Thursday, September 19, 2019

Same kind of games, same results

Tonight's semifinal results:

Both the Sun and Mystics used strong second halves to move to 2-0 in their series.

Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones led the sun over the Sparks, 94-68. Williams was bolstered by the presence of her dad.

Emma Meesseman's 30 points paced the Mystics past the Aces, 103-91.

WNBA team news:

The inaugural Mystics never won. Now they think it's time for a title.

The Mercury's GM says they are not far from title contention.

Award time:

Elena Delle Donne has been named league MVP.

Delaware's finest.

There's never been less suspense.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne is at home with the Mystics.

Kristi Toliver is back on the court as a teammate and coach.

Why Alyssa Thomas is competing through two torn labrums.

Megan Gustafson pro diary.

Bonus:

A spree of female hirings is a harbinger for the future.

College coach news:

C. Vivian Stringer is refreshed and ready to go for the season.

In-depth interview with the Rutgers coach.

Scott Rueck podcast.

International news:

Canada will begin their Olympic qualifying process, and it begins in San Juan.

FIBA AmeriCup team named

USA Basketball named the FIBA AmeriCup team today:

The talented roster includes Jordin Canada, Napheesa Collier, Tina Charles, Diamond DeShields, Stefanie Dolson, Sylvia Fowles, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Arike Ogumbowale, Katie Lou Samuelson, Khadijah Sessions, Brittney Sykes and Elizabeth Williams.

Competition will be Sept. 22-29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Great photo gallery.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Semifinal round 2 tomorrow

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Sun, 3:30 p.m. PT

Aces at Mystics, 5:30 p.m. PT

Both on ESPN2


Game storylines:

Connecticut wants to come out on top in a season full of changes.

The Sparks seek more balance against the Sun in game 2, and are eager to have a better performance.

With a place to call home, the playoffs could be different for the Mystics this season.

Kelsey Plum has rediscovered her game for Las Vegas.

Bill Laimbeer said officials made a conscious decision not to honor his call for a timeout on Tuesday.

WNBA team news:

Looking ahead to the Liberty's possible future.

WNBA player news:

Despite the challenges of rehab, Breanna Stewart thinks she can come back better than ever.

The ROY award is just the beginning for Napheesa Collier.

Asia Durr had successful arthroscopy on her hip today to repair her labrum.

Teaira McCowan made a statement in her rookie season.

Sue Bird discussed equality for women in sport at Duke.

Five highlights from a recent Maya Moore appearance.

Award time:

Leilani Mitchell is the most improved player of the year.

Cheryl Reeve is the WNBA basketball executive of the year.

USA Basketball news:

National Team quotes.

College team news:

Green Bay will be tested early and often.

College coach news:

Former Virginia coach Joanne Boyle is finally able to bring her daughter home and call her an American citizen.

Recruiting news:

From bullied to Louisville commit, Olivia Cochran keeps going.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sun, Mystics up one game

Today's semifinal results:

The Sun topped the Sparks, 84-75.

The Mystics pulled out the 97-95 win over the Aces, despite a controversial ending.

WNBA team news:

A title has been elusive for the Mystics, Mike Thibault and EDD.

Nobody thinks the Sun can win, you know.

After exceeding expectations this year, can the Storm make another title run next season?

WNBA player news:

Chiney Ogwumike praised Staples Center security for intervening when a fan rushed she and her sister Sunday.

Jonquel Jones: There are still many people in the Bahamas in need.

The whirlwind continues for Megan Gustafson.

Sophie Cunningham found life in the league "super-humbling."

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer was miffed that the referees missed his timeout call in tonight's game.

How Mike Thibault built the W's best team.

Derek Fisher is writing a new chapter with the Sparks.

College coach news:

Arizona assistant Jackie Nared spent part of the summer mentoring her pro younger sister Jaime.

USA Basketball news:

Veterans look back as National Team training camp begins.

