Marah Strickland, Chatilla van Grinsven, Samantha Clark and the A-10 Shuffle

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News and Notes from around A-10 women’s basketball.

Strickland and van Grinsven earn A-10 Player of the Week honors; Clark named Rookie of the Week

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Fordham’s Marah Strickland and Saint Joseph’s Chatilla van Grinsven Co-Women’s Basketball players of the week for games played the week of Feb. 18 – Feb. 24.   Strickland’s teammate Samantha Clark has been named the Rookie of the Week. In a key 70-63 overtime league win over SJU, Strickland had a career-high 31 points, including nine in the extra period.    Strickland was 9-of-17 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the win.    She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out one assist against the Hawks.   Strickland opened the week with 14 points in a win over Rhode Island. van Grinsven had a pair of double-doubles during the week for the Hawks.  In a 68-31 victory at La Salle to open the week, she had 16 points and 15 rebounds to go along with three assists.   She capped the week with a 26 point, 13 rebound performance against Fordham. Read more….

Flyers soar to #12 in both major polls this week For the 15th consecutive week, University of Dayton women’s basketball maintained a spot in the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Polls. The Flyers continue to break program records and moved up two spots to No. 12 in both polls. The  Flyers (24-1, 12-0 A-10) tied the program record for Atlantic 10 Conference wins after victories over Duquesne, St. Bonaventure  and Temple last week. UD moved up to No. 12 with 492 points in the AP Top 25, reaching its highest ranking in school history. The Flyers moved up two spots today in the Coaches Poll to No. 12, breaking a record for their highest ranking ever. The received 411 points in the coaches vote. Read more…

Charlotte women’s basketball seniors look back on careers

Jocelyn Floyd steals Duquesne all-time record AMHERST, Mass – Jocelyn Floyd became the Duquesne women’s basketball program’s all-time leader in steals after a 53-44 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. Additionally, with this victory, the senior class has tied the program-best with 84 wins. With the win, the Dukes improve to 20-6 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This is the fifth consecutive 20-win season for DU. UMass, who has now lost 11 straight games, falls to 3-24 overall and 1-11 in conference play. Floyd scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the first half and recorded a game-bests nine rebounds and seven steals. Coming off a career-high 14 points at #17/15 Dayton, Oditte Odishoscored 13. Vanessa Abel tied a career-high with six steals.

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LaSalle women’s basketball Senior Day

Blogging with Bomben

Hey All, The last three weeks have been insane! They’ve included nothing but airports, hotel rooms and gyms. Just a little over a week ago, we were in St. Louis, Mo. What was supposed to be a two-day trip turned into a little more than that due to the extensive amount of snow that was hammering down on the East Coast. Nevertheless, we made the most out of it. From Friday morning to Monday we were in “boot camp” according to coach. Fortunately for us, St. Louis University is a very beautiful campus and we were extremely lucky to be able to use their gym and facilities for the duration of our time there. The coaches also made sure that we didn’t spend our whole time in our hotel rooms, so we went to the mall one night and then went to see a movie on another. A couple girls also made some touristy stops, the St. Louis Arch being one of them. Being a part of a team is fantastic for many obvious reasons. One of those reasons in particular is being able to travel to different places. Our conference, the Atlantic 10, and our non-conference schedule, have enabled us to visit many universities and cities throughout the country. This season alone, we’ve been to Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, St. Louis, Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Virginia! Read more….

Koivunen takes leap of faith

Freshman VCU forward Janniina Koivunen loves the game of basketball. It’s why she was willing to leave her family in her native Helsinki, Finland and move to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue the sport. Koivunen first moved to Greensboro, N.C. for a year before heading down the road to Thomasville to attend New Hope Christian School. The transition proved difficult, but not insurmountable for Koivunen.

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Xavier women’s basketball host George Washington in home finale

Beth Couture Show – Episode 8

2012-13 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate Chatilla van Grinsven 


 George Washington’s Megan Nipe named Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Recipient

  ATLANTA – George Washington senior Megan Nipe has been selected to receive the prestigious Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday. The $4,500 Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Award is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue graduate work and a career in sports communications/journalism. “I am honored to win this scholarship in Robin Roberts’ name. She has such an inspirational story, and to be given this award in her name is very special,” said Nipe. “I’m excited to pursue my career in the communications field when my playing days are over.” A journalism and mass communication major in GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Nipe has maintained a 3.2 grade-point average throughout her college career. The Lino Lakes, Minn., native spent this past summer interning with Comcast SportsNet, assisting at Washington Nationals games and Washington Redskins training camp, as well as the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club. Read more….

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