Friday, July 19, 2019

Another exciting game night brings a new No. 1

My goodness but this week's games have been entertaining

Today's results:

Elena Delle Donne returned to lead the Mystics over the Fever in OT, 95-88.

The Sun crushed the Dream, 98-69. That's four in a row for Connecticut.

The Storm hung on to edge the Aces, 69-66, for their fourth straight win.

So after tonight:

The Sun take over the top spot in the standings, while the Aces fall to second.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Liberty

Wings at Mercury

WNBA team news:

Mercury at midseason: mixed signals, and still no Diana Taurasi.

WNBA player news:

Kia Nurse is reaching new heights this season.

Sami Whitcomb is making her mark with the Storm from behind the arc.

Emma Meesseman is back with the Mystics, better and wiser.

In an expanded role, Sylvia Fowles is having another dominant season.

Napheesa Collier has emerged as a consistent contributor.

Damiris Dantas has been cleared to play for the Lynx Sunday.

USA Basketball news:

How the U.S. team is pushing to qualify for 3X3 competition in next year's Olympics.

The USA's U19 team is ready for competition.

College coach news:

Bridgette Gordon is a new assistant coach at SMU.

Mickie DeMoss has been named chief of staff at Georgia Tech.

D'Nay Daniels is a new assistant coach at Northeastern.

Duquesne's new assistant coach is Vanessa Abel.

Gabe Lazo is Stony Brook's new assistant coach.

Milwaukee has hired DeRonte Polite as an assistant coach.

Bonus:

Bridget Carleton is over being cut by the Sun and is focusing on representing Canada.

The Sacramento Kings have hired Lindsey Harding as an assistant coach.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

So very much going on

Tomorrow's game previews:

Dream at Sky

Wings at Mercury

Storm at Lynx

WNBA news:

How the WNBA started a movement for LGBTQ inclusivity in professional sports.

The women of the WNBA are fighting for their slice of the multibillion-dollar basketball industry.

WNBA team news:

The Mercury again confront rebounding issues.

What's different about the Dream going into a road trip.

The league's weekly power rankings has Las Vegas still on top, as does the AP power poll.

WNBA player news:

The A'ja Wilson and Liz Cambage show is taking over Las Vegas.

Young guards highlight the All-Star rosters.

The league suspended Riquna Williams for 10 games for her involvement in a domestic violence incident last spring.

Odyssey Sims made her first court appearance on drunk driving charges, and is due back in September.

The Ogwumike sisters offer a different way to think about the black athlete.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is in the midst of a career year with the Mystics.

Marina Mabrey is demanding respect for players with her new T-shirt and hoodie line.

Meet Maite Cazorla, the Dream's only rookie.

"Angry Syl" has fueled the Lynx's resurgence.

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve should be the coach of the year, and it's not even close.

WNBA commissioner news:

Five ways Cathy Engelbert, who starts tomorrow, can make a good first impression.

College conference news:

The AAC isn't targeting any school to replace UConn.

College team news:

Oregon is selling season tickets at a record rate.

College player news:

Sedona Prince has officially transferred to Oregon.

Former Kansas forward Micaela Wilson has transferred to Lamar.

College coach news:

Tony Verdi has put UMass back on the recruiting map.

TCU has promoted Britney Brown to associate coach.

Natasha Howard denies allegations she abused her wife

Natasha Howard finally speaks:

"I do not take them lightly, but I do not believe that they should be evaluated and decided through social media or through the media generally," Howard said of the allegations. "That is why I have waited to comment."

More from the Seattle Times.


Personally, I have been shocked to see how many have fully convicted Howard based only on a series of tweets, and without hearing from her.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Midseason storylines

Today's results:

The short-handed Sparks edged the Dream in OT, 76-71.

The Sun stopped the Fever, 76-63.

Diamond DeShields' five treys powered the Sky past the Wings, 89-79.

The Lynx ran away from the Mercury, 75-62.

The Storm handled the Liberty, 78-69.

So.......

- LA is hanging tough despite Candace Parker being out again, and Alana Beard sitting with an injury today

- Connecticut seems to be breaking out of their funk

- Chicago looks scary again

- Minnesota is getting into a groove, and Phoenix still can't rebound

- Seattle continues to defy expectations with so many still out

After today's match ups, the current standings look like this:

1. Aces
2. Sun
3. Mystics
4. Lynx
5. Sparks
6. Storm
7. Sky
8. Mercury
9. Liberty
10. Fever
11> (tie) Wings and Dream

No games until Wednesday......

