Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mike Siroky's SEC Report: New Uniform for Bone - Still an SEC Star


By Mike Siroky


Kelsey Bone is used to coming out parties.

Maybe all children born on New Year’s Eve arrive with great expectations.

She is back in the SEC after once playing at South Carolina and earning Newcomer of the Year honors with nine double-doubles. She transferred to Texas A&M and sat out the required year, but stayed busy. Last season, as a sophomore, she was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a member of the conference all-tournament team.

But, just when you think you’re out they pull you back in.

Her team is back in the Southeastern Conference, ranked No. 20 nationally. She is once again a force in her original conference only she brought a new team with her.

A&M is the best addition to the SEC ever.

They proved that by holding No. 4 Kentucky’s feet to the fire. The Wildcats needed a 34-25 second half at home to eke out a three-point win and maintain the unbeaten pace in the conference. Their next real challenge is Jan. 24 at South Carolina.

The home part is important as UK has the nation’s longest home court winning streak, a school-record 14 games and has another school record with a dozen straight league wins at home.

SEC preseason Player of the Year, senior guard A'dia Mathies, scored a season-high 23 for UZ, her second 20-point game of the season and 21st of her career.

Bone had 27 points and 15 rebounds.

“I thought this kid right here (Bone) played like an All-American the whole ball game just like Mathies did for you,” observed A&M coach Gary Blair. “That’s why the WNBA scouts were here. They were here to watch Mathies and now they are going to go away knowing who the hell Kelsey Bone is.”

A&M recovered nicely in the next game, winning by more than 20 at Auburn, to join the 3-1 teams chasing unbeaten Kentucky and Tennessee.

“We have seven freshmen,” Blair said. “ I am pleased with the progress but they have to learn what life on the road in the SEC is all about. To learn the game, not just play the game. No doubt about it, seven teams (in the SEC) have been to the Final Four.”

“It’s all about the word ‘pressure,’ ” Blair said of Kentucky’s defense. “The amount of pressure they put on is similar to the ‘40 Minutes of Hell’ (Arkansas coach) Nolan Richardson used (when Blair coached the women there). When anyone puts extra pressure on Bone, our freshmen have to step up. If you’re gonna take something away, we have to have others step up.”

The rematch is Feb. 18 in Aggieland. They also welcome in Georgia this coming weekend and they only play Tennessee once among the conference leaders. Kentucky and Tennessee, interestingly enough, play only once this season in the expanded SEC, closing the season at Kentucky.

Bone is the leading scorer (18.1) and rebounder (10.2) in the league. She is the third best career rebounder (693) among active players and will be the leader in the clubhouse next season. She leads the league in most games with 20 or more points (seven times).

All of this comes back to familiarity. She used her off-season sitting out as a transfer to lift weights, and she blogged for the school, about women’s hoops while working on her future career as host of the Aggie Women's Basketball Show produced monthly during the season by 12th Man Productions and broadcast at the women's basketball luncheons.

“So I went to each school and scouted things and saw the lay of the land,” she says of the SEC. Nothing can catch her off-guard.

Her genetics are beyond good. She is from Texas, Houston to be precise. Her dad, two uncles and an aunt all were college athletes.

But, “My grandfather won six state titles (in track) and the public school stadium is named after him,” she observes.

It did not pressure her. But it did help choose a sport.

“I am not for outdoor heat,” Bone said. “I prefer central air. I did try (her senior year) in high school to throw that little iron ball. It was not for me.”

What is for her is hoops. She has played on international teams, coached by Carole Owen, the associate head coach at Notre Dame and a legendary developer of the post players.

Bone helped Team USA to the 2009 U19 FIBA World Championship Gold medal with 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in Bangkok, Thailand.

Every stop along the way has developed her, brought her to his moment.
For instance, “We weight-trained a little bit in high school a little preseason thing twice a week. We died,” she remembers.

She used the season of sitting out to devote herself to weights. “I practiced and hit the weights because I had to do something,” she says of that season. And she proved herself.

“I couldn’t barely life the bar in squats when I started; I maxed out at 355. Maxed out.”
And that serves her well in the rough-n-tumble underneath.

She has learned to use the strength to adjust to the game.

“My freshman year, I was not used to playing a complete game,” she said. “In high school, we’d be so far ahead, I’d sit out. A lot.”

Now that is no problem.

“I have confidence,” Bone said. “I know in the SEC you still have to go to those gyms, hear those boos and you have to believe in yourself.

