Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The calm before more storm

About last night:

The Mercury bounced the Wings from the playoffs, 101-83.

The Sparks eliminated the Lynx, 75-68.

Tomorrow's second-round, loser out games:

Sparks at Mystics

Mercury at Sun

Second round playoff action:

For the Mercury, it was win, pack and go to the airport.

Phoenix and Connecticut are rematched tomorrow night.

The Mystics will have a new home for the playoffs.

WNBA team news:

After an unprecedented run, the Lynx face challenges with an aging roster and expiring contracts.

The Fever are entering a crucial offseason for a rebuild.

An uncertain offseason awaits the Wings.

The Aces embark on the offseason with an eye on improvement.

WNBA player news:

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumnike has been battling mononucleosis. I asked the organization twice what was wrong with her, and they wouldn't tell me.

The Lynx will survive the post-Lindsay Whalen era, but they need more from Maya Moore.

Minnesota players have had an unshakable bond.

Kristi Toliver is the veteran force fueling the Mystics.

Some of Sun fans' loudest cheers are reserved for Courtney Williams.

Layshia Clarendon is an activist and a survivor.

Liz Cambage might return to the WNBA next year after all.

Cambage and a teen fan bonded over their struggles.

Cambage's focus now turns to the World Cup.

NCAA news:

The Division I Women's Basketball Committee visited San Antonio in consideration for a Final Four.

College player news:

Marina Mabrey still gets the point for Notre Dame.

College coach news:

Duke coach Joanne McCallie and Felicia Legette-Jack are taking the proactive approach with mental health and their athletes.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey will have spinal fusion surgery.

Dawn Staley is happy to see women's basketball dynasties end, as long as it's not South Carolina.

Binghamton's new assistant coach is Matt Thune.

The new assistant coach at Clemson has worked in the NBA.

Nicky Anosike returns to Tennessee as a grad assistant.


The 1986 women ushered in a golden era.

One young athlete says being openly gay is pushing people out of the game.

World Cup group B primer.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Don’t forget about these players during the WNBA stretch run

Some of the league's finest unsung players.

Monday, August 13, 2018

And on Monday, they rested

No games today, and thank goodness. With the compressed schedule this season, players and coaches alike seem exhausted and/or ready to snap. But it seems like most, if not all, of the teams had today off, given the lack of Twitter traffic.

Excellent. Here's praying for a safe end to the season.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Wings at Sun

Sky at Lynx

Liberty at Sparks

WNBA team news:

Will Dallas or Las Vegas claim the final playoff spot?

The Aces travel debacle has rekindled discussions about air travel for the league.

WNBA player news:

This morning, Lindsay Whalen announced she will retire at the conclusion of this WNBA season.

She leaves behind a legacy of winning.

Whalen turned mediocrity into greatness in her career.

Even in announcing her retirement, Whalen didn't falter.

Whalen said she'd have her memories forever.

Danielle Robinson had successful ankle surgery today and is out indefinitely.

Endy Miyem has been waived by the Lynx, which means they're getting ready to sign someone.

Gabby Williams continues to adjust to the WNBA as her first pro season is about to end.

Elena Delle Donne and Maya Moore are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

Photos of the week for Aug. 6-12.

WNBA coach news:

Fred Williams talks to ESPN about the "little altercation" with the Dallas CEO that lead to his firing.

TMZ talked to Williams in the airport this morning.

Why Dream coach Nicki Collen should be named coach of the year.

Cheryl Reeve was emotional at the announcement of Lindsay Whalen's retirement today.

College player news:

Elon transfer Ra'Shika White has landed at Middle Tennessee.

College coach news:

Expectations are high as Lindsay Whalen transitions to coach of the Minnesota Gophers.


The underpayment of elite female basketball players begins in college.

Air Swoopes II shoes will be released Friday.

Minnesota's best-kept secret are the girls of Grand Meadow.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

No drama saved for Mama

Today's game results:

Renee Montgomery hit eight three-point shots to tie a WNBA record in leading the Dream over the Liberty, 86-77.

The Sun held off the Sky, 82-75.

The Mystics downed the Wings, 93-80, for their sixth straight win.

The Storm beat the Lynx, 81-72, and need just one more win to clinch first place seeing in the playoffs.

DeWanna Bonner's 31-point outpour paced the Mercury over the Sparks, 81-72.

WNBA team news:

The Sky tied the WNBA single-game team assists record, with 35.

WNBA player news:

Danielle Robinson's injury has playoff implications.

For the first time since her WNBA debut, Lindsay Whalen didn't start today.

WNBA coach news:

The Dallas Wings relieved coach Fred Williams of coaching duties after today's game.

College coach news:

Jeff Mittie has found a home at Kansas State.

Dallas Wings relieve Fred Williams of coaching duties

Taj McWilliams-Franklin to serve as interim head coach

The Dallas Wings announces this evening that Fred Williams has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Assistant Coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season, and the organization will conduct a full search for a permanent head coach immediately following the conclusion of the 2018 campaign.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin was named assistant coach for the Dallas Wings in 2017 and has served in that role for the past two seasons. She previously served as assistant coach for the New York Liberty in 2013 and head coach at Post University in 2015.

