Sunday, May 16, 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Liberty, Sun, Mercury and Wings win on first day

Opening day results:

A three-pointer from Sabrina Ionescu lifted the Liberty over the Fever, 90-87.

Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner combined for 47 points to lead the Sun past the Dream, 78-67.

The Mercury held off the Lynx, 77-75.

The Wings took care of the Sparks, 94-71.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky at Mystics

Aces at Storm

WNBA team news:

Even with an offseason of changes, the road to the Championship goes through Seattle.

Meet the Storm.

Opening day surprise for Minnesota: here comes Kayla McBride.

The season has opened with all teams at home.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne's back pain made her question her career, but she's ready to return to the Mystics.

College team news:

Oregon has added culture fits with their transfer signees.

George Washington has added four transfers.

Things are still messy at Detroit Mercy.

College player news:

Ole Miss transfer Sarah Dumitrescu has landed at Cal Poly.

Buffalo transfer Zena Elias will play at South Alabama.

Previous Baylor commit Maryam Dauda will instead play for Arkansas.

Hall of Fame news:

Tamika Catchings will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow.

A bit of pre-game prep

As we wait for the WNBA season to tip off later today.......

WNBA team news:

The league, once worried about survival, now has bold vision......and it is here to stay.

The WNBA at 25: one fan's perspective.

Storylines to know.....and five more of them.

The Lynx are reloading quickly to compete for a title.

The Liberty are aiming high in a bounce-back season.

Inside New York's journey back to relevance.

In the league's early days, the Comets came around every year.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson break down each other's game.

The "big 3" lead the Mercury.

Courtney Williams' raw words in last night's "144" documentary struck a nerve.

Jonquel Jones returns with plenty to prove.

Gabby Williams has signed a contract extension with LA.

Chelsea Dungee is making her mother proud.

Dana Evans is ready for her rookie season.

College player news:

Rutgers transfer Tekia Mack has landed at DePaul.

College coach news:

USC landed Lindsay Gottlieb with a promise to invest in women's basketball.

Nicki Collen has brought Sophia Young-Malcolm to Baylor as assistant AD of player development.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Final WNBA team rosters

Atlanta Dream

Chicago Sky

Connecticut Sun

Dallas Wings

Indiana Fever

Las Vegas Aces

Los Angeles Sparks

Minnesota Lynx

New York Liberty

Phoenix Mercury

Seattle Storm

Washington Mystics

SO much carnage on today's transactions page:

Atlanta Dream: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Waived
Atlanta Dream: Mikayla Cowling – Waived
Los Angeles Sparks: Seimone Augustus – Voluntarily Retired
Los Angeles Sparks: Kristine Anigwe – Waived
Los Angeles Sparks: Maria Vadeeva – Suspended – Partial Season
Los Angeles Sparks: Sydney Wiese – Trade (1) – Was
Indiana Fever: Julie Allemand – Suspended – Full Season
Seattle Storm: Mercedes Russell – Suspended – Partial Season
Seattle Storm: Natalie Kucowski – Waivers Cleared
Seattle Storm: Tamera Young – Waivers Cleared
Seattle Storm: Epiphanny Prince – Suspended – Partial Season
Seattle Storm: Kitija Laksa – Waived
Seattle Storm: Haley Gorecki – Waived
Seattle Storm: N’dea Jones – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Napheesa Collier – Suspended – Partial Season
Minnesota Lynx: Mikayla Pivec – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Selena Lott – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Linnae Harper – Waivers Cleared
Washington Mystics: Sug Sutton – Waived
Washington Mystics: G’mrice Davis – Waivers Cleared
Chicago Sky: Natasha Mack – Waived
Chicago Sky: Alexis Prince – Waived
Chicago Sky: Kobi Thornton – Waived
Chicago Sky: Lexi Brown – Waived
New York Liberty: Marine Johannes – Suspended -Full Season
New York Liberty: Asia Taylor – Waived
New York Liberty: Jasmine Bailey – Waived
New York Liberty: Valerie Higgins – Waivers Cleared
Phoenix Mercury: Kia Vaughn – Suspended – Partial Season
Connecticut Sun: Aleah Goodman- Waivers Cleared
Connecticut Sun: Brianna Fraser – Waivers Cleared
Las Vegas Aces: Lauren Manis- Waivers Cleared
Las Vegas Aces: Shakayla Thomas – Waivers Cleared

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WNBA team news:

Season preview.

