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Steady as she goes…

if you’re Louisville, Baylor, and West Virginia.

Hmm…. look at Kent at 2-0 with a win over the Penguins.

Guess Shepard likes the wearin’ of the green. Her double-double propels the Irish over a stubborn Hilltopper squad.

“We did a lot of good things, but they’re a really good team,” McGraw said. “I’m really impressed by the job Michelle is doing. They’re well-coached. Their zone gave us a lot of trouble and they are a very good team that is going to do a lot of damage in the conference.”

Ouch and congrats: Florida falls to Arkansas State. The Red Wolves have been strong in the Sunbelt, but this is their first win over an SEC team since 2007 (Alabama)

Congrats and ouch: Central Michigan stomps Vandy, 92-75. And we WHB readers know all about Sue’s program. (It was her 300th win)

Congrats and ouch – Northern Iowa tops Iowa State, 57-53. But you read the WHB, so you know UNI is not to be trifled with.

“It’s a big deal. We’re going to enjoy it for sure. It’s definitely not something we take for granted. It’s a great program, and to get to play them in the McLeod and get the win is just awesome.”

Hmm… Looks looks to be a challenging year for Tulane. They fall to Southern Mississippi, 66-58.

Don’t look know, but the Pilots are 3-0.

No surprise: South Dakota State starts out on top of mid-major rankings

NCAA.com: Freshman Destiny Harden learning on the fly with West Virginia

re the Lib: Mechelle follows up with some background and some hopes, but no new info.

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Call 911! I need a cash infusion!

The perennially horrible and incompetent Dolan has finally dropped the shoe we’ve been fearing: he’s put the Liberty up for sale. (Did Bill know?) Gulp. So, Seattle has Force 10. Can the tri-borough produce a Team Triumvirate? Please?

BTW – @CStiffESPN? The draft was trash.

Speaking of the draft:

#1 Vega$!
#2 Indiana
#3/4: Chicago

Also: WNBA President Lisa Borders On The League, Social Activism, Atlanta Politics

Oh, and ia Chris Sienko the Dream’s new General Manager?

Now, back to our regular programming.

Wowza, DePaul! That’s the way you bounce back from a loss! Take down #21 Oklahoma in OT. On a buzzer beating three. Love it!

The play designed by DePaul coach Doug Bruno never materialized, so Coleman took it upon herself to swish a three-pointer at the buzzer for an pulsating 111-108 overtime victory over No. 21/21 Oklahoma Monday night.

“It was an accident,” Coleman said with a smile. “There was a mix-up, and I thought: `Oh shoot.’ I just tried to make a play.”

And after the senior guard released the game-winning shot?

“When I let it go, I knew it was going in.”

It looked like a blowout, then… wowza! SO, riddle-me-this, #4 South Carolina: Tired legs, feel the target on your back or didja lose focus? Don’t do that with the #15 Terrapins, ’cause they can sneak up on ya (hello, sophomore Kaila Charles!). A’ja saved the day, though, as South Carolina escaped with a win.

“She’s a woman amongst girls,” Frese said of Wilson, who was not old enough to join three teammates from last season’s team in the WNBA. “She should be in the pros. She’s just that talented.”

Have we not TALKED about New Mexico since forever? They get a new coach (Mike Bradbury) and don’t miss a beat. Junior Jaisa Nunn had herself a game, converting a three-point play with 1.8 seconds to play and notching a career-high 39 points (a Lobo single game scoring record) giving New Mexico the 88-87 upset over #16 Marquette.

Tough start to the Mocs’ season. They lose their opener to perennial Horizon power Green Bay, then upstart UCF takes them down IN Chattanooga, 58-57.

Hello first win, coach Adair! Delaware over Hartford, 72-63.

I’m going to call this a good win for Alabama, as they come back in the second half defeat the Utes 65-60.

How do the Rams react to losing? They thump Gonzaga, 65-49.

“The areas that required some guts and some heart and toughness, like the glass, like loose balls, like just playing the next play even if you do turn it over, our kids just kept playing and fought their hearts out,” Williams said. “That was a great win against a Gonzaga team that’s probably not going to lose too many games this year.”

