Monday, July 25, 2016

USA escapes Select Team

Fascinating box score from tonight's exhibition game, as the USA edged the Select Team, 88-84.

More on everything

Olympics news:

Catch tonight's Team USA exhibition game here. It's at 7 p.m. Pacific, 10 p.m. Eastern.

The team has compressed preparation.

Twenty-five things you didn't know about Sue Bird.

Olympic gold medalist Carla McGhee is part of the USA's basketball legacy.

Natalie Achonwa is leading Canada's hoop dreams in Rio.

Notes and quotes from Team Canada.

Australian Rachel Jarry relishes her second Olympics.

Australia said over the weekend that their athletes wouldn't move into the Olympic Village for safety concerns. Now "fantastic progress has been made," and the nation's team will move in on Wednesday.

WNBA general:

Summing up the season so far.

WNBA player news:

Rookie report.

Nneka Ogwumike and Tina Charles are the WNBA players of the week.

WNBA protests:

The break will give the WNBA and its players a chance to talk.

The league rescinded fines because it wanted to show its support for players, president Lisa Borders explains.

Players speak out about the situation.

Tamika Catchings says WNBA players are passionate about Black Lives Matter.

Swin Cash discusses the protests, the fines and their withdrawl.

Now that the WNBA has a do-over, it must work with players on how to use their platform.

The protests have set a new standard for sports activism.

Punished by the league, WNBA players fight back.

College coach news:

First Rio, then a rugged non-conference schedule for South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.

The trend favors more men coaching women's teams, and not vice versa.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WNBA matches NBA for first 20 years

WNBA news:

The WNBA is right on pace with the NBA through the first 20 years.

WNBA team news:

The Mystics are limping into month-long break with seven straight losses.

Olympics news:

The quest for a sixth straight gold begins now.

Lindsay Whalen and Lynx players are ready for Olympic play.

College coach news:

Sharon Rissmiller has been named interim assistant coach at Oregon State, filling the shoes of the departed Mandy Close.

Bryanna Mueller is Idaho State's new assistant coach.

Jennifer Leedham is a new assistant coach at Wagner.

Norfolk State has two new assistant coaches.

WNBA drops player fines; president wishes activism was off court

A short time ago, the WNBA released this statement:

WNBA PRESIDENT LISA BORDERS STATEMENT

ON RECENT TEAM AND PLAYER UNIFORM VIOLATION FINES


NEW YORK, July 23, 2016—WNBA President Lisa Borders released the following statement regarding the recent team and player uniform violation fines:

“All of us at the WNBA have the utmost respect and appreciation for our players expressing themselves on matters important to them. While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal issues. Given that the league will now be suspending play until August 26th for the Olympics, we plan to use this time to work with our players and their union on ways for the players to make their views known to their fans and the public and we have informed the players that we are rescinding the recently-imposed fines."


Earlier today, this piece came out:

WNBA president Lisa Borders lauds player activism, but wishes it would be kept off court.

I'm really glad the fines have been lifted.

So what do you think, fans?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Big performances to go into the break; Black Lives Matter protest updates

Today's results:

The Sparks routed the Mystics, 95-75, to go 21-3 before the break. Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Candace Parker, 18 points and six assists to lead LA.

The Dream held off the Wings, 93-88. Reshanda Gray had a career high 22 points and 10 rebounds in leading Atlanta.

The Lynx downed the Storm, 79-72, behind the efforts of Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles.

The Sun edged the Sky, 94-89, with five players in double figures on each side.

And now we're on Olympic break until Aug. 26:

I don't think the league has needed a break this bad in its life, for many reasons.

More on the WNBA fines:

The Washington Mystics have joined the Black Lives Matter protest.

So has Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm.

Tamika Catchings explains the decision to hold a media blackout.

Liberty center Tina Charles said players will keep using their platform.

Welcome to the suddenly apolitical WNBA.

The gulf between the WNBA and its players has widened in the wake of the protests.

Why black T-shirts matter.

The WNBA and NBA diverge at a political crossroads.

One analysis of the situation.

Player news:

Dream forward Elizabeth Williams has won the June WNBA Community Assist Award.

Lisa Borders Q@A:

Interesting timing.

Olympics news:

Here's the Canadian Olympic basketball roster. They are eyeing a medal at the Games.

Australia's path to the podium.

Australia's Marianna Tolo is focused on gold.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Former WBCA head Beth Bass takes reins at Adidas women

Adidas Announces Beth Bass as U.S. Director of Women’s Sports Marketing

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 18, 2016) – Adidas today announced Beth Bass, former Women’s Basketball Coaches Association CEO, as U.S. Director, Women’s Sports Marketing. As the voice of the Adidas female athlete in America, Bass will be responsible for extending the Adidas brand message at all levels of sports, from youth to collegiate to professional, across all Adidas sport categories in the United States.

Bass will initially engage in all marketing activity within the Women’s Basketball spectrum, driving business in key categories of the adidas Team Sports Division and its NCAA Team Services group. Her responsibilities will also include strengthening the adidas brand in women’s volleyball and softball, among others.

“Beth’s experience creating winning programs, her solid relationships at every level of Women’s Sports and her driving passion will be crucial to our efforts to be best in class in terms of service, product and activation,” said Mark Daniels, adidas Global Vice President of Team Sports/Services. “Beth will be a key player in our college and team services groups and we look forward to her leading our Women’s initiatives.”

Bass led the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as Chief Executive Officer for 14 years. During her tenure, she initiated the development and marketing of the Wade Trophy, the top individual player award in women’s NCAA Division I basketball, simultaneously establishing a long-standing relationship with ESPN. She launched the Pink Zone program, now known as Play 4Kay, the highly successful, national, grassroots, cancer awareness program.

“Taking the Adidas brand message to female athletes at all levels of sport is not only important for the company – I truly believe it is crucial for the athletes themselves,” said Bass. “I’m beyond thrilled to be part of the Adidas team and the timing has never been better for women to create their own destinies through sport.”

Bass established the WBCA Revenue Committee, crafting a first-ever marketing relationship with the NCAA. She is a co-founder of Columbia University’s “Center for Coaching Excellence,” the first-of-its-kind leadership training program for women’s collegiate basketball coaches. In addition, Bass served as official liaison to organizations such as the NCAA, WNBA, NAIA, AAU, the Naismith Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and USA Basketball.

“Beth brings a rare combination of passion and knowledge to play for Adidas. Intercollegiate Sports and, indeed, the Industry, are part of her DNA,” said Patti Phillips, CEO of NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators).

Bass is a cum laude graduate of East Tennessee State University, lettering in basketball all four years. She earned her Master’s degree and was a graduate assistant in marketing and promotion at the University of Tennessee, working under legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt. She began her professional career at Converse, moving up the ranks from promotional specialist to National Women’s Sports Director, and served as Women’s Basketball Marketing Manager at Nike before joining the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as Executive Director. Most recently, she was President of the Sports Division of Knight Energy’s Sports Division, providing energy solutions for major sporting venues and organizations nationwide.

Adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. Adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Texas A&M and UCLA. Adidas has marketing agreements with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS).