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Catching up with family…

Dad on Friday, where I got to hear Vijay Seshadri read.

Mom Saturday and Sunday, where we got to take a walk, see a golden retriever who’d found the only mud puddle around, and eat a yummy BLT. This morning, the tufted titmice are claiming spring is here with their insistent “Peter, peter, peter” and there’s a downy woodpecker crawling up a tree. Life is good.

Meanwhile, lordy Mr. Silver, do better (Adam Silver: One of the WNBA’s problems is that not enough young women pay attention to it). Sigh.

Katie Barnes: A shift in the WNBA season? Show me the money

Would having the WNBA’s season run during the fall and winter help improve the league’s profitability? That’s a question NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he contemplates, according to an interview Friday on ESPN’s “Get Up.”

“It’s been harder to get people to come to the games,” Silver said. “It may be because the games are in the summer. One of the things we’ve talked about is do we need to shift to the so-called more natural basketball season sort of in the fall and winter?”

It’s not a new thought. Traditionally the idea goes as follows: Summer is for swimming and flip flops; it’s for running outside, not lacing up high tops or sitting in dark arenas. And there’s some truth to that argument.

But the WNBA would need to vastly restructure its compensation agreements with players for this thought to ever gain traction.

Sue’s action steps from September, 2015: Marketing the WNBA? Here’s a plan

A response from Elena Delle Donne

Pick and Roll: Kristy Wallace: From injury nightmare to WNBA Dream

WLTX: A’ja Is Embracing Her New Role As A Headliner In Las Vegas

FoxReno: Catching up with Gabby Williams

Hey, ya wanna new gig? From the Minny Star Tribune: Women coaching men’s basketball? Why not a hugely successful Minnesota coach?

Who’s got game? Seattle’s mayor takes on WNBA star Sue Bird in HORSE

Feel like watching some basketball? High Post Hoops will catch you up WNBA players shine in EuroLeague Final Four: recap and highlights

BTW: Matchups Set for Women’s Medal Round at USA Basketball 3×3 National Championships

Feel like attending a conference? Check out the “Muslim Women in Sport Network Summit”  is their keynote speaker

A ground-breaking global virtual summit featuring some of the leading Muslim women experts in sport. The conference will showcase inspirational women in sport who lead, inform, and display innovative practices across the sport industry. From Sport for Development to Leadership and Athlete Advocacy, the focus will be on a call to action to purposefully pursue and embrace diversity as a critical enhancer to best practice in sport.

WATN? Kristin Haynie starts free basketball clinic for Benton Harbor students

NCAA

New hire: Lance White Named Pitt Women’s Basketball Head Coach

New hire: The La Salle Official Announcement of New Wbb Coach Mountain MacGillivray’s Hire

AP: South Carolina will look different, plans to have same success

Dawn Staley is ready to start a new chapter her South Carolina women’s basketball program.

The coach believes the program will continue its winning ways, albeit with a different look. The Gamecocks won’t be led by dominant post players, Staley will turn her focus to her backcourt.

’cause why the heck not? 2019 WNBA Draft: Way-too-early mock draft

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Missing basketball? Good news!

Jack Maloney at Medium: A guide to the EuroLeague Women 2018 Final Four

Following the WNBA Draft 2018, the next big event on the women’s basketball calendar is the EuroLeague Women Final Four. This year’s edition will be held in Sopron, Hungary, a city of just 61,000 tucked into the far Northwest corner of Hungary, right along the Austrian border. And it just so happens that Sopron Basket, the city’s premier women’s basketball squad, has made a surprise run to the Final Four.

With all of the excitement just a few days away, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about this thrilling event.

And why aren’t you following/reading Paul? Petrovic ready to go 11 in a row

For a staggering 11th consecutive season and indeed every one of her EuroLeague Women career to date, Sonja Petrovic has been on the roster of a Final Four or Final Eight club.

Recognized as one of the great European players of her generation and with her appeal extending beyond the Continent, Petrovic is looking to add to her silverware haul with Dynamo Kursk this year as the reigning champions try to defend their title.

Also from Paul: My EuroLeague Women Final Four ups, downs and ratings for 2012-2017

OK: It’s time for us in America to appreciate women’s professional basketball abroad more

WNBA

From the Marquette Wire: Nicki Collen brings Marquette experience to professional level

Marquette women’s basketball has yet to establish a strong presence in the Women’s National Basketball Association, but that is beginning to change. In October, the Atlanta Dream hired former Marquette guard Nicki Collen, formerly Nicki Taggart, as their head coach.