*All sing* We are reviewing. The situation. Polls

Tonight: Looking forward to how newly #5 Louisville reacts to success.

So: espnW preseason Player of the Year Wilson headlines the Wooden Watch list. But this is how you define a “stacked team:” Five Connecticut players are also on the list: Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson, Azura Stevens and Gabby Williams. If she keeps it up, Dangerfield might add her name to the list.

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And we’re off!

Ouch. That wasn’t so much fun if you were a Stanford fan. Can only hope the Cardinal do the growing Tara hopes for. Dangerfield for 24, as UConn rolled.

Ionescu for 29 (oh, and another triple-double) as Oregon flew over the Bulldogs.

UCLA spread the wealth as they dispatched Presbyterian, 76-40.

Louisville went an extra 5 to get the upset over Ohio State, and Asia got 47 — setting a new Louisville scoring record. #SorryNotSorryAngel.

18 minutes, 18 points for Higgs, as Texas topped the Hatters.

Coach Karen Aston isn’t sure her Texas Longhorns are completely deserving of their lofty preseason ranking but nothing they did in the opener will discourage the voters.

Huge expectations. Huge debut.

24 minutes, 24 points for Kalani Brown as Baylor mauled Coppin State.

22 minutes, 20 points (and 10 rebounds) for Russell, as Tennessee wins their opener.

10 minutes, 0 points for Jacksonville State, as Florida State roared back in the second half to secure the win.

20 points for the 51st time? That’s Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty, as the Wolverines prevailed.

Nancy – meet your long-term project. Illinois is swamped by Florida Gulf Coast.

They don’t win a lot, so I’m celebrating St. Peter’s victory over Lafayette (another team that doesn’t win a lot).

11 3-pointers propelled Norfolk State to a strong start to their season – and 14-point win over VCU.

It took OT, but North Carolina got the win over Colorado, 87-80, thanks to Paris Kea’s 28.

Warned ya: In OT, South Dakota State over George Washington, 97-88.

Warned ya, too: Idaho State over Washington, 79-59. (Once again showing why preseason rankings mean nothing – especially if the “rankers” don’t pay attention.)

St. Mary’s is no joke (They just happen to play in a conference w/BYU and Gonzaga): Gaels over Washington State, 81-75.

Big Green! Dartmouth over Boston College.

Well, now.. Go coach Z! Texas State over Texas Tech, as senior Taeler Deer dropped 44 in 39.

Monday games!

#4 South Carolina v. #15 Maryland. So, just what does this new season have in store for these two teams? 7pmEST.

#22 Oklahoma v. #25 Depaul. Let’s see if the Blue Demons can recover from their opening loss. 8pmEST

#17 Marquette v. New Mexico. Ought to be a nice test for the Golden Eagles. 9pmEST

Coach Smith will try and keep Elon growing, as they face off against North Carolina A&T.

Interested in how Oakland matches up against Michigan State.

Colorado State loss their home opener. Next up – Gonzaga. Yikes!

 

 

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…what happens when you start gathering links and then work/life get in the way. So, the first set is old, but work your attention:

Lynx-talk-a-lot (You see what I did there?): In the first episode of the Offseason Podcast, talks with . to talk her new head coaching job, and in case you missed it, Around the Rim‘s LaChina Robinson wrapped up the WNBA season by going one-on-one with WNBA champion Rebekkah Brunson talking Finals, her new venture as a business owner and much more.

LadySwish’s gettin’ (video) fancy!

espn gettin’ picky: Counting down the top 25 women’s basketball players for 2017-18

Who are the most talented women’s college basketball players in the country? From which ones do we expect big things this season? Who are the front-runners for national player of the year? After tallying the votes from Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel, espnW is counting down the best in the nation. Come back each day this week as we add another five honorees.

Let’s not ignore the point guards! Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

Dabnabbit! Virginia’s Amandine Toi to Miss the 2017-18 Season.

