Thursday, May 28, 2015

Game action, player waives picking up

Today's preseason game results:

Shock 79, Stars 71

Sparks 64, Sun 57

Both Tulsa and Los Angeles are 2-0 in preseason now.

Mercury 79, Storm 73

Sky 92, China 59

Tomorrow's game:

Mystics at Fever

More WNBA news......

Lynx:

With a veteran core and Maya Moore, the time for Minnesota to win titles is now.

The Lynx are still working to get Asjha Jones healthy.

Sky:

Even without Sylvia Fowles, the Sky see no limit this season.

Shock:

Angel Goodrich is still on the team, for now.

Liberty:

Interview with coach Bill Laimbeer.

Mystics:

After dominating in Israel, Kayla Thornton is ready for another shot at the WNBA.

The latest transactions:

May 28, 2015
Team Player Transaction


New York Amber Orrange Waived
New York Shanece McKinney Waived

May 26, 2015
Team Player Transaction


San Antonio Nikki Moody Waived
San Antonio Davellyn Whyte Waived
San Antonio Brittany Hrynko Contract Signed

But a few hours ago, the Mercury tweeted that they'd waived Jasmine James and Promise Amukamara.

It's only going to get more painful from here on out.

College news:

The Academic Progress Rate for Division I women's basketball went up two points this year.

Kaela Davis has reportedly transferred to South Carolina.

Oregon State star Sydney Wiese is excited to play for the US at the World University Games this summer.

Heather Vulin is Virginia Tech's new assistant coach.

Xavier's new assistant coach is Kate Achter.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Intriguing game results; a plateful of college news

Today's preseason results:

Dream 85, Liberty 72

Mystics 89, Lynx 63

Sparks 76, Sky 67

Sun 86, China 65

Hoping Atlanta all-star forward Angel McCoughtry is OK. She hurt her knee in today's game and had to be carried off the court.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Shock at Stars

Storm at Mercury

China at Sky

Sparks at Sun

Fever:

First-year coach Stephanie White wants a faster, more free-flowing style of play.

Versatile guard Shanise Johnson is embracing a new team and a new opportunity.

Storm:

Sue Bird is ready for the rebuilding and mentoring that is ahead.

Renee Montgomery is welcoming a fresh start with the Storm.

Mystics:

Rookie Natasha Cloud is making the most of her journey so far.

Stars:

New faces have joined camp, including Brittany Hrynko, who has a tight bond with her dad.

Sun:

For now, rookie Elizabeth Williams is focused on basketball.

Liberty:

Tina Charles on peak ways to stay in shape year-round.

Shock:

Tulsa had a complete turnaround last season.

Mercury:

Phoenix is ready to defend their title.

Brittney Griner:

....says other WNBA players want her to appeal her seven-game suspension after being arrested for domestic violence with partner Glory Johnson last month.

College news:

Illinois has hired a firm to investigate abuse claims against the school's basketball coaches.

Sybil Dosty is a new assistant coach at Seattle University.

Heather Butler has returned to UT Martin as an assistant coach.

Siena's new assistant coach is Shannon Bush.

Former Vanderbilt forward Khaléann Caron-Goudreau has transferred to Texas.

Former Cincinnati forward Marley Hill has transferred to Western Michigan.

Former DePaul guard ShaKeya Graves has transferred to Oakland.

The NJCAA is investigating Hutchinson Community College for possible improper benefits and eligibility issues.

Glory Johnson (finally) speaks

Tulsa Shock all-star forward Glory Johnson says the suspensions of she and wife Brittney Griner for domestic violence were too much:

Johnson said multiple triggers led to the dispute with Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury.

"We know how we care about each other, and we fought out of that," she said. "A lot of it was passion. We fought because we were mad that this person felt like this, or this person said this."

The league suspended them for seven games each -- just over a fifth of the season -- without pay. Johnson is appealing her suspension, and said her lawyer is ready if further action is needed.

"Do I think it was a little much? Yes," Johnson said. "Especially because of the way we are and the way we handled it."


Johnson reflects on an unexpectedly turbulent offseason.

Johnson has arrived in Tulsa for training camp.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Twenty years ago today.....

