Ask the Sparks, who have all their losses on the road. The Storm sure are full of potential when they play…to their potential.

Shall we call it a case of “Minny Hangover“? That’s twice after “big” games that the Lynx have gotten beat the game-after.  (Granted, EED didn’t play in the Mystics/Minnesota game, but there was a ton of hype). Needless to say, it was a welcome relief to a Chicago team that’s been struggling. (No surprise, Sky owner battling odds trying to develop successful WNBA model.

However you poke at those two games, though, LA and Minnesota are still the class of the league. The Sun, though… how much fun is THAT story? Number 1 in the East? Who’da thunk it?

As the mid-seasons break looms: Sylvia Fowles Leads the WNBA’s MVP Race Over Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Brittney Griner

From Michelle: Inside The W: Chelsea Gray, Jasmine Thomas Emerge

It is fair to assume that neither Chelsea Gray nor Jasmine Thomas view their “breakout” seasons in the WNBA quite the same way that most of the rest of the WNBA does.

“It doesn’t really feel that way to me,” said Thomas, the Connecticut Sun guard. “I guess if you are looking at the numbers, it looks that way on paper.”

Gray knows it’s all about role.

“I just wanted to be someone my teammates can look to and know they can count on,” Gray said. “And that’s what I’ve been focusing on becoming.”

From The State: Tiffany Mitchell enjoying solid WNBA career

The singers were taking a test run through the national anthem; the security guards were in their final briefing before doors opened.

Tiffany Mitchell already had been on the floor shooting for half an hour.

“I’m a little bit more confident with respect that in my first year, you don’t really know what to expect in how you’re doing out there,” the second-year pro mused Friday before her Indiana Fever tipped off against Atlanta.



Olean Times: Bonnies’ Fleming reflects upon the women’s season

Barnes & Co. are doing a great job of generating media coverage: For Adia Barnes, Wildcats, summer trip 20 years ago set stage for the best year ever

With the same state: ASU Women’s Basketball: Where do Sun Devils rank in Pac-12?

Brisotl Press: Dangerfield sharing experience with UConn women’s basketball, Team USA squads

I’m intrigued, as we never really heard what happened in Loyola: Texas Tech hires former Loyola coach, WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes

I’m equally intrigued, as Texas fans have a, shall we say, “checkered” history when it comes to supporting gay athletes and coaches:  Balcomb Named Lady Raiders Associate Head Coach

Ouch: Siena’s Margot Hetzke Ends Basketball Career due to multiple concussions

Which brings us to this piece (and a question as to why MoJeff played after she walked her head – WNBA Injury: Concussion will sideline Stars’ Jefferson) Exploring the increased rate of concussions in female athletes

When it comes to looking deeper into the experience of concussions among female athletes specifically, researchers for the most part have been uninterested, unwilling or unfunded.

Tuscaloosa News: University of Alabama hosts wheelchair basketball camp

Adam Lancia sees the University of Alabama’s wheelchair basketball camp as an opportunity to show kids the depth of UA’s commitment to adapted athletics.

“Nobody in the U.S. college system has a stand-alone adapted athletics recreational training facility,” said Lancia of the $10 million addition to the Student Recreation Center that will provide an NCAA-regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, rooms for strength conditioning and study halls. Construction on the facility is expected to finish up in the fall.

That’s one!

As the Stars notched their first win of the season, I flashed back on a Martina Navratilova comment. She was being interviewed, and was asked about how she overcame her losses. (Note: Her overall record is 2189-362.) Within her response, she said something like, “You know who I admire? The players who are ranked 100 and below. Because they lose. A lot. And yet, they keep on coming back. I admire that.”

I admire the San Antonio Stars, even though they aren’t answering the Kelsey Plum questions

Someone else I admire? From Lindsay Gibbs at Think Progress: A gender nonconforming WNBA star is pushing the league forward on LGBTQ inclusion

In 2014, the WNBA became the first professional sports league to openly embrace its LGBTQ fans by launching a league-wide LGBTQ Pride campaign during Pride month in June.

This was seen as a big step forward for a league that kept its public relationship with the LGBTQ community at arms length since its launch in 1996, presumably out of fear of losing sponsors or alienating more mainstream, conservative markets.

But Layshia Clarendon, an outspoken LGBTQ activist and point guard for the Atlanta Dream, saw firsthand that not everyone in the league embraced the WNBA’s new, more inclusive direction.

