Wednesday, July 18, 2018

No drama today (that might happen tomorrow, instead)

Today's game results:

The Storm took care of the Sky, 101-83. Breanna Stewart led the way for Seattle with 30 points.

The Lynx drubbed the Fever, 89-65, behind 30 points and 16 rebounds from Sylvia Fowles.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Dream

Mystics at Wings

Aces at Mercury


All-Star news:

The All-Star uniforms have been unveiled.

Maya Moore said she had too many other commitments to fulfill All-Star captain duties.

Allie Quigley's sustained excellence lead to an All-Star nod.

An All-Star invite is an unexpected bonus during Chiney Ogwumike's comeback year.

Remember that teams will be announced tomorrow prior to the Mystics-Wings game at 5 p.m. PT.

WNBA team news:

The Aces are combating the challenges of commercial travel.

Fever attendance is better than their record indicates.

WNBA player news:

How Liz Cambage broke the single-game scoring record.

Cambage says league officials are "trying to make the game more ladylike."

A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are the real deal for the Aces.

Lindsay Whalen "isn't feeling the best" after colliding with an opponent today.

Kayla Thornton is a full time leader for Dallas.

Gabby Williams rookie diary: the Sky haven't yet put together 40 minutes.

USA Basketball news:

The Women's National Team fall game schedule will include domestic and international exhibition games.

NCAA Division I news:

Regional sites for 2021 and 2022 have been named.

College team news:

UConn will form a national "C" club, and Jamelle Elliott will head it.

College player news:

Tennessee has a commitment from Tamari Key, a center from North Carolina.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma on the state of basketball and his future with UConn.

Janie Mitchell is the new head coach at the University of Bridgeport.

Karleen Thompson is Virginia's new associate head coach.

Milwaukee has two new assistant coaches: Jaime Gluesing and Stacy Cantley.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All-Stars announced


The All-Stars were announced tonight on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, Delle Donne and Parker will select their respective teams from the pool of remaining All-Stars to form two 11-player rosters. Delle Donne will make the first pick and Parker will have the second pick. The two captains will then alternate picks until all players have been selected.

The rosters for Team Delle Donne and Team Parker will be revealed on Thursday, July 19 at the start of ESPN2’s telecast of a game between Washington and the Dallas Wings (8 p.m. ET tip-off). On Friday, July 27, the All-Star team captains and head coaches will meet to determine the starting lineups. The starters will be revealed that night on ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET) during a live telecast of the WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception in Minnesota. Seattle head coach Dan Hughes will lead Team Delle Donne, while Phoenix head coach Sandy Brondello will guide Team Parker.


Full story.

More:

Roster breakdown.

The All-Star Game enters Minneapolis with a twist.

How will the new All-Star format play out?

Maya Moore was chosen as a captain, but declined.

Sue Bird has set a WNBA league record with her 11th All-Star selection.

Another big day in the WNBA

Today's results:

The Wings took it to the Liberty, 104-87.

Tiffany Hayes' half-court buzzer-beater lifted the Dream over the Sun, 86-83.

Milestone:

Today Dallas post Liz Cambage set a WNBA single-game scoring record with 53 points on 17-22 shooting.

Cambage said she was feeling it.

WNBA team news:

The Lynx are excelling on the boards, despite their inconsistent play.

The league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Alex Bentley has returned to Atlanta and is happy for the change of scenery.

Candace Parker's versatility shined this past week with a pair of first-ever performances.

The Maya Moore billboard has returned, in White Bear Lake.

Get to know Wings rookie Azura' Stevens.

Bonus:

Five feel-good stories in the WNBA.

One columnist says the WNBA missed another opportunity to promote the game tonight.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Storm at Sky

Fever at Lynx


College player news:

Incoming ASU freshman Iris Mbulito lead Spain to the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship.

College coach news:

Q&A with Illinois coach Nancy Fahey.

Angel Elderkin's remarkable story, coaching through cancer.

