Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A scant bit of news

Today's game result:

The Lynx beat the Storm, 72-61.

WNBA news:

Is the league poised for a breakthrough?

WNBA team news:

The Mystics will host a block party prior to their home opener at their new arena.

The greatest teams, broken down by decade.

WNBA player news:

Dream guard Renee Montgomery is ready for a bit of drama.

Aces rookie Jackie Young is making steady progress.

NCAA news:

Transfers are becoming a priority and a risk.

College team news:

Four freshmen will join UCLA in the fall.

College player news:

Cut by the WNBA, Megan Gustafson is plotting her comeback.

College coach news:

Wes Moore has brought NC State back to prominence.

Pepperdine coach Delisha Milton-Jones is guiding the future of USA Basketball.

Princeton has named Carla Berube its new head coach.

Interview with Oregon coach Kelly Graves.

WNBA misses mark with lack of answers on Breanna Stewart's ambassador role

ESPN hits it right on the mark with this piece:

"This was certainly a surprise to me, this organization and our peers," Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen said, echoing what several others in the league told "While it has the foundation to be a good program, it shouldn't be unveiled without input from the teams and/or the Board of Governors."

And that's the problem. Too few details have been shared by the WNBA, in part because the exact nature of Stewart's work for the league still hasn't been determined. In fact, the league has yet to make a formal announcement about Stewart being an ambassador.......

"The WNBA should have made an announcement when they decided to go forward with this," said Ticha Penicheiro, a longtime WNBA veteran who is now a player agent. "And they didn't, so there was more room for speculation. People are going to poke at it because it seems like it's a little unfair to other teams and players. Until the league gives more explanation, we all are just guessing. We're happy for Stewie, but if they'd made an announcement right way, it probably would have prevented a lot of questions."......

As for why Stewart is now going to be making a bigger base salary while not playing than she would have if she played, Tatum said, "This is the going price to have a league marketing agreement with the reigning MVP of the WNBA."

But what is that based on, especially since her role hasn't been fully defined?

"It was in conversation with her agent," Tatum said. "The roles and responsibilities are very different here with what we're asking her to do, being a representative and an engaged partner in promoting the league and being dedicated to that in a time when she's not playing. That's what we're paying her for."

Why can't the league be more transparent? About anything.

Friday, May 24, 2019

A hot start

Today's results were close ones:

The Dream rallied past the Wings, 76-72.

Rookie Teaira McCowan's layup at the buzzer lifted the Fever over the Liberty, 81-80.

WNBA news:

The league's rebrand is about way more than basketball.

The stakes have never been higher for the WNBA.

Five storylines for the season.

Two women are proving that female players are sneaker heads too.

WNBA players tell "little man trolls" to be more creative with their insults in 2019.

Why sharps love wagering on women's basketball.

Megan Gustafson and the uphill road to a spot in the WNBA.

WNBA team news:

Once a repeat title contender, the Storm begin the season as unlucky underdogs.

Five things to watch as the Aces start a new season.

The championship aspirations of the Sparks could come down to rebounding.

Seattle season preview one.

Storm season preview two.

Washington Mystics season preview.

Last year's finals loss is more fuel for Washington and Elena Delle Donne.

Minnesota season preview.

Five keys to success for the Lynx.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart will be a WNBA ambassador this season. It's an unprecedented move.

DeWanna Bonner has gone from sixth woman to MVP contender.

Sylvia Fowles returns as the leader of a young Lynx team.

Seimone Augustus has been a constant presence through Minnesota's roller coaster ride.

The Sun's Jonquel Jones and Briona Jones are expected to make strides this year.

Kristi Toliver's NBA coaching job hasn't stopped just because WNBA season has begun.

Jackie Young has big goals.

Bridget Carleton was sleepless with the Sun.

Rookies have joined team Puma.

WNBA stars speak out against anti-abortion bills.

WNBA coach news:

All eyes are on new Sky coach and GM James Wade.

With five stars sidelined with injury, coaches are trying to look on the bright side.

Tomorrow's match ups:

Mercury at Storm

Mystics at Sun

Sky at Lynx, but Seimone Augustus is out for Minnesota and Karima Christmas-Kelly is questionable.

College player news:

Arizona has added Oklahoma transfer Shaina Pellington.

College coach news:

Three new assistant coaches join Lamar.

Miami Ohio adds two new assistant coaches.

Tim Taylor is a new assistant coach at North Carolina.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Opening day WNBA rosters finalized

Some teams put their rosters on their Twitter feed, some didn't.

Some had them on their website, some didn't.

Finally got a list of all but one of the team rosters from the league office.


Season tips off tomorrow

First day of the season game schedule:

Wings at Dream

Fever at Liberty

WNBA news:

The new season is ready to tip off.

The league is uniquely suited to survive its many star absences.

