CollegeInternational Basketball International play to continue, as college season ramps up By Sue Favor - September 27, 2018 World Cup storylines: Sandrine Gruda is hungry again as France looks to end their drought. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Canada are ready to deal with mind games against Spain. Canada’s run is indicative of Natalie Achonwa’s perseverance. Adaora Elonu is excited by the ride as Nigeria keeps rolling. Belgium’s rising star, Julie Allemand, is inspired playing for Tony Parker. After a dismal season, New York Liberty players are shining on the international stage. Nneka Ogwumike has lead the U.S. into the quarterfinals. Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi look to lead the U.S. to the gold medal. Healthy living has helped Bird and Taurasi extend their careers. Tina Charles is a quiet giant for the U.S. Nigeria is ready to shock the U.S. USA vs. Nigeria preview. Australia will face China. It will be Liz Cambage vs. Han Xu. Canada is gearing for Spain. The Nigerian coach’s family was in an auto accident in Atlanta, but are OK. Despite their loss Tuesday, basketball in Japan is on the rise. WNBA player news: Rebekkah Brunson, Monique Currie and Marissa Coleman are making money moves. Maya Moore says the demand is real for women’s basketball. Kristi Toliver is making an impact with the Washington Wizards on the training camp staff. College team news: Weber State is getting a fresh start with a young team and a new coach. Arizona opened practice with identical expectations and an improved team. Five questions about Chattanooga entering the season. Young Florida State enters the season with questions, and potential. Alabama will have a mixture of youth and experience on the roster. College player news: Tennessee transfer Lou Brown almost didn’t arrive, due to visa issues. A healthy Nakeia Burks is eager to contribute for Chattanooga. Recruiting news: Class of 2019 No. 33 recruit Aubrey Griffin has committed to UConn. Canadian forward Brynn Masikewich has committed to UCLA. D.C. area girls basketball is taking center stage after the Mystics’ success. Bonus: Michigan sports hall of fame inductee Daedra Charles-Furlow was a game-changer.