Also: Seattle’s Breanna Stewart strengthens her game, and voice, as a proNorwich Bulletin and Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart embraces role of activist, ESPN.

It wasn’t the first time — nor would it be the last — that Stewart would lend her voice to a cause about which she is passionate. Since coming to the WNBA, she has publicly commented on issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to gender equality to LGBTQ inclusion.

“Stewie has a really good understanding that she can learn from a lot of people,” teammate Sue Bird said. “With that, the combination of paying attention to what’s going on in the world and listening to other people’s stories gives her an awareness that, for her age, is next-level.”

Speaking of the Storm – they win AND Bird breaks a record. Lot’s of that happening these days… ’cause the WNBA has been around long enough that the youngsters have overtaken the veteran founders. Speaking of which, LISTEN UP! 

The G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time): 6/29/17 LaChina Robinson and Chiney Ogwumike welcome 4x WNBA champion Tina Thompson to discuss her former scoring record and more. Plus, WNBA President Lisa Border stops by.

Sure, Minnesota and LA are slapping away all the challengers like King Kong whacking those pesky little planes, but look who tops the East~ Three-pointers are changing the WNBA too, and Washington Mystics lead the way

Look who’s working their way up the East – Jasmine Thomas, Sun stay hot with big victory

Hello! Four to See: Tayler Hill, aka Superwoman, is making an All-Star case

Admit it, you didn’t think you’d be reading this: Life in WNBA teaches Dallas Wings’ Saniya Chong something she just wasn’t going to learn in college

Michelle at the .com: Inside The W: Adopting the Warriors’ Versatility Factor

When the Washington Mystics talk about their transition to “position-less basketball”, they talk about being inspired by the Golden State Warriors. It’s a big part of the reason Elena Delle Donne wanted to be in Washington.

When Connecticut coach Curt Miller talks about the production he’s getting from Alyssa Thomas at the “stretch-4” spot in his lineup, he talks about using Thomas “like the Warriors use Draymond Green.” 

In case you missed this: Here’s Why WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike Decided to Bare it All for ESPN

Ummm… wut? Middletown man’s alleged scam pretending to be a WNBA Player

Whoa! Former WNBA player Chandi Jones meets her older sister for the first time in 35 YEARS in emotional airport reunion after the star’s sibling was adopted at birth


Hartford Courant: UConn Women’s Insider: Now A Senior, Gabby Williams Looks Inward To Elevate Game

“I just want to be a really confident player,” Williams said. “That’s something that I’ve been really struggling with. When you’re a confident player, your opponent sees that you’re confident and sees that look in your eyes and it can be intimidating. I don’t think I really had the edge that I can have. So, I just want to be a little more of an edgy player this year.”

Bristol: Samuelson eager to regroup for coming UConn women’s basketball season

Welcome: Towson introduces Diane Richardson as new women’s basketball coach

Diane Richardson would not have stood where she did Friday, being introduced as Towson’s women’s basketball coach inside SECU Arena, if she did not mind the grind of the profession. She has swept floors, has taken out trash — whatever it took to earn her first head coaching job.

But the onetime Bank of America official does not mind reminiscing about what she left behind decades ago.

“The private jet,” she said wistfully.

So, where’d she go? Houston women’s basketball lands UNC transfer Alyssa Okoene

Send your complaints to… Hatfield Clubb New Chair of NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee

Congrats: Cal women’s basketball associate head coach Charmin Smith to become Women’s Basketball Coaches Association board member

Because her impact is never ending:


NPR: Wheelchair Basketball Is Transforming Lives In Afghanistan : Goats and Soda

Jess, you coach the women’s wheelchair basketball team in Afghanistan, one of the hardest places in the world to be a woman. In a society where physical contact between men and women is limited, how did you teach them to shoot hoops?

Markt: I was very lucky in that whatever combination of being a foreigner, a teacher and in a wheelchair allowed me a pass that I could coach them. I had to be careful that I was doing everything within their cultural boundaries. I couldn’t just grab a girl’s hand and show her how to shoot the ball like I could with a male player or any other player here in the States. I had to describe how to do things but without physical contact. Which was fine, but challenging.


