Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Holding pattern

WNBA news:

The league will begin giving rookies health benefits, despite the uncertain start to the season.

WNBA player news:

Kia Nurse is making the most of her indefinite offseason.

Chennedy Carter is joining the WNBA at the perfect time.

Kitija Laksa hopes her unconventional path to the WNBA inspires.

What Kaila Charles and Juicy Landrum bring to the Sun.

Landrum may be quiet, but her game speaks volumes.

How the Ogwumikes celebrated the draft, at home.

NCAA news:

The NCAA's top governing body has approved a plan to allow for player endorsement deals.

Name, image and likeness questions answered.

College conference news:

Atlantic-10 commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade is discussing trimming conference basketball tournaments.

College player news:

Sabrina Ionescu has won the Sullivan Award for the nation's top amateur athlete.

Mikaela Brewer's goodbye letter to her Stanford teammates.

Gamecock transfer Destiny Littleton has rediscovered her love for life and basketeball.

Former North Carolina guard Lexi Duckett has transferred to Wisconsin.

Former Badger Niya Beverley has transferred to Penn State.

College coach news:

Georgia Southern coach Anita Howard remains close to her players with "turn up Tuesday."

The Tennessee coaching tree is sprouting.

Grand Canyon coach Molly Miller has named her coaching staff.

Omaha coach Carrie Banks has completed her coaching staff.

Former Gamecock Olivia Gaines continues to move up in coaching.

Newly-hired Navy coach Tim Taylor is eager to get going.

Bonus:

Will women's sports be another casualty of COVID-19?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

In between basketball game re-airs

Lots of great game re-airs on the networks during this pandemic. Check your schedules/social media accounts......

WNBA commissioner news:

League commissioner Cathy Engelbert hopes for a season with or without fans.

WNBA player news:

DeWanna Bonner is happy to be home, and to have a new WNBA home.

The iso: Arike Ogunbowale.

What Courtney Vandersloot texted Ruthy Hebard after the draft.

Kathleen Doyle makes her next stop in the WNBA.

Juicy Landrum is getting ready for life with the Sun.

The Wings have waived Kaela Davis.

NCAA news:

A report is out claiming that the NCAA’s upcoming vote on the one-time transfer waiver is expected to pass, and that it will take effect immediately.

College team news:

Can Kentucky give Rhyne Howard enough help to do something special?

Xavier is working through the pandemic for next season.

Illinois is picking up steam.

College player news:

DePaul's Kelly Campbell was statistically the most efficient DI point guard in the country this past season.

Arizona State's seniors are ready for their next steps.

Former Marquette guard Destiny Strother has transferred to Pitt.

Ohio State guard Janai Crooms has entered the transfer portal.

College coach news:

Niele Ivey was introduced as the new coach of Notre Dame today.

She was the coach in waiting and is ready to lead the Irish in her own way.

A reflection on Muffet McGraw.

McGraw won 936 games, but her legacy is greater than that.

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors talks about the addition of Destiny Slocum.

Terry Nooner is back at Kansas as an assistant coach.

Tony Greene has joined Marquette as an assistant coach.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The games have stopped, but the news flow has not

WNBA player news:

Liz Cambage re-signed with the Aces.

Sabrina Ionescu is already a brand, and she knows how to leverage it.

Q&A with Dallas rookie Ty Harris.

Courtney Vandersloot is excited to have a new pick and roll partner in Ruthy Hebard.

Now it's Crystal Dangerfield's turn.

Haley Gorecki and Kathleen Doyle could have great futures in the WNBA.

Big East wrecking ball Jaylyn Agnew can make the Mystics roster.

The Lynx draft picks are ready to take on the league.

Tynice Martin can succeed in the WNBA, her former college coach says.

WNBA team news:

Why the New York Liberty sent so many front office staff to watch Ionescu.

The Fever have waived Erica McCall and Paris Kea.

WNBA coach news:

Kelly Raimon and Dustin Gray have joined the New York Liberty coaching staff.

