Thursday, September 27, 2018

International play to continue, as college season ramps up

World Cup storylines:

Sandrine Gruda is hungry again as France looks to end their drought.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Canada are ready to deal with mind games against Spain.

Canada's run is indicative of Natalie Achonwa's perseverance.

Adaora Elonu is excited by the ride as Nigeria keeps rolling.

Belgium's rising star, Julie Allemand, is inspired playing for Tony Parker.

After a dismal season, New York Liberty players are shining on the international stage.

Nneka Ogwumike has lead the U.S. into the quarterfinals.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi look to lead the U.S. to the gold medal.

Healthy living has helped Bird and Taurasi extend their careers.

Tina Charles is a quiet giant for the U.S.

Nigeria is ready to shock the U.S.

USA vs. Nigeria preview.

Australia will face China.

It will be Liz Cambage vs. Han Xu.

Canada is gearing for Spain.

The Nigerian coach's family was in an auto accident in Atlanta, but are OK.

Despite their loss Tuesday, basketball in Japan is on the rise.

WNBA player news:

Rebekkah Brunson, Monique Currie and Marissa Coleman are making money moves.

Maya Moore says the demand is real for women's basketball.

Kristi Toliver is making an impact with the Washington Wizards on the training camp staff.

College team news:

Weber State is getting a fresh start with a young team and a new coach.

Arizona opened practice with identical expectations and an improved team.

Five questions about Chattanooga entering the season.

Young Florida State enters the season with questions, and potential.

Alabama will have a mixture of youth and experience on the roster.

College player news:

Tennessee transfer Lou Brown almost didn't arrive, due to visa issues.

A healthy Nakeia Burks is eager to contribute for Chattanooga.

Recruiting news:

Class of 2019 No. 33 recruit Aubrey Griffin has committed to UConn.

Canadian forward Brynn Masikewich has committed to UCLA.

D.C. area girls basketball is taking center stage after the Mystics' success.


Michigan sports hall of fame inductee Daedra Charles-Furlow was a game-changer.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Tennesseean Hotel opens Pat Summitt Suite to benefit iconic coach’s foundation

The Tennesseean Personal Luxury Hotel has officially dedicated the Pat Summitt Suite to honor the iconic coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols and raise funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation.

“The Pat Summitt Suite is an enduring tribute to a legendary leader,” said Nicholas G. Cazana, innkeeper at the AAA Four Diamond-rated The Tennesseean Personal Luxury Hotel. “We wanted to honor the late Pat Summitt in a way that would be lasting and appropriate for an iconic coach and native Tennessean who did so much for Knoxville and the University of Tennessee.”

Summitt coached the Lady Vols basketball team for 38 years and won 1,098 games and eight national titles with a graduation rate of 100 percent. After her diagnosis in 2011 of early onset dementia, Summitt and her son, Tyler Summitt, formed The Pat Summitt Foundation to raise funds to support Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers, and clinical research. Pat Summitt died June 28, 2016, at the age of 64, and her foundation continues the fight to find a cure.

A portion of all room rates from the suite will be donated to The Pat Summitt Foundation. The Tennesseean is located at 531 Henley St., alongside World’s Fair Park and within walking distance of the UT campus.

Patrick Wade, executive director of the foundation, thanked The Tennessean for the high-profile partnership in downtown Knoxville.

“We are grateful to The Tennesseean for creating the Pat Summitt Suite and joining our efforts to help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, and to advance clinical research,” Wade said. “A partnership like this not only raises awareness, but also allows visitors to the hotel and the Knoxville area to become even more acquainted with the foundation and Pat’s legacy in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”

Among those in attendance for the official opening were former Lady Vols, including Shelley Sexton Collier, who spoke at the event, members of the current Lady Vol coaching staff, UT representatives, community leaders and elected officials.

“I am grateful to be here to both see this suite in person and honor my coach,” said Sexton Collier, the captain of Summitt’s first national title team in 1987 and the Lady Spartans head basketball coach at Webb School of Knoxville, where she has won six state championships. “Pat’s influence guides my thoughts and actions to this day. I hope everyone who stays in this suite will leave with an appreciation of how special Pat Summitt truly was and how she continues to make a significant impact on the lives of others.”

Heather King, who designed The Pat Summitt Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, also handled the interior design of the suite.

Design features of the suite include:

• Natural wood elements in the chandelier, lamps, living room sofa and side chair to represent a wooden basketball court.
• Large wall graphic at suite entry outlining Summitt’s basketball accomplishments.
• Living room sofa upholstered in fabric from Luna Textiles, which also is used in The Pat Summitt Clinic. Luna Textiles founder and creator Anna Hernandez lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Oct. 30, 2016, at the age of 56.
• Sofa tufting on seat and back reminiscent of a basketball goal net with orange and white fabric.
• Graphic element outlining Summitt’s “Definite Dozen” rules for success.
• Images from her esteemed coaching career.
The announcement of the Pat Summitt Suite coincides with World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
“Pat Summitt was a Tennessean to the core, and her death from Alzheimer’s disease affected all of us,” Cazana said. “By opening this suite, we can participate in efforts to raise research funds for a disease that has devastated far too many families.”

For more information about The Tennesseean and to make reservations, visit or call 865-232-1800.

About The Tennesseean Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences

The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences is a luxurious urban retreat with a staff dedicated to exceeding expectations; dramatic city, mountain and park views; and an atmosphere perfectly blending Southern hospitality and contemporary flair. THE TENNESSEAN comprises a AAA Four Diamond-rated, 82-room and suite hotel and 12 upper-bracket residences. Its elegant Drawing Room lounge offers fine spirits, handcrafted cocktails and fresh, seasonal small plates and sweet bites. The hotel was named No. 1 on Southern Living’s The South’s Best Hotels 2018 list.

For more information, visit

Press release provided by Moxley Carmichael

Photos: Ben Finch Photography

USA, Australia, Canada unbeaten on World Cup day two

Today's World Cup results.....which include a few upsets:

Japan edged Belgium in overtime, 77-75.

Senegal edged Latvia, 70-69.

Nigeria is just getting started after their 74-68 win over Turkey.

The USA earned a hard-fought 100-88 win over China, with Breanna Stewart's help.

Canada routed Korea, 82-63.

Australia demolished Argentina, 84-43.

France slipped past Greece, 75-71.

Spain handled Puerto Rico, 78-53.

Player stats through two rounds.

The tournament takes the day off tomorrow.


Kia Nurse talks about the physicality of World Cup play.

Can the new French generation deliver?

New York Liberty players are stepping up in World Cup play.

China's Han Xu is shining in her World Cup debut.

How the WNBA's international players fared today.

College team news:

Northern Iowa looks to work inside-out this season.

Due to damage from Hurricane Florence, UNCW will share practice facilities with North Carolina.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The day after

About last night:

Jewell Loyd was selfless in the win for Seattle, as Sue Bird's burst lifted them.

Inside the two semifinal wins.

WNBA Finals team news:

The Storm and Mystics will meet in the Finals.

Five things to know about the match up.

How the 2018 Seattle Storm made the WNBA Finals.

All board the Washington Mystics bandwagon.

No mistake about it: Washington is headed to the Finals.

The Mystics will play at George Mason's arena, in Virgina.

Now that Washington has made the Finals, the Storm awaits.

WNBA Finals player news:

Sue Bird was transcendent in Game 5 and lifted the Storm to the Finals.

Bird stole the spotlight and is still schooling the youngsters.

How Elena Delle Donne went from potential season-ending injury to the WNBA Finals in five days.

The Finals will feature the battle of the two out superstars.

A trio of Terps can bring a title back to the D.C. area.

More WNBA team news:

The Mercury are expected to return the same core next year.

More WNBA player news:

Courtney Vandersloot reflects on her record-breaking season.

USA Basketball news:

In their first scrimmage tonight, White beat Red, 100-75.

The National Team now heads to New York with 15 athletes.

After that, they play in Connecticut.

International news:

Natalie Achonwa and Kia Nurse headline Team Canada at the World Cup.

College coach news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw has more prestigious honors in store this fall.

Hall of Fame news:

Tina Thompson's storybook career has taken her to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.


ESPN will release a basketball project that will include a segment on the Tennessee-UConn rivalry.

Beats by Dre has partnered with the WNBA.

Sportscaster has partnered with the WNBPA to offer live interactive video to fans.