Sunday, May 30, 2021

You get an overtime and you get an overtime

One of my Twitter followers says there have been five OT games so far, in day 16 of the season, which we haven't seen since 2016. All of this unpredictability is already reminding me of the college season we just saw. I hope it continues.

Today's results:

The Aces ran away from the Fever, 101-78.

The Sparks nipped the Sky in OT, 82-79.

The Lynx won their first game of the year in dramatic fashion, taking down league leaders Connecticut, 79-74 in OT.

WNBA team news:

Inside the Dream's winning streak.

WNBA coach news:

Storm coach Dan Hughes announced his retirement today. Noelle Quinn will be elevated to head coach.

USA Basketball news:

The 3X3 team's semifinal win over Spain means they're headed to the Olympics.

College player news:

McKenna Warnock will be key for Iowa in taking the next step forward.

College coach news:

New USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb said her NBA stint was a basketball think tank.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Getting a workout in, in front of the screen

Today's results:

The Mystics ran past the Fever, 85-69, behind another monster 31-point game from Tina Charles.

The Dream beat the Sky, who is still missing Candace Parker and Allie Quigley, 90-83.

The Storm handed the Sun their first loss of the season, 90-87 in OT.

WNBA team news:

The Liberty are off to a fast start......their overhaul has sparked their remarkable start.

How the Lynx created a blueprint for athlete activism.

Inside Minnesota's struggle for identity and cohesion.

The Sparks have shooting and rebounding issues to fix.

Yahoo power rankings.

The WNBPA supports a police reform bill.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi will miss at least four weeks with a fractured sternum.

Injured Angel McCoughtry is still leading the Aces from the sideline.

Liz Cambage is among the Australians who will play in the Olympics this summer.

An afternoon with Sabrina Ionescu.

Katie Lou Samuelson is playing like herself again in Seattle.

Lauren Jackson is really honored to be chosen for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jackson career retrospective.

WNBA coach news:

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve sees progress on social justice, and wants more.

College team news:

The state of UCLA basketball.

College player news:

Iowa's Megan Meyer has entered the transfer portal.

College coach news:

Maryland has extended Brenda Frese's contract through 2027-2028.

Semeka Randall Lay and NaSheema Anderson talk basketball legacies.

Wendale Farrow and Danyelle Grant have joined USC as assistant coaches.

High school news:

The 2022 prospects that have elevated their game.

USA Basketball news:

The 34 who will try out for the U16 team next month have been named.

Jennifer Lynne Williams is the new chief development officer for the USA Basketball Foundation.

Friday, May 21, 2021

But winners in tonight's game action

Today's results:

The Dream edged the Fever, 83-79, for their first win.

Tina Charles propelled the Mystics over the Liberty, 101-72.

The Sun cooled off the Mercury, 84-67.

The Aces dominated the Sparks, 97-69.

WNBA team news:

How the Mercury built a model franchise over 25 years.

WNBA player news:

Mercedes Russell is back and ready to give the Storm the depth they need.

Seimone Augustus wasn't just a basketball player - she was a revelation.

Augustus is ready to pass the torch to the next generation.

WNBA owner news:

Aces owner Mark Davis took some franchise founders out to that's what needs to happen more.

Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery has launched an NFT collection based on the best moments of her career.

WNBA news:

After 25 years of resilience, will the league get equal treatment?

The WNBA and Twitter have linked up with a hoodie for social justice.

College player news:

New guard Ahlise Hurst is ready for her game to take flight with the Ducks.

Rice transfer Lauren Schwartz has followed her coach to Washington.

West Virginia transfer Ariel Cummings has landed at Seton Hall.

Louisiana Tech transfer Brianna Harris has signed with Troy.

Transfer Deja Winters will play for Minnesota.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma has signed a contract extension through 2025.

Jennifer Sullivan is prepared to lead FAU.

Joddie Gleason is Eastern Washington's new head coach.

Michele Savage is a new assistant coach at Central Michigan.

Northern Colorado's coaching staff has been announced.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Liberty, Sun, Mercury and Wings win on first day

Opening day results:

A three-pointer from Sabrina Ionescu lifted the Liberty over the Fever, 90-87.

Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner combined for 47 points to lead the Sun past the Dream, 78-67.

