If you don’t rehearse your production, make sure you’ve collaborated with all the stakeholders, and actually, you know, PLAN it in ADVANCE, it’s likely your big event will be a hot mess.
But the W don’t care what we think, so let’s move on to the draft, shall we?
No surprise who went number one, but everyone’s mock draft was quickly busted. Here’s some Friday morning quarterbacking (Which will be reviewed when the opening day rosters come out, right?)
ESPN Mechelle: Five observations from the 2017 WNBA draft
It was sort of odd that with the WNBA draft taking place at Samsung 837 in Manhattan, just a little over a mile from Madison Square Garden, the Liberty were not a draft story.
New York didn’t have a first-round pick, and neither did Indiana, Phoenix or Seattle. Instead, three teams — San Antonio, Chicago and Dallas — had seven of the 12 picks and set the tone for the draft. There were rumors right up until the draft started that there would be a trade or two, but as of the evening’s end, none had happened.
AP Doug: Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft
Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over.
Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first time in franchise history.
“I’ve been dreaming about it for so long,” Plum said. “I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity and will make the most of it.”
“That kid just works hard,” said former South Carolina player Kaela Davis. “She keeps you guessing. As a defender you can never expect one thing. You never know what’s coming next and I think that stuff’s always hard to guard.”
But the pick put her on a team that selected another scoring guard, Moriah Jefferson, in the 2016 draft, leaving questions about what her role would be or if she would be traded. Jefferson was the 2016 Rookie of the Year runner-up.
Daily UW: Plum and Osahor get drafted into WNBA
The State: The WNBA Draft through Dawn Staley’s eyes
Summitt Hoops: Howard and Imani break the draft down.
My San Antonio: Stars get a Plum … and more
Chicago Tribune: Sky pick South Carolina center Alaina Coates 2nd in WNBA draft
The State: Gamecocks post record haul in WNBA Draft
Corvallis Gazette Times: OSU women’s basketball: Wiese drafted by Los Angeles Sparks
Minnesota: Lynx Select Alexis Jones
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Sandersville’s Allisha Gray embodies women’s basketball
Fort Worth Star:Dallas Wings draft South Carolina teammates in first round
UTA The Shorthorn :Dallas Wings adds 3 first-round picks for draft day
Daily Northwestern: Women’s Basketball: Coffey taken fifth overall in WNBA Draft
North by Northwestern: Nia Coffey selected fifth overall in WNBA draft
Dayton Daily News: Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft
Journal News: Saniya Chong selected 26th overall by Dallas
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols’ Reynolds, Nunn picked in WNBA draft
Journal News: Shamoya McKenzie: Liberty honor slain teen at WNBA Draft
News & Observer: WNBA president and Duke graduate discusses bright future of league
USA Today For the Win: New commercial perfectly answers all questions about why you should watch women play hoops
Washington, being smart and staying “local”, picks Jody Wynn as head coach.
The Flying Queens were women’s basketball’s first true dynasty, a perennial powerhouse based in Plainview, Tex., that won 131 games in a row from 1954 to 1958. They were also an anachronism, a group of women living in the heart of conservative Texas that enjoyed a level of freedom and comfort that not even their male counterparts could claim. They sported custom uniforms and matching travel outfits, ate at the finest restaurants, and traveled to games by plane.
The team was started in the late 1940s by Wayland president Dr. James “Bill” Marshall, who set out to attract students to the school through innovative marketing means—including women’s basketball.