Monday, November 20, 2017

In the midst of week two

Today's results:

#12 Tennessee struggled, but got the win over Wichita State, 68-56.

Utah took down Purdue, 81-68.

Chattanooga handed Indiana their first loss of the season, 64-61.

Ball State is undefeated after their 88-79 win over Vanderbilt, which is still winless.

Same situation with Penn State and Central Connecticut and NC State and Old Dominion.

USC put away Long Beach State, 75-60.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features #1 UConn at #5 UCLA.

College team news:

The Beavers learned lessons in their loss to Notre Dame yesterday.

UConn will visit John Wooden's home before their matchup against UCLA tomorrow night.

A new season and different results for Rutgers.

Ohio continues to improve its offense as it prepares for tougher competition.

College player news:

Asia Durr is ESPNW's player of the week.

The Louisville star is on Around the Rim this week.

ESPN talks with UConn's Gabby Williams.

International news:

Does Liz Cambage try to injure opponents?

Much shifting in this week's AP top 25 poll

Changes abound in this week's AP top 25 poll:

1. Connecticut
2. Texas
3. South Carolina
4. Louisville
5. UCLA'
6. Notre Dame
7. Mississippi State
8. Baylor
9. Ohio State
10. Oregon
11. West Virginia
12. Tennessee
13. Florida State
14. Stanford
15. Maryland
16. Duke
17. South Florida
18. Oregon State
19. Texas A&M
20. Marquette
21. California
22. Kentucky
23. Missouri
24. Arizona State
25. Michigan

Oklahoma out, Arizona State in.

Coach’s Chair: Charlotte Smith, Elon University

This week in the Coach's Chair is Charlotte Smith, Elon University.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Many teams have yet to lose

Upset:

Villanova took down #11 Duke, 64-55.

Almost-upset:

#6 Notre Dame escaped #18 Notre Dame, 72-67.

#25 Kentucky edged Washington State, 73-68.

More results:

#1 UConn hit the boards to defeat #15 Maryland, 97-72.

#5 Louisville locked down #10 Oregon to win the WNIT preseason championship, 74-61.

#9 Ohio State downed Washington, 85-76, but Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff wasn't pleased with his team's effort.

#20 Cal held off Brown, 89-79, behind Kristine Anigwe's 28 points and 25 rebounds.

Among the teams that are still undefeated after today's games: Arizona State, Rutgers, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Villanova, Northern Colorado, Kansas State, North Dakota State, Iowa, Dayton, Stony Brook, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue.

Among the undefeated ranked teams after today's games: Connecticut, South Carolina, Texas, Louisville, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UCLA, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida State and Kentucky.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule includes some interesting matchups.

College team news:

After losing to UConn, Maryland coach Brenda Frese focuses on the future.

#23 Missouri got past Missouri State, 69-59.

College coach news:

Lady Vol assistant coach Bridgette Gordon feels another emotional twist in her return.

WNBA news:

Winning the draft lottery may not lead to a jackpot for the WNBA's new Las Vegas franchise.

No. 8 UCLA controls the tempo to upend No. 3 Baylor, 82-68.

Check out our game story and photo gallery.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Another triple-dub for that Oregon player

Today's results:

#10 Oregon topped #19 Texas A&M, 83-68. But the biggest story was Sabrina Ionescu's triple-double: 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It is the sixth triple-double of her career, as a sophomore, and it ties the Pac-12 record. She is one shy of tying the NCAA record.

#5 Louisville surged past #24 Michigan, 74-49.

Oregon and Louisville will play each other for the preseason WNIT Championship.

#23 Missouri staved off Wright State with late free throws, 82-80.

#15 Maryland overcame Niagara, despite distractions.

#4 South Carolina rolled past Clemson, 66-36.

Nebraska is 3-0 after an 80-69 win over Arkansas.

Georgia's freshmen sent them to a 64-61 win over Virginia.

Rutgers is 3-0 after routing Charlotte, 77-54.

Princeton edged Seton Hall, 85-83.