College team news:

Previewing Virginia next year.

College player news:

Elle Brown is stepping away from Missouri basketball after three seasons and will compete in track and field instead.

More on Muffet McGraw's retirement:

Muffet McGraw evolved and exited on her own terms.

McGraw felt it was the perfect time to step down.

Ruth Riley's tribute to her former coach.

The announcement caught rival Geno Auriemma off guard.

Meet Niele Ivey, the new coach for the Irish.

Ivey is the right choice.

College coach news:

Delisha Milton-Jones hasn't been to Norfolk, but is happy with her new job at Old Dominion.

FAMU has fired Kevin Lynum and his staff.

North Texas needs two new assistant coaches for the second straight year.

Utah State's new assistant coach is Karlie Burris.

The coronavirus shutdown has removed the urgency from Syracuse's search for a new assistant coach.

Recruiting news:

The 10 best recruits, regardless of class.

Notre Dame's recruits are surprised at the retirement of McGraw, but will stick with the Irish.

One last award for Paige Bueckers.

Virginia Tech has landed a recruit via virtual recruiting.

After 33 years at Notre Dame, Muffet McGraw retiring

Muffet McGraw is retiring.

Niele Ivey will return to Notre Dame, as head coach.

Just, wow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lots of movement

WNBA draft news:

Last week's draft was the most-watched in 16 years.

Sabrina Ionescu on several topics.

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan brings a much-needed edge to the Lynx.

After falling in the draft, Kaila Charles is trying to prove her doubters wrong.

Erica Ogwumike is still looking to improve as she heads into the WNBA.

The road to Chicago for Kiah Gillespie was rife with magnificence and doubt.

The Connecticut Sun's draftees are staying positive in uncertain times.

The biggest steals of the draft.

More WNBA news:

Lexie Brown wants to be the best shooter in the league.

Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield reunite in Minnesota.

The Samuelson sisters are ready for their takeoff in Dallas.

The Liberty waived Brittany Boyd.

College program news:

Boise State coaches and staff will be furloughed.

Texas is reloading.

North Carolina A&T will have nine new players next season.

Don't be concerned by Penn State's transfer losses.

College player news:

Peyton Williams of Kansas State has won the Big 12 scholar-athlete of the year award.

IUPUI senior Holly Hoopingarner has begun to move on from the loss of the NCAA Tournament.

Former Georgetown guard Tayanna Jones has transferred to Colorado.

Former Oklahoma center Aspen Williston has transferred to South Dakota.

Former Drake player Nicole Miller is on the front lines at a Cedar Rapids hospital.

College coach news:

West Virginia coach Mike Carey is pondering a new look next season.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Still without a start date

WNBA news:

The WNBA season could push into the fall, depending upon the start date.

The Dream and the league prepares for the season without a start date.

Despite the pandemic, the Sun push forward.

Dallas draft analysis, and Greg Bibb podcast.

The WNBA breaks down the draft.

She's known as "the unicorn": meet Satou Sabally.

Chennedy Carter will be the focal point of the Atlanta Dream's reboot.

Bella Alarie, like her father Mark, was a first-round pick.

Q&A with Ruthy Hebard.

Jocelyn Willoughby is ready for the next phase of her hoops journey.

Kylee Shook's journey to the WNBA.

Stella Johnson of Rider - yes, Rider - is headed to the WNBA.

Lauren Manis is excited to begin her pro career with Las Vegas after a storied career at Holy Cross.

Reshanda Gray: from LA to the WNBA.

As Megan Gustafson travels the world, the WNBA is a constant.

College player news:

ESPN's 10 best players for 2020-2021.

Vivian Gray matters at Oklahoma State.

DePaul has added two transfers: Jorie Allen of Indiana and Courtney Fredrickson of Wisconsin.

Jaden Owens has transferred from UCLA to Baylor.

Aixa Wone Aranaz will join Georgia Tech, from Ohio State.

Florida guard Brylee Bartram has transferred to Vanderbilt.

