Friday, April 16, 2021

So many things to discuss

More on the draft:

This year's draft was marked with surprises.

The biggest steals of the night.

Winners and losers of the draft.

Will Dallas' haul put them on the sports scoreboard?

The Wings scored big.

The Sun got the one they wanted.

Here's where 10 of the best players landed.

Chelsea Dungee was ready for her moment.

Michaela Onyenwere's grandmother went viral.

Kysre Gondrezick's journey from high school to the WNBA.

Two with Michigan roots were chose last night.

Shyla Heal's dad and Charles Barkley are beefing.

Dijonai Carrington tells her new coach she predicted her draft pick.

Trinity Baptiste calls her selection a dream come true.

Kiona Jeter is the first Towson player to be drafted.

Maine's Blanca Millan is seeking a tryout after going undrafted.

WNBA team news:

The WNBA and Nike have nixed the Wings' new jersey because it excluded Black women.

Former LSU coach Nikki Fargas is reportedly in negotiations to become the Las Vegas Aces president.

The WNBA chaplain coordinator is sharing her story this week.

WNBA player news:

Layshia Clarendon is on SI's new digital cover.

Sue Bird discusses how the WNBA can change.

NCAA news:

Three new members have been added to the Division I Basketball Committee for 2021-2022.

College program news:

The colleges and conferences with the most players taken in the WNBA draft.

Texas A&M has been recognized for their social justice work.

TCU has named their locker room after Zhana Medley.

Alabama has signed two transfers.

Temple has added three transfers.

Bradley gained two and lost two to transfers.

College player news:

Mississippi State transfer Xaria Wiggins is following Johnnie Harris to Auburn.

Former Iowa State starter Kylie Feuerbach is transferring to Iowa.

Liberty transfer Emily Lytle will play for Virginia Tech.

Old Dominion transfer Skylah Travis has committed to Missouri.

College coach news:

Oregon associate head coach Mark Campbell is the new head coach at Sacramento State.

Portland State has promoted Chelsey Gregg to head coach.

Eastern Kentucky coach Samantha Williams has resigned to take a job at another university.

North Dakota assistant coach Morgan Paige has resigned.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

WNBA draft roundup

The Wings took Charli Collier with their first pick, and there were many surprises, too.

Complete results and grades.

Grades from ESPN.

Dallas stocked up.

The Sun drafted three guards.

Michaela Onyenwere went to New York and the Sparks loaded up.

Onyenwere is the first Colorado player taken in the first round.

Rennia Davis went ninth.

Wrapping up the other news

WNBA news:

The league will launch a PSA and joint community donation as part of supporting the health of Black women and girls.

WNBA team news:

The Lynx will host fans at Target Center.

College player news:

Boston transfer Katie Nelson will follow her coach to Wisconsin.

College coach news:

LSU coach Nikki Fargas has stepped down after 10 seasons.

Detroit Mercy is keeping coach AnnMarie Gilbert despite abuse allegations.

NCAA news:

The NCAA Division I Council has formally adopted new rules allowing a student-athlete to transfer one time without having to sit out for a year.

DI recruiting calendars resume June 1.

Pre-draft topics

WNBA news:

Aari McDonald: Dear WNBA GMs.

The Liberty is preparing for the draft with a healthy Sabrina Ionescu.

Dana Evans march to the draft is marked by steel city determination.

The absence of Caitlin Clark and Paige Bueckers from the draft sparks an age limit discussion.

College player news:

Maine transfer Dor Saar will play at Middle Tennessee.

Oregon State has signed San Diego State transfer Tea Adams.

College coach news:

Kelly Graves said he will like having fewer players next year.

Purdue is welcoming back a former player as a future head coach.

Jennifer Sullivan is Florida Atlantic's new head coach.

Bob Starkey is a new assistant coach at Auburn.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Storylines flowing before the draft

WNBA draft news:

Team-by-team draft preview.

Key things to know.

The league begins its 25th season with a second virtual draft.

The Wings control the draft with the top two picks.

The Storm are taking a wait-and-see approach with the 11th pick.

The Sparks traded two picks next year for the Wings' No. 7 pick.

Talent-rich Las Vegas is eyeing specialists in the draft.

Connecticut is looking to add more offensive depth.

The Lynx enter the draft without many needs.

Five draft hopefuls to watch for.

Aari McDonald is leading Pac-12 stars into the draft.

Natasha Mack overcame a life of growing pains on the way to the WNBA.

Five things to know about Dana Evans.

Five things to know about Rennia Davis......she has gone from reluctant superstar to draft candidate.

DiDi Richards and Dijonai Carrington are ready for the draft stage.

Unique Thompson hopes to see her dreams come true.

Shyla Heal is set to make a name for herself in the league.

Aces players recount their draft experiences.

