Women’s college basketball winners and losers: UConn hits another rough patch; Angel Reese’s milestone

The UConn Huskies women's basketball team has experienced numerous challenges this season and is now on hiatus until it reaches a minimum number of healthy players.  (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team has experienced numerous challenges this season and is now on hiatus until it reaches a minimum number of healthy players. (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Connecticut season was briefly suspended until the minimum number of healthy players was reached, a loss for everyone in the sport.

The Huskies’ injury problems continued Thursday night as Aaliyah Edwards went through the second half of a 73–37 victory over Xavier due to a foot injury. It seemed like it was purely a precaution and Edwards was ready to come out next time.

It was a game situation very similar to Azzi Fadd’s knee injury. Fudd returned to the court after appearing to stretch her knee hard, but later sat down in what was called a caution at the time. A few days later, the school announced that she would miss three to six weeks.

About 24 hours after Edwards’ injury, UConn announced that not only was Edwards unable to come out, but Ayanna Patterson was also injured in Thursday’s game. With fewer than seven Big East Fellows available at UConn, Sunday’s matchup with DePaul was postponed. UConn also lacks head coach Geno Auriemma, who is stepping back to focus on his health. They have 12 players out of 15 spots available and six are inactive.

The Huskies women’s basketball program has many seasons worth of books, documentaries and screenplays. But this one will stand out with the sheer number of injuries that have been cited as broadly as bad luck, karma, poor game management, and limited strength training. The oddities of their season, including deputy head coach Chris Daly passing out before a game and the death of Oriemma’s mother, must be taking their toll on players and staff. There are real people behind the action, the cameras, and the shiny façade of UConn.

The school announced on Monday afternoon the team’s game in St. John’s on Wednesday will be played as scheduled because the husky has at least seven players.

“There’s really only one scenario,” UC Connecticut athletic director David Benedict said Saturday. via Hartford Courant. “And that is, when do we return to a place where we have seven available players that are not capped? Someone is not healthy if they can return, but play a limited number of minutes. So student athletes, our athletic coaches and our medical team should let us know when they are healthy.”

Fudd is close to making a comeback but will certainly not be able to play deep minutes once she is cleared. Patterson’s injury was not made public, although Benedict told CT Insider she “got hit in the head.” If it’s a concussion, she may not recover for a long time. Nothing further is said about Edwards’ leg injury, which is only referred to as an “injury” in the UConn post.

A top-five school with a UConn pedigree forced to halt its season due to an increasing number of injuries is a huge deal that can continue to spiral. The health of student-athletes is paramount, and after that there is concern about how more delays and cancellations can be handled not only by the Big East, but also by the NCAA Tournament Committee. They are some of the best players in Division I and the most decorated program in the sport, going through an unprecedented time. This time, however, it’s rough waters against exciting, unbeatable runs.

Winner: Cathy Meyer

When Haley and Hannah Cavinder announced they were moving from Fresno State to Miami, the talk was about whether it was really for basketball or to continue growing the brand they first cultivated with TikTok fame.

Miami Coach Katie Meyer has been facing questions about her all-star transfers’ commitment to basketball. and teammates answered with aplomb.

“I really want people to understand that they are purposeful workers,” Meyer. said on Media Day in October. “Basketball is a very serious matter in their lives, they do not back down from any challenge. The main thing they bring is that they never overwork.”

Shock to the whole world: they can both. The ACC has a tight schedule and the Cavinder twins posted victories against the then No. 22 North Carolina, 62-58, and then no. 9 Virginia Tech, 77–66.

Hailey Cavinder scored 25 points (11 of 24 FG, 4 of 8 3FG, 9 of 9 FT) in two games. The starting quarterback has hit double figures in all five ACC competitions. Hanna Cavinder, playing off the bench, scored 9 points, shooting 3 of 5 of 3 (3 of 6 overall) with three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes against the Tar Heels.

Miami (10-6, 3-2) is heading to Georgia Tech and Wake Forest this week.

LSU forward Angel Reese became the first Division I women's college basketball player this season to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game.  (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
LSU forward Angel Reese is the first Division I women’s college basketball player this season to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Winner: Angel Reese

Angel Reese continues to beat opponents, this time with a score of 20-20. The LSU forward is the only Division I player to score one this season with 26 points and 28 rebounds in Thursday’s 74-34 win over Texas A&M. This is a school record for rebounds.

“Clearly Angel Reese is doing the yeoman’s job behind the board,” Texas A&M coach Joni Taylor said. “She is interesting to look at. This is the pro we’re watching right now.”