Ed Ryan's long career in athletic training keeps bringing him back to the National Team.

Liberty get No. 1 pick in draft lottery for the first time

The lucky Liberty will get next year's No. 1 pick.

The Wings pick second.

The Fever are No. 3.

The Dream will get the fourth pick.

How this could make sense for Dallas.

Atlanta turns their focus to free agency.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dramatic endings

Today's results:

The Sparks knocked out the defending champion Storm, 92-69.

Credit to Seattle, who probably shouldn't have had as good of a season considering all their injuries.

A steal and a half-court heave by Dearica Hamby lifted the Aces over the Sky, 93-92.

What a game, what a game. It took time to wind down after that.

Tuesday's round three:

Sparks will face the Sun

Aces will take on the Mystics


Travel changes:

The league is paying for charter flights to take today's winners to the East coast for Tuesday's games.

WNBA team news:

For the Mystics, pressure is a privilege.

How the Sun's commitment to a core group of players made them one of the league's best teams.

Award time:

Dearica Hamby has been named sixth woman of the year.

Nneka Ogwumike wins the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award.

Bonus:

A fan was tackled at Staples Center today after running after the Ogwumike sisters.

USA Basketball news:

The Women's National Team will train in Miami this week, ahead of the FIBA AmeriCup, and new invitees include: Kelsey Plum, Brittney Sykes, Jordin Canada, Sydney Wiese, Diamond DeShields, Arike Ogunbowale, and Napheesa Collier.

Here is why.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Merchandise winners

Merchandise sales:

For the third straight season, Elena Delle Donne's jersey was the most sold.

Top 10 Most Popular WNBA Jerseys:

1. Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
2. A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
3. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
4. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
5. Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
6. Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces
7. Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
8. Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
9. Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
10. Kayla McBride, Las Vegas Aces

Top 5 Most Popular Team Merchandise:

1. Las Vegas Aces
2. Minnesota Lynx
3. Seattle Storm
4. New York Liberty
5. Washington Mystics

WNBA team news:

The Aces are preparing for their playoff game Sunday with male practice players.

The Liberty hold 44 percent odds of getting the No. 1 pick at next week's draft lottery.

Cheryl Reeve's contract and getting Maya Moore back are at the top of Minnesota's to-do list.

Re-visiting the 2008 on-court brawl between the LA Sparks and Detroit Shock.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner plans to play for the Mercury until she retires.

For Kristi Toliver, being injured for the first time means learning to let go.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is poised to help the Mystics win the title.

Q&A with Jordin Canada.

WNBA coach news:

James Wade accepted the COY award yesterday with tears.

Bonus:

The WNBPA board of advocates brings strength in numbers.

College coach news:

UC Riverside has put coach John Margaritis on unpaid leave.

Former Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons is suing the school for $750,000.

New Louisville assistant coach Jonneshia Pineda is bringing "positive juice."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sky, Storm survive and advance

First-round results:

Diamond DeShields led the Sky over the Mercury, 105-76, with 25 points.

Jordin Canada guided the Storm past the Lynx, 84-74, with 26 points.

The Sky will play the Aces Sunday, while the Storm will face the Sparks.

Award time:

The league announced Chicago's James Wade as COY, and is the first Sky coach to do so.

Natasha Howard is DPOY, and she's eyeing bigger prizes.

All-defensive first team: Howard, Jonquel Jones, Nneka Ogwumike, Jordin Canada and Jasmine Thomas. Second team: Ariel Atkins, Brittney Griner, Alysha Clark, Alyssa Thomas and Natasha Cloud.

The AP's MVP is Elena Delle Donne and Napheesa Collier is ROY.

The AP's sixth woman is Dearica Hamby.

WNBA player news:

The maddening promise of Diamond DeShields.

A deep dive into the ROY showdown.

Napheesa Collier speaks softly but looms large in the ROY race.

Consistency is the key for Sydney Wiese.

