Friday, August 18, 2017

The playoff race continues

Today's game results:

The Liberty ended the Sun's winning streak at six, with an 82-70 win.

The Mercury used a fourth quarter push to down the Mystics, 89-79.

The Lynx thrashed the Fever, 111-52. It was the largest winning margin in league history.

A short time ago, the Sparks won a double-overtime battle with the Sky, 115-106. Five in double figures on each team, and three with double-doubles from Los Angeles while Chicago had two dub-dubs. Insane.

Still battling at this hour are the Storm and Stars. Our reporter will have a story soon.

WNBA player news:

A career demanding perseverance has become rewarding to Candace Parker.

The chemistry between the Dallas rookies is one of laughter.

Rebekkah Brunson could miss the rest of the regular season after spraining her ankle in Wednesday's game.

Keisha Hampton will miss the remainder of the season after having knee surgery.

Former WNBA player news:

Jamaica has honored Simone Edward with the "Order of Distinction."

Taking a stand:

Kristi Toliver talks about players' demonstrations of unity.

The WNBA's handling of protests is better than the NBA's.

Records that could be broken soon:

There are several.

College player news:

12 years later, Shawntinice Polk still brings out the best in her Arizona teammates.

College coach news:

Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri looks to build off the momentum from last year's Sweet 16 run.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley's mother has died.

College commissioner news:

Past experience helps Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman grow the Big East Conference.

Pepperdine failed lawsuit:

How a failed Title IX lawsuit will have lasting impact on future cases.

High school news:

Legendary Eden Prairie, Minnesota coach Faith Johnson Patterson was asked to resign.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The good news with the bad

WNBA team news:

For Sun players, the Charlottesville violence hits close to home.

The Lynx are searching for answers after last night's loss to the Storm.

WNBA player news:

Tiffany Mitchell will miss the rest of the season after tearing cartilage and bruising the bone in her right knee during practice last week.

Learn more about Damiris Dantas.

Former WNBA player news:

Michelle Snow has life after basketball mapped out.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Sun

Mercury at Mystics

Fever at Lynx

Sparks at Sky

Stars at Storm

College program news:

The NCAA vs. North Carolina heads to a familiar phase: waiting.

College team news:

After this morning's terrorist attacks in Spain, visiting Texas A&M is safe, as is Florida State.

College coach news:

Destiny Bramblett is a new assistant coach at SIUE.

Danielle Mauldin is Eastern Washington's new assistant coach.

Leg up on the news

About last night:

The Storm shocked the Lynx in a KeyArena takedown.

WNBA player news:

Tiffany Hayes helps drive the Dream.

A rested Angel McCoughtry eyes a return to hoops.

Sylvia Fowles credits her stellar play to footwork and poise.

Allie Quigley keeps adding to her remarkable season.

Alysha Clark has won the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for July.

Title IX:

Why there's been a drop in female coaches under Title IX.

Anucha Browne leaving NCAA for UNICEF USA

After five years with the NCAA, Anucha Browne leaves for UNICEF USA. She will be missed.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sparks make a statement; Lynx upset again

Today's game results:

The Sparks cruised by the Mystics, 95-62, for their 20th win.

And just moments ago, the Storm toppled the Lynx, 62-61.

Taking a stand:

Sparks and Mystics players locked arms during the National Anthem tonight to protest President Trump's divisive stance and to honor Charlottesville victims.

League president Lisa Borders issued a statement of support for players.

Dunk contest:

A Jonquel Jones vs. Brittney Griner dunk contest will headline a food drive this weekend.

WNBA team news:

Before their game against the Mystics, the Sparks visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They found inspiration in the visit.

Another Connecticut Sun chemistry story, this time with an ancient photo from 1708.

WNBA player news:

Nneka Ogwumike wants to make the WNBA a global brand. But how?

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Imani Boyette and Brittney Sykes are featured on the latest Around the Rim podcast.

Where does Brittney Griner rank in the MVP race in her return?

Rookie of the year discussion.

Brittney Sykes is making a strong case for ROY.

Lanay Montgomery is adjusting to the pros.

Alaina Coates is progressing through rehab.

Stars talk about what makes the league fan-friendly.

WNBA coach news:

Storm interim coach Gary Kloppenburg is a quiet leader.

