Sunday, April 30, 2017

New writers for WomensHoopsWorld

Washington beat writer Misha Jones gives us:

Their potential is bright, but the new Mystics will need time

Dallas beat writer Arie Graham gave us:

Yesterday's game story.

We've got Brian Love covering the Sparks, Joe Veyera covering the Storm, and Darren Clora all over the Sky.

Stay tuned.

While news hits a low point.......

We can focus on the numerous preseason games coming up this week:


Mystics at Fever

Sparks at Liberty

Sky at Sun


Mercury at Storm

Sky at Liberty

Sparks at Sun


Dream at Lynx


Stars at Sparks

Fever at Wings

WNBA player news:

The Lynx stars stayed home to stay fresh.

Skylar Diggins got married yesterday.

College player news:

Stanford hoops transfer Lili Thompson brings experience and aspirations to Notre Dame.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally, a news explosion

WNBA team news:

Lynx training camp got more intense on day three.

Minnesota's competitive fire hasn't mellowed with age.

The Lynx are prepping for a one-season move to St. Paul.

Elena Delle Donne makes the Mystics contenders.

The Sun hope for a playoff return this year.

Atlanta's defense will be better this year.

League facts to know.

Today's transactions.

WNBA player news:

Briann January's new coaching job with her alma mater doesn't mean she's done as a player.

Jewell Loyd is the Storm's emerging star.

Kelsey Plum has signed with Nike.

Shoni Schimmel is taking time off, says Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer.

Skylar Diggins called out a reporter for failing to recognize her as Roc Nation's highest draft pick.

Sue Bird will speak at a GeekWire sports tech summit in June.

The Wings' large rookie class is trying to make an impact as they adjust to pro play.

Jordan Reynolds' WNBA dream is coming true.

Former UConn stars revel in "normal" offseasons.

Elena Delle Donne puts up shots.

Former WNBA player news:

Becky Hammon's big shot.

College player news:

Mississippi State's Morgan William is adjusting to life after "the shot" that took down UConn.

Laken Wairau is leaving Indiana and will stay at the school as a student.

College coach news:

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair's contract has been extended through the 2020-2021 season.

Delaware coach Tina Martin is retiring.

George Washington coach Jen Rizzotti will continue working with USA Basketball.

Kyra Elzy's win challenge continues to honor Pat Summitt's legacy.

Pepperdine coach Delisha Milton-Jones has hired her first assistant coach: BJ Porter.

Loyola Marymount has promoted director of basketball operations Nia Jackson to assistant coach.

High school news:

The infamous Boo Williams Tournament showcases 232 teams.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You know you want to know this

WNBA team news:

Health is already a concern for the Connecticut Sun.

Five reasons to watch the Dallas Wings this season.

Connecticut Sun media day will be streamed live tomorrow.

WNBA player news:

Tina Charles on playing overseas and being a role model.

Sugar Rodgers is taking a leadership role for the Liberty.

Breanna Stewart had an unusual offseason - it involved rest.

Dallas Wings guard Aerial Powers does not expect to be ready for the season opener.

The Dream's Tiffany Hayes is a player to watch.

Guess who's back at Connecticut after a two-year absence? Allison Hightower.

Lindsay Allen is working hard to make a New York Liberty spot.

Brittney Sykes training camp report.

Dallas Wings rookie Evelyn Akhator on how she spent draft night, transition to WNBA, keeping in touch with family.

Tina Charles' Hopey's Heart Foundation.

"Athletes United":

Pro players have created an organization called "Athletes United" to help support survivors of sexual assault.

Elizabeth Williams and Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream are on board, and Clarendon shares her story.

College team news:

South Carolina lawmakers honored their Gamecock national champions today.

Nebraska's AD has high expectations for the basketball program.

College player news:

Florida State's Shakayla Thomas is ready to take charge going into her senior year.

College coach news:

Nancy Funk, 31-year coach at Johns Hopkins, will retire.

Female head women's basketball coaches in the NCAA are on the decline.

Velaida Harris is Rhode Island's new assistant coach.

Jessica Keller is Illinois State's new assistant coach.

USA Basketball news:

Thirty-five athletes will compete in the U16 trials.

No. 1 prospect Samantha Brunelle, No. 1 dunker Francesca Belibi invited to USA Basketball trials.

Monday, April 24, 2017

News on all fronts

WNBA team news:

The Mystics have opened training camp with a revamped roster and elevated expectations.