This is rediscovered every decade or so: These 80-Year-Old Women, True Ballers, “Play to Win.”  Flashback to Women’s Basketball Magazine – The Game Goes On: Basketball after College

Johnson would find some like-minded thinkers in the Senior Women’s Basketball Association (SWBA) in California. Founded seven years ago at San Diego’s Mission Valley Y, it organizes a three-on-three league designed for women over the age of 50 (its oldest player is 86). Director Audrey Kallas-Pastore oversees 12 teams with a tradition of competitive success. This year, they brought back five medals from the Senior National Olympics: silver in the 65-plus category and gold in the 50, 60 and 70-plus divisions.

They’ve played at halftime during a Los Angeles Sparks game, been on national television and been the subject of a short film, Shooting Stars. Membership has grown at such a rate that the SWBA is sponsoring an Invitational Tournament in June. With close to 100 participants, says Kallas-Pastore, “there are just not enough tournaments.”

Many new members have never played before, so they participate in a clinic designed to introduce them to the rules and assess their skill levels. As in any league, new talent is carefully scrutinized. “Everybody always keeps an eye out, if they’re looking for a new teammate,” says Kallas-Pastore with a grin.

Finally – if you happen to be in New York City before August 6th, do everything and anything to can to see Indecent.  It is one of the most soul-touching, heart-rending, spirit-lifting pieces of theater you’ll ever see.


They were warned.
They were given an explanation.
Nevertheless, they persisted.

Meet the ‘kick-ass’ Muslim sporting pioneers

We were fortunate to meet an inspiring few who never saw their uniqueness as a barrier to achieving top-level success. Yet the overriding sense was that in order to reach that higher level, the onus was on them to adapt to their environment.

First up was the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation’s new trustee and former rounders international, Dana Abdulkarim.

This is a beautiful poem by basketball player and poet, Asma Elbadawi


Also: Liberty become first New York sports team to have float in city’s pride parade


Also: WNBA Team Causes Storm of Interest with Planned Parenthood Partnership

And: Are Women Equal in America? A Look At Title IX’s Impact 45 Years Later

For those of us born in the years since, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the basic, fundamental fairness of the law wasn’t always a given. “When I was a kid, I couldn’t figure out why we didn’t have any woman lawyers and doctors,” says tennis champion and feminist icon Billie Jean King. “But then I found out later the classroom quotas in those graduate programs only allowed for five percent to be women. Without Title IX, we’d still have those quotas.”

And oh, by the way: New reports find little progress on 45th anniversary of Title IX

According to the report, which was commissioned by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics, the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, and the Gender Equity Task Force, the numbers of female head coaches and athletic directors have actually declined in the last 45 years.

For some, this finding may come as a surprise. Although Title IX was not explicitly designed to increase female participation in athletics, that has been one of its most visible effects. But at the same time, it seems likely that these increases in female participation have also driven more men towards coaching women’s teams.

Forbes: How Title IX Inspires Former WNBA Players To Pay It Forward

In 2001, Catchings and Riley entered the WNBA as first-round draft picks – being selected by the Indiana Fever (3rd overall) and the Miami Sol (5thoverall) respectively. Cash followed in 2002 and was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Shock.

While charting new territory as professional athletes, they quickly discovered that the equitable treatment and benefits afforded to collegiate athletes under Title IX do not extend to professional sports; keeping their fledgling league afloat would mean doing more than excelling on the basketball court.


As a result, Catchings, Cash, and Riley set out to learn the business side of professional basketball by becoming strong advocates within the players’ union – because that is where change could happen.

Flashback: Title IX: Sharing the Wealth – May 2007

Scanning the 35 years that separate the passage of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Don Imus’ insulting remarks about the Rutgers basketball team, you can hear echoes of women’s basketball’s history. For instance, in a recent profile for the Women’s Sports Foundation, Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer admitted she never envisioned being a coach. “I wanted to play,” said Stringer. “I would have played the rest of my life.” But, continued the piece, in the mid-’60s, organized basketball for girls in her hometown of Edenborn, Pa., did not exist. Instead, girls were expected to be cheerleaders. “You were a second-class citizen,” recalled Stringer. “Not that you weren’t able to [play basketball]. You weren’t allowed to. I remember this one grandmother telling her daughter that girls would have knots in their legs if they played. That’s a shame, because it made you ashamed to play.”

Imagine that. Ashamed because you wanted play.

