UK Women's Basketball

UK's Mathies named to All-America second team

Samarie Walker scored in front of Delaware's Danielle Parker. Senior A'dia Mathies said strong post play is something the Cats lacked other seasons.
Samarie Walker scored in front of Delaware's Danielle Parker. Senior A'dia Mathies said strong post play is something the Cats lacked other seasons. Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky senior A'dia Mathies was named to the Associated Press All-America women's basketball second team on Tuesday

The 5-foot-11 Mathies, a native of Louisville, helped lead Kentucky to its third NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in four years. She averaged 15.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game and hit 41 percent of her three-point shots.

Brittney Griner, Baylor's 6-foot-8 star senior, was a unanimous selection to first team, where she was joined by Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Baylor teammate Odyssey Sims. It was the sixth time that teammates were first team All-Americans.

Middle Tennessee State's Ebony Rowe, a former Paul Laurence Dunbar star, got honorable mention.

■ Mathies will make one more national TV appearance before her college career ends when she takes part in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday night in Atlanta, site of the men's Final Four.

The event will be televised live by ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Mathies will take part in the women's three-point shooting contest.

Ware back on U of L campus

Louisville's Kevin Ware has taken what he said would be the hardest step in his recovery — the first one.

The sophomore guard was back on the Cardinals' campus Tuesday afternoon after he had been released from an Indianapolis hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play.

Ware had been at Methodist Hospital since sustaining the injury Sunday during Louisville's 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional. He underwent surgery to repair compound fractures of the tibia in the leg and is expected to be out a year.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has said he would like Ware to travel with the team to the national semifinals. Athletic department spokesman Kenny Klein said that the doctor wouldn't likely sign off on Ware traveling until Wednesday.

Tubby left his boots home

Tubby Smith's time at Texas Tech has begun. And he says he will fit in just fine in West Texas, where cowboy hats and cowboy boots are more prominent than other places he's coached.

"I already have some," Smith said of his cowboy boots. "I just didn't bring them with me."

Texas Tech is counting on Smith to bring the same touch he's used to revive other programs. Texas Tech hasn't had a winning conference record since 2006-07 and it finished 19-43 overall the past two seasons, including a 4-32 mark in the Big 12.

"It's my goal to build this program into one of the top programs, not just in the Big 12 but in the country, and that's not going to be easy," he said Tuesday at his first news conference in Lubbock.

Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons and landed a new job almost as quickly as the weather changes in West Texas. The 61-year-old got a six-year deal from the Red Raiders that will pay him $1.8 million a year, his agent Ricky Lefft said. It is the largest salary ever for a Texas Tech basketball coach.

Southern Cal hires Fla. Gulf Coast coach

Southern California hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach on Monday night after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Athletic director Pat Haden said Enfield has reached an agreement with the Pac-12 school. He will be introduced on Wednesday.

"Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while," Haden said.

He said Enfield's success at FGCU wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.


CIT: East Carolina 77, Weber State 74: Akeem Richmond hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift East Carolina over Weber State to win the tournament championship in Ogden, Utah.

The Pirates, who had the best season in school history with 23 wins, trailed 71-65 with 2:50 remaining but closed on a 12-3 run. Miguel Paul led the way with 23 points.

NIT: Baylor 76, Brigham Young 70: Pierre Jackson had 24 points and 10 assists to lift Baylor back into the NIT title game for the second time in five years.

Baylor, which got 21 points from Cory Jefferson, will play the winner the late game between Iowa and Maryland.