Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Focus on Team USA

The National Team is in Paris for their tournament later this week.

Sue Bird is a leader on and off the court for USA Basketball.

Bird and Lindsay Whalen still drive Team USA.

Tough cuts loom ahead for coach Geno Auriemma.

Assistant coach Dawn Staley reflects on the game.

Phoenix Mercury:

Are the Mercury the WNBA's newest dynasty?

Former Tennessee athletic trainer lands Russia job

Former Tennessee athletic trainer Jenny Moshak has accepted a job for the UMMC Ekaterinburg team in Russia. Moshak retired last year due to what she termed retaliation for a lawsuit she jointly filed against the University of Tennessee for pay discrimination. She had been the Lady Vols athletic trainer for over two decades. A trial is set for next spring.

In a statement yesterday, Moshak said she has started in her new position, where she will remain until next April.

"I will be providing the sports medicine and strength and conditioning services to one of the strongest professional women’s basketball teams in the world -- UMMC Ekaterinburg. Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi play on the team. The club is housed in the city of Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia, located about 1000 miles east of Moscow. The club plays in the European and Russian Championship Leagues. I will be traveling through Europe and Russia, and growing both professionally and personally," Moshak said.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

A wee bit more

WNBA:

Chemistry and star power could keep the Mercury on glory road.

Storm exit interview: Jenna O'Hea played a different role.

College news:

Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame next May.

Former Oregon standout Nia Jackson is the new director of basketball operations at Loyola Marymount.

USA beat Canada in exhibition, 76-51

The U.S. Women's National Team overcame a slow start to down Canada, 76-51, in an exhibition tonight. Nneka Ogwumike paved the way with 10 points.

Canada turned in a strong performance.

The four players who were cut prior to tonight's game were Briann January, Danielle Robinson, Chiney Ogwumike and Bria Hartley.

Here's the rest of the list, including seven who have been playing for the WNBA Finals and who haven't yet been to camp:

Player WNBA team or college university Position, Height

Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx C/F, 6-0
Sue Bird Seattle Storm G, 5-9
DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury G/F, 6-4
Tina Charles New York Liberty C, 6-4
Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky G/F, 6-5
Skylar Diggins Tulsa Shock G, 5-9
Stefanie Dolson Washington Mystics C, 6-5
Candice Dupree Phoenix Mercury F, 6-2
Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky C, 6-6
Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury C, 6-8
Jantel Lavender Los Angeles Sparks C, 6-4
Kayla McBride San Antonio Stars G, 5-11
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream G/F, 6-1
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx F, 6-0
Nnemkadi Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks F, 6-2
Odyssey Sims Tulsa Shock G, 5-8
Breanna Stewart University of Connecticut F/C, 6-4
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury G, 6-0
Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky G, 5-8
Lindsay Whalen Minnesota Lynx G, 5-9

Coach Geno Auriemma said Sylvia Fowles won't be joining the team in France this week, for a tournament, while she rests her injuries.

USC dismisses Ariya Crook

I heard about this last week. Sad:

USC senior guard Ariya Crook has been dismissed from the women's basketball team due to a violation of team and university policy, head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has announced.....

Ranked No. 5 in career 3-pointers made at USC, Crook was the Women of Troy's top scorer in 2013-14, averaging 15.8 points per game in 31 appearances as a junior.

USA roster trimmed to 13

Tickets to the France International Tournament Sept. 19-21 have been punched:

Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx),Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).

2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team members DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky) were competing in the recently concluded WNBA Finals and unable to attend the USA’s domestic training camp. USA Basketball will announce at a later date which of these athletes will join the finalists in Europe.