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Don’t have a team nearby? The WNBA League Pass is $17 stinkin’ bucks. (Save $2 w/ WATCHMEWORK promo)

Oh, and then there’s the games being streamed on TWITTER.

Oh, and speaking of twitter, you might want follow  players for their take (and take downs). For instance: @Kelseyplum10, Not to mention the W now… HAS AN EMOJI!!! Tweet using

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Over at Summit Hoops, check out Howard’s Locked On podcast: A 2017 WNBA preview with Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo

And do. not. forget. to. play. ’cause the WNBA’s daily fantasy game is a win for old and new fans. To enter the WNBA Tip-Off Challenge, visit www.fanduel.com/wnba-tipoff. But be aware: no surprise, there are a bunch of fantasy (note the word, FANTASY) “players” who are attacking the sport, league and toughness of players. (Look at my shocked expression. Not.) It’s amazing how fragile some folks’ egos are….

Language alert from Fantasy Guru Elite:

What’s up mafia, it’s your boy Tommy G.  As you guys know the Mafia fuckin dominates every sport…..and WNBA will be no different! We didn’t even think we had a WNBA guy until my main man, Thad Houston (@Rad_Thad1 on Twitter), text me and said “you know I study WNBA and am goin hard at it this season right?”  To which I responded “LET’S FUCKING DO THIS!”

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF THAD INTRODUCING YOU TO WNBA!

We put together an WNBA package, article, cheat sheet, pricing, have an algorithm being built and currently are working on all the back end promos which should be up by early next week in 24 hours.  Due to the short notice you can assume this is all going to get WAY better as we move forward and have a second to breathe!  Thad threw together an article and cheat sheet real quick for you guys just so you can start to get a feel and hop in some games, but by early next week we will have this shit ON FUCKIN LOCK!

Due to the fact that this was all thrown together in hours, we are offering it for FREE for the time being (only for a few days).  Here is a preview of what the early bird pricing will look like.

Also, per   Fans who play DFS and want to know all the info for WNBA play, a new account has been made. Follow

Ok. On to the real games. Nina at USA Today offers 3 things to watch as the WNBA tips off its season

The 2016 WNBA season ended on what was one of the most heart-stopping two minutes of basketball I’ve ever witnessed. While it will be hard to ever replicate that moment, when the new season kicks off on Saturday when the San Antonio Stars take on the New York Liberty at 3 p.m. ET on NBA TV followed by the Storm at the Sparks on ESPN at 5 and Atlanta at Connecticut on League Pass at 7. Here’s three things to watch:

Summitt Hoops: WNBA predictions 2017: League general managers pick Lynx to win championship, Elena Delle Donne to win MVP

Mechelle: 5 final questions before the 2017 WNBA season opens

“La La Land” might have won the best picture Oscar for only about 3 minutes, but the Sparks will be the 2016 WNBA champions forever. In honor of that title, we’re going with a Los Angeles-themed five questions as we get set for the start of the WNBA’s 21st season.

Los Angeles is the last WNBA franchise to repeat, which the Sparks did in 2001-02. Can they do it again? Or will Minnesota come back from last season’s disappointment and get its fourth title? How big an impact will Elena Delle Donne have in Washington?

Yardbarker: Five WNBA storylines that will shape the 2017 season

From Rob Knox: WNBA begins Season No. 21 as a Worthy Follow-Up to What No. 20 Delivered

The WNBA’s 21st season promises to be exciting with big names moving to new cities, electrifying rookies joining the league and dynamite storylines.

Elena Delle Donne is the newest Washington monument. San Antonio’s Kelsey Plum enters the league as the No. 1 overall pick after an awesome record-breaking career at the University of Washington. The Los Angeles Sparks are looking to repeat as champions while the Minnesota Lynx are looking to bounce back from a Finals heartbreak.

AP Doug: WNBA finding new ways to try and grow off the court

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in WNBA history on and off the court, the league has found ways to try to bring in new fans.

Whether streaming games on Twitter, partnering with FanDuel to offer daily fantasy sports or just having more games on television, the WNBA is growing.

“I think the WNBA is doing a great job using multiple platforms to broaden their audience,” ESPN broadcaster Rebecca Lobo said. “I see firsthand how my own kids consume sports, and streaming is the primary option for them. My oldest daughter had her own WNBA Live Access account last year because she wanted to watch different games than what I was watching via my app.

From Sue at Women’s Hoops World: Roster cuts reflect an increasingly elite WNBA

Watching WNBA teams trim their rosters in preparation for the season deadline each year is never easy. This year, however, it is especially excruciating.

The release of veterans like Erin Phillips, Roneeka Hodges, Allison Hightower, Tiffany Bias, Kayla Pedersen and Jenna O’Hea was shocking. The waiving of many other athletes is downright sorrowful.

Swish Appeal: WNBA rosters: Many surprises, final cuts complete

Hartford Courant: Getting Ready For WNBA Season With Some Major Additions, Subtractions

.com:Inside The W: Ogwumike, Griner Gear Up For 2016 Season

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo at Deadspin offers up some thoughts on: Why Aren’t Women’s Basketball Fans Following Their Players To The Pros?

Flashback: I recall attending a WBCA conference session with some WNBA coaches, and they were pretty blunt about feeling like college programs enjoyed promoting the fact a player has made the league, but were loath to do anything that actually supported the growth of the W. It’s gotten a smidge better….

