Thursday, August 15, 2019

Full game slate on tap tomorrow

No games today means five games tomorrow:

Storm at Sun

Sparks at Sky

Liberty at Wings

Mystics at Lynx

Dream at Mercury

WNBA team news:

The Sparks are eyeing improvement after Dallas snapped their five-game winning streak.

Liberty owner Joe Tsai is buying the Brooklyn Nets, and will take control of the Barclays Center. Does this mean the Liberty will have a new home?

Navigating Sky lineups without Jantel Lavender.

WNBA player news:

Jasmine Thomas discusses what the Sun must do for first place in the East.

The Mystics' two Belgian players defied the odds.

Aerial Powers is making the trade that brought her to DC look good.

A return to the point guard position has boosted Odyssey Sims' production for the Lynx.

Theresa Plaisance bid an emotional farewell to Dallas, nearly a week after she was traded.

Teaira McCowan is thriving in her rookie season.

How Arike Ogunbowale's 35-point outing cements her ROY case.

Bonus:

One-on-one with new commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

College team news:

Uncovering the mentally abusive culture at UC Riverside.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley podcast.

Previous evaluations of former Ohio State coach Patrick Klein hinted at no trouble before his resignation.

Afrobasket news:

Nigeria has qualified for the semifinals.

Natosha Cummings is Africa's first woman to coach a women's national basketball team.

CBA talks progressing smoothly, players union says

Exclusive

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Every game counts in large amounts

Today's results:

The Lynx handled the Liberty, 89-73.

The Aces held off the Dream, 94-90.

The Aces need just two wins to secure a playoff spot

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Storm at Mystics

Sparks at Wings

Sun at Mercury

WNBA team news:

The league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner disagrees with her suspension length.

Griner's grievances raise some concerns about the league.

Griner purchased a block of 300 tickets for fans, for tomorrow's Mercury home game vs. Connecticut.

Jantel Lavender will have surgery to repair a broken foot incurred in Friday's game.

Sami Whitcomb soared when Jewell Loyd was on the bench.

How Glory Johnson balances life as a globetrotting mom.

Players feel like they're "finally getting somewhere."

WNBA coach news:

Dan Hughes is ready for an emotional game Sunday.

Bonus:

Mo'ne discusses her relationship with basketball.

Player suspensions for Saturday altercation announced

From the league a short time ago:

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2019 – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and Dallas Wings forwards Kristine Anigwe and Kayla Thornton have been suspended for their involvement in an altercation during Saturday’s game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, it was announced today by Bethany Donaphin, Head of WNBA League Operations. The incident occurred with 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Wings’ 80-77 victory over the Mercury.

Griner received a three-game suspension for throwing punches, escalating the incident, and pushing Thornton’s face with an open hand.

Anigwe was suspended for two games for instigating the initial altercation and for taking an open-handed swing at Griner. Thornton also received a two-game suspension for her role in escalating the altercation.

Griner will begin serving her suspension on Wednesday (Aug. 14) when Phoenix hosts the Connecticut Sun. Anigwe will begin serving her suspension on Wednesday (Aug. 14) when Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Sparks. Thornton will serve her suspension starting on Wednesday (Aug. 14).

As part of the same incident, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi and Dallas forward Kaela Davis will be suspended one game plus a $500 fine for leaving the bench area during the altercation and directly engaging with the opposing team. Taurasi is currently injured and will serve her suspension during the first game after she is medically cleared to play. Davis will not serve her suspension until Sunday (August 18) when Dallas visits Connecticut due to existing injuries to Tayler Hill and Azura Stevens and the rule requiring teams to have a minimum of eight players dressed for all games. Additionally, Phoenix forward DeWanna Bonner was fined $500 for escalating the incident.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A merciful pause

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Lynx at Liberty

Three things to watch as the Aces host the Dream.

WNBA team news:

With suspensions looming, the Wings will accept any punishment and move on.

How Seattle's defense continues to lead it to wins.

The Fever are still riding the wave of Erica Wheeler's All-Star game performance.

The Liberty praised Barclays Center and Brooklyn in their return yesterday.

CBS Sports power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner says the league's response to Saturday night's incident could determine her future in the league. Plenty of candid talk in this fascinating piece.

Alysha Clark is raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital's dialysis unit.

Sky forward Jantel Lavender's return is still unknown.

Jackie Young's understated rookie season.

Low pay is still a sore point for many players.

Elena Delle Donne and Nneka Ogwumike are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

WNBA bonus:

Swin Cash is confident the WNBA can continue to grow in popularity.

College player news:

Baylor has dismissed sophomore guard Honesty Scott-Grayson for violating team rules.

College coach news:

North Carolina A&T coach Tarell Robinson has signed a one-year contract extension.

Central Michigan has hired Mark Simons as an assistant coach.

Why Niele Ivey is leaving for the NBA.

College bonus:

For the first time, the University of Idaho has a female athletic director.

USA Basketball news:

The 1996 U.S. Olympic team, Anne Donovan and Lisa Leslie are all finalists for the USA Basketball and Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019.

Force 10 has become the first two-time champions of USA Basketball's 3X3 qualifiers.