UT signee Graves makes game-winning free throw

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Kentucky's Samarie Walker, left, Kastine Evans walk back onto the court after a timeout during Tuesday's game against Connecticut in Kingston, R.I.

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Stew Milne/Associated Press Kentucky's Samarie Walker, left, Kastine Evans walk back onto the court after a timeout during Tuesday's game against Connecticut in Kingston, R.I.

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The East's Bashaara Graves, left, a Tennessee signee, battles the West's Xylina McDaniel for a rebound during the first half of the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday.

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Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press The East's Bashaara Graves, left, a Tennessee signee, battles the West's Xylina McDaniel for a rebound during the first half of the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday.

Tennessee signee Bashaara Graves made a game-winning free throw with less than a second left and the East beat the West 79-78 in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday in Chicago.

Baylor recruit Alexis Prince had 15 points and nine rebounds for the East to earn the MVP award

Katie Collier made two foul shots for the West with 16.4 seconds left, tying it at 68. Graves was fouled by Collier on the ensuing possession, and Graves made the first free throw to put the East ahead with 0.3 seconds remaining. She missed the second, but time expired before the West could attempt a shot."I was ready for it to be over, but I still wanted to play because it was great experience out there and it was fun playing on the court knowing a lot of greats already played on it," Graves said.In other news:

Brittney Griner of Baylor, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the top women's player.

Illinois hired Wisconsin-Green Bay's Matt Bollant as its new coach. Wisconsin-Green Bay finished 31-2 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Indiana introduced Curt Miller as its new coach. Miller went 258-92 in 11 seasons at Bowling Green.

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PITBOSS009 writes:

WAY 2 GO BG LOOKING GOOD!!!!!!
WELCOME 2 TENNESSEE.......

JerseyJill writes:

What's with all these Women's Basketball teams hiring men to replace fired/ retired coaches? Mississippi, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and more. Where are all the good women coaches? Do you suppose these men would have taken the job 30 years ago when the position paid a few hundred/thousand and they had to wash the uniforms?

Hokie-Vol writes:

in response to JerseyJill:

What's with all these Women's Basketball teams hiring men to replace fired/ retired coaches? Mississippi, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and more. Where are all the good women coaches? Do you suppose these men would have taken the job 30 years ago when the position paid a few hundred/thousand and they had to wash the uniforms?

When I was in high school, all of the girls' teams coaches w men. It has only been since the "Pat Summitt era" that there have been women with enough experience and interest to take over those positions. No, the men wouldn't have been interested if they had to wash the uniforms and swab out the locker rooms! Now there are young men who have grown up with mothers who are big time women's coaches, who are interested in those jobs. Tyler Summitt is an example. I think we will, in the future, see him coaching women's bb...perhaps at UTK?

Pullingguard writes:

in response to JerseyJill:

What's with all these Women's Basketball teams hiring men to replace fired/ retired coaches? Mississippi, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and more. Where are all the good women coaches? Do you suppose these men would have taken the job 30 years ago when the position paid a few hundred/thousand and they had to wash the uniforms?

Know what u are talking about, but brace yourself for that is future for the Vols Womens basketball team since the Lady Vols will no longer have seperation by name...

Theo writes:

in response to Hokie-Vol:

When I was in high school, all of the girls' teams coaches w men. It has only been since the "Pat Summitt era" that there have been women with enough experience and interest to take over those positions. No, the men wouldn't have been interested if they had to wash the uniforms and swab out the locker rooms! Now there are young men who have grown up with mothers who are big time women's coaches, who are interested in those jobs. Tyler Summitt is an example. I think we will, in the future, see him coaching women's bb...perhaps at UTK?

Hey Hokie Vol - a point of clarification. Only trolls use UTK. UT is UT - only the other campuses use a third letter designating location.
On topic to the article - I didn't get to see the game. Were there any other UT signees playing?

madrigal writes:

in response to JerseyJill:

What's with all these Women's Basketball teams hiring men to replace fired/ retired coaches? Mississippi, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and more. Where are all the good women coaches? Do you suppose these men would have taken the job 30 years ago when the position paid a few hundred/thousand and they had to wash the uniforms?

It really doesn't matter whether the coach is an XX or XY if s/he is good! There have been men coaching women's teams since there have been women's teams, if you care to do your research. Why do you care, if the coach is good and the team is doing well? I've seen some really bad results when a university goes all PC and hires a woman who isn't qualified over a man who is. Case in point: Wisconsin had a basketball team that was on the verge of breaking through and becoming a contender. Their coach (female) was known to be about to retire, and it was also known that the job had been pretty much promised to Al Brown, who she'd hired away from UT. Instead, the athletic board went PC and hired a female coach from a mid-major. She didn't have the stuff to coach a big program and since then, even though she's gone after 4 years (replaced by yet another female), the women's team has sunk into the bottom ranks of the Big Ten. Vandy hasn't been as good either since they hired Melanie Balcomb to replace Jim Foster, but he's gone on to Ohio State which is doing great. This is not to say that men are better coaches, but to point out that hiring a woman to coach a women's team just *because* she's a woman is not always the best practice. You go out and get the best COACH.

born2ride writes:

I wish Martin could get some star players.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to JerseyJill:

What's with all these Women's Basketball teams hiring men to replace fired/ retired coaches? Mississippi, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and more. Where are all the good women coaches? Do you suppose these men would have taken the job 30 years ago when the position paid a few hundred/thousand and they had to wash the uniforms?

I don't know if Geno did it to me or not, but I have always had a bias against men coaching women's basketball. I think I'm pretty liberal in regard to hiring the most qualified person, regardless of sex, race, religion or orientation, but I still have a gender bias in regard to coaching women's basketball. Maybe that would change if a major college ever hired a woman to coach a men's team, but I doubt if that will ever happen.

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