Monday, July 29, 2019

Season resumes in 5...4...3...2...

Games resume tomorrow:

Sky at Sun

Mercury at Mystics

Wings at Aces

WNBA news:

Player and fan experiences are among commissioner Cathy Engelbert's top priorities.

The Las Vegas debut of the All-Star game earned high praise from players.

Primer for the second half of the season.

Five big storylines.

Burning questions for each team from CBS Sports.

WNBA team news:

Las Vegas is eyeing more improvements as the season's second half begins.

The Mystics-Aces game suspended July 5 for an earthquake will resume Aug. 5.

WNBA player news:

Interview with Erica Wheeler, who looks to transfer her All-Star energy to the Fever.

Elena Delle Donne on her MVP diet.

Not even Courtney Vandersloot can stop Allie Quigley from scoring.

Vandersloot is ready to take the season to the next level.

Jonquel Jones is flourishing in her leadership role with the Sun.

A'ja Wilson's former college coach, Dawn Staley, talks about her meteoric rise to stardom.

Kristine Anigwe has found her niche as the Sun begin their stretch run.

USA Basketball news:

The USA's 3X3 team came away with the gold medal in the Pan American Games.

College team news:

Maryland's national team experience speaks volumes of the program.

College player news:

Former Missouri guard Akira Levy has transferred to Vanderbilt.

UTEP guard Alexa Hoy will transfer.

College coach news:

Joni and Darius Taylor balance basketball and family.

Dionnah Jackson-Durrett has been promoted to associate head coach at Mississippi State.

Michael Scruggs is a new assistant coach at Purdue.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Three days until the All-Star game

All-Star Game news:

Participants for the three-point shooting contest and the skills challenge Friday were named.

How the All-Star draft represents an underutilized side of the league.

The Aces relish the chance to host the festivities.

How to watch and livestream.

Today's results:

The Sun beat the Liberty, 70-63, for their fourth straight win.

The Mystics stopped the Lynx, 79-71, behind 32 points from Kristi Toliver.

WNBA team news:

Despite multiple injuries, the Storm are in the playoff race.

The Mercury will play at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum for the 2020 season.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi speaks on the pay disparity and marketing the league.

Lynx forward Stephanie Talbot is making the most of her shot.

Interview with Megan Gustafson.

Lindsey Harding says the fear of the unknown is all that's stopping women in the NBA.

U19 news:

The quarterfinals are set.

USA's U19 team has moved into the quarterfinals after defeating Germany, 79-61.

Mali advanced for the first time in the country's history.

College player news:

After sitting out a year with a torn ACL, Kate Martin is ready to go for Iowa.

Former Vanderbilt star Dee Davis is trying to coach high school boys in Nashville.

College coach news:

Former Boston College coach Cathy Inglese has passed away.

More on that.

Former Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph has filed a lawsuit against the school and the athletic director for her termination last spring.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sparks, Mercury, Aces prevail

Today's results:

The Sparks closed on a 15-1 to top the Dream, 78-66.

A strong fourth quarter propelled the Mercury past the Fever, 95-77.

The Aces outran the Storm, 79-62.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Sun

Mystics at Lynx

WNBA news:

The league sets the bar on LGBTQ inclusion.

WNBA team news:

Who's 'gon check the Las Vegas Aces?

The Aces are driving to the finish.

AP power poll for the week.

Lots of shifting in the league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Is Elena Delle Donne on course to be MVP?

Kia Nurse is the player that got away from the Sun.

Nurse is living out her dream with Jordan Brand.

Essence Carson will be out 6-8 weeks with a calf injury.

Danielle Robinson received the league's community assist award for June.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert on her plans to make the league bigger and better.

Engelbert is taking a business-like approach.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is shooting for the top.

Meet new North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart.


The Storm is sponsoring a 3X3 team to help the USA qualify for the Olympics.

USA Basketball:

The USA's U19 team routed routed Hungary, 95-50, to advance to the round of 16.