A team-by-team look, in order of finish.

The WNBA will have 45 games on NBA TV.

ESPN staff tries to make season predictions.

Nineteen reasons to be excited about the season.

The league is at a crossroads.

At 23 the WNBA has labor issues, but a new boss and a plan to stand alone.

The talent is so deep that the reigning Naismith POY doesn't have a team.

The league's male practice squads lose to women all the time, and enjoy it.

WNBA team news:

New York is debuting a new anthem called "Liberty Loud," by Rapsody.

Atlanta Dream preview

Phoenix Mercury preview

WNBA player news:

Connecticut veterans have advice to share going into the season.

Courtney Williams is showing the WNBA how to let loose.

Once a fierce rival, Odyssey Sims has the green light to shoot at will for Minnesota.

Breanna Stewart was placed on the suspended list, which opened up a roster spot for Seattle.

Katie Lou Samuelson has unfinished business.

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve is unhappy with the Lynx's recent practices, and met with veteran Seimone Augustus.

College player news:

Is Crystal Dangerfield ready to lead UConn? Her coach thinks so.

Karisma Ortiz has transferred from Penn State to Texas.

College coach news:

NC State coach Wes Moore has a new six-year contract.

USA Basketball news:

The Pan American Games team has drawn group B in pool play.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cuts getting brutal

The transactions on this list were bad enough.

Then the Wings waived Megan Gustafson and Kennedy Burke.

Waste of draft picks. Tragic.

WNBA news:

The WNBA is having trouble catching on, but men's pro sports had problems too.

Women's pro sports has hit a crossroads.

WNBA team news:

The Mystics are atop the AP preseason poll.

New York Times team previews.

The Lynx are putting the finishing touches on their roster ahead of Saturday's opener.

The Aces will win the Championship this year, one writer says.

Does Las Vegas hold all the card this year?

The Sun have high hopes after last year's playoff disappointment.

The Sparks get little respect or attention.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne injured her knee and may not play in the season opener.

Ticha Penicheiro shares tips for success.

WNBA partnerships:

The Dream and WSB-TV.

The Storm and Carter Subaru.

The Liberty and YES Network.

WNBA GM surveys:

Las Vegas is favored to win the title.

Season predictions

Best players and coaches




College player news:

Oregon has got another commitment from a top prospect, for a total of five.

Notre Dame has picked up Stanford grad transfer Marta Sniezek.

Georgia guard Donnetta Johnson has transferred to Ole Miss.

What Evina Westbook adds to the Husky roster.

College coach news:

In the middle of the panic, Geno Auriemma had a plan for UConn all along.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is a new assistant coach at Wisconsin.

Meghan Bielich is West Virginia's new assistant coach.

Great piece on former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan.

USA Basketball news:

The U16 trials will begin with 152 hopefuls.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pro, college happenings

Today's preseason result:

The Fever used smothering defense to down the Sky, 76-65.

Tomorrow's preseason games:

Mystics at Dream

Storm at Sparks

WNBA team news:

Connecticut is showing flashes of their newfound athleticism in their preseason games.

Atlanta's newly-renovated court is ready just in time for their preseason game tomorrow.

Minnesota Lynx preview.

The new-look Lynx are optimistic about the season.

WNBA player news:

Jessica Breland survived cancer to thrive in the WNBA.

Lexie Brown feels sort of guilty about her viral video.

The Dream traded center Imani McGee-Stafford to the Wings for a 2020 pick.

Azura Stevens stands by her WNBA decision, but might have done it differently.

Rookie Napheesa Collier has arrived ready to learn.

Morgan Bertsch is balancing school and the WNBA.

WNBA coach news:

Nicki Collen's dream job was a story of compromise, patience and support.

WNBA commissioner news:

Conference call with new league commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

College team news:

LIU's new mascot is the shark.

College player news:

Five rising stars for next season.

Kitija Laska will move on from South Florida.

BYU star Shaylee Gonzales is trying out for the U19 team.

Two have transferred to North Texas.

Lauren Hill will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday.

College coach news:

Rice coach Tina Langley has signed a new five-year deal.

Western Carolina has named Heather Kearney its new head coach.

Kenny Brooks is using the transfer portal to reload Virginia Tech.

Buffalo's new assistant coach is Candice M. Jackson.

Ohio State has hired Tamika Jeter as an assistant coach.

Brandy Manning is a new assistant coach at Georgia Tech.

Taylor Coleman is Bucknelle's new assistant coach.

Washington State has brought aboard Jason Chainey and Camille Williams as assistant coaches.

St. Bonvaventure's new assistant coaches are Amber Easter and Bryanna Mueller.

High school news:

Top recruit Treasure Hunt's high school won't be closing.

Aces trade for Liz Cambage

Liz Cambage to Las Vegas from Dallas, for Moriah Jefferson, Izzy Harrison and a 2020 pick.