More WNBA news:

How Chiney Ogwumike created a seven-figure empire.

Las Vegas has added Vanessa Nygaard as an assistant coach.

College player news:

Top scorer Erin Whalen will return to Dayton for a sixth season.

Duke transfer Jennifer Ezeh has landed at Missouri State.

Wright State standout Angel Baker has transferred to Ole Miss.

Butler transfer Nyamer Diew has committed to Iowa State.

Syracuse transfer Amaya Finklea-Guity will play at Duke.

Two have joined Oregon State's roster.

Kierra Collier will transfer from Drake.

College coach news:

Rutgers has extended C. Vivian Stringer's contract through 2025-2026.

Kelly Graves can't wait to put his team on the floor next season......Oregon's schedule will be tough.

The Ducks are expected to see their three injured players return for offseason workouts.

Shea Ralph said leaving UConn wasn't easy but taking the Vanderbilt job was a no-brainer.

Can Ralph, Kellie Harper and Candice Lee return Tennessee to its glory days?

Jennie Baranczyk is restoring the Iowa-Oklahoma hoops heritage.

New George Washington coach Caroline McCombs will prioritize defense and culture.

UMass Lowell coach Tom Garrick has resigned.

Damitria Buchanan has been named an assistant coach at Auburn.

NCAA news:

The Division I Council voted today to allow athletes to transfer once without having to sit out for a year.

USA Basketball news:

Names of the 20 who will attend AmeriCup camp have been released.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The news is picking up

WNBA news:

The league released its 2021 season schedule today.

The schedule is mostly back to normal, with a few quirks.

The WNBA is in thrive mode as it readies for season 25.

Draft preview.

The Sun are still working on a strategy for the draft.

Expect an uneventful draft night for the Mercury.

The Sparks will play their first 11 home games at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For Charli Collier, determination is a family trait.

Aari McDonald scouting report......McDonald is looking ahead to the draft.

The promising WNBA future of Awak Kuier.

A trio of Gonzaga seniors await their draft fates.

Q&A with Chelsea Gray.

Twelve must-see games of the regular season.

Talisa Rhea has taken over GM duties for the Seattle Storm.

Is league expansion coming? Here's what we know.

Why expansion is key to keeping up with the growth of the sport.

College player news:

Duck star Sedona Prince shed light on the renewed support for women's basketball.

Oregon transfer Jaz Shelley is headed to Nebraska.

Cece Hooks is returning to Ohio to use her extra year of eligibility.

Kentucky transfer KeKe McKinney will play at Charlotte.

Clemson has added LaTrese Saine from Southeast Missouri State.

Kansas State star Christianna Carr is transferring.

College coach news:

Championship or bust? Dawn Staley knows the lofty expectations her Gamecocks face.

Staley doesn't aspire to coach men, or in the WNBA.

Mike Neighbors says the Razorbacks aren't slowing down.

New Oklahoma coach Jennie Baranczyk says the program has championship potential.

Why Baranczyk left home to take the job.

UConn assistant Shea Ralph has been named Vanderbilt's new head coach.

Montana has named Oregon State assistant coach Brian Holsinger its new head coach.

Purdue is welcoming Katie Gearlds as its new associate and future head coach.

Tasha Butts has been promoted to associate head coach at Georgia Tech.

Ketara Chapel has been named an assistant coach at Auburn.

New SMU coach Toyelle Wilson has added Jhasmin Player and Danielle Edwards as assistant coaches.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Getting ready for the draft

WNBA news:

Is it time to change the early entry rules for the WNBA draft?

The draft arrives with women's hoops rising in popularity, prestige and social power.

How the Mystics are preparing for the draft.

Sparks draft preview.

Lynx draft possibilities.

Charli Collier has the look of a No. 1 pick.

Arella Guirantes' killer sidestep is clearing a path into the WNBA.

Kiana Williams interview.

Awak Kuier is ready to soar in the WNBA.

Erica White on Rennia Davis.

N'dea Jones is ready to join Gwinett's WNBA.

Micaela Kelly has the talent to play in the league, one analyst says.

WNBA players expose those in the NCAA for exposing inequities.

NCAA news:

The WBCA will discuss tournament inequities with the NCAA.

Why women's hoops still fights for equal recognition.

The transfer portal is good for players but tough on coaches and fans.

College team news:

Here's how a loaded UConn might work out next season.

College player news:

Sedona Prince discussed NCAA Tournament inequities on Good Morning America today.

Arizona has landed Oregon transfer Taylor Chavez.

Ohio State transfer Dorka Juhasz had committed to UConn.

William & Mary transfer Eva Hodgson will play for North Carolina.

Jayla Thornton grew up watching Syracuse, and now she's joining the program.

Marquette forward Camryn Taylor has entered the transfer portal.

College coach news:

Kenny Brooks is excited about Virginia Tech next season.

