Listen up! Around the Rim: Crowning Glory; WNBA Is Next. LaChina Robinson closes out the NCAA season with coach of the 2017 National Champions Dawn Staley. Plus, AP Player of the Year Kelsey Plum and Stars GM Ruth Riley join.
Check it out: Shadow League: Dawn Staley Finally Cuts Down Her Own Net
Staley is the embodiment of women’s basketball and its incremental rise as a viable and marketable American sport. She has done it all. She’s in some way been an integral part of every watershed moment in the women’s basketball over the past three decades.
Philly Proud, Mike Jensen: Dawn Staley is never far from Philly
The words on Staley’s phone screen are more than geographical. Her answer to ESPN pregame when asked about the emotions she would show if her Gamecocks won the national title was, “I don’t cry. I’m from North Philly.”
Her mother once did, riding the No. 33 bus going east on Market Street in 1996, when she caught sight of her daughter on a nine-story mural at Eighth and Market. Estelle Staley had blurted out, “Oh, my God!” By herself on the bus, she started crying.
More goodness: Mentor gets to savor Dawn Staley’s success
Inasmuch as she planted the seeds, it was only fitting that Debbie Ryan could see her coaching tree in all of its splendor.
Ryan, the women’s basketball coach at Virginia from 1977-2011, was at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as South Carolina, under Ryan protege Dawn Staley, defeated Mississippi State in the NCAA championship game.
“I wasn’t going to go to this one,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I actually had another trip planned. I got a feeling on Sunday before the Final Four, before [South Carolina] even played in the final eight.
“I just had a feeling that I needed to be there. I had a feeling she was going to win it. I went without any hotel. I didn’t have any tickets, but everything worked out.”
Crap, but not surprising, even as ACL recovering time has shrunk: McGraw on Turner: “She could miss the year.”
A clarification? Jay Tust tweets: Heard from Destiny Slocum last night. She said “homesickness” is not the reason she’s transferring, but rather UM “wasn’t the right fit.”
Steve Jones, PressBox: Graduations, Transfers Change Maryland Women’s Basketball Outlook and Testudo Times: Destiny Slocum’s transfer from Maryland women’s basketball thrusts the roster into uncertainty and Maryland women’s basketball lost the next face of its program in Destiny Slocum. Wonder if Boise State is thinking good thoughts…
More future looking: Georgia Women’s Basketball Makes Progress During Joni Taylor’s Sophomore Tenure
So, this seems to put a cap on an odd sequence of events, dontcha think? FAU to hire Jim Jabir as new head coach
You stay put: Oregon’s Graves awarded $4M contract extension
You stay put, too: Iona Announces Contract Extensions For Tim Cluess and Billi Godsey
Ah, renovations. Ask Liberty fans about’em: Is it fair for UC women’s basketball, volleyball teams to play at St. Ursula?
Listen up! Locked on has San Antonio Stars GM Ruth Riley Talks 2017 WNBA Draft
Speaking of the WNBA, check out this fun and thoughtful preview of the 12 teams by Leisl Veach: WNBA Astrology
Adam of the Dallas news has 5 prospects for Dallas Wings fans to know before the WNBA draft