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So there was this important women’s golf tournament this past weekend. Got big crowds and terrific local media coverage, and since it’s a major championship, you surely must have heard all about it, right?

Unfortunately, probably not. Unless you’re a committed fan of women’s golf, it was easy to miss it entirely. The LPGA Championship – which dates back to 1955 – was contested in Pittsford, N.Y., in the greater Rochester area. American Cristie Kerr torched the field for the second major championship of her career.
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This can happen at the Final Four, or maybe any “big event” that finishes your season-long coverage: You might overlook the most obvious story because it is so completely obvious.

Such was almost the case in Tampa in 2008 as I was tossing around ideas for what to write as the championship-game preview. Then I realized, 0f course, that the story was Candace Parker and Candice Wiggins, the two seniors who had led their teams to this Final Four and had been largely responsible for ending different types of “droughts” in their respective programs during their careers.
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OK, we’ll try this again, hopefully a more to-the-point entry on this topic. This blog, of course, is kind of like my “journal.” It doesn’t have an editor other than me, and editing your own work can be a tricky proposal.
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In the so-called inner circles of women’s basketball – just like in the inner circles of anything else – there is often an understandable reticence to voice any criticism of anything that is universally regarded as a “good cause.”

Certainly, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame falls under that category. The sport’s history is deeper, richer and more bountiful than most people realize or even think about. Much of it was not covered by the media – and even today, we know there’s still a deficit  in that regard. So there is a need to as much as possible have the past chronicled retroactively, if you will. And a museum/hall of fame can lead the way in that.
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*-In regard to the question of how the proposed conference realignments might affect the entirety of women’s college basketball …  I do have some thoughts and also have asked coaches for theirs. But I’m waiting to see how much more movement there will be first before I write about it. We know there might be a lot.

*-I also have many thoughts on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and its induction weekend – how it can be better and more fan-inclusive. Those will be coming up, too.

*-Sorry to see things apparently not working out for Plenette Pierson in Tulsa, where there seems to be a personality clash with coach Nolan Richardson. It’s a shame for the Shock, because Pierson when utilized correctly is a very valuable player.  If I had been Richardson, I would have worked really hard to understand Pierson and the best way to motivate her and communicate with her. Bill Laimbeer was able to to it.

*-What an odd situation for some WNBA teams to be in … surely those who are struggling want to improve … but the silver lining to losing this season is that it increases a franchise’s odds in the Maya Moore sweepstakes.

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Here at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., I chatted with former Maryland coach Chris Weller, who is in this year’s class.

She acknowledged she hadn’t given much thought to how the ongoing various conference realignments would impact women’s basketball. But she looked completely  stunned when asked about the potential of Maryland being wooed away from the ACC to the Big Ten, which is one of the many, many, many rumors that have been put forth.
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As we keep moving closer to what more and more appears to be the eventual end of the Big 12, it struck me how pragmatic I’ve felt about the whole thing.

It’s really the only logical way to feel in regard to something about which you have no input and no control. But I think one of the big reasons I’ve looked at it like, “Whatever happens, happens,” is that I’ve gone through the breakup of the newspaper industry (which is still in progress) and realize there’s not much to do when certain big changes come except to figure out how to adapt to them.
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