Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Behold, the news bounty

ESPN NCAA WBB media day:

Media day offered a dose of reality to All-America candidates.

College team news:

Central Michigan will lean on a fast-paced, three-point offense again this year.

The Gamecocks begin the "own it" season.

One year stronger, Washington looks to prove doubters wrong.

South Dakota State looks to take the next step behind their senior duo.

Houston looks to build off last season's success.

The challenge for Syracuse: lots of talent, limited minutes.

There are lofty rankings and high goals for Iowa.

Revamped Kansas State looks to take the next step and prove doubters wrong.

Young Oklahoma is ready for the season.

Creighton is ready to reload.

The Loyola Phoenix is motivated to improve this season.

Alabama is trying to find consistency.

UConn preview and preview of the forwards.

Get to know the East coast Huskies.

Arizona State's freshman class could be a difference-maker.

Oregon State has landed a five-star post in Kennedy Brown.

A love letter to the mid-majors.

College player news:

Fully recovered from a health scare, Iowa State's Meredith Burkhall is ready to go.

The development of Indiana's sophomore class.

Kristian Hudson on her transfer to Nebraska.

College coach news:

Louisville coach Jeff Walz brings a Final Four intensity to the tennis court.

UConn is ranked second in the preseason AP poll on reputation, not merit, says coach Geno Auriemma.

Louisiana-Monroe women’s basketball coach Jeff Dow has been suspended for one week without pay due to a human resources violation.

WNBA news:

League stars on Halloween.

Preseason AP top 25 poll

The poll:

1. Notre Dame
2. Connecticut
3. Oregon
4. Baylor
5. Louisville
6. Mississippi State
7. Stanford
8. Oregon State
9. Maryland
10. South Carolina
11. Tennessee
12. Texas
13. Iowa
14. Georgia
15. DePaul
16. Missouri
17. North Carolina State
18. Syracuse
19. Marquette
20. Texas A&M
21. Duke
22. South Florida
23. Arizona State
24. California
25. Miami

Monday, October 29, 2018

Golden nuggets

College team news:

Pac-12 team-by-team preview.

Is the Big Ten on the verge of breaking through to the next level?

The ceiling is high for Baylor.

Healthy returners will lead Duke back to the NCAA Tournament.

There are high expectations for Iowa this year.

Offense is not a problem for West Virginia.

Northern Iowa has postseason aspirations again, and this year they are a veteran group.

Six questions entering Arizona's season.

Western Kentucky is seeking new leadership and high effort.

UTEP hopes for a strong season.

Northern Illinois is banking on their returners for improvement.

UConn players are finding their roles.

College player news:

Just call her "big name Jackie" Young, for Notre Dame.

Alliya Butts, who lost last season to injury, returns to end her career at Temple the right way.

Transfer forward Erin Boley is ready to hit the court for Oregon.

Shay Colley is adapting to being a leader for Michigan State.

Former Lady Vol Anastasia Hayes has transferred to Middle Tennessee State.

Duke point guard Kyra Lambert will miss a second straight season after reinjuring her knee.

The Blue Devils' 2015 recruiting class looks back four years later.

UConn preseason guards preview.

College coach news:

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie spent a day with the Philadelphia 76ers.

WNBA news:

Inside the WNBA's fight for higher pay.

How Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe are redefining what it means to be a Seattle power couple.

Q&A with A'ja Wilson.

Wilson is just getting started.

Elena Delle Donne has been inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics hall of fame.

Former standout Chasity Melvin is getting her chance as an assistant coach in the NBA's G League.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Lisa Leslie Award watch list

The list:

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Kristine Anigwe, California

Channon Fluker, Cal State Northridge

Daeja Smith, CSU-Fullerton

Jade Williams, Duke

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Alex Wittinger, Illinois

Macee Williams, IUPUI

Sam Fuehring, Louisville

Hallie Thome, Michigan

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Kate Cain, Nebraska

Jaisa Nunn, New Mexico

Janelle Bailey, North Carolina

Brianna Turner, Notre Dame

Ae'Rianna Harris, Purdue

Jordan Moore, TCU

Jatarie White, Texas

Katie Powell, UNLV

Mariella Fasoula, Vanderbilt

Who's hot (who's not)

College team news:

With almost the same roster as last year, Stanford again looks like contenders.