College coach news:

The Tara VanDerveer fund will help women's programs at 10 schools.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It begins tomorrow

Tomorrow's round one games:

The Mercury will visit the Sky

The Mercury enter the postseason without Diana Taurasi, and with the season on the line.

The Sky faces a tough test in their playoff run.

The Lynx visit the Storm

Seattle's playoffs appearance contrasts with predictions of their early demise.

The Storm are ready, but are without their familiar superstars.

The Lynx head into the playoffs looking to surprise the WNBA all over again.

Sylvia Fowles needs to be at her best for Minnesota tomorrow.

WNBA playoffs news:

A look at the eight playoff teams.

It'll be a battle of the former champs.

Referees for the playoffs.

WNBA team news:

The Mystics are big favorites to be crowned WNBA champions.

The Sparks have turned their focus inward as they await their playoff opponent.

WNBA player news:

Natasha Howard is the league's defensive player of the year.

Eight players who could make a difference in the playoffs.

Storm players are excited about their inclusion in NBA2K.

WNBA coach news:

James Wade will be given the coach of the year award tomorrow.

NCAA news:

How the AP preseason poll predicts success in the college season.

California is moving a bill through that would allow college athletes there to make money from their names, images and likenesses.

The 12 most winning teams in college ball history.

The most winning coaches in DI history.

College coach news:

UMKC has extended coach Jacie Hoyt's contract through 2022-2023.

Sade Jackson is a new assistant coach at Wagner.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Sun get their wish

Today's result:

The Sun routed the Wings, 102-72, to clinch the second seed and a double-bye in the playoffs.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Aces at Dream

Storm at Sparks

WNBA team news:

Las Vegas has their eye on a strong finish to the regular season.

Why the Sky could win it all.

Time is no longer on the Mercury's side.

There is plenty still yet to be decided.

In the WNBA, assists are as important off as on the court.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne is the clear MVP.

Candace Parker deserves our respect.

Angel McCoughtry isn't cleared to play, doctors say. Dream statement.

Sydney Colson's initiative has led the Aces to their identity, and a playoff run.

Kayla McBride breaks down her own game.

Liz Cambage is discovering her center.

Jonquel Jones is trying to help her native Bahamas in the wake of hurricane Dorian.

Jasmine Thomas has received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for August.

Arike Ogunbowale is the rookie of the month for August.

Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner are the Eastern and Western conference players of the month.

WNBA coach news:

Derek Fisher likes the home he's found in the WNBA.

Mike Thibault is the coach of the month for August.

College team news:

UConn, Louisville and NC State are in the way-to-early preseaon top 25.

The SEC has released their conference schedule.

College coach news:

Texas will retire Kamie Ethridge's jersey.

Joan Bonvicini will be inducted into Arizona's Sports Hall of Fame.

Chasity Melvin is a new assistant coach at Loyola Maryland.

Chancelor Huth has been promoted to assistant coach at SMU.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Nothing going on but these games

Today's results:

The Sky easily handled the Mercury, 105-78. It was their highest score of the year.

The Lynx came from behind to beat the Fever, 81-73.

The Storm ran away from the Dream, 92-75, paced by a career-high 21 points from Jordin Canada. She also had eight assists, five steals and two rebounds.

What a weekend of games! Tomorrow is no-game day, and no doubt players, fans and media alike can use the breather.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Oh what a night

Today's results:

The Mystics outlasted the Wings, 91-85. Elena Delle Donne had 26 points for Washington and rookie Arike Ogunbowale, 30 for Dallas.

The Aces held off the Sparks, 92-86, behind a huge fourth quarter performance from Kelsey Plum, who finished with 20 points. Riquna Williams scored 37 for LA.

The win puts Las Vegas a half game ahead of the Sparks, and into third place, behind Washington and Connecticut.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Sky

Fever at Lynx

Dream at Storm

WNBA team news:

The rise of the rookies is a good sign for the Liberty.

