Chalk Talk Panel Announced
The BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters is introducing Chalk Talk, a new event that debuts at the 2012 tournament. The panelists will discuss the state of women’s basketball, as well as participate in a question and answer session. Scheduled to attend this inaugural event are a combination of informed and influential panelists who have helped to shape and grow the game: Val Ackerman, Founding President of the WNBA, US Representative to the International Basketball Federation, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations; Carol Callan, USA Basketball Team Director; Kathy Meehan, NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee, St. John’s Associate VP for Athletics/SWA; Carol Stiff, ESPN VP Programming & Acquisitions; and Mike Thibault, Head Coach for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. The discussion and Q&A will be moderated by BIG EAST Television Network analyst LaChina Robinson.
West Virginia on a Tear
For the first time in program history, the Mountaineers defeated three-straight top-25 teams as West Virginia took a 60-50 win from No. 21/18 Rutgers on Feb. 15 at the WVU Coliseum. The first of the three consecutive wins was a 66-50 win over then-No. 14/12 Louisville and the second was WVU’s biggest upset in program history, a 65-63 victory over then-No. 2/2 Notre Dame. The Mountaineers’ have won five-straight BIG EAST contests.
No. 4/4 Notre Dame defeated Providence at home 66-47 on Feb. 14. The Irish picked up their 25th win of the season, reaching that mark for the third consecutive year and fourth time in five seasons. Notre Dame is one of three BIG EAST teams to reach the 20-win plateau (Connecticut, Notre Dame, and Georgetown). Three more schools have 19 wins entering the weekend (DePaul, Louisville, West Virginia).
Three BIG EAST Sites Chosen to Host NCAA Games
The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has announced the selections of the first and second-round as well as regional sites for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Cities chosen to host first and second-round games in 2013 include Baton Rouge, La.; Boulder, Colo.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Newark, Del.; Queens, N.Y.; Spokane, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Storrs, Conn., and Waco, Texas. The four selected regional sites are Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Spokane, Wash., and Trenton, N.J. The 2013 Final Four will be held in New Orleans.