From Notre Dame: WNBA Season Starts With Irish Influence

From Syracuse: Orange Trio Begin 2017 WNBA Season

From Cal: Bears Set To Begin WNBA Season

Columbus Dispatch:  Ex-Buckeye Hill values playing over paycheck

Tayler Hill always has been aggressive on the basketball court, a free-shooting hard-charger who probably drives a hard line, too, when it comes to contract talks. So maybe it’s best that her WNBA team, the Washington Mystics, doesn’t know her little secret.

“It’s not about the money,” the former Ohio State star said as she prepared to embark this weekend on her fourth full season in the league. “If anybody is playing it just for the money then they really don’t love the sport, because you can be injured any day in any sport and be out for the rest of your life. For us, as women, we actually love the game of basketball and it’s just a plus that we’re getting paid.”

Mechelle: WNBA moms grateful for a lot — but there is more to be done

The WNBA season opens on Mother’s Day weekend, a holiday of even more significance now for Liberty guard Bria Hartley. She’s mom to a 4-month-old son and learning the balancing act that is universal to all mothers who work outside the home. But she is also learning the particulars of being a professional-athlete mom, for whom returning to the job means physically rebuilding yourself.

Speaking of which, from the NY Times: With a New Team and a New Baby, Bria Hartley Has Something to Prove

Beginning with Saturday’s season opener at Madison Square Garden against the San Antonio Stars, Hartley is focused on breaking a variety of perceptions.

“I have something to prove,” said Hartley, who grew up a Liberty fan in North Babylon, N.Y. “I’m going out there. I’m playing with a chip on my shoulder. Years past didn’t necessarily go the way I wanted to and this year I want to go out — and our team wants to come out — and make a statement.”

San Antonio

StarHoops: New era means new possibilities for San Antonio

L.A.

From Cheryl at Hoopfeed: With a solid core of veterans and some exciting additions, Sparks look to repeat as WNBA champions

Seattle

Hartford Courant: Long Road From UConn: Breanna Stewart Finally Able To Catch Her Breath

.com: Well-Rested Breanna Stewart Poised for ‘Bigger And Better Things’ in Year Two

Dallas

UConn Grad Chong Living Her Dream After Securing WNBA Roster Spot

Just two years ago, Chong’s basketball career was stalling and she wondered if UConn was the right place for her.

But she persisted. And after a redemptive senior season, she was drafted by the Dallas Wings and has earned a roster spot.

Lynx

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve glad Whalen’s toughness is being acknowledged (who the heck WOULDN’T call Whalen tough?)

…that is absolutely the epitome of who she is. Mentally, physically, the whole package. So when that player is your point guard? That’s why things have gone so well here through the years. It’s not a coincidence that half of her career she has spent in the WNBA finals.’’

From the Star Tribune: Lynx finalize roster with deepest bench in Cheryl Reeve’s tenure – The Chinese national team captain couldn’t make the Lynx final cut. 

Pioneer Press: ‘Like a fine wine,’ Minnesota Lynx continue to get better with age

Cheryl Reeve sat down at a table surrounded by reporters and made a declaration on Lynx media day.

“The first one that says we’re old is getting put out,” the coach joked.

Upon Review: Shattered Backboard Previews

Predictions for today’s games:  Picks Game 1 – NY 78 SA 59 Game 2 LA 90 SEA 85 Game 3 – CT 72 ATL 61 – Don’t believe the SEA Hype today LA Wins

Excited to see the Liberty play San Antonio today. Not so much happy that Plum and Jefferson are out. BUT, we get to witness VJ’s head coaching debut!

I’m super excited,” Johnson said . “I started in New York, played nine years. Sweated on this court for many years. I didn’t miss a lot of games here. I’m very excited to bring my team to the Garden. Talk the history, even though they’re not the New York Liberty, but the history behind this arena is amazing.”

Speaking of the Pluminator, from Natalie Weiner at Bleacher Report: No. 1 Pick Kelsey Plum Talks Sexism, Launching T-Shirts & Beating Markelle Fultz

Aside from being a bona fide star on the court, Plum represents a generation of women in basketball who are defying stereotypes by ignoring them. She can hang with the guys (during her last year at UW she grew close to probable fellow No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, and her time there meant occasional games of pickup with Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas and former NBA dunk champion Nate Robinson), but she’s an unrepentant advocate for women in sports, supporting the U.S. women’s hockey team in its strike earlier this year and telling the press repeatedly that comparisons to men are nice, but there are plenty of women she admires as much or more.

A little history mixed with a little prognostication? Joe Lacob lost $10 million on the first basketball team he owned — with no regrets: The Warriors’ proprietor, in a 20-year reunion visit with Jennifer Azzi, explains how his San Jose Lasers experience helped shape Golden State’s eventual success

This spring, as the Warriors push toward another NBA Finals, also concludes the 20th anniversary of the Lasers’ first season in 1996-97. So I thought that it might be interesting to bring Lacob and Azzi together to reminisce. They agreed to do so, one night before a Dubs’ game at Oracle Arena.

“It was such a great time,” Azzi said of her Lasers experience.

Sure, but what about the guy who lost $10 million?

“I have nothing but good memories from it,” Lacob said.

h/t to Shireen for this: hijabiballers

SEATTLE TRAVEL ALERT! In August I’ll be in Washington to catch a couple of Storm games (Lynx/Stars – anyone have extra tickets?) and then heading down to Portland for a little Rose City roller derby madness! Hit me up if you want to say hey….