WNBA team news:

The Lynx's offense is steadily improving despite mounting injuries.

WNBA player news:

Sylvia Fowles broke the WNBA career double-double mark today.

Jantel Lavender thinks the best is yet to come.

Kalani Brown embraces her "baby enforcer" role for LA.

The Lynx waived Alaina Coates.

The league is investigating abuse allegations against Natasha Howard.

College coach news:

Nell Fortner is a genuine leader.

Dawn Staley struck recruiting gold this year. What does 2020 look like?

Staley has offered a seventh grader.

Friday, July 12, 2019

And the standings change again

Today's results:

The Sparks held off the Fever, 90-84, behind big performances from the Ogwumikes.

The Dream stopped the Lynx, 60-53. Sylvia Fowles tied the league record for career double-doubles, with 157.

Diana Taurasi returned to the court for the Mercury, but the Sun prevailed, 79-64.

The Storm dominated the Wings, 95-81 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

The Aces are eyeing their first victory over the Mystics.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi is reaching her basketball and life goals every day.

Erica Wheeler energizes the Fever with her no-quit attitude.

Amanda Zahui B. brings needed versatility in her return to the Liberty.

Arike Ogunbowale is in the middle of everything.

Napheesa Collier's coach is impressed with her hoops pedigree.

Megan Gustafson is enjoying life in the league.

Ariel Atkins thrives, while Brooke McCarty-Williams and Imani McGee-Stafford are struggling in the WNBA.

Breaking down the All-Stars, and those who narrowly missed out.

College coach news:

Sue Guevara has retired as head coach at Central Michigan and Heather Oesterle has been promoted to take her place.

Dawn Staley has won the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award.

Writers share Guevara memories.

Oesterle says there's no where else she'd rather be.

Joe Haigh is a new assistant coach at Siena.

BYU has two new assistant coaches.

High school news:

One of the nation's best high school players is eyeing a national title, but still has one more thing to do.

Monday, July 8, 2019

News is flying

WNBA news:

The numbers game: digging into lineup data.

The WNBA is coming to Canada, and that could change women's sports.

Player's game-day fashion deserves recognition.

Q&A with incoming commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

WNBA team news:

Sparks are flying from three-point range as LA aims for four straight wins against Dallas tomorrow.

The break did the Sun no good.

CBS Sports power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Chelsea Gray recorded her first triple-double yesterday, with 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the eighth in league regular-season history.

Elena Delle Donne broke her nose in yesterday's game, and is day to day.

Jantel Lavender has a fresh start in Chicago.

Temi Fagbenle is set to rejoin the Lynx after a stellar Eurobasket showing.

Sue Bird got a love post online from World Cup champ/girlfriend Megan Rapinoe.

Riquna Williams' agent says NBA counsel is urging the WNBA to suspend her.

Tina Charles and Brittney Griner are the Eastern and Western conference players of the week.

WNBA coach news:

Wings coach Brian Agler will face his former team for the first time tomorrow.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Wings

College player news:

South Carolina's oldest player has a message for the freshmen: "slow it down."

Get to know Gamecock newcomer Laeticia Amihere.

Kennedy Brown has come a long way to start anew at Oregon State.

Several former Lady Vols are excited for the changes at Tennessee.

College coach news:

Kiley Hill is the new head coach at Western Carolina.

International news:

The USA's World University Games team beat Japan, 89-84, to advance to the gold medal match.

A gold medal reflects Spain's golden generation.

For Serbia, a bronze medal means so much more.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Aces, Lynx prevail

Today's results:

The Aces used a balanced scoring attack to beat the Sky, 90-82.

The Lynx took care of the Dream, 85-68.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Storm

WNBA team news:

Examining why scoring is down this year.

The Mystics are head and shoulders above the rest of the league.

Washington has been playing stellar defense during their winning streak.

The Sun were eclipsed on their road trip.

Minnesota got two salary cap hardship waivers and added Kenisha Bell and Asia Taylor.

The league's power rankings for week six.

AP WNBA power poll.

Her Hoop Stats power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Courtney Vandersloot is steadying a new era in Chicago.