Arizona State associate head coach Angie Nelp has been named head coach at Tulsa.

Assistant coach Tamisha Augustin is leaving Arizona for Mississippi is Wes Brooks from Michigan.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Stanford survives, Arizona shocks, and it'll be a Pac-12 Championship

Final Four results tonight, aka "what just happened?":

The Cardinal survived the Gamecocks, 66-65.

Stanford is in their first title game since 2010.

It's about the journey for the Cardinal.

Arizona stunned Connecticut, 69-59.

It's the first Championship game for the Wildcats in program history.

College team news:

Arizona State is still optimistic despite missing the Tournament.

College player news:

Natasha Mack is the Naismith defensive player of the year.

Caitlin Clark has won the Dawn Staley Award.

Mya Hollingshed will return to Colorado next season.

Celeste Taylor and Elyssa Coleman are transferring from Texas.

KeKe McKinney is transferring from Texas.

Colorado State's Tori Williams has medically retired.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerveer is the Naismith coach of the year.

Joni Taylor's contract has been extended through 2027 at Georgia.

Stony Brook coach Caroline McCombs has been hired as head coach at George Washington.

Other news:

The WBCA has launched Our Fair Shot.

Women's basketball athletes beat men in graduation rates.

Team roll call

Stanford news:

Stanford families can't wait to reunite with players in San Antonio.

The Cardinal have reached their final destination after a season-long journey.

The team is fighting for a trip to the 'ship.

Haley Jones and the rise of positionless players in basketball.

Anna Wilson has been buoyed by brother Russell Wilson's presence.

Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley facing off today.

South Carolina news:

What to look for on offense and defense in South Carolina's matchup.

The experts that brought the team together for a Final Four run.

Dawn Staley diary.

Arizona news:

Assistant coach Salvo Coppa has helped the Wildcats behind the scenes.

Freshman Lauren Ware is excited for the matchup with mighty UConn.

Connecticut news:

Nika Muhl's status for tonight is still uncertain.


Team-by-team preview.


Ratings review.

The financial burden on NCAA sports wears wingtips, not sneakers.

Women's sports can get bigger.

The NCAA will discuss having more replay announcements.

Kim Barnes Arico breaks down the Final Four.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The night before the Final Four

College team news:

The energy for Arizona can grow beyond the Final Four.

The Wildcats were irked that they didn't appear in a video on the NCAA's timeline this morning (and so was I).

South Carolina overcame much to get to the round of four.

Marquette remains busy adding new commitments, and an old one.

The Title IX loophole that hurts women's teams.

College player news:

A player from each Final Four team that everyone should know.

UConn's Aaliyah Edwards has become one of the most valuable players in the tourney.

For Paige Bueckers, no stage is too big and no brother is too small.

Three Gamecock players could cash in under new NIL legislation.

Coaches credit the mental strength of athletes in this pandemic season.

The WBCA named Oklahoma State's Natasha Mack its defensive player of the year.

Tennessee's Rennia Davis has won the Senior CLASS Award for women's hoops.

Emily Engstler and Chelsie Hall have transferred to Louisville.

College coach news:

In 1996 the USA won gold and began a Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley face off.

Toyelle Wilson has been named SMU's new head coach.

Cori Close is the WBCA's new president.

Dawn Staley: there are still too few Black coaches in basketball.

Geno Auriemma wants the three-point line moved back.

WNBA news:

The April 15 draft will be virtual.

Dozens of college players are opting into the draft.

Non-seniors would like to have the option to enter the draft.

Olympics timing may finally be right for Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Morning briefing

College team news:

How each team could win it all.

This year's Texas A&M squad exemplified the Aggie spirit.

What's next for Northwestern?

Why Syracuse will be alright......why are so many players transferring?

College player news:

The five players who will decide the Final Four.

Paige Bueckers may turn out to be the best UConn Husky of them all.

Bueckers and Caitlin Clark could lead the charge for more WBB exposure.

The legacy of Gonzaga's Jill Townsend.

College coach news:

Indiana has extended Teri Moren's contract until 2027.

Meet new Army coach Missy Traversi.

Coaches are challenging the NCAA over inequities.

NCAA news:

The NCAA says ending daily COVID testing isn't an option.

NCAA president Mark Emmert revealed no actual plans for curing gender inequity in yesterday's press conference.

How college basketball continues to be plagued with inequities.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Take a deep breath

This Tournament has been intense! These two days off before the Final Four are necessary.

College team news:

Who will win at the Final Four?

Arizona's Final Four run should help the program.

Connections between the Wildcats and the Huskies run deep.

UConn gave a girl with a rare blood disorder the surprise of her life.

Indiana is building a program and a following.

Penn State faces question marks during the offseason.

College player news:

Aari McDonald is peaking in the Tournament.

Jaelynn Penn is transferring from Indiana.