“I cannot tune it out.”

Instead, she tunes into the legendary coach – who never brags on himself – and her teammates.

“We are just really excited to play basketball,” Bone said. “We have a fun coach, a young team and we are enjoying every game we are allowed to play.”

If this is how it ends, with two more years of top-level college hoops and then an WNBA career aiming towards the Games of 2016, that will be fine.

“I am so respectful of the game and the opportunities I have, we have,” she said. “When I was young, there was only UConn and Tennessee and I wrote both of them letters and said to make sure they’d be coaching when I came along.

“Then, as I got older and learned more, I realized there are a lot of good teams and, as Coach Blair has told us, “Anything can happen.’

“I so respect the game and what it offers.”

The end is fun even if the beginning was not.

“My mom said I had to have something to do in sports. I was in fourth grade, already 5-8 and uncoordinated. My mother was not going to let me not be this. She forced me to play. I hated the game, hated her.

“Now I am so grateful. I am in my home state we have a great team, a great coach and the best fans. My family can see me play all the time.”

THE OTHER SEC RANKED TEAMS
(Thru Sunday 1/13)

• The separation games have begun; that is, a lot of the league teams did swell in the non-conference season and now they are head-to-head. Kentucky continued winning, erasing Mizzou’s home streak in a blowout that extended UK’s own national season-best win streak to 13, without altering the lineup. UK has 16 wins already so a 20-win season is all but guaranteed.

As if they needed to improve on anything, the ’Cats hit all 12 free throws. UK has had at least three players reach double-figures in 14 of 17 games this season and have had 134 straight game forcing opponents into double-digit mistakes (steals and turnovers).

• No. 9 Tennessee joins UK at 4-0 in the SEC after absolutely warping Missouri and then disposing of Florida on the road in overtime.

“We’ve made a commitment to our defense and rebounding,” coach Holly Warlick said. “I am proud at how well we’ve started. We played the non-conference to get ready for the league. They understand the focus we need on the road.”

The Lady Vols’ next three SEC games are not real challenges, but they do welcome in national contender Notre Dame to interrupt the league season for some reason on Jan. 28.

•No. 12 Georgia moved to 3-1, coming back from the disappointment at Tennessee with wins at Alabama and by stifling former No. 18 South Carolina. Georgia scored 17 in the second half and SC 15. The low score was expected as SC was No.1 in league scoring defense, allowing 47.4 and Georgia was No. 2 at 52.1. SC is in that 2-2 group.

Georgia’s next challenge is Sunday vs. A&M. Carolina’s next tough task is against UK on Jan. 24. At 2-2, Carolina needs to re establish itself as an SEC contender.

9 Comments:

Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.24
oakley sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, tory burch outlet, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, burberry, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches, michael kors outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, gucci outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, tiffany and co, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp, longchamp outlet, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin outlet, prada handbags, ugg boots, nike air max, ugg boots, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, nike outlet, michael kors, jordan shoes, louboutin

2:48 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

burberry, new balance pas cher, michael kors, coach outlet, sac longchamp, true religion jeans, mulberry, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, louboutin pas cher, ralph lauren uk, nike free run uk, north face, true religion jeans, michael kors, ray ban pas cher, true religion jeans, sac guess, nike air max, air jordan pas cher, vans pas cher, nike air max, nike free, tn pas cher, coach factory outlet, air max, coach purses, nike roshe run, chanel handbags, coach outlet, hollister pas cher, converse pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, north face, true religion outlet, nike blazer, hogan, kate spade outlet, hermes, longchamp pas cher, lululemon, nike air max, timberland, nike free, hollister, michael kors, michael kors, kate spade handbags, air force, ray ban uk, lacoste pas cher

2:52 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

instyler, nike air max, oakley, ferragamo shoes, herve leger, jimmy choo shoes, nike huarache, giuseppe zanotti, celine handbags, mcm handbags, hollister, north face outlet, ray ban, beats by dre, hollister, converse outlet, vans shoes, nike roshe, hollister, soccer shoes, lancel, ralph lauren, louboutin, insanity workout, valentino shoes, new balance, wedding dresses, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, asics running shoes, reebok shoes, chi flat iron, longchamp, nike air max, nike trainers, north face outlet, converse, p90x workout, soccer jerseys, vans, timberland boots, mac cosmetics, lululemon, ghd, baseball bats, nfl jerseys, birkin bag, nike roshe, gucci, babyliss, iphone 6 cases, bottega veneta, vanessa bruno

