Finals, WNBPA, NCAA and WBCA news on tap

Finals news:

The WNBA Finals are headed to a Game 5 for the second straight year.

The Lynx can match the Comets with a fourth title.

Sparks guard Alana Beard knows how to hold on loosely to dreams, thanks to advice long ago from Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale.

MVP Nneka Ogwumike has a chance to make history Thursday.

WNBA union news:

The WNBPA has new officers: Nneka Ogwumike as union president, Chiney Ogwumike, Layshia Clarendon and Monique Currie are vice presidents, and Monica Wright is secrtary-treasurer.

WNBA past:

The rise and fall of the WNBA’s first dynasty, the Houston Comets. (The picture of Kim Perrot is a trip)

NCAA news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw says Division I might finally see some parity this season.

McGraw is confident and optimistic about her deep squad.

Talented Irish freshmen need to be thinking about defense.

Five games to get excited about this year.

Pat Summitt remembered UT Martin in her will.

New-look Oregon State looks versatile and competitive.

FGCU is still working on skills first.

Shoulder surgery could mean a slow start for Syracuse’s Bria Day.

UT Arlington freshman point guard Ericka Mattingly is fitting right in.

Missouri forward Bri Porter will miss the season with a torn ACL.

Jasmine Sina returns healthy and improved for Binghamton.

Former Colorado coach Linda Lappe is now associate head coach at San Francisco.

WBCA news:

The WBCA has formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

Melanie Balcomb, director of coaching offensive analytics at the University of South Carolina, will chair the committee, which is initially composed of the following additional individuals:

Joeleen Akin, associate athletic director/senior woman administrator, Georgia Tech (vice chair)

Kai Duncan, retired high school teacher, coach and contest official

Tracy Ellis Ward, associate commissioner, Big East Conference
AnnMarie Gilbert, head coach, Virginia Union University
Shimmy Gray-Miller, assistant coach, University of Florida
Diane Richardson, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, West Virginia University
Norman Rodriguez, head coach, John Wood Community College
Julie Shaw, head coach, University of La Verne
Stephanie Stevens, head coach, Gallaudet University
Mike Terry, assistant coach, Wake Forest University
Steve Yang, director of basketball operations, George Mason University
Dana Drew Shaw, attorney, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP

WBCA 2015-2016 report.