Snip, snip, snip…

(…and no, I’m not talking about that Orange Dude trying to Edward Scissorhands this country’s democracy – but if you care, you should be reading someone who’s been predicting this for a while: @sarahkendzior)

Rosters are getting trimmed, and some oldies and newbies are out.

While we’re killing time for the season to start?

Mechelle: What do reigning champion Los Angeles Sparks do for an encore? and LA Daily News: Sparks mark territory in starting WNBA title defense

ESPN: Lynx beat out defending champion Sparks for top spot in preseason WNBA power rankings

More Mechelle: Coach Mike Thibault cautions that Mystics need time to jell

Washington coach Mike Thibault has been on the other side of this situation before, so it had to be kind of a relief when the tables were turned during this WNBA offseason.

The fab David Woods: Indiana Fever begin new era as WNBA season opens

Balance extends beyond moving the basketball inside-out, spacing the floor and playing both ends.

For a WNBA franchise like the Indiana Fever, balance is a consideration in assembling a roster. The Fever open their 18th season Saturday at Seattle, and the first since 2001 without Tamika Catchings as an active player. Catchings retired but remains with the organization’s front office.

The Fever feature a mix of old and new.

Sir Jeff at Arizona Central: Diana Taurasi on Phoenix Mercury changes: ‘It’s almost like being a rookie again’

Seven months ago when Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner talked about possible changes for the Phoenix Mercury, they had no idea what was coming.

Now, they are the only two players back on a team that reached the WNBA playoff semifinals last season, with 10 new teammates going into the Mercury’s 21st season starting Sunday.

Craig Grialo, Arizona Sports: Diana Taurasi, basketball: A relationship not close to ending in Phoenix

What motivates the 34-year-old Taurasi to continue to pick up a basketball?

“There’s still a part of me that thinks I’m not a good basketball player,” she said. “There’s days where I leave the gym and I’m like, ‘that’s not good enough.’

“The day I lose that feeling of wanting to get better and still be a competitor on the court where things still bother me — I still want to win, I still want to beat the person who’s in front of me — when that feeling is gone, then that’s probably the day I’ll step away from basketball.”

Release Deep breath: Sue Bird returns to Storm practice, says knee feels good

Summitt Hoops: 2017 WNBA Preview: New York Liberty look to change the pace and the story

FanRag Sports: 2017 WNBA players to watch | Chicago Sky frontcourt

FanRag Sports: 2017 WNBA Players to Watch | Moriah Jefferson

Justin Lester at the .com: Top Candidates for Potential First-Time WNBA All-Stars in 2017

Sports Business Journal: WNBA’s leader rises over every hurdle smarter, stronger

Sports Business Daily: WNBA season tips off with increased digital focus, fresh activation

College:

Coale believes transfers to be symptom of a changing game and OU women’s basketball: Transfers of Dungee, Mulkey mirror national trend

From 2009-2016, Oklahoma had only four players transfer from the program.

But in the last week, Coale granted releases to two of her most promising rising sophomores: Chelsea Dungee and Nancy Mulkey.

Neither appeared to write a public explanation on social media, only retweeting announcements of their transfers on Twitter. Both of their Instagram accounts are private.

Also: Lai, 2 others leaving Montana State women’s basketball team

Anonymous Eagle: Ohio State Transfer Tori McCoy Appears To Be Considering Marquette Women’s Basketball

Online Athens: Georgia lands Maryland women’s basketball transfer

Women’s basketball recruit Leigha Brown wants to be part of turnaround at Nebraska

One person who won’t be scoring is Shonni. Won’t come as a surprise to most, but it’ll be sad not to have her on the court. Who’s to say what’s going on (maybe a chat with Delle Donne is in order?). I just hope whatever path she finds herself on gives her joy.

New York
.com: Five Reasons To Watch The Liberty Work This Season

ESPN: Will perimeter changes help Liberty win first WNBA title?

The Liberty’s formula for success has been pretty simple over the past couple of seasons: dominate on defense, rebound well and stack up victories.

That approach helped win a combined 44 games during the past two seasons, the Liberty finishing atop the Eastern Conference in each campaign.

But the end result always was disappointment.

Summitt Hoops: WATCH: Katie Smith talks New York Liberty, WNBA

Dallas

Summitt Hoops: 2017 WNBA Preview: A year for learning and growth for Dallas Wings

Skylar Diggins-Smith feels she’s in the best shape of her career, and that bodes well for the Dallas Wings

.com: Five Reasons To Watch The Lynx Work This Season

Chicago
.com: Five Reasons To Watch The Sky Work This Season

Seattle
Summitt Hoops: 2017 WNBA Preview: The Seattle Storm have their core, now what?

Yamika Herald Republic: Does this Storm team have the depth to be a WNBA title contender?

Q13 Fox: Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart talks upcoming Opening Night, WNBA season on “Q It Up Sports”

In fact, Plum’s game was compared to Harden’s at various points during the college season, which brings up the sticky issue of comparing women to men on the basketball court.

“At first, it was so cool because people had noticed me, and James Harden noticed me, and it’s great, and for that I was very appreciative,” Plum said. “But it continued to go further, and I think people struggled to find a woman to compare me with, so they went to men as the default. And that’s fine, but I also want to be compared with Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird and players like that.