Former Virginia Cavalier Felicia Aiyeotan is using her strength and determination to forge a new life after basketball.

College coach news:

Indiana coach Teri Moren laments the NCAA shutdown.

San Jose State Jamie Craighead has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Jason Flowers has resigned as coach at CSUN.

Mike Petrino has been named interim head coach at Montana.

North Texas assistant coach Carlos Knox has left to take the same position at Cincinnati.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The day after

More WNBA draft news:

Draft grades and new power rankings.

Sabrina Ionescu has picked up the torch as she steps into the New York spotlight.

Ionescu's jersey sold out within an hour of her being drafted.

Ionescu will mean more to the league than triple-doubles.

How her game translates to the WNBA.

Lauren Cox's skills and intangibles make her a perfect fit for the Fever.

Chennedy Carter is ready for the WNBA after playing for Gary Blair at Texas A&M.

Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook are ready for the dream in the city that never sleeps.

These players made history in being selected.

Brittany Brewer is ready to start her WNBA journey.

Jaylen Agnew became Creighton's first draft pick.

The Mercury traded their first-round pick to the Liberty for Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

The Wings acquired "generational talent" in the draft.

The Lynx added front-line intensity and a guard.

Did the Sparks get lucky with a second-round pick?

Connecticut Sun draft wrap up.

More WNBA news:

The Sun have what they need to win a title, but the competition has never looked tougher.

Stefanie Dolson and her entire family tested positive for coronavirus, and have since recovered.

Media conference call with Cathy Engelbert yesterday.

Always isoLate with Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe.

College team news:

Utah was plagued by inconsistency this season, but returners and a great recruiting class give reason for hope.

College player news:

BYU's Shaylee Gonzales is back after recovering from an ACL tear.

Destiny Slocum has transferred to Arkansas.

Why Ole Miss thinks transfer Shakira Austin could be a "franchise kid."

Missouri has added Auburn transfer Lauren Hansen.

Maryland's two new transfers are eager to help their team retain glory.

Colorado State has landed three transfers: from Seton Hall, Green Bay and the College of Southern Idaho.

College coach news:

Jesyka Burks-Wiley is the new head coach at FIU.

Friday, April 17, 2020

The first of more to come for the WNBA draft

Oregon's "big three" all drafted first round into the WNBA.

WNBA player news:

Lauren Cox: for anyone who's been through it.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer has brought his coaching staff with him to Texas.

Complete draft board

Pre-draft pre-funk

What all 12 teams are looking for in the draft.

The league ushers in a new era and a new superstar.

A sneak peak at draftee fashion choices.

How will Sabrina Ionescu's game translate to the WNBA?

The WNBA is getting more than a star in Satou Sabally, who is league-ready.

Baylor post Lauren Cox hasn't let diabetes stop her WNBA dreams.

Princeton's Bella Alarie is preparing for the draft at home.

Gamecock Ty Harris is taking her talent and smile to the WNBA.

Stella Johnson is the Cinderella story of the draft.

Erica Ogwumike is projected to go third round.

Former Razorback Alexis Tolefree hopes the WNBA will call.

Former Longhorn Joyner Holmes is ready to play.

Where will Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones be picked?

On lockdown, Spartan Taryn McCutcheon has done it all leading up to the draft.

Missouri's Amber Smith readies for the draft.

Texas Tech's Brittany Brewer would like to hear her name called tonight.

UConn draft primer.

Whom should the Sky pick, with no glaring needs?

The Mercury is mulling ways to compliment their big three.

Former draftees share their draft day memories.

More WNBA news:

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert mulls twin bills with NBA teams to keep the season going.

The iso: Tamika Catchings.

Chiney Ogwumike has designed sneakers to represent her home team.

Julie Allemand is adjusting to the basketball pause button.

The new CBA will make pay more equitable.

The WNBA will sell face masks with team logos to benefit hunger relief organizations.

College player news:

Maori Davenport wanted to play closer to home, and one call to Georgia coach Joni Taylor got her there.