Five reasons to watch the San Antonio Stars this season.

The Lynx opened training camp hungry for another title and ready to move past last year's Finals loss.

Coach Jenny Boucek was pleased with the Storm's first day of camp.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart embraces the power of the platform that comes with a WNBA spot.

Don't call Skylar Diggins a female athlete.

China's Shao Ting getting acclimated to Lynx and hoping to make roster.

Samantha Prahalis is "95 percent sure" she's retiring.

WNBA coach news:

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says the WNBA's popularity is about society changing its views on women. BRAVO.

WMLBA news:

The Carolina Stars will fill a pro women's void in the state.

College team news:

The South Carolina Gamecocks will be recognized at the State House tomorrow.

After losing Destiny Slocum, Maryland has landed a four-star point guard recruit.

Ohio State's early season schedule includes Stanford and Connecticut.

College player news:

Former Irish woman Ali Patberg has transferred to Indiana.

College coach news:

Lisa Leslie has high hopes for South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.

Longtime DePaul assistant coach Bart Brooks is the new head coach at Belmont.

Kevin Baker is UTEP's new head coach.

USA Basketball:

USA Basketball has put their team selection committees in for 2017-2020, and the list is loaded.

Tamika Catchings has been named to the USA Basketball development committee.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Game Changers: the unsung heroines of sports history

Today I went to the LA Times Festival of Books - my favorite of all festivals. Not only are there many great books for sale, but there are awesome author interviews. And you never know who you might meet.

I stopped by the LA84 booth and started talking to filmmaker Molly Schiot about her book "Game Changers: the unsung heroines of sports history" as I leafed through it. The book features women who were pioneers in all sports over the last 100 years or so: a summary and a picture, and sometimes interviews. It was captivating.

Schiot directed an episode of "30 for 30" for ESPN. She pitched numerous ideas for features on female athletes, and they rejected every one. So she set about to do some research herself. She began at the Los Angeles Public Library and eventually advanced to the LA84 library. She kept going, until she'd compiled enough to make the above beautiful 285-page book.

Basketball greats featured are: Pat Summitt, Kay Yow, the All-American Red Heads, Cathy Rush/Immaculata College, Violet Palmer, the 1984 Cuban National Women's Basketball Team (pictured with Fidel Castro), Molly Bolin Kazmer, Sheryl Swoopes and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens.

Among other athletes featured are tennis greats Alice Marble, Andrea Jaeger and Althea Gibson, rowing giant Anita DeFrantz, track legend Wilma Rudolph, race car driver Shirley Muldowney, the first female sports journalist, Melissa Ludtke, and many more, including numerous ground-breaking African-American athletes and the first female athletic director of a college (1904). Seeing these women - sometimes in black and white photos - in each decade of the last century inspires wonder, awe and then gratitude. There are well-known names, and obscure ones. Schiot had to come to grips with their anonymity in the sports world, too.

"I don't think I quite understood the absence of women in sports history when I was a kid," she wrote in the introduction. "It's not until I started this project that I, a proud feminist, came to the uncomfortable realization that these names have always been there, but we haven't recognized them; it baffles me that the Wake-Robin Club is less known than the fictional Bad News Bears. With this book, I hope to change that, even if just a little."

Schiot's Instagram.

The stories in the book are just as fascinating as the pictures. Go get it. You'll be glad you did.

Many WNBA training camps starting tomorrow

Training camp rosters:

San Antonio

New York

WNBA team news:

The Lynx have a to-do list for a successful season.

WNBA player news:

The Sun have signed Chiney Ogwumike to a multi-year contract extension despite her Achilles injury.

Connecticut overseas round up.

All-access with Elena Delle Donne.

Devereaux Peters will miss the season after hip surgery, and she and the Fever have reached a contract separation agreement.

Champions corner with Dawn Staley.

Wings center Ruth Hamblin is turning her focus to the Olympics.

WNBA coach news:

Finally, Mystics coach Mike Thibault can start drawing up plays for Elena Delle Donne.

College player news:

Baylor transfer Beatrice Mompremier is interested in the Lady Vols.

Mariya Moore will transfer from Louisville.

College coach news:

Todd Schaefer is following Mike Neighbors to Arkansas as an assistant coach.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Making the right comparisons

There have been two sensationalist stories posted this week on smaller websites lamenting the length of time it's taking USC to find a new coach to replace Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. In both pieces, the same number is floated as being the proposed salary of the new Trojan coach. And in both stories, the writer concludes that this is unjust because it's not equal to some man's salary.