The Washington Huskies look to bounce back after a hard fall.

The future is bright for Wichita State, but coach Keitha Adams wants to win now.

Colorado State is adjusting to new faces.

North Texas has high hopes for the season.

Villanova is eyeing a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Hofstra is determined to exceed expectations.

Idaho seems to be primed for a big season.

College player news:

Seeking consistency, Missouri is turning to Lauren Aldridge and Sophie Cunningham.

Destiny Pitts looks to grow after an electric freshman season.

Seniors Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier are ready to take on leadership roles at UConn.

Shania "Shorty" Johnson leads the way for Stony Brook.

College game news:

TCU will host the Maggie Dixon Classic vs. Army.

Recruiting news:

Louisville has landed a commitment from a Japanese star.

Top recruit Zia Cooke's final schools include "profound" South Carolina.


Female athletes are less money-driven and more progressive, a survey has found.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Katrina McClain Award watch list

The list:

Kianna Ibis, Arizona State

Lauren Cox, Baylor

Reyna Frost, Central Michigan

Napheesa Collier, Connecticut

Audrey Faber, Creighton

Sara Rhine, Drake

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Peyton Williams, Kansas St

Brianna Fraser, Maryland

Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee

Anriel Howard, Mississippi St.

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Northwestern

Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame

Ruthy Hebard, Oregon

Bella Alarie, Princeton

Alexis Jennings, South Carolina

Alanna Smith, Stanford

Amy Okonkwo, TCU

Charli Collier, Texas

Megan Huff, Utah

Dial it up

College team news:

Five questions about Tennessee's season.

Green Bay must over come the loss of Caitlyn Hibner, out for the season injured.

Dayton's freshman are making good progress.

Internationally diverse BYU looks to depth and youth this year.

Missouri is embracing a new style weeks before the season.

College player news:

Missouri took off with Sophie Cunningham, and now it's her last season.

Tennessee's Rennia Davis is ready for an expanded role in her sophomore year.

Fewer minutes could mean a greater affect for Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia.

Kansas transfer Jayde Christopher is poised to make a big impact for Boise State.

Oregon State guard Destiny Slocum's long wait is almost over.

Alyssa Monaghan has played in many games for St. Joseph's, but is missing just one.

Purdue senior center Nora Kiesler has retired for medical reasons.

College coach news:

Drake coach Jenny Baranczyk's contract has been extended.

Xavier coach Brian Neal says his team can't worry about what other people think.

The season:

Story lines to watch this season.

More on the return of the Tennessee-UConn rivalry.

WNBA news:

Overseas player update.

Once again, the WNBA has received high marks for diversity in hiring practices.

Recruiting news:

The one question that has opened doors for Rickea Jackson.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cheryl Miller Award watch list

The list:

Mart'e Grays, DePaul

Leaonna Odom, Duke

Francesca Pan, Georgia Tech

Bridget Carleton, Iowa St

Erika Davenport, Marquette

Kaila Charles, Maryland

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Lexi Klabo, North Dakota

Courtney Woods, Northern Illinois

Jackie Young, Notre Dame

Satou Sabally, Oregon

Katie McWilliams, Oregon St.

Miranda Drummond, Syracuse

Rennia Davis, Tennessee

Tia Wooten, Tennessee St.

Joyner Holmes, Texas

Jocelyn Willoughby/Virginia

Elisa Penna, Wake Forest

Borislava Hristova, Washington St.

Naomi Davenport, West Virginia

Much newness on tap this season

College team news:

Newcomers shone in Mississippi State's Maroon and White Scrimmage.

The Gamecocks are ready for their close ups.

Freshmen will play a key role for Siena.

Illinois State will feature more offensive punch.

Young Oakland is ready for the season.

College player news:

A refreshed Digma Strautmane seeks more consistency for Syracuse.

Mardrekia Cook hopes to realized her potential for Michigan State.

College coach news:

Geno Auriemma lets other college coaches come to UConn practices.

Is this Karen Aston's lucky seventh season at Texas?

Recruiting news:

Her dunk at age 15 went viral, but this top South Carolina recruit offers much more.