Also: Kyrie Irving after WNBA game: ‘I cannot wait for my daughter to grow up and idolize’ them

Take that, “Stick to Sports” people.

Speaking of persisting, as Sue notes, “Slowly, all of these persistent players are being profiled.” From the NY Times: For WNBA’s Oldest Rookie, a Lot of Persistence Goes a Long Way

Stockton Record: Chelsea Gray: St. Mary’s grad healthy, busting out

Really, I should get teams/players to play me to express concerns about them: Inside the W with Michelle Smith: Sun On the Rise

From The Day: Sun remain a constant in an arena that continues to thrive

This is exciting – and must be a huge relief for Diggs to finally bust out: Skylar Diggins-Smith hits franchise record 7 3-pointers to lift Dallas over San Antonio

Watch out: Maya Moore is rediscovering her scoring touch.

From Sue: What retirement? Alana Beard burning up the court in her 12th season

Truth: WNBA legend Sue Bird: Athletes who don’t embrace sports tech are idiots.  (BTW: VERT Adds First Women’s Basketball Program Mississippi State)

I wonder what she thinks about a league that can’t effectively manage its social media? Though, there are some hits: From sleek graphics to hilarious video, WNBA All-Star voting brings out the best in promotions. And, in case you were wondering: Imani Boyette ranks WNBA team social media accounts.

But don’t forget: UConn’s Chris Dailey On Social Media: ‘You Have One Reputation’

Have you listened to-supported “Burn It All Down.”?

Listen up! Basketball legend Tamika Catchings

Howard Megdal is joined by Tamika Catchings, whose number will be retired by the Indiana Fever on June 24. The two take a stroll down memory lane, through Tamika’s favorite moments from a truly incomparable career.

About the fabulous Catch:

More Listen Up! LaChina Robinson is joined by WNBA’s Devereaux Peters

to discuss Diana Taurasi’s historic moment, if Taurasi is the GOAT (greatest of all time) and Tamika Catchings’ jersey retirement.

Which, of course, means ESPN asks: Rank ‘Em: The best women’s basketball players of all time

I don’t have a problem with this: Now the WNBA’s scoring leader, is Taurasi women’s basketball’s best ever? Why? Because Being the best teammate possible is more important to Diana Taurasi than WNBA scoring mark

There’s no question mark here: Brewster: Chino’s Diana Taurasi is the best women’s basketball player ever in US (and I appreciate the qualifier) Also, she’s inexorably linked with another great: Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, WNBA Stars, Keep Longtime Friendship

Soooooo…Who’s got next? Who will challenge Diana Taurasi’s scoring record?

For folks who don’t remember the history of players in the W: I lived in fear.’ Former WNBA star Ruthie Bolton says she escaped a violent marriage

‘Tonight may be the night he kills me,Ruthie Bolton remembers thinking as her husband called to her from their living room.

“Get in here,” he said. “I’m not going to ask you again.”

From the kitchen, she could see him sitting with a gun in one hand and a beer in the other.

Speaking of history: Pop Quiz: How well does Rebecca Lobo remember the first WNBA game?  You weren’t there? Check out how the game has/hasn’t changed: WATCH: Highlights from the first-ever WNBA game, 20 years ago today


*Musical lede* “Where ya going? Barcelona. Oh.” (No, I haven’t purchased flights yet… but I will!) FIBA: Europe’s five FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup qualified teams confirmed

Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia and Turkey became the first countries to qualify for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, joining tournament hosts Spain and Olympic champions USA.

Fan Rag: How EuroBasket Women is currently affecting the WNBA BTW: Overseas Report: Meesseman, Lyttle Dominating EuroBasket


Yup, that timing was sure a surpriseDiamond DeShields not returning to Lady Vols Who knows what her future holds. It’s hard to predict, considering her talent and track record…

Illinois State: Reinhardt: Gillespie’s early efforts foster optimism

Gillespie had 10 players back from last season’s Illinois State women’s basketball team. The rub was that team won only eight of 31 games before the former Lewis University coach was hired to revive the downtrodden Redbirds.

“We were not going to just add bodies,” said Gillespie. “We were going to make sure if we signed anyone late, they would live up to our character standards and be impact players. We were not looking for someone to develop.”