How the Wings feel about the trade.

The Aces are now contenders.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

More league madness

Today's preseason result:

Mercury 87, Storm 84

Tomorrow's preseason game:

Sky at Fever

WNBA team news:

Dallas Wings preview.

The latest transations.

WNBA player news:

Liz Cambage's teary IG video regarding trade rumors.

Former UConn players are pursuing their dreams outside the WNBA, too.

Teaira learned to embrace her height, personality and style, and now is at the center of Indiana's rebuild.

LA's newcomers are the talk of media day in the wake of Candace Parker's injury.

Diana Taurasi is feeling "great" in recovering from back surgery.

The acting career of Las Vegas' Sydney Colson can wait.

The Sparks have signed Riquna Williams, who faces assault charges in Florida.

NCAA news:

The NCAA is exploring the possibility of compensating athletes for the use of their names and likenesses.

College team news:

Missouri has added two transfers.

Montana State has added Pepperdine transfer Skye Lindsay.

College coach news:

Bernadette Laukaitis is the new head coach at Holy Family.

Coach Lisa Bluder says Iowa benefited from a deep Tournament run.

The lone female coach in DI men's hoops is buoyed by support after her first season.

Cherie Cordoba is LSU's new assistant coach.

NDSU's new assistant coach is Dylan Geissert.

WNBA names new commissioner

The WNBA named Cathy Engelbert its first commissioner today.

ESPN says Engelbert is a perfect fit to lead the league.

She has a big challenge ahead.

Q&A with the new commissioner.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The storylines are finally starting to crack

Today's preseason results:

The Fever beat the Sky, 69-58.

Dream 92, Liberty 87

Wings 71, Sun 67


Mercury at Storm

WNBA team news:

The Aces are still carving out a niche in Las Vegas as their second season arrives.

The Lynx are playing catch-up in developing a three-point offense.

The Mercury's GM says tough cuts will require creativity.

Chicago Sky preview

Las Vegas Aces preview

Sun podcast.

Washington State now has a new license plate that features the Seattle Storm.

WNBA player news:

Through thick and thin, Sue Bird has been the consistent center for the Storm.

The Wings are supposedly in trade talks for Liz Cambage.

Azura Stevens is focused on the present and not the past for the Wings.

Dallas rookie Arike Ogunbowale had a rough debut last night, but scored 19 in tonight's game.

New basketball cards for the league.

WNBA coach and president news:

Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes had surgery Tuesday to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract.

Gary Kloppenberg brings plenty of experience into his interim head coach gig with the Storm.

New Indiana Fever president Dr. Allison Barber has had an interesting career path.

College team news:

What offensive mentality will the Lady Vols have under Kellie Harper?

College player news:

Sidney Cooks has transferred from Michigan State to Mississippi State.

North Carolina guard Stephanie Watts has transferred to USC.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is recruiting at a torrid pace.

UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey has won the Joe Lapchick Award.

Carrie Moore has joined North Carolina as an assistant coach.

USA Basketball news:

Briana Weiss is the USA Basketball National Team assistant director.

The U16 trials will feature 156 athletes.

Meet top player Haley Jones.

Monday, May 6, 2019

A whole lotta shakin' going on

WNBA news:

Five things to look forward to this season.

WNBA team news:

The defending champion Storm opened camp with new faces and new challenges for the season.

The Mystics have their core and Emma Meesseman back and are aiming for a return to the finals.

Washington wants to "run it back" after last year's disappointment.

The Sun worked OT on the first day of camp yesterday.

The Lynx opened camp with 12 new faces.

Minnesota is missing Maya Moore, and more, but they are taking those changes in stride.

The Sparks opened camp with a new coach and new bonds to forge.

WNBA player news:

DeWanna Bonner has joined Mercury camp and will remain at power forward.

Connecticut's Morgan Tuck feels good and is ready to go.

Jackie Young is working her way into the lead guard role for the Aces.

New York rookie Han Xu is embracing comparisons to Yao Ming.

Liberty veteran Tina Charles has added filmmaker to her resume.

WNBA coach news:

Seattle coach Dan Hughes heads into cancer surgery knowing the world is by his side.

There will be more teaching for Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve this year, but she's excited about it.

College player news:

Opportunities continue to arise for Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter.

Notre Dame has added North Carolina grad transfer Destinee Walker.

Ex-UConn guard Mikayla Coombs has transferred to Georgia.

Former Texas guard Destiny Littleton has made the switch to South Carolina.

College coach news:

Clemson coach Amanda Butler is grateful for her contract extension and looking forward to the future.

The Lady Vols' No. 24 preseason prediction could be what new coach Kellie Harper needs.

Larry Tidwell and Jhasmin Player have joined Kansas as assistant coaches.