Monday, August 31, 2020

Vandersloot breaks WNBA assists record

Today's results:

In the Sky's 100-77 rout of the Fever, Courtney Vandersloot dished a WNBA single-game record 18 assists. She broke Ticha Penicheiro's 18-year old mark of 16.

The Lynx snapped the Sparks' nine-game winning streak with a decisive 96-78 win.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sun vs. Liberty

Fever vs. Dream

Mercury vs. Aces

WNBA team news:

The Mystics need to do some soul searching on the court.

The Mercury are seeking a season sweep of the Aces.

ESPN's power rankings for the week.

CBS Sports power rankings.

Playoff picture preview.

What we learned from week five in the WNBA.

The league's fight against racial injustice goes way back.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird speaks.

Bria Hartley is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Hartley found the right fit with the Mercury.

Which former role players have broken out this season.

Several rookies are on the rise league-wide.

Sparks midseason awards.

Breanna Stewart and Alyssa Thomas are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week.

College news:

The NCAA has applied for a trademark for the phrase, "battle in the bubble."

In the summer of college athlete empowerment, what was gained?

College player news:

Patriot League players are demanding their rights.

College coach news:

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale has apologized after former players called the program racially insensitive.

Dawn Staley has found her purpose.

Staley was attacked recently for her condemnation of the Jacob Blake shooting.

Muffet McGraw wants to see more women in leadership roles.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Another clinch

Today's results:

DeWanna Bonner's double-double paced the Sun past the Mystics, 76-63.

The Mercury held off the Lynx, 83-79.

The Sparks clinched a playoff spot as they escaped the Dream, 84-79, to nab a playoff spot.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky vs. Fever

Sparks vs. Lynx

WNBA player news:

Bria Hartley is out for the season with a knee injury.

Q&A with Crystal Dangerfield.

College player news:

Mississippi State player Andra Espinoza-Hunter has opted out of the upcoming season.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Back to business

Today's results:

Rookie Crystal Dangerfield once again lead the Lynx - with 23 points - in their 88-79 win over the Dream.

The Sparks came from behind to beat the Sun, 80-76, behind a season-high 27 points from Chelsea Gray.

The Mercury routed the Mystics, 94-72.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty vs. Aces

Storm vs. Sky

Wings vs. Fever

WNBA news:

The WNBA deserves your full attention right now.

The WNBA made the NBA strike possible.

The push for change continued today as players returned to the court.

WNBA team news:

The Sky traded Jantel Lavender to the Fever for Stephanie Mavunga.

The Lynx returned to the court tonight, but thoughts of the week remain.

WNBA player news:

Nneka Ogwumike is a union president for the people.

Q&A with Elizabeth Williams.

Renee Montgomery talks to CNN.

Seattle sports stars, including Storm players, refuse to stick to sports.

Chennedy Carter shines brightest when the lights are on.

Kristine Anigwe's role on the Sparks is to stay ready.

Former UConn stars reflect on an emotional week.

How the Olympics changed the life of Congolese legend Mwadi Mabika.

WNBA coach news:

As the Storm dominate, coach Dan Hughes can only watch from afar.

Cheryl Reeve wants to see more of a diversity of people in positions of power.

College team news:

Kansas basketball organized a march and rally against social injustice and racism.

College player news:

Q&A with new Texas post Lauren Ebo.

College coach news:

Lindsay Whalen's last challenge is to be a successful college coach.

A former player is criticizing Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale for not protesting.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Storm finally lose one

Today's results:

The Fever snapped the Storm's nine-game winning streak, 90-84. Kennedy Burke had a career-high 23 points for Indiana and Jewell Loyd, a career-high 35 for Seattle.

The Sky vaulted past the Liberty, 101-85, on the strength of 25 Azura Stevens points.

The Aces ran post the Sun, 99-78.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sparks vs. Dream

Mystics vs. Wings

Lynx vs. Mercury

WNBA team news:

The Mercury will face their nemesis, the Lynx, tomorrow in trying to end a slump.

The Sparks are still learning how to play complete games.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird on the "stick to sports" mantra.

Bird is treating this season as a defense of the Storm's 2018 title.

Bird and partner Megan Rapinoe on the political athlete, defying age and experiencing the bubble together.

