Monday, May 21, 2018

Breathe, stretch, shake, read the news

Business matters:

Despite the WNBA's recent successes, some players think they could do more.

WNBA team news:

WNBA basketball power index: what's next for the Sparks and Lynx?

The Mystics took the first step in the league's "take a stand" initiative yesterday.

WNBA player news:

Jordan brand has recreated Michael Jordan's classic "wings" poster using Maya Moore.

Coach Lindsay Whalen reminds us why she's an outstanding player.

Glory Johnson will miss four weeks with a hamstring injury she sustained in the opener Friday.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Fever

Aces at Mystics


International news:

Fenerbahce, won Bilyoner.com Women's Basketball Super Lig title late Monday, which means Kelsey Plum is finally coming home to the Aces.

College player news:

Areanna Combs has transferred from Oklahoma State to Eastern Michigan.

Former Ole Miss star Madinah Muhammad has transferred to North Carolina.

Former UT Arlington guard Crystal Allen will transfer to Ole Miss as a graduate student-athlete.

College coach news:

Lane Lord is UTRGV's new head coach.

Q&A with West Virginia coach Mike Carey.

Utah assistant coach Gavin Petersen has been promoted to associate head coach.

Memphis has two new associate head coaches in Amy Stephens and Michele Savage.

Oties Epps is a new assistant coach at Detroit.

Recruiting news:

Colorado dunk sensation Francesca Belibi has committed to Stanford.

One young woman is living a dream in going to Michigan.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Newly-deep Storm looking to get back to winning ways

Seattle Storm has depth, looks to get back to winning.

Storylines aflame, big game day on tap

Today's result:

A young Indiana Fever got a rude awakening in their season opener, falling 82-64 to the Chicago Sky.

Allie Quigley had 19 points the Chicago and rookie Diamond DeShields, 18, and eight rebounds.

Tomorrow's "WNBA all day" previews:

The Sun begin their 16th season with great expectations.

Connecticut is ready to get going, with Jonquel Jones right in the middle of it.

Expectations are higher for the Sun after their playoff berth last year.

The Mystics begin the season at home against the Fever.

The Wings open home play in a cloud after Glory Johnson was injured in Friday's game.

The Sparks will be without Candace Parker as they open against Minnesota.

The Mercury visit the Storm in a match up of title hopefuls.

Phoenix is on the road for the first of two consecutive games against Seattle.

The Storm focuses on defense as they ready to open their season under new coach Dan Hughes.

The grind:

Overseas duty means there's no break for female pro ballers.

WNBA team news:

The Liberty, in transition, are making a new home in the suburbs.

The Sky and Fever have taken steps to improve.

As the season opens, Chicago will lean on its depth.

Eighteen questions for the Aces' first season in Las Vegas.

Overseas obligations raise concerns for the Sparks.

How do the Lynx compare to other dynasties?

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones is back with the Sun, and already wowing them.

Jones and Chiney Ogwumike are back to lead a talented squad.

Indiana's makeover is starting with Kelsey Mitchell.

DeWanna Bonner shines, shows versatility in triumphant return to Mercury lineup.

The Aces have signed Lindsay Allen.

WNBA coach news:

Expect a no-nonsense approach from New York coach Katie Smith.

Bill Laimbeer begins his quest to build the Aces into champions.

Friday, May 18, 2018

And we're off!

The Mercury beat the Wings, 86-78. Diana Taurasi became the first WNBA player to notch 1,000 career three-point shots.

WNBA schedule:

It'll be WNBA All Day on Sunday.

Tomorrow's schedule:

Sky at Fever.

WNBA team news:

The last ride of the Lynx dynasty.

The Sparks open their quest for a fourth title Sunday against arch rival Minnesota.

WNBA picks from the Seattle Times.

Seventeen reasons to be excited about the season.

WNBA player news:

In A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas could finally have a superstar athlete to call its own.

Wilson is just excited she doesn't have to go to class after her first game.