Several bigs of the game share why they love basketball.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list

The list:

Chloe Jackson, Baylor

Darby Maggard, Belmont

Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut

Candice White, Fresno State

Dionna White, Georgetown

Shakyla Hill, Grambling State

Mikayla Ferenz, Idaho

Maci Morris, Kentucky

Asia Durr, Louisville

Allazia Blockton, Marquette

Destiny Pitts, Minnesota

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Teniya Page, Penn State

Jovana Nogic, Providence

Kitija Laska, South Florida

Jessica Kovatch, St. Francis

Kiana Williams, Stanford

Kennedy Burke, UCLA

Aliyah Mazyck, USC

Amber Melgoza, Washington

14 days

College team news:

Notre Dame is out to dominate this year.

Marquette won't let height affect their talented roster.

Utah hopes to break free of the WNIT for an NCAA Tournament berth.

Cal State Bakersfield is driven by last year's heartbreaking finish.

Minnesota's first game under Lindsay Whalen is a sellout.

Eastern Illinois hopes to be much improved this year.

College player news:

Ohio State graduate transfer Ashanti Abshaw will miss the season after tearing her ACL in practice over the weekend.

Sophie Cunningham provided the assist on Aijha Blackwell's commitment to Missouri.

Bailey Greenberg wants to help Drexel jump from the WNIT to the big dance.

In Blair Green, Eastern Kentucky has sent Kentucky a lifeline.

Juco transfers are bringing experience and leadership to LSU.

College coach news:

Q&A with Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell.

With her contract extension behind her, LSU coach Nikki Fargas is hoping an inside-out approach results in wins.

Husker coach Amy Williams said there won't be glory for her team without GUTS.

WNBA news:

The CBA opt-out deadline for the WNBA and the players union is Oct. 31.


Rebecca Lobo podcast.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Let the stories flow

College team news:

Mississippi State has a score to settle this season.

Five observations from Duke's blue and white scrimmage yesterday.

Injuries are giving younger players opportunities to contribute at Creighton.

Little details are the focus as DePaul eyes a big season.

Colorado continues to reshape its roster.

The experienced Queen Bees are creating new expectations.

The most unique courts in college hoops.

College player news:

Kentucky sophomore Dorie Harrison is out indefinitely with an undisclosed health problem.

Ohio State freshman Dorka Juhasz is trying to live up to her mother's expectations.

WNBA news:

Skylar Diggins-Smith is done with your sexism.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met with Diggins-Smith, and here's what happened.

Elena Delle Donne was an honorary captain at yesterday's Washington Redskins game.

Q&A with A'ja Wilson.

Liz Cambage has returned home from China to rehab an Achilles injury.

Top draft prospects to watch this college season.

International news:

Lauren Jackson discusses her memoir.

Recruiting news:

No. 8 prospect Aijha Blackwell has committed to Missouri.


Hiring female coaches shows that the NBA is trending the right way.

Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

The list:

Chastadie Barrs, Lamar

Kenisha Bell, Minnesota

Kelly Campbell, DePaul

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Taja Cole, Georgia

Crystal Dangerfield, Connecticut

Kayla Goth, Kansas State

Carmen Grande, Ohio State

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Paris Kea, North Carolina

Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis

Kyra Lambert, Duke

Kennedy Leonard, Colorado

Channise Lewis, Maryland

Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame

Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse

Laia Raventos, Charlotte

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Paris Kea, North Carolina

Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis

Kyra Lambert, Duke

Kennedy Leonard, Colorado

Channise Lewis, Maryland

Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame

Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse

Laia Raventos, Charlotte

Friday, October 19, 2018


It seems like it's taking forever for college basketball season to get here......

College team news:

The next step for Mississippi State is a National Championship.

But this year's Bulldogs team won't be like last year's.

South Carolina may become a three-point shooting team this season.

Utah wants to continue its climb in coach Lynne Roberts' fourth year.

How three players helped create a family culture at Oregon State.

Missouri players are upbeat about the season.

Will the shots still fall for Gonzaga to make another Tournament run?

College player news:

Amy Okonkwo is ready to lead TCU into a new era.

How Presley Hudson changed Central Michigan basketball.

Tennessee transfer Lou Brown tore her ACL in practice Wednesday and is likely out for the season.

Vanderbilt center Bree Horrocks will miss the start of the season as she deals with blood clots.

Q&A with Duke freshman Rayah Craig.

College coach news:

Brenda Frese looks to take advantage of Maryland's stable offseason.