The Indiana Fever expect a decision on Erica Wheeler soon.

The oral history of "the microwave" Riquna Williams.

Aerial Powers is likely out for the season with a hamstring injury.

The Mystics needed a new on-court leader, and Ariel Atkins answered the call.

Rookie Sabrina Ionescu appears to be rehabbing her ankle with Kobe Bryant's family.

Breanna Stewart leads a crowded race for MVP.

Elena Delle Donne is watching the Mystics from afar.

Midseason MVP candidates.

The top 25 players this season.

College team news:

Texas A&M returns a loaded roster this season.

College coach news:

Mending relationships is the first task for new Texas Tech coach Krista Gerlich.

Denver coach Doshia Woods has hired her assistants.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mystics snap losing streak; Parker notches 5,500

Today's results:

Newly-signed rookie Stella Johnson helped the Mystics bust a seven-game losing streak with 25 points, as Washington took down the Dream, 98-91.

The Lynx came from behind to top the Wings, 91-84.

The Sparks staved off a Mercury comeback, 83-74, and Candace Parker surpassed 5,500 career points in the process.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky vs. Liberty

Storm vs. Fever

Sun vs. Aces

WNBA news:

The WNBA's voting initiatives continue the work of the 19th Amendment a century later.

The league and Facebook's Oculus will stream 20-regular season games, beginning tonight.

Decades after Air Swoopes, it's time for a new signature shoe.

WNBA team news:

The Storm's red-hot three-point shooting has been the catalyst for their record start.

The Aces like the idea of Liz Cambage playing in Australia this winter.

Defense fuels offense for the Sun.

The Mystics signed Jacki Gemelos and the Mercury signed Shey Peddy.

WNBA player news:

Kelsey Mitchell is the Fever's MVP for the first half of the season.

Brionna Jones continues to impress for the Sun.

Kia Nurse is using old and new methods to deal with the bubble blues.

Leilani Mitchell is coming to grips with life in the bubble.

Gemelos is the star who never got to shine.

WNBA coach news:

Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer finally got a haircut and a shave today.

College conference news:

Big East women's basketball will wear a Black Lives Matter patch on their uniforms for the upcoming season.

College player news:

SMU transfer Johnasia Cash has landed at Penn State.

College coach news:

Oregon coach Kelly Graves said the Ducks' recruiting efforts are hurt by pandemic restrictions.

Tennessee State's new head coach is Ty Evans, a former assistant at Auburn.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Big things still poppin'

Today's results:

The Sun took care of the Fever, 84-62, on the strength of DeWanna Bonner's 28 points.

The Sky held on to edge the Aces, 84-82, in another down-to-the-wire classic. Love it when those two teams go at it.

The Storm rolled past the Liberty, 105-64, for their ninth straight win. The box score shows what a complete team effort looks like: 53 percent shooting, 39 rebounds, 27 assists, 18 steals, everyone contributed and half of the team scored in double figures. That's deep!

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Dream vs. Mystics

Wings vs. Lynx

Mercury vs. Sparks

WNBA team news:

The Storm reaches the midpoint of the season with the best record in the league.

Seattle is the most dominant team in sports and appears to be set to dominate for years.

Where the Sparks stand at the midway point.

The 7-3 Lynx are off to a fast start.

The Mercury are mediocre at midseason.

No rest for the weary Sun as the second half of the season begins.

Connecticut is starting to shine in the bubble.

The Mystics have crashed back to Earth with a string of losses.

The league's power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Rookie Ezi Magbegor is quietly making a big impression for the Seattle Storm.

Last year's top rookies - Arike Ogunbowale and Napheesa Collier - are still improving.

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart are proving to be unstoppable for Seattle.

Diana Taurasi details her lingering back issues.

Podcast with Briann January.

How indispensable Kayla Thornton can reach stardom.

Tearira McCowan discusses her role with the Fever.

Crystal Dangerfield is the steal of the draft.

New York's rookies are shouldering leadership roles.

Midseason MVP candidates.

College program news:

Texas Tech says the women's basketball program and the athletic director will be reviewed in light of the Marlene Stollings abuse scandal.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma says his team is better than they were last year.

Krista Gerlich is the new head coach at Texas Tech.

Dawn Staley doubts the season will begin on time.

