BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Each time she recalls how last season ended for the Maryland women s basketball team, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough speaks with a tone of regret. If only she had done more, then perhaps the Terrapins would have been able to send out their seniors amid much more palatable circumstances.
That loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament continues to trouble fellow senior Brionna Jones as well, to the point where she and Walker-Kimbrough indicated they ve been dedicating this season to last year s seniors. The inspiration has pushed Maryland (32-2) one round deeper in this NCAA tournament, where the third-seeded Terrapins will play 10th-seeded Oregon (22-13) on Saturday. The winner of that Bridgeport regional semifinal will face either Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, or fourth-seeded UCLA on Monday for a spot in the Final Four in Dallas.
We will never forget how we felt last year, Walker-Kimbrough said. How we sent our seniors out, it shouldn t have went that way, especially all the hard work they ve put in for their four years, so part of us, we ve been playing for them. Like I said, I remember how I felt, so I never want our six freshmen to feel that way.
That s why me and Bri try to lead by example and definitely try to make a statement every time we step on the court. That intent was clear during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, with Maryland winning by an average of 35 points. During a second-round win against No. 6 seed West Virginia on Sunday in College Park, Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 24th double-double this season and 57th of her career.
The reigning Big Ten tournament most outstanding player has three straight double doubles and scored at least 22 points in each of her last four games.
I m not sure we ve seen a better post player all year, Ducks Coach Kelly Graves said of Jones. It s incredible. Her positioning, patience, balance, strength, I mean she s the whole package, and I m assuming she s going to have a heck of a pro career.
Walker-Kimbrough, meanwhile, had 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting (67 percent) during a 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell in the first round at Xfinity Center. The three-time Big Ten first-team selection has scored at least 19 points in 10 of her last 11 games. Both players also have 681 total points this season, six short of the Maryland single-season record. Vicky Bullett scored 686 in 1988-89.
That s what you expect from your senior leadership, is to bring that kind of experience and then layer it within your team, Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. I can t say enough for what the two of them have done all season long and continue to do. You can feel their presence on both ends of the floor. I think Bri and Shatori are playing the best defense I ve seen. The Terrapins have limited opponents to 34 percent shooting combined in the NCAA tournament, including just 8 for 32 from three-point range. They ve also forced 38 turnovers in the NCAA tournament while managing to place a premium on their own ball security.
Maryland s 19 turnovers in the first two rounds combined are its fewest over any two-game stretch this season. During the first round, the Terrapins committed five turnovers, their fewest in a game this season, thanks in large part to the poise of freshman point guard Destiny Slocum. The Big Ten freshman has 15 assists and four steals with four turnovers in the NCAA tournament. Slocum is one of six players in program history to log at least 200 assists in a single season. She s also one side to perhaps the most intriguing matchup on Saturday, when Slocum will battle Ducks point guard Sabrina Ionescu, also a freshman. Ionescu was the top-rated point guard coming out of high school last season, according to ESPNw.com, and was selected Pac-12 freshman of the year after collecting four triple-doubles, one short of the conference single-season record.
Slocum was the No. 3 rated point guard as a high school senior and indicated she s somewhat familiar with Oregon s program following an unofficial visit to Eugene when she was in the process of selecting a school. Slocum initially had committed to Washington before reopening her recruitment and deciding on Maryland.
Slocum is part of Maryland s top-rated recruiting class last season that also features Kaila Charles, the 2015-16 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Ionescu was the centerpiece of Oregon s third-ranked class that includes two other freshman starters in 6-foot-4 forward Ruthy Hebard and 6-5 forward Mallory McGwire.
They can score on all three levels, but they re poised, Charles said of the Ducks. They like to run clock. They like to run through their plays, but we like to push the ball. We are poised, but our game is running the floor and pushing the tempo, so if we keep doing that and just play our game, we ll be fine.
- ^ Maryland women s basketball (stats.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister (www.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ against No. 6 seed West Virginia (www.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class (www.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell (www.washingtonpost.com)
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Should Indiana proceed with caution in pursuing Wichita State head coach Greg Marshall after his wife Lynn made headlines this weekend?
Indiana fans had a few reasons to watch the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Tom Crean was fired on Thursday, minutes after tip-off of the first game in the round of 64. The rumors of who might replace Crean flooded in and many of those names were coaching in the tournament. Among the names on that list include Wichita State head coach Greg Marshall. Marshall successfully pushed his No. 10 seed Shockers past second round opponent No. 7 seed Dayton. They met No. 2 seed Kentucky in the third round and took the game to the final buzzer. Wichita State fell to Kentucky, 65-62. The Shockers play on the court was not the only headline coming from Wichita State after their loss. Greg Marshall s wife, Lynn Marshall, was heard loud and clear throughout the first weekend of the tournament. More so, her behavior brought some negative attention. Marshall was escorted out by a security team following Wichita State s loss. The Associated Press reports that a security guard had asked Marshall to leave after loudly cursing and causing a scene.