Schedule: MTSU, Vanderbilt women to meet in opener thanks to coaching change

More schedule: UConn women’s basketball returning to MLK Day, will play Texas

Quack? Shouldn’t it be meow? Women’s basketball freshmen are ‘little ducklings’ as they adjust to life as Arizona Wildcats

And: Arizona women’s basketball recruiting: 5-star forward Valeria Trucco commits to Wildcats

Also: Arizona women’s basketball: Wildcats add Washington transfer Aarion McDonald

Rebuilding is tough: Women’s basketball: Nebraska lands top 100 post for 2017 recruiting cycle

Change is tough: University of Delaware women’s basketball loses highly regarded recruit

Reflection entering KBA’s sixth year: Michigan moments 60-56: NCAA championship run, women’s basketball’s first All-American


Last call!!!


Women’s basketball peeps have been amazingly supportive, so I’m sending out one last call for donations.

As I mentioned lower down in the blog roll, I’m doing some “DELEGATION” this year, and teaming up with my fabulous program manager Kady to raise money in support for the CAT Youth Theatre!

CYT is an essential program – offering the amazing young people of New York City a space to use and explore their voice… at NO COST TO THEM. Please support them if you can – and Kady will do pushups or planks as a “thank you!” (see what I mean about “delegation”?).

You can help keep the CAT Youth Theater FREE by donating.

Thank you!

Helen, stage manager, sound, props, back stage support and anything else that was needed…

“Keep. Your. Temper.”

Wise words from the caterpillar to Alice, and I’m betting that Jenny B is wishing she’d remembered them last night. Not going to say her late game tech cost Seattle the game, but is sure made it harder for them to capture it down the stretch. And dang, who gave Indiana that lovely bench? 83-80, Fever.

What’s that new McCartney album, “Wings over L.A.?” Perhaps all the “Liz Cambage wooing” stories lit a fire under the butts of the current players. They flipped around their  traditional fourth quarter swoon, and suddenly, a Dallas win! 96-90.

An EDD injury and Meeseeman absence made the Minnesota-D.C. match less intriguing. The Lynx players made sure it stayed that way, as Whalen became the winningest WNBAer.


Washington Post; Would Washington embrace an elite WNBA team? Maybe, finally, we’ll have a chance to find out.

WomensHoopsWorld: Through challenges and changes, Ivory Latta’s spirit and fire remain key for Mystics

From the San Antonio Express: Influx of UConn players continues to dominate WNBA

Speaking of UConn players: Ever-Evolving Tiffany Hayes Making the Most of Increased Opportunities

Listen up! Howard talks with Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes

.com: Diggins-Smith, EDD Reflect On WNBA Journey

SI Kids: WNBA Star Maya Moore Talks About Returning to the Finals and Her Passion for Ending Childhood Hunger

NY Post: This globetrotting hoops star (Kiah Stokes) is a Koreatown barbecue fan

From the Telegraph: She skipped Dairy Lane. Now Allisha Gray is shining in the WNBA.

That was part of Gray’s preparation for the pro game.

“The biggest adjustment to the WNBA had to do with the physicality of the game,” she said. “You don’t get the foul calls you normally get in the college game, so you just have to play through the fouls.”

And the weight loss increased her endurance.

The old Kelsey Plum doesn’t exist anymore and in many ways, that’s a shame. But then, she’s OK with that … for now.

Nearly three months ago, she put the finishing touches on the greatest basketball career for a man or woman at the University of Washington.

And today, the most prolific scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history is averaging a mere 4.8 points while shooting a frigid 31.8 percent. She has had more turnovers (11) than assists (9) and is fighting to keep her starting job on an 0-7 San Antonio Stars team that resides at the bottom of the WNBA standings.

As it stands now, teams are hamstrung with what they can do with players who are hurt during the season. If a player is injured for an extended period of time, the team can either keep them on the roster — forcing the franchise to play with one less player — or they could cut them, which would cost the organization the player’s rights.

Neither is a great choice.

“Teams shouldn’t have to make that choice,” said Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike, who is sidelined for the season with an Achilles injury she suffered while playing overseas this past winter.

As you should: Thank you MSR for weekly WNBA coverage

As it should be: Former WNBA players getting front office positions

Also: WNBA’s president: Overcoming racial discrimination drove me to Duke

WATN? Former WNBA Player Alicia Thompson Returns to Roots

Listen up: LaChina welcomes Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA great Chamique Holdsclaw to the show to discuss her struggle with mental health and her platform for awareness.