Isis Lopes has transferred from Clemson to UTEP.

College coach news:

Delisha Milton-Jones has been named head coach at Old Dominion.

Semeka Randall Lay is the new head coach at Winthrop.

Recruiting news:

Shaquille O'Neal's daughter Amirah has committed to LSU.

Deyona Gaston has decommited from Mississippi State and will head to Texas.

Five-star recruit Madison Hayes isn't fully committed to Mississippi State.

Division I and II schools will allow more flexibility to athletes to meet academic eligibility benchmarks.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

T'was the night before the WNBA draft

WNBA draft news:

The WNBA takes center stage tomorrow with the 2020 draft.

The ball is in New York and Dallas' court.

Five things to know about Ruthy Hebard, Tyasha Harris, Crystal Dangerfield, Megan Walker and Beatrice Mompremier.

Baylor's big three are set for the draft.

Sabrina Ionescu seizes the spotlight, as she is expected to be the No. 1 pick.

How Ionescu's passing skills will fare at the pro level.

She is the rock star ready to change the Liberty.

Satou Sabally and Hebard are ready to share the spotlight with Ionescu.

Sabally almost pulled out of the draft.

Chennedy Carter is expected to go top five.

South Carolina hopes to see Ty Harris and Kiki Herbert-Harrigan go first round.

Princeton star Bella Alarie is drawing praise prior to the draft.

Rider star Stella Johnson is ready for the draft.

Japreece Dean sees her plans to go pro complicated by coronavirus, but she hopes to make a stop in the WNBA.

Jazmine Jones prepares for the draft and has already signed to play professionally in France.

Kathleen Doyle awaits her WNBA selection.

Lashann Higgs hopes to make Bahamian history.

Leaonna Odom and Haley Gorecki are prepped for tomorrow.

The draft is up next for Peyton Williams.

Virginia's Jocelyn Willoughby is projected to be selected.

Will Erica Ogwumike follow her sisters to the WNBA?

Mikayla Pivec embraces the journey going into draft day.

West Virginia's hidden gem Tynice Martin is set for the draft.

Western Kentucky's Dee Givens could be drafted.

Draft prospect diaries.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve knows she'll get a great player tomorrow.

Minnesota could buck a need and select a forward.

The Liberty is among the teams that have spoken to Hebard.

The Phoenix Mercury's greatest needs are on the wing, going into tomorrow.

The Sun have no pressure heading into draft day.

More WNBA news:

Dan Hughes and the Storm hopes practice pays off during this coronavirus lockdown.

Mystics coach Mike Thibault said trading for Tina Charles was a no-brainer.

Charles initiated the trade talks.

College team news:

College teams with the most first-round WNBA draft picks.

Indiana has added two guards to its roster.

College player news:

Duke transfer Kyra Lambert will finish her career at Texas.

Kansas State has added Texas Tech transfer Sydney Goodson.

Maryland's Taylor Mikesell has entered the transfer portal.

Oklahoma's Aspen Williston and Chloe Bloom have entered the transfer portal.

Dr. Michelle Tom shares her journey from Arizona State to treating COVID-19 patients.

Athletes in medicine fields are facing the virus.

College coach news:

How Matthew Mitchell and Kentucky are winning the transfer game.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is pursuing grad transfers.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton discusses the team's latest developments.

Chicago State coach Misty Opat has resigned.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Draft prelude and college transfers

WNBA draft news:

The Tina Charles trade shows that the Liberty are all in on the Sabrina Ionescu rebuild, and Ionescu is ready for her star to shine.

Ionescu has everything a team could want.

The trade means New York has four of the top 15 picks.

How the trade affects the Washington Mystics.

Three options for the Fever ahead of the draft.

The Wings are making moves ahead of what could be a draft-altering night.

The Lynx have options with the sixth pick, and need a true point guard.....but probably won't find one at No. 6.

Sky coach James Wade will be on the clock in France for the virtual draft.

Why Satou Sabally is the most versatile player in the draft.