The Mercury held off the Lynx, 77-75.

The Wings took care of the Sparks, 94-71.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sky at Mystics

Aces at Storm

WNBA team news:

Even with an offseason of changes, the road to the Championship goes through Seattle.

Meet the Storm.

Opening day surprise for Minnesota: here comes Kayla McBride.

The season has opened with all teams at home.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne's back pain made her question her career, but she's ready to return to the Mystics.

College team news:

Oregon has added culture fits with their transfer signees.

George Washington has added four transfers.

Things are still messy at Detroit Mercy.

College player news:

Ole Miss transfer Sarah Dumitrescu has landed at Cal Poly.

Buffalo transfer Zena Elias will play at South Alabama.

Previous Baylor commit Maryam Dauda will instead play for Arkansas.

Hall of Fame news:

Tamika Catchings will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow.

A bit of pre-game prep

As we wait for the WNBA season to tip off later today.......

WNBA team news:

The league, once worried about survival, now has bold vision......and it is here to stay.

The WNBA at 25: one fan's perspective.

Storylines to know.....and five more of them.

The Lynx are reloading quickly to compete for a title.

The Liberty are aiming high in a bounce-back season.

Inside New York's journey back to relevance.

In the league's early days, the Comets came around every year.

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson break down each other's game.

The "big 3" lead the Mercury.

Courtney Williams' raw words in last night's "144" documentary struck a nerve.

Jonquel Jones returns with plenty to prove.

Gabby Williams has signed a contract extension with LA.

Chelsea Dungee is making her mother proud.

Dana Evans is ready for her rookie season.

College player news:

Rutgers transfer Tekia Mack has landed at DePaul.

College coach news:

USC landed Lindsay Gottlieb with a promise to invest in women's basketball.

Nicki Collen has brought Sophia Young-Malcolm to Baylor as assistant AD of player development.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Final WNBA team rosters

Atlanta Dream

Chicago Sky

Connecticut Sun

Dallas Wings

Indiana Fever

Las Vegas Aces

Los Angeles Sparks

Minnesota Lynx

New York Liberty

Phoenix Mercury

Seattle Storm

Washington Mystics

SO much carnage on today's transactions page:

Atlanta Dream: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Waived
Atlanta Dream: Mikayla Cowling – Waived
Los Angeles Sparks: Seimone Augustus – Voluntarily Retired
Los Angeles Sparks: Kristine Anigwe – Waived
Los Angeles Sparks: Maria Vadeeva – Suspended – Partial Season
Los Angeles Sparks: Sydney Wiese – Trade (1) – Was
Indiana Fever: Julie Allemand – Suspended – Full Season
Seattle Storm: Mercedes Russell – Suspended – Partial Season
Seattle Storm: Natalie Kucowski – Waivers Cleared
Seattle Storm: Tamera Young – Waivers Cleared
Seattle Storm: Epiphanny Prince – Suspended – Partial Season
Seattle Storm: Kitija Laksa – Waived
Seattle Storm: Haley Gorecki – Waived
Seattle Storm: N’dea Jones – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Napheesa Collier – Suspended – Partial Season
Minnesota Lynx: Mikayla Pivec – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Selena Lott – Waived
Minnesota Lynx: Linnae Harper – Waivers Cleared
Washington Mystics: Sug Sutton – Waived
Washington Mystics: G’mrice Davis – Waivers Cleared
Chicago Sky: Natasha Mack – Waived
Chicago Sky: Alexis Prince – Waived
Chicago Sky: Kobi Thornton – Waived
Chicago Sky: Lexi Brown – Waived
New York Liberty: Marine Johannes – Suspended -Full Season
New York Liberty: Asia Taylor – Waived
New York Liberty: Jasmine Bailey – Waived
New York Liberty: Valerie Higgins – Waivers Cleared
Phoenix Mercury: Kia Vaughn – Suspended – Partial Season
Connecticut Sun: Aleah Goodman- Waivers Cleared
Connecticut Sun: Brianna Fraser – Waivers Cleared
Las Vegas Aces: Lauren Manis- Waivers Cleared
Las Vegas Aces: Shakayla Thomas – Waivers Cleared

More X 100

WNBA team news:

Season preview.

The league has come a long way in 25 years.

How Connecticut will pivot minus three of its top players.