Velaida Harris is the new head coach at Weber State, and the first African-American to hold a Division I head coach post in the state.

Patosha Jeffery is a new assistant coach at Southern Mississippi.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thoughts on: "Why does women’s basketball trigger so much fragile masculinity?"

Great piece.

But she believes — as do many other players I’ve talked with — that it isn’t just sexism that provokes the anger about women’s basketball. It’s the fact that the majority of the league is women of color, and many are openly queer. That exacerbates the hate.

“We’re women that are independent, college educated, most of us are women of color, most of us identify as [LGBTQ], so we have all of that, and we’re proud to be that!” McGee-Stafford said. It is, in essence, an amplification for where we are as a society....


You simply can’t talk about the hatred women’s basketball receives without talking about homophobia and racism, too. Black, queer women and nonbinary people are some of the most marginalized people in our society. And yet, women’s basketball — and the WNBA in particular — gives these women power, visibility, and a platform. These women both avail themselves of that platform, and have the tenacity to continue to demand more recognition. They’re not just satisfied with what they have.

No wonder the fragile men are angry.


I've wondered for years why the WNBA, much more so than other women's professional leagues, is maligned and disrespected. I think this just may be the answer. Men are threatened when they don't feel needed, and a powerful group of female athletes doesn't seem to need them. So a backlash isn't surprising.

And I have an observation of my own, piggybacking on this piece: white lesbians in the league seem to be more generally accepted than lesbians of color. Thank about it......was there any backlash when Elena Delle Donne came out, and then got married? I didn't hear any. Ditto for Sue Bird coming out, and being in ESPN's "the body" issue with her girlfriend recently. Didn't hear negative statements last year, either, when Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor got married.

The women of the WNBA are a phenomenal bunch. Straight, gay or bisexual, they support each other on and off the court. By and large, they don't seem to care about the sexuality of their teammates, which is a far cry for the stories of homophobia that have come out of the NBA. It is impressive. Men can take so many lessons from women.

The best part of this story is the ending:

“Our league is growing every year. So as much as people want to troll, at the end of the day we’re growing and we’re getting bigger and better,” Atlanta Dream center Elizabeth Williams told ThinkProgress.

“I mean, we’re not going away,” Currie said. “Our league is here to stay.”


Hell yeah it is.

Another unpredictable day in the WNBA

Today's results:

The Liberty beat the Sun on a last-second shot by Shavonte Zellous, 79-76.

The Dream shot down the Mystics, 106-89.

The Lynx routed the Fever, 87-65.

Transactions:

The Sky have signed Linnae Harper and Amber Harris to seven-day contracts, and the Dream did the same with Alexis Prince.

The Lynx have signed Erlanna Larkins to a seven-day contract.

Link.

Tomorrow's game:

Wings at Sparks.

WNBA team news:

In the WNBA, LGBTQ pride shines brighter and brighter.

What happened to the Von Trapp Family atmosphere of the Connecticut Sun?

The Sparks say yesterday's win helped then turn a corner.

WNBA player news:

Angel McCoughtry is playing a new role, but has the same goal.

Chelsea Gray is confidently coming into her own.

Danielle Robinson hit the first three-pointer of her career today.

Tina Charles has won the 2018 Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award.

Bria Hartley is looking forward and giving back.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Cappie Pondexter are among SI's 50 most stylish athletes.

Sylvia Fowles is on the rise on the league's race to the MVP list this week.

Yardbarker also has a list.

College player news:

Green Bay's Alex Leuhring has transferred to Wisconsin to be closer to her ill father.

College coach news:

Sasha Palmer is a new assistant coach at Georgia Tech.

International news:

Canada is taking aim at a world basketball medal.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

So many storylines....take your time

Today's game results:

The Sparks edged the Storm, 77-75. The win snapped a losing streak for LA and a winning streak for Seattle.

The Wings pounded the Mercury, 101-72.

The Aces routed the Sky, 98-74.

WNBA team news:

The Storm aren't happy after their loss to the Sparks, and that's a good thing.

