Monday, May 25, 2015

Twenty years ago today.....

Twenty years ago today, the Women's National Team that would win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, and inspire the formation of the ABL and WNBA, was named:

One by one, in alphabetical order, each player received a knock on her door and were told they were up next and had to walk down the long hallway, replaying every moment of the trials in their heads. They all were nervous, emotionally spent and physically exhausted from the week-long trials process.

“I remember hanging out with Dawn (Staley) and Lisa (Leslie),” continued McGhee. “We were like the little crew. That was our little crew. I kept telling them that I knew they had made it. They said, ‘You made it Red, relax.’ I was like, ‘no.’ I was not feeling good about it. I went and cried. They were trying to make me laugh, but it was tough.”


Are we ever going to get an ESPN feature on this team?????

U16 team named:

The 12 players who will represent the USA as the U16 team are:

Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); DesireĆ© Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas); Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J./Ossining, N.Y.); Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School/San Diego, Calif.); Lauryn Miller (Kirkwood H.S./Kirkwood, Mo.); Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio); Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty Hill, Texas); Honesty Scott-Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.); Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio); and Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy/The Colony, Texas).

Preseasons games start again tomorrow

General WNBA:

For Lynx and WNBA players - how much is too much?

There's plenty of WNBA news so far this season, and it's all bad.

Natalie Achonwa and Chelsea Gray are finally getting play time, one year after graduation.

Lynx:

One-on-one with coach Cheryl Reeve.

Minnesota will play a new kind of "analytic scrimmage."

Storm:

Rookie Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is enjoying the learning aspect of training camp.

Sky:

Q&A with rookie Cheyenne Parker.

Mercury:

Four things learned at the first week of training camp.

Tomorrow's schedule:

Mercury at Storm.

College news:

Alabama is continuing to make progress in rebuilding, says coach Kristy Curry.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Uppers

Tonight's preseason game results:

The Sun dropped the Fever, 76-68, and the Mystics routed the Dream, 79-65.

Don't get too excited.....remember that teams have only been practicing for 4-6 days.

Mystics:

Tayler Hill is back in shape and ready to go this season.

Lynx:

Q&A with veteran Seimone Augustus.

Life is good for Minnesota assistant coach Jim Peterson.

Shock:

Karima Christmas discusses her return to the team, and last night's game.

Mercury:

A camp/practice with coach Sandy Brondello is intense, players say.

College news:

Devanei Hampton graduated from Cal today. She worked long and hard to be able to do that.

Renee Jimenez has resigned as Cal State Bernardino's coach and will take the reins at Cal State San Marcos.

(Today's only downer) Former South Florida standout Shantia Grace was arrested last night for misdemeanor domestic battery.

High school:

Japanese leagues help Southern California high school players progress.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two blowouts to open the preseason

Tonight's action:

Sky 83, Liberty 55

Shock 81, Stars 51

Sparks:

Many of you have had roster and player questions - namely, why hasn't Candace Parker been in training camp or media day, and why isn't rookie Crystal Bradford showing up on the roster yet?

A team spokesperson said Parker, a free agent, isn't yet signed. She isn't necessarily considering other teams; she's resting after playing year-round basketball for several consecutive years.

The spokesperson said Bradford is rehabilitating from injuries and will sign with the Sparks once she is healthy enough. There is no timetable on that.

Mystics:

Five burning questions.

Mercury:

Today's practice report.

The latest WNBA transactions:

May 22, 2015
Team Player Transaction


Atlanta Darxia Morris Waived

May 21, 2015

Atlanta Delisha Milton-Jones Contract Signed
Chicago Aleighsa Welch Waived
Tulsa Mimi Mungedi Waived

College news:

Kevin Morrison quits his University of Washington assistant coach job to take the same position at Georgia Tech. What?

Air Force has not three but four new assistant coaches: Stacy McIntyre, Erin Mills, Clare Fitzpatrick and Janean Jubic.

U16 trials:

Lessons being learned.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WNBA preseason opens tomorrow

It's already time for exhibition games? Well, now.

Tomorrow the Liberty and Sky face off at Elena Delle Donne's old stomping grounds, the University of Delaware.

The Stars also take on the Shock in Tulsa.

Saturday it's a double-header at the University of Louisville: Fever vs. Sun and Dream vs. Mystics.

Schedule.

Liberty:

The Women's Sports Foundation has filed a petition to deny Isiah Thomas ownership of the Liberty.

Media day photos.

Shock:

Skylar Diggins talks new team leaders, season projections, and storms.

College coaching positions being filled quickly

College player news:

UCLA leading scorer Nirra Fields has been added to Canada's European Exhibition team.

Former Marist forward Madeline Blais has transferred to Dayton.

College team news:

Simmons College in Louisville will add women's and men's basketball within the next two years.

Seven families are upset by Illinois' internal investigation into coach abuse claims. One former player for coach Matt Bollant has come out in support of him.

Marist has begun reconstruction with international stand outs.

College coaching news:

Allison Guth is Yale's new head coach.

Brooklyn Kohlheim is Florida Atlantic's new assistant coach.

Kesha Watson is Loyola Chicago's new assistant coach.

Randi Henderson is a new assistant coach at Charlotte.

Jacie Hoyt-Capra has been promoted to assistant coach at Kansas State.

Zach Kancher is George Washington's new assistant coach.

Q&A with new Texas assistant coach Tina Thompson.

CSUN coach Jason Flowers enjoyed his Junior National Team coaching experience earlier this month.

College staff news:

Pat Summitt's former secretary, Katie Wynn, is retiring after 34 years.

Short but a lot

Shock:

Glory Johnson may arrive at training camp this weekend.

Sparks:

The Sparks have a new jersey sponsor in Equitrust.

Liberty:

Epiphanny Prince will miss the beginning of the season to play for Russia.

Isiah Thomas wants people to keep an open mind about him.

Lynx:

Asjha Jones is back at practice.

Sky:

Betnijah Laney returns to Delaware tomorrow night with the Sky.

Mercury:

Coach Sandy Brondello's contract has been extended through the 2016 season.

Dream:

Q&A with Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel.

USA Basketball:

U16 team trials begin today.