Okay, now… from a plea Ian LevyVerified account @HickoryHigh, Senior NBA Editor and Columnist for | EIC for Support your local basketball creatives

If you’re like me, you can no longer trust the market to protect the work you value. So here’s my plan: Actively support that work and the people who do it, myself. This means promoting their social media accounts and sharing their work (even more than I already do). For podcasters, it means subscribing, listening, downloading, and leaving ratings and reviews. I know sometimes it seems silly to share the same thing that every other person on Twitter is sharing but clicks and shares and podcast reviews are currency and, stupid as it may be, they really do matter. The nice thing is that clicks and likes are absolutely free and I intend to spend them liberally. But that’s not all.

Changing my behavior as a content consumer will sometimes mean putting my money where my values are and paying for things, including those that could be replaced for free. If anyone is interested in joining me, I’ve compiled the following list of ways to support creative basketball people, either through direct financial support like a Patreon or Go Fund Me, subscription services, or by purchasing artwork, apparel, or books.

Some WNBA specific folks to support from the list he’s compiled:

We’re On Live’s Patreon — A WNBA podcast hosted by Jack Maloney, current CBS NBA writer and former WNBA.com writer, and Ryne Prinz, who covers the Chicago Sky for Pippen Ain’t Easy. Support the podcast at any financial level to help pay for equipment and hosting costs, as well as delicious snacks for the hosts. Follow Jack (@jackhaveitall) and Ryne (@ryneprinz) on Twitter.

BTW, thanks to whoever at ESPN (@CStiffESPN, perhaps?) who made sure the NCAAW games were on the drop down “Top Events” menu. Sometimes it’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that then don’t know. So, if you’re complaining, don’t complain into the ether, complain @ a person.

SUNDAY GAMES!!!! SUNDAY GAMES!!!! SUNDAY GAMES!!!!

Obviously the “main event” are the games that feature two ranked teams… but keep an eye on these early-in-the-season matchups, ’cause they might be interesting prognosticators.

1pm: Drexel v. Penn State. I have my eye on the Lions and, in particular, coach Washington’s seat on the bench, which is feeling a little warm.

1:30pm: #10 Stanford v. #1 UConn

2pm: ETSU v. # 14 Tennessee. Seems like every season feels “important” for the Vols – this one is no exception.

2pm: UNC v. Colorado: How do the Tar Heels respond to an opening day loss?

2pm: SDSU v George Washington. Tough second game for the Colonials.

3pm: LSU v SE Louisiana: Feels like coach Vargas’ seat might be a tad warm, no?

3pm: #20 Texas A&M v. Louisiana-Lafayette. Don’t expect an upset, but the Ragin’ Cajuns are no longer Sun Belt pushovers.

4pm: Louisville v. #5 Ohio State, ESPNU. This oughta be fun!

4pm: Grand Canyon v. #12 Duke: Tough second game for new head coach Nicole Powell.

4pm: Washington v Idaho State. The Bengals are a solid team, and Washington is dinged up.

4pm: UT San Antonio v Arizona State: Again, not expecting an upset, but the Roadrunner’s program is growing.

5pm: #8 UCLA v Presbyterian: A little sympathy the Blue Hose, who’ve traveled across the country to be fodder for the Bruins’ scoring machine.

5pm: Drake v. #11 Oregon: ’cause the Bulldogs are trying to build something and who doesn’t want to watch Ionescu play?

5pm: UC Davis v Pepperdine. Great chance for coach Milton to check out the competition.

With the same intense focus and mentality that helped her capture two WNBA championships and two Olympic gold medals throughout her 17-year professional playing career, Milton-Jones said she hope to bring that same approach back as the head coach, hoping not only for success, but also growth and a deeper passion for the game of basketball among her players.

“Learning from some of the best minds in the game of basketball with the likes of Michael Cooper, Bill Laimbeer, Carol Ross and Geno Auriemma has helped me develop my coaching style,” Milton-Jones said. “I’ve been able to pull from all of their coaching philosophies and styles in many different facets.”

6pm: Illinois v Florida Gulf: D3 legend Fahey faces  Karl Smesko, a coach any AD’s must have their eyes on.

