Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cuts getting brutal

The transactions on this list were bad enough.

Then the Wings waived Megan Gustafson and Kennedy Burke.

Waste of draft picks. Tragic.

WNBA news:

The WNBA is having trouble catching on, but men's pro sports had problems too.

Women's pro sports has hit a crossroads.

WNBA team news:

The Mystics are atop the AP preseason poll.

New York Times team previews.

The Lynx are putting the finishing touches on their roster ahead of Saturday's opener.

The Aces will win the Championship this year, one writer says.

Does Las Vegas hold all the card this year?

The Sun have high hopes after last year's playoff disappointment.

The Sparks get little respect or attention.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne injured her knee and may not play in the season opener.

Ticha Penicheiro shares tips for success.

WNBA partnerships:

The Dream and WSB-TV.

The Storm and Carter Subaru.

The Liberty and YES Network.

WNBA GM surveys:

Las Vegas is favored to win the title.

Season predictions

Best players and coaches

Offseason

Defense

Miscellaneous

College player news:

Oregon has got another commitment from a top prospect, for a total of five.

Notre Dame has picked up Stanford grad transfer Marta Sniezek.

Georgia guard Donnetta Johnson has transferred to Ole Miss.

What Evina Westbook adds to the Husky roster.

College coach news:

In the middle of the panic, Geno Auriemma had a plan for UConn all along.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is a new assistant coach at Wisconsin.

Meghan Bielich is West Virginia's new assistant coach.

Great piece on former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan.

USA Basketball news:

The U16 trials will begin with 152 hopefuls.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pro, college happenings

Today's preseason result:

The Fever used smothering defense to down the Sky, 76-65.

Tomorrow's preseason games:

Mystics at Dream

Storm at Sparks


WNBA team news:

Connecticut is showing flashes of their newfound athleticism in their preseason games.

Atlanta's newly-renovated court is ready just in time for their preseason game tomorrow.

Minnesota Lynx preview.

The new-look Lynx are optimistic about the season.

WNBA player news:

Jessica Breland survived cancer to thrive in the WNBA.

Lexie Brown feels sort of guilty about her viral video.

The Dream traded center Imani McGee-Stafford to the Wings for a 2020 pick.

Azura Stevens stands by her WNBA decision, but might have done it differently.

Rookie Napheesa Collier has arrived ready to learn.

Morgan Bertsch is balancing school and the WNBA.

WNBA coach news:

Nicki Collen's dream job was a story of compromise, patience and support.

WNBA commissioner news:

Conference call with new league commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

College team news:

LIU's new mascot is the shark.

College player news:

Five rising stars for next season.

Kitija Laska will move on from South Florida.

BYU star Shaylee Gonzales is trying out for the U19 team.

Two have transferred to North Texas.

Lauren Hill will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday.

College coach news:

Rice coach Tina Langley has signed a new five-year deal.

Western Carolina has named Heather Kearney its new head coach.

Kenny Brooks is using the transfer portal to reload Virginia Tech.

Buffalo's new assistant coach is Candice M. Jackson.

Ohio State has hired Tamika Jeter as an assistant coach.

Brandy Manning is a new assistant coach at Georgia Tech.

Taylor Coleman is Bucknelle's new assistant coach.

Washington State has brought aboard Jason Chainey and Camille Williams as assistant coaches.

St. Bonvaventure's new assistant coaches are Amber Easter and Bryanna Mueller.

High school news:

Top recruit Treasure Hunt's high school won't be closing.

Aces trade for Liz Cambage

Liz Cambage to Las Vegas from Dallas, for Moriah Jefferson, Izzy Harrison and a 2020 pick.

How the Wings feel about the trade.

The Aces are now contenders.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

More league madness

Today's preseason result:

Mercury 87, Storm 84

Tomorrow's preseason game:

Sky at Fever

WNBA team news:

Dallas Wings preview.

The latest transations.

WNBA player news:

Liz Cambage's teary IG video regarding trade rumors.

Former UConn players are pursuing their dreams outside the WNBA, too.

Teaira learned to embrace her height, personality and style, and now is at the center of Indiana's rebuild.

LA's newcomers are the talk of media day in the wake of Candace Parker's injury.

Diana Taurasi is feeling "great" in recovering from back surgery.

The acting career of Las Vegas' Sydney Colson can wait.

The Sparks have signed Riquna Williams, who faces assault charges in Florida.

NCAA news:

The NCAA is exploring the possibility of compensating athletes for the use of their names and likenesses.

College team news:

Missouri has added two transfers.

Montana State has added Pepperdine transfer Skye Lindsay.

College coach news:

Bernadette Laukaitis is the new head coach at Holy Family.

Coach Lisa Bluder says Iowa benefited from a deep Tournament run.

The lone female coach in DI men's hoops is buoyed by support after her first season.

Cherie Cordoba is LSU's new assistant coach.

NDSU's new assistant coach is Dylan Geissert.

WNBA names new commissioner

The WNBA named Cathy Engelbert its first commissioner today.

ESPN says Engelbert is a perfect fit to lead the league.

She has a big challenge ahead.

Q&A with the new commissioner.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The storylines are finally starting to crack

Today's preseason results:

The Fever beat the Sky, 69-58.

Dream 92, Liberty 87

Wings 71, Sun 67

Tomorrow:

Mercury at Storm

WNBA team news:

The Aces are still carving out a niche in Las Vegas as their second season arrives.

The Lynx are playing catch-up in developing a three-point offense.

The Mercury's GM says tough cuts will require creativity.