All-Star rosters picked

In a humorous All-Star "draft," team captains Elena Delle Donne and A'ja Wilson each selected their teams:

TEAM DELLE DONNE (Head Coach Mike Thibault)


Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)
Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
Jonquel Jones (Connecticut Sun)
Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)
Kia Nurse^ (New York Liberty )


DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury)
Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun)
Kristi Toliver (Washington Mystics)
Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky)

TEAM WILSON (Head Coach Bill Laimbeer)


Liz Cambage (Las Vegas Aces)
Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks)
Natasha Howard^ (Seattle Storm)
Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces)
A’ja Wilson* (Las Vegas Aces)


Napheesa Collier^+ (Minnesota Lynx)
Diamond DeShields^ (Chicago Sky)
Candice Dupree (Indiana Fever)
Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky)
Odyssey Sims^ (Minnesota Lynx)
Erica Wheeler^ (Indiana Fever)

After making their selections, Delle Donne and Wilson traded coaches, and then traded Napheesa Collier for Tina Charles.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Another exciting game night brings a new No. 1

My goodness but this week's games have been entertaining

Today's results:

Elena Delle Donne returned to lead the Mystics over the Fever in OT, 95-88.

The Sun crushed the Dream, 98-69. That's four in a row for Connecticut.

The Storm hung on to edge the Aces, 69-66, for their fourth straight win.

So after tonight:

The Sun take over the top spot in the standings, while the Aces fall to second.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Liberty

Wings at Mercury

WNBA team news:

Mercury at midseason: mixed signals, and still no Diana Taurasi.

WNBA player news:

Kia Nurse is reaching new heights this season.

Sami Whitcomb is making her mark with the Storm from behind the arc.

Emma Meesseman is back with the Mystics, better and wiser.

In an expanded role, Sylvia Fowles is having another dominant season.

Napheesa Collier has emerged as a consistent contributor.

Damiris Dantas has been cleared to play for the Lynx Sunday.

USA Basketball news:

How the U.S. team is pushing to qualify for 3X3 competition in next year's Olympics.

The USA's U19 team is ready for competition.

College coach news:

Bridgette Gordon is a new assistant coach at SMU.

Mickie DeMoss has been named chief of staff at Georgia Tech.

D'Nay Daniels is a new assistant coach at Northeastern.

Duquesne's new assistant coach is Vanessa Abel.

Gabe Lazo is Stony Brook's new assistant coach.

Milwaukee has hired DeRonte Polite as an assistant coach.


Bridget Carleton is over being cut by the Sun and is focusing on representing Canada.

The Sacramento Kings have hired Lindsey Harding as an assistant coach.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

So very much going on

Tomorrow's game previews:

Dream at Sky

Wings at Mercury

Storm at Lynx

WNBA news:

How the WNBA started a movement for LGBTQ inclusivity in professional sports.

The women of the WNBA are fighting for their slice of the multibillion-dollar basketball industry.

WNBA team news:

The Mercury again confront rebounding issues.

What's different about the Dream going into a road trip.

The league's weekly power rankings has Las Vegas still on top, as does the AP power poll.

WNBA player news:

The A'ja Wilson and Liz Cambage show is taking over Las Vegas.

Young guards highlight the All-Star rosters.

The league suspended Riquna Williams for 10 games for her involvement in a domestic violence incident last spring.

Odyssey Sims made her first court appearance on drunk driving charges, and is due back in September.

The Ogwumike sisters offer a different way to think about the black athlete.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is in the midst of a career year with the Mystics.

Marina Mabrey is demanding respect for players with her new T-shirt and hoodie line.

Meet Maite Cazorla, the Dream's only rookie.

"Angry Syl" has fueled the Lynx's resurgence.

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve should be the coach of the year, and it's not even close.

WNBA commissioner news:

Five ways Cathy Engelbert, who starts tomorrow, can make a good first impression.

College conference news:

The AAC isn't targeting any school to replace UConn.

College team news:

Oregon is selling season tickets at a record rate.

College player news:

Sedona Prince has officially transferred to Oregon.

Former Kansas forward Micaela Wilson has transferred to Lamar.

College coach news:

Tony Verdi has put UMass back on the recruiting map.

TCU has promoted Britney Brown to associate coach.

Natasha Howard denies allegations she abused her wife

Natasha Howard finally speaks:

"I do not take them lightly, but I do not believe that they should be evaluated and decided through social media or through the media generally," Howard said of the allegations. "That is why I have waited to comment."

More from the Seattle Times.

Personally, I have been shocked to see how many have fully convicted Howard based only on a series of tweets, and without hearing from her.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Midseason storylines

Today's results:

The short-handed Sparks edged the Dream in OT, 76-71.

