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The women’s college basketball season is in full swing. We have seen some quality and competitive games up to this point. Coaches earning career milestones, players playing high quality basketball, and we have been able to watch two weeks of college basketball. Enough of the pleasantries, here is the first Full Timeout of the season.
Thompson and Whalen earn their first victories
Generally speaking, Tina Thompson and Lindsay Whalen are known for their exploits in the WNBA. The two basketball legends have WNBA championships, Olympic medals and both will reach the Hall of Fame (Thompson was inducted this year). Now, the two former players are embarking on another endeavor in which they both will look to succeed. In other words: the two former standouts are officially head coaches.
Beginning with Whalen, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were able to defeat New Hampshire 70-47. Whalen was able to earn her first victory as a head coach in front of a sold out crowd at Williams Arena. After retiring from the WNBA after the past season, Whalen is back at Minnesota and this is just the beginning of her road as a head coach.
“Not too bad,” said Whalen after the win. “When I played you had a routine how you want things to go, so I guess it was just going through it for the first time but I felt pretty good.”
In due time, the Virginia Cavaliers were able to topple Old Dominion 73-67 on November 18. This was Thompson’s first career win as a head coach. This is what the former USC Trojan could see herself doing when she began her coaching career as an assistant for the Texas Longhorns in 2015.
“It feels good,” stated Thompson in an interview after the game. “I’m really excited for our girls more so than myself because their hard work and their effort turned into something positive today. I think they are doing things on the floor are working for them.”
Ionescu is making history
Oregon standout Sabrina Ionescu is continuing her tremendous career. She was able to reach a marvelous milestone this past Sunday. In the Ducks’ 102-82 victory over Buffalo, Ionescu was able to notch her 12th triple double of her career. When it was over, she tallied 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
This is the All-American’s second triple double of the season. To begin the season, Ionescu put up 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in Oregon’s season opening win over Alaska Fairbanks.
With her 12 career triple doubles, she has now come into a tie with for BYU player Kyle Collinsworth for the most in NCAA history. This is not the first time she has been in mention with the former Cougar guard. Last season, Ionescu was able to tie Collinsworth for triple doubles in a season. She also set the NCAA women’s record for triple doubles last season as well.
In due time, Sabrina will pass Collinsworth for the record. It is only a matter of time.
South Carolina’s reign in the top 10 is over
Dawn Staley has been able to lead a level of consistency during her time at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have become a fixture in the AP women’s basketball top 10 since 2014
Unfortunately, that run has come to an end.
South Carolina has been in the AP top 10 for 89 consecutive weeks. On Monday, the 31-member national media panel voted the Gamecocks as the 13th ranked team in the country. It was the third longest streak in the country behind UConn and Notre Dame.
Before the loss to Maryland on Sunday, the Gamecocks were the 10th ranked team in the country.
Mississippi State jumps to No. 6 on the recruiting trail
With the recent signing of Rickea Jackson, Mississippi State has the sixth best recruiting class in the country.
Speaking to Dan Olson, Jackson stated “Coach Vic Schaefer is genuine. He will push me. Finally I have a home and I’m happy.”
Along with Jackson, Mississippi State adds another player to the talented recruiting class they have coming next season. Jayla Hemingway and JaMya Young are two four-star recruits who will call Starkville home next season. In addition, Esmery Martinez and Aliyah Matharu are three-star recruits who round out the recruiting class for the Bulldogs.
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