Erin Phillips and Travis Charles will serve as assistant coaches for the remainder of the year.

“Following today’s game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head coaching position,” stated President and CEO Greg Bibb. “I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked Taj to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship.”

SB Nation reported that Williams and CEO Greg Bibb got into a shouting match following the game.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A light dusting

Today's results:

The Dream beat the Wings, 92-72, on the strength of six three-pointers from Renee Momtgomery.

The Aces downed the Fever, 92-74, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Dream at Liberty

Sky at Sun

Wings at Mystics

Sparks at Mercury

Storm at Lynx

WNBA team news:

Get ready for part two of the "bush league" battle tomorrow.

WNBA player news:

A'ja Wilson is the centerpiece the Aces have been searching for.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The jockeying for seeding continues

Today's results:

Courtney Vandersloot's 20 points and 15 assists led the Sky past the Sun, 97-86.

The Mercury raced by the Fever, 94-74.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Wings at Dream

Fever at Aces

WNBA playoffs:

There is only one playoff spot left to claim, but the seeds are up for grabs.

The Storm have secured a spot in the playoff semifinals for the first time since 2010.

WNBA team news:

The Aces are looking to end a five-game losing streak and make a playoff push.

Why Atlanta should still be a favorite, even without Angel McCoughtry.

The Mystics felt slighted in last week's forfeit.

WNBA player news:

Liz Cambage traveled with the Wings to Atlanta but is still questionable to play tomorrow.

WNBA president news:

League president Lisa Borders and NBA president Adam Silver think keeping the New York Liberty in White Plains is a profitable long-term idea.

College player news:

Texas Tech transfer Lyndsey Whilbey has been granted immediate eligibility to play for Purdue.

Former Florida player Simone Westbrook is a new graduate transfer at Clemson, where she will play for her former coach, Amanda Butler.

College coach news:

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said no one is better-suited to lead the Lady Vols than Holly Warlick.

Coach Kim Barnes Arico's next goal for Michigan is sustained success.

David Caputo is Delaware State's new head coach.

West Virginia coach Mike Carey will see Salem University name their court after him.

Maryland assistant coach Terry Nooner is joining the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach.

About last night

One more game result from last night:

The Lynx stopped the Aces, 89-73, to clinch a playoff spot. Only one more place is up for grabs.

WNBA player news:

Sun guard Courtney Williams talks about hoops, life, and being herself.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sun beat Dallas to clinch playoff spot

Today's results:

The Sparks edged the Liberty, 82-81.

The Sun downed the Wings, 101-92, to clinch a playoff spot. It was the fifth straight win for Connecticut and the sixth consecutive loss for Dallas.

Only three more playoff spots remain.

Tomorrow's schedule:

Storm at Mystics

Sparks at Dream

Lynx at Aces

WNBA news:

The player's union has pushed back on the travel policy after yesterday's decision that the Aces forfeit last Friday's game.

League players are still treated as second-class citizens, and it's on the NBA to fix that.

WNBA team news:

The Dream have rebounded from a dismal season to be WNBA title contenders.

The Aces deserve the benefit of the doubt.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird became the league leader in all-time career minutes played last night.

Alyssa Thomas wants to help other shy girls find their voices.

Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner are the second and third-longest-tenured athletes in Arizona pro sports history.

Candice Dupree is a mom with superpowers.

Dearica Hamby is crating a niche with the Aces.

Kayla Thornton is making a strong defensive impact in the WNBA.

The league's "race to the MVP" list still has Breanna Stewart on top.

College team news:

Nevada is focusing on mental health this offseason.

East Carolina is internally reviewing its women's basketball program.

College player news:

With gold in hand from the U18 World Championship, two of UConn's freshmen are ready for the next step.

Former Arkansas star India Lewis has died at 36 of breast cancer.

College coach news:

Misty Opat is the new head coach at Chicago State.

FIBA U18 Championships:

Canada took the silver medal.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dream, Sparks, Mystics clinch playoff berths

Today's results:

The Storm outran the Fever, 94-79.

The Dream dropped the Aces, 109-100, to seal a playoff berth. Their win means the Sparks also get a playoff spot.

The Mystics survived the Mercury, 103-98. That gives Washington a spot in the playoffs, too.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Liberty

Sun at Wings

WNBA team news:

The WNBA ruled today that the Las Vegas Aces must forfeit the game they declined to play Friday.

Here's the story.

Teams are jockeying for playoff and lottery position.

The path of the Storm.

The Wings are on a five-game losing streak.

The league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

How Glory Johnson balances being a mother to twins with a globetrotting hoops career.

Tina Charles was picked last on the playground as a kid.

Tiffany Hayes has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Dream.

Sue Bird continues to impress with her passing.

A'ja Wilson is shocked by her WNBA success.

Wilson has found her way and her voice.

College team news:

While on tour, Kentucky picked up a commitment from a player from home.

A change in Western Conference scheduling makes life easier for Gonzaga.

College player news:

Marquette forward Tori McCoy awaits a match for the kidney transplant that she needs.

Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

College coach news:

Holly Warlick's contact has been extended at Tennessee through 2022.

Darryl Brown is a new assistant coach at Weber State.

USA Basketball news:

The U18 team has won gold with an 84-60 rout of Canada.