Northwestern stopped Oakland, 88-70.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

South Carolina won't attend an event at the White House honoring several college national champions.

It was too late by the time the Gamecocks were invited.

San Diego State arrived at a compromise over anthem protests.

Missouri is seen as the SEC's rising power.

Drake's social media game is getting it exactly right.

Here's what 'playing at home' looks like for Cincinnati.

College player news:

Q&A with Wisconsin sophomore Kendra Van Leeuwen.

Louisville star Asia Durr on Around the Rim.

The college season:

Kara Lawson previews the season.

Reunion to remember:

Oklahoma State recently remembered the four who died in a plane crash in 2011, including coach Kurt Budke, with a memorial.

WNBA news:

Chris Sienko has been named general manager of the Atlanta Dream.

Overseas update.

Candace Parker and former husband Shelden Williams have dropped the price of the house they are trying to sell.

Sydney Wiese feels the need for speed in the WNBL.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Indications

Today's results:

Northern Colorado is not playin: they beat LSU, 58-50.

Penn State, who held walk-on tryouts two weeks ago, is 3-0 after beating Marshall, 80-65.

Maybe Washington isn't bad after all? They just took down BYU, 80-72.

South Dakota State 66, North Dakota 62.

Green Bay 67, Wisconsin 34.

Binghamton 77, Penn 72.

Purdue 75, Miami Ohio 66.

Iowa 105, Northern Illinois 80.

Colorado 76, Florida Atlantic 69.

Arizona State 81, Fresno State 69.

The ranked teams all blew out their opponents.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule, where the most intriguing match up might be #10 Oregon at #19 Texas A&M.

#24 Michigan at #5 Louisville looks pretty fun, too.

College team news:

Mississippi State is looking for a "shot chaser."

Cal is traveling to Storrs for a showdown with Connecticut Friday.

The growth of their freshmen will be key for UCLA in upcoming games.

A busy five-day stretch will test the Buckeyes.

Georgia will begin a difficult non-conference schedule against Virginia.

Cornell looks to improve after a slow start.

College player news:

The NCAA's first starting five of the season.

A’ja Wilson makes sure her Gamecock teammates know: ‘You just gotta beat Clemson.'

Jessica Shepard is making an immediate impact for the Irish. She has a big role.

Wisconsin freshman Niya Beverley is off to an encouraging start.

Oregon's international players are set for a big season.

You better remember Duck guard Sabrina Ionescu's name.

The Chanelle Molina factor is key for Washington State.

Sophomore Jordan Chavis is providing steady play for Missouri.

College coach news:

First-year coach Natasha Adair has won over Delaware players.

College commissioner news:

Val Ackerman's cool job: Big East Commissioner.

Recruiting news:

No. 5 recruit Olivia Nelson-Ododa has committed to UConn.

Is the recruiting class of Baylor or UConn better?

WNBA news:

What's next for the Liberty?

Jim Dolan parting ways with the Liberty was only a matter of time.

For Katie Smith, central Ohio is home.

The WNBA leads all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities.

International news:

Saudi Arabia holds its first women's basketball tournament.

First mid-major rankings

ESPN's first mid-major rankings of the season have South Dakota State at the top spot:

1. South Dakota State
2. Northern Colorado
3. Green Bay
4. Middle Tennessee State
5. Western Kentucky
6. Florida Gulf Coast
7. New Mexico
8. Belmont
9. Hampton
10. Western Illinois

Wonder why they never try to rank mid-majors preseason.

William and Mary’s Misha Jones: Taking the lead

Our writer's journey to being team captain of her squad.

Awesome stuff.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

John R. Wooden Award preseason top 30

The candidates:

Kristine Anigwe, California

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Monique Billings, UCLA

Allazia Blockton, Marquette

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Lexie Brown, Duke

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Rebecca Greenwell, Duke

Ruthy Hebard, Oregon

Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Tynice Martin, West Virginia

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Brittany McPhee, Stanford

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Azurá Stevens, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

No surprises today

Today's results:

Jessica Shepard led #6 Notre Dame past Western Kentucky, 78-65.

