We’re coming off a strong year, moving in to the 20th anniversary and….WNBA president Laurel J Richie resigns after 4 years on job to pursue other opportunities
“I’m sorry she’s leaving. She did an excellent job over the last five years but there remains a lot of work to do,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Obviously I made comments not so long ago about my disappointment, it was not about Laurel in anyway, but where the WNBA stands in its 19th year as we go into its 20th year.”
On the flip side: The Texas Standard asks WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE WNBA IN TEXAS? and Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle enjoys watching ‘tremendous players’ of the WNBA
From Mechelle: Star players ready to take over the coming season
When Baylor’s Nina Davis got into town Monday night, she called Tennessee’s Diamond DeShields. Both were here for what was called “Takeover Tuesday,” a visit to ESPN headquarters by some of the top players and coaches in women’s college basketball as they prepare for the season.
“Right now, it’s a friendly gathering,” Davis said, grinning, alluding to the fact it might be quite a bit more tense if she, DeShields, UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, and South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell are all in the same place at the same time again this season.
Because that would be in Indianapolis for the Final Four next April.
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All four head coaches from the 2015 Final Four, as well as five of the nation’s premier players, converged on the ESPN campus for an event put together to aid the growth of women’s collegiate basketball.
The invited guest have certainly done their part.
The programs represented Tuesday included UConn, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Maryland and Baylor, schools perennially among the nation’s leaders in attendance. However, much of the talk centered around the rapid season ticket sales at South Carolina.
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She wants Tennessee to be the best. Diamond DeShields wants to be the best.
“Help get to the [national] championship,” DeShields said when asked her goals for this season. “Personally, I want to be an All-American first team. I want to be SEC player of the year. I don’t like second place. I don’t like second team. So for me, winning means being considered the best.”
When Geno Auriemma walked into the room Tuesday for women’s college basketball media day at ESPN, DeShields stood and gave the Hall of Fame coach a big hug. She calls UConn “the juggernaut.” Despite how others have felt or still feel, DeShields says she wants to play the Huskies.
It’s been four years since coach Melissa McFerrin has had this many experienced building blocks as the University of Memphis women’s basketball squad gets set to open a season. Three seniors and a redshirt junior, led by returning All-Conference guard Ariel Hearn. Five returning starters and the rotation largely intact.
The winds of change are blowing strong through the Pac-12 Conference.
For the first time in 16 years, Stanford was not picked to win the league title heading into the season. For the first time ever, Oregon State is the coaches’ preseason pick to win the regular-season title.
Asked which chores ranked as least desirable growing up on a cattle ranch in northern British Columbia, Ruth Hamblin struggled for a moment. Sure, cleaning out the barn, which meant lifting heavy manure in dark confines, wasn’t exactly fun. Using a tractor to move feeders? That was always hard work. But chores are chores. Before and after school, the sun in both cases an infrequent companion for many months, they needed to get done. So she did them well.
Her hesitation hinted there wasn’t much point in thinking about which ones would be nice to avoid.
It was only then that she remembered the hay bales.
Is it just me, or is there a bit of irony in the fact that espnW is asking this: HEY, MALE SPORTS STAR, WILL YOU TWIRL AND TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTFIT?
Remember that time Eugenie Bouchard was asked to twirl after a win at the Australian Open? Or how about the, ahem, controversy over Gabby Douglas’ hair at the 2012 Olympics? Or what about THE 3,796,231 times female athletes have been stuck fielding questions about their love life?
Chances are, especially if you read this website, you’re more than well aware of these moments and have frequently rolled your eyes over the coverage of women athletes. A website called Covertheathlete.com also has noticed and recently released a video that hilariously — yet, perfectly — shows what would happen if male athletes were asked the type of questions their female counterparts regularly get.