Wednesday, July 18, 2018

No drama today (that might happen tomorrow, instead)

Today's game results:

The Storm took care of the Sky, 101-83. Breanna Stewart led the way for Seattle with 30 points.

The Lynx drubbed the Fever, 89-65, behind 30 points and 16 rebounds from Sylvia Fowles.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Dream

Mystics at Wings

Aces at Mercury


All-Star news:

The All-Star uniforms have been unveiled.

Maya Moore said she had too many other commitments to fulfill All-Star captain duties.

Allie Quigley's sustained excellence lead to an All-Star nod.

An All-Star invite is an unexpected bonus during Chiney Ogwumike's comeback year.

Remember that teams will be announced tomorrow prior to the Mystics-Wings game at 5 p.m. PT.

WNBA team news:

The Aces are combating the challenges of commercial travel.

Fever attendance is better than their record indicates.

WNBA player news:

How Liz Cambage broke the single-game scoring record.

Cambage says league officials are "trying to make the game more ladylike."

A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are the real deal for the Aces.

Lindsay Whalen "isn't feeling the best" after colliding with an opponent today.

Kayla Thornton is a full time leader for Dallas.

Gabby Williams rookie diary: the Sky haven't yet put together 40 minutes.

USA Basketball news:

The Women's National Team fall game schedule will include domestic and international exhibition games.

NCAA Division I news:

Regional sites for 2021 and 2022 have been named.

College team news:

UConn will form a national "C" club, and Jamelle Elliott will head it.

College player news:

Tennessee has a commitment from Tamari Key, a center from North Carolina.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma on the state of basketball and his future with UConn.

Janie Mitchell is the new head coach at the University of Bridgeport.

Karleen Thompson is Virginia's new associate head coach.

Milwaukee has two new assistant coaches: Jaime Gluesing and Stacy Cantley.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All-Stars announced


The All-Stars were announced tonight on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, Delle Donne and Parker will select their respective teams from the pool of remaining All-Stars to form two 11-player rosters. Delle Donne will make the first pick and Parker will have the second pick. The two captains will then alternate picks until all players have been selected.

The rosters for Team Delle Donne and Team Parker will be revealed on Thursday, July 19 at the start of ESPN2’s telecast of a game between Washington and the Dallas Wings (8 p.m. ET tip-off). On Friday, July 27, the All-Star team captains and head coaches will meet to determine the starting lineups. The starters will be revealed that night on ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET) during a live telecast of the WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception in Minnesota. Seattle head coach Dan Hughes will lead Team Delle Donne, while Phoenix head coach Sandy Brondello will guide Team Parker.


Full story.

More:

Roster breakdown.

The All-Star Game enters Minneapolis with a twist.

How will the new All-Star format play out?

Maya Moore was chosen as a captain, but declined.

Sue Bird has set a WNBA league record with her 11th All-Star selection.

Another big day in the WNBA

Today's results:

The Wings took it to the Liberty, 104-87.

Tiffany Hayes' half-court buzzer-beater lifted the Dream over the Sun, 86-83.

Milestone:

Today Dallas post Liz Cambage set a WNBA single-game scoring record with 53 points on 17-22 shooting.

Cambage said she was feeling it.

WNBA team news:

The Lynx are excelling on the boards, despite their inconsistent play.

The league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Alex Bentley has returned to Atlanta and is happy for the change of scenery.

Candace Parker's versatility shined this past week with a pair of first-ever performances.

The Maya Moore billboard has returned, in White Bear Lake.

Get to know Wings rookie Azura' Stevens.

Bonus:

Five feel-good stories in the WNBA.

One columnist says the WNBA missed another opportunity to promote the game tonight.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Storm at Sky

Fever at Lynx


College player news:

Incoming ASU freshman Iris Mbulito lead Spain to the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship.

College coach news:

Q&A with Illinois coach Nancy Fahey.

Angel Elderkin's remarkable story, coaching through cancer.

Velaida Harris is the new head coach at Weber State, and the first African-American to hold a Division I head coach post in the state.

Patosha Jeffery is a new assistant coach at Southern Mississippi.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thoughts on: "Why does women’s basketball trigger so much fragile masculinity?"

Great piece.

But she believes — as do many other players I’ve talked with — that it isn’t just sexism that provokes the anger about women’s basketball. It’s the fact that the majority of the league is women of color, and many are openly queer. That exacerbates the hate.

“We’re women that are independent, college educated, most of us are women of color, most of us identify as [LGBTQ], so we have all of that, and we’re proud to be that!” McGee-Stafford said. It is, in essence, an amplification for where we are as a society....


You simply can’t talk about the hatred women’s basketball receives without talking about homophobia and racism, too. Black, queer women and nonbinary people are some of the most marginalized people in our society. And yet, women’s basketball — and the WNBA in particular — gives these women power, visibility, and a platform. These women both avail themselves of that platform, and have the tenacity to continue to demand more recognition. They’re not just satisfied with what they have.

No wonder the fragile men are angry.


I've wondered for years why the WNBA, much more so than other women's professional leagues, is maligned and disrespected. I think this just may be the answer. Men are threatened when they don't feel needed, and a powerful group of female athletes doesn't seem to need them. So a backlash isn't surprising.

And I have an observation of my own, piggybacking on this piece: white lesbians in the league seem to be more generally accepted than lesbians of color. Thank about it......was there any backlash when Elena Delle Donne came out, and then got married? I didn't hear any. Ditto for Sue Bird coming out, and being in ESPN's "the body" issue with her girlfriend recently. Didn't hear negative statements last year, either, when Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor got married.

The women of the WNBA are a phenomenal bunch. Straight, gay or bisexual, they support each other on and off the court. By and large, they don't seem to care about the sexuality of their teammates, which is a far cry for the stories of homophobia that have come out of the NBA. It is impressive. Men can take so many lessons from women.

The best part of this story is the ending:

“Our league is growing every year. So as much as people want to troll, at the end of the day we’re growing and we’re getting bigger and better,” Atlanta Dream center Elizabeth Williams told ThinkProgress.

“I mean, we’re not going away,” Currie said. “Our league is here to stay.”


Hell yeah it is.

Another unpredictable day in the WNBA

Today's results:

The Liberty beat the Sun on a last-second shot by Shavonte Zellous, 79-76.

The Dream shot down the Mystics, 106-89.

The Lynx routed the Fever, 87-65.

Transactions:

The Sky have signed Linnae Harper and Amber Harris to seven-day contracts, and the Dream did the same with Alexis Prince.

The Lynx have signed Erlanna Larkins to a seven-day contract.

Link.

Tomorrow's game:

Wings at Sparks.

WNBA team news:

In the WNBA, LGBTQ pride shines brighter and brighter.

What happened to the Von Trapp Family atmosphere of the Connecticut Sun?

The Sparks say yesterday's win helped then turn a corner.

WNBA player news:

Angel McCoughtry is playing a new role, but has the same goal.

Chelsea Gray is confidently coming into her own.

Danielle Robinson hit the first three-pointer of her career today.

Tina Charles has won the 2018 Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award.

Bria Hartley is looking forward and giving back.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Cappie Pondexter are among SI's 50 most stylish athletes.

Sylvia Fowles is on the rise on the league's race to the MVP list this week.

Yardbarker also has a list.

College player news:

Green Bay's Alex Leuhring has transferred to Wisconsin to be closer to her ill father.

College coach news:

Sasha Palmer is a new assistant coach at Georgia Tech.

International news:

Canada is taking aim at a world basketball medal.