Meet the Aces......they begin the year with a new roster but the same expectations.

Las Vegas is one of the title favorites.

The Mystics got their stars back......and they acquired Sydney Wiese from the Sparks in exchange for a future second round draft pick.

The Mercury will begin the season where it left off last year, facing the Lynx.

To rebuild or not to rebuild? This season could decide the Fever's future.

Don't look away.

WNBA player news:

Players reflect on lessons learned in last year's bubble.

Top 25 player rankings.

A WNBA player has a signature shoe for the first time in a decade, and it's long overdue.

A'ja Wilson on a variety of topics.

Jonquel Jones is back and ready to prove she's one of the best in the league.

Elizabeth Williams and LaKeshia Frett join forces this season.

Kia Nurse compliments the Phoenix core.....and she joins a stacked team.

DiDi Richards shares what words from her father got her back on the court.

Mystics players discuss the 25th season.

Seimone Augustus has retired and will join the LA coaching staff.

WNBA coach news:

Dan Hughes returns to the sidelines as the Storm begin their title defense.

WNBA GM news:


Best players and coaches

Season predictions




Olympics news:

In a change, the WNBA season begins with Olympic roster spots still undecided.

The Canadian National Team will go to Tampa to train for the Olympics.

The U19 team will face tough competition this summer.

College team news:

Texas Tech has a new women's basketball facility.

College player news:

Kansas State transfer Christianna Carr will play at Syracuse.

New Mexico transfer Ahlise Hurst has committed to Oregon.

USF transfer Angelee Rodriguez has landed at George Mason.

A day after being waived from the Phoenix Mercury, Tiana Mangakahia has signed with an Australian team.

College coach news:

Chuck Love has been promoted to associate head coach at Nebraska.

College commissioner news:

MGM exec George Kliavkoff has been named the new Pac-12 commissioner.

His focus is on men's basketball and football.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Unveiling all that is poppin'

WNBA news:

The league is about to begin its 25th season.

The WNBA is bracing for fierce competition.

AP power poll.

Big storylines headed into the season.

The league has reached a deal with Amazon to stream 16 games and the tournament on Prime video.

An in-season "Commissioner's Cup" tournament will be added.......logo unveiled.

Tangerine Bank will be the first foundational partner of the WNBA in Canada.

The ABL paved the way for the WNBA.

WNBA team news:

The Aces could move to Henderson as soon as next season.

The one place women aren't allowed in the WNBA is practice teams.

All of today's painful transactions......and Asia Durr will sit for another year due to long-haul COVID symptoms.

WNBA player news:

On the cover of the current SLAM: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Breanna Stewart has joined the Puma family, and has a signature shoe.

Stewart has a new perspective this year.

Chiney Ogwumike on the bubble documentary, airing tomorrow.......she has added executive producer to her resume.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve believes in Damiris Dantas' star potential.

Key players for each team.

Where are all the players? (Late to camp)

Debating the most entertaining player, and other categories.

Hall of Fame:

Tamika Catchings had a picture perfect career.

All that is to be known about Catchings.

Kim Mulkey will be enshrined into the Hall.

Mulkey will be introduced into the Hall this weekend by Michael Jordan.

The ceremony will be on ESPN Saturday.

College player news:

Lamar transfer Jaydn Pimental and Nevada transfer LaPraisjah Johnson have committed to UTSA.

Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove has landed at Oregon.

South Florida transfer Beatriz Jordao will attend Iowa State.

Minnesota transfer Justice Ross will play for New will Creighton transfer DeArica Pryor.

Old Dominion transfer Lanay Wheaton and Alabama transfer Destiny Rice have committed to Louisiana.

College coach news:

Jeff Walz is excited about Louisville's newcomers.

Reflecting on Teri Moren's time at Indiana so far.

Brooke Wycoff podcast.

New Michigan assistant coach Carrie Moore said her new job is her dream.

Sarah Jenkins is a new assistant coach at Penn State.

Tari Cummings is Nicki Collen's first assistant coach hire at Baylor.

Former Dayton Flyer Olivia Applewhite has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

Deidra Johnson is Indiana State's new associate head coach.

USA Basketball news:

The U19 court coaches are Teri Moren and Katrina Merriweather.

International news:

WNBL salaries will rise.