The Quanitra Hollingsworth phenomenon was my first big undertaking after joining VCU for the 2005-06 school year. It was Q’s redshirt freshman year and she became quite the story. I was the women’s basketball sports information director, and it was my job to get her story (she was the youngest D-I player in the country) to as many media outlets as possible. Despite the fact that she was a precocious 16-year-old, ‘Q’ did countless interviews that I set up, including every possible local outlet, a number of national publications and some media posts that a surely not even in business anymore.
For that reason, I watch Hollingsworth’s career closely, and really want to see her do well in the WNBA. After a couple of nondescript seasons in Minnesota – where they never seemed to figure out how to use or develop her – it appears that Hollingsworth is settling into a role with the New York Liberty (who are actually playing this season in Newark, N.J. because of major renovations at Madison Square Garden).
Through 10 games, she’s averaging 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds, but in her last three contests, those numbers have improved to 6.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Additionally, she’s shooting a career-best .552 from the floor. I watched Hollingsworth and the Liberty play the Los Angeles Sparks a couple of weeks ago on ESPN and I was impressed with what I saw. She was flying all over the floor, snagging rebounds, getting stops and scoring timely buckets. It’s the first time I’ve watched her since she left VCU and felt like she looked really comfortable.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who noticed. Greg Fernandez recently published this nice piece on Hollingsworth for the team’s website.
The Commonwealth Times runs like, one paper a summer, but they published some good stuff. Here’s a solid feature by Jim Swing on the effect of VCU’s Final Four run.
So now Roy Williams is a crappy in the NFL and in the dating game. Go figure. Pretty much the worst wedding proposal ever, right?
This. Is. Awesome.