Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Former ODU guard Goodhope at VCU

Former Old Dominion guard Galaisha "GG" Goodhope is at Virginia Commonwealth.

The 5-5 junior, who was dismissed from the Lady Monarchs, will be eligible for the 2015-16 season. VCU coach Beth O'Boyle said the former Princess Anne High School star is practicing with the team.

"She's here; she joined our roster at semester," O'Boyle said. "She's obviously athletically talented and strong, and we're looking forward to having her on the team."

Goodhope, a top 100 recruit by ESPN, was named to the CAA's All-Rookie team as a freshman and averaged 8.1 ppg last year when she led the Lady Monarchs in assists (8.1). A biology major, Goodhope was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic team last year with a 3.75 GPA. She plans to attend medical school.

Wanna read more about the Rams? Check out our interview with O'Boyle later today.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Two-minute drill: Longwood's Autumn Childress


The Lancers promising freshmen talks about overcoming two knee injuries, poetry and piano. Listen close -- our sound quality wasn't the greatest -- but we promise you the 5-10 freshman guard is worth getting to know!

Also see:

Two-minute drill: George Mason's Taylor Brown
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liz Brown
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Kyla Kerstetter
Two-minute drill: James Madison's Lauren Okafor
Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two-minute drill: George Mason's Taylor Brown




The Atlantic 10's leading scorer promises she's calm when the ball is in her hands, talks about her two favorite pro players and tells us which Patriot can brag about her singing voice. Enjoy Taylor Brown, a redshirt junior averaging 22.8 ppg.

Taylor's family are regular fans in the stands.




















See also:
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liz Brown
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Kyla Kerstetter
Two-minute drill: James Madison's Lauren Okafor
Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JMU-Virginia-Liberty atop new LadySwish rankings

Three CAA Player of the Week awards for Lady Okafor.
The long-overdue LadySwish rankings at last:

1. James Madison (15-2)

No doubt about which team is the best in the state. Enough said.

2. Virginia (13-5)

Cavaliers have a daunting ACC slate ahead.

3. Liberty (12-5)

Karly Buer continues to be a great addition for the Lady Flames, winners of their last six.

4. Richmond (10-7)

Back-to-back overtime losses were painful along with dropping a two-point decision to Penn. Janelle Hubbard continues to play some of the best ball in the state, scoring double figures in her last six games including 15 treys.

5. Hampton (9-9)

Brutal nonconference behind them, it's all MEAC ahead for the five-time defending conference champions.

6. Old Dominion (10-6)

They snagged a pair in Texas, but have a home date with Middle Tennessee, winners of six of last seven, looming on Thursday.

7. George Mason (11-7)

Though no doubt disappointed by the loss at Richmond, Taylor Brown and company have to be happy about defeats of LaSalle and St. Bonaventure.

8. VCU (12-6)

Good ball by the Rams despite the recent loss to Fordham.

9.  Virginia Tech (9-10)

Hokies, who are still seeking first ACC win, have only won once on the road (Providence).

10. William and Mary (7-10)

Too many close ones have slipped away, but not Delaware!

11. Radford (8-9)

Highlanders have won five of their last six.

12. Norfolk State (6-11)

Rae Corbo, we're in awe. And Spartans, rallying from 19 down to beat preseason conference fave North Carolina A&T, we're doubly in awe. NSU is 5-1 in the MEAC.

13. Longwood (2-16)

Tough going for the Lancers continues.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liz Brown



Did you see the game Richmond senior Liz Brown (15 points, 5 rebounds vs. George Mason) had on Sunday? We did and afterward the redshirt senior forward talked with us about her zany teammate Janelle, how much she misses her pup and an upcoming internship with one of basketball's all-time greats.


See also:
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Kyla Kerstetter
Two-minute drill: James Madison's Lauren Okafor
Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

Wanna nominate someone for Two-minute drill? Email us at ladyswishing@hotmail.com or tweet us @ladyswish

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Special shout out to George Mason's Taylor Brown



Great to see Taylor Brown's biggest fans at George Mason's game at Richmond on Sunday! Check out the custom t-shirts.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Kyla Kerstetter



She loves the drama on "The Bachelor," has a sweet tooth and gives us the scoop on her goofiest Tribe teammate. Meet future pediatric physical therapy assistant and William and Mary senior guard Kyla Kerstetter!