College

Gimme that rattle! Philly.com Jensen: In women’s basketball, a star player is almost never too young to be recruited

If Maddie Burke and Kylee Watson had really investigated the people they weren’t looking at, they would have found the biggest crowd of college coaches at their game. Four games going on that side of the gym, four more across the hall, but standing room only at 9:30 on a Friday morning past the baseline of Court 4 inside the Boo Williams SportsPlex.

 “Ten times more coaches were here than last year,” Burke said after the game.

 

Sports isn’t political? Oiy: Jane Meyer wins $1.43M in case against Iowa

A Polk County jury handed Jane Meyer a sweeping victory Thursday in her discrimination lawsuit against the University of Iowa, awarding her $1.43 million in damages.

The jury of five women and three men ruled in Meyer’s favor on all five of her claims — gender and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation and whisteblower violations, and unequal pay.

Follow up: Christine Grant was University of Iowa’s women’s athletic director from 1973-2000. A trailblazer for women’s rights in collegiate athletics, Grant guided the Hawkeyes through Title IX’s infancy stages after fighting for its implementation in 1972. The following is a question-and-answer session the Des Moines Register had with Grant Friday afternoon, the day after an eight-person jury found in favor of former associate athletic director Jane Meyer in her lawsuit against the University of Iowa. Meyer was awarded $1.4 million.
DMR: Do you think this verdict will encourage women in similar positions to avoid settlement and go to trial in the future?

Grant: “From my observations over the last 40 years, women in athletics, particularly, are very, very hesitant to speak up when they think things are not the way they ought to be because they pay such a high price for speaking up. I can’t tell you the number of women I personally know who have been released from athletic departments simply because they tried to get the athletic departments to do the right thing.

“It’s a very dangerous thing for a woman to do, because if she brings up a problem, then she’s gone. It’s been heartbreaking to watch this over the decades. And as you know, the women in administration and coaching have been steadily disappearing from the scene in intercollegiate athletics since Title IX was passed. You need only look at the data, and it’s so sad. We are releasing very talented women from an area that they are highly qualified for.

For almost four years, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has been sidelined from doing what she loves most: playing basketball. A 5’5″ point guard powerhouse from Springfield, Massachusetts, she holds the scoring record for high school players—male or female—in the state and went on to a successful college career at Indiana State and the University of Memphis. After graduating, she wanted to turn pro and play in Europe, but Abdul-Qaadir was unable to pursue this dream—not because of anything to do with her talent but because of her religious practice.

On the first high school girls basketball team she coached, Donna Richey wrote the players’ numbers on the back of plain T-shirts. With no busing budgeted, she and other teachers would pile the kids in their cars to take them to games. Most parents either could not or refused to pay the $8 for the school’s insurance, so Richey covered it out of her own pocket.

Richey made history at Aliquippa, establishing a basketball program that would go on to win two state championships under her leadership. She started that team without the support of the school or even a league in which to play.

“There are coaches who come out and think it all just happened this way. That’s certainly not the case,” Richey said. “For females, someone needed to pave the way.”

AAAAAAAAND, we’re back!

And so am I – just had some parental visits bookending a couple of full weeks – plus a drop in from a mid-west guest. Wheeee! Of course, the weather has finally turned for the better, so birding may cut into my time until the W season really gets going…and then there’s July SCUBA. Ah, life…

Did manage to catch some of the foolishness around the Plum-inator. I guess there’s something to be said for “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” but I gotta believe that your agent throwing shade at your future coach is not a good work plan. That being said, folks will make their own judgments on players – some based on observations, some based on interactions. They’re entitled to them. I’m just amazed how much energy folks can spend on disdain/dissing. Seems exhausting. But that’s just me.

Moving on the the court or, in a couple of cases, NOT on the court.

We knew this, but it’s a reminder from Summitt Hoops: 2017 WNBA Preview: How big can Atlanta Dream without Angel McCoughtry?

Oh, dear: New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer: Shoni Schimmel is taking time off

Also: Dallas Wings guard Aerial Powers does not expect to be ready for season opener

.com: Kelsey Plum Leads San Antonio to Victory With 19 Points in Preseason Debut. And yes, No. 1 pick Kelsey Plum could help out some NFL teams with her rocket arm. Liked the media buzz around this, but do folks not understand that women basketball players are, you know, athletes, and that other players could do the same thing?

Dallas: .com: Five Reasons To Watch The Wings Work This Season

Dallas News: Thoughts from Dallas Wings’ preseason opener: Mixed bag for rookies, defense struggles in loss

More Dallas News: Wings’ large rookie class trying to make impact on Dallas as it adjusts to WNBA

And MORE Dallas News: Dallas Wings rookie Kaela Davis talks ‘juggling act’ of transition to WNBA, finishing South Carolina Degree

Yes! MORE Dallas News: Wings rookie Evelyn Akhator on how she spent draft night, transition to WNBA, keeping in …

In case you want more on the Wings: PODCAST: Dallas Wings GM/president Greg Bibb talks WNBA Draft, Skylar Diggins and more

From The Bend Bulletin: Hamblin’s journey from Corvallis to Dallas to Australia … to Tokyo?