Northern Iowa outlasted Iowa State, 57-53, for their first victory over the Cyclones since 2002.

Cassie Breen's 31 points paced Central Michigan past Vanderbilt, 92-75.

Arkansas State edged Florida, 70-69.

South Dakota 73, Creighton 68.

Santa Clara 68, UC Santa Barbara, 63.

San Diego State 58, CSUN 55.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule.

College team news:

Louisville is the NCAA's first Team of the Week.

After Maryland, here’s what we’ve learned about Tyasha Harris and South Carolina.

Iowa is having a good early start.

College player news:

Jazmine Jones is the true X-factor for Louisville.

Montana State is leaning on Hannah Caudill.

West Virginia freshman Destiny Harden is learning on the fly.

Freshman Isis Young is bringing a jolt of energy to Syracuse.

Shay Colley's selfless, running back style of play is leading deep Michigan State.

College coach news:

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey's unborn grandchild is dealing with a life-threatening heart defect.

WNBA news:

Madison Square Garden Company announced Tuesday that it wants to sell the New York Liberty.

Q&A with new Dream coach Nicki Collen on her move to Atlanta.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day four indicators: this season will be wild

Upsets:

DePaul beat #21 Oklahoma, 111-108 in OT, on a buzzer-beater shot.

New Mexico upended #16 Marquette, 88-87.

Almost an upset:

#4 South Carolina held off #15 Maryland, 94-86.

Wait a minute:

All these 100-point-plus games by day four of the season??

More eyebrow-raising results:

Loyola Marymount edged St. Louis on a buzzer-beater, 62-60.

Virginia Tech topped Auburn, 72-63.

Rutgers is 2-0 after their 84-67 win over Temple.

Colorado State ran way from Gonzaga, 65-49.

All scores.

There are 46 games on tap tomorrow.

College team news:

Stars and teams shined on opening weekend.

Southern begins a 10-game, two-month road trip tomorrow.

Nebraska signed a recruiting class this fall that better's last year's class.

College player news:

Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr are swelling expectations for Louisville.

The return of Hines-Allen has given the Cardinals title hopes.

Highly-touted Satou Sabally is quickly proving her worth at Oregon.

St. Louis' Jackie Kemph stars with a balance sheet or a basketball.

Crystal Dangerfield is living up to the hype at UConn.

Cal sophomore Mi'Cole Cayton tore her ACL in the season opener and is out for the year.

Missouri freshmen Kelsey Winfrey feature.

College coach news:

Joanne Aluka-White has been elevated to associate head coach.

Recruiting news:

How Baylor got the #1 draft class.

WNBA news:

Las Vegas won the first pick in the 2018 draft tonight. Indiana will take second pick and Chicago will grab picks three and four.

Liberty coach Katie Smith on being a lifelong Buckeye, and her leadership style.

AP top 25 poll, week one

This week's rankings:

1. UConn
2. Texas
3. Baylor
4. South Carolina
5. Louisville
6. Notre Dame
7. Mississippi State
8. UCLA
9. Ohio State
10. Oregon
11. Duke
12. West Virginia
13. Tennessee
14. Stanford
15. Maryland
16. Marquette
17. Florida State
18. Oregon State
19. Texas A&M
20. California
21. Oklahoma
22. South Florida
23. Missouri
24. Michigan
25. Kentucky

Coach’s Chair: Tony Bozzella, Seton Hall University

The warm-hearted New Jersey coach is in the chair this week.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A bit of amazing

Epic performances:

#9 Louisville toppled #5 Ohio State in overtime, 95-90. Asia Durr led the Cardinals with 47 points. And what an exciting, gut-buster of a game. This is going to be a great season.

Taeler Deer paced Texas State past Texas Tech, 87-70, with 44 points.

Sabrina Ionescu's triple-double led Oregon over Drake, 110-77.

More results:

The #14 Lady Vols set the tone in their season opener.