“It is a little exhilarating and terrifying at the same time,” Collen said. “I like meeting new people. I like selling our league and selling our team. I think there are a lot of great things about the opportunity to be the head of an organization.”

In case you wondering, as Nike Unveils New Jerseys, Alliance At WNBA Draft,  The Evolution of the WNBA Jersey

Mystics: Courier-Journal: Myisha Hines-Allen’s new WNBA coach didn’t need her, but drafted her for her ‘toughness’ and Ariel Atkins’ efficiency, athleticism, and work ethic are what the Mystics need at the wing

BTW: Woot! ESPN’s Audience for WNBA Draft 2018 Presented by State Farm Up +25%;

From USA Basketball: Roster Set for USA Basketball Women’s National Team Camp in Seattle

NCAA

Lots of coaching news:

From the NCAA: Where are the women?

Yet in 2016, while more women play college sports than ever before, just over 40 percent of NCAA women’s teams have a female head coach. That number is down from 55 percent when Hutchins began her coaching career in 1981 — the year NCAA women’s championships got their start. And, according to the “Women in Intercollegiate Sport” study produced by Brooklyn College professors emerita Linda Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta, before Title IX — the 1972 federal gender equity law — more than 90 percent of women’s teams were coached by women. The steady decline over the decades begs the question: What is driving women away from coaching?

Speaking of which (didja notice what I did here?)

Ouch: Former Utah Valley basketball players cite ‘toxic environment’ for early departures

Boulder Daily Camera: JR Payne excited for future of CU Buffs basketball

Listen Up! In episode #50! Burn It All Down talks Michigan State failures, WNBA draft, and Muffet McGraw reflects on history

The Eagle: Defining ‘family’: Basketball travels to players’ hometowns

In her nearly four years at AU, women’s basketball senior guard Emily Kinneston has only had one Thanksgiving dinner at home. It included industrial-size serving trays, dozens of folding chairs and enough mashed potatoes to feed an entire Division I basketball team, coaching staff, medical personnel, sports information directors and bus driver.

She brought her team home for Thanksgiving.

Cool: Purdue basketball player Abby Abel named grand marshal of 500 Festival Parade

Goodbye/hello: Aussie wing transfers to TCU from Oregon

Goodbye: Siena Basketball loses three players

Wow: NAIA to Combine Basketball Divisions: Will move to a single division in both men’s and women’s basketball in 2020-2021

From Lady Vols: In Memoriam: #LadyVols Legend Daedra Charles (Furlow):

In other news

Somewhat OT, but always good to think aboutWhen will we separate women on TV from their bodies?

Last August, the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team held a “Sarah Spain Bobblehead Night,” and a bunch of my friends came with me to the game to celebrate. I got to do the coin toss and sign autographs at halftime, and we all had a blast watching the Red Stars battle the Portland Thorns.

When I got home, I posted a photo of myself to social media surrounded by a gaggle of young soccer fans I’d met, all of whom were probably about 7 years old. I loved that they were able to go see professional women’s soccer players in action and that they were excited to meet me and talk about my job as a sports reporter.

One of the first comments someone on Twitter made responding to the photo was “Your boobs” next to three smiling emojis with hearts for eyes. It was childish, idiotic and not all that uncommon for me, as I get inappropriate comments about my chest all the time. But this time I snapped. It was a photo of me in a soccer jersey up to my neck, surrounded by young girls. What was wrong with this guy? How could that possibly be his takeaway?

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A loss for the Lady Vol Nation

and the many, many folks connected to women’s basketball.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

“She was my roommate,” Adams said Sunday morning. “God made her special, no doubt. She was a phenomenal leader, charismatic. She had a heart for people.” 

The 49-year-old Charles-Furlow was one of six former Tennessee Lady Vols to have her women’s basketball jersey number retired. She won two national championships during her UT career (1988-91). In 1991, she became the first SEC player to win the Wade Trophy and was named SEC woman athlete of the year.

Detroit News: Detroit native, Lady Vols great Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

247 Sports: Lady Vols mourn Daedra Charles-Furlow

Corriere di Comondo: Lutto nel basket: è morta Daedra Charles, alla Comense all’inizio …

Story image for Daedra Charles from Corriere di Como

La brutta notizia è arrivata dalla stampa degli Stati Uniti, il suo Paese. A 49 è morta a Detroit l’ex giocatrice di basket Daedra Charles. Una atleta che i tanti tifosi della Comense non hanno dimenticato. Sul Lario, per lei, una sola stagione, il campionato 1991-1992, quando era ancora giovane, alla sua prima …
WHBOF: Daedra Charles-Furlow
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From @KaraLawson20

Olympian.
Champion.
All American.
Legend.
Lady Vol.