Jantel Lavender has made a seamless transition to the Sky after playing eight seasons with the Sparks.

Diana Taurasi could return to the court Friday.

Another wonderful Sue Bird essay in the Player's Tribune.

Early returns for all-star voting.

WNBA coach news:

Lessons Dan Hughes wishes he'd known from the start.

College player news:

NCAA athletes are rallying behind Tiana Magankahia.

She vows to come back stronger.

The No. 1 Gamecock recruiting class embraces the pressure.

She can dunk, but that's not what put her in place to lead South Carolina's freshmen.

Notre Dame transfer Jordan Dixon has landed at Texas A&M.

College coach news:

Miami Ohio's new assistant coach is Sahar Nusseibeh.

Wichita State has two new assistant coaches.

UTEP has finalized its coaching staff.

High school news:

Iowa State commit Aubrey Joens is next in line for her storied hoops family.

USA Basketball news:

The U19 team is ready to begin training.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Slipping by

Today's results:

The Lynx held off the Fever, 78-74, after blowing a 22-point lead.

The Aces edged the Storm, 60-56.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mystics at Sky

Sun at Wings

WNBA team news:

The league's travel problems are becoming a bigger topic for debate.

It is time to worry about Minnesota's turnovers?

The league's weekly power poll.

WNBA player news:

Sun guard Layshia Clarendon underwent ankle surgery this morning and will be out three to four months.

Candace Parker believes the Sparks can rebound from four straight losses.

Dream rookie Maite Cazorla is making an impact as a different kind of point guard.

WNBA coach news:

James Wade has the Sky playing well, as they've won five of their last six games.

College player news:

FSU guard Isabela Nicoletti will miss the upcoming season due to injury.

Houston transfer Angela Harris has landed at Kansas State.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma has reversed course for UConn in the offseason, trying to build team chemistry.

Charmin Smith is revitalized for her new Cal job after a stint with the New York Liberty.

Smith talks about her entry into coaching.

Delisha Milton-Jones has left her head coaching job at Pepperdine to be an assistant coach at Syracuse.

Stephanie McCormick is a new assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.

EC Hill has joined Towson as an assistant coach.

Jaime Gluesing is High Point's new assistant coach.

Georgia Southern has added two assistant coaches.

Idaho State has finalized their coaching staff.

Bonus:

Macy Miller is looking to Spain for her next basketball challenge.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lots of news drip

WNBA team news:

The Sparks and Mercury are still looking for a winning touch.

LA continues to struggle despite Candace Parker's return.

Phoenix got tired of losing last night.

Chicago Sky: "we're the team to beat."

The Fever had numerous travel issues returning from Seattle today, but made the very best of it.

Indiana will lose Bankers Life Fieldhouse for two seasons while it's remodeled.

Two tech entrepreneurs aim to bring a WNBA team to Toronto.

CBS Sports power rankings for the week.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Lynx at Fever

Storm at Aces

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones on what's motivating the Sun this season.

Candace Parker talks about her strong female role models.

A'ja Wilson is finding her groove with efficiency.

Angel McCoughtry details her frustration with her recovery process and the Dream.

Q&A with Imani McGee-Stafford.

Rookie Katie Lou Samuelson is eagerly counting down the days until she gets her cast off.

Megan Gustafson is embracing her second chance with Dallas.

Victoria Macaulay is making the most of her limited time with the Sky.

College news:

The Big East has voted to ask UConn to rejoin the conference, according to sources.

What that could mean for the conference's biggest programs.

Husky coach Geno Auriemma says it won't be the same Big East.

College team news:

Louisville will renew their rivalry with Notre Dame at the Yum Center next season.

College player news:

Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook are recovering well at UConn.

Former Kentucky center Dorie Harrison has transferred to Lipscomb.

Notre Dame point guard Jordan Nixon will transfer.

College coach news:

DePaul has extended coach Doug Bruno's contract through 2024-2025.

Podcast with Oregon's Kelly Graves.

Jodi Kest is a new assistant coach at High Point.

Two North Carolina A&T coaches are under investigation after allegedly not reporting a sexual assault reported by one of their players.

Bonus:

Remembering Pat Summitt.

Former Detroit Shock coach Nancy Lieberman leads the way for women as NBA coaches.