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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Natalie Novosel
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins was selected Big East player of the year for the second consecutive season on Friday, leading an Irish sweep of the conference's three major awards.
Natalie Novosel isn't used to hearing her number called in the first quarter. But on Sunday afternoon when the Mystics hosted the New York Liberty at Verizon Center, Novosel found herself in the game early and playing a season-high 15 minutes.
The Connecticut Sun honored their two Olympians, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles, after Wednesday night's final home game before the London Games.
Monique Currie spent a frustrating season on the Washington Mystics' bench last year, recovering from an ACL injury to her left knee.
Natalie Novosel was more nervous than excited. The eighth overall pick by the Washington Mystics in Monday's WNBA draft, Novosel said she's glad it's behind her.
There isn't a likely franchise player in WNBA draft on Monday, such as Candace Parker, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and Maya Moore _ the No. 1 picks the last four years.
This was not the way the spectacular senior class that transformed Notre Dame's program and shook up the Big East wanted to end their college careers.
The rust-colored sign in the arena's loading dock serves as both a welcome and a warning for players when they step off the team bus.
Maryland is just one step away from its fourth trip to the NCAA women's Final Four, but the task gets even tougher Tuesday night.
Maryland's dreams of a trip to the women's Final Four came to an extremely rough end Tuesday night at PNC Arena.
Baylor is six wins from becoming the first team to win 40 games in a season. It's hardly a foregone conclusion this year that the Lady Bears will win the national championship.
There is a bit of a role reversal in this year's matchup between Big East rivals Connecticut and Notre Dame.
Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame have followed up a trip to the NCAA championship game by being selected the favorite to win the Big East.
"When you come in here you want to make a difference and make an impact," Novosel said. "It's tough, especially when your minutes fluctuate a lot. You don't know what to expect. You try and stay consistent, but it's tough."
"There have been some trying times this season, but at the same time, I look at these people with breast cancer," Novosel said, "so I think I can look at the big picture and see things as a learning and growing experience."