Thursday, October 28, 2021

Let the NCAA copy flow

College team news:

No. 4 Maryland is expected to be tops in the Big Ten.

NC State and Louisville still headline the ACC race.

Iowa's success this season will hinge on their adjustment to life in the spotlight.

Michigan State has landed an NIL deal.

Baylor and Texas previews.

A new season presents new opportunities for Cal.

BYU is back.

South Dakota aims high this year.

Siena is making progress in the preseason.

Illinois State is looking to outplay their preseason predicted finish.

Florida is moving on after their former coach left due to abuse allegations.

The Gators are standing behind interim coach Kelly Rae Finley.

Even with a new coach, Baylor is still the favorite in the Big 12.

DII power rankings.

College player news:

How Paige Bueckers is helping Azzi Fudd manage expectations at UConn.

A super-senior trio will lead South Dakota.

Iowa sophomore Shateah Wetering is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Top rebounder Jessika Carter is taking some time away from Mississippi State.

Profiles of the new Syracuse.

The 20 power forwards on the Katrina McClain Award watch list.

College coach news:

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair announced he will retire after this season.

Former colleague and Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors says Blair meant a lot to the basketball world.

Kellie Harper transcript from Tennessee media day.

Catching up with Towson coach Diane Richardson.

Nicki Collen is center stage in a new era for Baylor.

How Doug Novak is handling the interim role at Mississippi State.

NCAA news:

Phase II gender equity report summary.

WNBA news:

Alana Beard has joined the effort to being an expansion team to Oakland.

Beard leads a group of powerful women.

The biggest need for every WNBA non-playoff team.

Lisa Leslie is never scared.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The preseason picks keep coming

College team news:

South Carolina tops the SEC preseason rankings.

Maryland is picked first in the Big Ten preseason rankings.

UConn's depth and talent is creating a competition for minutes.

NC State is looking for an ACC three-peat.

Louisville is setting high goals.......the season is getting closer.

College player news:

The AP preseason All-American team has familiar names.

The 20 shooting guards on the Anne Meyers Drysdale Award watch list.

Senior guards Hannah Barber and Megan Abrams are now the faces of Alabama.

A familiar duo will lead Charlotte.

Emily Engstler found a new home, and Louisville got another X-factor.

Diamond Johnson is the crown jewel of the Wolfpack's transfers.

College coach news:

Kyra Elzy promises a more united Kentucky team this year.

Kent State has extended Todd Starkey's contract through 2025-2026.

College conference news:

The ACC is looking to move its headquarters from Greensboro, N.C.

The A-10 Tournament has found a new home.

Southern Miss is leaving Conference USA for the Sun Belt Conference.

NCAA news:

The NCAA's gender equity review revealed spending disparities.

The Board of Governors statement on phase two of the gender equity review.

WNBA news:

Sue Bird said on national TV last night that the prospect of playing in Seattle's new Climate Pledge Arena was "tempting."

Bird on what it was like to become the league's oldest player.

Why is Sky Championship gear so hard to find?

Could a WNBA team come to Nashville?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A blistering game, and the series is tied

WNBA Finals results:

The Mercury outlasted the Sky in OT, 91-86, to even the series. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

WNBA player news:

Diana Taurasi is frustrated with the league's travel constraints.

Allie Quigley's journey is one of resilience.

The trade that brought Kahleah Copper to Chicago.

Breanna Stewart says the league needs to change its playoff format.

Michaela Onyenwere says don't count the Liberty out.

Sue Bird talks about how the WNBA became a force for social change.

Edna Campbell is a breast cancer survivor pioneer.

College team news:

The national championship conversation starts with the season for NC State.

Virginia Tech has Sweet 16 dreams.

Why every game will be personal for Notre Dame this year.

Buffalo is hungry for redemption.

Ohio State is eager for a chance to rebound after a tough 2020-2021 season.

Syracuse talks transfers, bonding and faith in the program.

Remade Virginia eyes a winning season.

Cal enters the season healthy.

Utah is rebranding itself after a bad year.

Pac-12 notebook.

College player news:

A healthy Kayla Jones is ready to lead the Wolfpack in her grad season.

Her arrival delayed a year, Matilda Ekh is ready to help Michigan State.

Te-Hina Paopao is on the same trajectory as former Oregon great Sabrina Ionescu, their coach says.

College coach news:

USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb can impact the Pac-12.

A year later, ODU coach Delisha Milton-Jones gets a proper introduction.

Former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore is getting a statue in Ruston.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The calm before the storm

Game 2 of the Finals - Sky at Mercury - is at 6 p.m. PT tomorrow on ESPN

WNBA playoff news:

Candace Parker is the calm and the storm for Chicago.

Give Parker her flowers while her game is still in bloom.

Kahleah Copper is the breakout player of the playoffs.

Diamond DeShields is doing whatever the Sky need to win.

WNBA team news:

The Storm will get a new, dedicated practice facility, thanks to new legislation.

WNBA coach news:

The Dream have hired Tanisha Wright as their new head coach.

Other pro news:

A new women's pro league will debut early next year.

College team news:

Stanford tops the preseason Pac-12 coaches poll.

Offseason roster turnover has resulted in a more experienced and versatile Oregon lineup.

UCLA and USC Pac-12 media takeaways.

A new guard pairing is taking center stage for the Bruins......they are picked to finish third in the conference.

Arizona looks to build on the momentum of last year's Final Four run.

Expectations are high for Washington State.......they are tabbed to finish sixth.

Washington's players are committed and ready to grow under new coach Tina Langley.....the Huskies are picked to finish tenth.

Expectations remain low for Utah.

Iowa looks to be a Big Ten contender.

VCU is positively influenced by last year's championship.

Siena will use live video on the bench this season.

College player news:

UConn senior Christyn Williams is eager for redemption and consistency after elbow surgery.

College coach news:

Nikki McCray-Penson has resigned at Mississippi State due to health reasons.

Who is the Bulldogs' interim head coach Doug Novak?

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Semifinals getting ready to finish; college season revving up to begin

WNBA playoff news:

The Aces face a win-or-go-home Game 5 against the Mercury.

Phoenix returns to Las Vegas for the matchup.

How No. 6 Chicago crashed the party.

Seven years and the biggest free agent signing in Sky history lead them to the Finals.

WNBA team news:

The Sun saw a disappointing end to the best season in franchise history.

What went wrong for Connecticut?

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker is the "missing piece" Chicago needed.

Players will get access to reproductive health and support in a deal assisted by WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike.

College conference news:

The Big 12 joins the SEC in letting schools set athlete compensation.

College team news:

Maryland has all its starters back and one goal: a national title.

Amidst great expectations, Michigan is ready for the challenge.

Five unanswered questions for UConn heading into the first practice of the year.

Husky questions and storylines.

Illinois has maintained its culture and identity despite roster and assistant coaching changes.

College player news:

Georgia's Mikayla Coombs has been named vice chair of the SEC women's basketball leadership council.

High expectations rest on Iowa State's players.

Five from USC to watch this year.

Iowa sophomore Sharon Goodman will miss the season with a torn ACL.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley is going out of her way to get the Gamecocks prepared for the season.

Kelly Graves previews the new Ducks.

USF's Yolisha Jackson is making a 40-year commitment to Black women in basketball.