See also:
Two-minute drill: James Madison's Lauren Okafor
Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Virginia coach Joanne Boyle -- officially a mom















Too often press conferences and interviews turn into cliche song-and-dances that offer almost nothing we didn't already know, let alone anything personal. But what I've always loved about talking to people and sharing their stories is sitting down for a genuine conversation with someone who isn't shy about allowing you to peek behind the curtain.

I had never met Virginia coach Joanne Boyle before I went to Charlottesville to talk with her about the excruciatingly long wait to realize a dream she first had as a 17-year-old: adopting a child from Africa. You can read the story I wrote for ESPN here, but I can tell you firsthand that I have never seen someone radiate with happiness as Boyle did when she spoke of being mom to nearly 3-year-old Ngoty.

"When I went to visit her the first time, I said, 'This is my life now. Now how do I get her out of here?' " Boyle said.

Boyle showed me pictures and told me stories about the remote village in Senegal that she visited any time she could spare four days off in a row. Many of the photos showed dismal, drab surroundings, particularly of the orphanage where Ngoty spent most of her first three years. The walls had no colorful pictures. There were no toys or electronic devices, and often no electricity, though the orphanage has it intermittently now because of Boyle's generosity. The twin beds looked dilapidated; the mattresses so flimsy. It was hard to envision anyone sleeping on them, let alone four to five to a bed sideways.  The bathroom was a hole in the ground; the shower was a bucket. The outdoors pictures showed a village where underfed animals roamed in a heat so imposing Boyle said it was like breathing in a heater.

But more of the pictures were of smiles -- giving workers in the orphanage, generous locals who treated the children as their own, and gleeful children, laughing, dancing children, including Ngoty herself. As Boyle explains it, the children have each other, and their friendships form without easily.

"The kids make up their own games," Boyle said. "They figure out how to play with each other. Everything is interactive -- the songs the girls sing, hide-and-seek. They communicate through their play. I try not to give Ngoty my Ipad too much because I want her to retain that."

Boyle painted a picture of Christmas morning for me -- which was two days after she and Ngoty arrived in the United States. Mom and daughter came downstairs slowly, Ngoty quickly spotting the Mickey Mouse chair for her. In fact, everything became hers -- even the gifts Boyle had wrapped for her mother, Joan.

"She delighted in unwrapping everything as any 2-year-old would," Boyle said.

Boyle has dozens of Christmas mornings to look forward to now -- along with birthday parties, field trips, coloring affixed to the fridge -- all the magic of parenthood made even more special given how long she waited to officially become Ngoty's mom. You wonder how she will juggle all that with being head coach of Virginia, but you know after talking to Boyle that this is a woman, who, when determined, will make it work no matter the hardship, or in this case, no matter the lack of sleep.

"Just as working moms do, I will manage," she promises.

As moms, we all anticipate the precious times, but too often, they become so easy to forget as we grow older and become exasperated given all the havoc both toddlers and teenagers can bring. While all of it doesn't promise to be roses for Boyle, I have the sense that she will savor every day with Ngoty. There will be memories, of course, but there will also be moments. I don't imagine Boyle overlooking any of them.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Two-minute drill: James Madison's Lady Okafor



We love getting a chance to see the state's best team up close and were especially thrilled to chat with Lady Okafor, who put down the organic chemistry book long enough to talk to us. Why is she called Lady and what's this about chemistry? Watch our latest two-minute drill to find out!



See also:

Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms
Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Two-minute drill: Old Dominion's Jennie Simms


After a career-high 26 points on Saturday, ODU's Jennie Simm took time out for our two-minute drill. We learned it's not just basketball she loves; it's Legos and crayons, too.

See also:

Two-minute drill: William and Mary's Marlena Tremba
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Ashley Rininger
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Janelle Hubbard
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Gen Okoro
Two-minute drill: Liberty's Karly Buer
Two-minute drill: Longwood's Treasure Avery
Two-minute drill: Richmond's Liv Healy
Two-minute drill: Norfolk State's Rae Corbo

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