Thursday, June 30, 2016

Once upon a time, Pat Summitt came to LA to see her athletes play

Time goes so fast.

Tributes to Pat Summitt, and more

First, this:

Pat Summitt earned respect for women's sports, but we still aren't giving it.

Pat's funeral was today:

Many former players, plus the Tennessee governor, attended Summitt's private funeral today.

Tributes and other items:

Fans celebrated the life of Summitt at a candlelight vigil last night.

Mickie DeMoss remembers Summitt.

Lafayette coach Theresa Grentz's tribute.

Texas Tech's Marsha Sharp honors Summitt.

Cierra Burdick's tribute to her college coach.

A thank you to Summitt from Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey.

The gifts of Pat Summitt were also academic.

Wins and titles don't define her impact.

Summitt's influence in the Chicago area went beyond victories.

No OTs today

Today's results:

The Sparks topped the Dream, 84-75. Nneka Ogwumike erupted for a career-high 38 points, to go along with 11 rebounds, for LA. Tiffany Hays also had a career high for Atlanta, with 32 points.

The Wings beat the Storm, 83-78. Aerial Powers lead Dallas with 19 points and Jewell Loyd headed up Seattle with 24.

Joe Veyera's recap.

(I thought there would be another overtime in that one....)

Team news:

Breaking down the Mystics' hot stretch.

Tomorrow Washington will test their upswing against the Sky, who knocked them down.

On the road with the Dallas Wings.

Indiana and Chicago are reaching for the playoffs.

Player and former player news:

Jewell Loyd's improved game has the Storm on the rise.

A rested Layshia Clarendon is getting an opportunity in Atlanta.

The Dream's Tiffany Hayes is under the radar.

Q&A with the Liberty's Amanda Zahui B.

Lindsey Harding discusses her role with the Mercury.

Kayla McBride and Moriah Jefferson are providing hope in San Antonio.

Q&A with Cappie Pondexter.

Samantha Logic is awaiting a call.

College coach news:

Georgia coach Joni Taylor is preparing for the birth of her daughter, and for her second season.

April Phillips has been promoted to associate head coach at Loyola Marymount.

Olympics news:

Dawn Staley isn't afraid of Zika.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Revisiting the WNBA top 20

A month ago we presented a statistical analysis of the WNBA's top 20 players. Then the W came out with their list.

Now we revisit the top 20.

More on Pat Summitt's passing

Pat Summitt changed the world, but was never too busy to worry about her players.

Tamika Catchings on Summitt: "she remembered me."

Mercury rookie Isabelle Harrison talks about her former coach.

Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer remembers Summitt.

LaChina Robinson podcast discusses the legend.

Reflections of a ride begun at the Lady Vol Creation.

The Tennessee athletics community shares Summitt memories.

Texas A&M mourns her passing.

Auburn fondly remembers a legend.

Texas statements on her passing.

Arkansas reflections on a legend.

Wichita State remembers Summitt.

Summitt's peers remember what made her a legend.

Summitt's connections went way beyond basketball.

Her legacy: 1,098 wins, countless women empowered.

Summitt lived with a passion and a purpose we could all stand to emulate.

Summitt meant everything to the game of basketball.

Summitt played a major role in Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve's coaching journey.

Summitt is a lasting face of a devastating disease.

Tennessee obituary.

Rocking the boat

Today's results:

The Liberty pushed and overtime to edge the Lynx, 95-92. That's three consecutive losses for the defending champs.

Sugar Rodgers had a career-high 30 points, as she stepped up for Tina Charles, who sat out.

Liberty-Lynx recap.

Tamika Catchings lead the Fever over the Sky, 95-83, with 26 points. She was playing for Pat Summitt, she said later.

Sky-Fever recap.

The Mercury beat the Sun, 86-75, for their third straight win.

The Mystics routed the Stars, 84-67.

Team news:

Here they come: the Mercury are finally clicking after a slow start.

The Storm's recent trade signals they're readying for a playoff push.

Player news:

Liberty center Tina Charles is putting together another MVP-caliber season.

NCAA news:

Could the Final Four move back one week?

The Division I Council has introduced legislation to expand the women's basketball committee across five regions instead of four.

College player news:

Courtney Ekmark has left UConn and transferred to Arizona State.

College coach news:

Former WNBA great Yolanda Griffith is a new assistant coach at UAlbany.

Nick Moore is a new assistant coach at Bowling Green.

Olympics news:

Australia has cut the Storm's Abby Bishop from their Olympic team.

Breanna Stewart is excited to join Team USA.

Various hits

The WNBA reveals new player EMOJIs this morning.

Pat Summitt:

How does a mountain disappear?

Summitt's legacy will stand the test of time.

The single ingredient in leadership, according to Summitt.

Why we owe Summitt a big thank you.

Tennessee residents are paying tribute to the legend.

Celebrating Summitt.

LA fans can catch Catchings' legacy tour next week

TAMIKA’S LEGACY TOUR FUNDRAISER NIGHT Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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Tamika founded Catch the Stars Foundation (CTSF) in 2004. CTSF is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with the mission of empowering youth to achieve their dreams by providing goalsetting programs that promote Literacy, Fitness & Mentoring.

Through the Legacy Tour, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $100k to support their goal of expanding its programming to 11 new cities in 2017. In partnership with WNBA Cares, CTSF will provide $2,000 in grants to community organizations in each of the 12 WNBA cities.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Special performances

The Sparks rallied from behind to beat the Wings, 89-84. Candace Parker had 31 points for Los Angeles, including 25 in the second half.

The Sparks have tied the 1998 Comets for a WNBA best to start a season after 15 games, as they are now 14-1.

Storm rookie Breanna Stewart posted a career-high 38 points to carry her team past the Dream, 84-81.

Tomorrow's games:

Stars at Mystics

Fever at Sky

Liberty at Lynx

Sun at Mercury

Transactions:

June 28, 2016

Team Player Transaction


Minnesota Graves, Bashaara Waived

So Pat dies and two Lady Vols get waived? Wow.

Pat Summitt's passing, part II

Tamika Catchings speaks: Pat, my leader, mentor, hero and inspiration.

What a heartfelt, beautiful piece by Catchings.

"The game is never over" - Pat Summitt's letter to a young basketball player:

It illustrates exactly why more than 50 of her players, young and old, rushed to her bedside, drove all night, flew across the country, slept on floors, and sat in the hallways of a retirement home, where they passed the time playing bean bag games with seniors, just to see her and whisper a few words in her ear.

Wow.

And:

Winning is fun . . . Sure.

But winning is not the point.

Wanting to win is the point.

Not giving up is the point.

Never letting up is the point.

Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point.


The time Pat got furious and took over a Tennessee men's practice.

Remembering Pat Summitt.

Holly Warlick says Summitt was about helping women to be their best.

Sparks forward Candace Parker says that from now on, she'll play for Summitt.

Thank you, Pat Summitt, from one Tennessee girl to another.