College program news:

Kansas Athletics will celebrate 50 years of women's sports.

After nearly 10 hours, the first day of UNC's infractions hearing closed today.

Coaches and administrators made UNC's case to the NCAA behind closed doors.

College team news:

South Carolina players supplied the motivation at a recent visit to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

UConn continues their tour of Italy.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Clinching, dance off, free fall, snap

Today's game results:

Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas each had double-doubles to lead the Sun past the Wings, 96-88. Connecticut clinched a playoff spot because they won, and Atlanta lost.

The Mystics routed the Fever, 100-80.

The game, in D.C., was delayed by a leaking roof AGAIN, so players from both teams had a dance off. More humorous video.

The Stars beat the Dream, 83-68, behind Isabelle Harrison's career-high 23 points. Atlanta is in free fall mode lately.

The Storm downed the Mercury, 98-89, to snap a four-game losing streak and spoil Brittney Griner's return.

WNBA team news:

The Minnesota Lynx unveiled their new logo last night.

WNBA player news:

Shooter's paradise with Maya Moore.

Morgan Tuck is shaking off rust with the Sun.

Courtney Vandersloot is rising to the top.

Who are the league's toughest players?

WNBA coach news:

The new coach of the Seattle Storm sees the playoffs on the horizon.

College team news:

An experienced roster must make up for lack of depth at Ohio State.

College player news:

Azura Stevens and Batouly Camara will make their UConn debuts in Italy this week.

College coach news:

UTSA has fired coach Luby Lichonczak after four seasons and promoted associate head coach Kristen Holt to the position.

U23 news:

The U.S. team plays Canada tomorrow morning at 12:30 a.m. Pacific.

U23 team wins first game

A third quarter surge propelled the USA over Australia, 78-60, just a few hours ago.

Box score.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Another hot game night

Today's game results:

The Mercury outlasted the Wings, 101-100, in overtime. Heck of a game.

The Sky routed the Stars, 94-74.

WNBA playoffs:

Races to watch down the stretch.

WNBA team news:

The Wings are keeping an eye on WNBA standings, with playoffs approaching.

The Lynx will reveal their new logo for next year at halftime of tomorrow's game.

WNBA player news:

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has perfected the art of the catch.

Fowles is staking her claim in the MVP race.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is finding her way in the WNBA despite injury.

Cappie Pondexter is among the greatest players in league history.

Q&A with Jewell Loyd.

What it takes to become the greatest scorer in WNBA history.

Duke players in the WNBA update.

What position does Aerial Powers play? You name it.

WNBA coach news:

The Storm fired Jenny Bouceck today. Assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg will be interim head coach.

Will this change inspire the Storm to make the playoffs?

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Minnesota and LA will meet in another high-stakes game.

The Lynx are drawing motivation for the match up from injured Lindsay Whalen.

Liberty at Dream.

College team news:

Dawn Staley's Gamecocks will play her former team, Temple, this December.

They are giving back to the community.

South Carolina fans will see some changes this season.

Texas is mixing business with fun on their Italy trip.

Schedule switch for UConn: they'll open with Stanford.

Maryland has received a verbal from a top-ranked 2019 recruit.

U23 team:

The team won their first scrimmage today, against Australia, 78-63.

High school news:

An elite Texas player was inspired by an NFL running back.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More broken records

Gotta tally up all the records broken at the end of this WNBA season......

Today's game results:

The Liberty got by the Fever, 81-76. Erica Wheeler scored a career-high 33 points for Indiana.

The Sun adjusted to beat the Storm, 84-71. Courtney Williams put up a career-high 27 points for Connecticut, and Sue Bird became the league's all-time leader for career starts, with 471.

The Lynx bounced back to top the Dream, 81-72.

WNBA team news:

The Sun will have to play without Jasmine Thomas for a while.

The Liberty has partnered with RISE to host the first unity game at Madison Square Garden.

ESPN predicts the Lynx will top the Sparks Friday.

This week's power rankings.

AP power poll.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Sykes' stellar season has put her in the rookie of the year conversation.

A purple pen has helped Kelsey Plum blossom.

Alana Beard's pre-game meal.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Dallas are ready for a playoff push.

Diggins-Smith is the new brand ambassador for Puma.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough's role is growing with the Mystics.

