Saturday, August 15, 2020

More big show-outs

Today’s results:

The Sun held off the Wings, 70-66, behind 18 points from DeWanna Bonner.

The Sky routed the Mercury, 89-71, with the help of 20 points from Allie Quigley.

Big performances paced the Storm over the Dream, 100-63.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Fever vs. Liberty

Sparks vs. Mystics

Lynx vs. Aces

WNBA player news:

Podcast with A’ja Wilson, Phee Collier and EDD.

After a long journey, Odyssey Sims is ready for her 2020 Lynx debut.

Sydney Wiese is doing her best to honor Breonna Taylor.

A’ja Wilson has become a leader in an MVP-caliber season.

Satou Sabally is soaking it all in, in the bubble.

Julie Allemand has the Fever humming.

Lauren Cox and other diabetic athletes seek balance during the pandemic.

Kaila Charles on her WNBA career and growing up in Maryland.

Bridget Carleton’s focus is on social justice.

WNBA coach news:

Mystics assistant Asjha Jones shares her cheat codes to the game.

College program and NCAA news:

Stanford is considering an Olympic Village-like setting for athletes when they return.

The NCAA Division I Council recommends eligibility extensions for athletes.

One NCAA executive says there will be a March Madness next year.

A Supreme Court ruling opens the door for colleges to offer expanded benefits to athletes.

College player news:

UConn’s Aubrey Griffin was aided by playing against her brothers during the pandemic shutdown.

The Husky freshmen are eager to make some noise on the court.

Evina Westbrook has been named a captain and feels like UConn is where she’s supposed to be.

College coach news:

Charmin Smith has been named the West Region Director on the WBCA Board of Directors.

Shannon Johnson has resigned as Coker University’s coach.

Tipping point

Now is that time of the season where separation is occurring. Those teams that have caught fire, like the Storm, the Aces and the Mercury, are running with it. Those that are slumping are trying to find a way out.

Today’s results:

The Aces clamped down on the Fever, 98-79, to win their fifth straight.

The Lynx handed the Mystics their fifth straight loss, 68-48.

The Sparks took care of the Liberty, 93-78, with five in double figures.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Wings vs. Sun

Mercury vs. Sky

Dream vs. Storm

WNBA team news:

The Storm are dominating the WNBA while fighting for Black Lives Matter.

Seattle has many weapons.

How the Sky are approaching an unprecedented season.

The Storm, Aces, Mercury and Sky top the WNBA’s power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Q&A with Diamond DeShields.

Gabby Williams podcast.

Bella Alarie’s offense isn’t there yet, but her defense is.

Chennedy Carter will miss two weeks with her ankle injury.

Sue Bird is listed as probable for tomorrow’s game.

Behind the scenes in the bubble.

College sports news:

The Pac-12 has postponed all sports through the end of the year.

The Big Ten is postponing all fall sports.

Despite the season postponement, Pac-12 women’s basketball coaches support the conference’s decision.

College player news:

Paige Bueckers brings a message of hope to UConn.

High expectations and the pandemic aren’t dampening Bueckers’ excitement.

She is already working hard.

A few statements in wins

The Storm is the league’s only one-loss team after tonight’s game

Today’s results:

The Sun handed the Dream a 93-82 loss.

Skylar Diggins-Smith went off for 26 points to lead the Mercury over the Wings, 91-79.

Statement win: the Storm doused the Sky, 89-71, behind Breanna Stewart’s 25 points.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Aces vs. Fever

Mystics vs. Lynx

Liberty vs. Sparks

WNBA news:

The league and Twitter have renewed their partnership and will stream 10 games this season.

Season assessment so far, from the league.

The WNBA is united with an up-tempo style.

Breonna Taylor’s mother talks 150 days after her daughter’s death.

WNBA team news:

Through two weeks, the Sky find themselves at the top of the league.

ESPN’s power rankings for the week.

CBS Sports also has power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt on her cousin’s death at the hands of police.

Dream rookie Chennedy Carter left tonight’s game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. She will undergo an MRI.

Kaila Charles is starting to find her stride in her rookie season.

Jacki Gemelos is still fighting on.

Skylar Diggins-Smith’s impact still lingers on the Wings’ young roster.

A’ja Wilson and Courtney Vandersloot are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week.

College team news:

Gonzaga is eager to return to the court.

Maine has returned to practices, with masks.

College player news:

Husky freshman Paige Bueckers marches for her younger brother’s future.

College coach news:

UConn coach Geno Auriemma expects a long wait before the start of college season.

Alex Simmons’ lessons from Pat Summitt.

Kelsey Hogan is New Hampshire’s new head coach.

USA Basketball news:

Swin Cash is part of a new USA Basketball board of directors.

Some players continue to impress

Today’s results:

The Sparks ran away from the Lynx, 97-81. Minnesota rookie Crystal Dangerfield had 29 points.

A’ja Wilson’s 31 points sent the Aces over the Liberty, 78-76. Candace Parker was one assist shy of a triple-double.

The Fever topped the Mystics, 91-84. Indiana guard Kelsey Mitchell had 29 points.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Sun vs. Dream

Mercury vs. Wings

Sky vs. Storm

WNBA team news:

The Sky’s rocky relationship with the refs continues.

WNBA player news:

With Diana Taurasi out, Skylar Diggins-Smith will take on a bigger role against her former team tomorrow.

College program news:

Two people are skating in the Texas Tech scandal.

As the bubble turns

Today’s results:

The Lynx stopped the Fever, 87-80, behind a career-high 26 points from Lexie Brown.

The Liberty got their first win of the season, 74-66 over the Mystics, after an emotional meeting.

The Aces outlasted the Sparks, 86-82.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Dream vs. Wings

Mercury vs. Storm

Sky vs. Sun

WNBA news:

The league announced its COVID-19 test results: 139 players have been tested since July 10 and none have been positive.

Taking a stand isn’t new for the WNBA – it’s a way of life.

The league is determined to keep saying her name.

WNBA team news:

How the depleted Mystics have made a strong start on the season.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird has found her voice and become an influence in the social justice movement.

Bird’s top five clutch moments.

A revitalized Candace Parker makes the Sparks title contenders once again.

She’s all that: Betnijah Laney’s new beginning.

A’ja Wilson and Napheesa Collier highlight youth in their podcast.

Chennedy Carter made the WNBA record book last night.

Sabrina Ionescu is excited to conquer her ankle rehab.

WNBA coach news:

How Cheryl Reeve rose to the top of the league’s coaching ranks.

College program news:

The Raiders fired assistant coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins today.

The AD for Texas Tech apologized for “failing” student athletes in Marlene Stollings’ program.

How a “clerical error” uncovered the scandal.

College player news:

Kate Cain has emerged from a whirlwind year as a leader for Nebraska.

TCU grad transfer Alex Crain has landed at San Diego State.

College coach news:

Sarah Wilkinson will be a special assistant to the coaching staff at Duke.

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