#1 UConn handled #10 Stanford, 78-53.

North Carolina beat Colorado in overtime, 87-80.

#12 Duke was challenged by Grand Canyon, but prevailed, 74-61. Rebecca Greenwell passed the 1,500-point career mark.

Arkansas is 2-0 after their win today. Five players were in double figures.

Wisconsin 80, Charlotte 66.

Seton Hall 67, Wake Forest 57.

South Dakota State 97, George Washington 88.

Idaho State 79, Washington 59.

Saint Mary's 81, Washington State 75.

FGCU 85, Illinois 61.

Montana State 62, Long Beach State 51.

All scores.

Tomorrow's schedule features #4 South Carolina at #15 Maryland.

College team news:

Five takeaways from Louisville's win over Ohio State.

Stanford is off to an historically bad start.

In its first road trip of the season, South Carolina’s strength will be tested.

Transfers are set to lead the way for Florida State this season.

Arizona State embarks into a new era.

“So much love and support:” Marquette features home-grown talent.

There are great expectations for a more experienced FGCU.

A culture change in the works at Kent State?

College player news:

Check out a young Asia Durr in this Atlanta Dream commercial.

After the death of her father, LSU freshman Khayla Pointer refused to miss the season opener.

Shaelyn Martin is back for Kansas State.

Second-graders fill Pittsburg State's Mikaela Burgess' cheering section.

College coach news:

Megan Duffy debuted with a win as Miami, Ohio's coach.

UCLA-Presbyterian photo gallery

Amazing photos from today's UCLA win over Presbyterian.

Tennessee season preview: Lady Vols will rely on both veterans and newcomers

Our popular annual feature previewing the team is here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Some shockers and some history on opening day

What an opening day!!!!!

It is so very awesome to be back.


Upsets:

Western Kentucky 79, #16 Missouri 76.

Northern Colorado 94, #25 DePaul 88.

Almost-upsets:

#19 Oregon State pulled away from North Dakota in the game's final minutes to win, 65-55.

#20 Cal got by Saint Mary's, 87-80.

No. 23 South Florida got by LSU, 61-55.

Herstory:

#8 UCLA broke the program scoring record with a 129-69 win over San Jose State. Jordin Canada became only the second Bruin (after Ann Meyers Drysdale) to notch a second triple-double (her first was last year). She had 26 points, 11 steals and 10 assists.

#5 Ohio State's Stephanie Mavunga broke a school record with 26 rebounds in their win over #10 Stanford.

#22 Oklahoma retired Courtney Paris' jersey tonight.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder notched career win 700.

The Gamecocks hung their banner.

No other surprises, but some interesting scores.

Thoughts/points of interest:

Washington State was supposed to be amazing, but they lost to UC Davis.

Rutgers started out with a win.

So did Loyola Marymount.

UC Santa Barbara is picking up where they left off, as is Navy.

Middle Tennessee over Vanderbilt and Hampton over North Carolina.

USC, Colorado, Arizona and #11 Oregon all making strong statement wins in the Pac-12.

First-year Pepperdine coach Delisha Milton-Jones getting her first win, over Long Beach State.

First-year Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors getting an inaugural win.

It's going to be an awesome season.

Tomorrow's game schedule.

Candidates for the inaugural Lisa Leslie Award

This new award will honor the top center in the country. The nominees:

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Azura Stevens, Connecticut

Becca Jones, Drake University

Erin Mathias, Duke

Chatrice White, Florida State

Alyssa Rice, Kentucky

Hallie Thome, Michigan

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Cierra Porter, Missouri

Akela Maize, NC State

Vionise Pierre-Louis, Oklahoma

Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State

Marie Gulich, Oregon State

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina

Alanna Smith, Stanford

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Khaalia Hillsman, Texas A&M

Monique Billings, UCLA

Kristen Simon, USC

Emily Potter, Utah

Opening day, so far

College team news:

Five storylines to watch unfold this year.

Oregon State is still confident in the wake of key departures.

