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ESPN SportsCenter Top Plays features Bradley women’s basketball

The Bradley women’s basketball team earned a moment in the national spotlight this weekend.

Freshman Caroline Waite hit an off-balance 3-pointer Sunday in BU’s 77-67 Missouri Valley Conference home victory over Evansville. The shot went on to be featured Sunday night and Monday morning on ESPN SportsCenter Top Plays countdown. The shot came in at No. 10 in the countdown, kicking off the clip.

“Who doesn’t love the Valley?,” the ESPN anchor said. “Caroline Waite throws it up there … a little left-handed floater from 3. C’mon now!”

In the clip, the right-handed shooter beat the shot clock with her left-handed heave from the left wing in front of the Bradley bench at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria. It is the second impressive buzzer-beater she hit this week after sinking a 35-foot transition 3-pointer Friday against Indiana State.

Waite on Monday also was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for

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WNBA All-Star team defeats U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team in All-Star Game

LAS VEGAS — In the fourth quarter, Arike Ogunbowale was the best player on the court between 24 of the best players on the planet.

Ogunbowale, the Dallas Wings star, scored nine of her game-high 26 points in the final quarter and Courtney Williams iced the game with a last-minute layup to push Team WNBA over Team USA 93-85 in the 17th WNBA All-Star Game Wednesday at the Michelob ULTRA Arena.

Ogunbowale, who said on Tuesday she would be content with just 10 points, won the All-Star MVP award with her red-hot shooting performance in her first all-star appearance in front of a crowd of 5,175.

“It just turned out I scored a little bit more,” Ogunbowale said.

That award was the most normal aspect of an unusual All-Star Game, which was anything but the friendly exhibition between the WNBA’s best that most all-star games become.

Team WNBA outlasted the

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James Madison upsets No. 1 Oklahoma in NCAA Women’s College World Series opener

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s bats have bashed opponents all season.

But Thursday, as the top-seeded Sooners opened the Women’s College World Series against unseeded James Madison at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, a real honest-to-goodness pitcher’s duel broke out.

JMU’s Odicci Alexander kept the Sooners off balance for seven innings, except for one quick burst in the third.

Shannon Saile did the same for Oklahoma, until James Madison’s Kate Gordon drove Saile’s full-count delivery over the left-center field wall with one out in the eighth, lifting the Dukes to a stunning 4-3 upset win in the WCWS opener.

James Madison (40-2) next faces No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in the winner’s bracket Friday at 7 p.m. ET after the Cowgirls squeaked past unseeded Georgia 3-2 in Thursday’s second game.

Oklahoma State and Georgia were the only teams to beat the Sooners this season before James Madison’s stunner.

Oklahoma

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