Niele Ivey hopes to put her own stamp on the Notre Dame program.

Gail Goestenkors replaces her ex-husband at CMU, and he recommended her.

John Marcum is a new assistant coach at Syracuse.

Monday, August 17, 2020

And on Monday, they rested

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Fever vs. Sun

Aces vs. Sky

Liberty vs. Storm

WNBA team news:

The Aces are 8-2 despite shooting fewer three's than any other team.

The Sun signed Essence Carson and waived Jacki Gemelos.

ESPN's power rankings and player favorites.

CBS Sports power rankings.

Keeping trouble out of the bubble was the goal for the league's doctor.

This WNBA season is a case study in sound economic development.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart spent $30,000 of her own money to rehab from her Achilles tear.

Carolyn Swords' journey from retirement to the Aces starting five.

Q&A with Glory Johnson.

Victoria Vivians is out indefinitely, and has left Bradenton to meet with medical experts. The Fever have signed Alisia Jenkins to take her place.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi honor Breonna Taylor with a game-worn sneaker auction.

Chiney Ogwumike is making history again.

DeWanna Bonner and Napheesa Collier are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

Liz Cambage is set to return to the WNBL.

NCAA news:

NCAA statement on preparation for the 2020-2021 season.

The NCAA is prepared to move the start date of the season.

College player news:

Former Penn State guard Kamaria McDaniel has transferred to Baylor.

College coach news:

Texas is giving coach Vic Schaefer a seven-year, $13.8 million contract.

Lindsay Whalen would prefer only Big Ten opponents for Minnesota basketball.

International news:

Euroleague women has a new logo.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The hot stay hot

Today's results:

The hot-shooting Aces beat the Mystics, 88-73, for their seventh straight win. It was the seventh consecutive loss for Washington.

The Sparks used a barrage of three-pointers to bury the Fever, 90-76.

Big showings from Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield paced the Lynx over the Liberty, 94-64.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Wings vs. Mercury

Storm vs. Sun

Sky vs. Dream

WNBA news:

The league has filed a trademark for the term "wubble," opening the door to new merchandise.

WNBA team news:

For better or for worse, Chicago is plowing ahead with its 2019 formula.

The Lynx continue to build offensive cohesion despite injuries to key players.

Minnesota is winning with big contributions - not big names.

What the Mystics will look like next season.

WNBA player news:

Jordin Canada podcast.

Q&A with Bria Holmes.

Riquna Williams is settling in as the Sparks' sixth woman.

Is Kristine Anigwe carving out a nice in the WNBA?

College team news:

Oregon's current squad is the best three-point shooting team coach Kelly Graves has had.

Illinois is preparing for an uncertain season.

College player news:

UConn's team captains are ready to face the unique challenges ahead.

Arizona freshman Lauren Ware must choose between volleyball and basketball.

College coach news:

Gail Goestenkors is Central Michigan's new associate head coach.

Chandra Dorsey is a new assistant coach at Tulane.

Nitra Perry is a new assistant coach at West Virginia.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

More big show-outs

Today's results:

The Sun held off the Wings, 70-66, behind 18 points from DeWanna Bonner.

The Sky routed the Mercury, 89-71, with the help of 20 points from Allie Quigley.

Big performances paced the Storm over the Dream, 100-63.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Fever vs. Liberty

Sparks vs. Mystics

Lynx vs. Aces

WNBA player news:

Podcast with A'ja Wilson, Phee Collier and EDD.

After a long journey, Odyssey Sims is ready for her 2020 Lynx debut.

Sydney Wiese is doing her best to honor Breonna Taylor.

A'ja Wilson has become a leader in an MVP-caliber season.

Satou Sabally is soaking it all in, in the bubble.

Julie Allemand has the Fever humming.

Lauren Cox and other diabetic athletes seek balance during the pandemic.

Kaila Charles on her WNBA career and growing up in Maryland.

Bridget Carleton's focus is on social justice.

WNBA coach news:

Mystics assistant Asjha Jones shares her cheat codes to the game.

College program and NCAA news:

Stanford is considering an Olympic Village-like setting for athletes when they return.

The NCAA Division I Council recommends eligibility extensions for athletes.

One NCAA executive says there will be a March Madness next year.

