Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A bit of everything

WNBA news:

A start to the season is more about data than dates, but a plan is starting to take shape.

Will we see a WNBA season?

WNBA team news:

How rosters look after final cuts.

WNBA player news:

Danielle Robinson says there's no point in doing anything if you do it half-speed.

Kaila Charles is a rare second-round pick who made a roster.

Three stars from Iowa stuck with their WNBA teams.

Will Maya Moore return to the Lynx this year?

NCAA news:

The NCAA has extended the dead period in all sports through July 31.

College news:

Following the death of an African-American at the hands of Minneapolis police Monday, the University of Minnesota will limit ties to the agency.

College player news:

Central Michigan players are coping and connecting during the pandemic.

Sam Thomas graduated early, but there's no way she's missing next season at Arizona.

College coach news:

Lance White is laying a base for a revival at Pitt.

Shalon Pillow is the new head coach at Florida A&M.

Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey has announced her coaching staff, which includes the new addition of Coquese Washington.

Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said the Orange will have a memorable season next year.

Muffet McGraw is starting her next chapter.

Analyzing this spring's coaching changes.

Basketball Hall of Fame:

This year's enshrinement ceremony will be pushed to 2021.


It's time to give Cynthia Cooper her due.

"Exonerated" Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler may still be in trouble in Georgia.

Lauren Jackson has unveiled a plan for the Canberra Capitals title defense.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WNBA roster cuts are at the point of ridiculousness

WNBA final roster cuts are brutal every year. But this season they were especially harsh considering that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented all of the draftees from trying out for their teams. And this came after a round of earlier cuts that left out some favorites from the last few years. There are so many great basketball players out of a job right now that is is painful.

What's even worse is that it won't be getting better anytime soon. League commissioner Cathy Engelbert said last summer, her fourth day on the job, that the WNBA wouldn't see expansion teams until its remaining 12 franchises were financially stable. Then came COVID-19, and the indefinite postponement of the season. Even if a partial season is revived, which has yet to be decided, women's sports are taking a hit - and just when they were gaining momentum.

Further, overseas leagues might be limited or shutdown this coming winter, depending upon the progress of the pandemic. These leagues have been the bread and butter for every cut player, every undrafted athlete who loved the game too much to stop, and for WNBA players who needed to supplement their meager salaries. South Korea and Australia have already said no to foreign players next year. What if others around the world follow? U.S. hoopers would be forced to fall back on their college degrees sooner than anticipated - and in a job market that some have said will be the worst we've seen since the Great Depression.

What can be done to create more professional basketball opportunities for women in this country?

One site had all the rosters and all the cuts:

Atlanta Dream

Monique Billings
Brittany Brewer
Kalani Brown
Chennedy Carter
Blake Dietrick
Tiffany Hayes
Glory Johnson
Alexis Jones
Renee Montgomery
Shekinna Stricklen
Courtney Williams
Elizabeth Williams
Cuts: Elina Babkina, Alaina Coates.

Out for season: Maite Cazorla (elected to sit the 2020 season), Mikayla Pivec (elected to sit the 2020 season), Kobi Thornton (elected to sit the 2020 season).

Chicago Sky

Sydney Colson
Kahleah Copper
Diamond DeShields
Stefanie Dolson
Ruthy Hebard
Jantel Lavender
Cheyenne Parker
Allie Quigley
Azurá Stevens
Courtney Vandersloot
Gabby Williams
Cuts: Japreece Dean, Alexis Prince.

Out for season: Kiah Gillespie (personal reasons).

Connecticut Sun

DeWanna Bonner
Kaila Charles
Natisha Hiedeman
Bria Holmes
Briann January
Jonquel Jones
Brionna Jones
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
Theresa Plaisance
Alyssa Thomas
Jasmine Thomas
Cuts: Valeriane Ayayi, Jacki Gemelos, Jazmon Gwathmey, Megan Huff, Juicy Landrum.

Dallas Wings

Bella Alarie
Allisha Gray
Megan Gustafson
Tyasha Harris
Isabella Harrison
Moriah Jefferson
Marina Mabrey
Astou Ndour
Arike Ogunbowale
Satou Sabally
Katie Lou Samuelson
Kayla Thornton
Cuts: Morgan Bertsch, Kaela Davis, Luisa Geiselsöder, Karlie Samuelson.

Trades: Kristine Anigwe (to Los Angeles Sparks).

Out for season: Imani McGee-Stafford (law school).

Indiana Fever

Natalie Achonwa
Julie Allemand
Kennedy Burke
Lauren Cox
Kathleen Doyle
Candice Dupree
Betnijah Laney
Stephanie Mavunga
Teaira McCowan
Kelsey Mitchell
Tiffany Mitchell
Victoria Vivians
Erica Wheeler
Cuts: Jessica January, Paris Kea, Erica McCall, Kamiah Smalls.

Las Vegas Aces

Lindsay Allen
Liz Cambage
Dearica Hamby
Kayla McBride
Angel McCoughtry
Kelsey Plum
Danielle Robinson
Sugar Rodgers
Carolyn Swords
A’ja Wilson
Jackie Young
Cuts: Lauren Manis, Raisa Musina, Avery Warley-Talbert.

Out for season: JiSu Park (personal decision).

Los Angeles Sparks

Kristine Anigwe (via trade from Dallas Wings)
Seimone Augustus
Chelsea Gray
Marie Gülich
Chiney Ogwumike
Nneka Ogwumike
Candace Parker
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Brittney Sykes
Kristi Toliver
Sydney Wiese
Riquna Williams
Cuts: Tynice Martin, Dominique McBryde, Beatrice Mompremier.

Out for season: Maria Vadeeva (overseas, with plans to rejoin team in 2021), Leonie Fiebich (overseas).

Minnesota Lynx

Kayla Alexander
Rachel Banham
Lexie Brown
Bridget Carlton
Karima Christmas-Kelly
Napheesa Collier
Crystal Dangerfield
Damiris Dantas
Sylvia Fowles
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
Shenise Johnson
Cecilia Zandalasini
Cuts: Linnae Harper, Erica Ogwumike.

Out for season: Maya Moore (personal), Jessica Shepard (ACL recovery), Odyssey Sims (personal).

New York Liberty

Rebecca Allen
Layshia Clarendon
Asia Durr
Sabrina Ionescu
Jazmine Jones
Kia Nurse
Leaonna Odom
Kylee Shook
Kiah Stokes
Megan Walker
Jocelyn Willoughby
Amanda Zahui B
Cuts: Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray, Tayler Hill.

Out for season: Han Xu (overseas), Marine Johannés (overseas), Stephanie Talbot (personal decision).

Phoenix Mercury

Jessica Breland
Nia Coffey
Sophie Cunningham
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Brittney Griner
Bria Hartley
Alanna Smith
Diana Taurasi
Brianna Turner
Kia Vaughn
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
Cuts: Sara Blicavs, Te’a Cooper, Olivia Epoupa, Stella Johnson.

Out for season: Yvonne Turner (knee injury).

Seattle Storm

Sue Bird
Jordin Canada
Alysha Clark
Natasha Howard
Crystal Langhorne
Jewell Loyd
Ezi Magbegor
Epiphanny Prince
Mercedes Russell
Breanna Stewart
Morgan Tuck
Sami Whitcomb
Cuts: Haley Gorecki, Joyner Holmes.

Washington Mystics

Ariel Atkins
Tina Charles
Natasha Cloud
Elena Delle Donne
Tianna Hawkins
Myisha Hines-Allen
Kiara Leslie
Leilani Mitchell
Emma Meesseman
Aerial Powers
LaToya Sanders
Cuts: Jaylen Agnew, Rebecca Greenwell, Alecia “Sug” Sutton.

Signs of news life

WNBA team news:

Players and coaches admit possibly playing without fans will be tough, but they will remain fierce.

The Sparks traded Marina Mabrey to the Wings for Kristine Anigwe.

Three former Louisville Cardinals make the Liberty roster.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe and Russell Wilson will host the remote ESPY Awards.

Podcast with Layshia Clarendon.

Aerial Powers discusses preparing for the season while on lockdown.

WNBA coach news:

Tanisha Wright is ready for her fulltime coaching career.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert podcast.

International news:

The WNBL will push back their start date, but still play a full season.

College team news:

Louisville is reloading, not rebuilding, for next season.

The Pac-12 will resume voluntary, in-person workouts June 15.

College player news:

Abby Prohaska is working to return to Notre Dame after recovering from blood clots in her lungs.

ASU's Robbi Ryan discusses her personal journey with mental health and asking for help.

College coach news:

Idaho State's new assistant coaches are Travis Brewster and Courtnie Smith.

Tim Sylver is a new assistant coach at FIU.

Kelby Jones joins the coaching staff at North Texas.

Recruiting news:

Bree Hall picked Dawn Staley and South Carolina because "she could be herself on the phone."

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A good sign for sports?

NCAA news:

The NCAA Division I Council voted today to allow voluntary on-campus activities for women's basketball, men's basketball and football as of June 1.

The Division I Council approved a resolution that outlined its intention to adopt by January a comprehensive legislative package creating uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports.

The decision could effect Kentucky basketball.

Deneé Barracato, Northwestern's Deputy Director of Athletics for Operations & Capital Projects, begins a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, starting in September.

College team news:

Louisville and UConn have canceled next season's neutral-site match up.

How Penn State is embracing Tik Tok to build its brand.

Virginia Tech's incoming class paints a bright picture for the future.

College player news:

Former Cal guard McKenzie Forbes has transferred to Harvard.

College coach news:

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors went all in on his dream job.

Clemson coach Amanda Butler and her wife adopted two boys, and their lives changed.

Brandy Manning is a new assistant coach at Old Dominion.

Lindsey Spann will be an interim assistant coach for Maryland next season.

WNBA player news:

Katie Lou Samuelson discusses her mental health journey.

Chennedy Carter could be the star of the draft.

Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook wait for roster cut decisions from the New York Liberty.

WNBA players have no time for the underdog role.

Who will make the Mystics roster?

Maya Moore is a finalist for the ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.

Retired great Taj McWilliams-Franklin was the league's ultimate underdog.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The WNBA now taking Wilson to the prom

WNBA news:

Wilson is the new official game ball of the WNBA.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi talks about her competitive fire.

Taurasi is still planning on the Olympics next year, but health is a factor.

How Sue Bird landed her job with the Nuggets.

Breanna Stewart surprised a high school team by jumping into their Zoom meeting.

Brittney Sykes and Marie Gulich are anticipating their Sparks debuts.

WNBA guard or doctor? Erica Ogwumike weighs her options.

Kayla Alexander's Olympic dream is on hold.

WNBA coach news:

Tanisha Wright has joined the Aces coaching staff as an assistant.

College team news:

Liberty is going with a more local nonconference schedule for next season.

College player news:

Amanda Cahill's injury and the pandemic have altered the Indiana graduate's career plans.

Former Ohio State guard Kierstan Bell has transferred to FGCU.

Texas Tech transfer Emma Villas-Gomis has landed at North Texas.

Rokia Doumbia has transferred from Arkansas to Purdue.

Former Seton Hall forward Selena Philoxy has transferred to Stetson.

College coach news:

How Dawn Staley recruited successfully during the pandemic.

Longhorn lunch break with assistant coach Dionnah Jackson-Durrett.

Courtney Paris has returned to Oklahoma, as an assistant coach.

Paris takes the place of Coquese Washington, who resigned to pursue another professional opportunity.

Paige Love is UNC Asheville's new assistant coach.

FAMU has narrowed its search for its new head coach.

Recruiting news:

The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended its recruiting dead period through June 30.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The pandemic continues to shape sports

Pandemic news:

Cal State fall sports are up in the air, as classes will stay online.

The Big Sky Conference will let schools decide when to resume sports.

DII schools in one California conference will suspend fall sports.

High school and recruiting news:

The WBCA and NABC recommend extending the NCAA dead period through July 31.

The NCAA won't mandate a uniform return to college sports.

The Mid-American Conference has curtailed its schedules and canceled conference tournaments in some sports.

Which schools win on the recruiting trail?

The best high schools ever for women's basketball.

College team news:

Mississippi State and UConn could meet up this fall for the first time since 2017.

College player news:

Elon transfer Emily Maupin has found a new home at Virginia.

College coach news:

A survey revealed that Quentin Hillsman has overwhelming support from Syracuse fans.

Arizona coach Adia Barnes is pregnant and due in September.

Liberty coach Carey Green has brought some depth to the roster for next season.

Texas associate head coach Johnnie Harris wants to turn the team into "a monster."

WNBA team news:

The Mystics will celebrate last year's Championship virtually this Saturday.

Philadelphia needs a WNBA team, one publication says.

WNBA player news:

Theresa Plaisance is sure she suffered through COVID-19 in December.

Q&A with the Dream's Alexis Jones.

Getting drafted at home with Lauren Cox.


Dr. Kate Starbird on combatting pandemic myths as a UW researcher.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Great personality pauses

WNBA team news:

The Sparks hope Beatrice Mompremier can bolster their defensive rebounding efforts.

The Lynx have become creative with their virtual training camp.

WNBA player news:

Briann January is still full of fire.

Jackie Young is enjoying time with her family as she waits for WNBA season to begin.

What is Sabrina Ionescu's New York state of mind?

Ruthy Hebard: my mom still braids my hair.

Hebard has the tools to excel in Chicago.

Jazmine Jones hopes to positively influence youth.

College conference news:

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman says sports won't resume in the fall if students aren't back on campus.

College team news:

Rutgers day on the Big Ten Network is tomorrow.

The top fundraisers for Play4Kay last season was Oklahoma.

College player news:

Pac-12 athletes reflect on their mothers ahead of Mother's Day.

Purdue players faced obstacles getting home after the COVID-19 shutdown.

College coach news:

Dan Burt is preparing Duquesne for whatever comes next with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arkansas' Mike Neighbors and Todd Schaefer talk about before they were coaches.

St. Elizabeth coach Marquetta Dickens feeds her passion by sowing community and equality.

From player to player development: how Monica Wright helped Jocelyn Willoughby become a WNBA draft pick.

Creighton assistant Chevelle Saunsoci has left the program after seven years.

WBHOF news:

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will reopen June 1.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Nothing much shaking on the WNBA front - just college

WNBA team news:

The Sparks have opened virtual training camp.

The Portland Trail Blazers aren't exploring another WNBA franchise, but the should be.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart is eager to get back on the court.

DeWanna Bonner discusses why she joined the Sun.

Ruthy Hebard will add scoring to a great Sky offense.

Will Kylee Shook stick as the league's next stretch big?

WNBA players have joined the "Real Heroes Project" to honor healthcare workers.

NCAA news:

The NCAA approved a waiver that will allow schools to spend below the minimum level on athletic scholarships required to compete in Division I.

College team news:

Texas A&M has boosted their roster with transfers.

CBS Sports power rankings for next year.

College player news:

Two worlds have collided for Arkansas guard Destiny Slocum.

From sixth woman to potential starting guard, Chasity Patterson has big shoes to fill at Kentucky.

A year ago, Buffalo guard Hanna Hall's mental health battle went viral. Here's what happened next.

With her rehab wrapping up, Lauren Ware looks forward to helping both the basketball and volleyball teams.

College coach news:

The Pac-12 will honor Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer tomorrow with a marathon of game re-broadcasts.

Muffet McGraw has retired and found a voice that reaches beyond basketball.

Megan Duffy exceeded expectations in her first year at Marquette. Now she's trying to keep the ball bouncing.

Adia Barnes is one of the Arizona coaches taking a 20 percent pay cut to mitigate coronavirus impacts.

Alabama A&M coach Margaret Richards' contract has been extended through 2023-2024.

Pitt coach Lance White is among those coaches who donated money to the school's Center for Vaccine Research.

Alleging gender discrimination, former Western Carolina coach Heather Kearney is suing the University.

Monday, May 4, 2020

First of the week bits

WNBA season news:

Why the WNBA is uniquely-suited for a Las Vegas bubble.

WNBA team news:

The Lynx have a dangerous arsenal with their rookie class.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne has become a youtube star during the pandemic.

Don't forget about Asia Durr.

Sabrina Ionescu and Nike are donating shoes to health care workers.

College conference news:

The Big Ten has extended its ban on activities until June 1.

What conferences are dominating recruiting?

College team news:

Oregon vs. South Carolina could open next college season.

Why next season will be pivotal for Georgia.

Middle Tennessee is finding new ways to evaluate players.

UCLA's incoming freshman class is made up of all international players, for the first time.

Arizona could add another transfer, though they aren't yet sure whether transfer Bendu Yeaney will play next year.

College player news:

Nebraska center Kate Cain and her family tested positive for coronavirus, and recovered.

College coach news:

Alcorn State will announce their new coach Wednesday.

NCAA replaces RPI with a new evaluation tool

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced that beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 season, the NCAA Evaluation Tool will replace the Ratings Percentage Index as the contemporary sorting tool used to measure a team’s quality and help evaluate team resumes for selection and seeding in the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

Full release

Friday, May 1, 2020

News feed spike

WNBA team news:

The Fever used the draft to create a size advantage in the paint.

What will the Mystics face if this season is canceled?

WNBA player news:

Kristi Toliver continues her balancing act.

Moriah Jefferson plans a "home sweet home" rebirth into the league.

Megan Walker says UConn prepared her well for the WNBA.

Jocelyn Willoughby is headed home after being drafted in the top ten.

After an unpredictable draft night, Kiah Gillespie is ready to get to work in the WNBA.

Interviewing the Lynx draftees.

How seven hoopers are staying fit at home.

How Diana Taurasi torched the Internet last weekend.

WNBA coach news:

Sun coach Curt Miller discusses the grind.

College team news:

Change precedes the 2020-2021 Stanford season.

College player news:

The NCAA has granted Oregon State forward Taya Corosdale a medical redshirt season.

Former Sun Devil Michelle Tom is braving the COVID-19 front lines in Navajo territory.

College coach news:

Kelly Graves' journey from plowing potatoes to growing basketball programs.

UTEP coach Kevin Baker said the pandemic has made him a better recruiter.

Kelsey Hogan is keeping it in the family as New Hampshire's interim head coach.

Catching up with Purdue assistant coach Michael Scruggs.

Alysiah Bond is Missouri State's new assistant coach.

Jamie Carey is a new assistant coach at North Texas.

High school news:

Which high school prospect could be the next WNBA great?

General sports news:

The shutdown of sports will cost at least $12 billion.