In other news:

For UK women’s basketball, there is one indispensable player in 2017-18

Yeah~ Second-graders fill Pittsburg State’s Mikaela Burgess’ cheering section

Wowza: Chico State star plays through spina bifida

Didja catch this? Michelle Smith Feature: Preview of the non-conference Pac-12 women’s basketball slate

Hello: Check out a young Asia Durr in this commercial for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

Yikes: After death of her father, Khayla Pointer refuses to miss LSU’s home opener

Listen up: WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw talks with John Walk for ‘Inspirational Athletes’ [podcast]

And yet, they set it up as a media event (not judging, just noting): This WNBA star didn’t want a media frenzy when she came out. But thousands watched her wedding.

So, ya think you can do better? Director of Player Operations – WNBA (Corporate) at MGM Resorts International

Encourage you to read this: When You Can’t Throw All Men Into The Ocean And Start Over, What CAN You Do?

As a society, we also don’t place responsibility on the individual men who are, even with their societal conditioning and enabling, still choosing with their own minds and bodies and patriarchal power to violate the consent of others in a myriad of ways. Approximately 3% of rape victims will ever see their rapist spend a day in jail. And while 1 in 5 female college students reports being the victim of sexual assault, we have a president who is actively working to make sure that the choice to rape a classmate will not endanger a rapist’s chance at graduation.

We instead place the entire responsibility for the damage done to women… on women.

I also encourage you to read this: The Noise

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, especially today on Veterans Day, is what it means to have a platform.

I guess it’s tempting, sometimes, to think that it doesn’t mean anything. With everyone out there on Twitter, and Facebook, and IG and all of that … with all of the opinions and narratives that are always flying every which way on cable news … it’s a lot of noise. And you hear enough of that noise, and you kind of start to wonder if anyone can — or even wants to — hear anyone else at all.

But if there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that all of that noise we keep hearing — it’s not an accident. We’re hearing that noise because there are real people out there, facing real issues, and real inequalities, some in ways like never before. In 2017, in America, silence is no longer an option.

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Tip Off Trip Up

Surprise! Western Kentucky (who long-time readers KNOW is good) over #16 Missouri by 3.

Northern Colorado, another team familiar to WHB readers, outscored #25 DePaul, 94-88.

Lookee here… Hampton pulls away in the fourth to upset North Carolina, 70-66.

UC Davis has grown so – enough to take down Washington State.

Nice way to start the season for Delisha and Pepperdine – the Wave defeat Long Beach State, 83-71.

Well, hello ’49ers! Charlotte over Duquesne, 75-72.

Roar! Princeton overwhelms George Washington, 72-52.

Crimson! Harvard over Dayton, 72-66.

Go, Navy! They defeat Marist, 77-70.

Hmmm… interesting: Idaho over Colorado State. By 14. 

A win’s a win… but Miami only a 8-point margin over Florida International?

Yes, we know St. Mary’s is no slouch – they gave #20 Cal a scare, 87-80.

Close one between South Dakota and Iowa State. Cyclones escape, 81-76.

#5 Ohio State over #10 Stanford by 21?  Hmm…. worried the UConn/Stanford game could get ugly.

Let’s just burn the tame of the Tulane/Maine and Clemson/Kennesaw State games, okay?

Daily Press: For ODU’s Nikki McCray, every day is a blessing

Nikki McCray’s office features several works from an unknown artist named Thomas Penson. He’s 4 years old, impossibly cute, and his mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Old Dominion.

“They’re all over the place,” she laughs.

There’s also a plaque above her desk that she treasures. “Count Your Blessings,” it reads, and McCray has plenty of those.

She’s a cancer survivor. She has a husband of 16 years and a budding artist at home. And at 45 years old, she’s still doing what she loves — only now as a Division I head coach.

LaChina’s Around the Rim podcast goes all UConn: What event changed “Vegan Life” for Gabby Williams? Who will be UConn’s best player this year according to Geno?