Q&A with Wilson and Kelsey Mitchell.

Diana Taurasi is in a new Body Armor ad.

Around the Rim talks to Angel McCoughtry.

Maya Moore's success is fueled by passion.

Essence Carson discusses her blossoming music career and record company internship.

Erica Wheeler is poised to make an All-Star run.

Liberty players discuss the team's identity and expectations.

Candace Parker and Maya Moore share their thoughts on the league's new "take a seat, take a stand" initiative.

WNBA coach news:

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has a strategy for prolonging the run of her aging team.

A coaching change to Katie Smith could benefit the Liberty this season.

Q&A with Dream coach Nicki Collen.

She's also on "backdoor cut".

Bonus:

Top WNBA commercials of the 90's.

College team news:

Purdue gains three players.

College player news:

Amherst's Hannah Hackley leads with compassion.

Bianca Cuevas-Moore is returning to South Carolina, according to coach Dawn Staley.

LMU grad transfer Cheyanne Wallace joins USC.

College coach news:

Linda Cimino has been named head coach at St. Francis, New York.

New Alaska-Fairbanks coach Kerri Nakamoto looks forward to challenges and opportunities.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches named Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and assistant coach Kelly Bond-White their coaches of the year in those categories.

Gene Hill has announced his coaching staff at Georgia State.

Geoff Lanier is Penn State's new assistant coach.

NCAA news:

The NCAA is mulling championships in states with sports betting.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Remaining WNBA rosters finalized today

Washington Mystics:

Ariel Atkins
Natasha Cloud
Monique Currie
Elena Delle Donne
Tianna Hawkins
Tayler Hill
Myisha Hines-Allen
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
LaToya Sanders
Krystal Thomas
Kristi Toliver
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Indiana Fever:

Kelsey Mitchel
Jazmon Gwathmey
Erica McCall
Tiffany Mitchell
Candice Dupree
Erica Wheeler
Hind Ben Abdelkader
Natalie Achonwa
Shenise Johnson
Stephanie Mavunga
Victoria Vivians
Kelsey Mitchell

Seattle Storm:

Sue Bird
Jewell Loyd
Breanna Stewart
Crystal Langhorne
Noelle Quinn
Alysha Clark
Courtney Paris
Natasha Howard
Sami Whitcomb
Jordin Canada
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
Teana Muldrow

Minnesota Lynx:

Seimone Augustus
Rebekkah Brunson
Temi Fagbenle
Sylvia Fowles
Alexis Jones
Lynetta Kizer
Maya Moore
Danielle Robinson
Lindsay Whalen
Tanisha Wright
Cecilia Zandalasini

Las Vegas Aces:

Kelsey Bone
Nia Coffey
Dearica Hamby
Isabelle Harrison
Moriah Jefferson
Raignye Louis
Kayla McBride
Jamie Nared
JiSu Park
Kelsey Plum
Shoni Schimmel
Carolyn Swords
A'ja Wilson
Tamera Young

(Harrison, McBride and Plum are still overseas and are temporarily suspended)

Chicago Sky:

Adut Bulgak
Alaina Coates
Kahleah Copper
Diamond DeShields
Stefanie Dolson
Jamierra Faulkner
Linnae Harper
Chelsea Hopkins
Alex Montgomery
Astou Ndour
Cheyenne Parker
Allie Quigley
Courtney Vandersloot
Gabby Williams

New York Liberty:

Tina Charles
Shavonte Zellous
Amanda Zahui B.
Bria Hartley
Kia Vaughn
Kiah Stokes
Sugar Rodgers
Epiphanny Prince
Brittany Boyd
Rebecca Allen
Marissa Coleman
Kia Nurse

Los Angeles Sparks:

Candace Parker
Jantel Lavender
Nneka Ogwumike
Alana Beard
Riquna Williams
Odyssey Sims
Chelsea Gray
Essence Carson
Cappie Pondexter
Sydney Wiese
Maria Vadeeva