More to Listen up (to): We’re On Live, The WNBA Show: Jack and Ryne sit down to discuss the league’s most recent news, like Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird moving up the all-time scoring ranks, WNBA social media accounts blocking Tiffany Hayes and Ivory Latta’s children’s book. Then, they are joined by FanRag Sports’ Eric Nemchock to break down the Chicago Sky’s early season turmoil. Eric gives his thoughts on the offensive struggles, strange draft and Chantel Osahor. For the final segment, Jack and Ryne talk bigs. This season we’ve seen huge performances from the likes of Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles down low.
Listen up: Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale and Howard discuss the transfer situation in the college game and opportunities for women to coach, to the expectations for a roster featuring a returning Vionise Pierre-Louis and incoming freshman Ana Llanusa.
In closing: 8-9 games in to the season, some thoughts
  • Umm…d’em Lynx.
  • Early injuries and temporary exits have me unclear on who’s an legit challenge to Minny
  • Exciting to see all these players getting “career highs”
  • We knew it was going to be tough for San Antonia, but ouch
  • See above for Chicago. Can the franchise survive whatever chases out coaches & players?
  • Honestly, when do the Sun fans get a break?
  • Expanding rosters/expanding number of teams – it’s not about talent (not sure we have that much excess) but fans and big money. So, for the moment, a strong no.

Oh, for all those “Stick to Sports” folks: Rats, snakes and scorpions: The unthinkable treatment of one softball team and the Title IX lawsuit to fight back

One night in Midland, Texas last month, Midland College softball coach Tommy Ramos walked into his team’s locker room facility and saw something he’d never seen before.

In the undersized portable structure that serves as the team’s locker room—a glorified storage shed, really—he’d already seen rats and 6-foot snakes. He’d watched as more than 20 players walk through mud puddles to cram into the shed, likely violating its fire code, in order to get changed and share the lone bathroom. Outside the shed at the school’s softball fields nearby, he’d seen dozens of fans stand for entire games because the bleachers only seat 25 people, watching as those same fans lined up to use the field’s black widow-infested porta potty.

But he’d never seen this before.

That night, Ramos and his assistant coach opened the door of the shed and saw a couple engaging in … Well, let’s just say, they’d rounded third base.

BTW, if you’re wondering, All the President’s Men holds up far too well….

Hail friends!

I’m doing some “DELEGATION” this year, and teaming up with my fabulous program manager Kady to raise money in support for the CUNY Creative Arts Team’s Youth Theatre​!

CYT is an essential program – offering the amazing young people of New York City a space to use and explore their voice… at NO COST TO THEM. Please support them if you can – and Kady will do pushups or planks as a “thank you!” (see what I mean about “delegation”?)

If you can, we’d be grateful for your support: www.razoo.com/story/cyt

Thank you,

For threeeeeee (lead)

Shout out to Diana passing Katie Smith’s 3-point mark (as the Merc stomped the Paris-less Wings). I have such a clear memory of Katie plying the Lib, wearing that ugly Lynx uniform (yes, it was ugly). NY had the lead, Minny had the ball, and I’m muttering, “Don’t let Katie get the ball. DON’T let Katie get the ball! DON’T LET KATIE GET THE BALL!!!!!” Guess who got the ball and won the game. Yup. Kids, they don’t listen…

Mechelle spends some quality time in Diana in her piece: You don’t know Diana Taurasi

Her competitiveness has never waned, though it sometimes gets her in trouble. Taurasi recently was suspended one game for a forearm to the head of an opponent. The hit wasn’t very hard, more like a veteran sending a message to a younger player. The league opted to punish Taurasi, but most observers would say it was Dee being Dee.

Exactly who is Dee, though? Women’s basketball fans are probably sure they know. She has been one of the most successful players in the sport since she began her college career at UConn 17 years ago.

As the end of the school year and the start of the WNBA season collide with my first major allergy attack (I was far happier sympathizing with sufferers than emphasizing with them!) it’s hard to get a bead on teams quite yet, as latecomers and injuries are impacting chemistry and outcomes.

Atlanta’s go to be the biggest surprise, no? Without Angel (and with Hayes having a little bit of an injury scare) the Dream look way stronger than expected. The win over LA is particularly surprising (and it’s nice that it happened at home).