A Supreme Court ruling opens the door for colleges to offer expanded benefits to athletes.

College player news:

UConn's Aubrey Griffin was aided by playing against her brothers during the pandemic shutdown.

The Husky freshmen are eager to make some noise on the court.

Evina Westbrook has been named a captain and feels like UConn is where she's supposed to be.

College coach news:

Charmin Smith has been named the West Region Director on the WBCA Board of Directors.

Shannon Johnson has resigned as Coker University's coach.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

A few statements in wins

The Storm is the league's only one-loss team after tonight's game

Today's results:

The Sun handed the Dream a 93-82 loss.

Skylar Diggins-Smith went off for 26 points to lead the Mercury over the Wings, 91-79.

Statement win: the Storm doused the Sky, 89-71, behind Breanna Stewart's 25 points.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Aces vs. Fever

Mystics vs. Lynx

Liberty vs. Sparks

WNBA news:

The league and Twitter have renewed their partnership and will stream 10 games this season.

Season assessment so far, from the league.

The WNBA is united with an up-tempo style.

Breonna Taylor's mother talks 150 days after her daughter's death.

WNBA team news:

Through two weeks, the Sky find themselves at the top of the league.

ESPN's power rankings for the week.

CBS Sports also has power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt on her cousin's death at the hands of police.

Dream rookie Chennedy Carter left tonight's game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. She will undergo an MRI.

Kaila Charles is starting to find her stride in her rookie season.

Jacki Gemelos is still fighting on.

Skylar Diggins-Smith's impact still lingers on the Wings' young roster.

A'ja Wilson and Courtney Vandersloot are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week.

College team news:

Gonzaga is eager to return to the court.

Maine has returned to practices, with masks.

College player news:

Husky freshman Paige Bueckers marches for her younger brother's future.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma expects a long wait before the start of college season.

Alex Simmons' lessons from Pat Summitt.

Kelsey Hogan is New Hampshire's new head coach.

USA Basketball news:

Swin Cash is part of a new USA Basketball board of directors.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Some players continue to impress

Today's results:

The Sparks ran away from the Lynx, 97-81. Minnesota rookie Crystal Dangerfield had 29 points.

A'ja Wilson's 31 points sent the Aces over the Liberty, 78-76. Candace Parker was one assist shy of a triple-double.

The Fever topped the Mystics, 91-84. Indiana guard Kelsey Mitchell had 29 points.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sun vs. Dream

Mercury vs. Wings

Sky vs. Storm

WNBA team news:

The Sky's rocky relationship with the refs continues.

WNBA player news:

With Diana Taurasi out, Skylar Diggins-Smith will take on a bigger role against her former team tomorrow.

College program news:

Two people are skating in the Texas Tech scandal.

Friday, August 7, 2020

As the bubble turns

Today's results:

The Lynx stopped the Fever, 87-80, behind a career-high 26 points from Lexie Brown.

The Liberty got their first win of the season, 74-66 over the Mystics, after an emotional meeting.

The Aces outlasted the Sparks, 86-82.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Dream vs. Wings

Mercury vs. Storm

Sky vs. Sun

WNBA news:

The league announced its COVID-19 test results: 139 players have been tested since July 10 and none have been positive.

Taking a stand isn't new for the WNBA - it's a way of life.

The league is determined to keep saying her name.

WNBA team news:

How the depleted Mystics have made a strong start on the season.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird has found her voice and become an influence in the social justice movement.

Bird's top five clutch moments.

A revitalized Candace Parker makes the Sparks title contenders once again.

She's all that: Betnijah Laney's new beginning.

A'ja Wilson and Napheesa Collier highlight youth in their podcast.

Chennedy Carter made the WNBA record book last night.

Sabrina Ionescu is excited to conquer her ankle rehab.

WNBA coach news:

How Cheryl Reeve rose to the top of the league's coaching ranks.

College program news:

The Raiders fired assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins today.

The AD for Texas Tech apologized for "failing" student athletes in Marlene Stollings' program.

How a "clerical error" uncovered the scandal.

College player news:

Kate Cain has emerged from a whirlwind year as a leader for Nebraska.

TCU grad transfer Alex Crain has landed at San Diego State.

College coach news:

Sarah Wilkinson will be a special assistant to the coaching staff at Duke.