Excelle: Don’t call her a “female athlete”: How Skylar Diggins really sees herself on and off the court

Indiana

Indy Star: Fever notebook: Coaching job (at Arizona State) doesn’t mean Briann January done as player. Also: Veteran guard Briann January ready to step up as Fever’s leader

Seattle: .com: Five Reasons To Watch The Storm Work This Season (which is why I’m hoping for a west coast trip this summer…)

Interesting: How Seattle Storm’s Ramu Tokashiki turned women’s basketball into one of Japan’s most popular sports

FanRag: 2017 WNBA players to watch | Jewell Loyd

Connecticut: .com: Five Reasons To Watch The Sun Work This Season

The Day: Hamson standing out in a crowd for the Sun

The Day: Sun outlook is brighter … even without their best player

WNPR: WNBA’s Connecticut Sun Hoping For 2017 Playoff Return

Norwich Bulletin: With ‘Core Four’ in place, Miller says to ‘trust the process’

Washington: .com: Five Reasons To Watch The Mystics Work This Season

Washington Post: After 10 seasons in the WNBA, Ivory Latta remains Washington Mystics’ bundle of energy

Summitt Hoops: 2017 WNBA Preview: Elena Delle Donne brings Washington Mystics one step closer to contention

 

Minnesota

Twin Cities-Pioneer Press: For veteran Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen, less is more

CBS Minnesota: Shao Ting, China’s Top Player, Is Training With The Lynx

Also: Cheryl Reeve: WNBA’s Popularity Is About ‘Society Changing Views About Women’

Chicago

ESPN: Texas two-step: How WNBA’s Imani Boyette and her NFL draft-prospect husband power through

Atlanta

More FanRag: 2017 WNBA players to watch | Tiffany Hayes

Phoenix: .com: Five Reasons To Watch The Mercury Work This Season

Balancing act: Mercury Coach Brondello Named Australia WNT Head Coach

Other Stuff

It’s a numbers game: WNBA Record Watch: All-Time Records That Will Be Challenged This Season

Summitt Hoops: The Money Line: Odds, Prediction for WNBA Rookie of the Year

Hard pass? Liz Cambage open to WNBA return, plans to visit Erin Phillips and Dallas Wings


College:

The State: As a senior, A’ja Wilson wants to go back-to-back with young teammates

Also: Letters: Dawn Staley should be paid like Frank Martin

Devils in the Details: ASU Basketball: A Look at Next Season’s Women’s Frontcourt

Lincoln Journal Star: Eichorst has high expectations for Nebraska women’s basketball program

Hookem.com: Texas hires sports performance coach for women’s basketball team

ESPN: With a motor and a mentor, elite basketball recruit Cate Reese moves forward with diabetes

Reese has been a starter since her freshman year, when she helped lead Cypress Woods to its only state title. She averaged 22.3 points and 13.2 rebounds this past season, making first-team all-state.

Not even the life-altering news she got a year ago has been able to stop her.

On April 4, 2016, Reese was told she had Type 1 diabetes, a diagnosis that stunned her even though her older sister, Ali, has dealt with the same disease for the past eight years. Cate had hoped to avoid that fate.

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette: Sunday Conversation: New Head Coach Nancy Fahey

The Setonian: Bozzella ‘excited’ for women’s basketball class

Bozeman Daily Chronicle:As MSU’s Binford hopeful upward trend can continue, the Bobcats women extend recruiting net

To bolster her program, Tricia Binford has looked east.

The Big East and Minnesota, to be specific. The Montana State women’s head coach announced last week the addition of two Seton Hall transfer forwards, signaling an apparent victory for a mid-major looking to attract greater talent.

Junior Claire Lundberg and sophomore Martha Kuderer did not just stumble upon the Bobcats, though. Both are products of the AAU club Minnesota Fury, which bills itself as a marquee program in the Midwest.

Bye: IUWBB: Laken Wairau leaves women’s basketball program, intends to stay at IU as a student

In case you missed it: Two more Louisville women’s basketball players to transfer

Leaving: Sole, Hernandez Pepe Complete Their Transfers From UMaine Women’s Basketball Team

Landing: William & Mary women’s Basketball Adds Georgetown Transfer Harper Birdsong

Don’t be an idiot: K-State women’s basketball player Eternati Willock arrested in Manhattan

Congrats:  Baranczyk Tabbed as 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials Court Coach. Also: Adair Named Court Coach for USA Basketball Women’s U19 World. They’ll work with the 35 Athletes who Accepted Invitations To USA U16 National Team Trials.

I also know one very happy USA Basketball person: USA Basketball Announces Plan To Keep Headquarters In Colorado Springs

Welcome: Kevin Baker to become Miners’ next women’s basketball coach and ESPN El Paso thinks: Kevin Baker is an Exceptional Hire for UTEP Women’s Basketball

Welcome, too: Belmont hires DePaul assistant Bart Brooks as women’s basketball coach

Thank you! University of Delaware women’s basketball Tina Martin coach retires

Thank you! Nancy Funk, women’s basketball coach at Johns Hopkins for 31 years, to retire

As the Eagles welcome new head coach Lynette Woodard, The Herald asks What happened to Winthrop women’s basketball and former coach Kevin Cook? I still wonder at his exit from Gallaudet.

Speaking of stories, oh, to be a fly on the wall: Mark Trakh back as USC women’s basketball coach and Back on Trakh: Mark Trakh returns as USC women’s basketball head coach

Yes, it sure seems like Transfers Rampant in Women’s Basketball, but I refer you (again) to coach Yo’s periscope. Also, though it’s about the men’s side, you might want to check out this piece:

High School

Cool! Glory days: Krissi Davis, 1987 Noblesville High School girls basketball team earn ultimate honor

Missouri: Mercer girls basketball coach Owens no stranger to success (Note to news sites – put your full physical address on your website, please!)