It’s delightful to see the growth of Jewel Loyd, isn’t it? It’s been said, and will continue to be said, but the Loyd-Stewart flashbacks to the halcyon days of Sue Bird and LJ are legit.

Does it feel like Sylvia Fowles is trying to close the book on any/all of those memories of her as an “oft injured player who never quite did all that her talent promised”? Nina Mandell: The most dominant team in the WNBA has another big advantage this season: Rest

Excited to see how Pluminator handles the hype-mobile, now that she’s (almost) healthy.

Plum arrived on campus that summer and started learning the offense and studying film of Pac-12 opponents. In between summer classes, she spent four or five hours with Neighbors each day preparing for their respective freshman seasons.

Then something else totally unexpected happened: The coaching staff named Plum a team captain. Her tireless work ethic, confidence and obvious talent notwithstanding, Kelsey’s new teammates did not all take to the decision kindly.

“When she first stepped into the captain role as a freshman, she kind of immediately went into, like, an I-need-to-take-over type of mode,” Davis says. “Coming in as a freshman, I don’t think you really want to do that with people you don’t know that well yet.”

Sooooo…. can Washington rise to the top with Delle Donne? Only if her teammates provide strong, consistent support.

Waaaaaaay too early, but 2-2 defending champs?

Sure, but they’re still winless: Getting the call (or message): Jonquel Jones steps up for Sun in Chiney Ogwumike’s absence

While playing abroad, Jones learned that Chiney Ogwumike, the Sun’s second-leading scorer in 2016 (12.6 PPG), sustained an Achilles tendon injury while playing in China in November. Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller sent a message to his players, notifying them that Ogwumike would be lost for the season.

A second note, sent individually to Jones, had a clear message: She was the next woman up.

More Sugar love: Sugar Rodgers Ready To Embrace Enhanced Role

Aussie! Aussie! Sharpshooting Whitcomb makes Perth proud

Seattle Times: Seattle Storm’s Crystal Langhorne adjusts to supporting role, but shooting WNBA-best 75 percent

Yea: Rookie Report: South Carolina Duo Thriving in Dallas

Fingers crossed for good health: Rachel Banham, from Gophers to WNBA, stays resilient through multiple knee surgeries

About those dang injuries: Babcock McGraw: Draft-pick Coates still waiting in the wings

In case you hadn’t noticed: Lefties dominate WNBA rookie class

”I never thought about that, but that is kind of cool,” said left-hander Kelsey Plum, who was chosen first. ”When I was younger it definitely was an advantage, but as you get older you play well with both hands and people are more used to guarding you.”

Speaking of noticing: Dallas Wings introduce Lightning, the WNBA’s only female mascot

Shooting geeks, anyone? Shooting Myths, One-Motion Shooting And The WNBA

Innersting…. WNBA changes All-Star selection process, gives players vote

College (Transfers)

West Virginia: Carey Statement on Alexis Brewer

Bellarmine: Knights women’s basketball adds Division I transfer from EIU Van Dyke

Also: Former Ohio forward Kelly Karlis to transfer to Wisconsin

Sue and Lyndsey D’Arcangelo offer up an in-depth look at the Reasons behind increased college basketball transfers numerous and complex

After several years of holding steady below eight percent, the four-year college transfer rate for women’s basketball began to rise in 2010-2011, and shows no sign of slowing down. For many years, the transfer rate for student-athletes from two-year colleges was higher than from four-year colleges, but that pattern reversed in the 2011-2012 school year. Given the most recent data available from the NCAA, 2014-15 ended with nearly a tenth of women’s college basketball players transferring from four-year colleges and 8.4 percent coming in from two-year colleges.  These rates are comparable to men’s college basketball, with four-year and two-year college transfer rates of 14.1 and 15 percent, respectively, for the season.

As it should be: Road signs honoring SC national basketball title put up

Where the Q’s at! Lewis getting the entire package with Quigley Smith

Samantha Quigley Smith, whom Lewis hired as its new women’s basketball coach, is rock solid when it comes to X’s and O’s.

Her work ethic never will be questioned.

That much is indisputable. For evidence, look no further than all her teams accomplished in her five seasons as the head coach of the women’s program at University of St. Francis.

Also moving over 12 inches: Nikki McCray-Penson named ODU women’s basketball coach

WTN? Former WNBA player Alison Bales graduating from WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine