Monday, August 20, 2018

Barely a breath and here we go

Tomorrow's playoff game previews:

Day one is headlined by a finals rematch.

The Lynx are bracing for the one-and-done with the Sparks.

The two teams are used to meeting each other in the playoffs, but not this early.

The Mercury-Wings match up will feature Brittney Griner vs. Liz Cambage.

Can Dallas pull off the upset?

WNBA playoffs:

Schedules, game previews and more.

List of officials for the playoffs.

WNBA news:

It's been a season of change.

Another "why isn't the WNBA more successful?" story.

WNBA player news:

Two former Bruins are set to make their WNBA playoffs debuts with the Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream.

Texas alumni in the playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles broke the league record for single-season rebounds last night.

A'ja Wilson has capped off one of the greatest rookie seasons in league history.

The WNBA may need Liz Cambage, but she may not need it.

Lindsay Whalen had a nice retirement ceremony last night.

Riquna Williams is the kind of player the Sparks want at the core of their team.

C. Vivian Stinger talks about Erica Wheeler.

Kia Nurse is just getting started.

DeWanna Bonner and Jonquel Jones are the Western and Eastern conference players of the week.

A'ja Wilson is the August rookie of the month.

Elena Delle Donne and Diana Taurasi are the Eastern and Western conference players of the month for August.

Peak performer awards for the season are Liz Cambage, Sylvia Fowles and Courtney Vandersloot.

WNBA coach news:

Dream coach Nicki Collen is the coach of the month for August.

Sexism in basketball:

A roundtable discussion on the topic with six pro players.

The Storm made a new fan in Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald.

College player news:

Five-star recruit Valeria Trucco will play in Italy, and not for Arizona.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Regular-season finales on tap tomorrow

Today's game result:

The Sky outlasted the Fever in double OT, 115-106.

Tomorrow's regular-season finale game schedule:

Sparks at Sun

Dream at Aces

Liberty at Mercury

Fever at Sky

Wings at Storm

Mystics at Lynx


WNBA team news:

The WNBA has granted a medical hardship to the Dallas Wings, who will sign someone prior to tomorrow's regular season finale against Seattle.

The Storm still have business to take care of in their last game.

The Lynx-Mystics game tomorrow will be like a family reunion.

WNBA player news:

A basketball star and an ESPN analyst, nothing can stop Chiney Ogwumike.

Lindsay Whalen penned a letter of love.

Salary issues:

The case for boosting player salaries.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Save 'em a spot

Today's results:

The Sun routed the Lynx, 96-79, and earned a home playoff game.

Natasha Cloud hit a shot at the buzzer to lift the Mystics over the Sparks, 69-67.

Liz Cambage scored 43 points to lead the Wings over the Aces, 107-102. Dallas grabs the last playoff spot.

The Mercury stopped the Dream, 104-95.

The Storm downed the Liberty, 85-77, to clinch the No. 1 seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky at Fever

WNBA team news:

The Lynx have turned to technology to sharpen their shots.

WNBA player news:

Tamera Young: daddy's girl.

Dwayne Wade will pay Young's fine for wearing his shoes.

Q&A with Breanna Stewart.

Is Courtney Vandersloot the league's most-improved player this year?

She dished 241 assists in 28 games.

Unapologotically Liz Cambage.

Elena Delle Donne is playing like a giant right now.

Several former Tar Heels are helping their WNBA teams into the playoffs.

Lindsay Whalen's story is almost too good to be true.

Whalen is a homegrown star who made Minnesota proud.

Alysha Clark has won the July WNBA Cares Community Assist Award.

College player news:

North Texas transfer Adrianna Henderson has landed at New Mexico State.

College coach news:

A long journey brought new Binghamton coach Bethann Shapiro Ord back to New York.

Plenette Pierson is a new assistant coach at Wayne State.

International news:

FIBA world cup power rankings.

Bonus:

The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers have hired Lindsey Harding as a scout.

Heartwarming story about a college visiting a former player, now 103.

Armani Dawkins is Oklahoma's new associate athletics director.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The showdowns begin tomorrow

Tomorrow's game schedule is a war zone:

Lynx at Sun

Sparks at Mystics

Aces at Wings

Dream at Mercury

Liberty at Storm


WNBA team news:

The Mystics are focused on finishing strong before the playoffs.

Washington is fighting for that coveted double-bye.

The Mercury can finish between fourth and seventh.

The Aces must win in Dallas to keep their playoff hopes alive.

There is more than a playoff berth on the line for the Wings tomorrow.

WNBA player news:

Liz Cambage outlines five ways the WNBA is failing its players.

What a second Cambage departure would say about America.

The Lynx will honor Lindsay Whalen at Sunday's game.

Whalen, a former Sun guard, returns to the state one last time tomorrow.

Inside look at Tamera Young's big sneaker collection.

Q&A with Dearica Hamby.

DeWanna Bonner is key to the Mercury lineup.

Dream forward Damiris Dantas had season-ending ankle surgery today.

Sun teammates are on opposite sides in the Tennessee-UConn rivalry.

Breanna Stewart is ESPN's MVP.

Gabby Williams says she feels closer to her fans.

Elena Delle Donne has surged in the WNBA's weekly MVP rankings.

College coach news:

North Carolina A&T coach Tarrell Robinson has signed a five-year contract extension.

The contract of Idaho State coach Seton Sobolewski has been extended five years.

Tom Biskup has been promoted to assistant coach at UMaine.

USA Basketball news:

U17 and U18 team members share behind-the-scenes highlights of their gold medal pursuits.

Bonus:

Twelve things Camilla Persley learned interviewing WNBA players this summer.

NBA star Steph Curry is hosting girls basketball camps.

Competitive Balance in NCAA “Power Conferences:” The Case of Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

More milestones reached

Today's game results:

Jonquel Jones scored 27 points, and the Sun handed the Wings their ninth straight loss.

The Sky topped the Lynx, 91-88, to take the season series. Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot broke the WNBA single-season assist record of 237, with 241. Rookie Diamond DeShields led Chicago with a career-high 28 points.

Still going on at this hour: Liberty at Sparks. And New York has a small lead in the third quarter.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mystics at Fever

Liberty at Aces


WNBA team news:

The WNBA is set for a wild end to the regular season.

WNBA player news:

The Lynx have signed Sydney Colson, who is trying to get up to speed.

We may not see the likes of a player like Lindsay Whalen again.

WNBA coaching news:

Taj McWilliams-Franklin made her head coaching debut in a place she knows well.

Power rankings:

CBS Sports version.

AP power poll.

League version.

College team news:

The re-emergence of the Tennessee-UConn rivalry has already begun on Twitter.

History of the rivalry, game by game.

The renewal of the rivalry is just what the game needs.

College player news:

Sierra Calhoun has transferred from Ohio State to Rutgers.

Bonus:

The Hanes Hoisery women ruled the court in 1953.

Tennessee-UConn rivalry renewed!!!!

After a 12-year absence, the classic rivalry between the Tennessee Lady Vols and the UConn Huskies will resume. It'll be a two-year series in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.

Tennessee announcement.

UConn announcement.