The league has come a long way in 25 years.

How Connecticut will pivot minus three of its top players.

Meet the Aces......they begin the year with a new roster but the same expectations.

Las Vegas is one of the title favorites.

The Mystics got their stars back......and they acquired Sydney Wiese from the Sparks in exchange for a future second round draft pick.

The Mercury will begin the season where it left off last year, facing the Lynx.

To rebuild or not to rebuild? This season could decide the Fever's future.

Don't look away.

WNBA player news:

Players reflect on lessons learned in last year's bubble.

Top 25 player rankings.

A WNBA player has a signature shoe for the first time in a decade, and it's long overdue.

A'ja Wilson on a variety of topics.

Jonquel Jones is back and ready to prove she's one of the best in the league.

Elizabeth Williams and LaKeshia Frett join forces this season.

Kia Nurse compliments the Phoenix core.....and she joins a stacked team.

DiDi Richards shares what words from her father got her back on the court.

Mystics players discuss the 25th season.

Seimone Augustus has retired and will join the LA coaching staff.

WNBA coach news:

Dan Hughes returns to the sidelines as the Storm begin their title defense.

WNBA GM news:


Best players and coaches

Season predictions




Olympics news:

In a change, the WNBA season begins with Olympic roster spots still undecided.

The Canadian National Team will go to Tampa to train for the Olympics.

The U19 team will face tough competition this summer.

College team news:

Texas Tech has a new women's basketball facility.

College player news:

Kansas State transfer Christianna Carr will play at Syracuse.

New Mexico transfer Ahlise Hurst has committed to Oregon.

USF transfer Angelee Rodriguez has landed at George Mason.

A day after being waived from the Phoenix Mercury, Tiana Mangakahia has signed with an Australian team.

College coach news:

Chuck Love has been promoted to associate head coach at Nebraska.

College commissioner news:

MGM exec George Kliavkoff has been named the new Pac-12 commissioner.

His focus is on men's basketball and football.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Unveiling all that is poppin'

WNBA news:

The league is about to begin its 25th season.

The WNBA is bracing for fierce competition.

AP power poll.

Big storylines headed into the season.

The league has reached a deal with Amazon to stream 16 games and the tournament on Prime video.

An in-season "Commissioner's Cup" tournament will be added.......logo unveiled.

Tangerine Bank will be the first foundational partner of the WNBA in Canada.

The ABL paved the way for the WNBA.

WNBA team news:

The Aces could move to Henderson as soon as next season.

The one place women aren't allowed in the WNBA is practice teams.

All of today's painful transactions......and Asia Durr will sit for another year due to long-haul COVID symptoms.

WNBA player news:

On the cover of the current SLAM: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Breanna Stewart has joined the Puma family, and has a signature shoe.

Stewart has a new perspective this year.

Chiney Ogwumike on the bubble documentary, airing tomorrow.......she has added executive producer to her resume.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve believes in Damiris Dantas' star potential.

Key players for each team.

Where are all the players? (Late to camp)

Debating the most entertaining player, and other categories.

Hall of Fame:

Tamika Catchings had a picture perfect career.

All that is to be known about Catchings.

Kim Mulkey will be enshrined into the Hall.

Mulkey will be introduced into the Hall this weekend by Michael Jordan.

The ceremony will be on ESPN Saturday.

College player news:

Lamar transfer Jaydn Pimental and Nevada transfer LaPraisjah Johnson have committed to UTSA.

Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove has landed at Oregon.

South Florida transfer Beatriz Jordao will attend Iowa State.

Minnesota transfer Justice Ross will play for New will Creighton transfer DeArica Pryor.

Old Dominion transfer Lanay Wheaton and Alabama transfer Destiny Rice have committed to Louisiana.