Reese played 33 minutes and scored 8 points out of 15, adding two blocks and two interceptions. Twelve of her rebounds were offensive. This came close to 37 rebounds for the entire Texas A&M team. Aggie there were seven players available. They have not had more than eight players in uniform since nine of them lost on December 6.

Reese, who came from Maryland, has 15 double-doubles in as many LSU games (16-0, 4-0). She ranks sixth in the DI in points (24.2) and first in rebounds (15.6). In SEC play, she averages 23 points per game on 42.9% shooting with 18.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 assists and one assist.

LSU ranks first in offensive scoring (89.7 ppg) and second in defensive scoring (49.9 ppg) behind South Carolina (44 ppg).

Winner: save Lauren Fields

It was a team effort when Arizona beat Oregon 79-71 in the Pac-12 game on Sunday night. Late transmissions from Shayna Pellington, buckets from Jade Loville and Kate Reese. Free throws by Pellington (4 of 4), Helena Pueyo (2 of 2) and Madison Conner (2 of 2 after defensive rebounding) in the last 40 seconds.

No game proved more important than senior defenseman Lauren Fields, who saved a pass for the Wildcats with 23 seconds left in the game with two points. Oregon did a great job defensively deflecting the attack, and when Fields finally did it, Ducks Te-Hina point guard Paopao hit the ball, leaving room for the clincher. Fields chased after him, corralled him, and quickly passed him out of trouble to Pueyo at the other end of the yard.

Oregon fouled, Pueyo made free throws, and what could have been a tie was Arizona’s 4-point lead, 75–71, which saw the Wildcats go on to win. Arizona (14-2, 4-1) made 10 of 20 3-pointers and was 15 of 19 from the free throw line. It mattered as Oregon (12-4, 3-2) was 7 of 22 from 3 and 6 of 9 from the line but scored 52.7% overall. Conner scored 16 points for the Wildcats from the bench and was 3-of-4 overall, including all three 3-pointers and 7-of-7 from the line.

Loser: Dre’Una Edwards Situation Mess

The whole Dre’Una Edwards situation is confusing and it’s unfair to tie her to one person right now, but it’s arguably the way these materials went public that was the biggest loser this week.

Edwards, who scored the game-winning shot for Kentucky and upset No. 1 South Carolina in the 2022 SEC championship game, moved to Baylor for the 2022–23 season. She had yet to play, and Bears head coach Nicky Collen told reporters earlier this week that she would allow Edwards to upgrade her status.

Edwards released a statement with the hashtag “FreeFree”, explaining that she knew she would not be immediately eligible because she was not eligible for the one-time transfer exemption as she had previously transferred from Utah. And she didn’t graduate from Kentucky, which ruled out transferring graduates. In a statement, she said she “continues to progress toward my degree” to meet academic requirements, but “the next and final step” is for Kentucky head coach Kira Elsie to sign a final waiver.

Next had a long talk with Edwards, and a few hours later Elsie released a statement that they had been asked to sign NCAA waiver form to confirm that the player would not be able to play in Kentucky. There are six aspects that must be met by a coach in order to sign him, namely that Edwards would not have the opportunity to get into the lineup in Kentucky.

“That would be wrong; Dre’una would have had the opportunity to participate if she had stayed,” Elsie said in a statement. “Dre’Una transferred with the understanding that she would have to do time if she didn’t graduate, which she didn’t.”

Dre Una Edwards, shown playing for Kentucky last season, is ineligible to play for the Baylor following a move this season.  (Photo by Kelly Donoho/NCAA via Getty Images)
Dre’Ouna Edwards, shown playing for Kentucky last season, is ineligible to play for Baylor after joining this season. (Photo by Kelly Donoho/NCAA via Getty Images)

Elsie and Collen spoke about the situation in their media over the weekend. And it costs, in fact, like this:

  • Elsie said on Friday that her situation was resolved in March and “it was clear to everyone what was going to happen: she would have to sit for a year to play for a year.” Elsie doesn’t want to sign the waiver because it won’t be “accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge” as the waiver says.

  • Collen, who is in her second season at Baylor after coaching the WNBA Atlanta Dream, said after defeating Kansas 75-62 on Saturday that Kentucky has “the right not to sign him” but called it “disappointing” and noted, that it is “about these children, their growth and opportunities.” She went on to explain the academic aspect of this and the conversation…

Source: sports.yahoo.com