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!!
This year was supposed to be the “rebuilding year” for Geno Auriemma’s team, but wins over 9 top 25 teams rebuked that notion. They have been the best college team in the country this year, but with close games against good competition and the recent scare against Tulane, we can’t just give UCONN the trophy yet. There IS a way to beat UCONN, and if last year’s tournament didn’t emphasize this enough, anyone can lose on any given night. The writers at GladiatHers® love competition and we have a pretty good idea of who can beat UCONN and how they can do it.
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.
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.
The 2016-2017 season is shaping up to be one of the best years for women’s college basketball. There have been really good games so far and it’s only going to get better from here. The New Year means conference play time and time to start thinking about March Madness. Now, GladiatHers®, I know what you’re thinking- you haven’t seen many games this year and you’re not sure who is mixing up the scene now that the 3 Super Giants, Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, are gone. And I know you don’t want to get your predictions wrong, especially after last year’s unpredictable Final Four. Well, I’m here to help. Remember these names when drawing up your brackets in March and as you watch women’s basketball in 2017…
World-class athletes don’t really owe the world anything. Like you and I, they’re free to live their lives as they please. But some world-class athletes choose to go the extra mile. These audacious athletes choose to chase greatness in every part of their lives. They give of their precious time and talents to foster businesses and relationships that extend far beyond their athletic feats. Sklyar Diggins is that kind of athlete. The two-time WNBA All-Star, 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player and 2015 ESPY Winner dedicates just as much time to her life off the court as her life on the court. She is on the Board of Directors of the GenYouth Foundation, runs the Skylar’s Scholars program, participates in various basketball camps and is the author of a children’s book. She does it all on top of grueling training, intense games, modeling, media tours, family and friends. Yeah, Skylar has the audacity to believe that she can do it all and we love watching her do it. We had the privilege to catch up with her to find out what she has going on, how she balances her hectic life and what she thinks about some of the major issues involving women in sports. Take a look at what she had to say…Continue reading
Right now it may be difficult to avoid thinking about how racism and sexism continue to permeate American society. But in the midst of political and social upheaval, it’s so very important that we also focus our energy on women and people of color who are winning in spite of powers hell-bent of their suppression. So today we bring you the story of and interview with LaChina Robinson. LaChina is a former standout Wake Forest basketball player. After a successful career in college basketball, LaChina transitioned into sports broadcasting. With a laser focus on expanding the coverage of and respect for women’s basketball, LaChina has firmly cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is a reporter and analyst for NCAA and WNBA basketball with the ESPN family, FOX Sports and NBA TV; and she hosts espnW’s “Around the Rim” podcast. Beyond talk of women’s basketball, LaChina is a woman of substance. As she grows her brand she is careful to offer a helping hand to those who come after her and quick to credit her success to a higher power. Meet LaChina Robinson. Continue reading