Friday, July 31, 2020

Giant performances

Today's results:

Betnijah Laney's 30 points paced the Dream by the Liberty, 84-78. Rookie Jazmine Jones had 20 points for Atlanta.

Sabrina Ionescu left the game with an ankle injury.

Rookie Satou Sabally's 23 points and 17 rebounds powered the Wings over the Fever, 76-73.

The Mercury grabbed their first dub of the season with a 102-95 win over the Aces.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Lynx vs. Sun

Mystics vs. Sky

Storm vs. Sparks

WNBA team news:

With much to prove, the Storm will get a shot at redemption against the Sparks tomorrow.

The Mystics take us inside the bubble.

The Sky once had three of the all-time best players.

The Sparks are learning to prepare for late night starts.

WNBA player news:

Aces guard Lindsay Allen is quarantined, and didn't play tonight, after an inconclusive positive coronavirus test.

Diana Taurasi needs to be more aggressive, her coach says.

Teaira McCowan and Candice Dupree are showing increased range on offense.

Bria Hartley could have been the next great USA point guard. Now she plays for France.

Sabrina Ionescu rookie diary.

Ionescu face timed with NBA star Steph Curry after her league debut.

Q&A with Chennedy Carter.

Megan Walker savored her WNBA debut.

Now in training camp, Lauren Cox is working towards her debut.

Stacey Abrams on the power of Black female athletes.

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer is in a better mood after watching the Aces soar on offense.

Cheryl Reeve has plenty to like after a 2-1 start for the Lynx.

Mercury assistant coach Chasity Melvin opens up about race and gender stigmas.

College player news:

Former Oregon State forward Patricia Morris has transferred to TCU.

UConn players are arriving on campus.

College coach news:

Breonna Taylor's death hit home for Cincinnati coach Michelle Clark-Heard.

Laura Harper is taking the reins at Coppin State.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Tonight's lesson

Tonight's games show that the team that is best able to manage workload and stay as rested as possible will increase their chances of success dramatically

Today's results:

The Mystics pounded the Storm, 89-71.

The Lynx held off the Sky, 83-81.

The Sparks held off the Sun, 81-76.

That means there's only one unbeaten team left - the Washington Mystics. Surprise!

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty vs. Dream

Fever vs. Wings

Aces vs. Mercury

WNBA news:

The league will offer health-monitoring rings to players.

The WNBA is keeping the focus on social justice issues.

WNBA player news:

In her 15th season, Seimone Augustus feels secure with the Sparks, has nothing to prove and has plenty in the tank.

Layshia Clarendon on players using their platform to speak about social injustice.

Sabrina Ionescu is already lighting up the WNBA.

An early look at the Wings rookies.

Dee Bonner names the top five young guns in the league.

Q&A with Tiffany Hayes.

WNBA coach news:

Former Sky assistant coach Bridget Pettis heeded the call to feed the hungry.

WNBA GM news:

Dallas GM Greg Bibb calls out Sen. Ted Cruz over an anti-WNBA comment.

NCAA news:

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rules to allow student-athletes to wear patches on their uniforms for commemorative and memorial purposes, as well as to support social justice issues.

College player news:

All 13 Oregon Ducks are on campus for workouts this summer.

Cal transfer Sara Anastasieska will play at Duke.

Penn State senior guard Kamaria McDaniel has entered the transfer portal.

College coach news:

Niele Ivey talks coaching during the pandemic, and social justice.

Georgia Southern coach Anita Howard is recovering from COVID-19.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Today's results:

A career-high 27 points from Aerial Powers paced the Mystics past the Sun, 94-89.

The Sky ran by the Sparks, 96-78, behind 21 points each from Kahleah Copper and Azura' Stevens.

The Storm routed the Lynx, 90-66.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury vs. Fever

Liberty vs. Wings

Dream vs. Aces

WNBA team news:

The Aces look to bounce back against Atlanta.

The Fever is trying to make up for lost time under a new system.

The Mercury will emphasize defense going into their game against Indiana.

The Sun show promise but are missing key pieces.

Teams are finding new ways to generate revenue as play is away from home arenas.

The league's own power rankings for week one.

One of the weekend's games was the most-watched opener on ESPN since 2012.

WNBA player news:

WNBA players have called on the league to stop playing the national anthem before their games.

Chicago players will donate $10 per point this season to fight social injustice.

How Gabby Williams is using her platform for change.

Sylvia Fowles became the league's all-time rebounds leader tonight.

Odyssey Sims' return is imminent.

It's time for Rachel Banham to show what she can do.

Dearica Hamby keeps it real about the challenges of parenting in the bubble.

Brittney Sykes is leading the way for LA with exciting play.

Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan are reunited with the Fever.

Podcast with Bria Holmes.

Emma Meesseman checks snakes off her bubble safari list.

Satou Sabally downplays the upcoming matchup with former teammate Sabrina Ionescu's team.

Ionescu looks to rebound from her shaky debut.

WNBA coach news:

Marianne Stanley has raised the roof in sports.

College team news:

Winners and losers in college basketball transfer season.

College player news:

Tanaya Beacham has transferred from Toledo to Ohio State.

College coach news:

Amy Williams has Nebraska eager to practice and ready to handle any curve balls.

Former Hoosier great Tyra Buss is a new assistant coach at Evansville.

Monday, July 27, 2020

WNBA opening weekend: first glances and initial impressions

After what felt like an eternal wait, the WNBA peeled back the curtain this weekend in its return to play, giving fans and media a glimpse of all 12 teams. The games have left plenty to contemplate in their wake. But in an unusual season framed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the subplots have multiplied.


Both the Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks showcased their extreme depth in routes of the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury, respectively.

Seattle’s veteran core – Sue Bird, Alysha Clark, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart – have been together for a long time. Their supporting-cast-that-is-another-starting-five-off-the-bench has been with the team long enough to win the WNBA Championship together two years ago. In fact much of that group, which includes Natasha Howard, Crystal Langhorne, Sami Whitcomb, Jordin Canada and Mercedes Russell, benefited by having Bird and Stewart out for 2019, as they grew light years in taking starting roles. Stewart is back from an Achilles tear looking like she never left. Bird is now sharing point guard duties with Canada, which allows her to rest while giving the young guard opportunity to play. With exciting Australia rookie Ezi Magbegor, who has been mentored by franchise great Lauren Jackson, the Storm look like they are ready to party like it’s 2018.

Los Angeles has six new players on this year’s roster, but 13-year veteran Candace Parker, nine-year veteran Nneka Ogwumike and six-year vet Chelsea Gray are as solid as it gets. Parker and Ogwumike are former league MVP’s, and are two of the best to play the game. All three are All-Stars, and even more importantly, all three are playmakers. They’ve added veteran Seimone Augustus and lightening-quick guard Brittney Sykes to a solid rotation that had no trouble dismantling Phoenix, thought to be a favorite going into the weekend.

In fact, if the Storm and the Sparks end up playing for the title this year, it would be no surprise. But the Chicago Sky will have something to say about that.

Chicago went from mediocre to contenders last season, finishing the regular season in fifth place behind renewed energy, focus and cohesion. This year they return their core, which includes All-Stars Diamond DeShields, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Stefanie Dolson, as well as reliable reserves Kahleah Copper and Cheyenne Parker. The loss of starting forward Jantel Lavender to injury was offset by the signing of Azura Stevens, and by drafting Ruthy Hebard in the first round.

In facing the Las Vegas Aces – the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season – the Sky were tested as DeShields’ minutes were limited due to nagging injuries. Las Vegas took a 12-point lead in the third quarter, but Chicago rallied back for the win – a gut check game and a confidence-booster, as DeShields is one of their court leaders and the best in-game creator on the team. If they can win without two of their starters, well, Bring It On.


When last year’s regular-season MVP, Elena Delle Donne, opted out of the season due to coronavirus concerns, and signee/All-Star Tina Charles did the same, most overlooked the Washington Mystics to defend last year’s championship win. But after a rout of the Indiana Fever that saw solid performances from just everyone on the roster, Washington put the league on notice. Myisha Hines-Allen rose up for a career-high 27 points, and Aerial Powers, Emma Meesseman, Ariel Atkins and reserve Shey Peddy also scored in double figures. The Mystics are playing team basketball, and those kinds of squads win titles.

Equally-eye-opening was the Atlanta Dream‘s 105-95 win over the Dallas Wings. Monique Billings led all five starters in double figures with a career-high 30 points, new signee Betnijah Laney had 19 points and No. 4 draft pick Chennedy Carter scored 18. Unexpected? Absolutely. Atlanta saw starters Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery opt out of the season last month. In training camp they’ve been without three players, who tested positive for COVID-19, and they have three rookies. Billings, in her third season, is the only returner from last year, along with Elizabeth Williams. The Dream finished in last place in 2019, and begin this year as the highest-scoring team of opening weekend, with the league’s highest scorer.

