Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Just another manic Monday

Tomorrow's game schedule and previews:

Dream at Liberty preview.

Sky are at Mystics.

The Wings will try to get back to their three-point shooting ways at Minnesota.

Aces at Storm preview.

Fever are at Sparks.

WNBA team news:

CBS Sports has the Mercury atop their WNBA power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi plays basketball in a coat of invincibility armor.

The first episode of the Mercury documentary "The Chase" features DeWanna Bonner.

The Sun's Alyssa Thomas and Chiney Ogwumike are dealing with injuries.

A smooth shot and stingy defense has earned Minnesota newcomer Cecelia Zandalasini more minutes.

Zandalasini is proving to be the Lynx's best-kept secret.

Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week.

WNBA coach news:

Is Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve the most powerful sports figure in Minnesota?

Bill Laimbeer has a game plan for building the Aces.

International news:

FIBA is changing the way teams qualify for the Olympics and World Cup.

College program news:

Does Tennessee care about the Lady Vols?

College player news:

Arike Ogunbowale is having a moment.

Desiree Elmore is transferring from Syracuse.

College coach news:

Tuskegee has named Trelanne Moore-Powell their new head coach.

Joel Whymer is a new assistant coach at Bowling Green.

Kevin Morrison has joined San Diego State as an assistant coach.

More on the Pat Summitt statue in Clarksville.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

And in the only news of the day.....

Today's game results:

The Sparks ran past the Sky, 81-72, behind double-doubles from both Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker.

The Mercury's 92-80 win over the Aces was their eighth straight - a new franchise record.

Which means the standings now look like this:

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


WNBA team news:

The Liberty are trying to make Westchester feel like home.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

After today's games, a shakeup in the standings

Today's game results:

The Sparks ran by the Mystics, 97-86, behind 23 points from Candace Parker.

The Wings defeated the Aces, 77-67, led by Liz Cambage's 28 points.

The Storm held off the Sun, 103-92. Natasha Howard had a career-high 25 points for Seattle and Chiney Ogwumike, a career-high 30 points for Connecticut.

Big individual performances, big results.

So that means the standings have changed:

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


Tomorrow's game schedue:

Dream at Fever

Liberty at Lynx

Sun at Mercury


WNBA team news:

The red-hot Sun are first in the Basketball Power Index.

Minnesota thinks rest is best in turning their season around.

Can the Lynx get out of their funk?

Why the Fever are 0-10.

The Sun and Storm met tonight after the passing of their former coach.

WNBA player news:

Briann January heats up her career with the Mercury.

Courtney Williams can be the Sun's alpha dog.

How good has A'ja Wilson been early in her rookie season?

WNBA coach news:

Coaching wasn't in Katie Smith's plan, but she's firmly at the helm of the Liberty.

Erin Phillips is winging her way to success.

College player news:

Former Arizona State guard Sabrina Haines has transferred to Kentucky.

Iowa freshman Kate Martin is out for the year with an ACL tear.

College coach news:

Wayne State's new head coach is Brent Pollari.

Binghamton's new coach is Bethann Ord.

Duquesne coach Dan Burt surprised a walk-on with a full-ride scholarship.

Anne Donovan:

Seattle and the Storm community mourn Anne Donovan's passing.

Donovan reflected on her career before her 50th birthday.

Jennifer Gillom and Diana Taurasi reflect on Donovan's legacy.

Pat Summitt:

A Pat Head Summitt statue and legacy park was unveiled in Clarksville, Tenn. today.

Bonus:

No women are on the 100 highest-paid athlete list, and there are reasons why.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sun's epic comeback falls short; Aces finding ways to win

Today's game results:

The Sun came back from a 30-point deficit, but the Mystics prevailed, 95-91.

The Aces routed the Liberty, 78-63, in Bill Laimbeer's return to New York.

Tomorrow's game:

Fever at Dream.

WNBA team news:

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says the rest of the league has put her team on notice as they fight to climb out of a hole.

The WNBA should play a game during the Hall of Fame weekend, the AP suggests.

WNBA player news:

Natalie Achonwa is leading through the Indiana Fever's trials.

College coach news:

UC Davis coach Jennifer Gross has signed a six-year contract extension.

Linda Cimino is the new head coach at St. Francis College.

Desmond Young is now the assistant to head coach Suzy Merchant at Michigan State.

Erin Batth is NC State's new assistant coach.

Latara King is a new assistant coach at Rice.

USA Basketball news:

Three players were added to the U18 roster.

Anne Donovan passes away

After the shock, extreme sadness:

Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Anne Donovan died today of congestive heart failure. She was 56.

Donovan was the Indiana Fever's first coach.

A New Jersey native, Donovan had a stellar playing and coaching career.

She was the first woman to coach a WNBA team to a championship: the Storm, in 2004.

She was a legend at ODU.

Pictures with this piece of her coaching the Charlotte Sting.

Anne Donovan through the years.

The Sun lost to the Mystics tonight, and then reflected on Donovan's passing.

NCAA athletes no longer need school permission to transfer

The NCAA's Division I Council adopted a new rule today that change the way transfers take place:

Instead of a student-athlete asking for permission to transfer from his or her school, the student-athlete will now simply inform the school of his or her decision to transfer.

It removes the upper hand that schools have long held over student-athletes looking to transfer.

The NCAA will establish a national transfer database
The change, which formally goes into effect on Oct. 15, will require schools to enter a player’s name into a “national transfer database” after the school is informed of the athlete’s decision to transfer. The school must do so within two business days of being notified.


Also:

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule in women’s basketball permitting padding to cover elbow, hand, finger, wrist or forearm guards, casts, or braces made of fiberglass, plaster, metal or another nonpliable substance. The items must be covered on all exterior sides and edges with a slow-rebounding foam of not less than a half-inch thickness.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The "have"s keep having

Today's game results:

The Aces held off the Fever in OT, 101-92. Rookie A'ja Wilson had a career-high 35 points for Las Vegas, as well as 13 rebounds.

Local version.

The Storm rallied from 14 behind to top the Chicago Sky, 96-85. Breanna Stewart dropped a season-high 30 points.

The Sparks rolled past the Dream, 72-64.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mystics at Sun

Aces at Liberty


WNBA team news:

The league's power rankings for the week have the Sun, Sparks, Mercury, Storm and Wings in the top five spots.

The addition of Liz Cambage has been a game-changer for Dallas.

WNBA player news:

Karima Christmas-Kelly will have season-ending knee surgery. The Wings have signed Teana Muldrow to take her place.

Chiney Ogwumike and Jonquel Jones are hitting their stride together for the Sun.

Lindsay Whalen talks about playing in the WNBA and being a college coach.

Connecticut sharp-shooter Shekinna Stricklen is on this week's SunCast podcast.

Liz Cambage is happier to be in the WNBA this time around.

Kia Nurse's latest rookie diary.

WNBA coach news:

For Liberty coach Katie Smith right now, it's full speed ahead.

College team news:

Notre Dame and UConn will face off this fall in the Jimmy V Classic.

Is Kentucky headed in the right direction?

No. 15 prospect Jakia Brown-Turner has verballed to NC State.

College coach news:

The contract of Louisville coach Jeff Walz has been extended through 2024-2025.

Cherie Cordoba has been promoted to associate head coach at Buffalo.

Jonath Nicholas has been elevated to associate head coach at St. John's.

USA Basketball news:

Italy beat Team USA in the 3X3 World Cup quarterfinal.