Maybe not a complete change, but there are definitely winds of change blowing in women's college basketball these days.
UConn, finding out what life is like without all-everything point guard Diana Tarausi, has been humbled this season after winning three straight national championships.
The Lady Vols are still the Lady Vols, but four losses, most recently to LSU (more on that in a minute) have folks scratching their heads about the state of women's college hoops. However, there is a growing excitement due to the fact parody has set in and a new crop of fresh faces are sitting atop women's college hoops.
Viewed as the team to be this season, LSU has reigned atop the polls for most of the season having lost only once (at Rutgers).The Lady Tigers have struggled a time or two at Baylor and at home against Auburn, but for the most part, Pokey Chatman's team has slashed through the competition like Temeka Johnson running a fast break through a full court press.
Chatman and Co. made their biggest
statement so far last Thursday dethroning
And that was oh so obvious on the mug of Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt when she entered the press room in the aftermath of Thursday's SEC clash.
Summitt, an intimidating figure anyway, was visibly irritated by the way her Lady Vol team had just played and been beaten. Tennessee shot a miserable 30-percent from the floor, scored less than 60 points for the fifth time this season, had its best player (Shyra Ely) held to six points and no rebounds and had a 42-game regular season SEC winning streak snapped.
And on top of all of that, it had
all been done on national television for the rest of the world to see. With the
reputation the Lady Vols carry with them, never should the Big Orange be
embarrassed like they were on ESPN2 last Thursday. Never should a team handle
the most dominant program in the country that way. (By the way, The Sporting
But in front of a record crowd of
Summitt did try and extend credit where credit was due saying she "gives LSU all the credit for how they played and how aggressive they played" but still felt the need to drop in that "you can't shoot 31-percent and beat a team like this on the road."
For all that watched the game,
there is a reason
However, the look on Summitt's face was one of concern rather than disgust with the way her team played. While she answered everyone's questions in the typical business like manner with which she is accustomed, you could almost see the wheels turning as to what lies ahead for these two basketball programs.
It is no secret Summitt and
At 35 years old, Pokey Chatman has
proved to be a tireless recruiter and a quality coach having led this team to
the Final Four a year earlier. She has already proven she can beat out
It is hard to say LSU is in the
process of bumping
From the mailbag:
- More fallout on Ryan Perrilloux
"You are so right! With
statements like that, if Russell and Flynn play up to their potential he will be
lucky to get on the field next year. I said that because these guys will be
playing in a system that they are familiar with do to the fact the offensive
coordination will not change. Ryan is a talent and I believe that if he is able
to learn and understand the system and make the adjustment to the SEC level of
football he will be something to behold. Of course the SEC is the top level of
sports, in particular on the football field it is far from
- Michael Augusta
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.