In the most anticipated game of the regular season in women’s college basketball, No. 2 UConn rolled past No. 1 South Carolina, 87-62 on Monday night in front of a packed house at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
The defending-champion Huskies delivered a quick strike to the previously unbeaten Gamecocks by jumping out to a 16-point halftime lead. From there, UConn (23-1) was on cruise control as four starters finished in double-figures led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 23 points and Breanna Stewart with 22 points. The Huskies finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field (31-for-56) while forcing South Carolina into 17 turnovers.
The Gamecocks struggled to match the overall talent of the Huskies and were led by 17 points apiece from Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch.
With the win, UConn looks like the best team in women’s college basketball once again. The Huskies are already coming off of back-to-back national championships and have been to seven consecutive Final Fours entering the 2014-15 season. The Huskies have now won 22 consecutive games after losing the second game of the season at Stanford.
UConn only has one more ranked team currently on the schedule and its the final game of the regular season at No. 25 South Florida.
South Carolina will get a few games to bounce back from this loss in the SEC before three consecutive games against top-15 teams to close out the conference season. The Gamecocks finish at home against No. 6 Tennessee and No. 13 Mississippi State before a road game at No. 10 Kentucky.
Both of these teams were No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament last season but South Carolina fell to North Carolina in the Sweet 16. With both of these teams likely coming back as No. 1 seeds for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, we could see a rematch between these teams in the Final Four.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina point guard Rakym Felder is no longer part of the Gamecocks basketball team.
Felder, a key freshman reserve for South Carolina’s Final Four team two years ago, was dismissed from the program by coach Frank Martin on Monday.
The 5-foot-10 Felder, from Brooklyn, New York, was suspended last summer after his second arrest in less than a year. Felder was not enrolled last fall. He was allowed to return in the spring semester although he did not play.
Martin said there were guidelines Felder had to follow upon coming back “and unfortunately, he has not met those expectations.”
Martin has not detailed those guidelines for Felder’s return to the court.
Felder had 15 points in South Carolina’s NCAA Tournament win over Duke in 2017
Washington’s Thybulle returning for senior season
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Matisse Thybulle will return to Washington for his senior season after contemplating declaring for the NBA draft following a junior campaign in which he was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year.
“The NBA is really enticing and it was definitely something that I seriously considered when the season was over,” Thybulle told the Seattle Times. “I talked it over with my family and we came to the conclusion that it would be in my best interest to stay and get my degree (in communications) and grow as a basketball player and take this last year to mature and fine tune everything so I can be fully prepared to take that next step when it’s time.”
The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 11.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game last season. He shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range.
“I talked to coach (Mike Hopkins) and he gave me some good advice that was honestly something that helped in the grand scheme of things,” Thybulle said. “He told me that if I do it (enter the draft), then I should be all in because that’s what I’m going to be up against is a whole bunch of guys fighting for their lives. He thought it would be a better idea for me to stay in school until I’m at that point.”
Washington is awaiting the decision of Noah Dickerson, who declared for the draft but has not hired an agent. The 6-foot-8 averaged 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season.
Steve Wojciechowski added a significant piece to his 2019-20 team over the weekend.
Koby McEwen announced his intention to transfer to Marquette from Utah State late Sunday evening.
“I would like to thank God, my family, inner circle and all the schools/coaches that recruited me during this process!” McEwen tweeted. “With that being said, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be furthering my college career at Marquette University.”
McEwen picked the Golden Eagles over fellow finalists Creighton and Grand Canyon after he decided to transfer when the Aggies announced South Dakota coach Craig Smith was taking over the program last month. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore.
After sitting out the upcoming season, McEwen will have to years of eligibility remaining. Marquette went 21-14 last season, but missed the NCAA tournament for the third time in Wojciechowski’s four years in Milwaukee.
Given that six Wildcat players have entered the draft (Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hami Diallo are signing with agents), getting the 6-foot point guard back for a second season is a massive deal for Calipari and Co. The Wildcats have always been at their best under Calipari with returning players as the cornerstones of the roster with talented one-and-dones providing the extra boost. Getting one such returner at the point guard position is even more critical.
Green, who came to Kentucky as a five-star recruit last year, averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and a respectable 37.1 percent from 3-point range, an area where Kentucky continually needs help.
With Green back in the fold, Kentucky will now await the decisions of PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt, who are all going through the pre-draft process without hiring agents, which will potentially allow them to return to school and bolster a Kentucky roster has the look of a top-five team.