Phoenix Mercury:

Diana Taurasi
Brittney Griner
DeWanna Bonner
Camille Little
Sancho Lyttle
Briann January
Leilani Mitchell
Stephanie Talbot
Yvonne Turner
Imani Wright
Marie Gulich

The transactions on the last day this year were just heartbreaking:

Atlanta Elonu, Adaora Waived
Chicago Hooper, Jordan Waived
Chicago Ndour, Astou Suspended – Temporary*
Chicago Vandersloot, Courtney Suspended – Temporary*
Indiana Larkins, Erlana Waived
Las Vegas Ayayi, Valeriane Waived
Las Vegas Colson, Sydney Waived
Las Vegas Harrison, Isabelle Suspended – Temporary*
Las Vegas McBride, Kayla Suspended – Temporary*
Las Vegas Plum, Kelsey Suspended – Temporary*
Las Vegas William, Morgan Waived
Los Angeles Anderson, Jolene Waived
Los Angeles Bass, Mistie Waived
Los Angeles Dabovic, Ana Suspended – Full Season
Los Angeles Jensen, Kaylee Waived
Los Angeles Lavender, Jantel Suspended – Temporary*
Los Angeles Samuelson, Karlie Waived
Los Angeles Thomas, Shakayla Waived
Los Angeles Vadeeva, Maria Suspended – Temporary*
Minnesota Miyem, Endy Waived
New York Allen, Lindsay Waived
New York Gray, Reshanda Waived
New York Russell, Mercedes Waived
New York Vaughn, Kia Suspended – Temporary*
Seattle Crvendakic, Aleksandra Waived
Washington Peters, Devereaux Waived

New WNBA initiative gives back to women's causes

Great initiative announced by the league office today:

The WNBA invites fans to "take a seat, take a stand" for women and girls this season:

NEW YORK, May 17, 2018 – The WNBA today launched “Take a Seat, Take a Stand,” its new women and girls empowerment program for the 2018 season. When regular-season games begin tomorrow, May 18, WNBA tickets will do more than support women’s sports – when fans take a seat at a WNBA game, they will also have the chance to support several organizations that are changing the game for women and girls.

EXCELLENT!

WNBA business:

The league gets a wider platform and expands their partnership with FanDuel.

WNBA team news:

Minnesota sits on top of the AP preseason power poll again.

Why the Lynx and Sparks won't meet again in the finals this season.

Moore and Charles have the highest odds of winning MVP.

This year's condensed schedule may work in Minnesota's favor.

Five things to know about Dallas before tipoff.

The Mystics are set to adjust to life without Emma Meesseman.

WNBA player news:

Put some respect on Candace Parker's name.

Preseason rookie report.

Briann January will make her Phoenix Mercury debut tomorrow.

Skylar Diggins-Smith wants the WNBA to win.

The arrival of Courtney Paris gives the Storm a strong inside presence.

Kalya Thornton is set to open her second WNBA season with the Wings.

Unselfish Lynx players make it easy for the team to attract talent.

Tina Charles is saving kids' lives.

Kelsey Mitchell will absolutely get buckets for the Indiana Fever.

Diamond DeShields and brother Delino, who plays for the MLB's Texas Rangers, had an embrace tonight before tonight's game against the White Sox.

A record 17 UConn alumni made WNBA rosters for the season.

A Cal report substantiate's Layshia Clarendon's claims of sexual harassment. The employee who assaulted her was fired.

WNBA coach news:

New Liberty coach Katie Smith's no-nonsense approach gives the team a chance for redemption.

College team news:

Liberty is moving non-football sports to the Atlantic Sun Conference.

College coach news:

Jeannette Mosher is UT Tyler's new head coach.

Danny Hughes is South Florida's new assistant coach.

Justine Raterman has been promoted to assistant coach at Miami Ohio.

Simon Harris is a new assistant coach at NC State.

Abilene Christian has added Drew Cole as an assistant coach.

