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.

Liberty's Gray on honoring a former coach who inspired her

The message came in after I went to bed that night in early March, but I got it before dawn when I woke up the next day: Don Brown had passed away the previous evening.

I'd talked to him last a few weeks before, and he didn't sound so good. After watching both of my parents die from long illnesses, I know how a person's voice starts to sound when they're rounding the corner towards death. But because Don had beat the odds for so many years, I didn't quite believe it. How many times had he been told he had only three months to live? I'd lost count. And in the meantime, I went to family parties at Don's place, stopped by to watch some college women's hoops or WNBA games with him, and just generally shoot the breeze. His apartment was right on my way home from the gym, so it was an easy stop.

But this message, from Reshanda Gray, was telling me that at last, my friend had been unable to ward off the beast of cancer. I was heartbroken.

A week and a half later I was in a slightly-stuffy, packed church taking in his funeral. Family members, former athletes and longtime friends got up to speak one by one, and all had versions of the same facts: Don was a caring, giving person who did a lot to uplift and help people. It was a beautiful tribute. And Reshanda got to speak her piece too, via a phone, because she was still in Europe finishing her season. It was more than fitting, because Don talked about her all the time. Whenever I went to see him, he would always start a conversation about her.

I first met Reshanda when she was a 14-year-old freshman playing on her high school's JV team. It wasn't until she was a sophomore that she was named to varsity, and she shone instantly. By the end of the year, she was on most college's radars. I got to know Don, and supported Reshanda throughout her high school and college career.

Reshanda was drafted into the WNBA when she graduated from Cal, and she spent two years playing in the league. The third year, she was cut. The same thing happened the following spring. It stressed Don out. He would tell me what he was saying to her to help her improve her game, and how he was encouraging her to not give up.

"They've got to give Too Tall another chance," he'd say, using the nickname she got in high school.

Reshanda watched out for him, too. She picked up things for him, took him to the doctor, and made sure he was taken care of when she was overseas playing. It reminded me of the relationship that I still have with my mentor.

When Reshanda made the roster for the New York Liberty last month, I was overjoyed. And I was struck by the irony of it happening after Don had passed. But Reshanda had a jacket and a pair of shoes printed with his picture on them, to make it clear that Don lives on. I love that. And I talked to her about it.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wheat from chaff separation: initial stages

Today's results:

The Mystics handled the Dream, 89-73.

The Sky routed the Sun, 93-75, to end their seven-game winning streak. A signature win for Chicago.

The Mercury downed the Sparks, 82-72. Phoenix ends their three-game losing streak, while LA has now lost four in a row.

The Storm held off the Fever, 65-61. Crazy to imagine what Seattle would be like if Bird, Stewart and Canada were playing. Indiana is coming along nicely.

College coach news:

New Cal coach Charmin Smith will face a lot of challenges.

American has extended coach Megan Gebbia's contract through 2025.

Bonus:

After losing basketball, Lauren Holiday found strength in family.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Comebacks not quite enough

Today's results:

The Sun beat the Dream, 86-76, to get off to a franchise-best start. Atlanta fought back from a big deficit, but Connecticut had the extra juice.

Erica Wheeler's 28 points led the way for the Fever, who downed the Sky, 76-69. Chicago came back from 20 down, but fell just short.

No comeback attempt here: the Storm routed the Sparks,

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Lynx

Wings at Aces

WNBA team news:

Despite their injuries, could the Storm be better than anyone thought?

Reserves are carving out playing time for the Sun.

The Aces need more from their back court if they want to contend this season.

Connecticut Sun: personal expression.

WNBA player news:

Diamond DeShields wants to be the best to ever play the game.

Liz Cambage said her first game against the Wings since her trade will be just another game.

Candace Parker on WNBA pay issues.

The Lynx trade has breathed new life into Lexie Brown.

College team news:

UMKC will leave the WAC and move to the Summit League next summer.

College player news:

All five 2020 Oregon pledges are five-star recruits.

College coach news:

Cal has hired Charmin Smith as their new head coach. She will retain the assistant coaches she used to work with, as well as new hire April Phillips.

Seton Hall has elevated Jose Rebimbas to assistant coach.

Craig Carey has been elevated to assistant coach at WVU.

FGCU has elevated Amanda Pierce to assistant coach.

Profile on new Georgia Tech assistant coach Brandy Manning.

USA Basketball news:

Team USA has sailed into the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Snappin' and streakin'

Today's results:

The Dream snapped a five-game losing streak with an 88-78 win over the Fever.

The Sky won their fourth straight by running past the Liberty, 91-83.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Wings

Mystics at Aces


WNBA team news:

The Aces have soared to the top of the league's defensive rankings.

Sun podcast.

The Fever have lost four of their last five games.

The Lynx aim to regroup to shed their losing streak.

Why Atlanta doesn't scream for the Dream.

WNBA player news:

DeWanna Bonner has stepped up for the Mercury.

Why am I different? Behind Natasha Cloud's activism.

Breanna Stewart has been nominated for two ESPYs.

Rachel Banham podcast.

A'ja Wilson is speaking her mind more than ever. Here's where it started.

The Space Jam 2 cast will include Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike.

WNBA coach news:

Storm coach Dan Hughes has resumed control after missing nine games after cancer surgery.

Pokey Chatman does it all for love.

Pro bonus:

Swin Cash is on her way to shattering the status quo.

Cierra Dillard is keeping the faith in her professional basketball journey.

College player news:

Colorado's Annika Jank is driven to succeed in her junior year.

Former St. Bonaventure forward Arielle Harvey has transferred to East Tennessee State.

College coach news:

Boise State coach Gordy Presnell could be the highest-paid coach in the Mountain West Conference.

Carla Berube is ready to lead Princeton.

Taja Edwards is a new assistant coach at Loyola Marymount.

Tyler Smith and Stacia Robertson are new assistant coaches at Western Carolina.

Staff changes at Maryland.

USA Basketball news:

The U.S. U16 team thrashed Mexico today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mystics thrash Sparks, despite Parker's return

Today's result:

The Mystics hammered the Sparks, 81-52, even though Candace Parker played in her first game this season after injury.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Fever at Dream in a morning match up.

Sky at Liberty

Mercury at Wings

WNBA news:

Is androgyny now fashionable in the WNBA? One writer says yes.

The CBA elephant in the room has yet to cause chaos.

An introduction to navigating the league's new stats page.

WNBA team news:

Why this year is different for the Indiana Fever.

The league's power rankings for week four.

AP power poll.

WNBA player news:

Natasha Howard would be an improbable MVP.

Diana Taurasi hopes to make her season debut Sunday against the Sparks.

Chelsea Gray is a point guard and a clutch closer.

Danielle Robinson and Napheesa Collier are the backbones for a battered Lynx squad.

Sun rookie Bridget Carleton is impressing her coaches and teammates.

Kristine Anigwe got a confidence boost.

WNBA coach and executive news:

Out in sports: the Sun's Curt Miller and Amber Cox.

Podcast with Liberty coach Katie Smith.

College team news:

Both Maryland basketball programs violated recruiting rules.

More on that.

The offseason has brought a mass exodus at Utah State.

The ASUN Conference has added Bellarmine University.

College coach news:

Q&A with MTSU head coach Rick Insell.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma talks about his love of books.

Former JMU star Ashley Perez has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

College player news:

Morehead State grad transfer Aliyah Jeune has landed at USC.

USA Basketball news:

The USA U16 team dominated host Chile in today's match up.

International news:

Lauren Jackson will head up Australia women's basketball.

Things to know about Eurobasket.

Ten players to watch at Eurobasket.