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Jessica Lantz

  • joined Feb 26, 2010
  • last login Aug 04, 2014
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I was raised in Big 8/Big 12 country and taught very aptly to be an avid sports fan.

My uncle, Jon Lantz, was a former high school and college football coach in Oklahoma and Missouri who added to my love of the game. On a personal note, I have included a story link regarding his life, both on and off the field, that I feel shows him as a man of character and integrity, who possessed a love for God, family and sport- and I feel that by seeing this side of my family, you can garner knowledge regarding the characters and values of all of the Lantz’s-myself included. (http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/local_story_065012014.html)

My father’s infinite wisdom of Stratomatic baseball, Intellevision football, and recreational softball, volleyball and golf also helped mold me into the fanatic I claim to be today. I grew up in Oklahoma City, OK and went to college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater during the days of Desmond Mason, Doug Gottlieb, Josh and Matt Holiday and the 12-0 win over OU.

I moved to Boston post-college, where I was immediately taken by the allure of attending professional sports events, not just Friday Night Lights and Cowboys games or watching the Denver Broncos on Sundays. I was introduced to Fenway Park the month I moved and I have been in love with Wally ever since, even feeling like I played a small part in breaking ‘the curse’. My Beantown love also includes the C’s, the B’s, the Pats, the Revs, the PawSox and any other New England schools and organizations that I was lucky enough to cheer for in the neighborhood bar.

I recently moved back to Oklahoma City and am enjoying rooting for the recently acquired OKC Thunder and watching my beloved Cowboys on a more frequent basis. My sports addiction is not limited to the ‘Big 3′ of professional sports, as I follow all things college and almost anything that ESPN sees fit to cover-even the spelling bee. Other than watching sports, I enjoy my working on my amateur-almost remedial-golf status, reading murder books and playing the part of songbird.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Boston Red Sox
  • NBA Oklahoma City Thunder
  • NFL Denver Broncos
  • NCAAF Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  • NCAAB Oklahoma St. Cowboys
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Photos: Tulsa Shock Finds "Stormy Weather" In Six-Win Season

The Shock have been through quite a few periods of ebb and flow in their short history in Tulsa, both on and off the court. This year for Tulsa will prove to be their most 'successful' of the last...

The Tulsa Shock (Still) Has A Staph Problem - Quite Unfortunately

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When I kept hearing that Kayla Pedersen had flu-like symptoms that left her sidelined for the Tulsa Shock for an extended period of time, I had a feeling that the squinky of the Shock was back - staph infection. Apparently that gut feeling was right, as Mechelle Voepel reported today about the epidemic that has hit the franchise in each of the last three seasons, striking at least six players. (H/T @starkman88)

Big 12 Conference Reaches New Media Rights Agreement With ESPN And FOX

You might be seeing a little more of the Big 12 on television after the conference announced new media rights agreements with ESPN and FOX. Here's a look at how it might impact women's basketball.

Player Interview: On Point With Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias

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Since the college football season is kicking off this week, my mind has turned a bit to the orange and black. Everyone should get to know OSU's junior point guard Tiffany Bias - she and the Cowgirls will be making a national splash this season - book it. "Junior Tiffany Bias is coming off one of the most productive seasons ever for an Oklahoma State point guard. The Andover, Kan., native broke the school's single-season record for assists with 229 and ranked seventh nationally with her 6.7 assists per game. Bias also led the Cowgirls to the WNIT title and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors along the way. At the halfway point of her collegiate career, Bias and the rest of her teammates have set their sights on earning the program's first NCAA berth since 2010."

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Tulsa Shock President Chats About Cambage

Cathy Furlong - Thank you Steve. Is a team obligated to keep a player under contract regardless of their performance? Steve Swetoha - Cathy, there are guaranteed contracts and non-guaranteed...

Liz Cambage Will Not Return To Tulsa In 2012

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In a move that confirmed what many started rumbling about well before the 2012 Olympics 6-8 center Elizabeth Cambage will not be returning to the Tulsa Shock for the remainder of the WNBA season

Defending National Champions Collide - Baylor And Oklahoma City University Meet In Exhibition

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The NAIA-champion Oklahoma City University Stars will have the first crack at stopping the Baylor Lady Bears' 40-game winning streak. The two meet Oct. 30 in Waco, Texas in exhibition play as the Stars debut a new head coach, Latricia Trammell. In past seasons, OCU has played stiff Big 12 competition in the exhibition season, losing to Kansas State 63-51 and Texas A&M 84-63 in the 2011-12 campaign. In 2010-11, the Stars nearly knocked off Missouri as the Tigers skated away with 68-66 win after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer missed its mark. A trip to Texas A&M was also on the docket in 2009-10 where the Aggies won 84-52.

3x3 World Championships: USA Claims First-Ever Title, Diggins Nabs Skills Challenge Silver

The fearsome foursome of Chiney Ogwumike, Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley and Ann Strother etched their names in the USA basketball record book, earning the first-ever gold medal in the 3x3 World...