The difference so far is largely Billings and Carter. Billings worked hard on her game and fitness in the offseason, and it shows. She was also a vocal leader on the court Sunday, giving words of advice to Carter, among other things. And those words helped settle Carter, who was able to channel her energy into some beautiful finished plays that showcased her dynamic skill set. Both Billings and Carter have the kind of athleticism that makes the game fun to watch. When the three players who are out return to the team, things will only get better for Atlanta.

The last team to surprise was the New York Liberty. With seven rookies on a rebuilt roster, they went into the weekend as the Most Doubted Team. But they played the Storm well, and the method to the franchise’s madness became a bit more clear. Eight-year veteran Layshia Clarendon led New York with 20 points, No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu had 12 and veteran Amanda Zahui B. scored 10. Two other rookies – Jocelyn Willoughby and Leaonna Odom each had nine points, and if it weren’t for Kia Nurse going down with an ankle sprain in the second quarter, the Liberty might have been able to continue challenging Seattle. This team has the potential to be great sooner, rather than later.

Could be special

The Minnesota Lynx have had a tough couple of years, as they’ve been rebuilding. But things are coming together. Sylvia Fowles and Damiris Dantas are the only long-timers, but they’ve got a solid surrounding cast in reigning Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier, Lexie Brown, and newcomer veterans Karima Christmas-Kelly and Shenise Johnson. In a surprise come-from-behind over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, Minnesota showed they might have the steal of the draft in Crystal Dangerfield. The UConn star, selected 16th, ignited the team with her energy and a 10-point outburst. If the Lynx continues to have such total team efforts, they will be back on the winning track.

Like the Dream, the Las Vegas Aces sustained some blows going into the season. All-Star center Liz Cambage opted out for the year, and starting guard Kelsey Plum tore her Achilles in June. Starter Kayla McBride was late to training camp, as was steadfast reserve Sugar Rodgers. Yet in their first outing, Las Vegas still showed flashes of the brilliance that kept them in the playoff race throughout last year. They have a huge opportunity in having Angel McCoughtry on the roster. Refreshed after missing last season with injury, McCoughtry went off for 25 points, while A’ja Wilson put up 22. Both players work well on the floor together, unlike Wilson and Cambage have. With a bit more adjustment to their new roles, the Aces could be dangerous again in 2020.

The other WNBA team to rebuild its roster this year is the Dallas Wings. Only Kayla Thornton, Allisha Gray, Arike Ogunbowale, Isabelle Harrison and Megan Gustafson return. But the newcomers make Dallas a much more well-rounded team. Ogunbowale, who narrowly missed being Rookie of the Year last season, was forced to play the point. With the arrival of true PG’s Moriah Jefferson and rookie Tyasha Harris, however, high-volume scoring Ogunbowale can move back to the shooting guard spot. The Wings’ other two first-round draft picks, Satou Sabally and Bella Alarie, give them depth and height in the paint. Against Atlanta, Dallas looked like a young team trying to figure things out. Yet they still scored 95 points – a great sign. If this new group can figure each other out fast, they will be fun to watch.

Missing pieces

Going into the weekend, the Phoenix Mercury were tagged to be among the top teams due to the health of Diana Taurasi and the signing of Skylar Diggins-Smith. Thus, the pounding they endured at the hands of the Sparks caught everyone off guard. Their performance, which was lackluster at times, underscored the value of DeWanna Bonner, who departed over the winter. Bonner has been their energy player for years. Time and time again, when the rest of the team has sagged, the wiry but fiery Bonner would put them on her back and go on a scoring spree. The Mercury look like they miss her much.

The Connecticut Sun are without center Jonquel Jones, who opted out for the year, Briann January, who tested positive for COVID-19, and Theresa Plaisance, who has yet to play. Shooters Courtney Williams and Shekinna Stricklen signed with other teams in the offseason, while Bonner came to Connecticut. Yet for all that, they looked great for most of their game against the Lynx. In the end, though, Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, for all of their usual heroics, were not enough to stop their opponents. None of their teammates, aside from Brionna Jones, truly stepped up with them. It seems like the Sun is missing some fire, or some firepower. It’s hard to tell which is the case.

