Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mystics, Fever prevail

Today's game results:

The Mystics downed the Sky, 82-67, in Elena Delle Donne's return to Chicago.

The Fever rallied from 14 behind to clip the Sparks, 93-90.

WNBA team news:

The Lynx still have a perfect record, but their play could use improvement.

WNBA player news:

Stefanie Dolson feels right at home in Chicago.

Officially, Brittany Boyd will miss the rest of the season. She had successful Achilles tendon surgery Monday.

The league's rookie report finds that South Carolina's duo is thriving in Dallas.

The WNBA's MVP rankings list has Sylvia Fowles on top. Jewell Loyd should be higher than fourth.

College conference news:

The AAC and Mohegan Sun have entered into a multi-year agreement for the conference tournament to be played there.

College team news:

College of Charleston players are getting a taste of coaching in the Summer Jam Basketball League.

College player news:

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec is spending her offseason throwing the javelin for the Beavers.

Maryland transfer Kiah Gillespie has landed at Florida State.

Nevada transfer Desirae Gonzalez has gone to Northern Arizona.

College coach news:

Nikki McCray-Penson "couldn't be more excited" to be ODU's new head coach.

Fordham coach Stephanie Gaitley has signed a two-year contract extension.

Crystal Kelly is Xavier's new assistant coach.

Bonus:

Tamika Catchings talks about her new job and tea cafe.

Nancy Lieberman has donated a basketball court to Springfield, Mass.

Corey Gaines is back with the Japan National Team as an adviser.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Plenty of story lines in WNBA week two

Tomorrow's schedule:

The short-handed Mercury look to slow the short-handed Liberty tomorrow.

The Sun travel to face the Lynx, who historically start strong.

WNBA team news:

The Liberty are weighing options in filling the Brittany Boyd void.

The Mercury is unhappy with Diana Taurasi's suspension.

Things are coming together quickly for the Lynx.

Erin Phillips is the Dallas Wings' new director of player and franchise development.

Western Conference teams came out strong this past week.

WNBA player news:

Making it out, by Sugar Rodgers.

Epiphanny Prince took on demons, and now takes on the WNBA.

Double-double machine Jonquel Jones added physicality after playing in South Korea. She is currently the league's leading rebounder.

A healthy Rachel Banham returns to Minnesota to take on the Lynx tomorrow.

Alaina Coates is still waiting for her turn to suit up for the Sky.

A record four former Baylor Bears have made WNBA rosters this season.

Layshia Clarendon and Sylvia Fowles are the league's Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

Former WNBA player news:

LaChina Robinson interviews Chamique Holdsclaw about her mental health advocacy work.

Bonus:

Hot moments around the league this past week.

College team news:

Oregon State is reloading.

Cal State Bakersfield adds four transfers, including Kandis Barber from Rutgers. Coach Greg McCall is DeWanna Bonner and Erica McCall's dad.

College player news:

Lulu McKinney will transfer from UTEP.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Just a sprinkle on a slow news day

Today's results:

Caught napping, the Dream dropped their home opener to the Sky, 75-71.

Jewell Loyd stepped up when Breanna Stewart was out to score 26 points and lead the Storm over the Mystics, 81-71. It was Sue Bird's first game of the season, and she dished ten assists.

WNBA team news:

Against the Lynx, the Wings proved they can hang with the best.

WNBA player news:

Mercury forward Diana Taurasi is suspended for one game without pay for elbowing Stars forward Dearica Hamby in the head during Friday's game.

USA Basketball news:

The U19 team was unveiled today.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

WNBA season, day six

Tonight's result:

The Lynx topped the Liberty, 90-71. But New York guard Brittany Boyd might have torn her Achilles. Prayers for her.

Last night's game:

Brittney Griner put up a career-high 32 points to lead the Mercury over the Fever, 85-62. Diana Taurasi surpassed 1,500 career rebounds.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Phoenix travels to San Antonio, who is still waiting for the debut of Kelsey Plum.

Dream at Sky

Mystics at Sparks

WNBA team news:

The Los Angeles Sparks' ring ceremony will be streamed live on Twitter and Periscope tomorrow night.

The Mystics' road trip will serve as a get-to-know-you retreat.

San Antonio is betting its small stars can be supernovas.

The Sun have reached a TV deal with CSN New England for 15 games.

WNBA player news:

Tina Charles previews her special edition Black History Month sneakers.

Big things are expected from Kiah Stokes this season.

Amanda Zahui B enters her third season with confidence.

Leilani Mitchell has had two strong performances for Phoenix.

Stars vet Monique Currie still has game.

Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray are making a fast impact on Dallas.

Why Alaina Coates' pro career is still on hold.

Five on five with the Mercury's Cayla George.

Terps in the WNBA.

College player news:

Once homeless, Kimijah King has found a niche with UAA basketball.

College coach news:

New UMKC coach Jacie Hoyt gets her competitive drive from her mom.

Christie Sides has been promoted to associate head coach at Northwestern.

High school news:

Top recruit Jordan Horston would rather dish assists than score any day of the week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Movement afoot

While we await the finish of Fever at Mercury......

WNBA team news:

Consistency and camaraderie make the Lynx contenders.

Meet chief marketing officer Nicole Smith, the Dallas Wings' brand pioneer.

Minnesota and New York will square off tomorrow after unsatisfactory wins over the weekend.

WNBA player news:

Sun forward Alyssa Thomas has a concussion.

Nneka Ogwumike had an MVP kind of opening weekend.

Both the Fever and Candice Dupree think she'll be a great fit in Indiana.

Bria Holmes is ready for a breakout year in the WNBA.

Jordan Hooper is happy to earn a spot with the Sun.

Allisha Gray has made a seamless transition to the WNBA.

WNBA coach news:

Mystics coach Mike Thibault has signed a four-year contract extension.

Former WNBA player news:

Chamique Holdsclaw is educating others about mental health.

College team news:

Oklahoma has announced a four-year series with UConn.

College player news:

Ohio State's Kiara Lewis is transferring to Syracuse.

Iowa State's Tee Tee Starks and FAU's Kat Wright have transferred to Arizona.

Ohio State transfer Tori McCoy has landed at Marquette.

Auburn guard Tyra Johnson has left to play at a junior college.

Janie McRae is enjoying a fresh start at Montana State.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley has won the Winged Foot Award.

Toledo coach Tricia Cullop's contract has been extended to 2025.

Rob Norris has been promoted to assistant head coach at Georgia Tech.

Abi Olajuwon has been promoted to recruiting coordinator at Eastern Michigan.

Marty McGillan is Minnesota's new assistant coach.

Stephanie Edwards has returned to Jacksonville as an assistant coach.

Dominique Bryant is a new assistant coach at Vermont.

Vanessa Taylor is Coastal Carolina's new assistant coach.

Todd Schultze has been promoted to associate head coach at SIUE.

John Marcum is Butler's new assistant coach.

Bonus:

WNBA athletes trapped in unfair comparisons with men.

Bonding over basketball and chemistry at a Target deli.

WNBA, NBA leaders on the value of Duke connections.