RIP Daedra Charles 🚊

If you can, perhaps you can make a donation to the Kay Yow Fund in Daedra’s name.

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Picked me. Picked me. Picked me.

Huge surprise at number one (not). The some interesting decisions.

Grades, grades, we got grades! Sky, Wings, Fever and Aces earn top marks in WNBA draft grades

.com:WNBA Draft 2018: Team-By-Team Analysis

Forbes: By The Numbers: The 2018 WNBA Draft

Hoopfeed: After a stellar college career, A’ja Wilson is first pick in 2018 WNBA Draft, already thinking about ways to improve her game

Sours and Feathers: A’ja Wilson looking forward to playing one former Gamecock teammate

Check out HighPost’s coverage

Listen in on the WNBAInsdr podcast.

The Athletic: Sky’s the limit for Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams, Chicago’s newest basketball rookies

Jackson Clarion Ledger: Where dreams are made: Inside Victoria Vivian’s journey to New York City for WNBA Draft

Great Falls Tribune: From Fairfield to the WNBA: Jill Barta humbled by support, pro hoops opportunity

.com: WNBA Draft 2018: Teammates Today, Opponents Tomorrow

Learn more about Sun draftee Cal Senior Wing Mikayla Cowling

Ava Wallace, Washington Post: Mystics take Texas guard Ariel Atkins in first round of WNBA draft

David Woods, Indy Star: Fever grab high-scoring guards, local star in WNBA draft

1070 The Fan: Fever “Reload” With Three Picks In The Top 15 of The WNBA Draft

Sooooo…. Did the Sparks get a steal? Europeans mocking the WNBA 2018 Draft as it underlines the lack of global game view Stateside. And if you don’t follow Paul’s twitter, you should. Especially this summer…

The Telegraph: Mercer’s Kahlia Lawrence, Georgia’s Mackenzie Engram hear names called in WNBA draft

Waco Tribune Herald: Just like a Dream: Atlanta takes Baylor’s Wallace in WNBA Draft

Landof10: Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty not selected in 2018 WNBA Draft

Nice touch:

ESPN: WNBA draft class embraces new sisterhood

The league invited 10 players to attend the draft in person, and they also spent the days leading up to it together. From eating meals to figuring out what to wear, the group instantly bonded — and even started a lively group-text message.

“Over the past two days, we’ve spent a lot of time together,” said Lexie Brown, who was selected ninth overall by the Connecticut Sun. “We started a really funny group chat and we’re going to keep it going all season long. We have a lot of memes.

Mechelle: Diamond DeShields knows she has plenty to prove in the WNBA

Not long after Diamond DeShields arrived in Turkey last September, she gazed out her window and began to cry. But they weren’t tears of sadness that she wouldn’t be spending another season in college at Tennessee. Or of concern about being far from home in another country.

She wept with gratitude. Her goal, growing up the daughter of a professional athlete, baseball player Delino DeShields, was to be a pro athlete herself. And now she was. Admittedly, it all went differently than she expected when she started college at North Carolina in 2013. But sometimes, even when the road isn’t what you expected, it still gets you where you want to go.

SB Nation: For WNBA players, it’s a night of celebration after the draft. Then it’s back to class.

Thirty-six lives were changed on Thursday night at the WNBA Draft. Ten of those athletes were flown into New York City to hear league president Lisa Borders call out their names in person.

It was the biggest night of their 20-something year lives. The draftees dressed to the nines, knowing well they’d have a night of celebration with friends and family after achieving the dream they’ve had in place for a decade or longer.

Many can’t enjoy it for long, though. They have school tomorrow.

Swish Appeal: Four miscellaneous facts about the 2018 WNBA Draft class that you may not have known about

Tulsa World: OSU basketball: Loryn Goodwin drafted by Dallas Wings in WNBA’s second round

Duke Chronicle: Duke basketball’s Lexie Brown, Rebecca Greenwell selected in WNBA Draft

Other Stuff.