Mercer girls basketball coach Dan Owens is no stranger to success.

But with a 243-20 record over his eight-year coaching career and a district championship every season he’s coached, there was only one painfully absent stamp on his resumé that he needed: a Class 1 State Championship.

With a 30-1 record and a 43-34 victory over Walnut Grove, the 2016-2017 Cardinals squad finally brought him one.

Thank you! Successful Kenton Ridge girls coach calls it a career

In the 33 years that Ed Foulk has coached girls basketball at Kenton Ridge, the program has been one of the most consistently successful in the state. The Cougars set dozens of state and national records and advanced to the district finals 20 times.

But if the success will continue, it will be under new leadership. Foulk told the team Monday night that he is retiring, and assistant coaches Stephanie Bennett and Laaci Farris Miller are also stepping down.

Foulk began his coaching career in 1973 and has been at the helm of the Cougars’ girls basketball team since 1984, six years after the school opened. He amassed a career record of 619-176 at Kenton Ridge and is in the top 10 in all-time wins in Ohio.

If you don’t rehearse your production, make sure you’ve collaborated with all the stakeholders, and actually, you know, PLAN it in ADVANCE, it’s likely your big event will be a hot mess.

But the W don’t care what we think, so let’s move on to the draft, shall we?

No surprise who went number one, but everyone’s mock draft was quickly busted. Here’s some Friday morning quarterbacking (Which will be reviewed when the opening day rosters come out, right?)

ESPN Mechelle: Five observations from the 2017 WNBA draft

It was sort of odd that with the WNBA draft taking place at Samsung 837 in Manhattan, just a little over a mile from Madison Square Garden, the Liberty were not a draft story.

New York didn’t have a first-round pick, and neither did Indiana, Phoenix or Seattle. Instead, three teams — San Antonio, Chicago and Dallas — had seven of the 12 picks and set the tone for the draft. There were rumors right up until the draft started that there would be a trade or two, but as of the evening’s end, none had happened.

After missing NCAA title run, Alaina Coates hears named called early in WNBA draft

AP Doug: Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft

Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over.

Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first time in franchise history.

“I’ve been dreaming about it for so long,” Plum said. “I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity and will make the most of it.”

USA Today Nina Mandell: Kelsey Plum broke the NCAA record for points in a season. On Thursday, she was the top WNBA draft pick.

“That kid just works hard,” said former South Carolina player Kaela Davis. “She keeps you guessing. As a defender you can never expect one thing. You never know what’s coming next and I think that stuff’s always hard to guard.”

But the pick put her on a team that selected another scoring guard, Moriah Jefferson, in the 2016 draft, leaving questions about what her role would be or if she would be traded. Jefferson was the 2016 Rookie of the Year runner-up.

.com: San Antonio Stars’ Kelsey Plum Has Proven She Can Take Her Team to New Heights

The Seattle Times:Going No. 1 in WNBA draft caps unprecedented run for Washington’s Kelsey Plum

Daily UW: Plum and Osahor get drafted into WNBA

NY Times: Kelsey Plum Is a Lot Like James Harden. But Is It a Left-Handed Compliment?

.com: WNBA Draft 2017 – Player Quotes

Bleacher Report: 2017 WNBA Draft Results: Complete Round-by-Round Selections and Twitter Reaction

The State: The WNBA Draft through Dawn Staley’s eyes

Excelle: Relive the 2017 WNBA draft with a breakdown of all 36 picks

Summitt Hoops: Howard and Imani break the draft down.

My San Antonio: Stars get a Plum … and more

Chicago Tribune: Sky pick South Carolina center Alaina Coates 2nd in WNBA draft

The State: Gamecocks post record haul in WNBA Draft

Corvallis Gazette Times: OSU women’s basketball: Wiese drafted by Los Angeles Sparks

Minnesota: Lynx Select Alexis Jones

Oooooo movement! JUST ANNOUNCED: acquire draft rights to forward Chantel Osahor, sending Keisha Hampton to Chicago.

Seattle: Seattle Storm adds a shooter and some size with two WNBA draft selections

LA: 2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks Select Sydney Wiese 11th Overall in 2017 WNBA Draft

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Sandersville’s Allisha Gray embodies women’s basketball

Fort Worth Star:Dallas Wings draft South Carolina teammates in first round

UTA The Shorthorn :Dallas Wings adds 3 first-round picks for draft day

Live: Former Freeland, MSU star Tori Jankoska taken ninth in WNBA draft

WOAI: Exclusive: One-on-one with San Antonio Stars 2017 WNBA draft pick Nia Coffey

Daily Northwestern: Women’s Basketball: Coffey taken fifth overall in WNBA Draft

North by Northwestern: Nia Coffey selected fifth overall in WNBA draft

Star Tribune: WNBA draft pick Nia Coffey makes brother and Gopher Amir Coffey proud

Syracuse.com: Ex-Syracuse star Brittney Sykes makes school history as Atlanta’s top pick in WNBA draft

Syracuse.com: Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper on Brittney Sykes: ‘She reminds me of me’

Dayton Daily News: Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft

K State Sports: Surrounded by Teammates and Coaches, Lewis Relishes WNBA Draft Moment

SF Gate: Stanford’s McCall picked by Indiana in 2nd round of WNBA draft

Journal News: Saniya Chong selected 26th overall by Dallas

Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols’ Reynolds, Nunn picked in WNBA draft

NDU: ND’s Allen selected in 2nd round of WNBA Draft by New York Liberty

Journal News: Shamoya McKenzie: Liberty honor slain teen at WNBA Draft

News & Observer: WNBA president and Duke graduate discusses bright future of league

USA Today For the Win: New commercial perfectly answers all questions about why you should watch women play hoops

Coaching news:

Washington, being smart and staying “local”, picks Jody Wynn as head coach.