The Lynx are in the playoff hunt despite inconsistent play.

Minnesota's inconsistency is hard to figure out.

They need a consistent scorer behind their big two.

The league's power rankings didn't hold up well today.

WNBA player news:

Maya Moore made SLAM Magazine's cover - the first for a woman in 20 years.

Moore and Sylvia Fowles are matching last year's scoring pace, but other Lynx are falling short.

At 35, Cappie Pondexter still has plenty to give Indiana.

Kristi Toliver has joined the Wizards coaching staff for the NBA summer league.

Rookie Ariel Atkins is arriving ahead of schedule.

The shooting "slump" of rookie Kelsey Mitchell is still insane.

The deep-rooted and very successful family of Minnesota rookie Temi Fagbenle.

Devereaux Peters says stop challenging her athleticism.

Many players have set career marks in this record-breaking week.

College team news:

South Carolina will turn to their experienced guards after years of front court domination.

Elon has added five through recruiting.

College player news:

Lipscomb transfer Morgan Turner has landed at Creighton.

Arizona freshman profile: Semaj Smith.

College coach news:

TCU coach Raegan Pebley's contract has been extended through 2022-2023.

Lindsay Whalen has jumped into her first July recruiting period as head coach of the Gophers.

Changes on Kent State's coaching staff.

USA Basketball news:

The USA has drawn Group A in the U18 FIBA World Championship.

International news:

Canada's national team has seen the program get in the blood and soul of their players.

Recruiting news:

South /Carolina's recruiting target isn't yet in high school, but she's dunking.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Don't keep us in suspense: game action resumes tomorrow

Tomorrow's game previews:

Sparks at Storm

Mercury at Wings.

Aces at Sky

Trade news:

The Dream have traded Layshia Clarendon to the Connecticut Sun for Alex Bentley and a 2019 second-round draft pick.

WNBA team news:

How the Seattle Storm flipped its fortunes and rose to the top of the standings.

Why the defensive-minded Atlanta Dream can beat anyone.

Some teams are downsizing to help the bottom line.

WNBA player news:

Cappie Pondexter's love of the game.

One source says the Sun's Courtney Williams and Alex Bentley got into a fight, leading to Bentley's trade today.

Sparks rookie Maria Vadeeva is leaning on her brother during her transition to the WNBA and U.S.

A'ja Wilson is the WNBA's newest superstar.

Elena Delle Donne and A'ja Wilson are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

WNBA coach news:

Dream coach Nicki Collens on this podcast.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve wants her entire starting five in the All-Star game.

Power rankings:

CBS Sports has both team and player power rankings.

FanDuel:

CBS Sports has FanDuel picks for the week.

Pay issues:

Why is Diana Taurasi paid so poorly?

Bonus:

Chamique Holdsclaw has married NBA executive Cara Wright.

College player news:

Syracuse players are getting international experience in the summer.

College coach news:

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer has signed a four-year contract extension.

Bucknell coach Aaron Roussell has signed a multi-year contract extension.

Clark Atlanta coach Yolanda Moore has taken a leave of absence and assistant Tony Bailey is in charge.

Jamie Carey has been promoted to associate head coach at Texas.

Messiah Reames is Hofstra's new assistant coach.

Sue Favor podcast on college, WNBA basketball

Fresh Sue Favor podcast from earlier this morning.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Click-clacking along

Tomorrow's game previews:

Storm face the Liberty for the first time this season.

Can Liz Cambage return for the Wings, from concussion-like symptoms, against the Sky?

With the Sparks looming, the Lynx can't let their game against Indiana tomorrow become a trap game.

The Sun are at the Sparks, which means Ogwumike vs. Ogwumike.

Photos of the month for June:

Check out all 40 of these exceptional game photos.

June WNBA awards:

Sandy Brondello is the coach of the month.

A'ja Wilson is the rookie of the month.

WNBA team news:

The Sun are beyond the benchmark for improvement.

WNBA player news:

Former Lady Vol Candace Parker is dishing assistance to Tennessee alumni.

