Happy Monday! Here are some links for you to start your week.
There were many college games on Sunday, but here are links to some of the major ones involving Top-25 teams.
UConn had their home opener on Sunday, and blew out Creighton, 96-60 after losing to Stanford last week - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was out due to the flu, but freshman Kia Nurse got her first start scoring 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Breanna Stewart scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished 4 more assists. Link to the Hartford Courant.
Georgia fell behind early, but came back to beat Georgia Tech 64-57 - Junior Shacobia Barbee scored 24 points in the victory, where the Lady Bulldogs didn't have a lead until the second half. Link to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Cal beat Honolulu 82-70 to win the Rainbow Wahine Classic - Reshanda Gray scored 28 points in the victory for the Bears, who go to 3-1 in the year.
Mississippi State won the Preseason NIT by beating Western Kentucky, 88-77 - The game was actually an uphill battle for the Bulldogs until Victoria Vivians made a jumper with just under 7 minutes left in the game to give MSU the lead for good. Link to SB Nation's For Whom the Cowbell Tolls.
To view the rest of the scores, click here to get to ESPN's site.
Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald writes on the unfortunate reality that homophobia that still exists in women's college basketball - Unfortunately, sexual orientation is used as a way to negatively recruit players, whether on players or coaches. Only one head coach, Sherri Murrell is openly gay. Great column, and I encourage you to read it.
Leslie Krowchenko of the Delaware County Daily Times reports that Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne held a basketball clinic at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia - The clinic was held for girls which included three Special Olympians. Delle Donne is a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics.
This is really an NCAA link, but the UConn Huskies had their ring ceremony on Sunday for the Creighton game. Two people (and Swish Appeal blogger favorites) were absent: Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley and center Stefanie Dolson who are currently playing for UE Sopron and Spartak Moscow respectively. They were the senior leaders of the 2013-14 team who led the Huskies to a 40-0 record. While I get that ring ceremonies should be done at the beginning of the season, I'd still have a separate ring ceremony for them whenever they're back in the States, if at all possible.
Anyway, Hartley's mom Simone received the championship rings on behalf of her daughter as well as Dolson, per John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant:
And below is a tweet from Hoopfeed's David Siegel with a pic of Simone Hartley receiving the rings:
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