Weekly Breakdown - Feb 11-18
Another week, another exciting time for women! So much has happened this past week that includes women from hockey, soccer, basketball and golf!
Two women sports programs will be back at EMU!
A judge ordered Eastern Michigan University that they must reinstate the women's tennis and softball sports programs by the Fall 2019 semester. The ruling comes almost a full year after the university got rid of those programs. The cuts were in violation of Title IX, which states that any sport offered to male athletes must be offered to women as well, or some sort of equivalent when the same sport isn’t feasible. EMU said that financial problems were the reason for cutting the programs and are looking to make further cuts in the future. Hopefully it’ll be equally between the men’s and women’s programs.
The Canadian Women’s team won!
The inaugural Rivalry Series game between the Canadian Women’s team and the U.S. team was this weekend and Canada won! In the final game out of a three game series, the Canadians won 2-0 with goals from Brianne Jenner and Blayre Turnbull. Not only that, Shannon Szabados earned the shutout! After being bested by the U.S. team in both the Olympics and the Four Nations Cups, it’s good to see the Canadian team win the Rivalry Series. The next time the two teams will meet is in Finland for the World Championship. Congratulations on the win ladies!
Nelly Korda won the Women’s Australian Open!
Nelly Korda is keeping the Australian Open in the family! Korda won the Women Australian Open this weekend by two strokes over the defending champion Young Ko. This marks Korda’s second career LPGA Tour win after her win at the Taiwan Championship last year. Not only that, her sister won the Women’s Australian Open seven years ago while both her father and brother have won the Australian Open men’s competition. Congratulations Nelly!
ESPN added Sue Bird and Aj’a Wilson to their women’s basketball coverage!
ESPN is announced that they’re adding a few more ladies to their women’s basketball coverage this year! The network announced that WNBA great Sue Bird and WNBA Rookie of the Year Aj’a Wilson will be doing the coverage for the UCONN v South Carolina game. While the game will be aired on ESPN# instead of the main channel, we think it’s a step on the right direction for women broadcasters. We can’t wait to see how they do!