Women’s basketball action from last summer’s London Olympics
Great story in today’s USA Today (12/5/2012) about Gabrielle Ludwig, a 50 year old transsexual basketball player who is realizing her dream to play college basketball after a 30 year hiatus.
Accepted and backed by her coach, her team and her school, I like the quote from teammate Felicia Anderson best, “We’ve been discriminated against for different reasons. We all have our own oppressions we are facing ourselves. Either we are lesbians or we dress like boys or we have piercings or tattoos or different hairstyles. All of us are different, so it’s like, where else would she be?”
Sure, the season is only two games in so far, but at least briefly, Appalachian State senior Anna Freeman (center) is leading the entire country in scoring. She’s backed up by Courtney Freeman (right, no relation) and Maryah Sydnor (left).
This is Wisconsin-Green Bay’s star player, Julie Wojta. Her team finished 30-1 this season but only got a #7 seed in the tournament and will have to play Iowa State for the second time in the last three tournaments on the Cyclones home court in Ames, Iowa.
They’ll have their work cut out for them!
Back in basketball after turning down the offer to play for Connecticut and taking some time off to play volleyball for Deleware, Elena Delle Donne yesterday led the Delaware Blue Hens to their first ever CAA Championship. The Blue Hens also set a record this year for wins with 27, and cracked the Top 25 national ranking for the first time ever.
Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA holding the 2011 WNBA Championship Trophy AND the 2011 Finals Most Valuable Player trophy (which she rightly deserved!).
Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream setting an WNBA Finals record with 38 points in Game 2 against the Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota won the WNBA Championship in 3 games straight however.
I always loved Angel McCoughtry when she was with Louisville and now I love her even more in the WNBA. I think she has become my favorite player, especially with the way she has battled to turn the Atlanta Dream season around. She scored 27 points yesterday in a win against the favored Indiana Fever to put the Dream one game away from the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx and Maya Moore.
(And at the start of the WNBA season, I was picking the Fever as my team to root for, but now because of Angel, I have switched allegiances!!)
Maya Moore, battling here against Marie Ferdinand-Harris, would not be denied this season in the WNBA, leading the Minnesota Lynx to their first winning season in 7 years and their first even WNBA Finals appearance, starting soon against the winner of the Atlanta Dream-Indiana Fever semifinals series.
Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty. (I don’t even really care that this is last year’s schedule.)
Although the Tulsa Shock are having a terrible season, I’m happy that not only did Andrea Riley (number 10 in the photo), a great point guard from Oklahoma State, make it into the WNBA, but that she gets to play for a team in her native Oklahoma.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say we might be looking at a Courtney Vandersloot fan. Just a hunch.
I’m always up for a little Bird-watching!
Maya Moore and Candice Wiggins of the Minnesota Lynx were guests at a recent Minnesota Twins baseball game.
Keyla Snowden <3 DAAAAMN.