Tamika Catchings: the business of being a WNBA player.

Cappie Pondexter: the business of being a WNBA player.

Angel McCoughtry: the business of being a WNBA player.

Marissa Coleman: the business of being a WNBA player.

Pondexter has a lot left in her tank for the Fever.

Mercury forward Sancho Lyttle is out for the season with an ACL tear.

Is A'ja Wilson having the best rookie season ever?

ESPN's MVP front runners.

Elena Delle Donne and Maya Moore are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

College team news:

Now playing for Missouri: an entire lineup of three-point shooters.

College player news:

Ball State transfer Destiny Washington-Mabon has landed at FGCU.

College coach news:

Yvonne Sanchez is a new assistant coach at Michigan.

Lee Mayberry is a new assistant coach at Oral Roberts.

UConn assistant coach Jasmine Lister recalls being invited back.

International news:

Veteran guard Kim Gaucher is back leading the Canadian National Team.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Signature Moves Magazine premieres

The first edition of Signature Moves Magazine features stories about A'ja Wilson, Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, and Katie Smith.

Alone at the top

Today's results:

The Mercury topped the Mystics, 84-74, behind Brittney Griner's 24 points. They are alone in first place in league standings.

Tomorrow's game previews:

Lynx at Wings

Aces at Sparks

Dream at Fever

Liberty at Sky

Sun at Storm

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart is playing like an MVP while leading the Storm to the top of the standings.

Young center Brionna Jones is ready to step up for the Sun.

The Lynx have waived Lynetta Kizer.

The Dream have waive Maggie Lucas.

College team news:

The upcoming season looks good for the Bruins.

Pepperdine looks forward to the season.

South Carolina women's hoops led the athletic department in a banner year last season.

College player news:

Who will be Mississippi State's new leader?

College coach news:

Tina Thompson brings tenacity and toughness to her new job as Virginia's coach.

Nikki Fargas got three more years on her contract at LSU, but it's what she does with them that counts.

Melissa D'Amico is Wake Forest's new assistant coach.

Recruiting news:

UCLA has landed five-star class of 2019 recruit Jaden Owens.

Anne Donovan:

Dawn Staley eulogized Anne Donovan as "the definition of grace" at her memorial service today.

Donovan was Bergen County's gift to women's basketball.

Playoff implications emerging as season approaches halfway point

Things are heating up in the WNBA.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Match up results that never cease to surprise

Today's game results:

The Mercury trounced the Fever, 95-77.

Diamond DeShields led the Sky to their third straight win, with a 103-99 decision over the Liberty.

The Lynx grabbed their sixth consecutive win, 85-74 over the Dream, behind Maya Moore.

The Aces just routed the Sparks, 94-78.

Tomorrow's game preview:

Mercury at Mystics.

Collective bargaining agreement up after 2019 season:

The WNBA’s future could change forever after next season.

The game:

Traditional bigs are giving way to roaming centers.

WNBA team news:

The Storm have proven they can play with anyone this season.

The Lynx have reclaimed the top spot in ESPN's basketball power index.

WNBA player news:

"I know who I am": Brittney Griner's radical existence.

Renee Montgomery now sees the Lynx from the other side.

Briona Jones is on the weekly Sun podcast.

A'ja Wilson is adjusting to basketball at the next level.

Diamond DeShields is eager to keep improving her defense.

Cappie Pondexter was released by the Sparks yesterday.

The Wings waiving Teana Muldrow indicates Theresa Plaisance is ready to return from injury.

College player news:

A military family led Georgia's Gabby Connally around the world.

College coach news:

Coach Tina Thompson is open to adding to Virginia's roster before the season.

Why was Nikki Fargas' contract extension left off of today's LSU Board of Supervisors agenda?

What led to Dawn Staley asking Bianca Cuevas-Moore to return to the Gamecocks.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame:

....welcomes DePaul coach Doug Bruno and the WBL.

International news:

Michelle Plouffe has taken on a bigger role with the Canadian National Team.