Re-introduced at Williams Arena this afternoon, Lindsay Whalen was welcomed home as new coach of women’s basketball

The Next Chapter: WNBA CHAMPION TAMIKA CATCHINGS TALKS ENTERING THE WNBA – As well as the power speaking to young girls and her next chapter after basketball

WATN?: Randall Added to Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

WATN?: Bench-mark: Former basketball star Chasity Melvin coaching with men’s team

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You decide who’s your number one pick:

High Post Hoops 

WNBAInsdr

Just-under-the-wire trade: Sun Acquire Bria Holmes from the Atlanta Dream for the No. 15 pick in tonight’s WNBA Draft and Connecticut’s second round selection in 2019.

Speaking of which: FUTURE is the focus for ATL Dream heading into 2018 WNBA Draft – Lericia Harris chats with new head coach Nicki Collen

Did you catch Doug’s Rookie Chat?

.com: WNBA Draft 2018: Five Things To Know About Me

NY Times: Diamond DeShields’s Path to the WNBA Took Her From Tennessee to Turkey

Bleecher Report: A’JA WILSON IS READY FOR HER WNBA TAKEOVER: A South Carolina hoops phenom with a megawatt personality is just what the league needs to take it to the next level. 

Draft Diary: A’ja Wilson talks WNBA meetings and giving back

Indy Star: Will IU’s Tyra Buss, Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga get WNBA shot?

1500 ESPN Strong WNBA draft will make Lynx’s competition tougher in 2018 (and beyond)

Other stuff

Congrats: Whalen Hired by Gophers. I have many thoughts, and I think it’s wise that I not share them.

Sheeee’s Back! Clemson has its new women’s basketball coach. And she has SEC ties

Bye: Rutgers’ Desiree Keeling To Transfer Hmmm…. maybe ya shoulda played in the WNIT?

Anyone got a free round-trip ticket to Seattle? USA Women’s National Team to face China in exhibition game on April 26 in Seattle

Congrats! Jeff Walz, Natasha Adair and Cori Close to lead 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team

WATN? Former ODU star Adrienne Goodson trying to catch NBA’s eye at the PIT

Adrienne Goodson emerged from the locker room at Churchland High, an apple in one hand and a legal pad in the other. She made her away across the court to find a seat to scout her team’s next opponent in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Goodson’s Cherry Bekaert squad had just fallen to Sale Systems Ltd. Wednesday night, and the former Old Dominion basketball great could feel the heaviness in the locker room. Disappointment is natural any time a team loses, of course, but Goodson believes there’s a different, deeper vibe when women coach men.

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Tick Tock to Thursday’s Draft

Russia’s Maria Vadeeva could be the steal of the WNBA draft

When scouting international prospects as potential first-round picks in the WNBA draft, every franchise hopes to land the next Lauren Jackson or Penny Taylor. In the 17 years since those Australian legends were drafted, however, few have yielded a return that comes close.

From 1997 to 2007, 13 international prospects (all without NCAA experience) were drafted in the first round. In the past 10 drafts, there have been only four.

WIShttps: Strategizing with the Fever for an historic draft night

AP: A‘ja Wilson Hits the Road for New York

The State: The WNBA rule that could make A’ja Wilson even better — and an immediate All-Star

Who ya got? 2018 WNBA DIE HARDS’ MOCK DRAFT- FIRST ROUND

Landof10’s got some thoughts: 2018 WNBA Mock Draft: First-round projections, top players, order (April 10, 2018)

So does Forbes: A Brief Statistical Guide To The 2018 WNBA Draft

Hello to our friends at MSR News Online: It’s WNBA Draft time!

Listen up: High Post’s WNBA Draft preview, pick-by-pick look at the first round

LA Daily News: WNBA draft: Where UCLA’s Jordin Canada, Monique Billings fit in

Press Enterprise: Alexander: Former Santiago star Billings awaits WNBA draft

Coach and GM? No prob: Day in the Life of Amber Stocks

No pressure: You think draft is important to Colts? For Fever, the future depends on it

espnW: Christine Monjer’s cool job: Las Vegas Aces head of marketing

Cheryl Reeve at The Player’s Tribune: No Excuses.

I was 10 years old, walking home from school with my brothers – Tom and Larry. Some kid — a bully — started jawing at Larry real bad. He wouldn’t stop. Now, Larry is older than me. Having his little sis step in to defend him probably wasn’t the look he wanted.Too bad. I wasn’t having it.
Hope springs eternal (HEY! The forsythia is finally out!) Can Clemson basketball catch up to Dawn Staley’s program at South Carolina?
which means, once again: Job opening: Albany.
Job opening: Netter Resigns as Howard Payne Head Women’s Basketball Coach. If HPU strikes a bell, you may be remembering them from their rags-to-riches run that ended with a national Championship 2008. I included them in my WBCA article BUILDING ATTENDANCE: Hand Shakes, Hoarse Voices, and a Boost from the NCAA – What coaches across the Divisions have done to build attendance

Brownwood, TX, home of Howard Payne University, is a town of about 25,000. “When I first got here the program was in terrible shape. They hadn’t had a winning season in four years,” recalled Chris Kielsmeier, who became head coach in 2000. “Quite honestly, nobody cared about women’s basketball. The stands were almost an embarrassment.”