UConn looks to blend transfers, freshmen and All-Americans in their quest for a title.

Seasoned Grambling State is eyeing the SWAC title.

Utah is counting on depth, but coach Lynne Roberts wants more toughness.

In the nicest possible way, Ball State and their coach are sick of the WNIT.

Oklahoma will retire Courtney Paris' jersey tonight.

Florida has questions to confront ahead of their season opener.

College player news:

Several Pac-12 players have been named to preseason watch lists.

A'ja Wilson is ESPNW's preseason player of the year.

Jamie Nared is adjusting to a leadership role with the Lady Vols.

Minnesota's Carlie Wagner is a leader after learning from Rachel Banham.

Is Azurá Stevens the best Husky of them all?

For Kentucky, there is one indispensable player.

After waiting her turn, Lexi Gussert is ready to make her mark at Michigan State.

Indiana senior Amanda Cahill is making her mark and having fun doing it.

Marie Gulich and Joanna Grymek are benefiting from post battles for the Beavers.

Wichita State's freshmen are bonding over their International experience.

Chico State star Whitney Branham is playing through spina bifida.

Recruiting news:

No. 1 recruit Christyn Williams has chosen UConn.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Candidates for inaugural Katrina McClain Award

This new award recognizes the top power forwards in Division I:

Lauren Cox, Baylor

Kristine Anigwe, California

Camille Zimmerman, Columbia

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Leaonna Odom, Duke

Haley Lorenzen, Florida

G’mrice Davis, Fordham

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Ashunae Durant, Hofstra

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Myisha Hines-Allen, Lousiville

Erykah Davenport, Miami

Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee

Jordan Frericks, Missouri

Ruthy Hebard, Oregon

Michelle Nwokedi, Penn

Bella Alarie, Princeton

Mael Gilles, Rutgers

Maria Jesperson, South Florida

Jatarie White, Texas

Season begins in exactly 12 hours

College team news:

Power 5 preview: teams to watch.

Pac-12 non-conference preview.

UCLA hopes to reach beyond the Sweet 16.

Mississippi State is focused heading into their season opener against Virginia.

Keys to Ohio State's season.

The window is closing on the Buckeyes getting to the next level.

With a bitter taste in their mouths, Cal is ready for a big year.

Oregon is now the hunted. They are ready to take the next step.

Vanderbilt isn't shying away from big games this season.

Michigan State: what to watch for this year.

New-look Colorado hits the road for their opener.

Virginia hopes to remove all doubt about its NCAA Tournament hopes.

UConn is ready to restore order by winning another title. They are motivated and looking ahead.

Five questions about UConn.

Same goal, new culture for the Crimson Tide.

Defense and quickness is expected to carry Purdue.

Iowa hopes to rebound back into the NCAA tourney picture.

Who can replace LaBrittney Jones at Arizona?

Monmouth is ready to exceed expectations.

Navy hopes the winning spirit from their successful 2016-2017 season carries on.

Fresno State is young and hungry.

Colorado State is embracing the underdog role.

Expectations have risen for Milwaukee.

JMU is exploring new options.

Long Beach State preview.

Women's basketball at Central Michigan recount a 50-year journey.

College player news:

ESPN top 25 players: 1-10 revealed.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu refused to be limited by goals. She is bringing lessons from last year's UConn loss into this season.

A familiar face awaits South Carolina's Bianca Jackson on the opposing bench tomorrow.

Michigan's Katelynn Flaherty is chasing points, and looks to make a point.

Oklahoma State center Kaylee Jensen flourished into a go-to player.

Northwestern's Amber Jamison is ready for her shot.

Desiree Elmore vows redemption with Syracuse.

UNCW's Lacey Suggs is ready to make her mark in year two.

Florida's Haley Lorenzen is ready to school opponents while going to grad school.

Syracuse freshman center Amaya Finklea-Guity needs to get a running start on her career.

College coach news:

For ODU coach Nikki McCray, everyday is a blessing.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer keeps adapting, keeps winning and keeps going.

