CollegeWNBA The countdown to NCAA action continues By Sue Favor - October 26, 2016 College team news: With UConn weakened, it’s anyone’s game – maybe Maryland’s. Experience and leadership will drive Indiana this season. Iowa is on a mission following a disappointing year. North Dakota plans to push the pace. Three outstanding players are vying for Purdue’s starting forward position. Penn State is focused on team effort this season. A successful season last year has left Eastern Washington hungry for more. Fresno State begins the Mountain West race looking at the reigning champs. College player news: The Gophers will retire Rachel Banham’s jersey Jan. 1. Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese is grateful for one more year. Carlie Wagner had adjusted to her go-to role at Minnesota. College coach news: Western Kentucky coach Michelle Clark-Heard is excited for the season. UNLV coach Kathy Oliver is hungry to win. UConn coach Geno Auriemma said coaching in the Olympics was relaxing. WNBA news: Year-by-year look at all the WNBA champions. One-on-one with Skylar Diggins.