That's not an apt comparison, because female coaches make less than male coaches.

I compared the earnings of all of the Pac-12 coaches in this story about the USC situation. It's more appropriate. And it's freaking me out that the one coach who has won 1,000 career games might make the least amount of money in the conference.

It proves the salary gender gap point quite well.

Future NCAA Championships site selections released

NCAA announces championship sites through 2022.

Less than a week until WNBA training camp; transfer-fest continues

WNBA player news:

Kelsey Plum writes about draft night.

Plum comparisons can be a left-handed compliment.

Mercury draftee Alexis Prince cut her teeth at Orlando magic basketball camps.

Keep an eye on Jonquel Jones.

Janel McCarville is not under contract with the Minnesota Lynx.

Training camp contracts are being signed.

It was a busy offseason.

College program news:

Savannah State wants to move from DI to DII.

UNI did the burpee challenge yesterday for organ donor awareness.

College player news:

Jordyn Jossart and Morgan Bartner are transferring from Marist.

Two Seton Hall transfers have landed at Montana State.

Cascio Jensen is transferring from Nebraska.

Riikka Kujala and Daley Handy are leaving Wyoming.

College coach news:

Husky fans need to be patient with Jody Wynn.

Coach Fred Applin's contract has been extended at Charleston Southern.

Monday, April 17, 2017

WNBA and National Basketball Referees Association approves agreement


NEW YORK, April 17, 2017 – The WNBA announced today that the league has entered its first collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Referees Association, which is the union representing the WNBA referees. The two-year agreement begins with the 2017 season.

“We commend our officials for their hard work and dedication to the game and are very pleased to have reached an agreement,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “We now look forward to continuing to deliver the best basketball in the world to our fans as our 21st season tips off on May 13.”

Per league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

News from the realms

Training camp begins in a week or less, and still no trades despite several teams being heavy on one position.

I guess they're rolling with what they've got.

WNBA player news:

How Elena Delle Donne ended up joining the Mystics.

Both Baylor players named Alexis saw their dreams come true in the draft.

Opportunity is knocking for Saniya Chong.

WNBA coach news:

Mercury coach Sandy Brondello has been named head coach of the Australian National Team.

Tamika Catchings:

Her new job is director of player programs and franchise development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

College team news:

Three players are transferring from Colorado.

College player news:

Ali Patberg is looking at options after leaving Notre Dame.

College coach news:

Jody Wynn was introduced as Washington's new head coach today.

Jeff Harada is the new head coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Former Cardinal Lindy LaRocque is Stanford's new assistant coach.

Mike McKee is Kent State's new assistant coach.

College sports needs more women — and women of color — in the coaching ranks.

USA Basketball news:

Carla Berube, Steve Gomez And Vanessa Nygaard are the coaches for this year's U16 National Team.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WNBA draft is tomorrow

Be prepared for interesting, unpredictable moves tomorrow.

WNBA draft news:

After Kelsey Plum at No. 1, nothing is easy to predict.

The Mystics are keeping their draft options open, with their big moves already made.

The top prospects are honored to be in New York.

A "weak" WNBA draft has the Sun focusing elsewhere. But no decision for Connecticut will be easy.

The Sun will try to balance their season and long-term goals with the draft.

Dallas is looking for immediate contributors to add to their core.

Sky coach/GM Amber Stocks has a draft day strategy, as well as options. Yet, the stars may not align for Chicago's best-case draft.

The Storm has to do its homework.

As Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator await their WNBA fate, Lin Dunn has been a great resource.

Tori Jankoska is ready for the next chapter in the WNBA.

Erica McCall is ready for her big moment at the draft.

Nia Coffey is set for a first-round selection.

Sophie Brunner is staying optimistic entering the draft.

ODU's Adrienne Motley and Jennie Simms are eyeing the draft.

Q&A with Florida's Ronni Williams.

Experts and players speculate as Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes await the draft.

No. 1 picks through the years have made instant impacts.

More WNBA news:

How Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve transformed the team with one pick and a winning formula.

The Liberty are ready to take the next step.

League president Lisa Borders says the future of the WNBA is bright.

College team news:

The Gamecocks are being honored on Coke cans.

No resolution at Cincinnati yet.

College player news:

Oregon has signed elite international player Anneli Maley.