AP: UConn women motivated, not dwelling on Final Four loss

AP: Nared adjusting to leadership role for No. 14 Lady Vols

Summitt: Brenda Frese optimistic about their basketball season

Take a looksee: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Lisa Leslie Award

Also: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Katrina McClain Award

Congrats! IN FOCUS: Sylvia Fowles

When former LSU women’s basketball player Sylvia Fowles was told her LSU jersey was being retired, she thought she received a prank call.

Congrats, too! Ring of Honor: McBride’s turn

Interesting: WNBA unveils plan to add sponsor logos on the court, more patches on jerseys

Checking in: WNBA Overseas: Players Making Headlines On Foreign Teams

WATN? NEXT STEP: Former K-State 3-point whiz gets fix as assistant coach

Worth a re-listen: Female Athletes Enter #MeToo Dialogue

The #MeToo movement, which started last month as a way for people to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, has been slower to catch on in the sports world. But recently, females athletes have started speaking out.

In the middle of October, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney shared that she was sexually abused by a USA Gymnastics doctor for years, and last week Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart revealed that she was molested as a child. 

Dave Zirin, the sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of “The Edge of Sports” podcast, has been writing about the women who are stepping forward.

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Tick, Tick, Tick….TIP!

Here we go! (HECK, we already have our first upset!)

In other news:

UCLA:  5 games to watch and UCLA women’s basketball hopes to reach new heights

USC (West Coast) Season preview capsule and Trojans upbeat as Trakh is back

Columbus Dispatch: Keys to Ohio State’s season

Buffalo: MAC East favorites return four starters

Odd headline by NCAA.com: Led by South Carolina, UConn, 2017 season tips off Friday

NCAA.com: Indiana State focusing on pace, space in its rebuilding effort

New Haven Register: UConn women’s basketball preview: 5 questions

NC State: Season 44 of Women’s Basketball Begins at Home Friday vs. Jacksonville

Seton Hall: Analyzing the winning formula for women’s basketball

Sports Illustrated: Morgan William’s Giant-Killing Shot Is Still Shaking Up Women’s Basketball

St. John’s: Learning from the Best

Pepperdine (and D’Nasty): A New Wave

Well done: Maryland women’s basketball and football post record Graduation Success Rates

No surprise: South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson is espnW’s preseason player of the year

Don’t @ me, says Graham: Is Azurá Stevens the best Husky of them all?

Mechelle: Power 5 preview: Teams to watch and Five storylines to watch unfold in 2017-18

Like a new season of a television series, the start of the 2017-18 women’s basketball season has many storylines we’re about to see play out. Here are just five of many to keep an eye on.

1. Can Tennessee establish a new (old) identity?

The famed Winston Churchill line about Russia’s intentions being a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma likely has been used more than once to describe Tennessee in the past few years.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick and her players have seemed as perplexed as everyone else over the past few seasons as to why the Lady Vols can appear to be two entirely different teams, sometimes even in the same week.

High School

How this team is coping with its head coach’s deployment to the Middle East

WNBA

Las Vegas Review Journal : Las Vegas inherits young but talented Stars WNBA team

Yes, there’s a wave of hard stories threatening to overwhelm our hearts. I dare you to read them, though. Most recently, this amazing piece by Diana Nyad: My Life After Sexual Assault

Up until his death in 2014, Coach was celebrated by the coaching community, his town, his church. He made it into halls of fame and to the top of the coaching pyramid, the Olympic Games. And so is woven the fabric of the epidemic. These often charming individuals are lauded, presented with trophies for their leadership, from the piggish Weinsteins of Hollywood to the unscrupulous parental figures scattered throughout our suburbs. Statistics bear out the astonishing number of sexual abusers among us.

And therein lies the call for our speaking up. We need to construct an accurate archive of these abuses. And we need to prepare coming generations to speak up in the moment, rather than be coerced into years of mute helplessness.

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Tick, tick….

You’re on the list! Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Cheryl Miller Award

You’re on the list (2)! Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Announce Candidates for Inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award

espnW continues its the countdown of the best players in the country.