C. Vivian Stringer faces a unique challenge in her 23rd season at Rutgers.

Around the Rim podcast with Geno Auriemma and Gabby Williams.

William and Mary coach Ed Swanson has signed a five-year contract extension.

Dawn Staley talks about what her team taught her.

The Nicole Powell era has begun at Grand Canyon.

The Kristen Gillespie era has begun at Illinois State.

WNBA news:

Overseas update.

The WNBA will exhibit sponsor names differently next season.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cheryl Miller Award watch list

The inaugural Cheryl Miller Award, for best small forward, has a 20-member watch list:

Hannah Cook, Alabama

Gabby Williams, Connecticut

Shakayla Thomas, Florida State

Jill Barta, Gonzaga

Amanda Cahill, Indiana

Bridget Carleton, Iowa State

Raigyne Louis, LSU

Erika Davenport, Marquette

Brianna Fraser, Maryland

Branndais Agee, Michigan State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Liza Fruendt, Missouri State

Stephanie Mavunga, Ohio State

Maddie Manning, Oklahoma

Maria Jespersen, South Florida

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Kennedy Burke, UCLA

Teana Muldrow, West Virginia

Cayla McMorris, Wisconsin

More previews and prognostications

College team news:

Which teams have the best chance to upset UConn?

The East coast Huskies are ready for another ride to the top.

Tennessee's "Fab Four" is poised to bring the program back.

Washington is back to square one after the best program run in history.

South Florida season preview.

The new-look Hurricanes look to continue their success. Season preview.

Northwestern enters an uncertain era marked by youth and inexperience.

Youthful Oregon State still carries high expectations.

Georgia is looking to replace Pachis Roberts.

Indiana State is focusing on pace and space in its rebuilding effort.

Cincinnati looks to build on success after their first winning season in a decade.

The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears aim for a breakthrough.

JMU is set to go on without Precious Hall.

MAC East favorites Buffalo returns four starters.

TCU is eyeing a postseason run.

Analyzing the winning formula for Seton Hall.

FGCU could get a big boost from freshman walk-on Alyssa Blair.

Duquesne preview.

College player news:

ESPN's top 25 players: 11-15.

Morgan William's shot still resonates throughout the college ranks.

Leaonna Odom headlines the Duke supporting cast around an elite backcourt.

Stanford's seniors are stepping up.

Kayla Michael leads a deep Missouri bench.

Western Kentucky's Tashia Brown ditches the goggles, enters last season with clear vision.

Lauren Whitlatch is eager to return to Penn after tearing her ACL last season.

Junior guard Natisha Hiedeman brings 'razz and dazz' to Marquette.

Kayla Goth is adapting to the point guard role for Kansas State.

Indiana Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings returns to her Hoosier roots.

College coach news:

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton still carries the lessons of her father. (This story is a must-read!)

New ODU coach Nikki McCray-Penson is out to build a bigger, better basketball team.

Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White discusses the team's recent National Anthem protest.

Five things to know about new Miami (Ohio) coach Megan Duffy.

Coach Matt Bollant is moving Eastern Illinois in the right direction.

NCAA news:

NCAA female basketball players graduate at a 90 percent rate.

National Signing Day:

Slideshow.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ann Meyers Drysdale Award preseason watch list

The inaugural award goes to the best shooting guard:

Darby Maggard, Belmont

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Ashton Millender, DePaul

Rebecca Greenwell, Duke

Asia Durr, Louisville

Chloe Jackson, LSU

Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette

Allazia Blockton, Marquette

Kaila Charles, Maryland

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Lexi Bando, Oregon

Jovana Nogic, Providence

Jaycee Bradley, South Dakota

Kitija Laksa, South Florida

Akina Wellere, St. John's

Brittany McPhee, Stanford

Danni Williams, Texas A&M

Kennedy Burke, UCLA

Tynice Martin, West Virginia

Three days until season tipoff

College team news:

South Carolina and A'ja Wilson must forge a new identity.