After their January altercation, Dawn Staley and Robin Pingeton are ready to move on.

WNBA pay gap issue:

The G league select contracts are an affront to WNBA players.

Several players voiced their displeasure.

They have a point.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird is meeting with the Denver Nuggets to discuss working for them.

Q&A with A'ja Wilson.

Former leaguer Chasity Melvin has been named to the Charlotte Hornets' G League coaching staff.

Recruiting news:

Kaelynn Satterfield has verbaled to Ohio State.


The Nike Air Swoopes and the disappearance of women's signature shoes.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Media day means an uptick in SEC news

College team news:

SEC media day review.

Mississippi aims to take the final step.

Can South Carolina fly under the radar? Coach Dawn Staley thinks they might.

The Lady Vols' season preview was a pressing matter at SEC media day.

Why is Maryland smiling? There is more help for Kaila Charles.

Ohio State is betting on graduate transfers to stay afloat this season.

College player news:

Macy Miller enters her senior year at South Dakota State with records to break and a legacy to secure.

Missouri's Sophie Cunningham praises South Carolina fans' dedication to booing her.

Texas transfer Danni Williams is taking shots at TAMU fans.

Christyn Williams has apologized to UConn coach Geno Auriemma for her Championship predictions, but still exudes confidence.

A chance encounter with Pat Summitt got Tennessee freshman Mimi Collins hooked on the Lady Vols.

College coach news:

Don't come for Vic Schaefer: he isn't having it.

TAMU coach Gary Blair is looking forward to a new season.

Lindsay Whalen is bringing her familiar face and a lot of memories back to the Barn.

Everything Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said at SEC media day.

Jonathan Tsipis is expecting a more competitive Wisconsin team this year.

People are unsure what to expect from the Gamecocks, said coach Dawn Staley.

Nikki Fargas and LSU don't mind flying under the radar.

International news:

Yet another list of players to watch in the Euroleague.

WNBA news:

WNBA observers and fans are not fans of the NBA's G League plan.

Rebekkah Brunson and wife Bobbi Jo had a son.

Kristi Toliver made her historic debut as Wizards assistant coach.

Recruiting news:

Recruiting Brea Beal.

How Ashten Prechtel went from pokey kid to top prospect.


Former UNLV Rebels Dylan and Dakota Gonzalez have their hearts set on playing in the WNBA.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Big, hearty news chunks

College team news:

Michigan hopes their depth fills the void left by Katelyn Flaherty.

Freshmen and transfers are bolstering the Pac-12.

Oregon is charging forward.

Oregon State is big, deep and experienced. Can they be elite?

Expectations are low for Washington and Washington State this season, and they have nowhere to go but up.

Cal and Stanford are picked to finish in the middle of the pack.

The Bears have a chip on their shoulders from last year's NCAA Tournament first-round loss.

New Mexico has been picked to win the WAC title.

A point guard from New Zealand won't be joining UMaine after all.

College player news:

Q&A with Duke's Jayda Adams.

Similaries run deep for Iowa State sophomores Rae Johnson and Kristin Scott.

Five-star freshman Amy Dilk is taking the reins at point guard for Michigan.

College coach news:

Felisha Legette-Jack is making the most out of a second chance many female coaches don't get.

Utah coach Lynne Roberts vows not to get lost in the pressure of the season as the Utes go for an NCAA Tournament berth.

Cincinnati is starting over with first-year coach Michelle Clark-Heard.

Mickie DeMoss has joined Vanderbilt as an assistant coach.

Travis Ponton is LIU Brooklyn's new assistant coach.

Pac-12 media day was today:

It was an action-packed day in San Francisco.

Storylines from the day.

Best team portraits of the day.

Oregon has been picked to win the conference.

The entire Cal team celebrated at coach Lindsay Gottlieb's wedding last month.

Tara VanDerveer is a legendary coach and a water skier.

Washington and Oregon State players sing together.

Jenna Moser's rise for the Huskies from practice player to starter.

Despite losing Marie Gulich, Oregon State is now even taller.

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker has joined Turner Sports as an NBA and NCAA commentator.

Diamond DeShields didn't have time for anxiety as a WNBA rookie.

Passion and philanthropy go hand in hand for Elena Delle Donne.

International news:

Lauren Jackson had to wean herself off painkillers in her retirement.