College coach news:

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer reflects on the Bulldogs' special Final Four run.

Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker is retiring.

Jessica Kern is Tennessee State's new head coach.

Maine's Amy Vachon has taken control of the program.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The draft lead up and college coaching dance continues

WNBA draft news:

Five big questions heading into the draft.

Coaches Agler, Johnson, Stocks, and Williams Discuss the WNBA Draft.

Prospects Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Alexis Jones and Nia Coffey Discuss the Draft.

The young and exciting Sun are ready for the draft and training camp.

Is Nia Coffey the answer for Chicago at the No. 2 pick?

Kelsey Plum's WNBA resume.

Alaina Coates is ready to bring Columbia to the WNBA.

ODU's Jennie Sims has high hopes heading into the draft.

Florida's Ronni Williams is anxious for the draft.

Liberty draft primer.

Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson Discuss the Draft.

George Washington seniors Caira Washington and Hannah Schaible are eyeing professional careers, probably overseas.

Other WNBA news:

Dallas Wings CEO Mary O'Connor has resigned.

Jay Parry, WNBA COO.

Comparing female athletes to male athletes:

It's not a compliment - it's insidious.

College conference news:

Big year for the Pac 12.

College player news:

Rebekah Dahlman has transferred to DePaul.

College coach news:

Sherri Coale has a plan to get Oklahoma back atop the Big 12.

Dawn Staley will get a new contract.

Nicole Powell officially named Grand Canyon's new coach.

Marquette has extended coach Carolyn Kieger's contract through 2022-2023.

UNCW coach Adell Harris has resigned to pursue other interests.

Results under Joe McKeown are frustrating, but he deserves his job at Northwestern.

Keitha Adams has hired Eva Laskowska as an assistant coach at Wichita State.

Vanderbilt coaches Stephanie White and Carolyn Peck spoke at an "Equal Pay, Equal Play" session.

Nikki Moody's lawyers are quiet about Bill Fennelly's dismissal from her lawsuit against him and the school.

International news:

Nirra Fields inspired and trained girls at a weekend clinic in Canada over the weekend.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gearing for a draft while the college news rolls on

WNBA Draft is three days away:

Draft prospect profiles.

Team-by-team draft profiles.

Draft board.

Vickie Johnson and Ruth Riley are on the clock in San Antonio.

How much will Syracuse players make in the WNBA, and what will they do with their money?

Kelsey Plum will likely be the top pick.

Alaina Coates and Allisha Gray are likely to be first-round picks.

Coates had ankle surgery and will miss part of the WNBA season.

Sydney Wiese, Chatel Osahor and Sophie Brunner await the draft.

Tori Jankoska is eager to make history.

Nia Coffey looks ahead to the draft.

UConn's Saniya Chong likely will be selected.

My final mock draft.

College team news:

The success of Gonzaga's men's team is an inspiration for the women.

College player news:

Ali Patberg and Erin Boley are transferring from Notre Dame.

Dayton commit Sam Breen has reopened her recruitment.

Rebekah Dahlman is leaving Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer.

Openly gay Taylor Emery has won junior college's top basketball award.

College coach news:

Adia Barnes remains committed to Arizona despite the job opening at Washington.

Miami has extended Katie Meier's contract.

Muffet McGraw's thoughts after two players announced they are transferring.

Former players reflect on McGraw's legacy.

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly has been dismissed from the Nikki Moody lawsuit.

FGCU's Karl Smesko could be the front runner for the USC job.

But a spokesperson for the school told me today that the search was on for a replacement and no comment would be issued until then.

Former NIU coach Jane Albright gives up basketball court for classroom.

Final Four:

The Final Four thrived in Dallas.

Friday, April 7, 2017

End of decompression still flowing

WNBA news:

South Carolina players could provide help for the Dallas Wings.

Breanna Stewart will be a WNBA friend and foe for Brittney Sykes.

Could Alexis Jones go home to play for the Dallas Wings?

Seattle Storm draft preview.

Indiana Fever draft preview.

Atlanta Dream draft preview.

Phoenix Mercury draft preview.

Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller is doing homework on his team's next move.

Q&A with Skylar Diggins.

Ode to Maya Moore.

The Sacramento Kings seem to want a WNBA team, so where is it?

Former WNBA player news:

Lauren Jackson talks about facing depression - one of a few Australian athletes that found themselves there after retirement.

