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Thursday Links: Baylor To Host UCLA, UW Beats Seattle U, Banner Nights & Blowouts

No major, major games last night, but that doesn't mean nothing interesting was written. And there was the marquee Battle in Seattle matchup, of course.

  • A major game tonight is Baylor hosting UCLA in Waco, Texas for the Preseason WNIT semi-finals. UCLABruins.com will have live streaming audio of the game and it appears that Baylor will provide streaming video. Personally, this is a matchup I would've loved to have seen last season with Melissa Jones healthy for Baylor and Jasmine Dixon healthy for UCLA - the Bruins' pressure could cause Baylor problems in much the way Texas Tech or A&M did last year. Read more >>>
  • Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times reports on the Washington Huskies' 72-53 win against the Seattle Redhawks at Alaska Airlines Arena last night, which was new coach Kevin McGuff's first win in Seattle. While sophomore forward Majorie Heard being removed from the starting lineup was significant from the a UW point of view, Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini cited 6'4" center Regina Rogers leaving the game as a turning point. Read more >>>
  • Matt Sussman of SB Nation's Hustle Belt claims that Northern Illinois' 91-84 double overtime win over Western Illinois is the kind of game that "connoisseurs of women's hoops would've loved". Why? Efficient play - neither team had a turnover rate of more than 15%, which really is pretty good (and which you can analyze further at WBBState.com). Read more >>>
  • The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Dayton Flyers in a game that was something of a banner night: their 20 assists and 45 first-half points were the most since 2009. Read more >>>
  • Dave Tucker of SBN's Testudo Times comments that Debbie Yow - the legendary Kay Yow's sister - deserves most of the blame for Maryland's budget woes, citing an article by Steve Yanda in the Washington Post. Even if you're not terribly well versed in the situation, it's an interesting discussion about the financial aspects of college sports. Read more >>>
  • Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean reports on Vanderbilt's 88-42 win over USC-Upstate last night and notes that they're three wins have come by a combined 121 points while Upstate has lost by a combined 121 points. Obviously, Vanderbilt has scheduled well to get their fans excited. Read more >>>
  • Bob Highfill of The Record reports that University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) "will award stipends to its student-athletes in men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball, effective August 2012" as part of the NCAA's recently passed measure allowing conferences to award $2000 to athletes so they can live normally. Highfill takes a brief look at some of the implications of that move. Read more >>>
  • Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reports that Louisville's Shoni Schimmel will be back from NCAA suspension tonight after playing an unsanctioned three-on-three tournament in Oregon last summer. Read more >>>