These days, Howard Payne is the top-drawing Division III team in the country. Averaging 1,494 a game, including over 15,000 fans for the last four game of the season, they enjoy the enthusiastic support of the local newspaper and some of the most influential people in town.

What happened?

“But women’s basketball doesn’t dra….” @basketmedia365  Paul steps in with an STFU tweet:
expected to break attendance record for a women’s basketball game in Europe. This is biggest attendance for any game including 1⃣3⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣ plus expected for Final 1st leg.

Do you remember the part of Love and Basketball when Monica goes to play basketball overseas in Spain? She had to walk to her game, tape her own ankles, her coach didn’t speak any English, and the whole championship game plan was to pass her the ball to score?

Well, my overseas experience is nothing like that. For one, my coaches and teammates can speak English. Secondly, I have two great trainers that tape me everyday for practice and games. And lastly, I play on a well-balanced team, so I’m definitely not getting all the shots. The only thing Monica and I have in common is not having a car.

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Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!!!!

Mechelle takes her shotWNBA mock draft: Projecting all three rounds

Howard at HighPost2018 WNBA Draft trade rumors swirl around the second overall pick

With little more than 48 hours remaining until the 2018 WNBA Draft, conversation is swirling around a number of fronts, most notably the second overall pick held by the Indiana Fever. High Post Hoops has learned that multiple teams have inquired about trading for the pick, including Mike Thibault’s Washington Mystics.

Read upReigning WNBA Rookie of the Year gives advice to this year’s [soon to be] 2018 Rookie Class

It was a good year: ACC Women’s Basketball: Recapping A Banner Season For instance: 10 defining moments of the Notre Dame women’s basketball championship season

ByeMiracle Gray to transfer from Purdue women’s basketball

Makin’ plansOhio State women’s basketball | Signee Aaliyah Patty preparing for transition to college game

NC StateWomen’s basketball defying the odds

Good luck! 35 Athletes Accept Invitations to USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team Trials

Listen up! Burn it All Down is a must listen this week

This week, the BIAD team discusses our complicated feelings about Kobe’s relationship with women’s bball. Then we have a new racism-in-sports roundtable, and interviews about being a black woman in cycling.

Kara Lawson is groovin’ on a different kind of board:

“We appreciate the General Assembly, especially the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Mark Norris and Rep. David Hawk, for their partnership in passing this important legislation and we’re excited to move forward with the implementation process,” Haslam said. “This restructuring will improve the effectiveness of the board and positively impact the multiple campuses that comprise the UT system. Additionally, the advisory boards will create a culture of creativity at the campus level, and will allow each of the boards to respond nimbly to the needs of their respective institutions.” 

Haslam today also announced the names of the 10 board appointees, all of whom are UT alumni and include at least two members from each grand division of the state. The board will have a total of 12 members including the Commissioner of Agriculture and a non-voting student member. A faculty member will be appointed to the Academic Affairs and Student Success committee of the board.

In the New Yorker: How Far Can Becky Hammon Go in the N.B.A.? The former women’s-basketball star has broken convention by becoming the league’s first female assistant coach. [WHB question: Is “convention” the right work?]

Though only five feet six, Hammon was a commanding presence on the court: gum-snapping, energetic, her quick cuts and jab steps to the basket punctuated by a swishing ponytail. She could slip through a narrow space between two defenders and drive to the hoop, scooping a shot that would skim the rim and slide through the net. Like Magic Johnson, she flipped no-look passes over her shoulder, and, like Stephen Curry, she hit shots from half-court. But Popovich was most struck by her prowess as a court general: she had an uncanny ability to direct her teammates around the floor. “I’d watch the game, and the only thing I could see—it’s an exaggeration, I mean, but—was Becky’s aura, her leadership, her effect on teammates, her effect on the crowd, the way she handled herself,” Popovich told me. “She was, like, the ultimate leader. Energy, juice, vitality. At the same time, she was doing intelligent things on the court, making decisions that mattered.” In the N.B.A., a woman in charge was almost unthinkable, but he was considering hiring her.

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