Chicago Sky preview

Las Vegas Aces preview

Sun podcast.

Washington State now has a new license plate that features the Seattle Storm.

WNBA player news:

Through thick and thin, Sue Bird has been the consistent center for the Storm.

The Wings are supposedly in trade talks for Liz Cambage.

Azura Stevens is focused on the present and not the past for the Wings.

Dallas rookie Arike Ogunbowale had a rough debut last night, but scored 19 in tonight's game.

New basketball cards for the league.

WNBA coach and president news:

Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes had surgery Tuesday to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract.

Gary Kloppenberg brings plenty of experience into his interim head coach gig with the Storm.

New Indiana Fever president Dr. Allison Barber has had an interesting career path.

College team news:

What offensive mentality will the Lady Vols have under Kellie Harper?

College player news:

Sidney Cooks has transferred from Michigan State to Mississippi State.

North Carolina guard Stephanie Watts has transferred to USC.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is recruiting at a torrid pace.

UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey has won the Joe Lapchick Award.

Carrie Moore has joined North Carolina as an assistant coach.

USA Basketball news:

Briana Weiss is the USA Basketball National Team assistant director.

The U16 trials will feature 156 athletes.

Meet top player Haley Jones.

Monday, May 6, 2019

A whole lotta shakin' going on

WNBA news:

Five things to look forward to this season.

WNBA team news:

The defending champion Storm opened camp with new faces and new challenges for the season.

The Mystics have their core and Emma Meesseman back and are aiming for a return to the finals.

Washington wants to "run it back" after last year's disappointment.

The Sun worked OT on the first day of camp yesterday.

The Lynx opened camp with 12 new faces.

Minnesota is missing Maya Moore, and more, but they are taking those changes in stride.

The Sparks opened camp with a new coach and new bonds to forge.

WNBA player news:

DeWanna Bonner has joined Mercury camp and will remain at power forward.

Connecticut's Morgan Tuck feels good and is ready to go.

Jackie Young is working her way into the lead guard role for the Aces.

New York rookie Han Xu is embracing comparisons to Yao Ming.

Liberty veteran Tina Charles has added filmmaker to her resume.

WNBA coach news:

Seattle coach Dan Hughes heads into cancer surgery knowing the world is by his side.

There will be more teaching for Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve this year, but she's excited about it.

College player news:

Opportunities continue to arise for Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter.

Notre Dame has added North Carolina grad transfer Destinee Walker.

Ex-UConn guard Mikayla Coombs has transferred to Georgia.

Former Texas guard Destiny Littleton has made the switch to South Carolina.

College coach news:

Clemson coach Amanda Butler is grateful for her contract extension and looking forward to the future.

The Lady Vols' No. 24 preseason prediction could be what new coach Kellie Harper needs.

Larry Tidwell and Jhasmin Player have joined Kansas as assistant coaches.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Intriguing questions

It's too early to rank WNBA teams, as they've not even begun training camp. But I'm most intrigued by:

Minnesota Lynx:

How will they rebuild a powerhouse?

Los Angeles Sparks:

So many posts, no guards. What will change before next weekend?

The Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun:

The Aces were powerful and gained more power with top pick Jackie Young. The Sun looked great at the end of the year and lost their No. 1 draftee. Will the seasons of each team follow that script?

Seattle Storm:

Who will the Storm sign to fill Breanna Stewart's huge shoes?

And.......

When will the league get a new president? Thursday marks seven months since Lisa Border resigned.

WNBA player news:

Why Tina Charles should re-sign with the Liberty.

Q&A with Kristi Toliver.

Erica McCall reflects on year two of overseas play.

Connecticut Sun podcast featuring rookie Kristine Anigwe.

Bonus:

The Toledo Threat is preparing for opening weekend of the WBDA.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This coaching carousel is something else

NCAA news:

2019 Final Four attendance and viewership, by the numbers.

DI, DII and DIII championships will all converge in Dallas next year.

The Big Ten hasn't won a title since 1999. Who has a chance next year?

College team news:

Penn State and Georgia Tech are ready to begin new eras.

Baylor has accepted an invitation to the White House.

College player news:

Iowa retired Megan Gustafson's number.

Ja'Tavia Tapley has transferred to Arizona State from USC.

Former UAB forward Talia Roldan has transferred to Arkansas State.

College coach news:

St. Francis has named Keila Whittington their new head coach.

Buffalo has extended Felisha Legette-Jack's contract through 2023-2024.

Longtime Wyoming coach Joe Legerski is retiring.

Michigan State has brought on Dean Lockwood and Kristin Haynie as assistant coaches. Lockwood will be associate head coach. What a win for that program.

Jackie Stiles is a new assistant coach at Oklahoma.

Georgia Tech's new assistant coach is Tasha Butts.

Bett Shelby is a new assistant coach at West Virginia.

Erin Grant joins USC as an assistant coach.

Furman's new assistant coach is Ashley Williams.

Texas Tech brings on Malikah Willis as an assistant coach, as well as Alysiah Bond.

New assistants at Xavier are Dan Lang, Mary Grimes and Candice Finley.

Matt Thune and Jackie Alexander have joined Eastern Kentucky as assistant coaches.

Missouri State's coaching staff has been announced.

WNBA player news:

Free agents Rebekkah Brunson, Tina Charles and Chelsea Gray remain unsigned.

WNBA GM news:

Q&A with Phoenix Mercury GM Jim Pitman.

High school news:

LaJeanna Howard is Duncanville's new coach.