by - Published January 12, 2011 in Conference Notes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – On Monday evening the St. Peter’s women hosted Manhattan College at Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. The effort was there, the result a too familiar 58-44 loss. Coach Stephanie DeWolfe has St. Peter’s working hard and hustling, no small feat for a team that dropped to 1-14 on the season.

In a game that was basically a two-possession affair until the latter minutes, turnovers continued to be a problem for St. Peter’s. They committed 23 on the game. Given a 60-possession game, the St. Peter’s turnover rate was an astounding 38 percent. That is nearly four of every ten possessions wasted without a viable field goal attempt. Junior forward Jynae Judson gave St. Peter’s a nice eight-point, 10-rebound effort. But she added seven turnovers. … Continue Reading

Gary Blair Loves New York

by - Published December 21, 2010 in Columns

NEW YORK – Gary Blair loves New York. The coach of Texas A&M’s eighth-ranked women’s team does not get too many trips to the Big Apple but enjoys each one thoroughly. “Last time we were here we played Rutgers in 1981. They had the Coyle sisters playing and Theresa Grentz coaching.” Back then Blair was an assistant at Louisiana Tech, a power with the likes of current Baylor coach Kim Mulkey in the backcourt. Tech won 67-60 on that day three decades ago. Sunday, at the Maggie Dixon Classic, Texas A&M was also victorious in a 79-50 rout of Rutgers.

“I love New York,” Blair gushed. “It is a great city it’s all about the highest level of basketball around. Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of basketball.” Beside basketball, Blair is enthused about what the city offers. He made it a point to bring his team on sightseeing trips after practices and walk throughs were negotiated. “We visited Ground Zero, we saw the tree at Rockerfeller Center, our kids were all over,”  he said. … Continue Reading

UConn Women: 88 Consecutive Wins

by - Published December 20, 2010 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Number 88 is in the books. UConn ran and hid from tenth-ranked Ohio State, with an 81-50 defeat of the Buckeyes at Madison Square Garden. The featured game of the Maggie Dixon Classic saw the UConn women tie the UCLA record with their 88th consecutive victory. The tempo free efficiency numbers illustrate the Huskies’ dominance. … Continue Reading

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Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

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