Under pressure: NCAA Senior Watch: Preseason Edition

SFGate: Cal women’s basketball: Team invites great expectations

Cincinnati: Women’s basketball looks to continue success after first winning season in a decade

Marquette: Women’s basketball wants to play fast, regardless of point guard and Introducing Milwaukee’s best basketball team

Draham: After breaking through to win NCAA title, A’ja Wilson and South Carolina must forge new identity

“I know that we’re very energized and very young,” said Wilson, one of just two returning starters. “Some good and bad can come from that. We’re young, so we can grow. At the same time, our system is young now. We have to kind of groom them into the way that we play, so we can get back to places like we did last year. … It’s tough with this generation because everybody’s mind is going, everybody wants to play, everybody wants to get in. But it takes so much more than that.

“They don’t even understand, but they will.”

Mechelle: Geno Auriemma and UConn are ready for another ride to the top

I don’t think we deserved to win that game. Mississippi State did.”

Which is what he told his players afterward.

“Coach was honest, as he always is,” Collier recalled. “He said we worked really hard, and we surprised a lot of people last season. But we didn’t prepare the way we should have for that last game. And because of that, we got the outcome that we did. He told us we had a good season, but we have to prepare differently this season.”

UConn blog:  Which Teams Have the Best Chance to Upset the Huskies?

What are we waiting for? (h/t Joan)

Friday 11/10

Lamar @ #3 Baylor 8 pm
Alabama State @ #4 South Carolina 7 pm (SECN+)
#10 Stanford @ #5 Ohio State 6 pm (BTN)
Virginia @ #7 Miss State 9 pm (SECN+)
San Jose St @ #8 UCLA 10 pm
SE Missouri St @ #9 Louisville 7 pm
CSU Northridge @ #11 Oregon 8 pm
Central Connecticut @ #13 West Virginia 7 pm
Albany @ #15 Maryland 7 pm
Western Kentucky @ #16 Missouri 3:30 pm
North Florida @ #18 Florida State 7 pm
North Dakota @ #19 Oregon State 5 pm
Houston @ #20 Texas A&M 8 pm (SECN+)
St Mary’s @ #20 Cal 8 pm
Belmont Univ @ #22 Oklahoma 8 pm
LSU @ #23 South Florida 5:30 pm
George Mason @ #24 Michigan 7 pm
Northern Colorado @ #25 Depaul 8 pm

Saturday 11/11

Mt St Mary’s @ #6 Notre Dame 1 pm

Sunday 11/12

#10 Stanford @ #1 UConn 1:30 pm (ESPN)
Stetson @ #2 Texas 2 pm (LHN)
Coppin State @ #3 Baylor 2 pm
#9 Louisville @ #5 Ohio State 4 pm ESPNU
Presbyterian @ #8 UCLA 5 pm
#12 Duke @ Grand Canyon 5 pm (ESPN3)
East Tennessee State @ #14 Tennessee 2 pm (SECN+)
#18 Florida State @ Jacksonville State 4:30 pm
Houston Baptist @ #23 South Florida 2 pm

WNBA

In case you were wondering: Why one of the biggest stars of the WNBA doesn’t own a car

WATN? Former WNBA Players Allison Feaster and Stacey Lovelace on the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program

BTW: 3x MVP and WNBA analyst join KG tomorrow in !

International

Blue Star: #EuroBasketWomen2019 Lesser FIBA nations still heavily reliant on naturalized players

Earlier this year, myself and my BlueStar Media colleague Pierre both agreed that one of the most powerful features of EuroBasket Women was the seemingly reduced impact made by the rather controversial naturalized players.

We wrote about this and it got a lot of traction on social media. In the end, four of the top six teams who made it to the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup did not utilize a ‘foreigner’ – only Spain and Turkey did, while France, Belgium, Greece and Latvia did not need any ‘outside assistance’.

Yet despite this, as we start a new cycle across the Pond her in Europe with the first FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 Qualifiers, there is no doubt that several nations will be relying heavily on naturalized players.

Here is a list of who, and why, the death of the naturalized player may prove to be premature.

Dayum – Burn It All Down podcast has passed 25 episodes!

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