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec is excited and anxious for the draft.

UCLA's Japreece Dean hopes a WNBA team will take a chance on her.

DePaul's Chante Stonewell hopes to be selected.

How Minyon Moore's game can translate to the WNBA.

Duke's Haley Gorecki is prepping for the draft.

Assessing Aislinn Konig's draft chances.

The Charles trade has shaken up the draft.

Date, time and draft order.

More WNBA news:

How projected top pick Sabrina Ionescu redefined NCAA basketball.

Ionescu has had a surreal life.

Breanna Stewart has some wise words for Ionescu.

Q&A with the Samuelson sisters.

College player news:

Women's basketball is strong throughout Indiana.

Kentucky has added two transfers: Robyn Benton of Auburn and Jazmine Massengill of Tennessee.

Maryland has added two transfers: Chloe Bibby from Mississippi State and Katie Benzan from Harvard.

Former Terrapin forward Shakira Austin has transferred to Ole Miss.

Former Rutgers center Maori Davenport has transferred to Georgia.

Former Bucknell forward Ellie Mack has transferred to Oregon State.

Brooke Moore has transferred from Auburn to Purdue.

Nebraska transfer Kayla Mershon has chosen Minnesota.

Wisconsin transfer Diamond Bragg has landed at Duquesne.

Jayla Hemingway is transferring from Mississippi State to West Virginia.

Former Oregon guard Holly Winterburn has transferred to UC Davis.

Nebraska welcomes three transfers: MiCole Cayton of Cal, Nailah Dillard of Texas Tech and Bella Cravens of Eastern Washington.

BYU has added Colgate transfer Tegan Graham and Kayla Belles, from Michigan State.

Florida State has added three transfers.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw sees signs of progress.

Through the eyes of Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger.

New Mississippi State coach Nikki McCray-Penson's expectations are clear.

Life has come full circle for new Villanova coach Denise Dillon.

Kelsey Hogan is the interim coach at New Hampshire.

Catching up with former coach Kathi Bennett.

New York trades Tina Charles to Washington

Just announced:

The New York Liberty have traded All-Star Tina Charles to the Washington Mystics as part of a three-team deal, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press.

New York will receive the 12th pick in the WNBA draft from Washington as well as the ninth and 15th picks from Dallas, the person said, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal hadn’t been announced. The Liberty also will receive Tayler Hill from the Wings and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough from the Mystics. Dallas gets Washington’s first-round pick in 2021 and New York’s second-round pick in 2021.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

No basketball, but so much copy

WNBA draft news:

Five things to know about the draft.

Liberty, Wings and Dream heads talk pre-draft preparations.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said the franchise is draft-ready.

Sabrina Ionescu looks forward to the draft with excitement.

Ionescu scouting report.

She is expected to deliver a culture change to the Liberty, and is ready for her pro career.

Could Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard continue their tandem in the WNBA?

Hebard podcast.

Ty Harris prepares for draft night.

Why Crystal Dangerfield could be a draft night surprise.

Beatrice Mompremier is set for the draft.

Is Megan Walker WNBA ready?

Joyner Holmes reflects on the hardships she faced at Texas.

Alexis Tolefree is expected to be selected in the draft.

Competitiveness and a fiery mentality is fueling Kathleen Doyle's draft stock.

Story lines to keep an eye on.

More WNBA news:

The New York Liberty unveiled their new logo today.

Indiana Fever offseason recap.

A team-up with Sabrina Ionescu could bring Tina Charles a title.

Sydney Wiese discusses her coronavirus ordeal.

Victoria Vivians is ready for her WNBA comeback.

The realities of the new CBA set in well before the draft.

College team news:

Baylor could make history in the WNBA draft.

Which college programs produce the best players at each position?

The pandemic has made it hard for North Dakota State to capitalize on their season of improvement.

College player news:

Ionescu has won the Honda Sports Award for basketball.

Erica Ogwumike talks WNBA, medical school and family.

Nevada grad Lexy Koudelka is ready to be a force at Illinois State.

Virginia Tech graduate Trinity Baptiste has transferred to Arizona.

Stanford transfer Estella Moschkau has landed at Wisconsin.

UCLA guard Jaden Owens has entered the transfer portal.

Kayla Mokwuah will transfer from George Washington.

Former Grambling State standout Skakyla Hill has found success in Serbia.

College coach news:

Interview with Oregon State coach Scott Rueck.

How Nancy Fahey completed the extreme makeover of Illinois.

Five things you need to know about Mississippi State coach Nikki McCray-Penson.

McCray-Penson's contract will be $750,000 per year for four years.

Maureen Magarity has left New Hampshire to be the head coach at Holy Cross.

Monday, April 13, 2020

The excitement builds

WNBA draft news:

In the absence of live sports, the buzz around the draft is big.

Ten players to watch for besides Sabrina Ionescu.

Will Oregon's big three be taken in the first round?

Chennedy Carter's skill set should translate well at the next level.

Ty Harris will monitor the draft from home.

Kathleen Doyle looks ahead to the WNBA after an early end to her career at Iowa.

Beatrice Mompremier is ready for her closeup heading into the draft.

Mystics coach Mike Thibault says nothing much will change for his team from the draft.

What if the Lynx hadn't won the draft pick for Maya Moore?

Ranking the No. 1 draft picks throughout the years.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird works hard, plays hard and takes nothing for granted.

The iso: Jewell Loyd.

College team news:

Idaho State has a bright future with their returning talent and experience.

College player news:

What's Tiana Mangakahia doing in Australia?

Penn State forward Lauren Ebo has transferred to Texas.

Kent State transfer Asiah Dingle has landed at Stony Brook.

Tori Hyduke will leave George Washington.

College coach news:

SIUE coach Paula Buscher is making it work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stony Brook coach Caroline McCombs' contract has been extended through the 2024-2025 season.

New head coach Molly Miller will bring passion to Grand Canyon.

Amy Eagen has been named head coach at Drury, and it was a year in the making.

Kansas associate head coach Larry Tidwell has resigned.

Vernette Skeete is a new assistant coach at Illinois.

Recruiting news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves says the intangibles and selflessness mark the incoming freshman class.

Five-star recruit Payton Verhulst is coming to Louisville to win a national title.

Bonus:

No one doubts the NBA and NFL can rebound from the pandemic. It's a different story for women's sports.

The Colorado Xplosion helped the ABL change women's hoops.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

For whom the news tolls

WNBA news:

Five things to know about.....

Satou Sabally

Lauren Cox

Chennedy Carter

Bella Alarie

Chanelle Molina will be ready if drafted.

The Lynx are thinking top shelf, big upside for Friday's draft.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve discusses the draft, Napheesa Collier and Maya Moore.

New York Liberty coach Walt Hopkins talks about the draft and the franchise's future.

Chiney Ogwumike has media game.

Courtney Vandersloot is keeping her sunny outlook during the pandemic.

The league's new CBA improved conditions for mothers, in particular.

College team news:

Three transfers and the COVID-19 fallout has made for a tumultuous offseason for Wisconsin.

An early look at Minnesota's 2020-2021 team shows depth.

College player news:

Sabrina Ionescu said it will take a long time to get over the NCAA Tournament cancellation.

Shambria Washington ended her Texas A&M career with consistency.

Courtney Paris may have been the best there ever was at Oklahoma.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer looks to remodel, not rebuild Texas.

Schaefer has his sights set on a title.

Nebraska coaches are still working to replenish the team's roster.

Nikki McCray-Penson's farewell letter to ODU.

Nothing much surprises Geno Auriemma, but Nykesha Sales' foray into coaching does.

Barbara Stevens' impact on the game makes her a Hall of Famer.

Recruiting news:

Will Page Bueckers save UConn?

Husky commit Saylor Poffenbarger savors every challenge.

Bonus:

As a leader on and off the court, Anucha Browne has never been afraid to speak her truth.