It’s NCAA Women’s College World Series Time!

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If you haven’t been watching the action from the NCAA Women’s College World Series you’re missing out. Here’s some of what you’re missing…

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UCLA’s Kylee Perez gets LSU’s Aliyah Andrews out. Unfortunately, the Tigers would ultimately send my Bruins home packing with a 2-1 win. via Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Florida Gators celebrate their first round routing of Texas A&M. The Gators won 8-0. via Rob Ferguson, USA Today Sports

 

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Washington’s Sis Bates watches her hit sail off into the sky in the team’s 3-1 victory against Oregon. via Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman.

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Oklahoma’s Paige Parker fires one across home plate. OU beat Baylor 6-3 on June 1. via Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Tune into ESPN for live action tonight until June 7th.

It’s NCAAW Tournament Time!!

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Today marks the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Can you feel the excitement? We can. We’re siding with Asia McCants and against the odds by selecting South Carolina as our pick to be crowned National Champions. Check out our bracket below. Who’s your pick to win it all? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-date tournament coverage! If you still haven’t filled out your bracket, click here for a printable one. Happy March Madness!!

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UConn’s 100 Wins is About More Than Talent

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Last night, with a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team extended its already epic win streak to 100 wins. That 100th win encompasses more than two straight years of victories, the vast majority of which were earned by beating opponents by 40 or more points. It surpasses the team’s old streak of 90 games by a nice round number of 10 and beats the longest win streak by a men’s college  basketball team by twelve. The Huskies have weathered injuries, close calls and changes in talent to reach this unprecedented mark. It’s truly awe-striking.

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GLADIATHER® LAW: DEVOS & WOMEN IN SPORTS

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By now most of you are aware that last week the Senate held it’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  By a lot of people’s standards, DeVos’ performance was cringeworthy.  She avoided agreeing to uphold federal laws that protected disabled students, supported guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears and revealed that she wasn’t knowledgeable in basic concepts about educational standards.  She provided little clarity about the tone she would set for the Department of Education and while it’s not immediately apparent, that also means there’s little clarity about the direction of women in sports. How could DeVos and the Department of Education possibly influence women in sports? For that answer I’m bringing you another installment of GladiatHer® Law.

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The Women of the College Football National Championship

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In the weeks leading up to the College Football National Championship we’ve heard and read a TON about the offenses, defenses, coaches, players and percentages of the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. And rightfully so, the teams are setting us up for a National Championship for the record books. These men have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to play for a National Championship, so they deserve all the coverage they get. But there are some people we haven’t heard much about who have also played important roles in getting these teams to the National Championship. There are many, many people behind the scenes who work to help keep the machines that are Clemson and Alabama football running smoothly and successfully. They’re in recruitment, development, athletic training and management and without them, victories aren’t possible. Unbeknownst to many, a number of these crucial positions are held by women. In preparation for tonight’s showdown on the gridiron, we thought it only fitting to give a shout out to just a few of women who’ve help bring Clemson and Alabama to Tampa Bay, FL.

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WOMEN OF TROY TAKE THE CUP

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In addition to being a Bison, I’m a Bruin through and through.  As such, I tend to refrain from giving rival schools much attention or credibility; I like to act like the Pirates and the Trojans really don’t exist.  But as much pride as I take in being a graduate of Howard University and the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, I also take pride in giving credit where credit is due.  So it gives me great, great pleasure to give the women of the University of Southern California a huuuuuuge shout out for being members of the best athletic program in the country.

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Remember way back in January when I talked to the legendary Candace Parker about how legendary she is and about the Capital One Cup? It was great. Be sure to check it out.  As a reminder, every year Capital One awards a Cup and a large chunk of scholarship money to each of the best men’s and women’s Division-I college athletics programs in the country.  A few days ago, on October 8th at the Colorado v. USC game, about 200 Women of Troy took the field to claim the Capital One Cup and a fat scholarship check in the amount of $200,000 for being the best student-athletes for the 2015-2016 season.   Points toward the Capital One Cup are based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches’ polls, so these ladies really are the best student-athletes the country has to offer.

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Congratulations to the Women of Troy and thanks for showing us what it looks like to be gladiators and GladiatHers® at the same time! Keep up with the current standings for the Capital One Cup here and follow the Women of Troy here.

Images by John McGillen.

GladiatHer Grads: Jacqueline McDevitt & Her Phan Cave

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I really need you all to understand that there are some pretty amazing woman who have played college sports. Legitimately amazing. Jacqueline McDevitt is one of those amazing women. She’s gone from lacrosse novice to expert coach and business owner in a matter of 10, short years. In following her passion for sports and branding, she has developed an ingenious way for sports fans across America to better enjoy their coveted tailgates. Check out what she shared with GladiatHers.com. Continue reading