Bonus:

Before Title IX, basketball was queen in Iowa.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another slate of big performances

Today's game results:

Diamond DeShields led the Sky past the Dream, 93-80, with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sun got back in the win column with a 101-89 effort over the Fever.

Huge showings in the Wings' 97-91 defeat of the Aces: Kayla McBride with 38 points, Skylar Diggins-Smith with 29, and A'ja Wilson two assists shy of a triple-double.

So many great performances already this week. Just, wow.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Mystics

Sparks at Storm

Basketball gender pay gap:

The root of WNBA players’ argument about the gender wage gap in basketball.

Skylar Diggins-Smith says it's appalling how players are underpaid by the league.

WNBA team news:

The New York Liberty may be part of an MSG sports spinoff.

WNBA player news:

Maya Moore kept her chin up during the Lynx's recent losing streak.

It took a while, but Sylvia Fowles is looking more like the reigning MVP.

The Ogwumike sisters enjoy tag-teaming each other.

Well-traveled Jasmine Thomas has found a home with the Connecticut Sun.

A'ja Wilson is already a franchise player.

Blake Dietrick is thriving with the Dream.

Storm and Sparks players talk about being in ESPN's The Body issue.

Top 10 player rankings.

WNBA coach news:

Liberty coach Katie Smith's creed is team over self.

College team news:

The post-A'ja Wilson era for South Carolina will be guard-heavy.

UConn's upperclasswomen are impressed with the freshmen.

The Huskies won't be the wire-to-wire favorites this season.

College player news:

South Dakota transfer Jaycee Bradley has landed at TCU.

College coach news:

Colleen Mullen is molding UAlbany into her own.

Melissa Jackson is the new head coach at Akron.

Bridgette Gordon embraces her role as the Lady Vols' historian.

Jasmine Lister is happy to be back with UConn.

High school news:

A former Indiana high school coach blames parents for his "train wreck" dismissal.

Bonus:

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has been promoted.

Tamika Catchings says FanDuel and fantasy sports will increase interest in the WNBA.

New study from Morgan State explores how black female athletes navigate racism and sexism to excel

Incredibly thought-provoking piece, and study.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Plots thicken

Today's results:

The Mercury defeated the Liberty, 83-69.

The Mystics beat the Sun, 92-80, to take the lead in the East.

The Lynx stopped the Storm, 91-79.

The Sparks held off the Wings, 87-83.

Tomorrow's game previews:

The Sky are looking for back-to-back wins as they host the Dream.

Fever are at Sun.

Wings visit the Aces.

WNBA team news:

The Sky are aiming for consistency and momentum.

The Mercury's family room means kids are just a short walk away during games. (What a fantastic idea).

The Storm are bracing for a big weekend.

Ex-WNBA athlete Rushia Brown is helping the Aces pursue their interests off the court.

The league's power rankings.

The AP's power poll.

WNBA player news:

Players talk about the gender wage gap.

Natasha Howard is proving that more minutes equals better stats.

Natasha Cloud's consistency has been a breath of fresh air for the Mystics.

College player news:

Recee' Caldwell will transfer from Texas Tech to Cal as a graduate student.

Arkansas has added a talented player in Amber Ramirez.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson is ready to assert herself.

Samuelson is also on the comeback from ankle surgery.

Teammate Mikayla Coombs is making progress and staying patient.

Husky freshman Olivia Nelson-Ododa wants to make history.

Alexis Jennings will return to South Carolina.

College coach news:

Colorado coach JR Payne likes her new roster.

Seattle Pacific coach Julie Heisey has resigned after 13 seasons.

Danielle Fleming is Southern Arkansas' new coach.

Paris Johnson is a new assistant coach at Utah State.

Recruiting news:

Girls play a different game in pursuit of basketball scholarships.

Bonus:

Nera White is the forgotten giant of women's basketball.

Unique path leads Diamond DeShields to the right place

Check out my feature on Chicago Sky rookie Diamond DeShields.