Duke transfer Mikayla Boykin has landed at Charlotte.

Mississippi State transfer Yemiyah Morris has joined West Virginia.

Purdue transfer Karissa McLaughlin is headed to Marquette.

Tulane transfer JerKaila Jordan will attend Mississippi State.

Five are transferring from LSU.

College coach news:

Adia Barnes is excited to be part of Final Four history.

Sue Bird knew Barnes was destined for great things at Arizona.

Dawn Staley says the Final Four shows what Black women can do.

Geno Auriemma defended Kim Mulkey for her controversial post-game comments from Monday.

Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy is the Spalding Maggie Dixon rookie coach of the year for Division I.

Eastern Washington has fired Wendy Schuller after 20 seasons.

NCAA news:

Mark Emmert addressed the media today and said the NCAA can't ever let down female athletes again.

Emmert told the WBCA he will work to fix stark inequities.

He admitted inequalities but wants fans to push the progress. (What?)

He also said the NCAA dropped the ball.

Emmert vowed changes in a private call with coaches. Will he deliver?

The New York Times' take.

The Supreme Court is hearing opening arguments in the Alston vs. the NCAA case, which could change the face of college sports......amateurism is the issue.

The NCAA has taken its fight to the Supreme Court.

WNBA news:

Sabrina Ionescu is headlining a Nike shoe.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

And then there were Four

Last two tickets to the Final Four issued:

South Carolina drubbed Texas, 62-34.

Stanford staged a dramatic comeback to top Louisville, 78-63.

Final Four tip times.

College team news:

First-timers Arizona joins the mainstays in the Final Four.

Total buy in was the reason for the Longhorns' Tournament run.

Oregon is left wanting more after their Sweet 16 run.

North Carolina's season was good, bad and ugly.

Syracuse has just five players left on its roster after two more transfer.

College player news:

The WBCA has named Caitlin Clark and Paige Bueckers co-freshmen of the year.

Transfers are having an impact on Final Four runs.

Aliyah Matharu is now the sixth player to transfer from Mississippi State.

Dontavia Waggoner, Jada Rice and Elle Sutphin will transfer from NC State.

Detroit Mercy transfer Kaela Webb has landed at FGCU.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerveer has been named to the FIBA Hall of Fame class of 2020.

In the post-game press conference last night, Kim Mulkey said the NCAA should dump COVID testing in the Final Four......and the "foul or no foul" controversy continues.

Mulkey's comments about COVID testing are also controversial.....but it's not the first time she has raised eyebrows.

What Geno Auriemma told Christyn Williams after she missed two free throws that could have cost them the Final Four.

Sue Semrau will return to Florida State April 1.

Lynn Kennedy has left Portland State to become the head coach at McNeese State.

Maria Marchesano has been named head coach at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Mount St. Mary's promoted Antoine White to head coach after Marchesano's departure.

Loyola Maryland has parted ways with Joe Logan after 16 years.

Auburn is still searching for a coach.

NCAA news:

The WBCA has asked NCAA president Mark Emmert for a gender inequity review from an independent panel.

It's not just weight rooms: the NCAA is holding women back from making millions.

WNBA news:

Q&A with new Wings coach Vickie Johnson.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi discuss many topics.

Monday, March 29, 2021

UConn, Arizona advance to the Final Four

First two in:

A controversial ending, and a UConn 69-67 win over Baylor.

Arizona defeated Indiana, 66-53.

College team news:

Stanford felt ready for the Tournament after a nomadic year.

Being an Elite 8 underdog is where Louisville wants to be.

The game between the two Cardinals is a 2018 rematch.

Oregon will use their fourth straight Sweet 16 as a springboard for next season.

Virginia has added a pair of Ivy League transfers.

College player news:

Anna Wilson finds joy and purpose in defense.

All four BYU seniors will return next year.

Kayana Traylor will transfer from Purdue.

Madison Hayes will transfer from Mississippi State.

Sasha Goforth will transfer from Oregon State.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer and Dawn Staley are renewing their rivalry in the Tournament.

Schaefer has to go through South Carolina again.

Schaefer stands between the Gamecocks and the Final Four.

Karen Aston is UTSA's new head coach.

Memphis has hired Katrina Merriweather from Wright State as their new head coach.

Army has hired Missy Traversi as their new head coach.

Could Oklahoma's coaching search take them to Texas.

Kennesaw State coach Agnus Berenato has retired after a 33-year career.

The story behind Pat Summitt's enduring legacy.

WNBA news:

Storm coach Dan Hughes is excited to return to the sidelines this season.

Hughes can't wait to guide the new-look team.

Alysha Clark will be out for the season with a foot injury.

Natasha Cloud walks the walk on and off the court.

Cloud isn't done being an activist.

Renee Montgomery talks about her battles for equality.