A security guard asked the wife of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall to leave the lower bowl of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after she started loudly cursing shortly after Sunday s 65-62 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.
To make matters worse, the NCAA tried to combat the distraction that Marshall was making by asking a reporter to take down videos posted to Twitter. Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio was sitting near Lynn Marshall on press row and began to live tweet her behavior. His live tweets include videos showing the Wichita State wife yelling at Kentucky players.
Someone from the NCAA came and got my name and told me I could no longer tweet about her because it made her upset. I guess it didn t make anyone else upset when she told Malik Monk to get in the weight room or told Isaiah Briscoe to buy some bigger shorts or told Calipari to shut the f-ck up or told Roger Ayers he is garbage or any of the other classy things she yelled between F-bombs.
The NCAA apparently did not see the tweets as constructive. Franklin took to Twitter to mention that a member representing the NCAA forced him to take down the video of Greg Marshall s wife. The situation became news when the NCAA then denied asking Franklin to take down the video. So how does the situation that took place in Indianapolis translate to Indiana s coaching search? Well, Greg Marshall is presumed to be on the short list of coaches being considered for the opening. Do the headlines this weekend detour Indiana from pursuing Marshall? I doubt it, but it is worth noting. We reported earlier this week that Yahoo! Sports Brad Evans believes that Marshall would only leave Wichita State for two other schools: Indiana or North Carolina. The question is whether or not Marshall s wife put his candidacy in jeopardy.
Many will say Athletic Director Fred Glass is not seriously considering Marshall given his lack of ties to Indiana. Marshall was born in South Carolina, grew up and spent most of his early coaching career in Virginia. Glass told the media after Crean s firing that the right candidate being a former IU person is a double-check plus. Being from the state of Indiana is a double-check plus. Collegiate head-coaching experience is certainly a double-check plus.
Given that statement, It s hard to believe that Greg Marshall is the favorite to land the job. Glass seems to hold a high standard for the Indiana connection, giving candidates a double-check plus , whatever that means. However, Marshall is one of the most qualified candidates in terms of success and proven coaching ability. If he is seriously being considered, Marshall will likely have a few questions to answer about his wife s conduct at games.
On the flip side, Indiana fans could instantly fall in love with her. Her feud with Kentucky could make her an instant favorite with some Indiana fans. Others might see her as a sideshow and rather not partake in bringing it to Assembly Hall.
- ^ Tom Crean was fired (hoosierstateofmind.com)
- ^ Greg Marshall (hoosierstateofmind.com)
- ^ Associated Press (collegebasketball.ap.org)
- ^ loudly cursing and causing a scene (collegebasketball.ap.org)
- ^ Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio (kentuckysportsradio.com)
- ^ include videos (twitter.com)
- ^ the NCAA forced him to take down the video (twitter.com)
- ^ the NCAA then denied asking Franklin (www.philly.com)
- ^ would only leave Wichita State for two other schools (hoosierstateofmind.com)
- ^ Glass told the media (www.indystar.com)
- ^ Next: Indiana has the NCAA credibility Greg Marshall is looking for (hoosierstateofmind.com)
A viral video shows a man being restrained by security for dropping his pants in front of a crowd at the Alamo. (PHOTO: Matthew Silver, Facebook) (Photo: Matthew Silver, Facebook, Custom)
SAN ANTONIO – A viral video shows a man dropping his pants to reveal bikini-style underwear covered in red hearts. What happened next proves why he should have thought twice about messing with one of Texas’ most treasured landmarks. He shouted “I’m at the Alamo!” a few times while pretending to ride a small stick horse. The video was posted to Facebook Sunday. The bearded Speedo guy in question? His name is Matthew Silver.
A viral video shows a man stripping down to his skivvies in front of the Alamo. (PHOTO: Matthew Silver, Facebook) (Photo: Matthew Silver, Facebook, Custom)
According to his Facebook page, Silver is a “performance artist and clown mostly known for viral videos.” He said he regularly performs outrageous routines in several spots around New York City, and also performs in venues across the country. After only about 10 seconds, he was on the ground. An Alamo security guard restrained him with handcuffs. While some people commenting on Facebook were disappointed that he was restrained, Silver said security was just doing its job.
He said security consulted police about the, um, situation, and police reportedly said he would not be arrested as a result.
Silver posted the following statement with the video:
“I was on federal property. As of this date, I’m banned from all federal Texas property. Many people have gone through a lot [worse]. This is nothing. I appreciate this cosmic reminder, and [I’m] grateful that I didn’t go to jail.”