Retired WNBA star Tamika Catchings looks forward to seeing old friends in her new tea shop.

College team news:

Droves of fans showed love for Mississippi State today.

The Gamecocks' championship parade is Sunday.

Assessing Virginia Tech Part II: looking toward the future.

Texas Tech has the building blocks in place for rebuild.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson credits her dad with helping make her hoop dreams come true.

Becoming Purdue's Ashley Morrissette.

Lanie Page is transferring from Kansas State.

College coach news:

After a strong debut season, Colorado coach JR Payne plans to raise the bar.

Loree Payne is the new head coach at Northern Arizona.

Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri relished the team's celebrity status during the NCAA Tournament, but now it's time to get back to work.

Dawn Staley returned to her old high school to share South Carolina's national title.


Kelsey Plum won the Wooden Award. She has swept the awards this season.

Conference news:

Wichita State will join the American Athletic Conference next season.

College program news:

Cincinnati is under fire in the wake of their plan to put women's basketball games in a high school gym next year.

High school news:

In women's basketball, one high school coach sees hope for Somalia.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Like sands through the hour glass.......

Racial and gender gap:

Trends in racial and gender hiring at the college level show a reversal of progress.

College team news:

Mississippi State will be celebrating during "Super Bulldog Weekend."

The return of Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell has the Lady Vols poised to rebound.

Cincinnati basketball legend Oscar Robertson says the University needs to find a better solution for women's basketball games next year as the arena is being upgraded.

In Destiny Slocum's departure, Maryland faces a tough rebuild.

Inexperienced Texas Tech learned tough lessons this season.

Virginia Tech season review, Part I.

Texas-Arlington continues to take steps in the right direction.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson says Dawn Staley doesn't let her get too comfortable.

Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell did their homework before choosing to return to Tennessee.

Why Destiny Slocum is done at Maryland.

Keyana Brown and Manaya Jones are leaving ODU.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves got a six-year, $4 million contract extension.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick not concerned with her job status.

Five candidates for the Washington coaching job.

Georgia made progress in Joni Taylor's sophomore season.

Keitha Adams said deciding to leave UTEP was hard.

Debbie Ryan gets to savor Dawn Staley's success.

Quentin Hillsman says UConn's loss shows there's parity in the game.

WNBA news:

WNBA Draft attendees.

Why only 10 invitees? Was it due to the embarrassment of having Talia Walton there last year, who didn't get picked until very late? Ten is much too low a number to attend.

Tully Bevilaqua is the Fever's new director of player development.

Carla D. Morrow is the Chicago Sky's new assistant coach.

How Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins connects to the next generation.

Five prospects for Dallas Wings fans to know before the draft.

High school news:

Top Georgia Tech recruit Elizabeth Dixon is a fast learner.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Changes and more changes

College team news:

Don't underestimate what the Gamecocks' title means for South Carolina.

Can South Carolina repeat as champs? Two Alabama players will try to make it happen.

A unique perspective on Mississippi State dethroning a giant.

Graduations and transfers have changed Maryland's outlook.

FGCU looks back and forward.

College player news:

Brianna Turner could miss the year, Irish coach Muffet McGraw says.

Freshmen Tory McCoy and Kiara Lewis are transferring from Ohio State. Is this a sign of trouble for the Buckeyes?

Stats are only part of the story in the return of Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell to Tennessee.

Homesick Destiny Slocum is considering schools west of the Mississippi.

The Bulldog seniors set the path for success for the program.

Purdue junior center Bree Horrocks will graduate and transfer.

Indiana sophomore Tia Elbert will forego her final two years of eligibility and graduate early.

Grace Hunter is transferring from Charlotte.

College coach news:

A piece of net has created a bond between Dawn Staley and Carolyn Peck.

Mike Neighbors wants to take Arkansas to the top.

Jimmy Dykes and others call Neighbors a good hire.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is getting a new contract.

FAMU coach LaDawn Gibson has been accused of bullying.

Analysis of Geno Auriemma's comments on women in coaching.

Amy Vachon is UMaine's interim head coach next season. Praying for Richard Barron, who talked about his issues.

Florida Atlantic's new coach is Jim Jabir, formerly of Dayton.

Air Force coach Chris Gobrecht agrees with me.

Freddie Murray has been elevated from interim to head coach at Grambling State.

WNBA news:

The league previews the draft for the LA Sparks and the Lynx, and the Liberty.

Minnesota Lynx preview.