Jocelyn Wyatt is a new assistant coach at Western Kentucky.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WNBA season to open without Ivory Latta

Bummer for DC fans.

Several WNBA rosters finalized

Connecticut Sun:

No. Player Pos. Ht. DOB College WNBA Exp.

1 Rachel Banham G 5-9 7/15/93 Minnesota 2
20 Alex Bentley G 5-7 10/27/90 Penn State 5
4 Lexie Brown G 5-9 10/27/94 Duke R
35 Jonquel Jones F/C 6-6 1/5/94 George Washington 2
42 Brionna Jones F 6-3 12/18/95 Maryland 1
44 Betnijah Laney G/F 6-0 10/29/93 Rutgers 2
13 Chiney Ogwumike F 6-4 3/22/92 Stanford 2
40 Shekinna Stricklen G/F 6-2 7/30/90 Tennessee 6
25 Alyssa Thomas F 6-2 4/12/92 Maryland 4
5 Jasmine Thomas G 5-9 9/30/89 Duke 7
33 Morgan Tuck F 6-2 4/30/94 UConn 2
10 Courtney Williams G 5-8 5/11/94 South Florida 2
32 Bria Holmes** G 6-1 4/19/94 West Virginia 2

Dallas Wings:

Liz Cambage

Saniya Chong

Karima Christmas-Kelly

Kaela Davis

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Allisha Gray

Glory Johnson

Breanna Lewis

Theresa Plaisance

Aerial Powers

Azura Stevens

Kayla Thornton

Atlanta Dream:

Monique Billings

Jessica Breland

Layshia Clarendon

Damiris Dantas

Blake Dietrick

Tiffany Hayes

Maggie Lucas

Angel McCoughtry

Imani McGee-Stafford

Renee Montgomery

Brittney Sykes

Elizabeth Williams

The Lynx have 12 on the roster but haven't finalized it yet.

Transactions.

Lots of painful cuts today, with more to come tomorrow, as the deadline to finalize rosters is 5 p.m. ET.

Two days until the WNBA season opener

Prognostications and "bests":

An annual survey of the league's general managers has them picking the Sparks to win the championship this season.

MVP, ROY, DPOY, and other predictions.

Survey: best players and coaches.

Best defender.

Best offseason changes.

Clutch player, and other categories.

WNBA publicity:

A WNBA season preview special will air on SiriusXM tomorrow.

Podcast with league president Lisa Borders.

WNBA team news:

The Liberty is unconcerned with their playoff woes.

New York hopes to build a fan base in Westchester.

A local Las Vegas TV station interviewed Aces players.

The Lynx are gunning for a repeat title.

For Minnesota, less practice time this season is "awesome."

Western Conference preview, via the Pareto Principle.

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones is expected to make the Sun's opener.

Chiney Ogwumike is ready to go.

Lindsay Whalen's player-coach juggling act is a success so far.

Liz Cambage is ready to take the WNBA by storm.

Cambage will face other Australians in her WNBA return.

One-on-one with Renee Montgomery.

Jewell Loyd and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis have each signed multi-year contract extensions with the Storm.

Diamond DeShields is a cosmic force for her pro athlete brother.

College player news:

St. Francis transfer Caitlyn Kroll has landed at Ohio.

Jalaysha Thomas has transferred from Florida to LSU.

IUPUI has added Rachel McLimore from DePaul.

Former Arizona guard Sammy Fatkin has transferred to Montana.

College coach news:

The contract of Missouri State coach Kellie Harper has been extended.

A spate of high-profile coach hirings thrills Arizona coach Adia Barnes.

Elon's new assistant coach is Edgar Farmer Jr.

USA Basketball news:

The USA 3X3 World Cup Team consists of Oregon players.

Bonus:

Tamika Catchings is on track to be the NBA's first general manager.

The Phoenix Suns brought WNBA-themed lucky charms with them to help them win first pick in the NBA draft lottery.