College coach news:

Jeff Walz is excited about Louisville's newcomers.

Reflecting on Teri Moren's time at Indiana so far.

Brooke Wycoff podcast.

New Michigan assistant coach Carrie Moore said her new job is her dream.

Sarah Jenkins is a new assistant coach at Penn State.

Tari Cummings is Nicki Collen's first assistant coach hire at Baylor.

Former Dayton Flyer Olivia Applewhite has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

Deidra Johnson is Indiana State's new associate head coach.

USA Basketball news:

The U19 court coaches are Teri Moren and Katrina Merriweather.

International news:

WNBL salaries will rise.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The hoops world keeps turning and turning

WNBA team news:

Yahoo's preseason power rankings.

The Mystics' new jerseys celebrate the 19th amendment, but there are still inequities.

Even if they shoot more threes, Sylvia Fowles is still the focal point for Minnesota's offense.

The Liberty are hoping for a big improvement in their Brooklyn debut.

WNBA player news:

How No. 1 picks realized a career in the league was possible.

Five notable players to watch this season.

Five under-the-radar players to keep an eye on.

Candace Parker was on The Daily Show last night.

Natasha Cloud is back and ready to ball out.

The Gabby Williams situation is a manifestation of a bigger problem.

Interview with Sabrina Ionescu.

WNBA coach, president and GM news:

As Storm season nears, coach Dan Hughes is forced to make "awful" cuts.

Cheryl Reeve's latest accomplishment is turning the Lynx back into contenders.

The Dream have added La'Keshia Frett and Daniya La-Force as assistant coaches.

Nikki Fargas is the Aces' new team president......owner Mark Davis said she can move the franchise forward.

Tamika Catchings is taking her superpower to the Hall of Fame.

WNBA news:

Twenty-five firsts that have defined the league's first 25 years.

College team news:

A too-early look at South Carolina.

Breaking down the Louisville roster.

College player news:

Oregon transfer Angela Dugalic is headed to UCLA.

Wisconsin transfer Kate Thompson has committed to Louisiana Tech.

Penn State transfer Nan Garcia will play for Toledo.

College coach news:

Lindsay Gottlieb was introduced as USC's new head coach today.

Gottlieb sees the Trojan program as a sleeping giant.

New Baylor coach Nicki Collen will keep strength and performance coach Jeremy Heffner on staff.

Charity Elliott is the new head coach at Point Loma.

A five-year contract awaits Purdue coach-to-be Katie Gearlds.

USA Basketball news:

Recovered from COVID-19, Stefanie Dolson is chasing her Olympic dreams.

USA Basketball is counting on Terrapins Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu this summer.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Things are happening

WNBA team news:

The Storm took down the Mercury, 103-93, in a preseason scrimmage.

How will the Aces weather the loss of Angel McCoughtry?

Why the Dream are feeling dangerous.

WNBA player news:

ESPN ranks the top 25 players.

Many key players are set to return this year.

Angel McCoughtry tore her ACL and meniscus in Saturday's matchup, and is out for the season.

Breanna Stewart is back with the Storm and hungry for more......and she is ready to lead.

Gabby Williams wanted out of Chicago in April.

Sabrina Ionescu is ready for the season with the Liberty.

Q&A with Ezi Magbegor.

WNBA coach news:

Winning with an incomplete roster has Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve excited about the team's depth.

WNBA news:

The league has an opportunity to advance to the next level.

How the orange hoodie became the WNBA's symbol.

International news:

A protocol review has Canada's National Team stalled days before the start of training camp.

College player news:

Anna Wilson will return for a sixth year at Stanford.

Kelly Jekot will return to Penn State for one more season.

Azzi Fudd is counting the days until her arrival at UConn.

Virginia Tech transfer Makayla Ennis and UCF transfer Maniya Custis have committed to Hofstra.

College coach news:

USC has hired Lindsay Gottlieb as their new head coach.

Eastern Kentucky has hired Greg Todd as their new head coach.

Val Nainima is a new assistant coach at Michigan.

Itoro Coleman is a new assistant coach at North Carolina.

Wesley Brooks is a new assistant coach at Ohio State.