Back in Memphis, Grizzlies want to keep home edge
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games.
They brought home-court advantage with them.
To guard Mike Conley, that ratchets up the pressure even more. It's time for the Grizzlies to protect the place they call the Grindhouse.
The Grizzlies evened up this first-round Western Conference series by winning 111-105 in overtime at Oklahoma City on Monday, and Conley says Game 3 on Thursday is going to be tough because the Thunder have played very well on the road. But he says the Grizzlies are happy with their position.
The Thunder practiced at home Wednesday before traveling to Memphis. Oklahoma City had the NBA's second-best road record in the regular season.
Tulsa Shock center won't return for 2014 season
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa Shock officials have announced that center Elizabeth Cambage will not return to Tulsa for the 2014 WNBA season.
Cambage will remain in Australia to train with the Australian National Basketball Team for the upcoming FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
Team president Steve Swetoha said Wednesday the organization was "very disappointed" after learning that Cambage would not play in Tulsa.
With Cambage not returning, the Shock still retain her rights in the WNBA and her roster spot will be available for this season.
Cambage led the team in 2013, averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 56.1 percent from the field.
New Tulsa coach Haith names 4 assistants to staff
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - New University of Tulsa head basketball coach Frank Haith has hired four assistants to his staff - including three former head coaches.
Haith announced Wednesday that Dave Leitao, Tom Abatemarco and Dennis Felton, and strength and conditioning coach Todor Pandov have been added to the staff.
Leitao is a former head coach at Northeastern, DePaul and Virginia. Abatemarco is a former head coach at Lamar, Drake and Sacramento State. Felton is a former head coach at Western Kentucky and Georgia.
Leitao and Pandov were both on Haith's staff at Missouri.
Ark. coach announces signing of point guard
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas men's basketball coach Mike Anderson has announced that Seminole State College point guard Jabril Durham has signed a letter of intent to join the program for the upcoming season.
The university said Wednesday that Durham, a native of Dallas, will have two years of eligibility with the Razorbacks.
Over two years -with stops at Seminole State and Lubbock Christian- Durham tallied 957 points, 332 rebounds, 341 assists and 116 steals over 59 games.
He also posted team-bests of 6.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals and led Seminole State in nearly every statistical category.
Anderson says Durham will fill a need in the backcourt with his ability to create scoring opportunities for teammates and score from the point guard position.
OKLAHOMA ST-WOMEN'S SIGNEES
Oklahoma State women sign 2 basketball players
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State women's basketball team has signed two junior college players.
Cowgirls head coach Jim Littell announced Wednesday that Roddricka Patton of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas and Rylie Swanson of Northern Oklahoma College-Enid have signed with OSU.
Patton helped Trinity Valley to a 36-1 record and a third consecutive national championship last season.
Swanson was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American after helping Northern Oklahoma to a 22-12 record and a berth in the NJCAA national tournament.
AUSTRALIAN PLAYER-RANDOM SLAYING
Death of Australian player weighs heavy on team
ADA, Okla. (AP) - The death of an Australian baseball player last summer has left a void for his college team in Oklahoma.
Twenty-two-year Chris Lane of Melbourne was preparing to enter his senior season at East Central University when he was gunned down last August. Four people have been charged in the killing, including three teenagers. One teen allegedly told authorities they did it because they were bored.
Lane's memory has never been far from his teammate's minds throughout the season. They honor him before each game with a moment of silence and wear batting practice jerseys with his No. 7 on them. His jersey was also retired.
East Central coach Dino Rosato says the fall was difficult for the team, but the players came together and have supported each other.
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