The rebuilding process for the Indiana Fever continues, but they are making progress. They were hit with bad luck when starting point guard Erica Wheeler and No. 3 draft pick Lauren Cox were diagnosed with cororavirus, delaying the team’s arrival to the Bradenton, Florida camp. But Kelsey Mitchell, who scored 25 points over the weekend, continues to improve, and Julie Allemand is a talented newcomer. Victoria Vivians looked good in her return, after missing 2019 with a torn ACL. When Wheeler gets back and if the reserves can rise to the occasion, Indiana will take their next step as a team.

Roles: knowing them and having the players

The best teams consist of those who know their roles. It’s also important that those roles are filled.

Great teams have great leaders. Think Bird, who is basically another coach, whether on the sidelines or during games. Think Fowles, aka “Mama Syl,” helping bring players along.

Successful teams have playmakers: those who can create their own shot, their own offense, a space on the floor for themselves. Think Ogwumike, who has spent much of her professional career getting buckets from her own creativity. Think DeShields, who can shift her body in mid-air, change direction – change everything – if the situation calls for it.

Teams that get there have energy players, who give the team a lift emotionally. Think Sydney Colson and her tunnel songs and cheers. Think Kahleah Copper, the special handshake emperor of the Chicago Sky.

If a team has all of these? Watch out.

Let’s see which teams are three for three this year.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back

Devastating injuries plagued the league last season, and it is a joy to see players return healthy and re-energized this year. Kudos to Bird, Taurasi, Stewart, Diggins-Smith, Augustus, McCoughtry, Clarendon, Stevens, Vivians and Johnson for working hard in rehab and making personal sacrifices to play in tough circumstances this season.

Draft class talent is off the charts

The only thing the 2020 draft class lacks is a full season of play, and that’s a shame, because we haven’t seen a talented group like this in a while.

Carter grabbed headlines because of her scoring and her skill set, but Ionescu, Harris, Sabally and Dangerfield were also impressive and show a great amount of potential. I have a feeling other rookies will be showing out soon too, as not everyone is locked and ready to perform in the first game; some players need more time to adjust. Keep an eye on Bella Alarie and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan.

One game down, 21 games to go

This is going to be a great season, but played at warp speed. Buckle up.


General WNBA news:

Thirteen more WNBA games have been added to the national broadcast schedule. (!!!!)

ESPN adjusts to the bubble.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mystics vs. Sun

Sparks vs. Sky

Lynx vs. Storm

WNBA team news:

After meeting with Michelle Obama, Storm players are eager to build on the momentum of the league's "say her name" campaign.

The Sparks built momentum this weekend.

Bigger audiences are beginning to notice Los Angeles and the WNBA.

ESPN power rankings.

Liberty and Nets owners want the teams on equal ground.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird and Nneka Ogwumike: this is much bigger than sports - we need your support.

Bird is on the cover of the current issue of SLAM.

Brittney Griner won't be on the court for the national anthem this season.

Lauren Cox confirmed her COVID-19 diagnosis, and there is no date set for her to return to play.

Sabrina Ionescu's debut brings assurance, and a call for adjustments.

Chennedy Carter shined in her rookie debut.

Crystal Dangerfield is the latest former UConn star to spark the Lynx to a win.

Dangerfield is off to a running start.

Kiara Leslie showed promise in her WNBA debut.

Players from the league are again the architects of racial dissent.

Activism is part of the WNBA's DNA.

NBA star Kyrie Irving has committed 1.5 million dollars to help those sitting out the season.

College coach news:

Arizona coach Adia Barnes is expecting a child while navigating through the pandemic.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The information storm before tipoff

We finally get to watch some basketball tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am overjoyed.

WNBA news:

The league released its new commercial, "make way."

The season is set to tip off after a delayed start.

Play finally begins.

WNBA team news:

CBS Sports power rankings.

The loaded Storm are title favorites, but questions remain.

Four things to know about Seattle.

Breaking down the Aces.

Expectations for Las Vegas are unclear after an up and down offseason.

Aces vs. Sky tomorrow brings back memories of Dearica Hamby's shot.

Injuries and opt-outs have limited workouts for Las Vegas.

Chicago season preview.

Three things to know about the Mercury.

Phoenix is focusing on strength and health.

Wings season preview.

Connecticut Sun: "don't be distracted by the game."

Four burning questions for the Fever.

WNBA player news:

Where are the league's stars? Many are sitting out this season.

Aces players are making do inside the bubble.

Breanna Stewart's WNBA goal goes beyond the court, to creating social change.

Kayla Thornton is ready for her fifth year in the league.

Lexie Brown is expected to start for Minnesota this season.

Jackie Young is hoping to break out in her second year.

Sabrina Ionescu is ready for her debut.

Kylee Shook has her first chance to make an impression tomorrow.

Jocelyn Willoughby is excited ahead of her debut.

Astou Ndour is one of the league's best three-point shooting centers.

Essence Carson on Mystics team chemistry and her music career.

The ACC has 32 former players on WNBA rosters this season.

College and conferences with the most players on rosters.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert says a successful short season is essential for the league.

Engelbert says there's nothing political about Black Lives Matter.

College player news:

Western Michigan transfer Jordan Walker had landed at Tennessee.

College coach news:

Will Tennessee recruit well enough under Kellie Harper to catch South Carolina?

Just for starters

WNBA season predictions and previews:

The season tips with questions that could become exclamation marks.

ESPN predictions.

Why Breanna Stewart and the Storm are the favorites.

WNBA team news:

The Sparks seek a title like tacos and Tuesdays.

Los Angeles is out to conquer the season.

With Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty hit refresh.

The Fever open the season against the defending champ Mystics.

WNBA player news:

How player's commitment to social justice united their return this season.

Why Natasha Cloud opted out of the season.

Emma Meesseman and Julie Allemand carry Belgium's mantle in the WNBA.

How Sabrina Ionescu changed her game this year to be WNBA-ready.

Sydney Wiese overcame coronavirus and now she's ready to play.

It was Glory Johnson and Kalani Brown who tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Bradenton.

Natalie Achonwa has won the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award.

College coach news:

Kara Lawson has announced her coaching staff at Duke: Beth Cunningham, Tia Jackson and Winston Gandy.

Nolan Wilson is a new assistant coach at Rice.

High school news:

Paige Bueckers is Gatorade's high school POY.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Feast your eyes on this copy

WNBA team news:

The WNBA is out to reclaim tremendous momentum this season.

Team-by-team preview.

Eight burning questions going into play.

Storm preview.

Seattle is counting on experience as the season tips.

Three things to know about the Sparks this season.

Three things to know about the Lynx.

The rookie-laden Liberty are focused on a "foundational season."

Will this be a bounce-back season for the Dream?

Atlanta is shaping a new identity with an evolving roster.

Projecting how all 12 teams will finish.

Top storylines to get ready for.

Showdowns to look forward to.

WNBA player news:

Can Breanna Stewart recapture her MVP form after her Achilles tear?

DeWanna Bonner is critical to the Sun's success.

A'ja Wilson gets candid about the return of the WNBA, her mental health and social justice.

How Wilson and other Gamecock greats are preparing for play.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is preparing for a grueling season.

Everything you need to know about Sabrina Ionescu's debut.

Ionescu is at center stage as the season opens.

Kathleen Doyle is anxious for the season to begin.

Bella Alarie and Ty Harris discuss their decision to sign with Under Armour.

Jocelyn Willoughby's balancing act is just beginning.

She is preparing for her pro debut.

Rookies Megan Walker and Lauren Cox have arrived in Bradenton and are self-quarantining.

WNBA CEO news:

Keia Clarke is the new CEO of the New York Liberty.

Why Bridget Pettis left the WNBA to devote herself to Project Roots.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert's media address yesterday.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The news flows with only three days to go

WNBA team news:

The Seattle Storm are the best show on the hardwood heading into the season.

The Sparks are honing their team camaraderie and mental focus.

Everyone has a role to play for LA.

Three things to know about Dallas.

Three things to know about Las Vegas.

The Sun are getting warmed up.

Guard play could fuel a return to the postseason for Indiana.

Fever season preview.

WNBA player news:

The top 25 players who are 25 and under.

The league is getting a boost from the return of some big-name stars.

A trio of Storm No. 1 picks know the challenges Sabrina Ionescu will face this season.

Liz Cambage has received a medical exemption for this season.

The Lynx are turning to Sylvia Fowles to be the voice of the team.

Kia Nurse and Bridget Carleton are comfortable in the bubble.

Betnijah Laney is developing a stronger offensive game.

A look at this year's super sophomores.

Alex Bentley was waived by the Aces.

WNBA coach news:

Gary Kloppenburg is set to lead the Storm in a unique season.

Cheryl Reeve is fast-forwarding Minnesota's preparation.

Sparks coach Derek Fisher addresses many topics.

Liberty coach Walt Hopkins talks preparation for the season.

WNBA owner news:

Kelly Loeffler won't sell her share of the Dream.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert is confident the season will be able to be completed.

NCAA news:

The NCAA is weighing all options planning for next basketball season.

College player news:

ODU's Mackenzie Smith has a passion for painting.

Mississippi State transfer Bre'Amber Scott can compete immediately for UALR.

Former Kentucky forward Deasia Merrill has transferred to Georgia State.

Lou Brown says Lady Vol coaches laughed at her while she struggled with knee injuries.

College coach news:

Coach Melanie Moore has high hopes for Xavier.

Kara Lawson is all in as Duke's head coach.

Lawson podcast.

Murriel Page has joined Georgia Tech as an assistant coach.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Gearing for action

WNBA team news:

The Storm sits atop the AP power poll.

Best and worst-case scenarios for each team.

The WNBA wants to make a statement when it returns.

Mercury players will wear Breonna Taylor jerseys in their opener.

Five questions facing Connecticut.

Four things to know about Indiana.

Three things to know about the Mystics.

Liberty season preview and guide to the team.

Four things to know about New York.

WNBA player news:

What we might see from the league's oldest veterans this year.

Skylar Diggins-Smith wants an attempted lynching prosecuted as a hate crime.

Breanna Stewart talks social change.

Theresa Plaisance is working her way back to the Sun.

Napheesa Collier is the league's next two-way force.

Monique Billings is taking her mindful approach into her new role with Atlanta.

Former UConn players are getting ready prior to opening weekend.

Minnesota players discuss why they chose to play this season.

Some draftees that were cut are getting a second chance.

Athletes are excited days before tipoff.

Player's children are stealing the show in the bubble.

Breonna Taylor's mother praises the WNBA for advocating her daughter's case.

WNBA coach news:

Gary Kloppenburg accepted the interim coach position with the Storm but feels for Dan Hughes.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve seeks more accountability from her squad.

Reeve has built a dynasty with intensity and empathy.

College coach news:

Kelly Graves says his trio of former Ducks are fitting in well with their new WNBA teams.

Catching up with Nikki McCray-Penson.

Denver has named Doshia Woods its new head coach.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Previews and storylines continue

The season is coming:

Twelve questions before tipoff.

WNBA team news:

Four things from Indiana Fever media day.

Washington will need a "mystical" experience to defend their title.

Short four projected starters the Mystics will come out firing.

The Sky are ready to begin the season.

Aces preview.

Sun preview.

Three things to know about Connecticut.

How the Sun are building chemistry in camp.

The Lynx broadcast schedule features several games.

Fitness is a concern for Minnesota.

The Lynx scrimmaged against Chicago today.

WNBA player news:

A'ja Wilson's powerful essay: Dear Black Girls.

Skylar Diggins-Smith has settled into a new role with the Mercury.

Angel McCoughtry is planting seeds with her Breonna Taylor jersey idea.

Karima Christmas-Kelly proved herself as a leader for Minnesota in a short stint.

Moriah Jefferson finally feels like herself again.

One-on-one with Azura Stevens.

Shenise Johnson is back after a long battle with knee injuries.

WNBA coach news:

Married WNBA coaches Sandy Brondello and Olaf Lange are living separately in the bubble.

College player news:

Michigan's Naz Hillmon has hooped her way to success.

An Oklahoma player has tested positive for coronavirus.

Ex-Bruin Kacy Swain is fighting systemic racism in the music industry.

College coach news:

Big East coaches are eager for UConn's return.

Laura Harper is Coppin State's new head coach.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves is thrilled to see his star players thrive during the WNBA season.

Yolisha Jackson has been named assistant coach at South Florida.

Friday, July 17, 2020

So much news

WNBA team news:

Washington Mystics preview.

Breaking down Dallas' guard rotation.

WNBA player news:

Tina Charles has been medically excused for the season, due to extrinsic asthma.

Charles wrote an essay about that for Player's Tribune.

Elena Delle Donne is relieved not to have to choose between her health and a paycheck.

Inside the bubble with Stephanie Mavunga.

Alyssa Thomas also talks about the bubble.

Why Leilani Mitchell is the Mystics' most important newcomer.

Sabrina Ionescu update.

Ruthy Hebard is making strides and fitting in during the first week of camp.

Ionescu has a sneaky way of seeing best friend Hebard in the bubble.

Lynx backup center Kayla Alexander can produce when given a chance.

"Mad Kiki" Herbert Harrigan is being unleashed, thanks to Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve.

Natalie Achonwa and the Fever continue to push for racial justice.

Natisha Heideman entered the bubble today.

Jacki Gemelos has overcome a lot to get to the Sun.

WNBA coach news:

Sky coach James Wade takes readers through racism he has experienced.

Sparks coach Derek Fisher is emphasizing relationships and health in his second season.

WNBA owner news:

Sony and Target are distancing themselves from Kelly Loeffler.

International news:

Australia has their eyes on the future after widening their Olympic net.

College team news:

All Oregon newcomers are on campus, and workouts begin next week.

College coach news:

Jackson State coach Tomekia Reed's contract has been extended by four years.

What we can expect from Duke after Kara Lawson's hiring.

Simon Harris is a new assistant coach at Ohio State.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Elena Delle Donne responds to denial of medical opt-out

Elena Delle Donne penned "An Open Letter About My Health," which is something everyone should read.

How the WNBA denied her medical exemption for Lyme Disease, and has said NOTHING since the decision was announced, is unconscionable.

The Mystics say they will keep paying her, but her agent says questions remain.

Delle Donne hopes her prominence didn't affect the league's decision.

WNBA team news:

The Fever have no complaints about the bubble.

The Sparks might be dealing with age issues this season.

LA preview.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi say suiting up for the current season was their only option.

Taurasi is thrilled to return after a forgettable 2019 season.

Breanna Stewart is taking baby steps in regaining her MVP form.

Stewart is back, and the has the black eye to prove it.

A leaner Brittney Griner is rested for the first time going into the season.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt has taken her seat on the league's social justice council.

WNBA moms are split on bringing their kids into the bubble.

Under-the-rader offseason acquisitions that may break out.

Sophie Cunningham on returning from COVID-19.

Kiki Herbert Harrigan is being mentored by Plenette Pierson and Rebekkah Brunson.

Beatrice Mompremier is relishing her time in the league after being given a second chance by the Sun.

She and fellow rookie Kaila Charles are adjusting on the fly for the Sun.

College player news:

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia has been added to Australia's senior national team.

College coach news:

Catching up with San Diego coach Cindy Fisher.

Brittany Christian is a new assistant coach at Indiana State.

Ali Sanders is a new assistant coach at LaSalle.

Anthony Epps is a new assistant coach at Northern Kentucky.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Parker sees opportunity in unusual season

Candace Parker is healthy and joyful in the bubble.

Bubbling along

WNBA team news:

Despite player absences, the Aces still have enough to contend for the title.

The Mystics have a tough first week of their schedule.

It's all about adjustments this year for the Liberty.

Atlanta Dream preview.

New SunCast.

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker and her daughter Lailaa are "a package deal" this season.

Parker sees the bright side of the bubble, and is ready for the season.

Elena Delle Donne won't be paid if she sits out the season.

Erica Wheeler is building a career on and off the court.

Natasha Howard and her Storm have the WNBA spotlight.

Her teammates, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart, are adjusting to life in the bubble.

Sylvia Fowles should have more room to operate inside for Minnesota this season.

Karima Christmas-Kelly has played just six games for the Lynx, and now she's a team captain.

Jackie Young is poised for a breakout year in her sophomore season.

Sophie Young recovered from COVID-19 and is ready to begin the season. She contracted the virus working out in her hometown.

Rookie Stella Johnson is grateful for a chance with the Sky.

College player news:

Two athletes are making the rare leap from the Ivy League to the Big Ten.

College coach news:

Kara Lawson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Duke.

Lawson is the total package.

Lawson wrote a heartfelt goodbye letter to the Celtics.

Montana State coach Tricia Binford is the only Big Sky coach who earns more than her male counterpart.

Mississippi State coach Nikki McCray-Penson says it's time for a change.

Texas-Arlington's new associate head coach is JC Carter.

Brittany Morris is a new assistant coach at Eastern Carolina.