Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

This is The Houston Roundball Review's (www.TheHRR.com) blog to discuss women's basketball. The HRR began in 1994 and has been media credentialed to cover college and pro hoops since 1997. Member of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Monday, September 21, 2009

ESPN's Big Monday Women's Hoops Schedule

Today, ESPN announced the 2009-10 Big Monday women’s college basketball schedule featuring the nation’s top teams in action every Monday primarily at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. CST, from January 11 to March 1. New to this year’s schedule is the addition of Big Monday doubleheaders on February 8, February 15, and February 22. Every game will be televised on ESPN2 and will also be available on ESPN360.com.

Entering its fourth season, ESPN2’s Big Monday prime-time Game of the Week series will include 11 games (up from eight) throughout January and February, featuring the best programs in Division I women’s basketball. The series will begin on January 11, at 7:30 p.m., with an ACC matchup featuring Maryland at Virginia.

Before the tip-off of the Big Monday schedule, ESPN will showcase a prime-time matchup in its regular time slot, Monday, January 4, at 6 p.m., pitting the BIG EAST’s Notre Dame at the Big Ten’s Purdue.

Big Monday schedule highlights:
· Defending NCAA Champion Connecticut will appear three times: vs. Duke (January 18 at 6 p.m.), Oklahoma (February 15 at 8 p.m.) and Notre Dame (March 1 at 6 p.m.);
· All 15 teams on the schedule appeared in the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament; nine made it to the Sweet Sixteen; four advanced to the Elite Eight; and two played in the Women’s Final Four;
· Every game will be available in HD on ESPN2 HD.

ESPN2’s Women’s College Basketball Schedule for Big Monday Presented by Bud Light
(Subject to change)

Date Time (CST) Game
Jan 11, 6:30 p.m. - Maryland at Virginia
Jan 18, 6 p.m. - Connecticut at Duke
Jan 25, 6 p.m. - Ohio State at Purdue
Feb 1, 6:30 p.m. - Notre Dame at Rutgers
Feb 8, 6 p.m. - North Carolina at Duke
Feb 8, 8 p.m. - Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Feb 15, 6 p.m. - North Carolina at Virginia
Feb 15, 8 p.m. - Connecticut vs. Oklahoma
Feb 22, 6 p.m. - LSU at Tennessee
Feb 22, 8 p.m. - Baylor at Texas A&M
Mar 1, 6 p.m. - Connecticut at Notre Dame

Hopefully, I'll be able to see two of these games in person.
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Darrett Joins Prairie View

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX -- While looking for some information on the Houston area colleges, I came across the roster page for the Prairie View A&M Panthers (Lady Panthers / Pantherettes); and, one particular name caught my attention.

Latara Darrett.

Darrett, 5'10", from Chino, CA, was one of the top high school players in the country in the Class of 2006. She chose Baylor University; and, she had a very, very solid freshman season in 2006 - 2007.

However, Darrett got into trouble with the law in September 2007. Darrett and volleyball player Ashlee Cooper were charged with "assault causing bodily injury" for beating a woman (Chayla Cooper) in Cameron Park (in Waco, TX, on August 7, 2007) which left the victim with bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth. 

Though Baylor University didn't make any public comments on the incident, Darrett was dismissed from the team and the school.

Fast forward to the present.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, head coach at Prairie View A&M, has given Latara Darrett a second chance.

"I've told her this is her second chance and she understands that," Cooper-Dyke said. "What's in the past is in the past. She's learned from her mistakes and she's now a much better and much different person. I've told her what we expect from her on and off the court. She's doing very well in school. She's looking forward to the opportunity to play basketball for PV; and, we're excited to see her play for us."

A player with Darrett's very high skill set is rarely seen in today's Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

"She's a special talent who brings a skill set we don't really have in the SWAC and here at Prairie View," Coop added.

Cooper-Dyke has placed very high expectations on Darrett. In fact, Coop is planning for Darrett to wear jersey number 14 when practice starts in a few weeks.

"We'll see if she can live up to the expectations that come with wearing number 14. I think she can." 

Darrett, a junior, is eligible to play ball in the 2009 - 2010 season. Darrett, currently, has two years of basketball eligibility for PV. Hopefully, Latara will make the most of it and justify Coach Cooper-Dyke's faith in her.  
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why I Continue Doing This

Yesterday, re-affirmed (for me) why I continue covering women's basketball. Though the official start of college basketball practice is about four weeks away, I was able to spend time with a few coaches and exchange information ("off the record") – info I didn’t know that they knew as well as info I knew that they didn’t know. We discussed the upcoming season as well as looked back at the way the game has changed (for the good and the bad) over the last few years. Lastly, I laid the foundation to schedule weekly interviews for the upcoming season.

A few hours later, I received word from the Big 12, my credential request (via KCOH 1430 AM, www.kcohradio.com) to cover next month’s Media Day had been approved. (I know Texas A&M is the closest team to Houston competing in the Big 12; but, as me and some of colleagues say, “It’s the Big 12, baby.”)

Since the Houston Comets were disbanded last year, the number of visitors to my website, message board, and women's hoops blog reduced dramatically; however, despite limited time and resources, I cover women's hoops simply because I enjoy it.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Big 12 Announces 2009-2010 FSN Women's Hoops Schedule

The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2009-10 women's basketball telecast schedule on FSN which once again features 26 appearances for the league.

Mark your calendars, hoops fans:

(all times listed as Central)

2009-10 Big 12 FSN Television Schedule

Dec. 3 - UCLA at Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 - Kansas at Kansas State, 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 9 - Missouri at Colorado, 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Texas at Texas Tech, 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 17 - Nebraska at Baylor, 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 - Texas A&M at Oklahoma, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 - Kansas State at Nebraska, 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 24 - Oklahoma State at Colorado, 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Oklahoma State at Texas A&M, 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Texas A&M at Nebraska, 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Iowa State at Missouri, 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 13 - Baylor at Iowa State, 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 20 - Texas at Texas A&M, 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 21 - Oklahoma at Kansas State, 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 25 - Iowa State at Kansas, 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 27 - Oklahoma at Texas, 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 28 - Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 12:00 p.m.
March 7 - Texas at Baylor, 2:30 p.m.
March 12 - Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal 1, 11:00 a.m.
March 12 - Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal 2, 1:30 p.m.
March 12 - Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal 3, 5:00 p.m.
March 12 - Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal 4, 7:30 p.m.
March 13 - Big 12 Championship Semifinal 1, 12:00 p.m.
March 13 - Big 12 Championship Semifinal 2, 2:30 p.m.
March 14 - Big 12 Championship Final, 12:30 p.m.

FSN-Pac-10 Package Game
Nov. 22 - Baylor at California, 4:00 p.m.
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