FIBA World Championships: 3x3 Style

Debuting in its first World Championships in Athens, Greece, 3x3 basketball might be something we all need to get used to-and fast-if FIBA has anything to say about it. Trying to make it an Olympic...

London 2012: Candace Parker Headlines All-Olympic Team Awards

The United States' Candace Parker and France's Celine Dumerc headline eurobasket's All-Olympic women's basketball team. Here's a look at the list of 20 women:

London 2012: United States Women Dominate France For Fifth-Straight Gold Medal

The United States women's basketball team completed their "Drive for Five" in resounding fashion, dismantling France 86-50 in today's gold medal game.

London 2012 Open Thread: Who Will Make The March To The Medal Stand?

Today's women's basketball games in London are for all the hardware. Up first in the action is the battle for bronze, to be followed by a new medal winner going against the old pros.

London 2012 Open Thread: North American Showdown Starts Quarterfinal Action

(While some of us West Coasters slumber, add your thoughts about the game - and any of the quarterfinal action throughout the day - on this lovely thread, will ya?!) Now that everyone has five...

London 2012 Olympics: Preliminary Statistics Of Former And Current WNBA Players

There are 38 current or former WNBA players dotting the Olympics rosters. There are 143 players on the rosters, so players with WNBA ties comprise over 26 percent of the women's basketball...

US Women Match 20-Year Scoring Record In Rout Of China

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The United States capped off pool play with a U.S. record-matching and record-breaking day. The American's tied their 20-year mark for total points in Olympic competition with 114, but fell short of the overall Olympic record of 128 set by Brazil in 2008. The offense was led by 22 points by Diana Taurasi and double-digit efforts by five others. Other American Olympic records that fell were 33 total assists and 52 made baskets. Also, despite still having a game and a half to play today, Tuesday's quarterfinal round matchups are now set: United States vs. Canada Russia vs. Turkey Australia vs. China France vs. Czech Republic

London 2012 Open Thread: Pool Play Comes To A Close; The USA Continues Their Drive For Five

Today marks the fifth and final time four of these 12 teams will compete in the 2012 Olympics. And heading into their final game three of those four already know they're bowing out early - Angola,...

London 2012 Open Thread: Four More Spots, Eight More Teams

Pool play is slowly winding to a close, with just two more games remaining in the Olympic competition for four of the 12 teams that started this journey less than a week ago at the Basketball Arena...

London 2012 Olympics: A Glance At A Pair Of Basketball Venues

There are two basketballs venues that will be used in the 2012 Olympics. The first is the Basketball Arena, a.k.a. "The Mattress", where the preliminary rounds are being played. The second is where...

London 2012 Open Thread: United States Looks To Ride Momentum To Stay Unbeaten

Add your thoughts throughout the day on any and all of the action from London! The third day of pool play competition commences from "The Mattress" as the demarcation line between those who will...

2012 Olympics: Women's Basketball Day 1 Recap

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The first day of Olympic competition from the Basketball Arena in London is over. The champs were on upset alert for three quarters, and the Aussies demonstrated their desire to contend for the...

London 2012 Open Thread - Competition Underway For All 12 Teams; USA Begins Quest For Five Straight

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Join us here for all the action in this open thread! Just one good night's sleep removed from the razzle and dazzle of the Opening Ceremonies (or a few hours, if you're on tape-delay in the US),...

2012 Olympics Preview: Great Britain

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Great Britain is probably more well-known on the netball court than on the basketball hardwood. But that's not going to deter home team from playing gritty. And sometimes grit and grime can...

2012 Olympics Preview: Australia

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The best opals have fire to them. The Australian Opals are emulating their gemstone namesake on the basketball court. Can their fiery play burn the American favorites?

2012 Olympics Preview: United States

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Four-straight gold medals. A 33-game Olympic winning streak. A 50-3 record in the Games since 1976. Who's the Dream Team again?

2012 Olympics Preview: Russia

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Unlike the last two Olympics in which the Russian team took third, this time there are new faces and the noticeable absence of some consistent veterans that aren't in London. Can the Russians...

2012 Olympics Preview: Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic is riding a five-game winning streak, twice beating Russia - who's won the last two Olympic bronze medals - heading into London. With a fourth place FIBA ranking, the team looks...

2012 Olympics Preview: China

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The Chinese women enter the 2012 Olympics vastly different than 2008. Rather than setting a team goal for finish, they're going into the Games just hoping to "play their best". So far, their best...

Memorable Moments Throughout Olympic History Have Me Hankering For Competition

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As the London Games have edged closer, I have thought long and hard about what my favorite Olympic moment is. But, just like I hear a mother can't really have a favorite offspring, I can't have...

2012 London Olympics Preview: Canada

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The Canadian women gave their country a Canada Day treat when they qualified for the Olympics after winning the knockout bracket of the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament this summer. Now, they'll...

2012 London Olympics Preview: Turkey

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Turkey might be poised to turn some heads in Group A play after having a solid summer that included sweeping their contests in the FIBA World Qualifying Tournament and giving the U.S. a legitimate...

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