2:55 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, moncler outlet, coach outlet, canada goose, replica watches, bottes ugg, michael kors outlet online, canada goose, pandora charms, wedding dresses, ugg boots uk, doudoune canada goose, canada goose outlet, moncler, karen millen, louis vuitton, moncler, links of london, pandora jewelry, moncler, michael kors outlet, toms shoes, moncler, barbour, ugg pas cher, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, louis vuitton, supra shoes, swarovski crystal, juicy couture outlet, montre pas cher, thomas sabo, doke gabbana outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose, louis vuitton, moncler, sac louis vuitton pas cher, canada goose outlet, swarovski, michael kors handbags, hollister, canada goose uk, juicy couture outlet, moncler, moncler, canada goose, louis vuitton, barbour jackets, pandora charms
ninest123 09.24

2:58 AM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

michael kors outlet online store
kobe shoes
chrome hearts
cheap real jordans
Michael Kors Outlet Online
ray ban sunglasses,ray ban outlet,ray ban sale,cheap ray bans,cheap ray ban sunglasses,ray ban sunglasses outlet,ray ban,rayban,ray bans,ray-ban,raybans,ray ban wayfarer,ray-ban sunglasses,raybans.com,rayban sunglasses,cheap ray ban
http://www.tiffanyandcooutletonline.us.com
tiffany and co uk
tiffany and co outlet
huaraches shoes
oakley sunglasses,oakley vault,oakley sunglasses cheap,oakleys,oakley.com,sunglasses outlet,cheap oakley
toms outlet store
chrome hearts online
tiffany jewelry
fitflop shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
http://www.kobeshoes.uk
huaraches sale
tiffany jewelry
christian louboutin outlet
gg

9:53 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

louboutin, air max, longchamp outlet, tiffany and co, ray ban sunglasses, nike free, prada outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, ralph lauren pas cher, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, prada handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, chanel handbags, longchamp outlet, louboutin pas cher, uggs on sale, ugg boots, nike outlet, jordan shoes, longchamp pas cher, nike air max, nike free, louboutin outlet, tory burch outlet, gucci outlet, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, michael kors, tiffany jewelry, burberry, longchamp, air jordan pas cher, nike roshe run, replica watches, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, kate spade outlet, louboutin shoes, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, sac longchamp, louis vuitton

8:33 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, burberry outlet online, hermes, replica handbags, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren uk, michael kors outlet, ray ban uk, hollister, michael kors, michael kors, north face, hogan, sac guess, new balance pas cher, air force, ugg boots, vans pas cher, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors, nike air max, nike air max, north face, nike blazer, vanessa bruno, nike air max, mulberry, nike roshe, true religion jeans, nike free run uk, tn pas cher, michael kors, coach purses, hollister pas cher, timberland, coach outlet, lacoste pas cher, burberry, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon, converse pas cher, ray ban pas cher, true religion jeans, coach outlet, kate spade handbags

8:38 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

bottega veneta, mcm handbags, iphone cases, reebok shoes, lululemon, wedding dresses, celine handbags, nike trainers, nike huarache, soccer shoes, louboutin, gucci, nike air max, valentino shoes, babyliss, hollister, ray ban, giuseppe zanotti, converse, jimmy choo shoes, birkin bag, abercrombie and fitch, hollister, vans shoes, p90x workout, insanity workout, nike roshe, vans, soccer jerseys, mont blanc, north face outlet, longchamp, hollister, oakley, new balance, ghd, timberland boots, herve leger, ralph lauren, instyler, nike air max, nfl jerseys, asics running shoes, chi flat iron, mac cosmetics, ferragamo shoes, north face outlet, converse outlet, beats by dre, baseball bats

8:52 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

lancel, ugg pas cher, montre pas cher, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, toms shoes, thomas sabo, bottes ugg, wedding dresses, moncler, barbour, barbour jackets, pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, juicy couture outlet, moncler, karen millen, moncler, canada goose, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, moncler outlet, moncler, links of london, canada goose outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, coach outlet, louis vuitton, supra shoes, canada goose, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, swarovski, canada goose, canada goose uk, canada goose, replica watches, moncler, pandora jewelry, doudoune canada goose, pandora charms, hollister, swarovski crystal, canada goose outlet, moncler, pandora charms, moncler, ugg boots uk

8:58 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home