If there’s one thing Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve never takes for granted, it’s having Lindsay Whalen as a point guard.
“She’s really, really special,” Reeve said Saturday after Whalen’s 17 points and five assists led the Lynx over Indiana 78-69. “I’m fortunate to have someone like her who’s been at the helm of this thing for my entire ride here in Minnesota.”
Picking up where she left off last season, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne was pretty much unstoppable, with 31 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes.
Friday was also the Sky debut of Chicago native Cappie Pondexter, who came home to the Windy City in an offseason trade with the Liberty and had eight points and four assists.
Delle Donne loves how vocal Pondexter is on court, and the way that keeps everyone focused and energized. For her part, Pondexter said she was just happy to do whatever she could to help Delle Donne be at her best.
I’m going to ignore their loss to the Mystics and the shadow Isiah Thomas casts over the Garden and simply celebrate the excitement that was the Lib on opening night (BOYD! An Aussie!): The numbers and analytics behind Liberty’s victory
Could be a fun time in Seattle and tough times in L.A., even as Coach Brian Agler says mutual parting was best for him and Storm
Making English teachers cringe? Canadian Natalie Achonwa makes impactful WNBA debut
It was a long and hard journey back, a trek dotted with celebrations of small steps taken that allowed her sanity to be maintained and with eyes always on the big prize that awaited her.
And when Natalie Achonwa finally got back to doing what she loves, doing what she couldn’t for longer than she could ever imagine, the emotions were close to overwhelming.
“I was ecstatic,” the Guelph, Ont., native and Canadian women’s basketball star said after her WNBA debut with the Indiana Fever. “It was pure relief.”
As advertised? Tokashiki helps Storm rout Sparks in WNBA opener
Though Moore kept winning with the Lynx — two WNBA titles her first three seasons, plus a league MVP award last year — something seemed off. Moore discovered what many WNBA players before her have learned: Once you leave college, the public eye shifts elsewhere. Even the league’s national television contract with ESPN can’t equal the spotlight of an NCAA Final Four.
Privately, players fault the WNBA for ineffective marketing. That’s why Moore said she heard “a lot of amens” from her peers after her essay, “(In)Visiblity,” appeared April 30 in The Players Tribune, which tackled an issue vexing many of the WNBA’s players and coaches: How can a league with so much to offer generate so little buzz nationally? And what can be done about it?
In the New Yorker: Closing Basketball’s Gender Data Gap
The W.N.B.A. might exist in a separate world from the N.B.A., but it’s not in a vacuum, and the same philosophies that are shifting the men’s game have spread to the women’s as well. Three-pointers are being hoisted at higher rates, rigid positional designations are melting away, and teams are emphasizing pace, eschewing midrange jumpers, and obsessing over efficiency. Last Tuesday, amid the men’s playoff hype, the W.N.B.A. snagged some headlines when the Minnesota Lynx visited the Washington Mystics for what was billed as an “analytics scrimmage,” which featured new rules to reflect those trends.
And the soap continues: WNBA’s Brittney Griner Files To Annul Marriage To Fellow WNBA Player. It sucks being in the spotlight when you’re wicked young… From Kate: Brittney Griner emotional after feverish few days
NCAA moving truck stopped in Columbus: Ohio State women’s basketball adds Duke transfer to roster
…and start up in Waco: Wright leaving Baylor women’s basketball team
Shafer said the committee likely would not have endorsed the four-quarter proposal on its own merits. Vital, he said, were two complementary components. Team fouls will be reset to zero at the beginning of each quarter. And only two of a team’s four timeouts will carry over to the second half.
These adjustments, Shafer believes, will reduce the frequency not only of second-half free throw interruptions but also of late-game scenarios in which multiple timeouts are stacked one upon another.
NCAA insiders expect the four-quarter proposal to pass. But response to the timeout proposal has been mixed — so much so that refinements seem possible, if not likely, before the first balls are bounced in November.
A sport with a huge upside could get smacked down if the NCAA follows through with the maximum punishment for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women’s basketball team.
The Tar Heels, national champions in 1994, advanced to an NCAA Regional Semifinal in the 2014-15 season on a 26-9 record. But that team fared worst in the Notice of Allegations, released Thursday by UNC, that outlines five “level 1 violations” of NCAA protocol.
And then there were… too damned few: Living her life: Ball State’s Mowat one of the rare openly gay college coaches: CARDINALS WOMEN’S GOLF COACH BALANCES WIFE, FAMILY AND COACHING LIFE
Just putting those words in her coaching biography, Ball State University women’s golf coach Katherine Mowat stood across worlds both utterly mundane in one light, yet brave and radical in another.
Look at any college athletic department’s website and any coach’s page, and you’ll find a rundown of personal information: spouse, children, often even a posed photo of a family together. In 2011, Mowat wanted the same.
Only while most of those spots list a husband, she was going to have her then-partner, now-wife Mandy Harrison listed. The couple were having their first child, and if everyone else had their family displayed proudly, why shouldn’t she?
Finally – remembering my first Aids Walk in Boston, Candice reminds us that the fight isn’t over: N.Y. Liberty’s Candice Wiggins Uses Her Court Skills to Fight AIDS and Honor Her Late Dad
Inspired by her father’s memory, veteran New York Liberty guard Candice Wiggins embraces her purpose while honoring him by raising AIDS awareness and offering hope through her basketball gifts.
Witnessing the indelible ravages of AIDS through 3-year-old eyes, Wiggins realized then she wanted to make a difference.
Wiggins’ dad Alan, was an elite player for the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles who died from AIDS in 1991.