USC strikes out as Smesko decides not to fly the coop.

Enjoy! Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker retiring | USA …

Other stuff:

Long term planning:Maryland women’s basketball set for series with national champion South Carolina

History:

Deadspin: The Stars Of Women’s Basketball’s First Dynasty Just Want To Be Remembered

The Flying Queens were women’s basketball’s first true dynasty, a perennial powerhouse based in Plainview, Tex., that won 131 games in a row from 1954 to 1958. They were also an anachronism, a group of women living in the heart of conservative Texas that enjoyed a level of freedom and comfort that not even their male counterparts could claim. They sported custom uniforms and matching travel outfits, ate at the finest restaurants, and traveled to games by plane.

The team was started in the late 1940s by Wayland president Dr. James “Bill” Marshall, who set out to attract students to the school through innovative marketing means—including women’s basketball.

You stay put: Carolyn Kieger’s contract extended through 2022-23 (Anyone else a little freaked out by the concept of 2023?).

Both of you – you both stay put! Frank Martin, Dawn Staley to receive new contracts

You get a new job: Nicole Powell named GCU Women’s Basketball coach. Longtime readers will recall Grand Canyon as a for-profit institution that tried to become a non-profit institution.

 

Letters to the Editor at Cincinnati.com: Letters: Invest more in women’s basketball, see what happens

David Cloninger at The State: Coates ready to bring Columbia to the WNBA

“You know, I think Dallas would love to get Alaina Coates,” analyst Rebecca Lobo said last week on a pre-draft conference call. “She would be an ideal fit for them, in terms of kind of having a rim-protector inside, an offensive player who can provide a lot.”

Cool:  Columbia mayor names part of street after South Carolina coach Dawn Staley (Though, I’d never want that. Wouldn’t want folks to mutter, “Geez, the traffic on Wheelock is awful!)

Twitter says a player is transferring from Colorado. Why does twitter know before the program releases the information?

ND Insider: Lesar: What are Muffet McGraw’s options after Notre Dame’s departures?

Outsports: Openly gay player wins top award in women’s junior college basketball

Insider NU: Probable first-rounder Nia Coffey prepares for the WNBA Draft

Mechelle: Is Northwestern’s Nia Coffey the answer for Chicago’s No. 2 draft pick?

.com: Inside the Numbers: WNBA’s No. 1 Pick Has Made Instant Impact

Syracuse.com:Syracuse players make in the WNBA, and what will they do with their money?

MLive: Former Freeland, MSU star Tori Jankoska anxious to make WNBA history

Waco-Tribune: Where Lady Bears are projected to go in WNBA mock drafts

From Mechelle: After Kelsey Plum at No. 1, the rest of the WNBA draft is tough to predict. Just as well that fans can’t attend and ESPN is wandering off after the first round…

You left? WNBA’s Dallas Wings CEO Mary O’Connor Resigns.

You COO:Cool jobs in sports: Jay Parry, WNBA COO

Parry has been the league’s COO since last spring, and she is no stranger to the basketball court. She spent seven seasons as Phoenix Mercury president, won titles in 2007 and 2009, then joined the Phoenix Suns as a senior vice president for two years before working as CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX host committee.

Although Parry spent the bulk of her past trying to grow women’s basketball at the local level with the Mercury, her mission is to expand the sport’s national profile from league headquarters in New York City. She works with all 12 team presidents and her staff to create strategies to further develop and better the WNBA as it heads into its 21st season.

Oooooo, Jay – we should talk. (And I’m cautiously optimistic, because the Merc have been one of the best teams at engaging their with their fan base.)

Excelle: Why do great female athletes always get compared to men? Our take on why these compliments are actually insidious. I got involved in this discussion in the twitter-sphere, if you have any interest.

Also from Excelle: How Cheryl Reeve transformed the Lynx with one smart draft pick and a distinctive formula (though I would have said picking Maya was a no-brainer.)

 

A cool WATN?  Candace Futrell named Howard County Police Department Officer of the Year.

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Ok, so what’s happening….. TRANSFERS!!!!!

Before I lay out the list of new exits, take a some time to listen to coach Yo(let McCuin) of Jacksonville University on Periscope. Faithful readers of the blog will recognize the Dolphins as a program that’s been making some positive moves up the conference ladder. While I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Coach Yo, we’ve had some twitter exchanges that made me think she would be a great basketball person to hang with and talk about the game. Her Periscope session proved me right. Really. If you’re a college coach, high school/AAU coach, high school player interested in being recruited or the parent of that player, WATCH THIS. If you’re honest – as coach Yo is – and listen with open ears, you might hear something that could help a young person make the right decision.