Can Mississippi State do it again?

Stanford's freshmen will have to wait their turn.

The Cal Bears invite great expectations.

Why Cal and Stanford have tough starts to the season.

Veterans look to spark the Seminoles this season.

Marquette wants to play fast, regardless of point guard.

Five things to know about Seton Hall.

South Florida is leaving painful memories of last season behind.

Tennessee's newcomers shone in their exhibition win tonight.

Virginia could push into the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Tech and Virginia have their work cut out for them.

Middle Tennessee is the C-USA favorite again.

Expectations are high for Seattle University.

Troy has rebuilt with more height and athleticism.

Old Dominion preview.

Hampton preview.

Robert Morris preview.

For UC Riverside, it's all about the process.

UConn has newfound depth.

VCU carries a young, receptive team into the season.

DII Indiana, PA, beat Pitt in an exhibition Sunday, 73-68.

College player news:

Jillian Dunston is the unsung hero of Michigan basketball.

From her grandmother's couch to Kent State: Merissa Barber-Smith's journey.

Iowa State junior Bridget Carleton is on the path to being one of the team's stars.

Marquette transfer Tori McCoy looks to add a three-point shot in her redshirt season.

McCoy's teammate, guard Allazia Blockton, has earned praise from Rebecca Lobo.

Terilyn Moe's unwavering spirit leads Nevada.

Eleah Parker is ready to make her mark at Penn.

ESPN's top 25 players: 16-20 revealed.

AP's preseason All-American team.

College coach news:

Duquesne coach Dan Burt builds his program on more than basketball.

Jonathan Tsipis counts on experience to produce results in his second season at Wisconsin.

It's signing week:

A-Z guide for signing week.

Canadian Laeticia Amihere is the future of basketball.

WNBA bonus:

Tamika Catchings continues her legacy of impacting others.

Former players Stacey Lovelace and Allison Feaster now work in NBA G League Operations.

First step: Becky Hammon.

Podcast with New York Liberty coach Becky Hammon.

Why Nneka Ogwumike doesn't have a car.

Monday, November 6, 2017

20 named to Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

Nancy Lieberman Award watch list:

Kennedy Leonard, Colorado

Kia Nurse, Connecticut

Lexie Brown, Duke

Tianna Tarter, East Tennessee State

Loren Cagle, Lipscomb

Sydni Means, Mercer

Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan

Kenisha Bell, Minnesota

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Teniya Page, Penn State

Jackie Kemph, Saint Louis

Bianca Cuevas-Moore, South Carolina

Jessica Kovatch, St. Francis (PA)

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Jordin Canada, UCLA

Chanette Hicks, Virginia Tech

Emily Clemens, Western Illinois

Deja Wimby, Western Michigan

Happily hosed by news

FOUR days until season tipoff!!!!

College team news:

Leaders are emerging for Maryland after losing their top scorers.

Lady Vol fans will get a look at the freshmen in tomorrow's exhibition game.

Penn has a tougher schedule this year.

Virginia will be leaning on their super sophomore duo.

Purdue showed confidence in their win yesterday.

Buffalo season preview.

San Diego is counting on Maya Hood's return to a deeper roster.

Five things to watch for with Rutgers this season.

Oregon's plan this season: step up the defense.

UC Irvine is seeking consistency.

Cal State Fullerton has challenges ahead.

Big West preview.

College player news:

Counting down ESPN's top 25 players: 21-25.

Jordan Hosey is bringing a spark to Texas.

New leader Gabby Cooper on the upside of Syracuse basketball: "It's going to be a shocker."

Getting to know Kentucky players.

Channon Fluker leads a deep CSUN team.

Kansas sophomore Tyler Johnson and junior Sara Boric are battling for the starting center position.

UConn's Gabby Williams says an improved diet is paying dividends.

Bloomington is new territory for Indiana freshman Jaelynn Penn.

Virginia freshman Amandine Toi will miss the season with a knee injury.

College coach news:

Bridgette Gordon relishes her return to Tennessee as an assistant coach.