WNBA player news:

How Sky coach James Wade has helped Gabby Williams become more confident.

NCAA news:

The NCAA has moved a step closer to a 16-team Sweet 16 in Las Vegas.

College player news:

Oregon forward Nyara Sabally has re-torn her ACL.

Illinois sophomore Arieal Scott is stepping away for health and wellness reasons.

College coach news:

Bradley has extended coach Andrea Gorski's contract through 2023-2024.

Keisha McClinic has been promoted to associate head coach at East Tennessee State.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Big showings and a set playoff field

Today's results:

Narrow but significant win for the Sparks, as they slipped past the Fever, 87-83. Chelsea Gray led the way for LA with a career-high 30 points including 20 in the third quarter - 18 of which were made on three-point shots. Indiana rookie Teaira McCowan had another huge game with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mercury's 65-58 win over the Dream vaulted them into the playoffs, taking the last spot.

The Wings topped the Sky, 88-83, on the back of rookie Arike Ogunbowale's 35 points, which tied her career high. Ogunbowale eclipsed 500 points, and Chicago saw their second straight loss.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sun at Liberty

WNBA team news:

The Sky don't have answers for their disappointing loss to the Wings.

The Mystics are a freight train, and numbers suggest they're headed for a title.

"Run it back" means nothing if Washington doesn't win a title, and they know it.

Their potent offense is built around three-pointers.

The Liberty have found multiple ways to assist off-court.

What's at stake heading into the final week of the regular season.

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones: the board woman gets paid.

Is Leilani Mitchell now a lock for most improved player?

Elena Delle Donne is the masked avenger.

Kahleah Copper paid tribute to her breast cancer survivor mother.

Arike Ogunbowale is supporting her brother in his NFL bid the way he has supported her.

No milestone is too much for Teaira McCowan.

Kayla Alexander has written and illustrated a children's book.

Bridget Carleton has been signed by Minnesota for the rest of the season.

Dallas has signed Karlie Samuelson.

Azura' Stevens had successful foot surgery and is out for six months.

College team news:

Louisville is waiting for news from the NCAA on two transfers.

Ohio State is young but talented.

College player news:

UConn's rehabbing Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook have found time to bond.

College coach news:

Grambling State has extended coach Freddie Murray's contract through June 2021.

Nikki Newman and Steven Rhodes have joined Radford as assistant coaches.

WNPBA assembles all-star Board of Advocates

NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST, 29, 2019 –– The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) is pleased to announce that it has formed its own Board of Advocates featuring a diverse group of paradigm-shifters and glass-ceiling breakers in business, politics, entertainment, media, and sport. Union leadership, specifically the WNBPA Executive Committee, identified each Board member to share their guidance and unique perspectives in support of the WNBPA’s efforts to create meaningful changes in the working conditions of the world-class athletes who play in the WNBA.

The WNBPA is honored to have the following industry leaders serve on its Board of Advocates:

The Honorable Stacey Abrams
Founder, Fair Fight and former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives

Adrienne Becker
Co-Founder/CEO, Level Forward

David Cooper
Adjunct Professor, NYU Preston Robert Tisch Global Institute of Sport

Alex English
Retired NBA Player and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

Sarah Flynn
General Manager, Thirty Five Ventures

Sunny Hostin
Emmy-nominated co-host of The View and the Emmy-winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News

Kathy Ireland
Chair, CEO & Chief Designer, kathy ireland® Worldwide

Sharlee Jeter
President, Turn 2 Foundation, Inc. and VP of Strategy & Development, Jeter Ventures

The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Former Mayor of Baltimore

Joyce Roche
Former President & CEO, Girls, Inc

Jerry Stackhouse
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball Head Coach and retired NBA All-Star

Trisch Smith
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer/EVP, Edelman PR

Tamika Tremaglio
Greater Washington Managing Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services

Brent Zachary
Program Manager, Level Forward

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