Weight loss helps Texas A&M star

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Mallory also played lacrosse in high school and that’s no game for the timid.

“Getting hit with a metal pole in your hand, that doesn’t feel too good,” she said. “Lacrosse definitely is a physical sport.”

Basketball is, too, at least the way Mallory and her teammates play it.

“Throughout the season, you don’t realize after a game where you got hit or scratched until the next day and you wake up and there’s marks all down your arms,” she said. “Nail marks. You know girls. We have nails. It’s not like we’re purposely trying to scratch each other. You wake up and just have lines all over you.

“It’s almost like a reward. It shows how much you battled and how intense you were during the game.”

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BITTERSWEET DAY: One of the greatest honors of Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s career came after one of her more disappointing days.

VanDerveer was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the group that included Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore, Tex Winter and Teresa Edwards. VanDerveer coached Edwards on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

The announcement was made just 14 hours after her team lost to Texas A&M 63-62 at the Final Four, denying the Cardinal a trip to the championship game.

“It’s the ultimate compliment to a coach or basketball player,” VanDerveer said. “I’m humbled and honored. You should be really excited about it, but I wish it hadn’t come on this day. I’m not feeling great about myself or how we played. I keep going back and thinking about all the things I could have done or should have done.”

A&M scored the winning basket with just 3.3 seconds left.

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ONE MOORE NOTE: With her 36 points in Connecticut’s loss to Notre Dame on Sunday night, Maya Moore just missed becoming the career scoring leader in NCAA tournament play.

Moore scored 476 points in 22 tournament games with the Huskies. Former Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw is the leader with 479.

In an interesting twist, Moore’s next official game could come in the same place she played her last collegiate game, Conseco Fieldhouse. Moore is expected to go to the Minnesota Lynx as the first pick in next Monday’s WNBA draft. The Lynx open their season against the Indiana Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse.

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