Kelsey Plum is the AP's player of the week.

College attendance news:

NCAA Division I attendance eclipsed 11 million for the tenth straight year last season.

College player news:

Michigan State's Shay Colley is playing in the FIBA Americas Women’s Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Canada.

College coach news:

Former Virginia Tech coach Bonnie Henrickson is enjoying life as coach at UC Santa Barbara.

Briann January is looking ahead to the winter when she'll be assistant coach at Arizona State.

Shannon Johnson-coached Coker will face the Gamecocks in an exhibition game this fall.

MTSU celebrated Rick Insell's induction into the Hall of Fame earlier this summer.

Illinois State coach Kristen Gillespie says her team is playing at an elite level.

U23 team news:

Podcast: U23 coach Jeff Walz.

Team photo gallery.

WMLBA Championship:

The Dallas Lightening won the inaugural title game of this minor league.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Oh what a night

Records falling like leaves in October......

Tonight's game results:

The Sky rallied to beat the Dream, 91-86. Courtney Vandersloot had a career-high 26 points and 10 assists - her fourth straight game with 10-plus points and 10-plus assists.

The Stars beat the Storm, 87-80 in overtime, for their third consecutive victory. Kelsey Plum led San Antonio with a career-high 23 points. Breanna Stewart had 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals - the first player since Candace Parker in 2014 to do so.

Also, Seattle guard Sue Bird tied the league record for most games started, at 470.

It is shaping up to be an interesting race to the playoffs.

WNBA team news:

The Mystics are hurting, and so are their playoff chances.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi remains a fierce competitor.

Danielle Adams will be inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.

WNBA president news:

League president Lisa Borders offers a President for a Day on FanDuel.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Mystics

Sparks at Wings

Lynx at Fever

USA Basketball news:

A'ja Wilson can't play with the U23 team in the World Cup due to a groin strain, so Linnae Harper will replace her.

Sparks step up in third quarter to dominate Liberty, 87-74

Check out our in-depth story and dynamic photo gallery on last night's game.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sun, Sparks keep rolling

The two Finals spots will come down to two of the following: Lynx, Sparks or Sun. Mark my words.

Today's game results:

The Sun squeaked out a win over the Mercury, 93-92, despite 33 points from Diana Taurasi.

Courtney Vandersloot's 18 points and 10 rebounds led the Sky over the Fever, 81-70.

The Wings tied a WNBA record with 16 three-point shots in their 93-80 win over the Storm.

The Stars made it two wins in a row with a 76-74 decision over the Mystics.

The Sparks rolled past the Liberty, 87-74.

WNBA coach news:

Sky coach Amber Stocks is learning how to make the tough calls.

WNBA in video game:

What finally having WNBA teams in a video game means to real-life players.

Tomorrow's schedule:

Dream at Sky.

Storm at Stars.

As the games play.....

We've got four tight games in progress, and another later on. So in the meantime...........

WNBA team news:

The Sky will keep grinding this season, but their future is brighter.

WNBA player news:

Lindsay Whalen fractured the fifth metacarpal in her left hand last night, and had surgery to repair it today. She's out indefinitely for the Lynx.

Jonquel Jones is rebounding at record pace for the Sun.

Seimone Augustus will return to the Lynx Sunday.

WNBA visibility:

Smaller-audience sports are big stars on Twitter.

College player news:

For UConn's Napheesa Collier, the work never stops.

College coach news:

Jenni Fitzgerald has been promoted to associate head coach at Iowa.

Pat Summitt:

Michelle Marciniak recalls the difficult final days of Pat Summitt's life.

U23 team named

This morning, U23 training camp teams played the championship game, after which the team was named that will travel to Japan next week and vie for the World Cup:

Named to the team were: Ariel Atkins (Texas/Duncanville, Texas); Monique Billings (UCLA/Corona, Calif.); Kalani Brown (Baylor/Slidell, La.); Jordin Canada (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.); Asia Durr (Louisville/ Douglasville, Ga.); Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Calif.); Brittany McPhee (Stanford/Normandy Park, Wash.); Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State/Cincinnati, Ohio); Jamie Nared (Tennessee/Portland, Ore.); Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame/Milwaukee, Wis.); Mercedes Russell (Tennessee/Springfield, Ore.); and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina/Hopkins, S.C.).