The Sun stopped the Fever, 76-63.

Diamond DeShields' five treys powered the Sky past the Wings, 89-79.

The Lynx ran away from the Mercury, 75-62.

The Storm handled the Liberty, 78-69.


- LA is hanging tough despite Candace Parker being out again, and Alana Beard sitting with an injury today

- Connecticut seems to be breaking out of their funk

- Chicago looks scary again

- Minnesota is getting into a groove, and Phoenix still can't rebound

- Seattle continues to defy expectations with so many still out

After today's match ups, the current standings look like this:

1. Aces
2. Sun
3. Mystics
4. Lynx
5. Sparks
6. Storm
7. Sky
8. Mercury
9. Liberty
10. Fever
11> (tie) Wings and Dream

No games until Wednesday......

WNBA team news:

The Lynx's offense is steadily improving despite mounting injuries.

WNBA player news:

Sylvia Fowles broke the WNBA career double-double mark today.

Jantel Lavender thinks the best is yet to come.

Kalani Brown embraces her "baby enforcer" role for LA.

The Lynx waived Alaina Coates.

The league is investigating abuse allegations against Natasha Howard.

College coach news:

Nell Fortner is a genuine leader.

Dawn Staley struck recruiting gold this year. What does 2020 look like?

Staley has offered a seventh grader.

Friday, July 12, 2019

And the standings change again

Today's results:

The Sparks held off the Fever, 90-84, behind big performances from the Ogwumikes.

The Dream stopped the Lynx, 60-53. Sylvia Fowles tied the league record for career double-doubles, with 157.

Diana Taurasi returned to the court for the Mercury, but the Sun prevailed, 79-64.

The Storm dominated the Wings, 95-81 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

The Aces are eyeing their first victory over the Mystics.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi is reaching her basketball and life goals every day.

Erica Wheeler energizes the Fever with her no-quit attitude.

Amanda Zahui B. brings needed versatility in her return to the Liberty.

Arike Ogunbowale is in the middle of everything.

Napheesa Collier's coach is impressed with her hoops pedigree.

Megan Gustafson is enjoying life in the league.

Ariel Atkins thrives, while Brooke McCarty-Williams and Imani McGee-Stafford are struggling in the WNBA.

Breaking down the All-Stars, and those who narrowly missed out.

College coach news:

Sue Guevara has retired as head coach at Central Michigan and Heather Oesterle has been promoted to take her place.

Dawn Staley has won the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award.

Writers share Guevara memories.

Oesterle says there's no where else she'd rather be.

Joe Haigh is a new assistant coach at Siena.

BYU has two new assistant coaches.

High school news:

One of the nation's best high school players is eyeing a national title, but still has one more thing to do.

Monday, July 8, 2019

News is flying

WNBA news:

The numbers game: digging into lineup data.

The WNBA is coming to Canada, and that could change women's sports.

Player's game-day fashion deserves recognition.

Q&A with incoming commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

WNBA team news:

Sparks are flying from three-point range as LA aims for four straight wins against Dallas tomorrow.

The break did the Sun no good.

CBS Sports power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Chelsea Gray recorded her first triple-double yesterday, with 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the eighth in league regular-season history.

Elena Delle Donne broke her nose in yesterday's game, and is day to day.

Jantel Lavender has a fresh start in Chicago.

Temi Fagbenle is set to rejoin the Lynx after a stellar Eurobasket showing.

Sue Bird got a love post online from World Cup champ/girlfriend Megan Rapinoe.

Riquna Williams' agent says NBA counsel is urging the WNBA to suspend her.

Tina Charles and Brittney Griner are the Eastern and Western conference players of the week.

WNBA coach news:

Wings coach Brian Agler will face his former team for the first time tomorrow.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks at Wings

College player news:

South Carolina's oldest player has a message for the freshmen: "slow it down."

Get to know Gamecock newcomer Laeticia Amihere.

Kennedy Brown has come a long way to start anew at Oregon State.

Several former Lady Vols are excited for the changes at Tennessee.

College coach news:

Kiley Hill is the new head coach at Western Carolina.

International news:

The USA's World University Games team beat Japan, 89-84, to advance to the gold medal match.

A gold medal reflects Spain's golden generation.

For Serbia, a bronze medal means so much more.