Twenty years ago today, the Women's National Team that would win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, and inspire the formation of the ABL and WNBA, was named:

One by one, in alphabetical order, each player received a knock on her door and were told they were up next and had to walk down the long hallway, replaying every moment of the trials in their heads. They all were nervous, emotionally spent and physically exhausted from the week-long trials process.

“I remember hanging out with Dawn (Staley) and Lisa (Leslie),” continued McGhee. “We were like the little crew. That was our little crew. I kept telling them that I knew they had made it. They said, ‘You made it Red, relax.’ I was like, ‘no.’ I was not feeling good about it. I went and cried. They were trying to make me laugh, but it was tough.”


Are we ever going to get an ESPN feature on this team?????

U16 team named:

The 12 players who will represent the USA as the U16 team are:

Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Desire√© Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas); Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J./Ossining, N.Y.); Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School/San Diego, Calif.); Lauryn Miller (Kirkwood H.S./Kirkwood, Mo.); Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio); Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty Hill, Texas); Honesty Scott-Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.); Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio); and Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy/The Colony, Texas).

Preseasons games start again tomorrow

General WNBA:

For Lynx and WNBA players - how much is too much?

There's plenty of WNBA news so far this season, and it's all bad.

Natalie Achonwa and Chelsea Gray are finally getting play time, one year after graduation.

Lynx:

One-on-one with coach Cheryl Reeve.

Minnesota will play a new kind of "analytic scrimmage."

Storm:

Rookie Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is enjoying the learning aspect of training camp.

Sky:

Q&A with rookie Cheyenne Parker.

Mercury:

Four things learned at the first week of training camp.

Tomorrow's schedule:

Mercury at Storm.

College news:

Alabama is continuing to make progress in rebuilding, says coach Kristy Curry.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Uppers

Tonight's preseason game results:

The Sun dropped the Fever, 76-68, and the Mystics routed the Dream, 79-65.

Don't get too excited.....remember that teams have only been practicing for 4-6 days.

Mystics:

Tayler Hill is back in shape and ready to go this season.

Lynx:

Q&A with veteran Seimone Augustus.

Life is good for Minnesota assistant coach Jim Peterson.

Shock:

Karima Christmas discusses her return to the team, and last night's game.

Mercury:

A camp/practice with coach Sandy Brondello is intense, players say.

College news:

Devanei Hampton graduated from Cal today. She worked long and hard to be able to do that.

Renee Jimenez has resigned as Cal State Bernardino's coach and will take the reins at Cal State San Marcos.

(Today's only downer) Former South Florida standout Shantia Grace was arrested last night for misdemeanor domestic battery.

High school:

Japanese leagues help Southern California high school players progress.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two blowouts to open the preseason

Tonight's action:

Sky 83, Liberty 55

Shock 81, Stars 51

Sparks:

Many of you have had roster and player questions - namely, why hasn't Candace Parker been in training camp or media day, and why isn't rookie Crystal Bradford showing up on the roster yet?

A team spokesperson said Parker, a free agent, isn't yet signed. She isn't necessarily considering other teams; she's resting after playing year-round basketball for several consecutive years.

The spokesperson said Bradford is rehabilitating from injuries and will sign with the Sparks once she is healthy enough. There is no timetable on that.

Mystics:

Five burning questions.

Mercury:

Today's practice report.

The latest WNBA transactions:

May 22, 2015
Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Darxia Morris Waived

May 21, 2015

Atlanta Delisha Milton-Jones Contract Signed
Chicago Aleighsa Welch Waived
Tulsa Mimi Mungedi Waived

College news:

Kevin Morrison quits his University of Washington assistant coach job to take the same position at Georgia Tech. What?

Air Force has not three but four new assistant coaches: Stacy McIntyre, Erin Mills, Clare Fitzpatrick and Janean Jubic.

U16 trials:

Lessons being learned.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WNBA preseason opens tomorrow

It's already time for exhibition games? Well, now.

Tomorrow the Liberty and Sky face off at Elena Delle Donne's old stomping grounds, the University of Delaware.

The Stars also take on the Shock in Tulsa.

Saturday it's a double-header at the University of Louisville: Fever vs. Sun and Dream vs. Mystics.

Schedule.

Liberty:

The Women's Sports Foundation has filed a petition to deny Isiah Thomas ownership of the Liberty.

Media day photos.

Shock:

Skylar Diggins talks new team leaders, season projections, and storms.