BTW: If you’re interested, you might want to take a peek at articles I wrote for the WBCA’s Coaching Women’s Basketball & Women’s Basketball magazine a while back. They support some of the things coach Yo discusses. (And I realize some of the old pieces are missing…and typos… hmmm. Summer project!)

Now… TRANSFERS!!!

Notre Dame loses two: Erin Boley, Ali Patberg

Florida State: A’Tyanna Gaulden

ODU: Brown, Jones to transfer

Diamondback: After Destiny Slocum’s departure, Maryland women’s basketball faces a tough rebuild

Kentucky.com: Is Kentucky rebuilding? ‘I’m not looking at it that way at all,’ Mitchell says

Won’t transfer? Coach Adia Barnes remains committed to Cats despite opening at Washington

Might fly the aerie? FGCU coach Karl Smesko could be USC’s frontrunner

Bloomington Pantagraph: ISU’s Gillespie born to be a coach

Columbia Missourian: Missouri basketball’s rise started with Robin Pingeton

Michigan Daily: Season in Review: Women’s Basketball

Cincinnati.com: Oscar Robertson to UC: Find a better solution for women’s basketball team

The Undefeated: Dawn Staley has always had a special relationship with Philadelphia

“Philly has a way of rubbing itself on people and it sticks. When I was [the head coach] at Temple [University] and I used to recruit players, they initially turned their nose up at Philly. And then they found themselves in Philly 10 years after graduating from Temple. It’s amazing. The city has a certain pulse about it. It’s real. It’s authentic. It’s genuine. I’m not saying that it’s always positive, but you know what you’re getting, and that’s appealing. We don’t have layers to us. We are who we are.”

The State: The first woman to be an NBA head coach? Why not Staley?

Newsday: Exciting NCAA women’s basketball tournament bolsters interest in women’s sports

You’re out! Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly removed from former player’s lawsuit filed in 2016

WNBA DRAFT!!!

Mechelle: Vickie Johnson and Ruth Riley are on the clock as head coach, GM in San Antonio

Vickie Johnson and Ruth Riley had countless times in their basketball careers when they had the ball in their hands, knowing they needed to make a big play.

But now as the San Antonio Stars’ coach and general manager, respectively, they have a different kind of big play to make. The Stars have the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA draft (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET), and various ways they can use it.

The Stars also have the No. 5 pick, while their fellow Texas team, Dallas, has three selections in the first round, at Nos. 3, 4 and 10.

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Central: Sydney Wiese, Chantel Osahor, Sophie Brunner await WNBA draft

Lots of stuff over at Shattered Backboard. Check’em out.

Percy Allen at the Seattle Times: Washington’s Kelsey Plum will likely be top pick in WNBA Draft

Eric Nemchock at FanRagSports offers his detailed 2017 WNBA Mock Draft

Howard at Fansided/Sumitt Hoops: Projecting the 2017 WNBA Draft: It Starts with Kelsey Plum

At the .com, Bearded Ben York has: Young, Exciting Sun Ready for Draft, Training Camp

Curt Miller had a detailed, inspiring vision for the Sun when he was named head coach in December of 2015.

“Build the program into a championship team,” Miller reflected with confidence and a smile. “It sounds cliché, but that’s been our goal from day No. 1. We also want to build sustainable success. When I took over, the longest-tenured player on our team was heading into her fourth season. We want our core to mature and grow together in the prime of their careers.”

That’s exactly what the franchise is doing, and it has Sun fans buzzing.

New Haven Register: UConn’s Saniya Chong likely to be selected in WNBA Draft

KTSP.com: Former Hopkins Star Nia Coffey Looks Ahead to Thursday’s WNBA Draft (and if anyone can figure out how to YouTube the fabulous Coffey game promo Northwestern put together, holler, ‘kay?)

GW Hatchet: Schaible, Washington eye professional basketball careers

Owee: Alaina Coates Had Ankle Surgery, Will Miss At Least Part of WNBA Season

.com: WNBA Draft 2017: Prospect Profiles

Of those who jumped: Imani Boyette: Jewell Loyd, Amanda Zahui B Reflect on Leaving Early for the WNBA

Recently, two redshirt juniors, Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis, declared for the WNBA draft. Of course, like anyone who chooses to step off the beaten path, there have been mixed reviews of this decision.

My initial opinion of leaving school early for the WNBA? I thought it was a bad decision if they hadn’t already graduated, although it is important to acknowledge how our own realities sway our opinions.  I discourage everyone younger than me from rushing to grow up and I also take pride in my Accounting degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Fun: What could we do with victory but what she has done? — an ode to Maya Moore

Writing from one of my favorite Twitter follows: Moving The Chains: Shireen Ahmed On Sports, Politics And Activism

Speaking of which: White, Peck speak at Equal Pay, Equal Play session

Oh, Canada! Pro basketball player Nirra Fields trains, inspires girls during weekend clinic

History!  Grateful to be heading to the Warriors game tonight to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ABL with Joe Lacob!

Thank you: Avella’s Matalik to step down as girls basketball coach, be honored at banquet

“This is my fourth year fighting cancer,” Matalik explained. “I need to focus on my health. I will miss it.”

And Matalik’s everyday presence will be missed by the Avella athletes.

He coached the Eagles for 18 years. He continues to assist Fogg with the Avella baseball team and previously coached baseball for 25 years at Burgettstown. He was an assistant there for seven years. In all, Matalik has coached high school baseball for 51 years.