Kansas coach Brandon Schneider called his team "really really soft" after their exhibition win yesterday.

Florida A&M assistant coach Terrance Chatman has been arrested on grand theft charges.

Poll:

ESPNW's preseason top 25 has us scratching our heads.

Vote on a number of questions.

Recruiting news:

Baylor has the top 2018 recruiting class.

WNBA news:

Around the Rim podcast with Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson.

Q&A with new Dream coach Nicki Collen.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

In the midst of exhibition games

Exhibition game abound this weekend. In the meantime.........

College team news:

DII St. Mary's edged UTEP in their game, 68-62.

Princeton is ready to roll.

Wyoming aims to surpass expectations for a second straight year.

College player news:

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson is focused on her defense this season.

College coach news:

Nebraska coach Amy Williams will coach against her sister tomorrow.

A smaller lineup intrigues Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff.

Bonus:

Transfers remain a tricky but ever-growing part of basketball.

WNBA news:

Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton wed yesterday.

Photos.

Q&A with Lindsay Whalen.

Pac-12 preview: the University of Colorado, Boulder

This is the twelfth in an annual series previewing the Pac-12 teams.

Colorado enters the fall ready to continue the transformation process they began last season under first-year coach JR Payne.

The Buffs were defibrillated back to life by the charismatic, energy-driven coach. They were very strong to begin the year, knocking off ranked Kentucky in preconference play and not seeing a loss until Dec. 21. But unsurprisingly, they struggled in the Pac-12 against physical, experienced opponents. Colorado finished in a tie for eighth place in the conference and made it to the third round of the WNIT before losing to Iowa. The new tone was set. Now, leading scorer Kennedy Leonard (17.1 points, 5.8 assists per game) and other returners and newcomers are ready to continue where they left off.

The program is looking more like Payne's own, as four players transferred after the end of last season. Starter Haley Smith graduated, and only five players are back. There are eight newcomers on the roster, and Payne and her returnees are excited about them.

Junior forward and junior college transfer Janea Bunn, at 6-3, has already created a buzz. She has a diverse skill set, according to Payne.

"She's a great rebounder. She's an athletic, big, broad, mature player," Payne said. "She can attack. She's going to be really good for us this year and fill in some of the empty space that we had inside."

Mya Hollingshed, a 6-4 freshman guard/forward, is another athlete Payne is excited about. She said Hollingshed is one of the most talented players she's ever recruited.

"We have a brand-new team....and we're just ready to get going," Payne said.

Also returning is junior guard Alexis Robinson (11.4 points per game), who tore her ACL with two games left in the year. She is working her way back into the lineup with a smooth rehabilitation process underway.

"There is never a good time to tear your knee, but she tore it at the best moment of the year that she could have. The season was coming to an end and she was able to have her surgery right away and rehab right away," Payne said. "She hasn't been cleared for full five-on-five drills, but she's playing five-on-five in the half-court."

"Lexi looks like she's never been hurt. The doctors are thrilled with the way she's rehabbed, her strength, everything about it."

Other newcomers include freshman guards Peyton Carter, Sara Castro and Aubrey Knight, freshman forward Annika Jank and sophomore guard Mathilde Diop - another junior college transfer. Castro and Diop are International players. Key returning reserves are senior center Zoe Correal, sophomore guard Quinessa Caylao-Do and senior guard Brecca Thomas.

Leonard, who has embodied Payne's hard-driving spirit on the court, said she and Robinson take their new roles as juniors seriously.

"We're upperclassmen now, so we're able to, in the storm, in the eye of the storm, we're able to calm down those around us," Leonard said. "I'm just going to try to be a better leader as a junior and a point guard. The ball is in my hands a lot, and I have to be the extension of Coach J on the court."

Payne said the Buffs will not only have a new look, but new strategies this season.

"The biggest difference from this year's team to last year's team is we're significantly bigger, we're significantly longer," she said. "So we'll be able to do a lot more things defensively than we could do last year."