Four from the Pac-12 made it.

Team 4 photo gallery.

Only 31 of the 36 who tried out were eligible for the team, due to travel for their school teams.

The WNBA missed the boat on scouting this camp.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WNBA teams to make official video game debut in NBA Live 18

The big news today:

Redwood City, Calif. – August 3, 2017 – Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that WNBA teams and players* will be playable in NBA LIVE 18, launching this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. The WNBA will be available in WNBA Play Now, and teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and skills of its players. This is the first time the official WNBA’s roster of teams and players will appear in a video game, and will be available only in NBA LIVE 18.

Aw yeah!

Check out the WNBA's twitter feed for retweets of joyful reactions from players.

Game preview.

Preview photos.

More player reaction.

Today's game result:

The Lynx surged in the fourth quarter to beat the Dream, 69-54.

League news:

Notes from around the league.

WNBA team news:

The three women who own the Storm are changing the game.

WNBA player news:

Just like at UConn, Tiffany Hayes keeps getting better.

How Karima Christmas-Kelly and Taj McWilliams-Franklin balance grad school and the WNBA.

Rebekkah Brunson's three-point shot was there all along - she just didn't use it.

WNBA coach news:

Sky coach Amber Stocks talks about her journey through Christianity.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Sun

Sky at Fever

Storm at Wings

Mystics at Stars

Liberty at Sparks

Podcasts:

Sue Bird guest stars on this podcast.

The latest Around the Rim podcast.

College player news:

From homeless to hopeful: Nene Hale is shooting for her WNBA dream.

UConn players are bonding in Italy.

Kansas State transfer Anna Hammaker has landed at Lipscomb.

Former Wichita State player Hannah Mortimer is an Internet tricks star.

College coach news:

Zach Kancher is Towson's new assistant coach.

Southern's new assistant coach is Jeremy Bonin.

Dana Weiller joins Farleigh Dickinson as an assistant coach.

U23 camp will wrap up with "gold medal" game Friday

Two big semifinal games went down today.

In the end it was Team 2, coached by Western Kentucky coach Michelle Clark-Heard and Team 3, coached by UCLA coach Cori Close, winning.

The "gold medal" game will be streamed live tomorrow at 8:40 a.m. Pacific.

Get to know team 3 in this gallery.

NCAA Tournament rivals Victoria Vivians and A'ja Wilson are on the same team at camp.

CSUN's Channon Fluker is making the most of her time at camp.

Teinya Page injured her ankle at camp today.

Geno Auriemma speaks about his role at camp.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A broad collection of storylines

A whole lotta Kayla:

The Stars closed on a 22-4 run to beat the Liberty, 93-81. Kayla McBride had a career-high 31 points and Kayla Alexander, a career-high 19 points to lead San Antonio to their fourth win on the year.

WNBA team news:

Minnesota has already clinched a playoff spot:

The Lynx are chasing the single-season winning record.

The Sun are getting a mini-vacation this week.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne tore the ulnar collateral ligament in her left thumb Sunday and will be out two weeks. She'll have surgery tomorrow.

Seimone Augustus remains away from the Lynx for personal reasons.

There are two champions in Lindsay Whalen's marriage.

Podcast with Layshia Clarendon.

Sylvia Fowles and Tina Charles are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the month for July.

WNBA coach news:

The Sun's Curt Miller is the July coach of the month.

Former WNBA player news:

Natalie Williams is still running the show, as a high school coach.

U23 camp:

Competition was on display today as teams scrimmaged at training camp.

A bit of video from one of the games.

Lots to think about in the morning

WNBA marketing:

What do you think of this idea? Why the WNBA needs to use one of Adam Silver’s ideas for the NBA.

FIT month:

This is the WNBA's inaugural FIT Month.

WNBA team news:

Optimistic, team-first approach fueling Sun in playoff push.

WNBA player news:

Tiffany Mitchell has been a Fever dream.

Theresa Plaisance was raised on basketball.

July rookie of the month is Brittney Sykes.

College team news:

Still fighting for the restoration of the Lady Vols logo? Give up.

Iowa is focused on improving.

U23 camp:

Camp has opened, with only the best on hand.